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CicLAvia Bike Event To Roll Through the Westside

New route will start in downtown L.A. and wind its way to Venice Beach.

Cyclists on the Westside will be able to join the car-free bike event CicLAvia as it rolls to Venice Beach on April 21, event planners announced on Thursday. 

Although the route has yet to be finalized, CicLAvia organizers tentatively planned a itinerary from downtown L.A. to Venice Beach mostly via Venice Boulevard. 

CicLAvia, inspired by the Colombian bike movement ciclovia, started in October 2010 in Los Angeles with about 100,000 participants. So far, most of the CicLAvia rides have centered around downtown L.A., Boyle Heights and Little Tokyo. 

But on Thursday, CicLAvia Executive Director Aaron Paley announced that two of the three scheduled rides will feature completely new routes.

In addition to the Venice ride in April, a second event will take place on June 23, winding its way along Wilshire Boulevard from downtown to the SoFax area. Paley said his goal is to eventually host a CicLAvia event every month.

The Oct. 6 ride is centered around downtown L.A. and will essentially be the same route as last year with some minor changes.

Niall Huffman January 11, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Not just a bike event... walkers, runners, skaters, people with strollers, people in wheelchairs, etc. are all welcome. CicLAvia is a giant block party that's open to everyone!
Gary Kavanagh January 12, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Yes, this a great event, and while bicycling is the most popular activity at CicLAvia, it is much more than a "bike event' or event for cyclists. Personally I enjoy inline skating and walking more now at the most recent CicLAvia's I attended. I ride bikes enough on my own or at other events.
JE January 12, 2013 at 07:48 PM
It may seem as a cool event but as long as the route doesn't hamper with my going to work as it has in the past years, I'm fine with it. Love the idea of it being a "giant block party"! Otherwise, why can't they do these events on residential streets, roads? Not everyone is off on a weekend and have to go to work, be it by car or public transportation and it has inconvenienced a lot of people trying to do their business in the past.
Gary Kavanagh January 12, 2013 at 08:10 PM
The organizers deliberately try to avoid residential streets for a few reasons. It has more impacts for residents who may not have alternative routes to get into or out of their home. Commercial areas are preferred in part because there are usually multiple alternative routes that are parallel, and businesses along the corridor can still do business catering to the estimated 100,000 participants along the route. There are cities that do similar events every week over a route several times the length of anything the LA CicLAvia has done or proposed so far. People find a way to make it work, and many greatly appreciate the opportunity to enjoy a slice of the city without the cars and be active in their city. Given that the US has diminished health and life expectancy compared to other wealthy nations that is getting worse in the latest studies (today's youth are on track to be the first US generation to have shorter lives than their parents), I think it's imperative to promote celebrate events like this where people are enjoy being active because it is fun, and not a chore or workout. Spread throughout the CicLAvia routes are also intersections still open to signalized cross traffic and are easier to get across than events like the LA triathlon where intersections are held until an area is completely clear of approaching racers.
Carol Spencer January 12, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Please show the route on the westside - most maps have blogs over the routes so you cannot see them
Keith Martin Kaucher January 12, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Sounds like they'll get more practice at not stopping at stop signs just what the city needs more cyclist who think the laws of the road don't apply to them.

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