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South LA to Host Its First-Ever CicLAvia on December 7
By Sentinel News Service
Published November 13, 2014

Food and Cultural Highlights Abound between Leimert Park and Historic Central Avenue

CicLAvia – South LA for the first time will bring America’s premier car-free event into a part of Los Angeles on Sunday, December 7 from, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CicLAvia – South LA will run along Martin Luther King Boulevard, including anchors at Leimert Park and along Central Avenue. 

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This event will run through a community that saw the birth of West Coast jazz, is the home to the space shuttle Endeavor and has a rich array of arts and cuisine. Participants will enjoy walking, biking and using other alternative transportation as they connect with businesses, outdoor exercise and each other.

CicLAvia – South LA falls on the 40th anniversary of the first ciclovía in Bogota, Colombia – the model that has inspired hundreds of open streets events around the world. CicLAvia is proud to have ciclovía founder Jaime Ortiz attend as a VIP guest for CicLAvia – South LA.

In addition, a grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs will showcase programming from multiple South LA cultural institutions (details TBA). CicLAvia will have four hubs along the route featuring information and merchandise, food trucks, free bike repair, bike parking, free water stations, first aid, restrooms and activities, including:

Central Avenue Hub

– Kid’s Zone: featuring the Mobile Mural Lab, kids bike safety skills course and giveaways

Jazz Park Hub

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– Pedestrian zone

– Kick-off ceremony

– Los Angeles City Council District 9 Constituent Center will host Community Health Council’s health pavilion and booths from the Central Ave Farmers Market

– Music from the Central Avenue Jazz festival

– Tours of the Dunbar Hotel

Exposition Park Hub

– Expo Center will host their annual Winter Festival in collaboration with the California African American Museum’s Target Sundays (http://www.caamuseum.org/web_pages/target_sundays.htm). The hub will feature musical programming, pictures with Santa Claus, snow on the Soboroff Sports Field and food demos from the CSU Expo mini-farm

Leimert Park Hub

–  The soft opening of the new People St. Plaza on 43rd Place (A People St. Plaza, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Transportation, creates accessible public open space by closing a portion of street to vehicular traffic)

–  Arts and entertainment by the Leimert Park Village community featuring multiple venues showcasing art and culture.

(PLEASE NOTE – ROUTE ENDS AN HOUR EARLIER THAN NORMAL DUE TO EARLY SUNSET)

 

For information about safety, rules of the road and business participation visit ciclavia.org/events.

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Categories: Crenshaw & Around

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