Local

CicLAvia to extend outside downtown LA; everything you need to know

For its tenth event, Heart of L.A., CicLAvia will be extending outside of Los Angeles city boundaries for the first time.
For its tenth event, Heart of L.A., CicLAvia will be extending outside of Los Angeles city boundaries for the first time.
Todd Johnson/KPCC

CicLAvia has a new route that extends through downtown Los Angeles to Boyle Heights and Echo Park Sunday. 

The Heart of L.A. is CicLAvia's tenth event; the route is approximately ten miles long. 

But don't worry: There's no need to bike it all. There's no registration required, no starting point and no ending point.

“This is not a race…” said Aaron Paley, the executive director and one of the cofounders of CicLAvia. “...You don’t have to be on a bike. It’s great to come to CicLAvia and go for a nice walk and bring your parasol.”

Heart of L.A. will go through downtown L.A., but the new route will also extend into new areas for CicLAvia, like Echo Park, the Historic Broadway Theater District and Boyle Heights. It was made possible by a grant from Metro, Paley said. Metro awarded grants to 12 different open street projects, five of which are affiliated with CicLAvia. Heart of L.A. was the first to come to fruition.  

(Pro tip: KPCC will be at the Echo Park hub. More on that later.)

Jessica Cowley, founder of Public Space Singalong, will be at the 2nd Street Tunnel to host family-friendly singalongs. This will be Public Space Singalong’s third event outside of Crowley’s home and the group's first time participating in CicLAvia. 

“All you need to do is come and have a willingness to sing in public,” Cowley said. “We choose songs that we think are known by a wide swath of people.”

Public Space Singalong will have two sessions on Sunday: One from noon to 12:30 p.m. and another from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Some of the songs they will sing include “Walking on Sunshine,” “Made in L.A.” and “Bicycle Race.”

Since the heat wave is expected to return this weekend, Paley said participants should bring water and remember to stay hydrated. There will also be drink and food hubs along the way.

Below is a list of the hubs on the route, which feature everything from food trucks to Zumba. 

CicLAvia is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A downloadable map of Heart of L.A. can be found here, and more information about the event can be found on CicLAvia’s website here. Below is a full guide, including maps and suggested places to stop. 

Will you you be at CicLAvia? Tweet us pics @kpcc and stop by our booth at the Echo Park hub to say hi.

Map and everything else you need to know