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Photo Essay – CicLaVia Iconic Wilshire Blvd

CicLaVia is LA’s take on Ciclovías, events that started over three decades ago in Columba and now take place all over Latin America and the US.  Cars are kicked off the streets (temporarily) along a chosen route and people are given the freedom to bike, skate, jog, skip, jump, run, walk, and bounce down the streets of Los Angeles.  Not exactly a normal procedure for a city that loves its cars.  The next one will be the last for this year and takes place October 6th.  More info can be found on CicLaVia’s website.

These images are from the Wilshire CicLaVia that took place June 24th, 2013.  The route went from Museum Row (starting at Fairfax) all the way into Downtown (ending at Grand).  Enjoy the photos and ask any questions in the comments.

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The cars are gone and Los Angeles has been returned to the people. Alright, so it's just a portion of Wilshire blvd. and only from 9am to 4pm today.

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How cute can you get? And a wooden bike to boot!

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It isn't every day you see the intersection in front of the Wiltern devoid of cards.

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There were a few spots along the way that had food or other activities, and all required large amounts of bike parking.

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Free bike repairs were available at different points along the route, and there were volunteers riding the route providing air and other assistance to bicyclists who ran into problems.

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The Wilshire CicLaVia covered an area from Downtown to Museum Row, and included some very interesting buildings along the way.

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Food trucks, and the occasional beer garden, were set up at regular intervals. Lunch for me consisted of a Bulgolgi Bowl and a Limeade.

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While there weren't as many costumed riders as I expected, decorated bikes were quite common.

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A group of innovative locals used a banner to set up a slip-n-slide at MacArthur Park. Using large bottles of water, the adventurous could get wet and take a turn.

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The Craft and Folk Art Museum on Museum Row opened its doors to CicLaVia attendees.

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The La Brea Tar Pits was a major stopping point along the route, where people could visit the museums or just use the restrooms.

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A few of the volunteers along the CicLaVia route, these five must have been tasked with adding some encouragement to the riders.

 

  • Sam -Travelling King

    Awesome photo blog! Its pretty cool to see such a huge street close for bike riders!!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Sam!

      Yeah, for Los Angeles, these kinds of street closures aren’t that common. It really is a great way to experience the city. Have you ever done one of these elsewhere?

      - Travis

  • http://www.theboywander.net/ Theboywander

    That looks so cool, I had no idea it even existed!

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