Sat. May 21st, 2022

More than 1.8 million have participated in CicLAvia, which closes streets to car traffic and opens them to Angelenos as a public park. (photo courtesy of CicLAvia)

CicLAvia returns to downtown Los Angeles and the surrounding neighborhoods for an 11-year-old birthday party celebrating more than a decade of open streets from 6 p.m. 9 to 16 on October 10th.

Inspired by Bogotá, Columbia’s weekly ciclovía, CicLAvia temporarily closes streets to car traffic and opens them to Angelenos for use as a public park.

Presented to the public by Metro in partnership with the city of LA and will enjoy a six-mile route that connects MacArthur Park, downtown, Chinatown and East LA participants can bike, skate, run, walk, skateboard and spectators.

Over the past decade, more than 1.8 million people have enjoyed CicLAvia, with an average of 53,000 attendees at each event.

CicLAvia is a free, open event. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend any part of the route.

For those who want to spice up the route, CicLAvia has partnered with Niantic for Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite app users to discover special places in the game.

Pop-up desserts for birthday desserts will be held at Phoenix Bakery in Chinatown, Uli’s Gelato in downtown LA, Café Dulce in Little Tokyo and La Soledad Bakery in MacArthur Park. Purchase a special CicLAvia birthday authentication at each location to receive another limited edition CicLAvia button.

All hubs will have toilets, bicycle parking, bicycle repair, free water, food trucks and first aid. Take a free pedicab ride at any hub, and metro bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at existing bike-sharing stations along and near the route.

Masks are required and free masks will be available at information booths.

For those who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, drop-in vaccination clinics at the MacArthur Park Hub and Mariachi Plaza Hub will offer doses of Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.

Civic Center Hub will offer an art installation, block party and strolled puppet master. At the Chinatown Hub, guests can learn about the Obama Portraits Tour at LACMA and pick up an art set.

Participants are reminded to wear a helmet while cycling, skateboarding or rollerblading. The CHP cabin at Mariachi Plaza Hub will provide free helmets to anyone under the age of 18 while stocks last.

For information, visit ciclavia.org.

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