CicLAvia = No Cars and Social Integration

Oct 04, 2010 by Lisa Newton

What is CicLAvia?

It’s Los Angeles’ first “open-street” celebration day. On Sunday, October 10th, 2010, 7 ½ miles of streets, from Boyle Heights to East Hollywood, will be closed to motorized traffic, meaning car-free, from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

The reasoning behind it is not only to have a large swath of streets car free, it’s also encouraging more people to interact with one another.

Essentially, call it what you want, the CiCLAvia organizers are labeling it a “social integration.”

No one needs to worry about riding their bike on the road, or skateboarding, or even rollerblading, and especially walking.

You can sit in your favorite restaurant and not worry about a car parking right in front of your view. You can say hello to the person sitting next to you while your kids safely ride their bikes in the street.

Ciclovías started in Bogotá, Colombia, over thirty years ago as a response to the congestion and pollution of city streets. Now they happen throughout Latin America and the United States, connecting communities and giving people a break from the stress of car traffic. The health benefits are immense. Ciclovías bring families outside of their homes to enjoy the streets, our largest public space.

Just think about our fair city, with traffic brimming from east to west and north to south. On Sunday, you can get a little taste of what life might be like with no cars, even if it’s only for a few hours.

With your help, CicLAvia, could become a regular feature, if this first event is as successful as it can be. The shop owners and restaurateurs are waiting for you with open doors, so just for today, let’s leave the picnic at home and help our Mom and Pop shops.

Here’s the map for CicLAvia:

If you’d like to volunteer for this wonderful event, I’m sure they can find something for you to do.

See you there……………………

Subscribe via RSSIf you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or bringing Travelin’ Local home with you via the RSS feed.

Related Posts with Thumbnails

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!

Boyle Heights, Culture, East Hollywood, Entertainment, Family, Recreation, SoCal
No Responses to “CicLAvia = No Cars and Social Integration”

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv Enabled