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CicLAvia - ~ Heart of L.A. Bicycle Ride ~ Mariachi Plaza Food/Music

Another brand new route! Meet at 8:30am and we begin our ride at 9:15am. We will ride as a group (or not) and probably make several stops for photo ops or other interesting happenings along the way.


8:30am Meet @ MacArthur Park Hub at the REI repair tent

9:15 am Begin ride

12:00 pm Meet for Lunch @ Mariachi Plaza area for lunch

1:30 pm Event over after lunch but we may continue to ride as a group or you can ride solo to you final destination which may or may not be back at the MacArthur Park Hub.

4:00 pm Roads reopen to car traffic

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. 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 the streets on your own. It is approximately 7.5 miles each way so if we cover every finger of the route that would total about 15 miles, it has very little elevation gain so if you haven't ridden in a long time, this is a good opportunity to ride with a group, no car traffic and at a easy pace. Everyone should be able to complete the entire ride. Work up a big appetite for lunch!

The ride will end at our lunch stop. This way, there's no rush to get back to the starting point and it might be more convenient to ride home after lunch.

See the 90+ photos from the Oct. 2012 CicLAvia event:

What To Bring: Bring a bike lock for when we stop for lunch/music/food trucks etc. Also bring a spare tube(s), helmet, gloves, windbreaker, water bottle, power bar/snack as this will be about a 4 hour ride.

Check the weather the night before @ if it forecasts 30% chance of rain or greater, the Meetup ride may be cancelled however you are welcome to go on your own. Check this page at 7am on the day of the ride to see if the ride gets cancelled due to weather.

The meeting point is the MacArthur Park Hub and meet at the REI vendor tent. They have tire pumps if you need air and bike stands if you need any last minute repair. Suriya, if you go on this ride, let me know and I would bring replacement cables for your front gear derailleur and we can use their repair stand to replace the cable. Best way to get there is to take the Metro Red Line train to MacArthur Park Station to avoid parking hassles. Please arrive at the MacArthur Park Hub at the REI vendor tent by 8:30am and then we will first explore the Hub together before be begin our ride at about 9:15am.We will let the initial riders go first and get out of our way so that we might be able to ride at a reasonable pace.

Leave Your Car At Home: You can get to the MacArthur Park Metro Station via the Red 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 and this is by far the best option to get to the meeting point.

CicLAvia FAQ

CicLAvia Route Map PDF

Photo Gallery from Oct. 2012 CicLAvia

FOOD OPTIONS: Plan is to have lunch at the Mariachi Plaza. Last time I was there, they had live mariachi music and dancing, a small farmers market and a food vendor bbq'ing whole chickens pollo loco style that looked amazing! But I couldn't order one as I was solo and that was way too much food. I did find a nice tamale/pupusa resto that had some tables and chairs so you could dine with a little civility. But lunch food options will abound so I'm not going to set our lunch plans in stone.  Or maybe Mama's Tamales or Langer's Deli for the best pastrami sammie in town.

From the CicLAvia Website:

With five hugely successful CicLAvias under our belt, the 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.

No cars, open streets and the opportunity to explore one of the most legendary boulevards in Los Angeles by foot, bike, skates or other non-motorized transport.

From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on CicLAvia day, participants can stroll through a snapshot of the city’s architectural evolution from Victorian vision to modernist experimentation; massive towers of business to intimate houses of worship; world class museums to working class mercados.

The hubs will feature pedestrian zones with performers, activities sponsored by several fantastic museums, programming by some of our community partners, food trucks and more. Hubs along the route include MacArthur Park, Koreatown and Mid-Wilshire.

CicLAvia is open to the public and free of charge. Registration is not required and there is no starting or ending point along the route. From 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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.

Lots of people were riding with their best friends!

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 above, 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.


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  • Karen

    Running late so I will catch up with you at mariachi plaza to eat

    October 6, 2013

  • D.

    Hi guys good morning! I won't be able to make it . Sorry :-(

    October 6, 2013

  • Darrell

    Running a bit late. Should arrive around 9a

    October 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I'm unable to go today. Enjoy the ride!

    October 6, 2013

  • Wilson T.

    I plan on joining for the first hour or so. Then I'm going to bail for a bit to catch the Formula 1 at the Spot Bar back around MacArthur Park. After the race, I'll see if I can catch up with you guys again if you guys are still around

    October 4, 2013

    • Wilson T.

      Don't even think about it!!!!

      1 · October 5, 2013

    • Darrell

      The race hasn't started yet... but I predict Vettal by 3.5 seconds...

      October 5, 2013

  • Suraiya

    Bike still not fix :( I might come join and walk instead of bike ride! Sounds like a lot of fun :)

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We'll be doing the ride much earlier in the day -- just because the crowds can get ridiculous! Have fun, and keep a safe distance from the bikes in front of you -- too many pileups happen because everyone is too closely packed and trying to ride.

    October 3, 2013

  • D.

    Hey guys any special gadgets that I need to bring for this one?

    October 3, 2013

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