CicLAvia - Heart of LA


CicLAvia - Heart of LA

CicLAvia heads back to it's anniversary route through the Heart of LA on October 16 as Boyle Heights, Chinatown, DTLA, and Westlake will host the country’s largest open streets event! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.

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New to CicLAvia? Here are some things you need to know for October 16:

  • CicLAvia is FREE!
  • CicLAvia lasts from 9 AM until 4 PM
  • CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles.
  • CicLAvia is not a race! There's no starting point or finish line - begin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
  • CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, just like regular traffic. Check out some more safety tips.

Questions or Concerns

General event information: please contact CicLAvia at 213.355.8500 or info@ciclavia.org

For concerns regarding the street closure permit, please reach out to the City of Los Angeles: 213.847.6000

Volunteer

Join the CicLAvia Angel Volunteer Team! 

Day-of Volunteer Opportunities

Click a hub below to view available volunteer opportunities:

Mariachi Plaza Hub 

Chinatown Hub

Grand Park Hub 

MacArthur Park Hub 

 

Volunteer with a Group

Pre/Post Volunteer Opportunities

There are several ways to help out before the day of CicLAvia. Whether it's joining our outreach team going door-to-door chatting with stakeholders along the route, distributing postcards to your neighborhood, or helping our production team pack signs and merchandise for the big day. Volunteers are always needed! 

Click below to view the available volunteer opportunities before/after October 16!

Volunteer before/after CicLAvia 

Community Meetings

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Find out how you can get involved! On October 16, CicLAvia will temporarily remove cars from certain streets in Downtown LA, Boyle Heights, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, and MacArthur Park and open them up to pedestrians, strollers, bikes and more from 9am–4pm for a car-free day.

Join us for one of our community meetings to learn about street closures, business opportunities, family activities, volunteer positions and more.

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Averigüe cómo puede involucrarse! El 16 de octubre, CicLAvia abrirá ciertas calles en Downtown LA, Boyle Heights, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, and MacArthur Park a peatones, cochecitos o carriolas, bicicletas y demás desde las 9am–4pm para tener un día libre de autos.

Únase a nuestra reunión de la comunidad para que tenga información de las actividades familiares, oportunidades para los negocios, cierre de calles, posiciones para los voluntarios y más.

Refrescos y aperitivos serán servidos!

Todos los que vienen serán incluidos en una rifa para ganar un casco de CicLAvia!

Click on a community meeting below to RSVP:

Enjoy a Safe CicLAvia

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Need Help on the Route?

Law Enforcement & Emergency Personnel: The Los Angeles Police Department provides a strong security presence at CicLAvia. In addition, there are emergency medical technicians stationed at each Hub, and other response personnel are available along the route.

In case of an accident, go to the nearest Hub to report it to CicLAvia staff. If you are between Hubs, look for the nearest uniformed officer or responder, or CicLAvia staff member.

If you notice any suspicious activity or a suspicious package, immediately report it to the nearest CicLAvia staff member or uniformed officer.

At CicLAvia, the safety and well being of our participants is our primary concern. We work closely with local authorities to provide as safe and secure an environment as possible. We also partner with other local agencies that provide additional security elements along the route and at public transit locations.

Contact Staff & Volunteers: CicLAvia staff can be identified by the bright blue CicLAvia t-shirt with yellow lettering that says STAFF on the back. CicLAvia volunteers can be identified by the bright yellow CicLAvia t-shirt with blue lettering that says VOLUNTEER on the back. 

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Staff members and volunteers can assist with you with finding the answers to questions and with helping to find the right person to respond to emergencies.  If you are missing a member of your party, have been in a minor accident or have been part of an incident, please contact staff at the nearest CicLAvia Hub. This is often the fastest way to ensure police officers or emergency personnel respond to the situation rapidly and effectively. 

Rentals

Want to ride a bike, rollerblades, or skateboard on CicLAvia but don't own one? No problem. Here are several bike & skate shops that we know of that offer rentals. Be sure to call ahead and pay for your reservation in advance, because rentals definitely sell out.

P.S. Bikes are not required to participate! You can walk, run, skate, scooter, dance, and more!

Rent a Bike at CicLAvia

Bikes and Hikes LA can have a bike ready for you at CicLAvia, and will donate 10% of the proceeds to CicLAvia!

Call (323) 796-8555 and request your CicLAvia Day bike rental for Sunday August 14! Rentals include helmet, safety vest and lock.

Metro Bikeshare

Metro Bikeshare is live in DTLA! Grab a bike at any of these stations close to the CicLAvia route:

  • Grand & 7th
  • 7th & Metro Center
  • Figueroa & 8th
  • Figueroa & 9th
  • Hope & 6th
  • 7th & Bixel
  • Wilshire & Witmer

Map of all Bikeshare Stations

Bike Delivery

  • Bikes and Hikes LA - 8250 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90046; (323) 796-8555. Rentals include helmet, safety vest, lock and map of LA.
  • Synaptic Cycles - Los Angeles road bike rentals, delivered to your door for free. (310) 925-3969

Downtown / Central LA

  • Just Ride L.A. - 1626 S. Hill Street (at Venice Blvd), Los Angeles, CA 90015; (213) 745-6783. In order to ensure availability, please reserve up to 3 days in advance. Also offers locks and helmets.
  • DTLA Bikes - 425 S. Broadway (at 4th St), Los Angeles, CA 90013; (213) 533-8000 Fleet of 200+ bikes ready to ride! Also offers helmets.
  • El Maestro Bicycle Shop - 806 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90014; (213) 627-0580
  • LA Golden Bicycles – 4001 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010; (213) 739-9911
  • I. Martin Bicycles - 8330 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90048; (323) 653-6900
  • Speedworkz - 3110 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90026; (323) 369-9036
  • Coco’s Variety Store - 2427 Riverside Drive., Silverlake; (323) 664-7400 

Northeast LA

  • Flying Pigeon - 3714 N. Figueroa (at Marmion Way), Highland Park; (213) 909-8986
  • Lincoln Heights Cycle, 3422 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90031; (323) 221-2670
  • Bike Oven, 3706 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065; (626) 357-6799
  • Bicycle Doctor, 5003 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA 90042; (323) 259-3131
  • Raffi's Bicycles, 5509 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042;  (323) 474-6340
  • Ryky’s Bike Shop, 2424 Daly St, Los Angeles, CA 90031; (213) 703-8909
  • Spokes N Stuff - Griffith Park Ranger Station, 4730 Crystal Springs Ave., Griffith Park, CA 90027; (323) 662-6573

San Gabriel Valley

Culver City

  • Abba Padre - 4219 Sepulveda Blvd. #A, Culver City, CA 90230; (310) 390-5203
  • Palms Cycle - 3770 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034; (310) 838- 9644

Mar Vista

Venice

  • Spokes N Stuff - The Inn at Venice Beach, 327 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90291; (310) 439-7276
  • Jays Rentals Venice Beach - 1501 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291; (310) 392-7306
  • Boardwalk Skate & Surf - 201 1/2 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291; (310) 450-6634
  • Venice Bike & Skates - 21 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292; (310) 301-4011. First come, first served.
  • Perry's Cafe -3100 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90292; (310) 823-6730. Venice Beach at end of Washington Blvd.
  • Perry's Cafe - 2500 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90293; (310) 823-1453. Venice Beach at end of North Venice Blvd.
  • The Bicycle Whisperer - 724 Vernon Ct., Venice, CA 90291; (310) 612-1409
  • Bike Curious Rentals - 34 Windward Ave., Venice, CA 90291 ; Call or text (310) 702-2823

Long Beach

Santa Monica

Marina Del Ray

Beverly Hills

West LA

San Fernando Valley

  • Van's Cyclery - 11407 Victory Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91606; (818) 760-6960. Call a few days in advance to rent a bike - limited quantities available.
  • Retro Xpress Bicycles - 14503 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401; (818) 200-9463.
  • Wheel Fun Rentals - 6300 Balboa Blvd. Van Nuys, CA 91316; (818) 212-4263. A wide range of bikes are available including cruisers, choppers, tandems and surreys.
  • LA Bike Adventures - 7736 Amestoy Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406; (818) 826-2011. Mountain bikes and gravel bikes (can be converted into road bikes)
If you have a bike shop near the route that rents bikes and you want to be listed here, email us at info@ciclavia.org and we'll add you to the list.

Prohibited Items

The following are not permitted at CicLAvia, due to LA City law:

  • unauthorized solicitation
  • alcoholic beverages
  • narcotics or illegal drugs
  • bathing in pools or fountains
  • damage to property
  • feeding animals
  • firecrackers or explosives
  • firearms
  • fires
  • littering (including pet waste)
  • public intoxication
  • unauthorized driving or parking
  • unauthorized vending
  • unleashed animals
  • weapons

How to CicLAvia

CicLAvia provides the chance for participants to enjoy a fun day connecting with their fellow Angelenos and their city in a whole new way. Participants are welcome to walk, bike, skate, run...any people-powered form of transport is allowed! CicLAvia works hard to provide a safe and secure environment for all participants. By familiarizing yourself with the following information, you can help to make CicLAvia a great event for everyone.

Timing your trip

CicLAvia lasts from 9:00am–4:00pm. Please budget your time accordingly. Make sure you return to your point of origin or final destination by 4:00pm to avoid car traffic when the route reopens. 

Share the Road

Cars are not allowed at CicLAvia, but any other form of non-motorized transportation is. Be aware of how people around you are traveling – biking, walking, skating, etc. – and respect their right to the road.

Monitored intersections

Police, transit officers, and CicLAvia volunteers will be at crossing intersections to monitor the flow of CicLAvia and car traffic. Riders and pedestrians must stop at car and pedestrian intersections when told to do so.

Speed

Please monitor your speed going down a hill. Also stay within the speed of the flow of traffic when it is too congested to pass.

Dismounts

There are often mandatory dismount locations. There will be signs at the dismount locations and volunteers instructing riders to dismount. 

Biking with Children

Our friends at REI have a comprehensive information and video page about biking with children. Please take the time to review this information if you plan to enjoy CicLAvia with a child. 

Helmets for Children

All children 18 and under are required by law to wear a helmet if they are on a bike, scooter, skateboard, skates or other type of geared or wheeled-transportation.

Kids Zones

Kids Zones will offer fun bike and pedestrian safety workshops and other exciting activities.

Experienced Riders Recommended

CicLAvia is not an ideal place to teach a child, or an adult, how to ride due to the heavy flow of bike, board, and pedestrian traffic. While we encourage participants of all ages and skill levels, we strongly suggest that children and all participants learn the basics of bike riding before participating on the CicLAvia route.

Read some safety tips!

Rain or Shine

CicLAvia will go on, rain or shine!

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Here are a few things to remember when riding or skating in wet conditions.

  • Slow down. It’s easier to lose traction, especially in turns, when the road is wet. Avoid sharp turns and high speed turns so your bike won’t slide out from under you.

  • Skidding is more likely when the road is wet. Modulate your braking to avoid a skid.

  • Give yourself extra time and distance to stop.

  • Rim brake users, remember your rims are wet so it takes a little longer for your brake pads to catch. Pumping your brakes will help.

  • Be more cautious on (or avoid) surfaces that are extra slippery when wet: metal plates, manhole covers, train tracks, storm grates, and street “paint”.

  • Avoid riding through standing water or piles of wet leaves, which might conceal road defects.

  • Visibility is reduced when it’s raining. Wear bright, reflective clothing and use front and rear lights to help you see and be seen (even during the day).

Tips from our good friends at LA County Bicycle Coalition

 

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