Monday, April 7, 2014

Photo of the Week: Wilshire Boulevard Without Cars at CicLAvia

According to the promotional materials for the periodic Sunday "no-cars" street festival known as CicLAvia, "CicLAvia temporarily removes cars from L.A. streets - and the streets fill up with smiles!

CicLAvia catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free street events. CicLAvia engages with people to transform our relationship with our communities and with each other.

CicLAvia makes the streets safe for people to walk, skate, play and ride a bike. There are activities along the route. Shop owners and restaurants are encouraged to open their doors to people along the CicLAvia.

Ciclovías started in Bogotá, Colombia, over thirty years ago as a response to the congestion and pollution of city streets. Now they happen throughout Latin America and the United States.

Connecting communities and giving people a break from the stress of car traffic. The health benefits are immense. Ciclovías bring families outside of their homes to enjoy the streets, our largest public space. In Los Angeles we need CicLAvia more than ever. Our streets are congested with traffic, our air is polluted with toxic fumes, our children suffer from obesity and other health conditions caused by the scarcity of public space and safe, healthy transportation options. CicLAvia creates a temporary park for free, simply by removing cars from city streets. It creates a network of connections between our neighborhoods and businesses and parks with corridors filled with fun. We can’t wait to see you at CicLAvia!"

This quarter's edition took place on the most iconic of LA boulevards, and closed Wilshire from Fairfax to downtown LA to auto traffic.  It was instead open to bicyclists, families, skateboarders, and pedestrians enjoying the perfect spring California weather.

Here is a flickr slideshow of the scene as Angelenos enjoyed that rarest of treats, a broad boulevard with no auto traffic.

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