Metro “Leaks” the Date for CicLAvia

Hopefully CicLAvia will look something like this…

For about a month and a half, rumors have been circulating that September 12 would be the date of Los Angeles’ "Ciclovia style" open street festival.  The CicLAvia team has been working hard to bring this sort of game changing event to Los Angeles, but the Mayor’s office has asked that the date of the festival could be kept quiet until they could make an official announcement. 

Six weeks later, we’re still waiting for an announcement, but Metro apparently didn’t get the memorandum.  In their webpage devoted to Bike to Work Week, coming next week, Metro gives away the date for CicLAviaBut now that I have a government agency confirming the date: Mark your calendars for September 12.  It’s going to be a landmark day in the City of Angels. Here’s a look at Metro’s "other events" listings:

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Don’t worry, this is the first of many articles we’ll be running on CicLAvia, the event, between now and then.  Or, you can read a lot more about CicLAvia at the organizer’s website.

  • Thanks for getting the word out on CicLAvia – happening (99.9% sure thing) on Sunday September 12th 2010 – a 7.5-mile route from Boyle Heights to Downtown to MacArthur Park to East Hollywood.

    We’re planning to do a big press event at some point soon, likely headlined by Mayor Villaraigosa who’s been the motivating force behind making this happen. Villaraigosa’s staff has really marshalled the city resources for it. LADOT, Street Services, and LAPD are all on board. City councilmembers Garcetti, Reyes, and Huizar have come out in strong support, too. So we at the CicLAvia Steering Committee had been keeping the date a bit under wraps pending a big public announcement… though we have been getting the word out with potential partners and sponsors – including Metro.

    My apologies to you, Damien – thanks for being a big supporter of the event, and my apologies for not getting to a point where I felt that I could share it with you to announce at L.A. Streetsblog.

    Ted Rogers’ BikinginLA actually announced it earlier (see http://bikinginla.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/create-a-car-free-sunday-in-the-capital-of-car-culture-%e2%80%94-without-spending-a-dime/ ) after Deputy Mayor Heidi Sickler announced the date at Metro’s last bicycle roundtable meeting.

  • You mean it was a secret? Who knew?

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