The mission of CicLAvia is to catalyze vibrant public spaces, active transportation, and good health through car-free open street events. CicLAvia engages with people throughout Southern California to transform our relationship with our communities and with each other.
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- PLAY ·2021 Grants Challenge
WalkLAvia is a dedicated week for Angelenos to get back outside and have fun together! Designed to address the social and emotional toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, WalkLAvia activities will give people the tools and confidence to reimagine their streets in ways that promote safety and joy for all.
- PLAY ·2020 Grants Challenge
An LA2050 grant will support a large-scale polling activation during CicLAvia-Heart of LA on 10/11/20 featuring workshops and a voting opportunity that explores using open streets and public spaces to foster community under any circumstances. CicLAvia will share the outcomes with city officials and stakeholders to make these ideas reality. Currently we are all experiencing isolation and anxiety to combat Covid-19. When this difficult time ends, CicLAvia will lead in rebuilding joy around public gatherings with our signature open street events.
- CONNECT ·2018 Grants Challenge
LA is a place we love - our people, our neighborhoods, and our experiences connect us. CicLAvia: "When LA Listens" captures and tells the stories of the people and places that is LA.
- CONNECT ·2015 Grants Challenge
CicLAvia 2016 will expand its open streets program by integrating iconic routes with new ones: Southeast Cities; Northeast San Fernando Valley; the Heart of LA, and Wilshire Blvd. By blending the old with the new, car-free Angelenos can bear witness to social, cultural and economic renaissances happening from one neighborhood to the next. The opportunity to see Los Angeles, up close and personal vs. in a car and through the rear view mirror, redefines the meaning of connection.
- 2013 Grants Challenge
CicLAvia is the largest cost-free and car-free event in the United States and is nothing short of a revolutionary approach to helping Angelenos get connected to LA and to one another. During CicLAvia, the streets are “owned” by the pedestrians and cyclists who make creative use of this temporary outdoor space in ways that promote active transportation, the arts, improve public health and protect the environment. CicLAvia enables people who are perfect strangers, of all ethnicities, from diverse geographic points, with disparate income and educational levels, to come together and communicate with each other across every social border and boundary.
Since October 2010 there have been five CicLAvia events that have cumulatively opened up to 50 miles of streets in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and connected approximately 600,000 people. On Sunday April 21, 2013, CicLAvia – To The Sea will connect historic downtown LA with Venice Beach, mostly along Venice Boulevard. This herculean feat transforms 15 miles of car-centric asphalt into a temporary shared public activity space. It inspires real social connectedness amongst more than 150,000 participants through meaningful encounters with their fellow Angelenos.
Inspired by Ciclovía, the original weekly street closure event in Bogotá, Colombia, CicLAvia aspires to become a monthly event and an integral part of a transit rich, culturally engaged, and economically thriving future LA.
While it is often referred to as “the bike event,” CicLAvia’s mission and accomplishments reach far beyond the goal of increasing bicycle ridership in Los Angeles for a few hours on a given Sunday. By temporarily increasing public space and recreational opportunities for participants, CicLAvia highlights the necessity for a built environment that can permanently provide such amenities. The ease with which participants traverse the streets during CicLAvia underscores the possibility of a more pedestrian and bike friendly Southern California – a multi-nodal region whose diverse and often isolated communities and populations desperately need the strengthened connections that CicLAvia brings. CicLAvia participants are often transformed into advocates for the development of such a sustainable region - growing aware of the possibilities for a healthier and more connected lifestyle as they easily move from one neighborhood to the next along the route.