American Bicycle Girl

The CicLAvia Countdown

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While I’ve participated in Seville, Spain’s Ciclovida while attending Velo-city 2011, I cannot wait, finally, for my first American Ciclovida, or in this case CicLAvia! Who would’ve known Los Angeles and its primarily car-centric, sprawling city would attract a crowd of over 100,000! Apparently, CicLAvia is Los Angeles biggest block party. And what a way to be welcomed to the city.

Hi, my name is Lyndsay. I’m new here. Please be my friend!

Better yet, ‘Ciclavia is all about discovering Los Angeles. As you bike or walk the route, you’ll find streets you’ve never seen, undiscovered neighborhoods, and shops you’ve never walked inside.’ – cheers to an adventure!

Now for some history and reasons to come:

“Inspired by ciclovía, the weekly street closure event in Bogotá, Colombia, established over 30 years ago, CicLAvia consists of the temporary opening of Los Angeles streets to all Angelenos. Free to the public, it interconnects diverse portions of the city, creating a web of temporary public space, free of car traffic.

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. In Los Angeles we need CicLAvia more than ever. Our streets are congested with traffic, our air is polluted with toxic fumes, our children suffer from obesity and other health conditions caused by the scarcity of public space and safe, healthy transportation options. CicLAvia creates a temporary park for free, simply by removing cars from city streets. It creates a network of connections between our neighborhoods and businesses and parks with corridors filled with fun. We can’t wait to see you at CicLAvia!”

Yesterday I volunteered with the LA County Bicycle Coalition at the Community Arts Resource Center for their pre-Ciclavia packing party. It was a blast! On Sunday I’ll be a Hub Volunteer at MacArthur Park from 2-4pm. Come find me there.

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Author: Lyndsay McKeever

Virginia Tech Alternative Transportation Intern. Student Government Association Transportation Director. Active Transportation Advocate and Commuter Cyclist. Sustainability Girl. VT Cycling Team Member.

One thought on “The CicLAvia Countdown

  1. Hey Lyndsay! Great to hear about this event, and I find the concept to be very fun way to generate interest in bicycling-related issues. Louisville, Ky will be holding its first CycLOUvia event on October 14th; over three miles of L’ville’s quirkiest and most active street will be closed to traffic. Our small-but-dedicated cycling community is very excited! Hope all is going well on the West Coast!

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