Today was the first time I’d been to CicLaVia, an event that creates car-free zones and opens streets up for bicyclists and pedestrians turning the biggest public space in a city, the streets, into a huge park for one day.

It was the first time I’d taken my bike on the bus in L.A. We knew getting to the starting point at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) could be challenging since there were 100,000 people expected to navigate this 10 miles strip along Wilshire Avenue. Fortunately my friends, Edie Kahula Pereira and Lorna Turner were expert planners and our trip was quick and easy.

CicLaVia was well organized. There were zones for biking and mandatory pedestrian zones to accommodate traffic flow on cross streets. Most importantly there was no need to hurry. Along the way we visited L.A. based artist, Jay Mark Johnson, whose installation #inwheeltime was featured as part of the Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA). We had a delicious Asian soup, congee, at The Line Hotel; indulged in an exotic drink on the rooftop of the Ace Hotel; and cooled down in the bookstore at LACMA.

CicLaVia was really fun. Urban planners need to create more public space and open streets in L.A. and other cities. It’s crucial to the well-being of city dwellers.

In Wheel Time by Jay Mark Johnson

In Wheel Time by Jay Mark Johnson

Upstairs Bar at the Ace Hotel

Upstairs Bar at the Ace Hotel

Tutus and Chihauhaus

Tutus and Chihauhaus