by Winston Chua
SAN GABRIEL VALLEY – One day before Southern Californians celebrated Earth Day, perhaps as many as several hundred thousand bike enthusiasts joined together to give their cars a rest to celebrate CicLAvia. What is CicLAvia? It’s not just thousands upon thousands of bicyclists pedaling from Union Station to Venice Beach and back once a year. It was in fact inspired by ciclovia, a weekly street closure event in Bogota, Columbia, established in the 1980s.
“Ciclavia is a great event for LA. The best part is that you get to experience downtown LA and enjoy riding on the streets without worrying about getting run over by cars,” said Peter, of Arcadia. “It makes you feel like a kid again. My gratitude goes out to all the hundreds of volunteers, staff, city workers, and law enforcement to make this event successful. Thank you for letting me feel like a kid again!”
This past Sundy, Los Angeles temporarily closed its streets to all Angelenos to pay homage to the two-wheeled mode of transportation. The event, free to the public, connects diverse portions of the city, creating a web of temporary public space, free of car traffic. The full ride was about 30 miles
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