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TEN Ways to Get to CicLAvia

Here we are at number TEN on CicLAvia’s TEN top TEN lists for CicLAvia on TEN TEN TEN. Earlier top TEN listings were: churches, mysteries (contest!), public spaces, things to do, public artneighborhoods, problems, historic buildings, reasons, and partridges in pear trees. Instead of focusing on what to do at CicLAvia, we’re going to suggest TEN ways of getting there and back!


1. Drive a Car

Contrary to some popular opinions, yes, Virginia, you can definitely drive to CicLAvia. Even though it’s a car-free celebration. Your car won’t explode. Unless it was going to do that already. When’s the last time you changed the oil? Some nearby streets may be a bit congested. It may not be easy to park. But those things aren’t uncommon. We don’t necessarily want to encourage driving… but it’s definitely an option, and probably the best choice for a lot of people.

2. Carpool

Walking and biking are mucho more fun in groups. So gather up your sister, your cousin, your mom (of course), your neighbor, the guy down the street on the left, and that cute waitress you’ve been trying to muster up the nerve to talk with… and pack them all in the van, and drive down together. Make an event of it! If you want to share a ride with a stranger, maybe post on or Craigslist. Get your passengers to pay for gas, too!

3. Walk

If you live within a mile or two of the route, try walking! It’s actually easier and faster than you tend to think, and it’s pretty much the best exercise in the known universe, ’cause it’s not strenuous and our bodies were built for it. It’s also great in groups – so walk with a friend, relative, significant other, a cute waiter, a passing stranger, and the walking time will fly by. (more…)

September 1, 2010 at 12:01 am 4 comments

TEN Things To Do At CicLAvia

More than any other day of the week Sunday is the day most of us take a break. We stop checking email, cook at home and (perhaps most importantly) leave our cars in the garage. But Sunday is actually a fantastic day to get out and do those things you can’t get to in the hurried hours before and after work. With over seven miles of Los Angeles roads yours for the taking this October it’s up to you to get off the couch and out the door.  We have a few ideas to get you started.


1. Bike

If you’ve never biked in LA before this is your chance! No cars, buses or exhaust to worry about: just you, a few thousands friends, and seven open miles of roads. If you’re worried about that bike of yours that you maybe haven’t used much lately, consider taking it to the Bicycle Kitchen – a great fun non-profit bike shop located in East Hollywood – on the CicLAvia route! They can help you tune up, so you’re ready to ride on 10/10/10.


CicLAvia is not just about biking (though there will be lots of it). Walking the route promises to be an adventure in its own right. Some of the great things about taking a walk in the city are the spontaneous people, places and things you come across. In especially dense urban centers there is a kind of rhythm to that interaction that Jane Jacobs once called “the heart of the day ballet”. LA is a very different city from the ones Ms. Jacobs idealized but it doesn’t mean we can’t have our own kind of dance. Winding through some of the densest parts of the city, CicLAvia streets promise the kinds of spontaneity that will surely turn walkers into dancers.. which leads us to our next point.

3. Dance!

Try as we might dancing in the streets is probably not something most of us can partake in regularly: until now. At CicLAvia dancing in the streets is not only permitted, it is encouraged. Samba, salsa or waltz yourself down Wilshire. No one will stop you. Have a dance troupe or class? Invite them. But be prepared for drop-ins.


August 24, 2010 at 9:18 am 4 comments

TEN Reasons for CicLAvia

In honor of our 10-10-10 first ever city of Los Angeles CicLAvia date, for TEN days CicLAvia is running top TEN listings! (drum roll please!) Below are TEN great reasons for CicLAvia! Coming soon – 10 great places to eat on the route, 10 public artworks, 10 historic architectural landmarks, 10 problems CicLAvia solves, 10 ways to get to CicLAvia, and much more! We’re asking you, dear reader, to help us out on these lists! If you have ideas for fun top TEN lists, tell us in the comments or email info [at] ciclavia [dot] org!


1. Fun!

CicLAvia isn’t some high-falutin’ cultural extravaganza that’s “good for you.” Nor some grueling race you need to (huff! puff!) finish. Nor a way to educate or, ahem, lecture people. It’s about having FUN! Together. In our streets. Have a great time hanging out in the public spaces we pass through daily. We’re looking forward to having a great time on 10/10/10.


August 16, 2010 at 1:09 am 4 comments

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