Los Angeles is a car town. So much so that movies (L.A. Story) and music (Missing Persons’ “Walking in L.A.,” anyone?) have been created around the central premise of mocking the city’s love affair with cars.
A group of locals is trying to change that, one car-free moment at a time.
CicLAvia, the nonprofit behind movement, borrowed the idea from Bogota, Colombia. Every Sunday in Bogota, the streets are closed to cars for ciclovía. This isn’t a progressive new concept being pushed by the millions (yep) of cyclists, runners, skateboarders, and amblers who have free rein of the roads for seven hours each week. Ciclovía has been a mainstay of Bogota life since 1974.
In L.A., CicLAvia has been following suit for non-motorized transit since 2010. Heart of L.A. is one of the group’s biggest events of the year.
Six miles of roads–from Chinatown to Downtown to Boyle Heights–will be closed to motorized traffic and open for human-powered recreation. You’re welcome to run the route, but it’s about co-existing, not racing.
While it costs nothing to participate, the organizers do like to have an idea of how many people to expect. Hit ’em with an RSVP here.
Photo by Gaston Hinostroza
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