CicLAvia Comes to West Hollywood This Sunday

Join us for a ride up Santa Monica Boulevard through Beverly Hills where we will join the latest CicLAvia. Starting at San Vicente Boulevard on Sunday August 18th at 9AM and heading east into Hollywood, this promises to be one of the most pedestrian friendly routes yet.

CicLAvia map August 18, 2019Our neighbor West Hollywood has made great strides in ensuring its segment of Santa Monica Boulevard pedestrian friendly and a great place to stroll. So many bars, restaurants and other attractions make it a great place to walk — and to arrive by bicycle.

Just down the hill on San Vicente is the fantastic West Hollywood library (it puts our aging building to shame!) and the new West Hollywood public park. That city is really going great guns. And now CicLAvia will transform the original Route 66 where the car was king into a closed-street cycling paradise.

Further east into Hollywood there is plenty more to see (especially if like us you are a local loathe to venture up there) and it’s much more pleasurable to see it by bike.

Thanks Metro for making CicLAvia happen. Maybe one day Beverly Hills will get on board with our own closed-street extravaganza to celebrate our new classy Santa Monica Boulevard high-viz bicycle lanes.

CicLAvia October, 2014 in Pictures

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CicLAvia route for October 2014: Bringing it to the Eastside!

With the 10th CicLAvia in Los Angeles now behind us, we take a look at last Sunday’s festivities with a few snaps. After just a few years running, the city’s premier closed-street festival has not only become institutionalized – that is, carried over with enthusiasm from the Villaraigosa to the Garcetti administration – but is reaching out to new areas like East Los Angeles. Behold the joy of closed streets from Echo Park to the Eastside! Continue reading

CicLaVia Returns Sunday, October 5th

Ciclavia 2014-10-5 map smallThe vaunted closed-street bike parade known as CicLAvia returns to Los Angeles city streets this Sunday with a ride from Echo Park though Downtown and into East Los Angeles. This exciting route not only offers a window onto our region’s complex urban fabric; it also bids Westside riders to explore areas to the east which we are less likely to seek out. We’ll be there on Sunday and may even catch a feeder ride to Echo Park. Join us! Continue reading

CicLAvia Returns!

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This next iteration in the popular LA closed-streets mobility festival returns to Downtown Los Angeles on October 5th with a new route spur deep into the Eastside, for the first time reaching East Los Angeles. Mark your calendar to join the greatest bike fest on the west coast!

Sunday: CicLAVia Transforms Mid-City With ‘Iconic Wilshire’

Ciclavia Spring 2014We joined thousands of riders and walkers for this year’s first CicLAvia held April 6th. The mid-city route from Fairfax to Downtown liberated for a day Wilshire Boulevard, one of the more significant public spaces in the region. This slow-roll through an historic corridor (which we recapped back in 2012) was free of cars and free of charge. That makes for the biggest spectacle since Lindsay Lohan’s repeat engagements at the Beverly Hills courthouse.  Continue reading

CicLAvia Takes on Wilshire

Ciclavia Wilshire 2013 promoThe  seventh CicLAvia to grace Los Angeles turned Wilshire Boulevard from Downtown to Miracle Mile into a street fest to celebrate this historic crosstown corridor. Like the six CicLAvias that preceded it, today we use the occasion to celebrate: not only the city but our identity and our differences. While such qualities are often subsumed behind make, model and color, today we can embrace not what divides us but what unites us. Continue reading

Two Great Bike Events

River Ride 2013 logoComing up in the next two weeks or so are two great bike events: Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s River Ride (June 9th) and CicLAvia‘s foray into the Westside (June 23rd). Each provides the causal rider and the committed wheelman an opportunity to view the city in cross section. Where River Ride is a roll though blue-collar communities and rail yards of the region’s industrial present, CicLAvia Wilshire ride is a trip though the mid-century past. From the blacktop at a slow pace we can find much to appreciate about this city, from hard-edge industry to Deco-era eclecticism. Continue reading

CicLAvia comes to Venice This Sunday!

Ciclavia mapThe now-famous CicLAvia cycling street party is back this year with pair of events that expand its reach westward along two of the city’s greatest corridors: Venice and Wilshire boulevards. Starting with this Sunday, when cyclists and streetscape enthusiasts alike will enjoy free run of Venice between Downtown and the beach. From 10am to 3pm.our most pervasive public space will be returned to two-wheeled travelers and pedestrians and allow us to explore the layered histories in the physical environment that make Los Angeles so unique. We’ll be there and hope to see you there too! Next up in June: Wilshire! Continue reading

CicLAvia a Success!

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CicLAvia returned to Los Angeles this past Sunday with nine miles of closed city streets and we call it a success! This fifth edition, we feel, was better than earlier iterations despite hand-wringing about jettisoning the Hel-Mel and Hollenbeck Park hubs. The new route clearly tapped new transit opportunities with new hubs on rail lines and, not least, extended the route to the heretofore untapped neighborhoods of Exposition Park and Chinatown. But in past years, the 7th and Spring corridors proved to be the event’s main streets. With a crowd conservatively estimated at 100,000, a river of bikes, skateboards, unicycles and every other means of human-powered conveyance flowed through the center of Downtown to penetrate precincts overdue for a casual … Continue reading

CicLAvia Reaches Out to the City Present, Past and Future

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We previously posted about changes to this Fall’s CicLAvia route, including a new extension into Chinatown and a long spur into South Los Angeles and Exposition Park. Gone is the Eastside’s touchstone, Hollenbeck park, and jettisoned too is ‘Hel-Mel.’ But the new western hub at MacArthur Park does opens it more to Westside & Mid City riders. What do these changes mean for our ride in October, and what can they tell us about the city past, present, and future?

New CicLAvia Route Promises Easier Access for Westsiders

CicLAvia has announced a new route for this coming October’s rolling street party. As detailed in LA.Streetsblog, there are some changes that distinguish the upcoming event from the four already held. Notably there are new departure points at MacArthur Park and Exposition Park that will make it more convenient for riders from the Beverly Hills area to join in. The change represents an ambitious evolution for the city’s premier closed-street block party.

CicLAVia Sunday 4/15 – and Feeder Rides Too!

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Join thousands of other cyclists on a ride though the carless center of Los Angeles. CicLAVia is building on three earlier car-free city rides with a 10-mile route with new spurs to El Pueblo and South Los Angeles. Haven’t ridden CicLAVia before? You will enjoy city streets like you’ve never experienced them: as micro-neighborhoods themselves and as kinetic connectors between neighborhoods – “corridors filled with fun!” as CicLAVia organizers say. This year promises to be better than ever.