This year we are excited to launch CicLAmini – compact neighborhood routes. A CicLAmini is a more pedestrian-oriented experience featuring activities sprinkled along the entire 1-2 mile open street event. Expect things like self-guided walking tours, scavenger hunts, street games, local business engagements, and art and cultural activities for all-ages.
CicLAvia 2022 Year in Review
This past year provided the opportunity for tens of thousands of Angelenos to walk, run, and roll through the neighborhoods of South LA, East Hollywood, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Echo Park, Downtown LA, and Boyle Heights during 4 CicLAvia open street events. We've got lots more planned for 2023, but first, let's take a look back at all we accomplished together in 2022.
South LA Recap Blog
It was a crisp, December morning on the streets of South LA when the 42nd CicLAvia Sunday kicked off with remarks by CicLAvia Executive Director, Romel Pascual. Before passing it off to LA’s 42nd Mayor, Eric Garcetti, Romel acknowledged that it was also his last CicLAvia as Mayor of Los Angeles. Romel thanked him for his longtime support and said, “Mayor Garcetti was there from the very beginning. When CicLAvia started in 2010 he was the president of the city council and he took the leadership and said, ‘Why not … why can't the city of LA have the same type of experiences around people powered mobility, open streets, no cars on the road for one day, like the cities of Bogotá, Medellín, and Mexico City?’”
Local Gems: South LA - Expo Park <—> Watts
CicLAvia is back with our final event of the year! Join us on Sunday, December 4th, from 9am - 3pm to celebrate open streets in South LA! This 7.25 mile route will explore the neighborhoods of Exposition Park, Vermont Square, Historic South Central, Central-Alameda, Florence-Graham, and Watts.
Heart of LA Recap Blog
The central or innermost part of something; the heart. The first CicLAvia-Heart of LA was over 10 years ago and connected dozens of LA’s historic locations and sights. Hundreds of miles of open streets later, CicLAvia-Heart of LA has played a key role in showing Angelenos the beauty of the city, outside of a car.
What You Can See in the Heart of LA
We are opening seven miles of streets on Sunday, October 9, 2022. 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.
Local Gems: Meet the Hollywoods
Across almost 7 miles of West Hollywood, Hollywood, and East Hollywood, there is a LOT to see and do both on and just off the CicLAvia route. Take a look at some of the highlights here, but it's far from an exhaustive list. One of the best parts of an open streets event is discovering the things you would never notice if you sped past in a car. From neighborhood restaurants and shops to murals and scenic views, there is so much you can see when you walk, or skate or bike, or pedicab ride along by it.
Explore the streets at your own pace and you'll likely stumble upon something new to you!
CivSalon: Innovation and Safe Streets
On July 20, 2022, we hosted a new CivSalon discussion on how innovation can make our streets safer and more equitable. Our friends at Motional sponsored the event, and the panelists (and members of the audience) grappled with a fundamental question: What does a city that supports car-free and car-reduced commuting really look like?
Speaking on the panel were Nicholas Greif from Motional, a partner in the push for more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly streets in Los Angeles; Melisa Walk of Pacoima Beautiful, a community advocate piloting electric bike share opportunities; Michael Uribe from Blu LA powered by Blink Mobility, a leader in cleaner, greener transportation options; and Hilary Norton of both the California Transportation Commission and FASTLinkDTLA, who is shaping mobility in downtown LA.
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.