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CicLAvia – South LA Set for Dec. 4
By Sentinel News Service
Published December 1, 2022

7.25 Miles of Car-Free Open Streets Between Expo Park & Watts to Enjoy as Temporary Park Space

Multiple modes of people-powered transportation are welcome at CicLAvia – South LA. (Courtesy photo)

Metro presents CicLAvia-South LA, 7.25 miles of car-free open streets for all to enjoy as a temporary park space – free of charge – on Sunday, December 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Participants of all ages and abilities can play, explore local gems, and sightsee, while experiencing the joy of safe, people-powered transportation on car-free open streets.

The CicLAvia-South LA is an opportunity to explore the neighborhoods of Exposition Park, Vermont Square, Historic South Central, Central Alameda, Florence-Graham, and Watts, passing landmarks such as Central Ave Jazz Park, Dunbar Hotel, and Ted Watkins Memorial Park.

Show up anywhere along the route at any time and have fun! Hubs have restrooms, free water refilling stations, free basic bike repair, bike parking, and first aid. In addition, free pedicab rides courtesy of AARP are available at each information booth.

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Hubs are resting and meeting points along the route and offer additional programming and activities. For example, be sure to stop by Central Ave Hub to learn all about the new Sustainable Transportation Equity Project (STEP) and the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT)’s Universal Basic Mobility (UBM) Pilot.

(courtesy photo)

 

UBM was born of a vision that residents have access to safe and affordable transportation choices that treat everyone with dignity and support. STEP offers an unprecedented opportunity to put this work into motion in South LA – delivering tangible and measurable results that will disrupt institutions and systems that breed inequity.

At the Watts Hub, Designing in Color (DCo) will remix the configuration of the typical hub to create an experience that encourages more transformative participation in the future of our city by centering the Hub on a large-scale ‘workshop’ centered on Watts/South LA.

CicLAvia is a nonprofit that catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation, and good health through car-free streets. Instead of building permanent infrastructure, CicLAvia builds unifying social fabric, joyously connecting culturally diverse neighborhoods and neighbors to each other through open streets.

CicLAvia is not just about cycling, it’s also about multiple modes of people-powered transportation. Whether one walks, strolls, skate, jogs, scooter, or bikes, CicLAvia creates so many incredible moments and experiences enjoying our city streets together.

More than just an open streets movement, CicLAvia helps communities re-imagine a greener and cleaner Los Angeles, while also promoting equitable transportation options, healthier lifestyles, and closer connections to community.

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Inspired by Bogotá’s weekly ciclovía, CicLAvia has been temporarily closing streets to car traffic and opening them as public parks in Los Angeles since 2010. With more than 259 miles of open streets, South LA is CicLAvia’s 42nd event.

Only people-powered vehicles are allowed. No electric scooters, electric skateboards, hoverboards, electric unicycles, motorcycles and other non-people-powered vehicles are allowed at CicLAvia. Class 1 e-bike pedal-assist allowed. Class 2 e-bikes allowed when throttle is powered off. Class 3 e-bikes allowed when pedal-assist is powered off. Motorized wheelchairs are allowed. Learn more here.

Participants assume all known and unknown risks of participation in CicLAvia. More information regarding participants rights can be found here: https://www.ciclavia.org/ciclavia-safety

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