Photo: The inaugural CicLAvia on Oct. 10, 2010
For the third time in two years, the city of Los Angeles will close miles of city streets to cars and open them to people on foot, bike and pogo stick.
The event's called CicLAvia. On Sunday it'll close major streets around the core of Los Angeles. Its organizers want to raise the volume of a drumbeat, one that co-founder Aaron Paley says could change the ways Angelenos use public space.
"What we're talking about here is creating a new way of thinking about the city," Paley says, "a way of experiencing the city which is completely different from the normal experience of being in our cars or even fighting traffic on our bike."
Fueled by a strong activist network, cyclists featured prominently in the first two CicLAvias. This time around, Paley and elected officials emphasize their hopes for more pedestrians and other non-motor-dependent people to fill ten-and-a-half miles of city streets.
Foundations and CicLAvia's parent organization are covering 40 percent of the event's costs. The rest comes from federal and state money L.A.'s accumulated for public health, alternative transportation and air quality projects.
Closures are to be expected on the CicLAvia route from 9 am to 3 pm on Sunday, Oct. 9. There will be 18 designated crossing points for vehicles along the route as well. No parking will be allowed on the route starting at 1 am on Sunday morning. The city expects to fully re-open the streets to cars by 3:30 pm that day.
The street closures will impact Metro bus routes from 9 am to 5 pm. According to a Metro press release, the following lines will be affected: Metro Line 2, 4, 10 (Rte. 48), 14 (Rte. 37), 16, 18, 20, 28, 30, 33, 40, 42, 53, 55, 60, 70, 71, 76, 78 (Rte. 79), 81, 83, 84 (Rte. 68), 90 (Rte. 91), 92, 94, 96, 460, 487, 603, 720, 733 and Silver Line.