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5 Green ways to enjoy CicLAvia

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Get ready to get out of the car: CicLAvia returns this Sunday, April 10. Last week, I wrote about how to enjoy the car-free streets of L.A. just by showing up to CicLAvia — since the freeform event lends itself well to fun, aimless wandering through the metropolis. But for those who like to make a schedule and stick to it, here are five of the greenest plans you can make for CicLAvia:

  • Join the “Roll Against Coal” Bike Parade. At the first CicLAvia last October, environmentalists staged a celeb-studded “Rally to Get L.A. off Coal and Oil” at City Hall. Now for the second event, the rally’s getting wheels. Organized by Greenpeace and Sierra Club — which has an active LA Beyond Coal campaign running — this bike parade aims to push a “Coal Free LA by 2020″ agenda. Meet at the south lawn of City Hall at 11 am to decorate your bike for a chance to win a prize, don one of the free Greenpeace and Sierra Club T-shirts that’ll be given out, then pose for a group photo at 11:30 am before rolling onto the streets.
  • See and hear Mayor Villaraigosa talk bicycles. Although “Roll Against Coal” doesn’t start until an hour later, if you really want L.A.’s leaders to hear your green cry, show up at City Hall at 10 am for the CicLAvia press conference with Villaraigosa. Let the mayor see just how many Angelenos support a less car-centric and fossil fuel-free Los Angeles.
  • Pick fruit at the Food Forward Citrus Gleaning and Give Away. Enjoy fresh fruit while reducing food waste by joining Food Forward — a local group that redistrubutes excess produce to those in need. On Sunday, those in need will be fellow CicLAvia pedestrians, who’ll receive the bounty you’ve picked from two grapefruit trees in Koreatown. Sign up to volunteer, then go to 3rd St. and New Hampshire at 11 am and look for the Food Forward sign. There you’ll pick fresh grapefruits — and immediately distribute the locally-grown Vitamin C to hungry CicLAvians.
  • Ride public transit. Driving to CicLAvia — aside from being a rather ironic and polluting way to get to a car-free event — could have you battling traffic jams and circling for a parking spot for hours. Let public transit do the work for you by planning out your car-free trip to CicLAvia now. The subway’s the easiest way to go since some buses will be rerouted on the big day (Metro’s The Source has details on the reroutes) — but I’m happy to say I took the Metro 10 last year with no problems. Biking to the bike event instead? Joining one of the feeder rides could make your journey more fun.
  • Volunteer for CicLAvia. One of the best ways to meet neighbors and make new friends at a big event like CicLAvia is by becoming part of the official event — as a volunteer. Work the rest stops — or if you’ve got some fix-it skills, be a Route Angel and help people on the road with basic bike repair. CicLAvia also seeks volunteers to help with outreach on Fri., April 8 and Sat., April 9. Sign up on CicLAvia’s website.

For more ideas on how to enjoy CicLAvia, check out CicLAvia’s events page. See you on the streets!

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