Map of roadways being used for 2012 CicLAvia event in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Screenshot via ciclavia.org
What is our largest public space? The network of public streets, of course, and this weekend cyclists and pedestrians will be enjoying that open space in downtown Los Angeles without any cars getting in their way. Inspired by Ciclovía, the original regular street closure event in Bogotá, Colombia, CicLAvia opens L.A. streets to pedestrians and bicyclists, creating a temporary web of public space on which residents of Los Angeles can walk, bike, socialize, celebrate and experience more of their own city.
Approximately ten miles of roadways will temporarily be closed to car traffic and open for recreational purposes. From Boyle Heights to Downtown, MacArthur Park to East Hollywood, El Pueblo/Olvera Street, and South L.A., CicLAvia encourages Angelinos to not only make active use of their streets, but to rediscover the streets and neighborhoods that often go unnoticed in a car. This year’s CicLAvia will take place on Sunday April 15, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Will you be attending? If so, will you be biking, running, or walking?
Jonathan Parfrey,CicLAvia Board Member and a Commissioner of the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power
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