It’s CicLAvia time again! For those of you who aren’t familiar with CicLAvia, it’s an opportunity to tour parts of Los Angeles via non-motorized transportation like bicycles and skates without having to compete with motorized vehicles. In many respects it’s a giant street party that moves.
The Sunday October 5th CicLAvia is a repeat of past “Heart of Downtown” events but the route has been changed to include some new parts of LA. This year’s route is a big T that goes from Echo Park on the west end to the East LA Civic Center on the east end and the Theater District on the south end through Chinatown on the north end. If you ride the entire route and return to your point of origin the ride will be about 20 miles long, but there are no rules that say you have to ride the whole thing. There is no “start” or “end” so you can start anywhere and ride as much or as little as you want.
I keep typing “ride” because I’m a bicyclist, but you can walk, run, skate, skateboard, or ride just about any wheeled vehicle as long as it’s not motorized.
There are several “hubs” along the way that include banks of porta-potties. There is also food, beverages, and vendors at these hubs and bicycle repair is available at several locations along the route. I’ll add that water and bicycle repair is free more often than not and many of the businesses and restaurants along the route will be open too.
I take my bicycle to the route on my car and leave the car in one of the many “pay to park” lots along the route. My personal favorite is the Joe’s Auto Park #831 on Francisco and I usually have to pay $8 for the day, but it’s not very close to the new route so I’ll end up in one of the many similar options on my side of the route.
Truth be known, I may not make it to this particular CicLAvia because the date conflicts with the last day of the MCAS Miramar Air Show, but I’ll be there if I’ve had enough air show and I’m not too tired or sunburned. There’s another CicLAvia in December and scuttlebutt has it that there will be several new routes next year and I plan to ride every one I can.
If you are interested in attending this event I strongly suggest you visit the CicLAvia website for more information:
You can also find some photos I took during the October 2012 “Heart of LA” ride in this Flickr photo album: