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Good Samaritan’s 2011 Blessing of the Bicycles

Good Samaritan's 2011 Blessing of the Bicycles, on right are Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge and Good Sam CEO Andy Leeka

Good Samaritan’s Blessing of the Bicycles is great event that takes place each year during Los Angeles’ Bike Week. Good Samaritan Hospital welcomes cyclists, community leaders, elected officials, healthcare workers and religious leaders to gather and to acknowledge fallen cyclists and to wish cyclists a healthy and safe year ahead.  This morning’s event was undeterred by excellent spring rains.

Each year cyclists receive free breakfast, schwag including commemorative pins and water bottles, and free tune-ups (today courtesy of Pasadena’s Incycle.)

The 2011 Golden Spoke Award went to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for his leadership on bike issues, especially since last year’s incident where he broke his elbow while cycling. Villaraigosa’s leadership has been key to CicLAvia’s success. In his brief speech (see vid above), he discussed expanding CicLAvia in the coming months. (more…)

May 17, 2011 at 11:34 am 4 comments

Thanks, Sprint, for Sponsoring CicLAvia!

Sprint generously hands the big check to CicLAvia! Pictured left to right are Sprint Vice President of Western Region Business Sales Kevin Kunkel, Mayor Villaraigosa's Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships Rebecca Verdolino, and CicLAvia Boardmember Kyla Fullenwider

CicLAvia and Mayor Villaraigosa thank Sprint 4G for their generous support of future CicLAvia festivals! Sprint’s announcement coincided with the news that Sprint 4G has launched in Los Angeles.  The new Sprint 4G service will provide advantages for communities, business owners and companies looking to upgrade to the faster 4G network.

CicLAvia is a partnership of the city of Los Angeles, under the leadership of Mayor Villaraigosa, and the non-profit CicLAvia organization. We couldn’t do it without the generous support of our sponsors, foundations, and individual donors and volunteers. Thanks, Sprint 4G, for bringing Anglenos closer together – through technological innovation and through face-to-face interactions at CicLAvia.

January 27, 2011 at 11:37 am 3 comments

Thank You Mayor Villaraigosa and City of Los Angeles

Mayor Villaraigosa gets ready to roll at CicLAvia 2010 - Photo copyright Albert Domasin, used by permission - click on image to see more of Domasin's work

There are so many folks to thank for playing important roles in making L.A.’s very first CicLAvia a great success – so this is the first of a series of thank you articles.

We’re going to start with the folks at the city of Los Angeles. CicLAvia was truly a partnership. At every turn, L.A. City and the CicLAvia non-profit organization worked very closely together to ensure the event’s success.

Our hats are off to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. We at CicLAvia were pushing to make CicLAvia happen in 2009, but, as is often the case with innovative new programs, it was difficult.  Then the mayor visited Copenhagen and Mexico City and saw the roles that bicycling and ciclovía events play in those cities. Upon his return, he told his staff, General Managers, and Commissioners to make it happen here. That’s when the ball really got rolling. The mayor’s eloquent promotion of CicLAvia in the press raised the event’s profile. We were really happy that Villaraigosa kicked off Sunday’s CicLAvia at Hollenbeck Park and bicycled two miles to City Hall. We can’t stress enough that this event would not have taken place without Mayor Villaraigosa’s leadership.

A huge huge thank you to mayoral staff who implemented the mayor’s initiative. Leading the charge for CicLAvia was transportation deputy Heidi Sickler, who brought together so many city departments and bureaus. Sickler’s persistence, thoroughness, and diplomacy are what made CicLAvia happen. Deputy Mayor for the Environment Romel Pascual and Deputy Mayor for Transportation Jaime de la Vega played central roles. Rebecca Verdolino and Beth Jines were instrumental in lining up non-general-fund monies for city services. Lastly, kudos to mayoral press deputy Adam Cooper for getting the word out early and consistently. 

Los Angeles Department of Transportation General Manager Rita Robinson marshalled LADOT’s expertise and experience. Robinson’s support of the event was critical from early planning through to day-of coordination. We’re very grateful to LADOT’s Robinson; we wish her success as she moves on, and we hope she passes along CicLAvia tips to her successor.

We owe a big debt of gratitude to LADOT Special Traffic Operations & Street Closure Chief Aram Sahakian. Sahakian had visited the original ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia, and was able to translate its crossing points and other features onto the idiosyncracies of Los Angeles streets. Sahakian’s expertise was what allowed for 60,000+ Angelenos to gather safely last Sunday, with no incidents, no car-bike collisions, and a minimum of disruption to car and transit circulation outside the event. We’re grateful that Sahakian listened to us, CicLAvia’s non-profit organizers, and toned down some of our wilder ideas while keeping the vital core of the event intact.  (more…)

October 13, 2010 at 4:29 pm 2 comments

Inspiring CicLAvia Interviews Video

Wow! Another phenomenal and fun CicLAvia video! This one was created by Stephen and Enci Box and features lots of great interviews – from Mayor Villaraigosa, to Jaime Ortiz, to Long Beach’s Charlie Gandy, to CicLAvia’s own Stephen Villavaso… and many more. Enjoy! (And follow Enci and Stephen at Illuminate LA and SoapBoxLA respectively.)

October 11, 2010 at 7:04 pm 5 comments

Mayor Villaraigosa to host CicLAvia Press Conference this Wednesday

Mayor Villaraigosa will be hosting a CicLAvia press conference this week. He’ll be inviting Angelenos to enjoy the city’s first CicLAvia on October 10th 2010 from 10am-3pm on 7.5-miles of city streets!

The press conference is on Wednesday September 22nd 2010 at 9am. The  location is the Los Angeles City Hall’s South Lawn – on First Street between Main and Spring, in downtown Los Angeles. The address is 200 North Spring Street, LA 90012. Easy transit access via the Civic Center Metro Red Line station.

If you’re a bicyclist, pedestrian, runner, skater, business owner (etc.) who’s excited about CicLAvia, please plan to attend and show your support! RSVP via Facebook – or just show up!

September 20, 2010 at 11:53 am 1 comment

Friday CicLAvia Round-Up – 17 September 2010

It’s 23 days until Los Angeles’ First CicLAvia! The 10-10-2010 event route maps are here! We’re excited! Here’s a round-up of some of this week’s CicLAvia happenings:

CicLAvia Poster in the Window!

> Thanks to all the businesses now sporting CicLAvia posters! Pictured at the left is Mai  Mexican Kitchen – on Spring Street between 6th and 7th Street. To get your own poster, especially for posting at businesses on or near the route, email info [at] ciclavia.org. Where have you spotted a CicLAvia poster?

> Mayor Villaraigosa, a stalwart supporter of CicLAvia, has called a press conference in support of CicLAvia. It takes place at 9am on Wednesday, September 22nd – next week! Everyone invited – come show your support.

> CicLAvia 10-10-10 is an event on Facebook! RSVP and invite your 500 closest friends!

> Nice press coverage this week – worth checking out at L.A. Streetsblog and at GlobalShift!

> New city Transportation Management Plan maps have been posted at CicLAvia’s maps page. These show the details of the 10-10-10 route,  locations of crossing points for cars, manned street closures, and more. We’re planning to an article introducing and decoding these – hopefully next week!

> Don’t forget tomorrow’s Bicycle Beauty Pageant CicLAvia fundraiser event! Be there with bells on! Get yourself three or four handsome CicLAvia shirts!

> Design Week / LA is happening October 9th-16th and coinciding with CicLAvia on 10-10-10! Design Week / LA is an annual celebration of design that inspires and brings together Los Angeles’ abundant and vital design communities by promoting a wider awareness of design through initiatives and programming that highlight the richness and diversity of design activities happening throughout the communities of Los Angeles. Thanks, Design Week, for  including CicLAvia in the festivities! Be sure to head over to the DWkLA website to find out about other design-related events happening in and around the city the week of CicLAvia.

> Lastly a shout out to La Loma Development! Woooot! Woooot! Thanks for the tres-cool eco-landscapes you do, and for promoting CicLAvia!

Cool urbanite garden beds via La Loma Development

September 17, 2010 at 6:22 pm 1 comment

Mayor Villaraigosa announces CicLAvia on Huffington Post!

As we reported earlier, Mayor Villaraigosa pledged to support and attend CicLAvia on 10-10-10 at his Bike Summit earlier this week. Yesterday, the mayor posted his own reflections on the Bike Summit over at Huffington Post, in which he wrote about his partnership with CicLAvia:

It’s clear we haven’t done enough to incorporate bicycles into our transportation planning. But with so much community engagement, and so many good ideas, we can and we will do a better job.

For starters, we need to build more bicycle infrastructure, enforce existing laws, and change drivers’ attitudes towards cyclists. Our reputation as the car capital of the world does not excuse our drivers from common courtesy on the road or from obeying the law.

Also, Los Angeles is an ideal place for cycling, and we’ve got to get Angelenos to reconsider biking as a viable, fun means of transportation. A great first step is the event my office is planning with CicLAvia on Sunday, October 10th. On 10/10/10 , we will be closing off certain city streets from Boyle Heights to East Hollywood exclusively for cyclists and pedestrians. Events like this are already a huge success in Mexico City – they can be a success here as well.

Thank you, Mayor Villaraigosa — We look forward to working with you and seeing you out there on 10-10-10! You can read the mayor’s full post here.

August 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm Leave a comment

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