Nearly eight miles of streets in downtown Los Angeles will be closed to vehicles on Sunday for the year’s seventh CicLAvia event, in which city officials encourage residents to explore what different neighborhoods have to offer on foot or via other non-motorized modes of Transport.
CicLAvia-Heart of LA will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The 7.8-mile route begins at Broadway and Bernard Street and extends to the following areas:
- south from Broadway and Bernard;
- east at Broadway and First Street;
- south at Central Avenue to Sixth Street;
- east on Sixth to Whittier Boulevard;
- north on St. Louis Street;
- west on First to Boyle Avenue;
- east on First to Evergreen Avenue;
- west at Broadway and Seventh to Figueroa;
- south to Figueroa and Venice Boulevard.
- Motorized vehicles are prohibited along the route, but people are permitted to walk, bike, skate or otherwise traverse the route. Only people-powered equipment will be allowed — so no electric vehicles such as scooters or hoverboards.
Four hubs along the route will offer free water stations and restrooms, first-aid stations, bike parking, free bike repair and free pedicabs provided by AARP.
Hubs will be at the following locations:
- South Park Hub, 1420 S. Figueroa St.
- Chinatown Hub, 942 N. Broadway
- Little Tokyo Hub, 121 S. Central Ave.
- Mariachi Plaza Hub, 1801 E. First St.
An Evergreen Pit Stop at 2917 First St. will also have all the services offered at the pit stops with the exception of free bike parking.
The route used Sunday is considered CicLAvia’s “anchor route,” where the inaugural CicLAvia took place in October 2010, according to CicLAvia Executive Director Romel Pascual.
“Each year the route varies slightly to see more of our beautiful city from outside the confines of a car,” Pascual said. “For 2023, we’ll be going back over the spectacular Sixth Street Viaduct, one of LA’s newest iconic landmarks. We are also thrilled to continue our partnership with Metro and LADOT for this 48th CicLAvia.”
A kickoff news conference will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Little Tokyo Hub featuring Mayor Karen Bass, Pascual, Metro Chief Innovation Officer Seleta Reynolds, Jaime Ortiz, founder of Ciclovía in Bogota, and Laura Rubio-Cornejo, general manager of the city Department of Transportation.
CicLAvia-Heart of LA is the fifth full-scale CicLAvia of 2023. Two CicLAmini events were held in Watts and North Hollywood, featuring smaller routes.
The next CicLAvia after Sunday is scheduled for Dec. 3 in South Los Angeles, the final event of the year.
More information is available at ciclavia.org/.
Source: NBC Los Angeles