On Sunday tens of thousands of Angelenos discovered what life in LA is like without cars. People rode through neighborhoods they never knew, saw architecture they never noticed, connected with all kinds of other people and had lots of fun doing it. Spirits were high as people talked to strangers, listened to music, negotiated for position and pedaled leisurely through some of Los Angeles’ most distinct neighborhoods. Many commented on how fast it was to cycle the 7 and 1/2 mile route without traffic. They realized how close things are when streets aren’t choked with cars.
My impression is that the event came off significantly better than imagined. Prior to the event, some people expressed concern that the publicity might not reach enough people. Well, it did. While some merchants took advantage by selling their wares on the street, others played music to impromptu live audiences, I expect the next time around that more people will realize the opportunity that all these people bring along the route.
Photos by Ryan Snyder
We are very excited about the first CicLAvia on October 10, 2010. Experience LA’s streets in a different way! Click on the image to sign up and for a link to their official website!
Living Streets LA is closely following a proposal to convert 4th Street between Park La Brea and Hoover Street in Koreatown into a Bicycle Boulevard with living streets elements such as mini-plazas. The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition organized a community walk and ride involving more than 130 people on July 24 to show some of the ideas for making 4th Street into a bike boulevard. Green LA Girl’s July 26 blog entry also covered the walk and ride event and provides the latest information on this groundbreaking idea.
Given the strong community support to convert this underutilized road space into a usable commons in this dense urban neighborhood, we hope that 4th Street Bike Boulevard will get funded and built in a timely manner.