CicLAvia Mid-City Meets Pico Union – Open Thread

CicLAvia Mid-City Meets Pico Union - photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
CicLAvia Mid-City Meets Pico Union - photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
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Yesterday CicLAvia premiered a new open streets route through Pico Union and Mid-City. The car-free 4-mile route was mostly along Washington and Venice Boulevards – and included the L.A. City communities of Angelus Vista, Arlington Heights, and Harvard Heights.

Even with hot sunny weather and no easy connection to Metro rail transit, tens of thousands of Angelenos made their way to the event.

Most participants traveled by bicycle (including plenty of Metro Bike Share and Jump rental bikes), but there were also plenty of folks walking, running, skating, and scootering. More than earlier events, Streetblog L.A. observed many people enjoying electric-power skateboards.

Riders of all ages took to car-free CicLAvia open streets yesterday
Riders of all ages took to car-free CicLAvia open streets yesterday
Activity hubs were crowded with CicLAvia participants
Activity hubs were crowded with CicLAvia participants
L.A. City Department of Transportation demonstrated new "wave" materials for creating protected bike lanes
L.A. City Department of Transportation demonstrated new “wave” materials for creating protected bike lanes

Readers – how was your experience at yesterday’s CicLAvia?

Plenty of parents and kids took to CicLAvia's open streets yesterday
Plenty of parents and kids took to CicLAvia’s open streets yesterday
  • Oren

    My 4-year-old son, who was on his own bike, had an extremely scary moment when a group of about 100 teenage boys passed him at very high speed as he tried to cross the street. I had become briefly separated from him, and as I watched this huge group of boys zooming past him, popping wheelies and yelling at him to get out of the way, as he methodically pedaled his tiny bike across Venice, I literally feared for his life. I learned later that the same group of cyclists blew right through the nearby hub on their bikes without slowing down, let alone dismounting.

    Some kid is going to get killed. Such recklessness has no place at Ciclavia. The event organizers need to do something about it.

  • Joe Linton

    yikes – sorry to hear this – glad your son is ok… but cyclists need to slow down and be respectful at these events.

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