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.

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.