UPDATE: MAP OF APRIL 2012 CICLAVIA ROUTE
Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl called the first CicLAvia route to the Westside a huge success and has learned that the early stages of planning are already underway for next year.
CicLAvia organizers report the event drew 180,000 people, a significant increase from earlier predictions (150,000) and far more than the average attendance for the event (100,000).
The event on Sunday incorporated the longest route to date — 15 miles from downtown to Venice Beach. <MAP>
“Overall people were enthusiastic,” said Robert Gard, spokesman for CicLAvia. ”There were no empty spaces along the route. It was either packed or semi packed.”
Rosendahl has learned the event was such a hit that organizers are already in the very early stages of planning for the next CicLAvia to the Sea (April ’14). Organizers say they want to use the same route, and next time they want to close both sides of Venice Blvd. for bikes, as opposed to only one side (westbound) that Angelenos experienced this year.
“As a member of the Los Angeles City Council, I’m proud to support CicLAvia and I am ecstatic that the 11th District is played a role in this wonderful open-street event,” said Rosendahl. “I want to thank the CicLAvia organizers for demonstrating the vision and leadership to make this Westside route a reality. I was thrilled to see Angelenos come out, connect with others, and experience our streets as places for people.”
Leading up to the event, Rosendahl shared information on road restrictions and crossing points, in the event constituents needed to use their cars.
Overall, Gard said the event went off as planned except for a bike traffic jam on Venice at Robertson Blvd. Expo Line construction had the westbound ‘bike lanes’ at a standstill while eastbound ‘vehicle lanes’ rolled past. An interesting visual contrast for a City infamous for its car culture.
Organizers plan to debrief the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and other City staff who worked on the event later this week.
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