Project Time Frame: 2009 - Present
Event Dates: Various events since 2010
Inspired by ciclovía, the original, weekly street closure event in Bogotá, Colombia, CicLAvia opens Los Angeles streets to pedestrians and bicyclists, creating a temporary web of public space on which residents of LA can walk, bike, socialize, celebrate and learn more about their own city. As part of his Durfee Fellowship program, Aaron Paley and Community Arts Resources (CARS) began work with the CicLAvia steering committee in the spring of 2009. As the event producer of the pilot CicLAvia event on 10/10/10, CARS worked closely with the steering committee, the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office, the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the Los Angeles Police Department and the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services to make CicLAvia a reality. Now into its fifth year, Community Arts Resources has produced and implemented 11 CicLAvia events, each attracting over 100,000 participants from all over the world. CARS has assisted in taking more than 100 miles of streets from cars, opening them up to pedestrians, bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, wheelchairs and more, in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles like Echo Park, Koreatown, Venice, Leimert Park, Boyle Heights and Koreatown to name a few. In partnership with local organizations, CARS also co-produces CicLAvia Explores, a series of smaller, car-free activities that ventures into neighborhoods that CicLAvia routes have traveled. CARS, the CicLAvia Board of Directors, Los Angeles County Metro and the City of Los Angeles, under the guidance of the Mayor's Office, are in preparation to implement 4 CicLAvias 2015:
See the Events Section to learn more about programming pedestrian zones and the Marketing Section to learn about building the CicLAvia brand.