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CicLAvia 🚴‍♂️✨ Kicks Off 2024 Season with CicLAvia-Melrose, Connecting Fairfax to Vermont | Sunday, Feb. 25

Get ready, Los Angeles! CicLAvia is gearing up for its 50th car-free street celebration, and this time, the spotlight is on the vibrant Melrose corridor. Picture this: 4 miles of car-free bliss, connecting Fairfax to Vermont, as people of all ages and abilities come together to revel in a pop-up park extravaganza on Sunday, February 25, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

CicLAvia – Melrose promises a day of fun, fitness, and community spirit, encouraging everyone to ditch their cars and embrace their favorite people-powered mode of transport. Whether you’re walking, jogging, biking, roller-skating, or just soaking up the atmosphere, this event is a celebration of open streets, vibrant public spaces, and healthier living.

But that’s not all – this year marks a major milestone for CicLAvia, hitting its 50th event since its inception in 2010. Romel Pascual, the Executive Director of CicLAvia, shares his excitement about the remarkable journey and the plans for 2024. Brace yourselves for more events, expanded neighborhoods, innovative twists on previous routes, and the introduction of CicLAminis and CicLAvia Explore events.

Three lively hubs along the route – Fairfax Hub, Melrose Hub, and Vermont Hub – offer a myriad of family-friendly activities, free water refilling stations, bike repair services, and even free pedicab rides sponsored by AARP.

Inspired by Bogotá, Colombia’s Ciclovía events, which started over half a century ago, CicLAvia began as a grassroots initiative addressing active transportation, urban land use, and public health needs in Los Angeles. The event has become a unifying force, connecting neighborhoods and neighbors through a spirit of play and exploration. CicLAvia is not just a transformative experience; it’s a celebration of inclusivity, offering a free, fun, and engaging platform for neighbors, families, and new friends to intimately explore neighborhoods, historic sites, and hidden gems along each route.

“Congratulations to CicLAvia, LADOT and LA Metro for launching another joy-filled year, with more events, in more LA neighborhoods,” says Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, who has attended several events in past years. “CicLAvia events bring that joy safely to all parts of our city by showing us how safe, manageable and bright our streets can be without cars – for bicyclists, walkers, runners, skaters, scooters and strollers. CicLAvia is a wonderful way to celebrate our great city of Los Angeles while engaging in an activity that’s healthy for people and the planet. I am a big fan of CicLAvia and I can’t wait to join you!”

For over a year, CicLAvia has been turning neighborhoods into playgrounds, from Boyle Heights to Pico Union. In 2023 alone, seven open street events covered a whopping 33 miles, creating a greener and cleaner Los Angeles. The numbers don’t lie – over 1.9 million people have traveled more than 294 miles of streets, proving that CicLAvia is not just an event; it’s a movement.

So, dust off your bikes, grab your skates, and join the 50th celebration of CicLAvia – where streets transform into the ultimate playground, and the city becomes a canvas of joy, connection, and unforgettable moments! It’s not just about cycling; it’s about creating memories and embracing the magic of open streets together. See you at CicLAvia – where every street is an adventure! 🚴‍♂️✨

CicLAvia’s 13-Year Journey: Catalyzing Vibrant Public Spaces and Active Living

Inaugurated on October 10, 2010, the first CicLAvia event carved a path through East Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles, and Boyle Heights, drawing an astonishing 100,000+ Angelenos embracing people-powered transportation – bicycles, walking, skateboarding, scooters, running, and even pedicabs. The overwhelming turnout surpassed all expectations, setting the stage for a transformative movement. Over the past thirteen years and 49 CicLAvia Sundays, more than 2 million participants have explored an impressive 294 miles of open streets across Los Angeles County. These car-free routes, spanning 4-7 miles, dwarf the median size of existing public parks in the city by 6-8 times, providing expansive spaces for joyful community engagement.

From encouraging exercise and providing a safe environment for families with children to redefining the city’s air quality and public health through car-free open streets, CicLAvia has left an indelible mark on Los Angeles. By strategically locating routes near public transportation hubs, the event ensures a broad range of local communities can easily participate. With routes designed, planned, and implemented in partnership with these communities, CicLAvia has fostered a shared urban forum, welcoming participants from 75% of City of L.A. zip codes and 50% of LA County zip codes. As the region’s demographics converge along the open streets, CicLAvia continues to be a well-coordinated celebration thanks to the dedication of hundreds of volunteers working alongside public safety workers, creating car-free havens on the iconic boulevards that distinguish LA’s unique neighborhoods.

Here’s the full 2024 CicLAvia lineup:

WHERE & WHEN: CicLAvia 2024 Schedule (subject to change)

 February 9: Los Angeles Ale Works hosts CicLAvia Season Launch Party and Fundraiser with re-release of seek-la-VEE-ah, a signature West Coast India Pale Ale, @Ivy Station Complex, Culver City, during Night Market, 5pm – 10pm (more details announced soon)

 February 25: CicLAvia—Melrose, Connecting Fairfax, Larchmont, Melrose Hill and East Hollywood, 9am – 3pm

 April 21: CicLAvia—Venice Blvd, Connecting Palms, Mar Vista and Venice, presented by Metro, 9am – 4pm

 May 19: CicLAmini—Wilmington, New route, 10am – 3pm

 June 23: CicLAvia—South LA, Connecting communities along Western Ave, presented by Metro, 9am – 4pm

 August 18: CicLAvia—Meet the Hollywoods, Connecting West Hollywood, Hollywood and East Hollywood, presented by Metro, 9am – 4pm

 September 15: CicLAmini—Lincoln Heights, New route, Time TBD

 October 13: CicLAvia—Heart of LA, Connecting Boyle Heights, Chinatown, Downtown and Echo Park, presented by Metro, 9am – 4pm (annual anchor route & fan favorite)

 December 8: CicLAvia—The Valley, Connecting NoHo, Studio City and Sherman Oaks, 9am – 3pm

Additional Information:

  • CicLAvia – Melrose includes three (3) Hubs filled with plenty of activities and programs along the route.
  • Hubs offer family-friendly activities, restrooms, free water refilling stations, free basic bike repair, bike parking, and first aid.
  • Free pedicab rides sponsored by AARP are available at each information booth.
  • Check out the specials, deals, and discounts along the route here.

Safety Measures:

  • Only people-powered vehicles are allowed.
  • No electric scooters, electric skateboards, hoverboards, electric unicycles, motorcycles, and other non-people-powered vehicles are allowed.
  • Class 1 e-bike pedal-assist allowed.
  • Class 2 e-bikes are allowed when the throttle is powered off.
  • Class 3 e-bikes are allowed when pedal-assist is powered off.
  • Motorized wheelchairs are allowed.
  • Participants assume all known and unknown risks of participation in CicLAvia. More information regarding participants’ rights can be found here.

2023 Achievements:

  • Seven open street events in 2023 covering 33 miles within CicLAvia’s anchor communities, Heart of LA and South LA, as well as new parts of LA County.
  • CicLAminis were introduced in 2023, smaller-scale events with a more pedestrian-oriented flair.
  • Over 1,043 Angelenos shared 5,978 hours of their time as event volunteers in 2023, more than triple the amount as the prior year.

About CicLAvia:

  • CicLAvia is a nonprofit organization committed to introducing Angelenos to the vibrant civic and cultural treasures throughout Los Angeles.
  • CicLAvia builds a unifying social fabric, joyously connecting culturally diverse neighborhoods and neighbors to each other through open streets.
  • CicLAvia has captured the imagination of more than 1.9 million people who have traveled together along more than 294 miles of streets.

 


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