LOS ANGELES (CNS) – CicLAvia, the open streets festival that clears various streets of traffic so residents can explore on foot, bike or skate, returns on Sunday after a COVID-19 break.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Avalon Boulevard will be closed to traffic between Streets M and C. M Street will be closed east of Avalon and C Street west of Avalon to Wilmington Waterfront Park. In total, about 2 1/4 miles of road will be open to people.
What you need to know
- CicLAvia, the open streets festival that clears traffic from various streets so residents can explore on foot, by bike or on ice skates, returns on Sunday
- Avalon Boulevard will be closed to traffic between Streets M and C from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Additional CicLAvia events are scheduled for October 10th in downtown Los Angeles and December 5th in South LA
- CicLAvia was inspired by “Ciclovia” events in Bogota, Colombia that began 45 years ago
The event is free to attend and visitors are free to explore the route and shops / restaurants along the way.
Additional CicLAvia events are scheduled for October 10th in downtown Los Angeles – the 11th anniversary of the event – and on December 5th in southern Los Angeles.
“With the state now open, Angelenos are keen to return to some of the fun and memorable activities and routines we missed over the past year while hopefully maintaining slower streets, outdoor restaurants and cleaner air,” said Romel Pascual, Executive Director from CicLAvia in July when announcing the restart of the events.
“Our mission promotes positivity and security, and we hope to help build social trust and restore comfort to the community.”
CicLAvia canceled five events in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In late 2020, city officials began working with al fresco al fresco dining programs, particularly in areas hardest hit by the pandemic such as Boyle Heights, Chinatown, Westlake District, Pacoima and South Los Angeles.
CicLAvia announced on May 19 that it would assist the city government in expanding the program, which began in May 2020, to help restaurants serve guests safely and take steps to make it permanent during the COVID-19 pandemic close.
“CicLAvia is an important part of LA recovery and the experiences we have shared together at CicLAvia reinforce how dynamic, connected and resilient we are as Angelenos,” said Pascual. “Please come out and celebrate with us, whether it’s your 35th or your first CicLAvia.”
During CicLAvia’s “Heart of LA” event downtown on October 10, the nonprofit is celebrating its 11th anniversary and opening the streets to pedestrians, cyclists, and more. The first event took place on October 10, 2010, on a route from East Hollywood through downtown Los Angeles to Boyle Heights.
More than 100,000 people attended the event and exceeded the organization’s expectations.
Over the past 11 years, CicLAvia has hosted more than 1.8 million people at 35 events on nearly 420 km of open roads.
“The return of CicLAvia is a bright light as we are slowly recovering as a city,” said Seleta Reynolds, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. “Our streets and public spaces should be places of joy and connection for communities. There is no event like CicLAvia that makes this a reality for Angelenos.”
CicLAvia was inspired by “Ciclovia” events in Bogota, Colombia that began 45 years ago.
You can find more information about CicLAvia here.
“Getting CicLAvia into a community is about bringing recreational space into a neighborhood that could use it.” @tafarai talked to @kcrw about how we kept other organizations afloat last year and bring joy back to the streets this Sunday https://t.co/oeSlTzv60T
– CicLAvia (@CicLAvia) August 15, 2021