The annual LADWP Festival of Lights (continuing through December 30) is one of those events you do once — if that — and then probably never again, because suffering the Griffith Park gridlock it creates is more trouble than a mile-long bunch of twinkling representations of everything from city hall to LAX to the Los Angeles aqueduct are worth.
In the years since it debuted, bikes have been a prohibited means of transport through the festival presumably because of perceived safety issues, but in response to bike advocates calling bullshit, last year saw the debut of the Festival of Lights Bike Ride. The second annual excursion is scheduled for this next Tuesday, December 13. So if you’ve avoided the event because of the traffic or just want to reacquaint yourself with the festive use of electricity from a different perspective, you’ll want to roll over to the staging area at Griffith Park Carousel parking lot at 6 p.m.
From the Bicycle Kitchen website:
The more bikes that turn out for this event, the more the DWP will increase the “car-free” time slots! So show your support and bring your friends!
And keep in mind the L.A. Fire Department’s “Spark of Love” crew will be on hand with a bin at the festival’s entrance to accept new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to needy children.