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Artistic, Dynamic and Open Streets in CicLAvia—South LA

CicLAvia’s 10th anniversary year is underway, after kicking off our 35th event in South Los Angeles this past Sunday, February 23. Across 6 miles of Central Avenue, from the north-end Jazz District and South Central down into Florence-Firestone and Watts (all the way to the edge of Watts Towers), CicLAvians jogged, cycled, skated, rollerbladed, walked, and rolled their way through our first open streets event of the year.

An abundance of street art, restaurants, and historical landmarks lined the route - including new tributes to Kobe Bryant in Watts.


CicLAvia Street Stars

Become a CicLAvia Street Star

Creating a CicLAvia open-street event doesn’t happen overnight. It takes hard work every day of the year made possible by the dedicated support of individuals at all levels.

By becoming a CicLAvia Street Star and making an automatic tax-deductible gift each month, you are actively contributing to safer streets, more connected communities, and a more sustainable Los Angeles. Not only will your donation help ensure more CicLAvia Sundays, it will make on-going support of CicLAvia’s work so much simpler.

Save Time and Make Your Gift Go Further

Select an affordable amount that is meaningful to you and your contribution will be automatically billed to your credit card each month. Of course, you can always change your monthly amount, suspend or discontinue your support, or modify your preferred method of payment at any time by contacting our Director of Development at meisha@ciclavia.org.

And to show our appreciation for your loyal support, we’re throwing in a few perks only for CicLAvia Street Stars!


Tacos & Mimosas: Our 10th Anniversary Fundraiser

Amid lawn games, breakfast tacos, raffle giveaways, sneak peeks at the 2020 season, and bottomless mimosas, CicLAvia kicked off its 10th anniversary year at our CeLAbrate! fundraiser and are ready to launch our first event of 2020, CicLAvia—South LA on February 23.

More than that, it was an opportunity for long-term fans and the newly initiated to reminisce on a decade of open streets events in Los Angeles. Through news clippings and photos, attendees saw how much our city has changed -- and were eager to credit some of the improvements to the increased demand for community-oriented public events like CicLAvia.


Local Gems: Discover South LA

A wealth of cuisine, culture, architecture, art, history, and outdoor activities line CicLAvia’s brand new, 6-mile route through South Central, Florence-Firestone, and Watts, along the legendary Central Avenue in South LA.

When you explore the open streets with us on February 23, you’ll have the opportunity to experience these neighborhoods in a new way, and discover (or re-discover) LA history right around the corner.


CeLAbrate CicLAvia – Everything You Need to Know

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary and kicking off the year with an all-ages party in support of our 2020 season.

Whether you buy a ticket or make a donation to join us in spirit, thank you for helping CicLAvia create a more vibrant and healthy Los Angeles one ride, walk, stroll, roll, dance, run, smile at a time.


The Open, Rain-Splashed Streets of CicLAvia—The Valley

CicLAvians took to Sherman Way on Sunday, December 8, for an open streets event that was both rain *and* shine. 

Five miles of Sherman Way, through the neighborhoods of Canoga Park, Winnetka and Reseda, was aglow – and not just from puddles. We saw first-time cyclists, families walking together, runners 're-fueling' at food trucks, and people playing in the open streets.


Local Gems: Explore the Valley

Public parks, iconic buildings, street art, and hidden bike routes thrive in the open space of the San Fernando Valley, and many are accessible from the CicLAvia—The Valley route. Neighborhood locals and visitors to Canoga Park, Winnetka, and Reseda may find something new in the area.


CivSalon: Who Do LA Streets Serve?

How city streets are designed informs people how they should use them. What messages are Los Angeles roadways sending?

That was the question thought leaders from public, private, and non-profit sectors grappled with at the first-of-its-kind “CivSalon: Who Do LA Streets Serve?” held on October 22. Moderated by Curbed LA’s Alissa Walker, panelists addressed the tension point between streets’ historic commitment to serving cars and the growing need for access to multi-modal and active transportation.


Highlights from the Heart of Los Angeles

“The Heart of LA’s 6-mile route goes through eight neighborhoods: MacArthur Park, Westlake, Civic Center, Pico Union, Little Tokyo, the Arts District, Boyle Heights and Chinatown. That’s the beauty of Los Angeles. Our neighborhoods are so diverse and so close.” – Romel Pascual, CicLAvia Executive Director

This was the 33rd CicLAvia event since its inception in October 2010, and once again, the cyclists, skaters & skateboards, runners and pedestrians who participated felt that Los Angeles is both larger and yet more close-knit than they may have thought before.


CicLAvia Celebrates UCLA 100

As the University of California Los Angeles turns 100, the school will return to its historic downtown roots for CicLAvia—Heart of LA Celebrating UCLA100 on October 6. Riders, walkers, skaters and more will join the UCLA community in activities, games, Instagram ops, and techie surprises.