CicLAvia‘s coming back to home ground this Sunday, October 18th, with a repeat of the “Heart of LA” edition that started it all.
After wandering to the Miracle Mile, the far West Side, South LA, and Pasadena, and even edging shyly over the hill to NoHo, LA’s Happiest Day will grace the city’s center once again, with the familiar crossed routes linking three historically-important hubs: Chinatown, Hollenbeck Park (itself the heart of Boyle Heights), MacArthur Park, and Grand Park in the Civic Center. Central Avenue, Fourth, Spring, and Seventh are the main roads chosen for this year, and that means, among other delights, the chance to linger high on the Fourth Street bridge, surrounded by swarms of people being quietly joyful as they pedal past views of the river, the booming warehouse district (which can boast few warehouses anymore), LA’s nascent tech hub (the route passes a block or so from the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator), and, of course, the downtown skyline.
Of course you can just show up any time at any point; ride, walk, or skate as far as you feel like; and drop out at will…or stop for a brew and a bite, which is highly recommended.
And then, since you’re friends of the Mighty Pigeon, dream a bit about when NELA might win a CicLAvia of its own…Fig from the river to York, York from Fig to Occidental College, and all the good purveyors of home-style food and drink, no matter where your home is…it would be six hours of paradise, wouldn’t it?