Connecting communities through cultural programming,
urban interventions and active engagement.
Project Time Frame: 2009 - 2016
Event Dates: 17 Open Streets Events
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. Community Arts Resources produced and implemented 17 CicLAvia events, each attracting over 100,000 participants from all over the world. CARS 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-produced CicLAvia Explores, a series of smaller, car-free activities that ventures into neighborhoods that CicLAvia routes have traveled. CicLAvia continues to grow as its own nonprofit organization, providing opportunities for Angelenos to explore neighborhoods in a whole new way.
See the Events Section to learn more about programming pedestrian zones and the Marketing Section to learn about building the CicLAvia brand.