Villaraigosa to Host CicLAvia Press Conference Next Wednesday

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Things are picking up for Los Angeles’ first CicLAvia – a car-free festival taking place on October 10th 2010 – that’s Ten-Ten-Ten! For those unfamilar with the CicLAvia concept, check out Streetfilms’ Ciclovias All over the World page for examples from Bogotá to New York to San Jose. From 10am to 3pm on Sunday October 10th, 7.5 miles of Los Angeles streets will be open for people, and closed to cars. The event is free, and while a lot of bicyclists are excited to ride that day, it’s not just bicycling, but walking, skating, strollers, wheelchairs, and just hanging out in public space.
L.A. Streetsblog just got word that Mayor Villaraigosa has scheduled a CicLAvia press conference. The mayor has been supportive of CicLAvia since he participated in Vía Recreactiva in Guadalajara, Mexico last year. He and his staff have pulled together a great deal of event support from the L.A. Police Department, the L.A. Department of Transportation, Metro, and others. The mayor’s press conference will take place at 9am on Wednesday, September 22nd 2010 at the South Lawn of Los Angeles City Hall. The event is open to the public; cyclists are encouraged to arrive by bike. Streetsblog will be there.
In other CicLAvia news, the city has published their Transportation Management Plan, available on CicLAvia’s maps page. It shows the route in detail, including where LAPD/LADOT traffic officers will be stationed and diverting car traffic. Streetsblog announced it earlier this week, but don’t forget CicLAvia’s Bicycle Beauty Pageant fundraiser – in Atwater Village tomorrow night.
  • this is so awesome!!

  • joe

    So knowing how large Los Angeles is, some people will be traveling to this event. How is one supposed to get here? I heard that MTA has been talking about enforcing the 2 bikes per car rule on train cars for this event. Sounds difficult.

  • @joe – I’ll check into it, but I haven’t heard anything about enforcement about the limits on trains, and we’re expecting that a lot of folks will take Metro to CicLAvia on 10-10-10. We’ve actually written an article on various ways to get to CicLAvia – see: http://ciclavia.wordpress.com/2010/09/01/ten-ways-to-get-to-ciclavia/

  • minibikebar

    Totally, cool. Good things have happened for bicyclist while I was gone: Bike plan meetings, bike summit, posters and now LA’s first CicLAvia.
    Change is happening!!!! Very fun.

  • LAofAnaheim

    @joe…have you seriously heard this? I haven’t heard this. Metro is in full support of this project. If anything, I expect additional train service that day, like Metro has done in the past for the Laker parade and bike race in downtown LA.

  • There was a lot of discussion after this announcement earlier this month : http://www.midnightridazz.com/forums.php?topicId=15894&pgnum=1

    Off the record, Metro officials have told me not to worry about bike enforcement at CicLAvia, but we’ll have to wait and see to be 100% sure.

  • Ross Hirsch

    Got kids? Wanna ride with them and others at CicLAvia? Here’s some info on a family/kids ride taking place on the route–the MidDay Ridazz:

    http://ciclavia.wordpress.com/2010/09/07/announcing-midday-ridazz/

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