CicLAvia - To the Sea ~ 33 Mile Bicycle Ride from Union Station to Venice Beach

  • April 21, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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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.

www.Metro.net

CicLAvia FAQ

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!

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:
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.

 

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  • Stacey

    Enjoyed meeting everyone, being able to ride the streets of LA on a beautiful day and relaxing over lunch. Can't say I'll do another CicLAvia..love the idea, but crowds were a bit much for me. Still, glad I went.

    April 25, 2013

  • Barry

    My first cicLAvia, and I loved it! Can't wait to do it again! Since I rode a fixie, I can truly say I pedaled every step of the way.

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • Darrell

    Yes, unfortunately our group was moving so slow, it took us 4 hours to reach the ocean leaving only one hour to return. We did stop at Santouka for lunch and the Mar Vista Farmers Market. It was so incredibly crowded that any stop with the group would be at least 1/2 hour or longer so CicLAvia would end and the road reopened to traffic, so unfortunately the pace of the group didn't allow for many stops.

    1 · April 21, 2013

    • joni

      i had a feeling that would happen, which is why i planned for a one-way trip. it's the first ciclavia where i didn't end where i started, but then again, all previous routes were only about half the distance, and all around DTLA. i was kinda bummed that i couldn't ride back and try to beat the street cleaners, much like i'd done each time before :)

      April 22, 2013

  • joni

    there is a definite difference in speed when you're riding through streets filled with thousands of cyclists vs when the only ones out there seem to be your group. and even less when you're the only one commuting to work, much like i do everyday. the point of ciclavia is enjoying the experience, being with other riders, and finding people you know along the way. i did, and it was only while i was moving along slowly or actually stopped to check out the local neighborhoods. if i kept moving along at 15mph, the only people i would've seen would be those i was with. and what fun is that? :)

    April 22, 2013

  • Louis

    It was so painstakingly slow, that at some intersections we had to wait for 3 signals to get through! Finally, John and I turned south at Venice Beach and went through Marina del Rey to the Balonna Creeek Bike Path back to La Cienega. He rode north to West Hollywood and I continued back to Union Station on the Expo Line Metro. I did not get much riding out of this - just a lot of dodging other bikes and stoping. It think I could have walked the route faster - and more comfortably. Please join us for our bike rides from NoHo Metro to Chinatown on April 27 and May 18. We take the bike paths and ride through a nice residential neighborhood and then Chinatown appears around the cornier. It's a great exhilarating ride.

    April 22, 2013

    • Darrell

      Yes, one intersection, Joni and I waited 5 light changes for the rest of the group and didn't see anyone so we thought that we must have not seen the group pass by. So then we tore it up passing thousands of riders trying to find the group to no avail. But that was fun for me... The traffic cops really blew it... stopping the bikes at every light change so that 10-20 cars could cross an intersection holding up thousands of riders...

      April 22, 2013

  • Darrell

    Fun ride, great company, but sloooooow pace... It is starting to get too popular. Next time, I'll probably just do a private ride as it is too hard to manage a large group when there's 200,000 other riders on the streets.

    April 21, 2013

    • June

      I knew it was going to be crazy, so I took my 3 mi per hour, noon start parameters and had my own one person LA Foodies meetup. Decent ramen was eaten in Little Tokyo at 4 pm after the ride. Good time was had by all! :)

      April 22, 2013

  • joni

    you had posted: "... Usually there's live music and all kinds of crazy happenings along the way, so it will be a slow paced ride with plenty of stops." i felt i needed to stop more than you did, darrell, so i decided to fall behind and enjoy the sights.

    April 21, 2013

  • Louis

    Nice to see Darrell, Joel, Barry, Julia, Nathan, and Stacey. We also had John, Richard, and Justin com from my group who enjoyed the sites.

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Stacey

    Darrell, we lost the group...oops! Kept thinking we'd see the rest of you down by Pacific and Windward. Luckily Nathan hung back with me. We had a very nice lunch. Fun day. Thanks for setting this up :)

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Darrell

    We lunched at Santouka while Stacy and Nat lunched at 26 Beach Cafe.

    April 21, 2013

  • Lee A.

    Bike problems this AM...I am bummed! Enjoy your day!

    April 21, 2013

  • Darrell

    Sorry so late in deciding. No potluck this event. We'll play it by ear but 26 beach and Santouka are both popular choices. Depends where/when the group needs/wants an extenderd stop.

    April 21, 2013

  • joni

    will see you at 9-ish in the morning!

    April 21, 2013

  • Laura

    Sorry... headed to Vegas... was really looking forward to this!

    April 19, 2013

  • Julia H.

    I'd love to meet up and ride...BUT, I donated my bike to charity when I moved from SF Bay back to LA a few months back. So, if anyone has an extra bike & gear to loan me, I'd really like to join everyone! Please let me know. Thanks!

    April 17, 2013

  • Allison

    I am a maybe for now. I need to buy a bike.

    April 1, 2013

    • Darrell

      I might be able to loan you a bike if you don't find one. How tall are you? email me instead of posting here...

      April 1, 2013

    • Edwin

      Hey Darrell, This soulds like fun. I've been looking for a bike. What kind of bike do you recommend for this? Cheers, Edwin

      April 15, 2013

  • Ofelia

    hi Darrel can I use my tricycle bike is all I have to bike here or anywhere ?

    April 15, 2013

    • Darrell

      A trike is fine for the event, but you might not be able to keep up with the group as there's so many riders, sometimes a trike will be difficult to do the necessary weaving in and out of riders. But, a trike would be a fun way to enjoy the day at CicLAvia! There were trikes, unicycles, all kinds of human powered wheeled vehicles...

      1 · April 15, 2013

  • joni

    i'll start with you but will just hang with you until venice only because i live on the westside :)

    April 15, 2013

  • Allison

    I am a maybe for now. I need to buy a bike.

    April 14, 2013

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