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Introducing CicLAvia Walks!
Posted October 06, 2011
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(self guided tour info also available below)

Walk With Us This Sunday!

CicLAvia Walks is an invitation to discover the riches of Los Angeles – its history, ecology, architecture, creativity, and playful happenstance. We hope that you will use this Sunday’s CicLAvia as an opportunity to explore our great city from a new perspective and at a leisurely pace. 

Not surprisingly, walking tours are a big part of the CicLAvia Walks initiative! Organized by Community Arts Resources (CARS) and Sara Daleiden of s(o)ul, in collaboration with John Arroyo, Ron Milam and Megan Sallabedra, these tours have been designed to help you fully experience the rich history and cultural resources along Spring Street, in Little Tokyo and in Boyle Heights. Following are the details for each tour.

Spring Street Promenade  Download Spring Street self guided tour info here
To promenade means to stroll in a public place for pleasure, often on a broad path designed for pedestrians. Created for CicLAvia, the Spring Street Promenade will expand the sidewalk for wandering in downtown. Artist and organizer Sara Daleiden and facilitator Ron Milam will lead a series of walking activities focused on downtown’s historic core and current redevelopment, including architecture, streetscape design, social services and other cultural resources.

Start Locations (2): Promenade Roundabouts, at the intersection of 1st/Spring AND at intersection of 7th/Spring
(You can begin the tour at either intersection – 1st/Spring or 7th/Spring. Your tour will end at the Roundabout at the opposite end of Spring Street from your start location.) 

Tour Times:
1st/Spring Roundabout: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm
7th/Spring Roundabout: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm
Each tour will last 45 minutes.

Little Tokyo Walking Tour
Bill Watanabe and Bill Shishima from the Little Tokyo Historical Society will guide participants through the intricacies of Little Tokyo. This will be a relaxing walk through one of Los Angeles’ most historic, and pedestrian-friendly, neighborhoods.

This tour begins at 11 and ends at noon, perfectly timed for you to a delicious lunch in Little Tokyo!

Start and End Location: Japanese American National Museum
The museum is located at 369 East 1st Street, on the corner of 1st and Alameda 

Tour Time: 11:00am - noon

Boyle Heights Walking Tour   Download Boyle Heights self guided tour info here 
Join urban practitioner and cultural producer John Arroyo for a leisurely cultural tour of Boyle Heights, starting from the active, lush green space of Hollenbeck Park. Walking on and around the CicLAvia route, this tour will explore the rich terrain of the neighborhood, including its diverse immigrant histories and progressive community centers. The tour will culminate at the 4th Street Bridge apex, overlooking the Los Angeles River, with a discussion about the master plan for river revitalization.

Start Location: Hollenbeck Park Hub
End Location: 4th Street Bridge apex

Tour Times: 10:30am (English), 12:00pm (Spanish), and 1:30pm (English)
This tour will last one hour.

Please note: Following the Boyle Heights Walking Tour, participants can either continue along the CicLAvia route on 4th Street or to return with the tour guide to Hollenbeck Park. Metro Gold Line stops Mariachi Plaza and Pico/Aliso are a short walking distance from the tour route.

Coming up next . . . Information and locations for the wildly diverse performances, installations, and interactive activities along the route, courtesy of the CicLAvia Mini-Grant Recipients!