CicLAvia is a partnership of the City of Los Angeles, and the non-profit CicLAvia organization.
CicLAvia - Iconic Wilshire Boulevard was the 7th CicLAvia. The event created a 6-mile car-free stretch of Los Angeles city streets from the Miracle Mile to Downtown. There was no charge to participate and people of all ages and abilities were welcome to walk, run, skate, play, or cycle in this web of temporary public space, free of car traffic.
The CicLAvia events were inspired by weekly street closures in Bogotá, Colombia known as ciclovías.
Instead of formal 'starting' and 'ending' points, Pedestrian Zones on each end served as demarcation points for the route.
I appreciated the instructional graphic at the free parking area since it was my first time using my Kryptonite Evolution Mini-5 U-Lock to secure Lexa.
In the Pedestrian Zone, I spotted a food truck I'd never seen before - the Vchos pupusas truck. I couldn't resist ordering a pork & cheese pupusa.
Once we exited the Pedestrian Zone, I hopped on Lexa and started cycling.
Although the majority of the 6 miles was closed to traffic, there were four 'Crossing Points for Cars' patrolled by LAPD along the route.
The CicLAvia - Iconic Wilshire Boulevard route passed through Koreatown.
We heard Korean music and saw some Korean dancing. There were Korean BBQ tents and even BCD Tofu House offered specials for CicLAvia participants.
The eastern Pedestrian Zone had all the amenities of the Downtown Pedestrian Zone.
It also included the Kids Zone Kids Zone with a kids safety training course and helmet giveaways.
I locked Lexa in the free parking and wandered around. I stopped by the Fluff Ice truck and had an Original Fluff which is drizzled with condensed milk, strawberries, and mangoes.
I visited the CicLAvia merchandise booth and donated $20 to CicLAvia and received a cute, limited edition LA Metro TAP card.
The only less-than-positive aspect of this event was the inexperienced cyclists and careless non-CicLAvia participating pedestrians.
Despite the fact that Lexa and I were riding on the far left, I can't count how many times the cyclist in front of decided to stop without warning to send a text, take a picture, or for no apparent reason. I focused on being a defensive rider and thankfully, Lexa and I didn't get into any accidents.
Lexa and I thoroughly enjoyed our first CicLAvia. We even got to get our picture taken with a polar bear!