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Guide to Some Great 4.10.2011 CicLAvia Activities

A lot of folks are asking “what kind of cool activities will be taking place at CicLAvia?” and “where should I go when?” There were a lot of activities at the first CicLAvia on 10.10.2010: a grand opening, yoga, museums, capoeira, a marching band, folksingers… and there will be many many more this time around – and many of them are listed below. But first a word of caution: what’s really wonderful about CicLAvia is pretty spontaneous: catching smiles, running into friends, seeing random street art, walking into a store or restaurant you never knew existed… you’ll be surprised… and you’ll smile like you haven’t smiled in a while.

If you use this list to make yourself a tightly-planned itinerary for Sunday, you may miss out on some of the quiet wonder of CicLAvia. On the other hand, if your boyfriend’s out-of-shape legs are getting tired, and you two need to take a rest and you happen to be a few blocks from a venue, by all means drop in and enjoy.

This list is in rough chronological order. For more listings (or to create your own), go to the CicLAvia activities page.

>> Grand Opening Ceremonies – 9:30am at Japan America National Museum plaza, at First Street and Central Avenue, in Little Tokyo. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Lance Armstrong, and many other local dignitaries will welcome participants and will officially declare L.A.’s streets open!


April 8, 2011 at 11:09 pm 1 comment

Maybe Modifying the CicLAvia Route – Part 1: East End

The eastern end of the 10-10-10 route - mostly on 4th Street

CicLAvia is getting going on the permitting process for our April 10th 2011 event. As we announced the route is more-or-less the same as 10-10-10 when we did 7.5 miles from Boyle Heights to East Hollywood. We love the 10-10-10 route, but we are looking into making a few tweaks that we think could improve it.

We want to hear your input on possible changes to the route – but first a few disclaimers: (more…)

December 8, 2010 at 8:42 am 12 comments

Eat Your Way Through L.A. at CicLAvia!

Mama's Hot Tamales - on the CicLAvia route - across from MacArthur Park

What’s better than biking with friends? Eating with friends! The good news is that you can do both this Sunday at CicLAvia. The 7.5 mile route will wind through some of LA’s foodie meccas.

Start off in Little Tokyo with some of the city’s best ramen or sushi. Next, make your way to MacArthur Park, where you’ll find mole tamales at local favorite Mama’s Hot Tamales and world famous pastrami at Langer’s. Grab a pupusa or two, too, sir. Wind your way through K-town and sample the famous BBQ or sip bubble tea through an over sized straw. And save room for Chai, Lavendar or Thai Iced Tea gelato at Scoops in the Bicycle District.


October 6, 2010 at 4:06 pm 13 comments

It’s a SWEEEET route!

Assorted Japanese Sweets from Fugetsu-Do

Do you have a sweet tooth? Then you’ll love the 10-10-10 CicLAvia route! From Boyle Heights to East Hollywood, there are lots of great places for yummy sweeeeets! 

Listed below are just a few of our favorite sweet treats along the route.  (Apologies to places we left out.) Let us know your favorites via the comments! (more…)

September 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm 3 comments

TEN Public Spaces along the CicLAvia Route

This couple looks like they know how to use public space. This is actually a sculpture along the route... can you guess where?

In honor of our 10-10-10 CicLAvia date, CicLAvia is running TEN top TEN listings! So far: reasons, buildings, problems, neighborhoods, art, and what to do! Today’s deca-list features TEN noteworthy public spaces along the TEN-TEN-TEN CicLAvia route. We’ve listed them east to west below.

Unlike, say, much of the rest of the planet, but like, say, the most of the post-war suburbs, Los Angeles has some issues with public space! L.A. does have some great public spaces… but most of our public space is dedicated to automobiles. The rumor is that L.A.’s city fathers were actually worried about people getting organized and staging revolts in public spaces, so they designed the city mostly without any large central plaza spaces… and they encouraged more of the American Dream’s private yards and less of the public parks where we all can come together. Some of this is changing in recent years. We hope that CicLAvia can be an ongoing innovative use of L.A.’s public space… and CicLAvia can help us to re-think and re-learn how to improve public space around here. What do you think? 

We think all these spaces are… interesting… and worthwhile… but many of them aren’t quite perfect. Check them out on Ten-Ten-Ten and tell us what you think!


Hollenbeck Park, under the 5 and 10 Freeways

1. Hollenbeck Park
4th Street at St. Louis Street, Boyle Heights

Hollenbeck Park is a well-loved 118-year-old 21-acre park nesltled in the population-dense Latino neighborhood of Boyle Heights. About a third of the park is a good-sized central lake, and surrounding it is a diverse array of features: skate park, tot-lot, tall trees, grassy hillsides, recreation center, bandshell, excersize stations and more. It’s great public space and very popular – well-used by folks of all ages, mostly for picnicing and walking. Hollenbeck’s only serious drawback is that, since the 1950’s a freeway has cut through it, creating noise and air pollution in an otherwise bucolic setting. 

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The Los Angeles River and its famous 4th Street Bridge on the CicLAvia route - photo by Peter Bennett

2. The Los Angeles River
intersecting the ‘via route at the 4th Street Bridge

The city of Los Angeles was founded along the historic Los Angeles River, but soon turned its back on the flood-prone and drought-prone waterway. After major floods in the 1930’s, much of the river channel was encased in concrete, and forgotten. In recent years, communities, environmentalists, and municipalities have envisoned a restored, revitalized and naturalized river in the heart of the city… but these efforts are proceeding slowly, and the river remains largely an eyesore. Is the river’s revival a test of the city’s commitment to renewed public space? (more…)

August 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm 2 comments

TEN Public Artworks along the CicLAvia Route

Omoide No Shotokyo art installation on Little Tokyo sidewalks - see No. 5 below

In honor of our 10-10-10 CicLAvia date, CicLAvia is running top ten listings! Below are ten pieces of public art that caught our eye along the CicLAvia route. CicLAvia is a great time to check these out – step back and get a good look, without worrying about getting run over! 


Undiscovered America mural on 4th - photo by Jenn Su

1. Undiscovered America (mural)
1992, Earth Crew
843 East 4th Street

This impressive-scale aerosol mural depicts Native American imagery from  nations up and down the west coast, including pre-Colombian Mexico. It was painted by Erik “Duke” Montenegro, Benjamin James Frank, Jr., Rojelio “Angst” Cabral, and Joseph “Nuke” Montalvo. More information at Mural Conservancy L.A.

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Circular Mosaic

2. Mosaic on 4th Place

Is this your art? We haven’t found out who did this circular mosaic piece, located on an L.A. County parking structure. We think it may have to do with Artshare located next door across Hewitt Street. 

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Chiune Sugihara Memorial

3. Chiune Sugihara Memorial
2002, Ramon G. Velazco
on Central Avenue north of 2nd Street, Little Tokyo

This life-size bronze portrait sculpture depicts Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who, while stationed in Lithuania during WWII, saved 10,000 Jews from being sent to concentration camps and almost certain death. Sugihara is portrayed handing a passport, as he did to Jewish refugees. (more…)

August 23, 2010 at 10:03 pm 3 comments

TEN Neighborhoods on the TEN-TEN-TEN CicLAvia Route

CicLAvia's Ten-Ten-Ten 7.5-mile route from East Hollywood to Boyle Heights - click image to embignify

In honor of our 10-10-10 CicLAvia date, CicLAvia is running TEN top TEN listings! So far it’s been TEN reasonsTEN buildings and TEN problems. Today, we highlight TEN great neighborhoods that our initial TEN TEN TEN CicLAvia will go through. 

We think that L.A.’s wonderful neighborhoods are ever-changing, fluid, loose, overlapping, and largely unofficial… but we did lean on some relatively official sources (especially the L.A. Times Mapping L.A. website, which draws from the city of Los Angeles’ Planning Department.) These communities are out there to explore, but there’s often not agreement on where one ends and where another begins.  

A few geeky statitical notes on population: The population numbers shown are from the LA Times website, listing the estimations for 2008. The TEN-TEN-TEN route goes through the three highest population density neighborhoods in the city of Los Angeles, and even the entire county: (in density order) #1-Koreatown, #2-Westlake, #3-East Hollywood (each greater than 30,000 potential CicLAvia participants per square mile!) The October route also goes next to two more in the top ten (#4- Pico Union and #7-Hollywood.) We’re happy about this, because it means that CicLAvia is bringing active healthy recreational space to the places that need it the most! 

Also – in this short format, there’s so much that we’re not able to capture about these neighborhoods – let us know if you think we’ve left really imporant things out! 


Boyle Heights home across from Hollenbeck Park. Photo by Jenn Su

1. Boyle Heights
Times map, Population: 99,243, Density: 14,229 people/square-mile


August 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm 13 comments

Planned CicLAvia Route for 10-10-10 – *was September 12th 2010

CicLAvia has been working a lot with city of Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa, and city departments including Transportation, Police, Public Works, Fire, and Sanitation… and we’re nearly permitted for our route for the L.A.’s first ever CicLAvia from 10am to 3pm on Sunday September 12th OCTOBER 10th 2010.

Some sharp-eyed readers spotted this new route map on our video at Kickstarter. If you haven’t watched the video… what are you waiting for? Here it is in a full-color printable version – click on the image or here to download it as a pdf:

CicLAvia in September - 7 miles from Boyle Heights to East Hollywood - details below

We think it’s about 98% certain that this route will be the final route… but it could change some. The route is explained section by section below – including an explanation of the “soft closures” at many major streets.


June 24, 2010 at 7:20 pm 27 comments

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