A unique roaming street festival has emerged in Los Angeles over the last 6 years called CicLAvia, an event which closes major urban streets in different parts of the city and reserves them for use by pedestrians, bikers and other non-motorized revelers. CicLAvia events now occur several times per year.
This October 18th, the route starts in Downtown LA and then winds through Chinatown, Westlake, Little Tokyo, the Arts District and Boyle Heights during the bike-friendly fest. It is a great, friendly way to become familiar with some of LA's most exciting, diverse, and interesting urban areas while getting some exercise and enjoying friends!
The term CicLAvia (Spanish for "bike way”) can also be used to describe a temporary closing of LA's streets. The event—inspired by the first Ciclovías in Bogotá, Colombia—welcomes bikes, tricycles, skateboards, and strollers to ride a rotating cast of car-free routes. While most rides center around Downtown, past events have taken the event to Wilshire Boulevard, Venice and South LA.
Wherever it is, expect music, street performances and food trucks, as well as general whimsy and shenanigans. Shop owners and restaurants along the CicLAvia route will also open their doors. It goes without saying that you should bike or take the Metro to your desired spot along the route.
CicLAvia started as a grassroots initiative in 2008 as the outgrowth of discussions held by a number of individuals who recognized that open streets events could address active transportation, urban land use and public health needs in Los Angeles. Five years and 14 CicLAvias later, more than a million people have explored more than 100 miles of open streets in Los Angeles County.
- Over 1 million people have experienced CicLAvia. It's the biggest open streets event in the USA!
- Participants represent 80% of the population of the City of Los Angeles.
- CicLAvia has created over 120 miles of open streets.
- CicLAvia has been opening streets across Los Angeles county since 2010. We've traversed 110 miles across the San Fernando Valley, Culver City, Venice, Mar Vista, Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown, MacArthur Park, South LA, Walnut Park, Huntington Park, Florence-Firestone, Watts, Lynwood, South Gate, Echo Park, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Boyle Heights, Historic Downtown, East LA, and Pasadena.
- In 2016, CicLAvia will host open streets events in the Valley, the Southeast Cities, Wilshire Blvd., and in the Heart of LA.
- CicLAvia has five times more people using its temporary park space during event day than are using all of the other parks in the city of Los Angeles combined!
Plus, it's good for the environment!
- CicLAvia has impacted local and regional transportation policy related to pedestrians and bikes.
- CicLAvia improves air quality by reducing ultrafine particles in the air by over 20 percent.