CicLAvia was incubated through the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and inspired by the famous street closures in Bogotá, Colombia. Various LACBC volunteers and other professionals came together for the purpose of promoting and planning liveable, car-free streets. It is now an independent collective that is working in partnership with LACBC, other environmental organizations, Mayor Villaraigosa, LADOT and LAPD and has hosted 3 CicLAvia events in Los Angeles, with more to come (including the next one on April 15, 2012)!
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.