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CicLAvia Coming Through Downtown in September

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, July 01, 2010, at 08:49AM
CCicLAvia Downtown Route CicLAvia [ciclavia.wordpress.com]

This route through Downtown is part of a planned seven-mile path that would be turned over to bicycles and pedestrians for a day in September.

Update: Event has been moved to October 10.

If all goes according to plan, seven miles of streets will be handed over to bicycles and pedestrians on Sunday, September 12, for what organizers hope will be the first of many CicLAvia events in Los Angeles.

The event is modelled after the ciclovía, temporary bike paths first created in Bogotá, Colombia, around 1980. The concept has been replicated in dozens of other cities in the years since, including the Sunday Streets program in San Francisco.

The first L.A. route, which the organizers describe as "98% certain," will stretch from East Hollywood to Boyle Heights. It will enter Downtown on 7th street, travelling north on Main street to 1st. From City Hall, it will take 1st to Central, Central to 4th, and depart Downtown on the 4th street bridge.

"Soft closures" at major intersections will allow autos to cross the route on normal light cycles.

Unlike an organized ride, the CycLAvia doesn't have a start and end point or direction. Instead, the route is simply open for those who wish to use all or part of it between 10am and 3pm.

While the city has pledged to cover traffic and public safety expenses for the event, fundraising is underway for expenses related to coordination, marketing and outreach. The fundraising page also includes a video describing the concept in more detail.

Cyclists who enjoy ruling the road may also want to circle November 14 on their calendar. That's when the ThinkCure Bike Challenge takes over the 110 freeway to raise funds for cancer reasearch. A 22-mile option will take riders from Dodger Stadium to Pasadena and back, while 62- and 100-mile routes are available for those in search of a greater challenge.

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