CicLAvia 2013: Routes to Venice Beach, Wilshire/Fairfax, Extended “Classic Route”

Take some of this... Photo: ## Leonard Photography## via CicLAvia

It may be generations before the Subway reaches the Sea, but CicLAvia will head to Venice Beach this April.

...add a dollop of this... Photo: ## Bray-Ali/Flying Pigeon##

Last year, Streetsblog announced that CicLAvia, Los Angeles’ wildly popular car-free party modeled after Bogota’s Ciclovia, would expand from two events to three in this calendar year. Yesterday, CicLAvia executive director Aaron Paley announced the routes for CicLAvias. Instead of the traditional CicLAvia that centers in Downtown Los Angeles with snakes into South L.A., Mid-town and East Hollywood, Chinatown and Boyle Heights; two of the three CicLAvias will feature completely new routes.

On April 21, CicLAvia will head west from Downtown Los Angeles all the way to Venice Beach. While Paley wouldn’t get into the details of the route, in an email to West Los Angeles stakeholders he outlined the basics. The route will utilize “Venice Boulevard from Figueroa to the Beach,” creating a straight shot that will allow Westsiders easy access to explore Downtown and Downtown cyclists a dream ride to Venice Beach.

The second 2013 CicLAvia will take place on June 23 and will also utilize a completely new route. The route starts in Downtown Los Angeles, but this time a somewhat smaller CicLAvia will extend to Fairfax Boulevard and Wilshire in the SoFax area. The route will run mostly along Wilshire Boulevard.

The switch from the traditional CicLAvia routes to some of L.A.’s most iconic streets could be the harbinger of things to come. Paley reports that the goal of CicLAvia is to have an event every month, with each month featuring a predictible community route.

“The intent is to move to a system where every month has its route,”Paley explains. “In a couple of years we want it to be predictable. We want people to say, ‘It’s April, that means the Venice Boulevard route.'”

On October 6th, CicLAvia returns to its traditional “Downtown with spurs” route centered on Downtown Los Angeles and 7th Street. “It’s going to be the same route as last year, with a few changes,” Paley supplies.

In particular, the two most noticeable changes are a longer spur into Boyle Heights and a new route to Chinatown. For Boyle Heights, the October 2012 route stopped at Boyle Heights and Soto Street. In 2013, CicLAvia plans to extend it further, most likely to the transit stop at Indiana and 1st.

Crossing Caesar Chavez into Chinatown proved difficult, so the CicLAvia team is looking at new options such as utilizing Hill Street which is grade separated at Caesar Chavez instead of Spring Street.

...And you get this! Photo: ## Leonard Photography## via CicLAvia

While the CicLAvia team plans for the new routes in 2013, its never too early to start planning for 2014. “Yes, we’re starting to look at new routes for next year, even while we’re preparing for this year,” Paley responded to a question about future plans.

A large portion of the funding for the new CicLAvias and the future expansions is made possible by a large grant from the City of Los Angeles and Metro that was designed to help the non-profit grow and stabilize its finances. Part of that grant funds a Director of Development position that was posted yesterday on Idealist.

  • Most locals will tell you Wilshire/Fairfax is part of the Miracle Mile (SoFax is basically the area surrounding Little Ethiopia, which starts south of Olympic), but whatever — this is awesome! CicLAvia is coming to my neighborhood!

  • John K

    This is awesome news!  One caveat, however….Venice Blvd is one ugly street with not much of interest besides the beach and downtown on its ends (and CC in the middle).  Plus, riding on one street for 13 miles seems tedious.  Hopefully they can diverge from Venice to points of interest, like riding on Pico through the Byzantine-Latino Quarter and the happening Mid-City block between La Brea and La Cienega (lots of new shops and restaurants popping up!). 

  • LABiker

    DJ Chickenleather — he’s everywhere, he’s everywhere!

  • strega2012

    Can’t wait!! These are wonderful events! Knew we’d get those snobby Westsiders in eventually!

  • I’ll grant that the Mid-City portion of Venice has some long stretches dominated by nondescript apartment buildings and automotive-oriented businesses that don’t hold much interest for the casual passerby, but let’s not sell it short. There are hidden gems to be discovered in every corner of Los Angeles. Take, for example, the Loyola High School campus: and the lovely homes of Victoria Park and Lafayette Square just west of Crenshaw. I’m sure there are also several panaderias, pupuserias, etc. in the Pico-Union stretch of Venice that are worthy of patronage.

    I agree, though, that the BLQ would make a nice (and short, and easy) diversion.

  • This is all sorts of excitement. I remember days riding along Venice Blvd from the beach to Downtown almost everyday and just loving the easy accessibility from Venice to Downtown. Of course, the road conditions are not quite stellar but it was a doable straight shot with a bike lane a good percentage of the way. 

  • Alice

    yes! yes! yes!

  • Anonymous

    CicLAvia had a map up briefly… where did it go?

  • Anonymous

    Sounds awesome!

  • Cullen

    Closing Venice Blvd…closing Wilshire Blvd…for a CicLAvia! This is amazing! (Even if it’s only for a few hours on a Sunday.) This simply would not have happened even 5 years ago. In my mind, this is a true testament to the progress LA’s walk/bike movement is making! Three cheers!

  • America Rincon

    Is this ride suitable for a 15 year old ?  Is the group also riding back together?

  • America

    Is this ride suitable for a 15 year old?  Will the group ride back together as well?

  • Davistrain

    To add an historical note: Venice Blvd provides a nearly level path in part because back in the first part of the 20th Century, the median was a double-track electric railway, and  engineers designing rail lines try to keep grades to a minimum.

  • Syzlak

    Are you asking about CicLAvia? It’s not a ride, it’s a long block party. People are free to ride, walk, skate, dance, skip, walk their dog– whatever they want.

    There are, however, usually rides to get to and from the route if people are heading over from different parts of the city. 

    Does that clarify it?

  • Why can’t we get a little love in the San Fernando Valley? We’ve got nice wide streets, bike paths, great weather, lots of trees … c’mon!

  • Lawrence Walsh

    Great event, great for the city, great idea!

  • Fuck you

    Fuck you


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