The Spontaneous Activities on 4th Street During CicLAvia

A bike shop on the corner of Cummings Street and Cesar Chavez Avenue in Boyle Heights set up a bike repair table on 4th Street, across the street from the Boyle Heights Technology Center. Photo by Kris Fortin

In Boyle Heights, CicLAvia is sometimes the first chance for people in the neighborhood to venture off the sidewalk and onto the streets on a bicycle, or provides local businesses an opportunity to get creative in the way they get involved in the ten and a half mile “open street” block party.

One example came from a small bike shop on the corner of Cummings Street and Cesar Chavez Avenue when some of the shops mechanics set up a table across the street from the Boyle Heights Technology Center. Last year, saw artists Lilia Ramirez and Raul Gonzalez taking up the same location at CicLAvia. This year, a teenager that works at the shop, Rosendo Valdez, convinced the stores owner to take out his supplies and work on bikes on 4th Street during CicLAvia.

The mechanics mainly replaced tires or tubes on bikes passing by on the CicLAvia route. The bike shop mechanics charged for the supplies that were used, but the labor was free, said Valdez, a student at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights.

Yesterday at an American Planning Association panel entitled “Ciclovia: Bogota’s Influence on Bike Policy,” editor Jessica Perez said that in Boyle Heights CicLAvia brings local residents to different parts of the neighborhood they never visited.

“You start noticing a lot of different things in your neighborhood through (CicLAvia),” said Perez. “I had never walked through the Fourth Street Bridge, and I’ve been a life long resident.”


CicLAvia : 100,000 Cyclists, 0 Incidents, Millions of Stories

(This is part one of our coverage of yesterday’s groundbreaking Open Street Festival.  Hopefully later today we’ll have up a Streetfilm.  Tomorrow we’ll review the reviews of CicLAvia. – DN.) There’s many ways to try and talk about yesterday’s CicLAvia.  One way is to look at the numbers, another to look at the people, and […]

Changes at CicLAvia: New Route, New Dates

Change is in the air for CicLAvia, the gigantic car-free party that has changed the way Angelenos think about their streets.  First, the date for this October’s CicLAvia V has been moved forward from the original date of October 14 to October 7.  With the city planning to bring a space ship through the streets […]

King of CicLAvia: Richie Trimble’s 14.5 ft. Tall Bike!

In addition to the 150,000 cyclists that took to Venice Blvd. on Sunday, at CicLAvia VI: CicLAvia To the Sea, the “King of CicLAvia”  was crowned. The crown was not awarded by the event-creators, but by the buzz surrounding Richie Trimble’s over a hundred pound, 14.5 foot – to the seat, 17 foot – to […]

A Really Big Guide to CicLAvia on the Eastside

Updated: 10/06/2012, 1:10 p.m. CicLAvia got a makeover this fall, and cyclists and pedestrians will definitely notice on the Eastside. While the Hollenbeck Park hub was cut, participants heading to the Eastside will come across restaurants, arts, and plenty of activities on the First Street Arts Corridor. Here are a few notable events, feeder rides, […]