LADOT Bike Blog had a great time at cicLAvia this past Sunday. We were up bright and early downtown to catch the Mayor’s press conference in Little Tokyo, and then we spent much of the day tooling back and forth between Boyle Heights and Koreatown.
From our view on the street, this cicLAvia seemed to be even more well attended than the first one. We’ll have to wait until some kind of official count comes out, but most folks seem to be suggesting estimates of anywhere between double and triple the number of participants from last time.
There were so many bikes that some intersections had bicycle traffic jams. This amazing time-lapse video at MacArthur Park shows just how popular the route was.
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In addition to people bicycling, we saw dads throwing around footballs with their sons, people skipping double-dutch ropes, a drum circle in Hollenbeck Park, dodgeball in Pico Union, and lots of other fun activities.
We also saw the guys from the Metro Bike Program riding around with their mobile booth. Both Metro and LADOT pulled bike trailers along the route while giving away bike maps, patch kits, ankle straps, and other goodies to people on the street.
We’d like to extend our thanks out to all the people who helped make last Sunday such a memorable one. Thanks to the cicLAvia board and all their dedicated volunteers, thanks to the Mayor for the leadership he provided in making cicLAvia happen, thanks to LAPD and the LADOT traffic officers who kept all the intersections and riders safe, thanks to Metro for putting extra rail cars in service to accommodate all the participants who took transit to cicLAvia, and thank you to every Angelino who came out to play on the streets and make cicLAvia a success.
So what were your stories from cicLAvia? Share your experiences and photos with us in the comments section below. You can see all our cicLAvia photos from Sunday at our flickr page.