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 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?
1:00am – 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.
6:00am – city begins closing streets to secure route, with full closure in effect by 8:00 a.m.
4:00pm – city begins to re-open the route car traffic – route is fully open by approximately 5:30 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 5:30pm.
How does CicLAvia work?
We close down streets and do fun stuff.
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 offering free water at every hub.
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?
In 2015, CicLAvia will have four events: CicLAvia - The Valley on March 22; CicLAvia -Pasadena on May 31; CicLAvia - Culver City to Venice on August 9 and CicLAvia - Heart of LA in October. Details about the routes and the neighborhoods participating will be posted on our Events page.
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. Participants should plan for a leisurely day of riding or jogging. Be patient with those around you and the speeds at which they are traveling. Never pass on the right, only on the left.
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 cover neither cover tabling, nor having fixed objects on the streets. 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. No tables or fixed objects are allowed on the route. However, 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 and signs.
Additionally, 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 reach out to local businesses along the route for permission to set up on their property.
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 entering the route.
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. Please note that while these rules state one needs to stop at all controlled intersections, this is not necessarily the case at CicLAvia due to the street being closed to motorized traffic. The only required stops at CicLAvia are at intersections where traffic officers or volunteers are managing traffic.
Phones/cameras: DO NOT USE when on a bike, skateboard, skates etc. unless you are stopped and out of the flow of traffic. Accidents occur when people try to take pictures, text or talk on the phone while also trying to travel the route.
Passing: Pass other bikes on the left. Never pass on the right.
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.
Children under 18 on bikes, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, skates and other wheeled-objects (or traveling in a seat on a parent's bike) must wear a certified helmet according to California state law. Adults are also strongly urged to wear a helmet, though they are not legally required to.
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. Metro is a major partner of CicLAvia.
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.
What are open streets?
Open streets initiatives temporarily close streets to car traffic and open them for people to walk, bike, skate, dance, play, and more. Check out the Open Streets Project for more information.
What items are prohibited at CicLAvia?
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, and weapons.
Why is the route only x miles?!
Every CicLAvia is unique, and reflects the part of LA that the route is highlighting. The purpose of the CicLAvia is first and foremost to connect people with their city and each other. CicLAvia is about exploring cultural, architectural and historical destinations within the city.
CicLAvia does not have specific minimum/maximum mileage requirements as part of our routes, and each route is decided based on location, city planning, transportation, and other key production elements. The goal of CicLAvia is to create vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free streets.
Remember: if the route is too short for you, just do it more than once!