CicLAvia Aims For Monthly Bike Events in L.A.
In Bogotá, the city that inspired L.A.'s CivLAvia bicycle events, streets are closed weekly to peddle power and pedestrians.
The Los Angeles CicLAvia happenings that started in 2010 are a little closer to becoming more like their Colombian inspiration. CicLAvia organizers this week announced that they're planning on taking the party monthly in coming years.
For 2014 ...
... there will be three 9 a.m.-to-4 p.m. events including:
-The return of CicLAvia's "lconic Wilshire Boulevard" route April 6.
-A "Heart of LA" event with a remixed route that will include Chinatown, Echo Park and possibly East Los Angeles proper Oct. 5.
-A first-time tour of South Los Angeles, including Leimert Park and Central Avenue's historic jazz corridor, Dec. 7.
The same weekend as the Wilshire Boulevard event, CicLAvia will also host the National Open Streets Summit in L.A., which will focus on how to do events like CicLAvia in other towns.
A Metro grant fund of $2 million is being dangled to smaller cities who want to stage their own closed-street rides and walks, which CicLAvia hopes will happen by 2017, when it plans to roll out about 8 events, with four others hopefully produced in smaller cities in the region, said CicLAvia spokesman Robert Gard.
(We think somebody should do a skateboarding-emphasized event in this here epicenter of skate culture).
For next year CicLAvia wants to do a San Fernando Valley event as well as a pioneering a new closed-streets route to the beach, the organization states.
Its fundraising, including a $500,000 contribution from the Wasserman Foundation, is going well. But Gard told us there are no plans to monetize CicLAvia despite the growing demand for bicycling-in-the-streets celebrations:
We put this together as a way to connect people to different cultures and communities via the outdoors in a way they couldn't do this otherwise. We really are doing this for altruistic reasons. Monetizing it would philosophically go against what we do.
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