CicLAvia XVII Open Thread – Southeast Cities

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.

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Family enjoying a walk on Tweedy Boulevard in South Gate

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

  • calwatch

    The Lynwood side had very light traffic. It was more robust around South Gate and Huntington Park, but felt emptier in central Huntington Park due to the large amount of space granted to on street pull in parking. On the plus side, I did not have any bicyclists make snide comments about my walking the route (10 miles worth), and found many more non-bicyclists on the route than any past Ciclavias of this length (Pasadena also had a good deal of walkers but that was half as long).

  • Joe Linton

    There were lots of people out there… but I was thinking that it did feel a little empty, especially in Huntington Park. (We didn’t get to Lynwood at all.) In the central spine of the route (mostly Long Beach Boulevard) it felt nicely crowded, but then it thinned around the edges. It makes me wonder how longer first-time events (in not-super-bikey-transity locales) will fare – like the upcoming 626 SGV event. I am all for a lot of mileage, but perhaps some areas will need to grow into it. Still a very fun event in Southeast Cities.

  • Andrew Yip

    I think that’s where the activity hubs will have to come to play. It’s really difficult to make sure that the entire route is equally saturated.

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