On Sunday, April 21, Los Angeles will celebrate its sixth CicLAvia, transforming 15 miles of normally congested streets into a car-free, linear park for strolling, biking, playing, and experiencing the city from a new perspective.
According to CicLAvia.org, “CicLAvia – To the Sea will be CicLAvia’s longest route to date, spanning more than 15 miles and connecting the city’s historic center at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and the bustling boardwalk of Venice Beach. Several hubs along this expansive route will offer information and services for participants. CicLAvia – To the Sea offers a rich tour of the city’s history, vibrant neighborhoods, and majestic views of the Pacific Ocean.
CicLAvia is recognized as one of the city’s most innovative initiatives – a large-scale public celebration that has come to symbolize Los Angeles’ civic, cultural, and environmental resurgence. CicLAvia challenges the stereotype of Los Angeles as a car-addicted, smog-choked megalopolis, and gives people a chance to enjoy the benefits of the city’s improved walkability, public transit, and vibrant street life.”
Since it began in 2010, CicLAvia has quickly become Los Angeles’ most popular public event, consistently attracting more than 100,000 participants. “People love CicLAvia because it is incredibly fun, and there is a sense of camaraderie and community that is rare for a city as large and diverse as ours,” says Aaron Paley, CicLAvia’s co-founder and executive producer.
The CicLAvia route includes six hubs, each situated in the heart of a unique neighborhood and accessible by Metro Rail: MacArthur Park; Exposition Park; Grand Park at Civic Center; Central Plaza in Chinatown; and Mariachi Plaza and Soto Station in Boyle Heights.
CicLAvia is free of charge and open to all. No reservations are required. For more information, or to download maps, visit CicLAvia.org.