On Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Metro will present “CicLAvia – Heart of LA,” 7 miles of car-free open streets for all to enjoy as a temporary park space – free of charge. Participants of all ages and abilities can play, explore local gems and sightsee, while experiencing the joy of safe, people-powered transportation on car-free open streets. The CicLAvia – Heart of LA is an opportunity to explore the streets of Echo Park, Downtown LA, Historic Core on Broadway, Civic Center, Chinatown, Little Tokyo and the Arts District. For the first time, CicLAvia – Heart of LA will include the new 6th Street Bridge.
The CicLAvia – Heart of LA is an anchor event that CicLAvia has done every year since its first open streets event in 2010. This route represents the 41st CicLAvia and includes the communities of Echo Park, Grand Park, Civic Center, Historic Core, Chinatown, Arts District, Little Tokyo and Boyle Heights. As one of CicLAvia’s signature anchor events, the Heart of LA experience brings together the diversity of communities that have anchored CicLAvia open streets events with the new iconic 6th Street Bridge.
All Hubs have food trucks, restrooms, free water refilling stations, free basic bike repair, bike parking and first aid. In addition, free pedicab rides, courtesy of AARP, are available at each information booth.
Hubs are resting and meeting points along the route and offer additional programming and activities. For example, be sure to stop by Grand Park for their 10th Anniversary Family Festival celebration. The public is invited to engage in wellness activities, music, dance, food and art. The programs will spotlight long-time community partners of Grand Park, non-profits and small businesses with workshops and events that raise awareness and exemplify the power of creative expression. At another Hub, JPL’s Universe Public Engagement team will bring a photo booth backdrop with recent imagery from the James Webb Space Telescope, while also distributing English and Spanish astrophysics-related art and NASA logo stickers – perfect for sticking on bike helmets. And attendees can stop by the LA28 booth, whose mission is to create an unparalleled Olympic and Paralympic experience for athletes, fans and local communities, and is making sports more accessible for kids by investing $160 million in youth sports across Los Angeles ahead of the Olympic Games.
CicLAvia is a nonprofit that catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free streets. Whether one walks, strolls, skate, jogs, scooter or bikes, CicLAvia creates more incredible moments and experiences enjoying our city streets together.
There are many local gems near and along the Heart of LA route – discover them by visiting ciclavia.org/local_gems_hola22.
Participants assume all known and unknown risks of participation in CicLAvia. More information regarding participants rights can be found at ciclavia.org/heart_of_la22.
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