Here it comes again, a precious trouble-free day for pedestrians and bicyclists in Los Angeles: CicLAvia! This one, for the first time, will feature urban yoga, belly dance, Pilates and even a Korean barbecue and Korean cultural festival, as well as new architecture programs.
As previous CicLAvias proved to be wildly successful, hundreds of thousands of bikers, walkers and skaters are expected to hit famed Wilshire Boulevard between Fairfax Avenue and downtown L.A. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, organizers say.
The next CicLAvia is the shortest route ever, covering a stretch of just six miles. But Angelenos will be able to …
cycle and mingle for two hours longer than usual at the June 23 event.
According to Robert Gard, director of communications and marketing for CicLAvia:
Extended hours can spread out the crowds a little bit. They don't have to feel they are rushed to get out of the route. People can check more leisurely on the activities.
The last CicLAvia, in April, attracted more than 200,000 participants to a 15-mile route on Venice Boulevard between downtown L.A. and Venice Beach. People complained of bicycle jams on certain areas, especially near the construction sites for the Expo Line extension, Gard said.
Two pedestrian-only zones are for a couple of blocks at both ends of the route: the One Wilshire hub downtown and the Miracle Mile hub. Other hubs spread out along the thoroughfare are MacArthur Park, Mid-Wilshire and Koreatown, where you can find a Korean BBQ cook-off and a cultural festival.
You can enjoy the free event by entering Wilshire at any point along the route.
The upcoming CicLAvia, themed Iconic Wilshire Boulevard, allows you a guided tour of historical buildings along Wilshire as part of the Getty's architecture program-Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.
According to a statement from CicLAvia:
Participants will stroll through a snapshot of the city's architectural evolution from Victorian vision to modernist experimentation; massive towers of business to intimate houses of worship; world-class museums to working-class mercados.
Radio broadcasts by noted architectural researcher and commentator Edward Lifson will be available for participants to download and listen to as free podcasts.
If you'd like to make a detailed plan beforehand on where to stop by for your favorite activities, here is a breakdown of what the hubs are about:
- Miracle Mile: interactive games, photo booth, music, spoke-card printing, yarn decoration for bikes, saber-toothed cat puppet, crafts for kids, parklet, Oscar statue zone.
- Mid-Wilshire: music, picnicking.
- Koreatown: BBQ, cultural festival, music, aerobics, crossfit, cardio kickboxing and yoga.
- MacArthur Park: urban yoga, face painting, crafts, clowns and post-event concerts, including a children's show and an evening show.
- One Wilshire: climbing wall, pilates & art pilates, belly dance instruction, safe bicycle practices area, helmet decoration and helmet give-aways.
Or you can show up and find out for yourself.