This week, CicLAvia staff and volunteers begin our door-to-door community outreach for the October 18 CicLAvia – Heart of LA route. This is the first of several direct conversations CicLAvia ambassadors will have to engage community members long before CicLAvia takes place.
For the first time in two years, CicLAvia is returning to the Westside tomorrow with CicLAvia – Culver City Meets Venice Presented by Metro! We are excited and ready to hit the streets running (or pedaling or rolling). CicLAvia is a family oriented event that brings the diverse people of Los Angeles County and beyond in a safe environment to connect communities in a positive, happy way. So if you want to check out the Culver City and Venice area and would like to really get a chance to explore the area in a different light, join us!
This Sunday will be the unique kind of summer day where tens of thousands of happy faces will be enjoying car free streets between Culver City and Venice Beach. The seven hours they spend skating, pedaling, walking, eating and, quite likely with this route, swimming in the Pacific Ocean, is the culmination of well over a year of planning and hundreds, if not thousands, of staff hours put into logistics, outreach and promotion. And the event that is free to participants comes with a price tag that they will never see thanks to the support of local governments, foundations and businesses.
Exploration and discovery are as much a part of CicLAvia as enjoying outdoor activity, exchanging smiles with friends and strangers, and supporting small businesses. It’s extremely gratifying when we hear people say, “I never knew this was here!” as they make their way through new neighborhoods or view their own neighborhoods in a car–free way.
CicLAvia Explores saw us hanging out in downtown Culver City on Wednesday at the Downtown Business Association’s Backyard Bash. While checking out the restaurants that participated in the food and beer bargain extravaganza our staff got to talking about all our favorite places that are near the upcoming August 9 CicLAvia - Culver City Meets Venice route. We got so excited, we wanted to share our list with all of you. Here’s a roundup of some great places to explore before, during or after CicLAvia:
CicLAvia Walks is an invitation to discover the riches of Los Angeles – its history, ecology, architecture, creativity, and playful happenstance. We hope that you will use CicLAvia as an opportunity to explore our great city from a new perspective and at a leisurely pace.