CicLAvia Magnificentia

I’m still buzzing from the glorious wonder that was today’s historic CicLAvia, so in lieu of me waxing all misty-eyed over such a beautiful thing, just travel with me for a three-minute handlebar cam timelapse I made of the latter half of my second roundtrip of the 7.5-mile route from Boyle Heights’ Hollenbeck Park to East Hollywood’s Bicycle District.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5-lYpcAaD8[/youtube]

12 Replies to “CicLAvia Magnificentia”

  1. This was a boon for local business too. Dozens of bikes were parked in front of shops and restaurants and people were sitting outside on chairs…you never see that when cars have to hunt for parking spots and who wants to sit outside and eat with cars racing by?

    One Thai place in Downtown was filled to capacity and was delivering take out to cyclists who sat by their bikes on the side walk in makeshift picnic areas. They were clearly swamped with orders and the ecstatic owner said that he was never this busy at lunch hour when cars were on the road.

    Even the fancy restaurants were full. It looked like a city in Europe.

    1. “This was a boon for local business too. Dozens of bikes were parked in front of shops and restaurants and people were sitting outside on chairs…you never see that when cars have to hunt for parking spots and who wants to sit outside and eat with cars racing by?”

      I was very, very pleased to see this as well. As much as I love food trucks and appreciated them showing up to the event, I’m happy people took this opportunity to patronize local businesses that they may never have visited otherwise. Local businesses seeing increased revenue and residents enjoying an improved quality of life make for a terrific one-two-punch to silence critics.

  2. Yep. Still reeling from how totally awesome amazing kick-ass phenomenal double-rainbow triple-rainbow the whole thing was. The five hours felt like one. Even with the hot 90º weather. And this was just the beta 1.0 version.

  3. Thank you Will for posting the route. Brings back the moments when I was riding the route…..what an incredible day!!! It was a picture-perfect, S. CA Chamber of Commerce day, San Gabriels clear as a bell in their detail (all the different reds & browns!!), warm/hot sunshine broken by light, refreshing breezes!!

    LA needs to do this weekly…..that’s right: WEEKLY. You cannot imagine the street-level view looking eastbound on 7th Street and the skyscapers on both sides of you filter the bright sunshine and all you see in front of you are sihouettes of cyclists and peds scattered about….amazing!!! It looked like a lot of cafes & coffeehouses downtown and in Westlake were bustling with people. I’ll bet business owners to a tee want to see more CirLAvias in the future. There were bikes everywhere with their owners seated alongside. A wonderful, chill day all around. Thanks everyone!!

  4. Love the video! Agree with what everyone has stated and 2nd @lacyclingguy’s motion to have this weekly. I walked part of the route and it was awesome! Next time I’ll have my bike!

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