CicLAvia–one of my favorite events in Los Angeles! Today’s event was Los Angeles’ ninth installment of the car-free event. Wilshire Blvd. was closed to vehicle traffic from Miracle Mile to the Financial District. Thousands turned out with bicycles, skateboards and roller blades. There were several designated walking areas for those who wanted to enjoy the festivities on foot. Throughout the route, several hubs were set up with food trucks, water stations, and neighborhood vendors.
This go-around, I was only planning on participating in the walking portion of CicLAvia. I’ve been dealing with some him pain lately, so I’ve been trying to go easy to get it to heal. As I was walking to the Koreatown hub, I saw dozens of bikers rolling past. Pain or not, I couldn’t let my favorite community bicycle event go on without being on a bike myself! I headed home to get my bike, took some Motrin, and rode west on Wilshire towards Miracle Mile.
Since Wilshire is a busy street without bike lanes, I don’t think I’ve ever biked down it before. It was really cool seeing the art deco architecture a bit closer. This street holds so much history that just blows past from a car or bus.
Above, a traffic break in the CicLAvia route at Wilshire Blvd. near Western Ave.
After a quick pause at the Miracle Mile hub to get some more water, I turned around toward Koreatown. The Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council (“WCKNC”) were set up near the corner of Wilshire and Vermont to host some fun events and hand out some neighborhood swag. They were hosting a Choco-Pie eating contest. For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to participate. I wasn’t close to being a winning contender, but some may argue that nobody wins when they’re consuming as many pastries in their mouth as possible. At least I scored a sweet WCKNC fanny pack and tote bag for my efforts!
Despite how disgusting I felt for chowing down seven Choco-Pies, I decided to continue east to check out the DTLA portion of the route. Although I normally take 7th Street, this is a very similar route I take to get to work. It felt great to be able to share it only with fellow cyclists without having to breath the fumes from cars.