CicLAvia is returning to the streets of Los Angeles, as representatives have announced plans for three full-scale open streets events in 2021.
Kicking off on Sunday, Aug. 15, the first event will be CicLAvia-Wilmington, where participants will enjoy biking, skating, walking and community activities. On Oct. 10, CicLAvia will celebrate its 11th anniversary with a fan-favorite route through downtown for CicLAvia–Heart of LA. The third event on Dec. 5 will be CicLAvia-South LA.
By turning public streets into public parks for a day, many Angelenos credit CicLAvia with illustrating how accessible neighborhoods can be to visitors and to their own residents, as more people can safely travel, commute and reconnect via active transportation.
“We are thrilled to share this news with Los Angeles,” said Romel Pascual, CicLAvia’s executive director. “Our mission promotes positivity and safety, and we hope to help instill social confidence and restore comfort to the community.”
After CicLAvia had to cancel five events in 2020, the nonprofit shifted its focus to conducting outreach to inform and facilitate small mom-and-pop restaurants maximize their use of outdoor dining via the City of LA’s L.A. Al Fresco Dining program. It also championed safe biking, as well as pedestrian and people-powered activities, encouraging people to safely get out in their neighborhoods for exercise, fresh air and respite from being confined to home.
“The return of CicLAvia is a bright light as we slowly recover together as a city,” LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds said. “Our streets and public spaces should be places of joy and connection for communities. There is no event like CicLAvia to make that real for Angelenos.”
For information, visit ciclavia.org.