CicLAvia Lets Bikes Dominate L.A. Streets For An Afternoon
Kyla Fullenwider, a CicLAvia board member thought the streets felt more crowded this time. Fullenwider suspected there were lots of people who missed out last October and had vowed to join in (if you missed today, there will be more this summer and fall.)
At each of the rest stops, participants grabbed food from trucks and stands, enjoyed the mild weather and watched throngs of bikers speed by. At MacArthur park the band Super Duper entertained crowds; the bike group Midnight Ridazz cooled cyclists down with water guns as they made their way downtown. A dodge ball troupe set up along a side street and invited passerby to join their game.
There were only a few accidents along the course -- usually at car crossing points where bikers congested while waiting for traffic lights to change -- otherwise the day was marked by peacefulness and ebullience. After the official end of the event, 3 p.m., some bikers had a hard time ceding the space back over to cars. A police officer announced, "cars will hurt you."