CicLAvia—South LA presented by Metro

February 23, 2020 at 09:00 AM

CicLAvia—South LA

On Sunday, February 23, we're opening up the streets in South LA for a 6 mile route connecting South Central, Florence-Firestone and Watts. Bike, skate, run, walk, skateboard, and enjoy the route however you want. We welcome people of all ages and abilities! This CicLAvia is presented by Metro.

New to CicLAvia?

Here are some things to know before you go:

  • CicLAvia is FREE!
  • CicLAvia lasts from 9am to 3pm.
  • CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles County.
  • CicLAvia is not a race! There's no starting point or finish line—begin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
  • CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, just like regular traffic. Check out more rules of the route.
  • Only people-powered vehicles allowed. No electric scooters, skateboards, hoverboards, unicycles, motorcycles and other non-people-powered vehicles allowed at CicLAvia. Class 1 e-bike pedal-assist allowed. Class 2 e-bikes allowed when throttle is powered off. Class 3 e-bikes allowed when pedal-assist is powered off. Motorized wheelchairs are allowed. Learn more here.
  • Click here to download the route map.

Questions or Concerns

For general event information please email us or call 213.355.8500.

For concerns regarding the Los Angeles street closure permit, contact LA Bureau of Street Services, Investigation, and Enforcement Division, Special Events at 213.847.6000. 


Thank You to Our Partners

City of Los Angeles Metro 

LADWPCicLAvia Individual Sponsors

Our Event Sponsors
Capital One  First 5 LA  Pure Cycles

REITern Bicycles .

And Our Media Partners

 Street Food Cinema

Activities Along the Route

Activities abound on this route connecting Watts, South Central, and Florence-Firestone. You can also check out shops, eateries, local gems, and activities along the route using our interactive digital map.

Pick up a field guide during the event for a map and full list of activities in English and Spanish.

Download Field Guide/Descarga la Guía Práctica

Hubs

All Hubs will have restrooms, bike repair, free water, first aid, and bike parking. Catch a free pedi-cab—brought to you by AARP Los Angeles—to experience the adventure of CicLAvia in a whole new way! Pedicab stops are available at each info booth—just look for the sign!

South Central Hub 
Reference Address: 2603 S Central Ave, LA CA 90011

  • Visit the CicLAvia Corner! Look for the yellow umbrellas to learn more about CicLAvia. Grab an exclusive sticker for just a $1 donation to support open streets. Choose from five unique designs and show off why YOU CicLAvia.
  • Join Venice Family Clinic for some creative and relaxing fun at our mini-imagination station. Don’t forget to enter the raffle or spin to win cool giveaways!
  • The Metro Bike Share team will be on site with a pop-up bike share station, with bikes available to the public on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Complete the kids bike safety skills course and get a free helmet (while supplies last) courtesy of CicLAvia.
  • A Place Called Home is hosting a Custom Sticker Station and a Paint by Number wall from 10am to 3pm. Create your very own South Central inspired art sticker or help color in a giant paint by number installation. Take a selfie in front of the completed masterpiece.
Near the Hub:

Central Avenue Hub
Reference Address: 5400 S Central Ave, LA CA 90011

  • Stop by the International Printing Museum’s Museum on Wheels. Learn about the history of printing and books at this mobile print shop, and try your hand at letterpress printing. Visitors will get to print their own souvenir on a tabletop printing press!
  • Learn basic skateboarding skills with The Skateside.
  • Does your child need a helmet? Stop by the California Highway Patrol booth and get fitted for a free kids helmet (while supplies last).
  • Join the Dance for Healing Project for a family dance party! Run, skip, hop, turn or play a drum. Swing, salsa, or whatever you feel like with artists Raymond Ejiofor and Charlotte Smith. On the top of every hour.
  • Somos LA Arte Homeboy Art Academy will be hosting a bicycle pennant workshop. Stop by and add to the vibrancy of your ride!
  • Food trucks.

Florence Firestone Hub
Reference Address: 7769 S Central Ave, LA CA 90001

  • Visit the LACMA booth to learn about the current Betye Saar, Julie Mehretu, and Fiji exhibitions. Join teaching artists for a drop-in printmaking workshop.
  • Capture a snapshot of your day at the Las Fotos Project photo booth.
  • Relax in the AARP play zone while catching up over vintage board games.
  • Visit the City Clerk’s booth to make sure you’re registered to vote!
  • Plug into the phone charging station at the LADWP Solar Trailer and let the sun repower your phone.
  • Food trucks.

Watts Hub
Reference Address: 1501 E 103rd St, LA CA 90002

  • Stop by the LADOT Vision Zero event to learn more about recently installed and upcoming traffic safety improvements planned for South LA.
  • Metro will be on site with a pop-up Metro Bike Share Station with bikes available to the public, an information booth, and a lounge area where you can relax and play games.
  • Sign up for a free Los Angeles Public Library card and look for the roaming Book Bike distributing free books to people with library cards.
  • Chat with over a dozen local community organizations serving the South LA area, drop in and play street soccer, and enjoy a variety of other family-friendly activities.
  • Food trucks.

Business Participation

CicLAvia is one of the largest open streets events in the country—a free event, open to all. At CicLAvia, streets are car-free for individuals and families to explore by foot, bike, and other forms of non-motorized transport.

Is your business on or near the route? Here are some tips for engaging thousands of potential new customers.

Download Business Opportunity Flyer

Business Opportunities at CicLAvia

Oportunidades comerciales en CicLAvia


What will you See at CicLAvia?

  • Tens of thousands of participants on car-free streets from all over the region eager to explore the neighborhood
  • Happy people looking for their new favorite spot
  • Safe, fun, and family-oriented activities
  • Department of Transportation officers responsible for traffic and crowd control along the route
  • CicLAvia staff and volunteers assisting participants with questions and concerns along the route
  • Restrooms, free water, first aid, bike parking, and information booths at Hubs along the route

How to Take Advantage of the Thousands of Potential Customers Passing by your Door

  • Plan to be open the day of the event. Make your storefront visible with signs and banners.
  • Bring your business outside. If you have permission to use the sidewalk in front of your business, feel free to bring products, music, or seating outside. If you activate your sidewalk you must maintain a 4’ clearance for ADA access. (Please note that under the terms of CicLAvia’s permit, no stationary objects are allowed in the street.)
  • Join the CicLAvia Savings Program. Businesses that offer a special discount on CicLAvia event days may be listed for free on our interactive digital map and the specials along the route page on our website. See details below.
  • Help get the word out in advance. Put up a CicLAvia poster or give CicLAvia postcards to your customers! Contact us with suggestions or for more information.

Participate in the CicLAvia Savings Program

Is Your Business on or near the CicLAvia Route? Encourage participants to stop by on the day of the event by offering a special discount to CicLAvia participants.

We’ll highlight your family-friendly business (such as restaurants, movie theaters, toy stores, clothing shops, hair salons, banks, etc.) for free on the CicLAvia website (pending internal approval).

To join, follow these guidelines:

  • Offer a discount to customers during all business hours during CicLAvia.
  • Email us or call 213.355.8500 to share your discount offer by Wednesday, February 19. Make sure to provide your name, business name, business address, business contact info, email, website link (if applicable), and more info on your discount offer.

Street Closure Information

The route will be closed to vehicles from 7am* to approximately 5pm on Sunday, February 23. Some streets near event Hubs may close as early as 6am. The event runs from 9am–3pm, and streets will be fully open to cars by approximately 5pm.

Cars can cross the route at selected major streets. Crossings are indicated on the CicLAvia—South LA route map.

All other cross streets will be closed at the route. Streets adjacent to the route will remain open to local access for residents and businesses.

Parking Restrictions

No parking will be allowed on the route after 1:00am on Sunday, February 23. Parking restrictions will be posted and towing will be enforced. Additional street parking near the route may be restricted. Please check posted parking restrictions in your neighborhood.

Vehicle Access

No vehicles are allowed on the route between 7am* and approximately 5pm. There are crossing points at several intersections where vehicles can cross along the route. Crossings are indicated on the CicLAvia—South LA route map.

Driveway Access

Please be aware that all driveways on the route will be blocked and inaccessible beginning at 7am* on Sunday, February 23. If your vehicle is parked in your driveway and you need to use it after 7am on February 23, please park elsewhere as the vehicle will be inaccessible until approximately 5pm. Vehicles will not be allowed to enter or exit the route during this time. 

Bus Detours

All buses along the CicLAvia route will be detoured. Check back closer to the event to view detours for all buses along the route. Check your bus stop on Sunday, February 23, for posted signs outlining specific detours for your stop.

Parking Reimbursement

If you are a resident or business directly on the route, CicLAvia can reimburse you up to $20 per vehicle for any parking costs you incur from 8pm on Saturday, February 22 through 5pm on Sunday, February 23. For reimbursement, mail a copy of your parking receipt and proof of residence or employment to CicLAvia at 525 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 or email info@ciclavia.org subject line: Parking Reimbursement.

*Some streets make close as early as 6am.

Interactive Digital Map

Use the CicLAvia digital map to plan which businesses, local gems, activities along the route and Hubs to check out during the event on February 23!

Specials Along the Route

Check out the specials, deals, and discounts along the CicLAvia—South LA route on February 23, 2020! Want to add a special for your business? Join the CicLAvia Savings Program!

Tam's Burgers 8
2801 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011
$5 Event Specials:
Cheeseburger + 16oz drink, Chili dog (no cheese) + 16oz drink, Chicken nuggets (10pc) + 16oz drink

Hawkins House of Burgers
11603 Slater St, Los Angeles, CA 90059
Event Special:
$1.99 chicken or Jr. burger with mention of "Code CicLAvia"

Getting to the Route and Parking

Our route is accessible via many different forms of transportation.

Read more about Hubs, Metro, Metro Bike Sharebike rentalsbus detoursparking along the route, and feeder rides and walks.

Hub Addresses

Go Metro

These Metro A (Blue) Line Stations are located within 1.5 miles of the route:

Metro Bike Share

There are Metro bike share stations throughout Los Angeles with bikes available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit this map to plan ahead metro.net/bikeshare or download the Metro Bike Share app. Pro tip: Register your TAP card for Metro Bike Share before you arrive at taptogo.net/metrobikeshare. Be sure to tag @BikeMetro on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

There are no permanent bike share stations directly on the route. Metro will be setting up pop-up stations at the Watts and South Central Hubs, and bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bike Rentals

Please note that CicLAvia does not provide bike rentals. Plan ahead and visit ciclavia.org/rentals for more information about bike rentals in Los Angeles County.

Bus Detours

All buses along the CicLAvia route will be detoured. Click here to view detours for all buses along the route and check your bus stop on Sunday, February 23 for posted signs outlining specific detours for your stop.

Parking Along the Route

Parking is available in the neighborhoods near the route. Make sure to read all posted parking restrictions.

Feeder Walks and Rides

Planning a feeder ride or walk and want to add it to our site? Email us or share it on our Facebook event page!

Live/Work Along the Route

If you live/work along the route and want to know more about how CicLAvia will affect you, please download the CicLAvia route notification flyer which includes information on streets closures, parking restrictions, and parking options for residents and employees of local businesses.

Download Street Closure Notification Flyer

Street Closures

The route will be closed to vehicles from 7am* to approximately 5pm on Sunday, February 23. Some streets may close as early as 6am. The event runs from 9am–3pm, and streets will be fully open to cars by approximately 5pm.

Parking Restrictions

No parking will be allowed on the route after 1:00am on Sunday, February 23. Parking restrictions will be posted and towing will be enforced. Additional street parking near the route may be restricted. Please check posted parking restrictions in your neighborhood.

Vehicle Access

No vehicles are allowed on the route between 7am* and approximately 5pm. There are crossing points at several intersections where vehicles can cross along the route. Crossings are indicated on the CicLAvia—South LA route map.

Driveway Access

Please be aware that all driveways on the route will be blocked and inaccessible beginning at 7am* on Sunday, February 23. If your vehicle is parked in your driveway and you need to use it after 7am* on February 23, please park elsewhere as the vehicle will be inaccessible until approximately 5pm. Vehicles will not be allowed to enter or exit the route during this time. 

Bus Detours

All buses along the CicLAvia route will be detoured. Click here to view detours for all buses along the route and check your bus stop on Sunday, February 23 for posted signs outlining specific detours for your stop.

Parking Reimbursement

If you are a resident or business directly on the route, CicLAvia can reimburse you up to $20 per vehicle for any parking costs you incur from 8pm on Saturday, February 22, through 5pm on Sunday, February 23. For reimbursement, mail a copy of your parking receipt and proof of residence or employment to CicLAvia at 525 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 or email info@ciclavia.org subject line: Parking Reimbursement.

*Some streets may close as early as 6am.

Accessibility

CicLAvia welcomes everyone to our events and works to make each route accessible to all individuals.

CicLAvia utilizes the infrastructure of the city and county of Los Angeles so participants can enter or exit anywhere along the route, making use of streets, ramps, and sidewalks. When facilities are added to the route at Hubs (restrooms, water areas, etc.), they are all ADA compliant.

There are gradual inclines along each route and any portion deemed steep will have volunteers stationed to guide participants. While steep and congested areas are usually mandatory dismount zones, participants unable to dismount are not required to do so. 

Service animals are welcome.

Read more about event Hubselevationgetting around during a CicLAvia event, and parking along the route.

Hub Information

Hubs are resting and meeting points along the route. Each hub has free basic bike repair, bike parking, an information booth, CicLAvia merchandise, free drinking water, and ADA-compliant restrooms. Some hubs include additional programming and activities. 

Hub Addresses

Mileage Between Hubs

  • South Central Hub to Central Avenue Hub: 1.9 miles
  • South Central Hub to Florence Firestone Hub: 3.7 miles
  • South Central Hub to Watts Hub: 6 miles
  • Central Ave Hub to Florence Firestone Hub: 1.8 miles
  • Central Ave Hub to Watts Hub: 4 miles
  • Florence Firestone Hub to Watts Hub: 2.2 miles

Elevation 

The route has a gradual descent of 110 feet over the 6-mile route when traveling from North to South. Download a PDF of the CicLAvia elevation map or view the route on Strava.

Getting Around at CicLAvia

Participants with mobility limitations are welcome to use motorized wheelchairs, scooters, pedal-assist bikes, and adaptive bicycles. 

Catch a free pedicab ride thanks to our friends at AARP California. Pedicab stops are located at each Hub's info booth and will travel between Hubs. Look for the pedicab stop sign at each Hub’s info booth. Pedicabs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Riders must be able to step into or transfer into the pedicab.

Parking Along the Route

Parking is available in the neighborhoods near the route. Make sure to read all posted parking restrictions.

CicLAvia—South LA Community Meeting

CicLAvia—South LA is coming! On Sunday, February 23, CicLAvia will temporarily remove cars from certain streets in South Central, Florence-Firestone, and Watts and will open them up to pedestrians, strollers, bikes and more from 9am–3pm for a car-free day.

Join us for a community meeting on Wednesday, January 29 to learn about street closures, business opportunities, family activities, volunteer positions, and more. RSVP to attend by calling 213.355.8500 or emailing info@ciclavia.org. 

Ascot Branch Library
Wednesday, January 29, 6:30–7:30pm
120 W Florence Ave
Los Angeles, CA

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Reunión de la Comunidad

El domingo, 23 de febrero, CicLAvia removerá los automóviles temporalmente de ciertas calles en South Central, Florence-Firestone, y Watts y las abrirá para los peatones, carriolas, bicicletas y más de 9am a 3pm para disfrutar un día sin automóviles.

Acompáñenos a nuestra reunión de la comunidad para que tenga información de las actividades familiares, oportunidades para los negocios y restaurantes, cuales calles serán afectadas por los cierres, oportunidades de ser voluntario y más. Aparte su lugar por: llamando al 213.355.8500 o por correo electrónico, info@ciclavia.org

Ascot Branch Library
miercoles, 29 de enero, 6:30-7:30pm
120 W Florence Ave
Los Angeles, CA

Street Closures

Rentals

Want to ride a bike, rollerblade, or skateboard at CicLAvia, but don't own your own equipment? Not a problem! Below is a list of some bike and skate shops throughout the county that offer rentals. Our list is in no way meant to be comprehensive. So, if you notice that we're missing anything, know of a shop that rents bikes, or one you'd like to see listed, let us know

Please remember, bikes are not required to participate in CicLAvia! You can walk, run, skate, scoot, take a pedicab or rollerblade. Anything that is people-powered is allowed. If you decide to rent, be sure to call ahead and pay for your reservation in advance, as rentals have been known to sell out on CicLAvia Sundays.

Los Angeles Bike Rentals

Click here to view a map of bike rentals throughout Los Angeles County or view the list below for rentals sorted alphabetically by neighborhood.

Beverly Hills / West Hollywood

Culver City

Downtown / Central LA

  • Coco’s Variety Store | 2427 Riverside Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039 | 323.664.7400
  • DTLA Bikes | 425 S Broadway (at 4th), Los Angeles, CA 90013 | 213.533.8000
    • Offers a fleet of more than 200 bikes that are ready to ride
    • Also offers helmets
  • I. Martin Bicycles | 8330 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90048 | 323.653.6900
  • Just Ride Los Angeles | 1626 S Hill St (at Venice Blvd), Los Angeles, CA 90015 | 213.745.6783
    • In order to ensure availability, please reserve up to 3 days in advance
    • Also offers locks and helmets
  • LA Golden Bicycles | 4001 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 | 213.739.9911

Foothills

Glendale / Atwater Village

Long Beach / San Pedro

  • Pedal Movement | 223 E 1st St, Long Beach, CA 90802 | 562.436.2453 
  • The Bike Palace | 1600 S Pacific Ave, San Pedro, CA 90731 | 310-832-1966
  • Velo Pacific | 5470 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA, 90803 | 562.433.5801
  • Wheel Fun Rentals | 429 Shoreline Village Dr, Ste G, Long Beach, CA 90802 | 562.951.3857

Marina Del Ray

Mar Vista

San Fernando Valley

  • Retro Xpress Bicycles | 14508 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401 | 818.200.9463
  • Trek Bicycle Westlake Village | 3835 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Unit K
    Westlake Village, CA 91362 | 805.251.0946
  • Van's Cyclery | 11407 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606 | 818.760.6960
    • Call a few days in advance to rent a bike; limited quantities available
  • Wheel Fun Rentals | 6300 Balboa Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91316 | 818.212.4263
    • A wide range of bikes are available including cruisers, choppers, tandems, and surreys

San Gabriel Valley

  • Incycle | 175 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105 | 626.577.0440
  • Jones Bicycles II | 417 South Mission Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776 | 626.7934227 
  • Pasadena Cyclery | 1670 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91106 | 626.795.2866
  • Stan's Bike Shop 732 N Azusa Ave, Azusa, CA 91702 | 626.804.7400
  • Velo Pasadena Inc | 2562 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107 | 626.304.0064

Santa Monica

Venice

West LA

Bike Delivery

  • Synaptic Cycles | Los Angeles road bike rentals, delivered to your door for free | 949.484.6409

How to Participate

CicLAvia provides an opportunity to connect with Angelenos and communities throughout Los Angeles County in an entirely new way.

Participants are invited to walk, bike, skate, run, and enjoy the open streets on select Sundays! CicLAvia works hard to provide a safe and secure environment for all participants. By familiarizing yourself with the following information, you can help make CicLAvia a great event for everyone.

The Basics

  • CicLAvia is FREE!
  • CicLAvia lasts from 9am to 4pm*
  • CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles County.
  • CicLAvia is not a race! There's no starting point or finish linebegin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
  • CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, just like regular traffic. Check out more rules of the route.

Timing Your Trip

CicLAvia lasts from 9am–4pm*. Please budget your time accordingly. Make sure you return to your point of origin or final destination by 4pm to avoid car traffic when the route reopens. 

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 travelingbiking, walking, skating, etc.and respect their right to the road.

Monitored Intersections

Police, transit officers, and volunteers will be at crossing intersections to monitor the flow of participant and car traffic. Riders and pedestrians must stop at car and pedestrian intersections when told to do so.

Speed

Please monitor your speed going downhill. Also, stay within the speed of the flow of traffic when it is too congested to pass.

Dismounts

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

Biking with Children

Our friends at REI have 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 children. 

Helmets for Children

All children (18 and under) are required by law to wear a helmet if they are on a bike, scooter, skateboard, skates, or other types of geared or wheeled-transportation. We have a free helmet giveaway at one of our hubs at each event. Check out our activities along the route page closer to the event date to get more information!

Experienced Riders Recommended

CicLAvia is not an ideal place to teach a child, or an adult, how to ride due to the heavy flow of bike, board, 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 in the event route.

At CicLAvia, the Safety and Well-Being of our Participants is our Primary Concern

We work closely with local authorities to provide as safe and secure an environment as possible. We also partner with other local agencies that provide additional security elements along the route and at public transit locations.

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 is available along the route.

In case of an accident, go to the nearest Hub to report it to a staff member. If you are between Hubs, look for the nearest uniformed officer, responder, or event staff member.

If you notice any suspicious activity or a suspicious package, immediately report it to the nearest staff member or uniformed officer.

Contact Staff and Volunteers

Staff can be identified by the t-shirt that says STAFF on the back. Volunteers can be identified by the t-shirt that says VOLUNTEER on the back. 

Staff members and volunteers can assist you in finding the answers to questions and help 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 staff at the nearest Hub. This is often the fastest way to ensure police officers or emergency personnel respond to the situation rapidly and effectively.

*February and December routes end at 3pm due to Daylight Savings Time

Rain or Shine

CicLAvia will go on, rain or shine! Here are some things to keep in mind when riding or rolling in wet conditions.

  • Slow down. It’s easier to lose traction, especially in turns, when the road is wet. Avoid sharp turns and high speed turns so your bike won’t slide out from under you.

  • Skidding is more likely when the road is wet. Modulate your braking to avoid a skid.

  • Give yourself extra time and distance to stop.

  • Rim brake users, remember your rims are wet so it takes a little longer for your brake pads to catch. Pumping your brakes will help.

  • Be more cautious on (or avoid) surfaces that are extra slippery when wet. Such surfaces may include metal plates, manhole covers, train tracks, storm grates, and street “paint”.

  • Avoid riding through standing water or piles of wet leaves, which might conceal road defects.

  • Visibility is reduced when it’s raining. Wear bright, reflective clothing and use front and rear lights to help you see and be seen (even during the day).

Tips provided by our friends at The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.