Frequently Asked Questions

If you don't find answers to your questions below, please e-mail us at info@ciclavia.org.

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What is CicLAvia?

CicLAvia catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free street events. CicLAvia engages with people to positively transform our relationship with our communities and with each other.

Inspired by ciclovía, the weekly street closure event in Bogotá, Colombia, established nearly 40 years ago, CicLAvia consists of the temporary opening of Los Angeles streets to all Angelenos. Free to the public, it interconnects diverse portions of the city, creating a web of temporary public space, free of car traffic.

When will the CicLAvia route go into effect?

On Sundays of CicLAvia events:

  • 1:00 a.m.– officially no parking on the route goes into effect – if any car is parked on the route after 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, it will be towed 
  • 6:00 a.m. – city begins to tow any cars parked on the route 
  • 7:00 a.m. – city begins closing streets to secure route, with full closure in effect by approximately 8:30 a.m.
  • 4:00 p.m. – city begins to re-open the route car traffic – route is fully open by approximately 5:00 p.m.

When will the CicLAvia route revert to normal?

At 4:00pm, after CicLAvia, the roads begin re-opening to cars and are fully open by approximately 4:30pm.

What if my home or business is on the CicLAvia route?

Then you are in luck - you can just walk out your door and enjoy!

But, please take note that any cars parked on the CicLAvia route after 1:00 am on the Sunday of the event will be towed! Cars will not be allowed back on these streets until approximately 4:30 pm on that Sunday after the event. Additionally, all driveways along the route will be blocked from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Where can I rent a bike for CicLAvia?

Bike rental options are currently rather limited in Los Angeles. If you don't have a bike, you can walk, run, skate, scooter - bikes not required. Here are the near-route bike shops that we know of that do bike rental. Call ahead, pay for your reservation in advance, because these rentals sell out.

  • Just Ride L.A. - 1626 S. Hill Street (at Venice Blvd), Downtown L.A. In order to ensure availability, please reserve up to 3 days in advance. Also offers locks and helmets. 213-745-6783.
  • DTLA Bikes - 425 S. Broadway (at 4th St), Downtown L.A.  Fleet of 200+ bikes ready to ride!  Also offers helmets. 213-533-8000
  • Flying Pigeon - 3714 N. Figueroa (at Marmion Way), Highland Park. 213-909-8986.
  • Bikes and Hikes LA - 8743 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Rentals include helmet, safety vest, lock and map of LA.  323-796-8555
  • Bikecology - 9006 W. Pico Blvd., West Los Angeles. 310-278-0915
  • I. Martin Bicycles - 8330 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-653-6900.
  • El Maestro Bicycle Shop - 806 S. Main St., Los Angeles 213-627-0580
  • Coco’s Variety Store - 2427 Riverside Drive., Silverlake 323-664-7400
  • LA Golden Bicycles – 4001 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 213-739-9911
  • Speedworkz - 3112 W. Sunset Blvd., Silverlake. 323-369-9036
  • Zycle Path- 3320 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 323.667.8622
If you're 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.

Are there bathrooms along the route?

Yes. There will be portable toilets, including ADA accessible ones, at hubs along along each CicLAvia route.

 

Where can I find water along the route?

There will be hydration stations at hubs along along each CicLAvia route.

The water stations will be set up as taps (water fountains connected to LADWP fire hydrants), so in the spirit of conservation, CicLAvia asks participants to bring their own reusable water bottle.

Is the CicLAvia route always the same?

The CicLAvia route does change in order to spread its benefits to as many neighborhoods and people as possible.

 

What parts of Los Angeles does CicLAvia encompass?

This year, CicLAvia hosts three events: CicLAvia - Iconic Wilshire Boulevard on April 6; CicLAvia - Heart of LA on October 5; and CicLAvia - South LA on December 7. Details about the routes and the neighborhoods participating can be found on our Events page.

CicLAvia is currently working to expand to diverse parts of Los Angeles County, including Pasadena, Pomona/Claremont, the Southeast Cities region, West Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Valley.

Which direction does CicLAvia flow?

Both ways, similar to the “normal” flow of traffic. There is no right or wrong place to join the route. All you need to do is step or ride on at any point and go any direction you want!

Is CicLAvia a race?

No.  There is no “start” or “finish.”  The streets operate as a platform allowing participants to enjoy the space as they see fit.

Are skateboarders allowed on the route?

Yes.  Along with skates, rollerblades, etc…Basically anything without a motor (officially marked means of transport for those with disabilities, excepted). We ask that you participate responsibly by watching for other participants and by wearing a helmet.

Is CicLAvia stroller friendly?

Yes.  CicLAvia is for everyone – especially children and their families.  There will be ample space for strollers along the route.

Can I enjoy CicLAvia if I don't ride a bike?

Absolutely! At CicLAvia people run, walk dogs, rollerblade, gather to picnic, enjoy live entertainment and pop-up activities, shop at local stores and dine at restaurants—just to name a few activities!

There are lots of activities along the route that don't require a bike, especially in our pedestrian zones.

Is the route handicapped accessible?

Yes.  With no starting point, individuals requiring handicap-accessible areas can enter wherever.  There are minimal inclines along each route and any portion deemed steep will have proper signage.    

For more information on how disabled participants can enjoy CicLAvia, please visit: Some Tips for Wheelchair CicLAvia Participants.

Can I set up a table or tent along the route?

CicLAvia’s limited event permit and insurance only cover active recreation in the streets – activities that keep the flow of the street moving forward and are in the spirit of walking, bicycling, jogging, rollerblading, skateboarding, etc. The permit and insurance do not cover tabling. However, interested parties are encouraged to talk to local businesses and organizations along the route to see if they will allow a table to be set up on the sidewalk in front of their location.

How can my organization/group have a presence at CicLAvia?

CicLAvia wants gatherings of friends/co-workers along the route to be an integral part of the event.  It is suggested to engage active ways of getting the message into a large flow of people and bikes in the streets.  CicLAvia encourages interested parties to be innovative and resourceful in this regard. Perhaps you can have a “moving table” – a bicycle that markets a cause, or a procession in the streets with banners or signs.

Organizations and individuals who would like to set up a table along the route or at one of the many parks or public spaces during CicLAvia are encouraged to contact the appropriate city department (Parks & Recreation, Bureau of Street Services, Fire Department, etc.) for the necessary permits and insurance. 

Does the City of Los Angeles endorse CicLAvia?

CicLAvia is a partnership of the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, the City of Los Angeles, and the CicLAvia organization.

Without the vision of the Mayor, the support of his staff, and the strong backing of the City Council, CicLAvia would not be possible. 

Enjoy a Safe 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. 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 safe and fun event for everyone.

Timing Your Trip: CicLAvia lasts from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please budget your time accordingly Make sure you have returned to your point of origin or final destination by 3:00pm to avoid car traffic. 

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.

Bike Rules: Please check out this link from our partners at Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition to learn about general bike rules.

Speed: Maintain a safe speed at all times during CicLAvia. Stay on the proper side of the road, biking or skating with the flow of traffic.

Hills: Please monitor your speed going down a hill.

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

Car Traffic: Police and transit officers will be at crossing intersections to monitor the flow of CicLAvia and car traffic.

Biking with Children: Our partner REI has 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.

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

Not for Inexperienced Riders: CicLAvia is not an ideal place to teach a child, or an adult, how to ride a bike due to the heavy flow of bike 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. Fortunately, the event offers great opportunities for walking and other non-bike travel.

Law Enforcement and 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 the City of Los Angeles and with the Los Angeles Police Department to provide as safe and secure an environment as possible. We also partner with other local agencies who provide additional security elements along the route and at public transit locations.

Contact Staff: CicLAvia staff can be identified by the bright blue CicLAvia t-shirt with yellow lettering that says Staff on the back. Staff members 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 the nearest CicLAvia Hub or staff member. This is often the fastest way to ensure police officers or emergency personnel respond to the situation rapidly and effectively.

Rules of the Road

1) Be respectful of the rights of other participants. The streets don’t belong to bikes or to skateboards or to pedestrians. They belong to EVERYONE.

2) SLOW TRAFFIC STAY TO THE RIGHT. This is not a judgment on your cycling or walking skills. This is a matter of SAFETY. Keeping slow traffic to the right makes for a more predictable route and helps people avoid accidents.

3) STAY TO THE RIGHT IF YOU’RE GOING SLOW. In case you missed the previous point.

4) This is not a race. There is no reason to go as fast as you can. GOING TOO FAST IS DANGEROUS. You can’t predict what the thousands of people around you will do. Give yourself time to stop and others time to get to the right, if they’re moving slowly.

5) Pedestrians: if you’re in the street stay to the right, as you are naturally slower than the bicyclists.  Also, use common sense. If being in the street is obviously unsafe because a pack of 500 cyclists are coming up behind you, please consider moving to the sidewalk to be safe.

6) Bicyclists: pedestrians have the right to be in the street. You know how it drives you crazy when people in cars don’t acknowledge your right to the road? Same thing. Treat pedestrians with respect if they are in the street. It’s their CicLAvia right.

7) Skaters and others on non-bike wheels are encouraged to join the route, but please stay off the sidewalks. And, if you’re moving slower than most traffic on the street, stay to the right.

8) Children: we STRONGLY recommend that children who are beginner cyclists walk instead of ride. CicLAvia is not a place to learn to ride a bike and can be extremely intimidating and frightening for children who do not possess moderate cycling skills. Their unpredictability also can create a hazard for cyclists around them. CicLAvia often has a special kids zone where children can practice safe cycling. We encourage parents to check it out if children need additional training.

9) WEAR A HELMET. Children under 18 on bikes must wear a certified helmet according to California state law. Adults and skaters are also strongly urged to wear a helmet.

10) Carvers (those who use the transportation commonly referred to as “TRIKKEs”):  please be mindful of the swerving nature of your vehicle and the impact your motion has on those around you.  In a crowded CicLAvia environment, there may not be enough room to maneuver successfully and you may need to dismount with your fellow participants. 

11) No motorized vehicles. No electric motor bikes. No motorized scooters, boards or anything else. EXCEPT:

12) Motorized vehicles with handicapped placards are allowed as long as you are not required to register with DMV. Meaning: motorized car – NO. Motorized scooter (with a handicapped placard) – YES.

13) When the route gets too crowded to ride your bike, walk your bike.

14) Follow the signs to stop and obey the instructions of traffic officers, police and volunteers at vehicle and soft closure pedestrian crossings.

15) If there is a mandatory dismount on a hill, DISMOUNT.

16) STOP. Seriously. Stop. Enjoy the neighborhoods. Visit the businesses and thank them for opening their doors to you. Talk to participants around you. Sit down and watch the action around you. CicLAvia is as much about stopping as it is going.

17) Be Nice.

18) Be safe.

19) Don’t litter.

20) Enjoy!

What does CicLAvia mean?

Spanish to English, “bike way.” It also describes either a permanently designated bicycle route or a temporary event, the closing of the street to automobiles for use by others.

Why was CicLAvia created in Los Angeles?

With a mission to encourage safe, vibrant public spaces, sustainable transportation, and public health through a program of car-free street events, CicLAvia seeks to improve not only the communities along the route, but the entire Los Angeles region. Through its four core areas of advocacy - improved public health, increased public space, enhanced community and economic development, and the promotion of bicycle, pedestrian and public transportation advocacy – CicLAvia seeks to positively affect local and regional policy, while building a sustainable, recurring program that is fully integrated into the complex city bureaucracy and interwoven into the fabric of the city itself. 

What is CicLAvia's tax-status?

CicLAvia is a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status from the IRS. 

How is CicLAvia funded?

CicLAvia is funded with a public/private split, with the CicLAvia organization covering more than half of the costs and local government covering the remaining costs.

No money is taken from the City of Los Angeles’ “General Fund,” but rather money is appropriated from federal and state programs dealing with the environment, public health and alternative mobility.

Private money includes individual and corporate donations and sponsorships, as well as support from foundations. For a list of sponsors, click here.

When is the next CicLAvia?

For information about upcoming CicLAvias visit our Events page here.