It’s time for LA’s second CicLAvia this Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., with the closing of seven miles of streets for a celebration of bicyclists, skateboarders and pedestrians from Heliotrope north of Melrose in Hollywood through downtown LA to Boyle Heights. Last year’s event drew an estimated 100,000 people, and the rave reviews and ambitious fundraising resulted in the scheduling of three more CicLAvias in 2011. Along the route are public art and performances, dance jams, live music, sports, food trucks and fruit harvests, marches in support of good causes, and supreme people-watching opportunities. Get the lowdown, including info on how to hook up with “feeder rides” coming in from all parts of the city, at the Ciclavia website, http://www.ciclavia.wordpress.com.
As Move LA’s Beth Steckler can testify about last year’s Ciclavia experience: “CicLAvia is a whole new way to see some of our great neighborhoods in the central part of the city: Boyle Heights, LA River, Little Tokyo, downtown, Westlake, MacArthur Park, and East Hollywood. Opening the streets creates a real festival atmosphere as people come out to their front yards and stoops to ‘people watch’ the leisurely flow of moms, dads, kids, city council members and serious cyclists of all ages. It's a wonderful, low-key celebration and a fabulous way to spend a spring day. And it's free! Dust off your bike, pull out your skateboard, or put on those walking shoes and come join the party!”