Gary Leonard CicLAvia
*CicLAvia Rules! How Bicyclists Made L.A. a Better Place
In an effort to make the biggest cycling event in L.A. even more badass, the organizers of CicLAvia this year have extended the route to an unprecedented distance. Taking place tomorrow, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., CicLAvia will now stretch from downtown to Venice Beach. That means 15 miles free of cars for everyone from adults to kids to roam on their bikes.
It might sound like a nightmare to drivers or an impossible feat for a city, but the new route actually came up due to Mayor Villaraigosa's full support. CicLAvia executive director Aaron Paley recalls that around November 2012 the mayor gave the organization the go-ahead to execute the longer route. Paley initially thought it would prove too big of a task for LAPD and the city but once CicLAvia got the okay, plans began to unfold.
The biggest challenge was just making the event happen in such a short amount of time. The organization worked on its first route, in 2010, for two years and planned about 12 months in advanced before the next route. The "very sudden" decision to undertake this new route meant putting extra effort not only into organization but convincing people and businesses. Yet Paley counts the reactions as mostly positive.More »