CICLAVIA COMING TO WEST ADAMS & MID-CITY

JUNE19CiCL1web2Just in time to kick off summer. On June 30, CicLAvia will roll through Mid-City, Arlington Heights, Angelus Vista, Harvard Heights and Pico Union neighborhoods as the route travels Venice Blvd, 7th Ave. and Washington Blvd.

CicLAvia, a nonprofit organization, closes streets to cars and opens them up for people of all ages and abilities to ride, walk, stroll, roll, run, dance and smile.

“There’s no better way to start the summer than with CicLAvia,” said Romel Pascual, CicLAvia Executive Director. “CicLAvia embodies the spirit of summer, providing a chance for people to wander, explore and play with friends and family.  We are excited that the local businesses along the route will gain some new customers, and will have the opportunity to showcase and engage with the tens of thousands of participants we anticipate attending.”

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This 31st edition of CicLAvia, Mid-City Meets Pico Union, features a four-mile route that stretches along Venice Blvd and Hoover Ave in Pico Union, through West Adams and ending at Washington Blvd and La Brea Ave in Mid-City. While part of this route was included in the epic 2013 CicLAvia - To the Sea CicLAvia, the western portion on Washington is a new stretch.

Since the 2010 inaugural CicLAvia in Downtown LA,  CicLAvia has become a tradition in Los Angeles, with 30 events to date throughout the city and region.  These events are designed to create joyous and accessible human-powered experiences for everyone. It’s an innovative model for creating new public space and enriching civic life because it engages with people and lets them connect with their communities and each other in new ways.  It expands our imagination of what is possible.

JUNE19CICL3webOn CicLAvia day the sound of cars honking is replaced by the ambient noise of footsteps pounding, skateboards rolling, bicycle wheels spinning, gears shifting, children laughing, and conversations continuing. Encouraged by the safety of a car-free environment, people become open to exploring old and new neighborhoods in entirely new ways. Families rediscover their city and region, and leave CicLAvia as newly engaged participants.

Recognized as the largest open streets events in the nation, over 1.6 million people have explored over 200 miles of safe, car-free streets at CicLAvia events since the first route on October 10, 2010.

A CicLAvia event is not race, and there is no starting point nor finish line.  Participants can enter along any point on the route. There will be family-friendly activities at each of the three hubs, featuring a menu of fun games, workshops, exhibits, educational booths, and more.

At CicLAvia, we work with community partners to offer things like obstacle courses, kids helmet giveaways, kids bike rodeos, photo booths, a 25' rock climbing wall, vintage board games, music and dancing, and much more at hubs along the route.

This 2019 CicLAvia season is our biggest yet, with events planned every other month.

Streets will be closed to motor vehicles from 9am to 4pm. For exact street closures and other helpful information, visit www.ciclavia.org.

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