Gearing Up for CicLAvia This Sunday? Here’s Your Guide!

By Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou, EGP Staff Writer

Get out your bikes, rollerskates, scooters, or anything else you have with human-powered wheels because CicLAvia returns Sunday, April 15 to take over the streets of Los Angeles, from the eastside to Hollywood.

CicLAvia aims to get people out to see a different side of our freeway-centered city of Los Angeles. Some people do it for the exercise, others  to explore Los Angeles and to spend quality time with friends and family.

EGP was along for the ride during the last few CicLAvia events in 2010 and 2011 to capture the life and sights of this block party on wheels. We’ve included a guide to several group bike rides organized by local bicycle coalitions, and a slideshow of pictures (above) we took during the previous events to inspire your own outing this Sunday.

First things first, make sure to get all your route and event information at the official CicLAvia website, but if you picked up a flyer on the Eastside, LA Streetsblog warns that several maps showing the event starting at Boyle Avenue near Mariachi Plaza were printed in error:

So, the Eastside CicLAvia re-route is finally happening this April . . .  or so it would seem on some of its flyers. The route shown on CicLAvia’s printed flyers being distributed in the Eastside marks a route going north on Boyle Avenue toward Mariachi Plaza, a small spur off the 10.5 mile route from last October.  Unfortunately, the map is a mis-print.  The April 15 CicLAvia route will follow the same path as the October 9th route, without an extension north to Mariachi Plaza.

Initially, CicLAvia planned to extend the route to Mariachi Plaza, but the costs to extend the route proved too high for the upcoming CicLAvia, explains Joe Linton, CicLAvia community organizer. Linton added he didn’t know how many flyers were printed with the error.

Meanwhile, keep an eye out for some deals, for example, Primera Taza Coffee House, which is offering a free pastry to go with a purchase of a coffee participating in CicLAvia.

Several bike clubs on the Eastside are offering group rides:

  • For those in the Monterey Park, Montebello, Commerce, Vernon and unincorporated East Los Angeles areas, you might want to hop on the Gold Line to meet up with the Bike SGV (San Gabriel Valley), which will be meeting at 9am, and leaving at 9:30am from the Mission Station in South Pasadena.
  • Also for those in the Montebello and unincorporated East Los Angeles area, members of the Montebello Bicycle Coalition (which EGP has written about) will be meeting up at the Atlantic Gold Line Station at 9am, and at 9:30 am will take the light rail line to the Soto station, and ride over to Hollenbeck Park where the CicLAvia route begins.
  • For those in the Northeast Los Angeles area, the Eastside Bike Club is organizing a group ride to the CicLAvia route, starting in Alhambra and riding through El Sereno and Boyle Heights. This is a friendly, family oriented ride, according to its organizers. They recommend bringing water, a cell phone, helmet, and a packed lunch or money to buy food along the way. They will meet at 9am at Walgreen’s Pharmacy, located at 2551 West Main Street, Alhambra, CA, 91801. There is parking in surround residential streets.
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