Thursday, October 07, 2010

CicLAvia This Sunday: Will You Be Biking Or Walking L.A.'s Empty Streets?

How will you CicLAvia this Sunday?

The event (see map above), a first of its kind in L.A., will shut down a dozen streets from Hollywood, through downtown and over to Boyle Heights from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 10.

More details from the L.A. Times:

In this car-centric metropolis, where drivers spend an average of 72 hours stuck in traffic annually and jaywalkers are heavily fined, CicLAvia, as the event is known, is something of a marvel.

It is designed to challenge the idea — so ingrained in the city's psyche — that automobiles rule the road.

Jimmy Lizama, a Koreatown bike messenger, plans to march the route with a group practicing capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian mix of martial arts and dance. His 9-year-old stepson, meanwhile, will join in a children's bike ride. Lizama said CicLAvia will transform the road into "a re-imagined, reinvented public space."

It's a free-form event. There's no official schedule to tell you what's happening where. But organizers say they have heard of people planning to use that space for soccer matches, yoga classes, dance routines and political protests. And because many of CicLAvia's planners are active in L.A.'s growing bicycle scene, there are sure to be cyclists galore.

A diverse group of bike activists, transportation experts, academics, artists and event planners has been working for a couple of years to make CicLAvia, pronounced seek-la-VEE-uh, a reality.

Meanwhile, over at Eating LA, Pat has a list of food trucks and eateries on the route.

Get out there -- it'll be good practice for our Nov. 20 Great Los Angeles Walk!

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