Join us for a Heart of LA WalkLAvia on Sunday, October 6

It’s that time of year again! Celebrate the open streets of CicLAvia with Los Angeles Walks as we embark upon our fourth WalkLAvia!

Heart of LA WalkLAvia
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Mariachi Plaza
East First Street and North Boyle Street
See map

We’ll walk the CicLAvia route from Mariachi Plaza to the Chinatown Hub, about three miles. We expect to arrive at the Chinatown Hub around 12:00 p.m., leaving the rest of the day to enjoy the rest of the CicLAvia route however you see fit. See you there!

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Take the Gold Line to the start, the Mariachi Plaza/Boyle Heights station is right beneath the plaza! Plan your trip at Metro.net

See who’s coming and invite friends on Facebook

Check out the route and get more information about CicLAvia.

Thanks to Ruben Diaz for documenting the amazing time we had walking at the Wilshire CicLAvia in June in the timelapse video above!

WalkLAvia: everyone walks in LA

We want to thank everyone who joined the WalkLAvia walking parade yesterday at CicLAvia! We had so much fun and hope that you did too! Over 50 people turned out for the parade from downtown Los Angeles to Exposition Park.

As the group made its way down Figueroa Street, we cheered, carried signs and banners, learned about the history and future of the corridor, and greened the side of the roadway with seed bombs. We had a great group of folks! Check out all the event photos here.

WalkLAvia got lots of great media coverage, including a plug from City Councilmember and Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti at Sunday’s CicLAvia press conference, and a reminder from Garcetti that CicLAvia is for walkers, skateboarders, wheelchairs, as well as cyclists. Los Angeles Walks founder Deborah Murphy also had the honor of meeting with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa before WalkLAvia started!
Stay tuned for information on future WalkLAvias and other events like our FREE walking tour of Silver Lake on October 21. We invite you to join us for our next community meeting in Leimert Park on November 15. In the meantime, keep walking!
—Rachel Bennett

Get ready to WalkLAvia this Sunday at CicLAvia!

We’re gearing up for our big WalkLAvia walking parade at this Sunday’s CicLAvia! We’ve got homemade signs, popsicles, seed bombs, giant puppets, bubbles, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, capoeira artists, and more! WalkLAvia got some great media coverage this week, including:

We’ll begin our walk at 8th and Figueroa and walk down to the new Expo Park hub of the CicLAvia route. Safety and fun are our primary concerns, which is why we chose Figueroa—a nice, wide street that can fit our group of walkers as well as passing cyclists. Meet on the northwest corner of 8th and Figueroa at 11:30am (just south of the new Target and one block south of the 7th St/Metro Center Metro stop). The group will depart at noon and should arrive at Expo Park around 2pm. At about 12:15pm at Gil Lindsay Plaza, we’ll hear from Melani Smith of the Meléndrez design firm about the My Figueroa Corridor project, which will make Figueroa more pedestrian friendly and install LA’s first protected bike lanes.

There are multiple Blue Line and Expo Line stops along the route so people can follow our progress on Twitter (@LosAngelesWalks, #WalkLAvia) and meet up with us along the walk. The transit stops are also convenient for folks that would like to join us for the start of the walk and then head back to downtown early.

See you Sunday!

—Rachel Bennett

Reimagining Chinatown’s College Street at CicLAvia this Sunday

Image credit: Candy Chang, I Wish This Was project

In addition to our WalkLAvia group walk from downtown LA to Exposition Park, there are a number of great community events at this Sunday’s CicLAvia, including this one from our friends at Living Streets LA.

Living Streets LA presents “I Wish this Street Was…” an interactive play street that will allow participants and passersby to envision what College Street in Chinatown could be like without cars. On Sunday October 7th, College Street will be transformed into a pedestrian-only street through interactive workshops, public art projects, and imaginative games.
If you would like to volunteer for this event, please email Anna Peccianti at anna.peccianti@gmail.com and specify what time you would be available between 8am-4pm. Living Streets LA is hoping each volunteer can stay for at least two hours.
—Rachel Bennett

WalkLAvia this Sunday at CicLAvia!

Join us this Sunday October 7th as we take to the open streets of CicLAvia on foot! We will do a group walk from downtown LA to beautiful Expo Park, and walkers of all ages are welcome. We’ll have giant puppets, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, seed bombs, capoeira artists, popsicles, bubbles, a history lesson or two, and more!

We’ll begin our walk at 8th and Figueroa and walk down to the new Expo Park hub of the CicLAvia route. Safety and fun are our primary concerns, which is why we chose Figueroa—a nice, wide street that can fit our group of walkers as well as passing cyclists. Meet on the northwest corner of 8th and Figueroa at 11:30am (just south of the new Target and one block south of the 7th St/Metro Center Metro stop). The group will depart at noon and should arrive at Expo Park around 2pm.

There are multiple Blue Line and Expo Line stops along the route so people can follow our progress on Twitter (@LosAngelesWalks, #WalkLAvia) and meet up with us along the walk. The transit stops are also convenient for folks that would like to join us for the start of the walk and then head back to downtown early.

Along the walk, we’ll hear from Melani Smith with the Melendrez design firm about the My Figueroa Corridor Project at Gil Lindsay Plaza around 12:15pm, as well as the history of West Adams and downtown Los Angeles. We’ll end our walk at Expo Park around 2pm. The museums will be open and there’s a lot to explore…

  • California Science Center (open 10am-5pm, free admission to the permanent exhibition galleries) Check out the Ecosystems exhibit, Air and Space exhibits, and more!
  • Natural History Museum (open 9:30am-5pm, admission is $12/adult, $9/student or teen, $5/child, free/child under 2) Check out the new Dinosaur Hall, Animal Meet and Greet, Scavenger Hunt, Butterfly Brooch collection, and more!

There are two Expo Line stops near the end of our walk, so people can hop on the train and head back to downtown or head west and enjoy some of the sights, tastes, and great neighborhoods along the new Expo Line.

We look forward to walking with you on Sunday!

—Rachel Bennett