UPDATE 10/5: I'll be there! -Darrell
Here's another great opportunity to participate in a special group ride. This is a CICLAVIA Ride where 10 miles of Los Angeles streets are closed off for use only by bikes, skaters and pedestrians... NO CARS! Also what is nice is that the ride is in the daylight for those that are not comfortable riding at night. This translates into a ride that is approximately 20 miles if we hit all the hubs.
Agenda: Meet @ MacArthur Park Hub
9:30am Meet & Greet & Bike Inspection (if you want someone to look over your bike make minor adjustments or help do some maintenance to your bike). Text me when you arrive.
10:15am WE RIDE!!! (We hold back to let all the eager beavers get out of our way first)
2:00pm head back to the Start Point
3:00pm Back at Start.
We will ride as a group... at a pace as fast/slow as the slowest rider so that we can stay together and socialize. We will stop frequently for a bit of sightseeing, photo ops and as many rest stops as needed. If you are a monster triathlon athlete expecting a hard workout for an upcoming race... sorry, this is not the ride for you. This will be a fun, slow, socially paced group ride.
There will be limited water stations and rest room stations, but you should bring at least one refillable bike bottle... more if the weather is warm or hot.
Items To Bring: Water bottle, lock 4 lunch break, a couple energy bars, helmet, cash for lunch and Metro if applicable. Gloves, wind breaker if weather is cool.
Parking may be a problem, but remember, you have your bike so you don't need to park so close to the starting point you should be able to find free parking within a 5 block radius of the starting point... or you might want to consider taking the Metro to the Westlake/MacArthur Park station (You can take your bike on the Metro Trains) and then find us. The Metro trains and all the street buses will accept bikes for transport at no additional charge. If you are not sure about your bike or your physical condition, you should park near a Metro station so if you get a cramp or bust a chain, you can just hop on a bus or train to get back to your car. If you are in NoHo or the SFV, you can park free at the NoHo station or the Universal City station. Remember you will have your bike so 5-6 blocks away from a station is only a few minutes ride.
It is guaranteed to be chaotic as there will be tens of thousands on their bikes, skates or running shoes enjoying the streets closed off to autos. From the Start, we will ride and then turn South/Right towards USC and the Metro Expo Park Hub. From there, we ride to East LA and Boyle Heights Soto Station Hum. There's many awesome taco trucks/stands where you can fill up on some great street food for about $3-5. Or there might be a bunch of gourmet food trucks at each of the Hubs, so we will certainly have our foodie decisions to make. Or... we can holdout and head to the Chinatown Hub and have a well deserved dim sum lunch at CBS Seafood or ABC Seafood in Chinatown.
After lunch, we will ride around and then at 1:30Pm it is time to start to head back to the starting point and those that wish to head home are welcome to do so or else we can end our ride back at the Start at the MacArthur Hub. If you are worn out, you can always find a nearby Metro station and jump on it before the group ride ends. Just text Darrell a message that you bailed so we don't pull a SAR (Search and Rescue) mission to find you.
If you need to leave the group ride for any reason, please tell the ride leader or sweep before leaving the group.
If you are again hungry after the ride, there's Mama's Tamales or Langer's Deli... both very famous for their signature dishes... Langer's is almost universally acknowledged to have the best pastrami sammie in L.A.
PDF Map of the closed off streets.
CICLAVIA ~ http://www.ciclavia.org/next-event/
CicLAvia temporarily removes cars from L.A. streets - and the streets fill up with smiles!
With four hugely successful CicLAvias under our belt, we are currently preparing for the October,[masked] CicLAvia. In October, we’re expanding our route and adding new spurs to Boyle Heights, Chinatown, and Expo Park.
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!