Our History


The story of how CicLAvia has come to be the largest event of its kind in the United States & a leader in the global open streets movement.

CicLAvia started as a grassroots initiative in 2008 as the outgrowth of discussions held by a number of individuals who recognized that open streets events could address active transportation, urban land use and public health needs in Los Angeles. Inspired by the ciclovía events that started 40 years ago in Bogotá, Colombia, the first CicLAvia was held on October 10, 2010. Five years and 14 CicLAvias later, more than a million people have explored more than 100 miles of open streets in Los Angeles County. 

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CicLAvia is a 501(c)3 non-profit that catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free streets.  CicLAvia engages with people to transform our relationship with our communities and with each other.

Inspired by Bogotá’s weekly ciclovía, CicLAvia temporarily closes streets to car traffic and opens them to Los Angelenos to use as a public park. Free for all, CicLAvia connects communities to each other across an expansive city, creating a safe place to bike, walk, skate, roll, and dance through Los Angeles.

CONNECT

  • Over 1 million people have experienced CicLAvia. It's the biggest open streets event in the USA!
  • Participants represent 80% of the population of the City of Los Angeles.
  • CicLAvia has created over 110 miles of open streets.

COMMUNITY

  • CicLAvia has been opening streets across Los Angeles county since 2010. We've traversed 110 miles across the The San Fernando Valley, Culver City, Venice, Mar Vista, Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown, MacArthur Park, South LA, Echo Park, Chinatwon, Little Tokyo, Boyle Heights, Historic Downtown, East LA, and Pasadena.
  • In 2016, CicLAvia will host open streets events in the Valley, the Southeast Cities, Wilshire Blvd., and in the Heart of LA.
  • CicLAvia has five times more people using its temporary park space during event day than are using all of the other parks in the city of Los Angeles combined.

CHANGE

  • CicLAvia has impacted local and regional transportation policy related to pedestrians and bikes.
  • CicLAvia improves air quality by reducing ultrafine particles in the air by over 20 percent.