Three CicLAvia events for 2011

Julio Alberto Cruz

Last fall, the city of Los Angeles held its first ever ciclovia that closed streets that stretched over seven miles from East Hollywood to Boyle Heights for people to walk, jog, bike and just have a good time on that sunny day.

Los Angeles had its first ever CicLAvia on 10/10/10. Photo credit: Julio Alberto Cruz

Thanks to the city government and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa plus sponsors, three CicLAvia events will happen this year.

Here are the dates (all Sundays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.):

April 10

July 10

October 9

The works is on stretching those seven miles or have a different route than last year to extend to South LA and Chinatown.

I was glad I got a chance to attend half of the CicLAvia last year, even though I was sick, I still made it and got to be a part of the first ever healthy and active event that our city is coming to grasp, something happening in for many years before in other countries like Colombia or cities like San Francisco.

From what I experienced and saw last year, it was a good turn out.

By having three different CicLAvias in one year definitely shows that people are coming together to live for an active and healthy lifestyle.

It isn’t totally on the health aspect of it to ride bikes, but it’s about making our city environment cleaner by utilizing less cars that create pollution, even though newer cars seem to be environmentally-friendly.

Though, it is about making the air we breathe as clean as possible, I guess it is a health aspect of having events like this for us after all.

Some people may say that it is great to have three events like this in a year, others may argue that it isn’t enough because people would only be really active on those days.

The truth is that having three events like this is great and even, hopefully, beneficial to people across the city that are hardly active at all. It makes it fun to be a part of such active events because it could probably, and hopefully it does, translate such activity and participation in CicLAvia to practice that lifestyle in people’s every day lives.