Monday, April 11, 2011
Reclaiming the Streets with CicLAvia -- Well, for One Morning, At Least
What if car-dependent Los Angeles gave way to bikes, strollers, rollerblades and walkers for one glorious morning and afternoon? Turns out tens of thousands would show up.
Bicyclists and pedestrians took back 7.5 miles of L.A. streets on Sunday, as the second CicLAvia attracted crowds of all shapes and sizes. They were rewarded with the novelty of traveling down several L.A. streets -- such as 7th and Spring Streets -- from East Hollywood to Boyle Heights, sans traffic.
Blogger Kid brought along his bike, while Maria and I, with Blogger Toddler 2.0 in the stroller, rushed to keep up. (Next time: Rollerblades.) We easily found street parking downtown at 5th and Hill, and from there it was just a two-block walk to 7th (which, you may remember, the Toddler and I explored last fall as part of the Los Angeles Conservancy's tour). We strolled down 7th, then up Spring (near City Hall), where crowds were strong.
It was one of those great Los Angeles moments. Some pics:
If you missed this Sunday's CicLAvia, don't worry -- the organizers are planning the next one for later in the year.
Here's a YouTube video from CicLAvia, summing up Sunday: