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CicLAvia XVII Open Thread – Southeast Cities

11:37 AM PDT on May 16, 2016

Yesterday's CicLAvia Southeast Cities included Huntington Park's Pacific Avenue. Photos: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Yesterday's CicLAvia Southeast Cities included Huntington Park's Pacific Avenue. Photos: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

Yesterday, CicLAvia touched down in Southeast Los Angeles County for the first time. The 10-mile car-free open streets route included the cities of Huntington Park, Lynwood, and South Gate, and the L.A. City community of Watts and the unincorporated L.A. County communities of Florence-Firestone and Walnut Park.

The popular open streets event filled southeast boulevards with people on foot, bike, skates, and wheelchairs. Lots of families and children enjoyed the car-free streets. Various activity hubs were filled with activities including live music, bounce houses, face-painting, and much more. Neighborhood activity, from pupusa vendors to churches to clothing stores, spilled out onto the streets, interacting with passersbys. Though these events are predominantly cyclists, there were plenty of pedestrians out for a stroll.

Family enjoying a walk on Tweedy Boulevard in South Gate
Cyclists enjoying South Gate's Tweedy Mile business district
Cyclists walking among the food trucks at the Watts hub on 103rd Street
Face-painting and live music at the L.A. County Second District hub on Firestone Blvd in Florence-Firestone
This father assembled a handmade bike trailer, with an intact broomstick
Chopper bikes on Tweedy
Kids enjoying a car-free Pacific Avenue in Huntington Park
LADOT's Marcel Porras demonstrates a Metro bike-share bike, coming soon to downtown L.A.
Children enjoying freedom to ride down Long Beach Boulevard
Overcast skies kept bicyclists and walkers cool

My family had a great time, but only saw about half the route. How was your Southeast CicLAvia?!? Let us know your impression of CicLAvia Southeast Cities in the comments below.

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