CicLAvia: 100,000 Strong

Video created by Will Campbell

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, an estimated 100,000 people turned out on Sunday to participate in CicLAvia, Los Angeles’ first-ever street closure event:

For a few surreal hours Sunday, the car was stripped of its crown in Los Angeles and pavement was turned into playground.

Well, in part of the city, anyway. Gasoline still ruled most of the city’s streets, but on a 71/2 -mile stretch from East Hollywood through downtown and into Boyle Heights, there wasn’t a horn to be heard honking or a plume of exhaust to inhale.

Instead, a moving crowd that organizers estimated at 100,000 bicyclists, runners, walkers, skateboarders and roller-bladers came out for the city’s first CicLAvia — aimed at challenging widely held assumptions about how transit, exercise and the notion of public space play out in this auto-obsessed city.

Wow, what an incredible turnout! It sure seems like the residents of LA are hungry for change.

Read the full article in the LA Times

5 Responses to “CicLAvia: 100,000 Strong”

  • Madness says:

    The event was incredible. I am in mourning a bit today because I feel like the girls and I experienced a bit of Utopia yesterday, and now it’s back to car-jammed streets. CicLAvia ran the event so well, so smoothly; all the cyclists (so varied in age, cultural and types of bikes) were so cool to each other — that I saw — and it was a boon for local business. Everyone was just so happy to be experiencing this. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a Sunday. To keep events like these going, everyone should go on the site and get on the mailing list. They say that helps. They list other ways to help as well. Viva CicLAvia!

  • John says:

    I attended cicLAvia, too, and I must say it was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had. Imagine gliding along downtown streets usually jammed with cars, chatting with your fellow cyclists, really seeing some of the nooks and crannies of your city for the first time. The event was attended by a wide cross section of LA, people of every ethnic background, age group, and socio-economic group, all riding together. More than one person commented on how almost everyone on a bicycle had a smile on his or her face. It was a glimpse of what a car-free city could look like, if even for a little while.

  • bongobike says:

    100,000!?!?!?!?!? Congratulations, LA! That is wonderful!

  • graciela. says:

    Also went to CicLAvia. It was just awesome beyond belief. It was like a different LA, a better LA. I’m glad so many people came out cos it’s obvious from the turn out that people in our city are dying for another way of life and want open space. Can’t wait for this event again.

  • Paul says:

    Sounds like a Perfect Critical Mass

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