Local Gems: Heart of LA

Join us at CicLAvia—Heart of LA on Sunday, October 15th, from 9am - 4pm as we transform the streets of Chinatown, Little Tokyo, South Park, Mariachi Plaza, and Evergreen into a public park for the day.

The Downtown Los Angeles area and its surrounding neighborhoods are bursting with places to eat, art to see, and architecture to admire. Here are some of the MANY local gems that will be along the route. Use the CicLAvia Interactive Digital Map to plan out your day!

CicLAmini—North Hollywood Recap Blog

Our second CicLAmini had an amazing turnout! The day kicked off  with remarks by Romel Pascual (CicLAvia Executive Director), LA Councilmember Paul Krekorian (Council District 2), Randall Winston (Deputy Mayor of Public Works), Clare Eberle (LADOT Rep.), and Laura Friedman (Asm. 44th District), alongside her daughter, Rachel. The speakers encouraged us all to celebrate the small, family owned businesses and the talented artists that make up the NoHo Arts District.

Local Gems: North Hollywood

We're back for our fifth open street event of 2023, CicLAmini—North Hollywood! Join us on Sunday, September 17, from 9am - 3pm as we transform the streets of North Hollywood (NoHo) into a public park for the day. 

NoHo is known for its commitment to the arts, recreation, and local food. Check out this list of local gems to help plan out your day on and off the CicLAmini route! Special thanks to Council President Paul Krekorian’s Office (CD2) for welcoming all CicLAmini participants to North Hollywood and their support in planning and programming this event!

Local Gems: Koreatown meets Hollywood

We're back for our fifth open street event of 2023, CicLAvia—Koreatown meets Hollywood! Join us on Sunday, August 20th, from 9am - 4pm as we transform the streets of Koreatown and Hollywood into a public park for the day. 

Koreatown and Hollywood are ranked 1st and 7th, respectively, in population density in LA County. The area also boasts many places to eat, architecture to admire, and landmarks to see along this route. Check out this list of local gems to help plan out your day.

✌️enice Blvd! Presented by LADOT

On Sunday, July 23rd the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) teamed up with CicLAvia for their “✌️enice Blvd!” event!

This event, powered by CicLAvia, focused on the new bicycle infrastructure located on Venice Blvd between National Blvd and Sepulveda Blvd.

CicLAvia—South LA (Vermont Ave) Recap Blog

With Father’s Day, Juneteenth, and CicLAvia Sunday coinciding, the South LA community and beyond showed up in great spirits for this fun-filled day!

Our 47th event, CicLAvia—South LA (Vermont Ave), kicked off with our amazing panel of speakers: LA County SD2 Supervisor - Holly J. Mitchell, Mayor of LA - Karen Bass, CD8 Councilmember - Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Mayor of Inglewood - James T. Butts, CEO LA Metro - Stephanie Wiggins, LADOT Interim GM - Connie Llanos, CicLAvia Executive Director - Romel Pascual, and CicLAvia Vice-Chair Board of Directors - Israel Rojas. Many spoke on the importance of community, safe streets, and how CicLAvia creates special connections in each host community.

Local Gems: South LA (Vermont Ave)

We're back for our fourth event of the year, CicLAvia—South LA (Vermont Ave)! Join us on Sunday, June 18th, from 9am - 4pm as we transform the streets of South LA into a public park for the day. 

Fun Fact: the majority of this route will be on Vermont Ave, one of the longest streets in the city and county of Los Angeles with a length of 23+ miles! 

For this local gems blog, we are excited to highlight some of the Cultural Treasures of South LA. Cultural Treasures of South LA is an asset mapping and activation initiative of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), co-created and implemented in partnership with LA Commons, the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone (SLATE-Z), Community Coalition, and the University of Southern California (USC)’s Neighborhood Data for Social Change (NDSC) Initiative.

CicLAmini—Watts Recap Blog

Our first CicLAmini is in the books thanks to an amazing turnout from the Watts community! To start off our 45th event, LA Councilmember Tim McOsker (Council District 15), John Jones III (East Side Riders Bike Club President/Co-Founder), Connie Llanos (Interim GM, LA Department of Transportation), Frank Ching (Deputy Executive Officer, LA Metro), and Romel Pascual (CicLAvia Executive Director) spoke at our press conference. They shared updates on the infrastructure improvements the neighborhood of Watts and the LA Department of Transportation (LADOT) has implemented to ensure safer streets for cyclists and pedestrians.

Local Gems: Watts

We're back with our third event of the year with CicLAmini—Watts! Join us on Sunday, May 21st, from 9am - 3pm as we transform the streets of Watts into a public park for the day. A CicLAmini is a more pedestrian-oriented experience featuring activities sprinkled along this entire 1 mile open street event. While on the route, expect things like scavenger hunts, street games, local business engagements, and art and cultural activities for all-ages.

Although Watts is one of the smaller neighborhoods in LA, there is a thriving community and abounding history all throughout its 2.12 square mile area. Watts offers great local businesses to visit, landmarks to see, and art to admire! Check out this list of local gems beyond the route to help plan your day.

Partnering with Accelerate Resilience L.A.

We were honored to partner with Accelerate Resilience L.A. (ARLA) for our 44th event, CicLAvia—Mid City meets Pico Union! Along with other amazing local organizations, we shared the vision of climate resilience in Los Angeles. 

Andy Lipkis, Executive Director of ARLA, kicked off our press conference by saying, “This is the time to come together and plan for a more climate resilient L.A. Coming to CicLAvia is an act of resilience- for our health, recreation, and climate future.” With this theme in mind, here are Climate Resilience Tips from each partner to inspire you to take action in your day-to-day life!

Lynne Thompson, the 2021-2022 Los Angeles Poet Laureate, ended our press conference with her poem, Raffia, from her book, Beg No Pardon. She read, “Everything is family, everything is connected.” This tied in seamlessly with the theme of CicLAvia she described as being about, “ … people coming together for something really important for our city.”