CicLAvia South L.A. Opens Western Avenue – Open Thread
Yesterday, L.A. County’s popular CicLAvia open streets festival arrived at South L.A.’s Western Avenue for the very first time. The free event took place on three miles of Western Avenue between Florence Avenue and Exposition Boulevard. Tens of thousands of Angelenos bicycled, walked, skated, scootered on car-free streets.
L.A. City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson welcomed participants to the event, tying it to his work with the L.A. Department of Transportation (LADOT) to make Western safer for people on foot and on bicycle.
“Western Ave. is our most dangerous thoroughfare for pedestrians and cyclists. Opening it up so that we can use it safely lays a marker on the future we want to create… we want to change this from one of the most dangerous streets to one of the safest.” @mhdcd8 pic.twitter.com/i1IFNxEAt0
— CicLAvia (@CicLAvia) July 10, 2022
Congressmember and L.A. Mayoral candidate Karen Bass bicycled alongside her brother.
My brother and I have been riding bikes in South L.A. since we were young, which is why we were so excited to participate in @CicLAvia this morning.
We must continue to work to make our streets more accessible and more safe for bikers throughout our city. pic.twitter.com/Cp8YCxINHK
— Congressmember Bass (@RepKarenBass) July 10, 2022
One highlight of South L.A. CicLAvias is the participation of the area’s many bike clubs cruising on their customized bikes.
CicLAvia will return on Sunday, August 21, on a route that includes East Hollywood, Hollywood, and West Hollywood.
Did you participate in yesterday’s event? How was your day? Tell us in the comments below.