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CicLAvia Celebrates Its 10th Event since 10/10/10 on October 5
By Sentinel News Service
Published October 2, 2014

 

Ciclavia Leimert Park to South LA to East Hollywood to Boyle Heights – Los Angeles in 2011

Courtesy of Leimert Park Beat

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Three generations: Caron Reid, Sadio Woods, and Sadio’s son, Zahnki, riding up to CicLAvia from Leimert Park in 2013.

 Sahra/LA Streetsblog

 Heart of LA Explores East LA, Boyle Heights, Echo Park, Chinatown, Historic Core and South Los Angeles

CicLAvia will host its tenth open streets event in less than four years with CicLAvia – Heart of LA presented by Metro on October 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The route is the first to leave the City of Los Angeles as it ventures into East LA and the County of Los Angeles thanks to open streets funding from Metro. The route is the first of a dozen countywide that will benefit from $3.7 million in Metro funding.

Since the first CicLAvia event, hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed Los Angeles in a fun and transformative way. The car-free events allow people to explore the region by foot, bike, skates, and other non-motorized means of transportation, and connect with diverse communities, businesses, healthy activities and each other in a way that isn’t possible by car.

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Heart of LA presented by Metro will cross through downtown LA along parts of the first CicLAvia route, but will extend into entirely new areas like Echo Park, the Historic Broadway Theater District, and through Boyle Heights to East and South Los Angeles.

There will be six hubs along the route that will offer information, food, CicLAvia merchandise, sponsor booths, first aid and bike repair. The hubs are: Echo Park, Broadway, Chinatown, Mariachi Plaza, Cinco Puntos and the East LA Civic Center.

CicLAvia is free to people of all ages. No registration is required and there is no starting or ending point to the route. People may enter anywhere and create their own experience from there.

CicLAvia will return two months later with its final event of 2014, CicLAvia – South LA on December 7. Organizers said that CicLAvia will take Angelenos through South Los Angeles’ culturally and historically significant Leimert Park and the Central Avenue corridor. The coming year will also see increased efforts by CicLAvia organizers to work with other cities and communities throughout the Los Angeles region, with the hope of setting up as many as a dozen “open street” events by 2017 outside the city of Los Angeles.

In 2015, CicLAvia will have its most ambitious year to date, with four events scheduled: The San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, Culver City/West LA, all partly funded by a Metro grant, as well as a new Heart of LA route.

Details about the route, the activities, how to participate and more can be found at ciclavia.org/events.

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