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.
It’s not a race, and it’s not a bicycle-only event. That, in brief, is what Brad Rehak wants Angelenos to know about the second CicLAvia, which will free 7.5 miles of L.A. streets from cars on next Sunday — opening up the roads for cyclists, walkers, and dodgeball players alike.
“It’s an open platform for individuals to come out and recreate as they want,” says Rehak, CicLAvia’s spokesperson. “Last year it was perceived as a bike event … but there’s no beginning, there’s no end. Individuals can come to participate at any point in the route.”
Since its inaugural event last October, which attracted an estimated 100,000 Angelenos including L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa himself, CicLAvia has gotten bigger and bolder — though the course, stretching from Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights to the Bicycle District in East Hollywood, will remain the same for this second event. Many more local groups and companies have signed on — and more Angelenos are expected to show up for the day of outdoor play.