People board the Gold Line Del Mar station in Pasadena heading downtown for CicLAvia
These are the kinds of days that make you so proud to be an Angeleno and just make you want to scream: “I love LA!” The empowerment I felt being amongst my fellow Angelenos yesterday during the second CicLAvia event was tremendously exhilarating. The fact that 7.5 miles of roads that sliced through the middle of the city (usually choked with traffic and road rage) were closed off to traffic, and we were all free to “frolic” on our bikes without worrying about cars, was like a dream come true.
To see the city from a bike was so different from being stuck in a car. You would notice things you would have never looked at if you were driving, like say, the architecture of the buildings you rode by or just the faces of different people from all backgrounds surrounding you (LA truly is the most diverse city on the planet). And best of all, being on our bikes acted as “bridges” between communities as we traveled from neighborhoods like DTLA to MacArthur Park that felt seamless and wonderfully connected. It gave me a glimpse of how incredible LA could be if we could somehow form strong urban connections between our amazing neighborhoods.
I had heard about the very first CicLAvia event last year in October, but didn’t have a bike back then. After seeing all the photos and videos from the last one, I decided to go out and get a bike so that I would be able to participate in the next one. Experiencing CicLAvia made me realize that LA truly is wonderful, but it has been ruined by the automobile run amok that has made our sidewalks more narrow, pedestrians afraid to cross the street, and the freeways that have sliced up our communities. LA can be livable and wonderful, but it takes these community-building events to allow more and more people to realize that we can have a livable city (yes right here in LA!) if we put pedestrians and bicyclists first, not the automobile.
Enjoy the pics from the event:
Riders get off Gold Line at Little Tokyo station to join CicLAvia
I started off my CicLAvia adventure in Little Tokyo
A big sign in Little Tokyo thanking Mayor V and the council districts involved in CicLAvia's route
A little rider with his green helmet starts off in Little Tokyo as well
1st Street through Little Tokyo heading toward the Civic Center in Downtown LA
I was surprised to see so many people already by 10:30AM
Gathering in LA Civic Center
How does that thing even work?
This was beautiful! "LA Beyond Cars"
Again, just beautiful.
Joggers join bikers in Downtown LA's historic core
CicLAvia made into a family outing
CicLAvia stop signs where cars still went through
People enjoying their day either riding their bikes or just sitting at Coffee Bar in the historic core watching them go by
Biking through the historic core on Spring Street
Now we're riding down 7th Street through the heart of Downtown LA. Do you see the little boy with the green helmet that started off with me in Little Tokyo? :)
I thought this was cute: "Co-Pilot"
I loved this when traffic had to stop for us
Riding down 7th Street toward City West
A look back behind me while I'm on 7th Street in Downtown LA
Crossing the 110 Freeway overpass
Still on 7th Street now in City West heading toward MacArthur Park
You see Wilshire Bullocks in the distance as we head into MacArthur Park
We're not in MacArthur Park by Alvarado and 7th Street
One of the best delis in the country: Langer's in MacArthur Park
Performances going on all over, this one in MacArthur Park
Taking a break in MacArthur Park
Now we're by Vermont and 4th Street in Koreatown
A look behind me while in Koreatown
Things you notice while riding on your bike include architecture like this beautiful church in Koreatown
Organizations passing out food/water along the bike route
Riders going underneath an overpass heading into East Hollywood
Heading up Heliotrope into East Hollywood
We are nearing the end of the CicLAvia route
The route ends here at Melrose and Heliotrope in East Hollywood
The route ends right in back of LA City College
Now that we finished the route toward East Hollywood, we are riding back on the route toward the other end being Boyle Heights
Dogs join humans on CicLAvia
Riding back to MacArthur Park we pass by more beautiful churches
Library Tower stands in the distance while we enter MacArthur Park
Perched high above, these guys are looking down wondering where all these bikers came from :)
Passing by MacArthur Park
Oh refreshing water provided by LADWP
The water was filtered from the water hydrant
Heading back toward Downtown LA
Along the 110 overpass again heading back into Downtown LA
Back on 7th Street in Downtown LA
On Spring Street in Downtown LA
Businesses along the way are busier than ever
LA City Hall stands proudly over CicLAvia
Heading into the Arts District in Downtown LA toward Boyle Heights
In the Arts District
About to cross the historic 4th Street bridge
We are now on the 4th Street bridge
Riders take a break on the 4th Street bridge overlooking the LA River
CicLAvia: What an amazing day!
Me and LA Mayor Villaraigosa outside Bottega Louie in Downtown LA (we obviously both love LA!):
Me and Mayor V both love LA! :)