CicLAvia Unveils 2014 Routes and Vision for Countywide Expansion
Iconic Wilshire Boulevard Route Returns on April 6; Two New Routes Planned for Fall
LOS ANGELES – CicLAvia will once again free people from their cars to experience the neighborhoods of Los Angeles in a new way with three events in 2014. These car-free events will allow people to explore Los Angeles by foot, bike, skates, or any other non-motorized means of transportation and connect with businesses, the environment, healthy activity, diverse communities and each other in a way that isn’t possible by car. Each event will run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
On April 6, the highly successful Iconic Wilshire Boulevard route will return, allowing people to interact with the neighborhoods and architecture that defines the famed boulevard from downtown Los Angeles to Museum Row in the Miracle Mile. Once again two pedestrian zones will anchor the route – the Active Zone in downtown and the Miracle Mile zone, the latter featuring exciting activities from the cultural institutions along Museum Row. This will be the last Iconic Wilshire Boulevard route until the completion of major street level construction of the Metro Purple Line subway extension through the Miracle Mile.
Iconic Wilshire Boulevard also coincides with and concludes the national Open Streets Summit, April 4-6, which CicLAvia is co-hosting along with the Open Streets Project. The summit will bring together leaders working on open streets programs from cities around the country, including experts in urban planning, alternative transportation and bike and pedestrian advocacy to examine best practices and consider new opportunities.
On October 5, CicLAvia will return to the Heart of LA in downtown Los Angeles. The 2014 version of the route will expand into new areas including Echo Park and East Los Angeles. The route will also go to Grand Park and will run the length of Broadway from 9th St. to Chinatown.
Finally, December 7 will see a completely new route as CicLAvia goes into South Los Angeles for the first time, linking the culturally rich Leimert Park area to the historic Central Avenue corridor.
“CicLAvia’s mission is to transform people’s relationship to the communities we live in, work in, and, yes, drive through. The 2014 routes do just that, by taking participants to new areas, encouraging them to interact with people and neighborhoods they might not otherwise have the opportunity to,” said CicLAvia Executive Director Aaron Paley. “These routes are just a preview for our vision in the coming years.”
CicLAvia’s long-range planning envisions countywide expansion of car-free events in 2015 and 2016. Much of that expansion is sparked by $2 million in Metro funding for open streets events throughout Los Angeles County. Municipalities in the region can apply for a portion of the funding for their proposed events. CicLAvia will be a named partner on several of the proposals, which could bring the event to some exciting new places. In addition, CicLAvia is planning its first San Fernando Valley route for early 2015 and is examining a new CicLAvia – To the Sea route later in 2015.
The rapid expansion of CicLAvia comes in large part due to the public and private financial support for the organization. CicLAvia draws its funding from several key foundation granters, public agencies like Metro and the City of Los Angeles, corporate funders and from an expanding base of individual supporters. The success of CicLAvia has prompted several large-scale contributions including $500,000 from the Wasserman Foundation, $100,000 from LA2050, and $150,000 from the Rosenthal Family Foundation.
Ultimately, CicLAvia hopes to expand its financial base and, in cooperation with municipalities throughout Los Angeles County, the number of open streets events in the county. The goal is to have as many as one dozen regional open streets events by 2017, with eight to nine events produced by CicLAvia and the rest produced by other entities.
CicLAvia catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free street events. CicLAvia engages people to positively transform relationships with our communities and with each other. With the full support of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Metro, the Los Angeles City Council, Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Water and Power, and the Department of Parks and Recreation, CicLAvia is an innovative model for creating new public space and enriching civic life. CicLAvia is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.
Support for CicLAvia
CicLAvia is made possible through the generosity of its partners, supporters and sponsors. Partners include: the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Wasserman Foundation. Supporters include: the Goldhirsh Foundation, LA2050, the Rosenthal Family Foundation, The California Endowment, Laemmle Charitable Foundation, The Roth Family Foundation, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and the David Bohnett Foundation. Sponsors include: The Ratkovich Company, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power and REI. Media Partners include: Laemmle Theatres.