Car Free is the Way to Be

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The mayor’s office has created a new YouTube video that showcases CicLAvia’s transformative effect on how we use our streets. The event has helped Angelenos discover that life without a car is not only possible, but preferable. CicLAvia encourages Angelenos to experience their city through alternative forms of transportation–including transit, walking, and bicycling. The next CicLAvia will take place on October 7th, 2012 from 10AM – 3PM. There will be lots to look forward to, including a new route that takes participants into South L.A., Exposition Park, and Chinatown. Be sure to check out CicLAvia’s main site and L.A. Streetsblog for more information on this fall’s CicLAvia event.

Oct 7, 2012 CicLAvia route map

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  1. Dennis Hindman
    Dennis Hindman says:

    Resistance to putting in bicycle infrastructure is often based on not seeing the benefits of cycling in the area. If you don’t see many cyclists currently and you don’t bicycle, then how would you know that taking away some space from motorized vehicles could get lots of people to bicycle?

    This is where CicLAvia plays a role, by demonstrating that having more cycling is good for businesses along the route and also by providing the opportunity to try riding a bicycle without the worry of having to deal with the stress that motorized vehicles create for riders.

    Having part of the CicLAvia route go along South Figueroa St will build up support for installing cycle tracks along this street by bringing in cycling customers to businesses during the event and CicLAvia will also encourage people that live in the area to try riding a bike. This reduces the amount of resistance to putting in the bicycling infrastructure.

    Although it would be difficult to quantify, having previous CicLAvia events along 7th st, Spring St, 1st st and Main St downtown should have helped build political, residential and business support for putting in bicycle infrastructure along these streets.

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