This is gonna be awesome! Whole new route! Meet at 9am for coffee at Starbucks and we begin our ride at 9:30am. We will ride as a group and probably make several stops for photo ops or other interesting happenings along the way. Usually there's live music and all kinds of crazy happenings along the way, so it wll be a slow paced ride with plenty of stops. If you are a speed racer or Tour de France competitor, if you can chill out and hang with the group great, otherwise you might just want to zip down to the beach on your own. It is approximately 33 miles round trip so if you haven't ridden in a long time, you do need to be in condition in order to complete the entire ride.
See the 90+ photos from the Oct. 2012 CicLAvia event: http://www.meetup.com/Foodies/photos/11577662/
What To Bring: Bring a bike lock for when we stop for lunch/music/food trucks etc. Also bring a spare tube, helmet, gloves, windbreaker, water bottle, power bar/snack as this will be about a 4 hour ride. We should be back at Union Station before 3pm and if people want, we might grab a bite in Chinatown after the ride.
Check the weather the night before @ www.Weather.com if it forecasts 30% chance of rain or greater, the ride may be cancelled. Check this page at 8am on the day of the ride to see if the ride gets cancelled due to weather.
The meeting point is at the Starbucks inside Union Station. Best way to get there is to take the Metro Red Line train to Union Station to avoid parking hassles.
FOOD OPTIONS: We will play it by ear for food, but one possibility is to lunch at Santouka Ramen at Centinela/Venice Blvd which is one of the top 5 Ramen joints in SoCal. Delicious, cheap carb loading. Or, we might hit food trucks instead at some of the many hubs located along the way. Or we might hit up 26 Beach Cafe for a fantastic burger/sandwich/salad. When I lived/worked in MdR, I musta ate at 26 Beach Cafe 3-4 days a week for lunch when they were located near the Venice pier and my office was 100 ft away. Another possible option is that we can bring a potluck lunch item and share food at the beach!
Leave Your Car At Home: You can get to Union Station via the Red Line, Purple Line or Gold Line. You are allowed to bring your bike onto the trains. At one end of every car is an area for bikes/wheelchairs and this is the best area to board the train but the Metro will be jammed with bikes, so board any way you can. If you are in the SFV, there's free parking lots at the NoHo and Universal City Metro Stations.
CicLAvia Route Map PDF
Photo Gallery from Oct. 2012 CicLAvia
Lots of people were riding with their best friends!
At the East LA Hub, there was some awesome eats! I was by myself so a whole chicken was not an option, but DAMN! they looked soooo good!
At Hubs such as MacArthur Park, they had freebie giveaways, rock climbing, bike repair station, food trucks, live music and more!
Here at the USC Hub, you can see there were walkers, runners, strollers, tandems and people of all ages enjoying the ride!
Goofing around with the LAPD Bikers @ the April 2012 CicLAvia
At the start of the April 2012 CicLAvia at the LACC Hub.
From the CicLAvia Website:
With five hugely successful CicLAvias under our belt, we are currently preparing for the next round of CicLAvia events in 2013: CicLAvia - To the Sea on April 21; CicLAvia - Iconic Wilshire Boulevard on June 23; and CicLAvia - Heart of LA on October 6.
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!
Please ensure that you are in good health before participating in an activity like this one. My function as an organizer is only to organize the events and I assume absolutely no responsibility for you or your guests. By signing up for a hike, bike ride, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and made your guests aware of the risks, dangers, and hazards associated with any outdoor activity, and you accept, and fully assume all such risks, dangers, and hazards, and further agree to release, and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, and event hosts of this Meetup Group from, and against any, and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.