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Some Tips for Wheelchair CicLAvia Participants
Posted October 05, 2010
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CicLAvia is open to ALL Angelenos and we want to make it easy and fun for everyone to participate. With that in mind, here are some suggestions for those using a wheelchair, walker or other device to help them get around.

Please comment below if we’re missing something and we’ll address it as best we can!

Arrive early. Whether you arrive via car, public transit, or some other way we haven’t thought of, arriving early is the way to go. The route won’t be in full swing and you’ll have first dibs on the open streets! If you arrive by car, you should be able to find street parking close to the route if you arrive close to the 10am start time.  Note that there will be traffic officers at intersections where streets are closed – the streets adjacent to the route are open only to local traffic. Let the officer know that you’re dropping off, and they’ll wave you through. See Getting to CicLAvia  for more advice on parking.
Some suggested drop-off points along the route: (listed west to east)

  • Heliotrope Drive, north of Melrose Avenue, at the west end of the route. In this residential neighborhood behind Los Angeles City College, the street is wide herewith plenty of room to maneuver. And there will be fun things to see at this part of the route!
  • 7th Street either near Alvarado Street or near Park View Street – across from MacArthur Park. 7th Street is wide here and there will be activities at the park
  • Central Avenue just south of 3rd Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Central presents a good wide drop-off street. From there, explore Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles, and maybe visit the nearby museums.

Take public transit. The route was planned with accessibility in mind. There are 7 Metro Rail stations along the route and numerous bus lines intersect it. For complete rail and bus information see Metro’s website.
You may want to avoid hills. The route was designed to be relatively flat, but there are a few areas on the route with minor hills – nothing major. The grade on these isn’t bad – our wheelchair friends can do these! But if you’re looking to avoid hills, you might plan to stay away from these stretches (listed west to east):

  • New Hampshire Avenue immediately north of Beverly Boulevard
  • 7th Street, just west of Figueroa, over the 110 freeway connecting downtown with Westlake
  • 4th Street Bridge over the L.A. River, both western and eastern approaches have some slope
  • 4th Street at the 101 freeway, slopes up into Boyle Heights

Route guides will be stationed all along the route informing CicLAvia participants about hills as they approach these locations.

Lastly, something all them able-bodied folks want to know, too: Bathrooms! There will be port-a-potties (including one wheelchair-accessible) at each of our 4 rest stops:

  • Hel-Mel Bicycle District (Heliotrope at Melrose)
  • MacArthur Park (7th at Alvarado)
  • City Hall South Lawn (First at Spring)
  • Hollenbeck Park (4th at Saint Louis)

Additional public bathrooms at other city parks: Shatto Park, La Fayette Park and Aliso-Pico Park. If all those aren’t enough, pull into a local mom-and-pop restaurant, and they can help you out, too.