CicLAvia—Wilmington Featuring LA2050 marked the 30th time we came together in the car-free streets. There was delight along every stretch of the route, from the faces of participants to the experiences of local business owners.
We spoke with the owners of Synesthesia Boutique, Maya Mexican Restaurant, Home + Treasures, Trinity CBC, and Hojas Tea House & Cafe, and loved what they had to say about looking out from the sidewalks back into the open streets.
“Many people have been curious as they walk or pedal by. CicLAvia has given me an opportunity to tell participants more about my business. It's inspiring me to organize other businesses to do creative events that bring the community together. People like me who care about Wilmington really appreciate what CicLAvia has done; it helps us reach our goal of getting the community out more often." —Elizabeth Machuca, Synesthesia Boutique
“A lot of people who live in this area don’t know that Maya Mexican Restaurant is here. We’ve been in this location for over 15 years. [CicLAvia] helps build a closer relationship between businesses and community members.” —Rudy Sanchez, Maya Mexican Restaurant
“When I heard [CicLAvia] was coming back, I was really excited. You see new faces and old faces. I just love seeing all the Kool-Aid smiles out on the street and in my store." —Olga Diaz, Home + Treasures
"This event reinforces how much people love sharing moments together, whether it's over a cup of coffee or riding together in the open streets. LA would be better if we shared more moments together… Today, I can see a future where we look up from our phones more and greet our neighbors.” —Paul Bobadilla, Trinity CBC
Supporting local businesses throughout our region is just one reason we love what we do! We hope that you can join us for CicLAvia—Mid City Meets Pico Union on June 30. Find out more about getting involved, or contact us to have your business included in the next event.