CicLAvia: Heart of LA (Oct. 6, 2019)

Explore the open streets of Downtown LA, Chinatown, Westlake and Boyle Heights

CicLAvia: Heart of LA bicyclists at the Million Dollar Theatre on Broadway

Million Dollar Theatre at CicLAvia: Heart of LA | Photo: Sebastian Auer, CicLAvia, Facebook


Inspired by the ciclovía events that started 40 years ago in Bogotá, Colombia, the first CicLAvia was held on Oct. 10, 2010. Since then, CicLAvia has grown to become the largest open streets event in the country - more than 1.6 million people have explored nearly 200 miles of open streets in Los Angeles County.

CicLAvia: Heart of LA bicyclists at the Million Dollar Theatre on Broadway

Million Dollar Theatre at CicLAvia: Heart of LA | Photo: Sebastian Auer, CicLAvia, Facebook

CicLAvia: Heart of LA

CicLAvia's annual Heart of LA route returns on Sunday, October 6. Celebrating UCLA's Centennial and presented by Metro, CicLAvia: Heart of LA is taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering miles of city streets for participants to explore by bike, foot, skateboard, wheelchair and other non-motorized traffic. Streets in Downtown LA, Chinatown, Westlake and Boyle Heights will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.

New to CicLAvia? Here are a few things you need to know for October 6:

  • It's FREE!
  • It's not a race. There's no starting point or finish line—begin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
  • The flow of participants goes both ways, just like regular traffic.
Mayor Eric Garcetti rides the free pedicab at CicLAvia: Heart of LA

Riding the free pedicab at CicLAvia: Heart of LA | Photo: Sebastian Auer, CicLAvia, Facebook

Catch a free pedicab ride—brought to you by AARP—to experience CicLAvia in a whole new way. Pedicab stops are available at each info booth, just look for the sign.

Chinatown Central Plaza at CicLAvia: Heart of LA

Chinatown Central Plaza at CicLAvia: Heart of LA | Photo: Sebastian Auer, CicLAvia, Facebook

Check out shops, eateries, local gems, and activities along the route with the interactive Google Map, or download the Field Guide with a map and full list of activities.

For general event information, contact CicLAvia at 213.355.8500 or info@ciclavia.org.

For concerns regarding street closures, reach out to the City of Los Angeles at 213.847.6000.

Father and son playing giant Connect Four at CicLAvia: Heart of LA Mariachi Plaza Hub

Giant Connect Four at the Mariachi Plaza Hub | Photo: Sebastian Auer, CicLAvia, Facebook

Hubs & Activities

Activities are taking place throughout the day at Hubs along the route. All Hubs will have restrooms, bike repair, free water, first aid, and bike parking.

MACARTHUR PARK HUB
2208 W 7th St, Los Angeles 90057

  • Check out the latest in folding bikes from TERN.
  • Sign up for a free Los Angeles Public Library card and look for the roaming Book Bike distributing free books to people with library cards.
  • Complete the kids bike safety skills course and get a free helmet courtesy of CicLAvia. (while supplies last)
  • Street Poets will be on-site with their Poetry in Motion Van, a mobile performance venue and recording studio, inspiring creative community, empowering people of all ages and backgrounds to express themselves on the page and on the mic.
  • Relax with vintage board games in the AARP play zone.
  • Create custom prints with your bike using eco-friendly ink by Nature Coatings.
  • Stop by the Great Streets Together for Alvarado booth to give your input on what you want Alvarado to look and feel like. Learn about ways to get involved with CCNP Great Streets, and participate in some fun games.
  • Learn basic skateboarding skills with The Skateside.
  • Grab a bite at a food truck and enjoy a picnic in the park.
  • Learn more about how UCLA is making strides to achieve equity in education and employment for all through the UCLA Labor Center located next door to MacArthur Park.
Civic Center Hub at CicLAvia: Heart of LA

Civic Center Hub at CicLAvia: Heart of LA | Photo: Sebastian Auer, CicLAvia, Facebook

CIVIC CENTER HUB
264 W 1st St, Los Angeles 90012

UCLA comes to life at the Civic Center Hub:

CicLAvia: Heart of LA bicyclists at the Twin Dragon Gateway in Chinatown

Twin Dragon Gateway in Chinatown at CicLAvia: Heart of LA | Photo: CicLAvia, Facebook

CHINATOWN HUB
942 N Broadway, Los Angeles 90012

  • Enjoy cooking demonstrations by local Chinatown restaurants presented by the Chinatown Business Improvement District and SoCal Gas (11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm).
  • Stop by the Walk ‘n Rollers Creation Station. Unleash your inner artist with family friendly activities including custom button making, spoke card and race plate design, and helmet decorating.
  • Capture a snapshot of your day at the Las Fotos Project photo booth.
  • Visit the LACMA booth to learn what’s happening this fall at the museum. Join teaching artists for a family-friendly, drop-in printmaking workshop.
  • Enjoy bites from one of the many local restaurants, challenge your friends to a match of ping pong, and enjoy other programming in Mandarin Plaza, Central Plaza and Far East Plaza, presented by the Chinatown BID.
  • Visit the City Clerk booth to make sure you’re registered to vote!
  • Stop by the Thousand Safety Checkpoint to get your helmet fitted, check your brakes, tire pressure and saddle height and learn other bike safety tips.
  • Visit the LA Ranger Troca, a food truck turned mobile visitor center for the Santa Monica Mountains. Learn more about the National Parks Services programs, then scale their 25’ rock wall.
Mariachi Plaza Hub at CicLAvia: Heart of LA

Mariachi Plaza Hub at CicLAvia: Heart of LA | Photo: Sebastian Auer, CicLAvia, Facebook

MARIACHI PLAZA HUB
1801 E 1st St, Los Angeles 90033

  • Grab lunch, snacks and fresh produce at the Boyle Heights Community Market.
  • Enjoy DJ Fuego, Folklorico Dancers, and workout classes at the famed Mariachi Plaza Bandshell presented by the Boyle Heights Community Market.
  • Stop at the intersection of 1st and Boyle for an amazing view of the Downtown LA skyline.
  • Children’s story time is at the top of each hour, hosted by First 5 LA. Receive a free bike bell for your child (5 and under), while supplies last.
  • Baby changing station brought to you by First 5 LA.
  • Don’t have a helmet? Stop by the El Centro de Ayuda booth for a free bike helmet (while supplies last) and learn about their work in the community.