Considering it took about five bureaucratastic years for sharrows to go from concept to reality, when I first heard about hopes at the 2009 Bike Summit for bringing a Bogota, Colombia-style ciclovia to the streets of Los Angeles I was pretty sure it would take at least the same amount of time for that idea to become an actuality.
Oh me of little faith. Thanks to the dedicated and tireless efforts of that core group of enthusiastic believers who ultimately enlisted support from key organizations, city councilmembers and Mayor Villaraigosa, the city’s historic inaugural CicLAvia is free and open to the public and happening next
Saturday Sunday (10/10/10) between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when a 7.5-mile route (click image for a larger map) between East Hollywood and Boyle Heights will be closed entirely to vehicles and opened wide to cyclists, joggers, and walkers.
As someone who participated in all 15 L.A. Marathon Bike Tours (1995-2009, rest in peace) and even the famed 2003 Arroyofest which saw the Pasadena Freeway go bikes/peds-only for a few glorious hours of a foggy June morning, guess where I’ll be. Hope you’ll be there, too.
Find out more at the CicLAvia website.