CicLAvia Film Week: Remembering the Original Ciclovia

This week, as we prepare for Los Angeles’ first Ciclovia-styled event next Sunday, we’re going to take some time to celebrate some of the great open-street festivals from around the world.  Streetfilms has done yeoman’s work putting together a pretty amazing series on these festivals throughout the Americas.

Today we focus on the Grand Daddy of them all, Bogota’s Ciclovia.  In 2007 Streetfilms and Streetsblog visited Bogota to experience Ciclovia for themselves.  An excerpt from Clarence Eckerson’s post introducing the Streetfilm puts into perspective how much America has learned in just a couple of short years about open streets parties.

I shot with no plan, not knowing much of what was coming up next while we rode our bikes, just trying to capture the event in the moment. We were aided tremendously by the indefatigable Gil Peñalosa, Executive Director of Walk and Bike for Life (yes, brother of Enrique, the former Bogotá mayor.) Gil and his friendly support crew booked us an ambitious schedule and provided unparalleled access to people and places, allowing this mini film to be so much more than I had planned.

Much like Eckerson less than three years ago, I’m guessing that most Angelenos don’t know what to expect from this Sunday’s event.  Hopefully a couple of years from now, open street festivals will be such a part of our city’s life that we won’t be able to remember a time without them.

  • CicLAvia is already having an affect … on my livelihood. We had a batch of parents come into the shop this week and order the Dutch baby seats we sell, baby hauling bikes, and ask a bunch of questions about riding a bike in the city with kids.

    I have a feeling that cycling is about to get very mainstream in Los Angeles. If we can possibly get this event to happen monthly in Los Angeles, it will be a remarkable turning point in our city’s history.

  • No way, dude! That’s your Streetsblog adverting at work!

  • Love the post and excited about CicLAvia this Sunday – 10-10-10!

  • Yay!! I’m super excited – so impressed with all the hard work of the cicLAvia crew – way to go – this is gonna be awesome.

  • Very exciting! Thanks.

  • 10/10/10 is going to be historical. Support the local businesses as much as you can and make sure you tell’em that you want to see this happening again, on a regular basis!

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