Embracing open, accessible streets in South LA

When we open up streets to people – to walkers and runners, bikers and skaters, skateboards and scooters, pedicabs and strollers – we celebrate Los Angeles. We see art along the streets and buildings, we see architecture and parks, we find new restaurants and food trucks, and we get to enjoy the incredible weather we have; we also see how much work we have to do to make our better streets serve Angelenos.

On Sunday, we saw some of this work in progress: a new initiative led by City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, StreetsLA, and LADOT is bringing new safety enhancements to Western Avenue. This will include the addition of new signalized pedestrian crossings, curb extensions, median islands, landscaped medians, street trees, and pedestrian lighting.

So our 39th event, CicLAvia–South LA on Western Avenue, was both a celebration and a preview of changes in store for Los Angeles. We hope to see more open streets, more greenery, more pedestrian-friendly and cyclist-friendly infrastructure in the weeks and months to come.

Local Gems: Back to the Streets in South LA

To many Angelenos, the best part of CicLAvia is what they notice when they're walking, cycling, or even spectating that they never spotted when they were in a car. Whether these neighborhoods are a long time home or brand new to you, you'll find something you may have never noticed before as you enjoy the open streets. There's so much to do on July 10, along CicLAvia–South LA’s 3-mile route through Vermont Square, Harvard Park, Chesterfield Square, Exposition Park, and King Estates.

CivSalons with AARP Los Angeles

CicLAvia joined with AARP Los Angeles to create a series of virtual CivSalons – dynamic presentations and discussions that highlight culture and civic issues in LA. In three webinars, we showcased Angelenos who are reclaiming the outdoors and staying connected with their communities. Together we heard their stories, learned about their favorite activities, and explored the communities they live in.

Watch any or all three of the recorded CivSalons, and get a new perspective on our city, and on the way that individuals are making it more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly.

In South LA, a View to an Open Streets Future

Our 38th event, CicLAvia–South LA, offered over five miles of open (and spacious!) streets to walk, run, bike, dance, and play. It also offered a look into Los Angeles' future: when more cyclist-friendly and pedestrian-friendly streets will be the norm, when the skies and the city will be cleaner and greener, and when even more art, culture, and opportunity will be available.

Our route through the neighborhoods of South Central, Exposition Park, Leimert Park, and Crenshaw was an incredible way to close out the year, and kick off a new one.

Local Gems: Miles of Food & Culture in South LA

Every CicLAvia Sunday offers a chance to experience neighborhoods across Los Angeles in a new way. History, culture, architecture, art, food (so much amazing food), parks, and outdoor activities line CicLAvia–South LA’s 5.3-mile route through South Central, Exposition Park, Leimert Park, and Crenshaw.

Enjoy the open streets with us on December 5, and discover new joys and gems around LA. You can use our Google Map to organize your day.

Designing in Color's Tribute to Open Streets

We partnered with an incredible team at Designing in Color to make our birthday event, CicLAvia–Heart of LA, truly memorable (and photographable).

This collective of award-winning architects and designers created a mobile, interactive art installation titled ‘10/10: Celebrate the Streets.' It recognizes the neighborhoods we've visited together across a decade and more of open streets Sundays.

A Birthday Celebration in the Heart of LA

It was incredible to mark another year of open streets in the heart of Los Angeles. We biked, walked, jogged, skated, and danced our way across 6 miles of open streets together.

This all began with one big question: "What would happen if LA streets were closed to cars for a day – and opened up to people?"

Enjoying Local Gems in the Heart of LA

Ready to enjoy six miles of open streets in downtown Los Angeles – and celebrate our 10/10 birthday together? Find art, architecture, city landmarks, and a lot of food across the CicLAvia—Heart of LA route! There will be things to see everywhere, but we’re highlighting a select few that you may not want to miss.

Back on the Streets in Wilmington

Our first event back was an incredible success – and it gave us a taste of what's to come.

We found so much joy and community throughout Wilmington on August 15. From Banning Park to the Wilmington Waterfront, it was a wonderful experience to see smiling faces (masks and all!) enjoying open streets together again. It was our 36th event, but in many ways it felt like a "first": our first journey back to the streets in over a year, and for a lot of Angelenos discovering new activities this year it was their first CicLAvia ever.

Wandering through Wilmington

On Sunday, August 15, we are kicking off CicLAvia–Wilmington! Over two miles of streets will be open for walking, biking, rolling, dancing, spectating, and rejoicing. If you've never attended a CicLAvia event, this is a great place to start: there is no entrance or exit, and no need to have a bicycle or ability level. This event (like all our events) is for you to enjoy the open, spacious streets free of cars.

There's an incredible amount of art and history along this route – you won't want to miss it.