June’s Ciclavia event in Los Angeles gave bike, scooter, and skateboard riders a chance to enjoy some of the most iconic sights of the city car-free. A normally traffic clogged six mile stretch of Wilshire Blvd was closed to automobile traffic to allow riders of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy the scenery.
By escaping the “bubble” of being in a car, Ciclavia attendees were able to enjoy the architecture, atmosphere and people watching of the neighborhood in a whole different way.
This was the 6th annual Ciclavia, and it has proven to be a happening that is gaining in popularity. The event began in Columbia as a way to raise awareness of the pollution and congestion found in so many urban centers today. Using alternate modes of transportation, including public transportation, helps combat pollution and brings citizens together in a new way.
It also brings a different kind of appreciation for one’s own city. On Wilshire Blvd. participants were able to get up close and personal with some of the city’s most notable architecture. Encouraging pride and interest in the history of a city through events like these will hopefully make things better for future inhabitants.Tags: car free city, ciclavia, ciclavia los angeles