How to Participate at CicLAvia
No cars on the street! No cares on your mind! Now what? There are many ways to enjoy the opportunity that CicLAvia offers to connect to the communities of Los Angeles County. Here are our tips for a few of the most common:
SAFETY AT CICLAVIA
Prior to heading to the route, please review our safety page for information on having a safe CicLAvia.
Route Angels will be riding the route, looking for any riders who need simple bike assistance. They're there to help out and get you up and moving as fast as possible. If you're interested in becoming a Route Angel, click here.
IF YOU PLAN ON WALKING AT CICLAVIA
All pedestrians of all ages are encouraged to enjoy CicLAvia. If you’re in the street, stay to the right with other slower paced traffic to avoid creating a safety hazard for yourself and for the faster moving bicyclists in the center of the street. If you move to the center of the street to get a better perspective of a building, for example, please do so with caution and only if it is safe. Of course, you are always welcome to enjoy the route walking on the sidewalk where you will be closer to the many businesses and cultural institutions open on CicLAvia day.
IF YOU PLAN ON RIDING A BIKE AT CICLAVIA
First, you need to get your bike to CicLAvia. You might want to join a feeder ride from elsewhere in the city and add some miles and new friends to your CicLAvia day. We will have a list of feeder rides on our site closer to the event date. Want to help LA’s air quality out and not use your car at all on CicLAvia day? Try taking Metro. We aren’t anti-car at CicLAvia, so we’ll provide tips on finding parking in the area near the route closer to the event date.
Once at CicLAvia, you can enjoy riding at a leisurely pace (slow traffic stay to the right) or have a more brisk ride. YOU are responsible for your own speed and actions, so make sure to travel in a safe manner. The route offers plenty to see, both at CicLAvia hubs and in the neighborhoods and business districts along the route. Feel free to hop on and off as much as you want. There will be plenty of bike parking at the hubs, and there are sidewalk bike racks throughout the route.
Have a minor problem with your bike? Stop by any one of the hubs along the route to for free minor repairs: tire pumping, popped chains, etc. Please do not come to CicLAvia expecting to get a full service repair.
IF YOU PLAN ON TAKING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO CICLAVIA
Our route map shows where the nearest rail stops are in relation to the route. Please familiarize yourself with the rail schedule and Metro’s guidelines here.
IF YOU’RE TAKING YOUNG CHILDREN TO CICLAVIA
First and foremost, EVERYONE 18 and under must wear a helmet if they are on anything with wheels that is human powered. It’s the law. Bikes, scooters, skates, even as passengers in a bike trailer behind their parent’s bike. Police may fine parents $25 if kids don’t have helmets. That $25 is much better spent buying an actual helmet to protect your child.
We strongly recommend that children who are beginner cyclists walk instead of ride, or at the very least have the entire family move to the right side of the street with the slower traffic. This is for their safety and for the safety of other participants. CicLAvia is not a place to learn to ride a bike and can be intimidating and frightening for children who do not possess moderate cycling skills.
If your children ride a bike at CicLAvia, please ensure they stay to the right if they are going slow. And please encourage them to pay attention to other riders and communicate before they get on or off the route.
There is a lot of programming especially for families. Our website will have more information about activities closer to the date.
IF YOU’RE DISABLED AND WANT TO ENJOY CICLAVIA
CicLAvia is for everyone, not just those on foot, bike or skateboard. CicLAvia welcomes wheelchairs, scooters and other means of travel for our handicapped participants in the streets or on the sidewalk. Please stay to the right of the street with slower traffic or on the sidewalk.
The only motorized vehicles allowed at CicLAvia are motorized scooters, wheelchairs or electric bikes with a handicapped placard. Please note: If your motorized vehicle requires registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles, it cannot be on the CicLAvia route.
IF YOU’RE AN ARTIST OR PERFORMER AND WANT TO PARTICIPATE AT CICLAVIA
CicLAvia loves artists and performers! If you are making art along the route or want to play some music or recite some poetry, we ask that you stay on the sidewalk and keep at least a four foot clearance for other sidewalk users (it’s the law). Also, talk to property owners along the route so that you don’t block their sidewalk space, but work with them to enhance it. Remember: to set up on the sidewalk you need permission from the property owner / business.
IF YOU’RE PART OF A CIVIC GROUP
Civic groups are welcome at CicLAvia. Please do not distract bicyclists and create a safety hazard, however, and be mindful of the environment and clean up any of your materials that you see along the route.
If you want to set up a table on the route and distribute information to participants, you must secure permission from a property owner along the route and follow the city’s guidelines (which is to leave a four-foot clearance on the sidewalk). You may not block the sidewalk. You many not stand stationary in the street and hand out materials, though you may move along the route to hand things out.