Yesterday had to be the most incredible day in LA yet. Out of all of the things I’ve done and seen growing up here, nothing has ever come close to participating in the first CicLAvia. It’s hard to explain … the entire experience was truly sublime and judging from the buzz following the event, no one else who was there could believe how awesome it was.
7.5 miles of LA’s streets were closed off to cars and opened up for its citizens to play. It was a come-as-you-are event with no schedule or agenda (other than enjoying the city in a new way).
Throughout the entire route all we could see were people of all ages and backgrounds smiling from ear to ear, looking up and around them, and simply soaking in everything in sight. It felt surreal to ride in the normally noisy and congested streets in complete silence other than the clicks of bike chains and the playful chatter of fellow Angelenos.
As cheesy as it sounds, it feels like CicLAvia changed the city a bit for those who experienced it, and vice versa. We discovered and rediscovered the beauty of neighborhoods we so often ignore or can’t appreciate due to the constant traffic. And, we had a ball playing in the streets.
Can’t wait for the next one and for more people to join the fun.
*Here’s a video I put together for my family in Colombia (home of the original Ciclovia est. 30 years ago). Joe did a great job working his bike and iPhone camera!