'CicLAvia–Heart of LA' Returns! – Celebrating over 10 years of Open Streets With 6 Miles Of Open Streets In Downtown And Surrounding Neighborhoods
On Sunday, October 10th, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., CicLAvia returns to DTLA and surrounding neighborhoods for a birthday event celebrating over a decade of open streets. Presented by Metro, and in partnership with the City of LA, the public will enjoy a six-mile route connecting MacArthur Park, Downtown, Chinatown, and East LA to Mariachi Plaza of open streets at CicLAvia–Heart of LA. Bike, skate, run, walk, skateboard, and spectate; people of all ages and abilities are welcome. CicLAvia is a free, open event – show up anywhere along the route at any time, and have fun!
Looking for a fun way to explore the route? CicLAvia has partnered with Niantic for Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite apps to discover special in-game locations and explore the local community. Also, be sure to celebrate by visiting CicLAvia’s Birthday Dessert Pop-ups at Phoenix Bakery (Chinatown), Uli’s Gelato (DTLA), Café Dulce (Little Tokyo), or La Soledad Bakery (MacArthur Park); purchase a special CicLAvia birthday treat at each location to receive a different limited edition CicLAvia button – collect all four!
All Hubs will have restrooms, bike parking brought to you by Amazon, bike repair, free water, food trucks, and first aid. Catch a free pedicab ride at any hub. Pedicab stops are near the info booth at each hub. Metro Bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at existing bike share stations along and near the route.
CicLAvia closely follows LA County Public Health guidelines. Masks are now required on public transit and in all indoor public places in Los Angeles County, as well as at events with over 10,000 attendees. If you forget yours, CicLAvia will have complimentary masks available at the Info Booths – and CicLAvia-branded masks for sale.
For those not fully vaccinated yet, there will be free, drop-in vaccination clinics with both Pfizer (12 and up) and Johnson & Johnson (18 and up) available.
Please read about the Rules of the Route here: https://www.ciclavia.org/ciclavia-safety. Reminder: wear a helmet when you’re riding a bike, skateboard, or skates – and if you’re under 18, it’s the law. The CHP booth at the Mariachi Plaza Hub will be giving out free helmets to anyone under 18, while supplies last.
The first CicLAvia event took place on October 10, 2010, with a stretch of open streets from East Hollywood through downtown L.A. into Boyle Heights. More than 100,000 Angelenos turned out with people-powered transportation (bicycles, walking, skateboarding, scooters, running, pedicabs, etc.), exceeding expectations.
Inspired by the Bogotá, Colombia’s ciclovía events that started 45 years ago, CicLAvia began as a grassroots initiative by individuals who recognized that Open Streets events could address active transportation, urban land use, and public health needs in L.A.
For more information please visit ciclavia.org/heart_of_la21.