Promised Photographs From The First Ever Los Angeles' Ciclavia
I am back and feel much better after my terrible run-in with the nasty 90 degree heat we are experiencing here. So....without much ado, here are the photographs I promised to take and post right here ASAP.
I was very pleased with my photos & experience with my long lost city's "rediscovery" by others that attended as well as myself. I started out from Melrose & Heliotrope about 10 o'clock with the rest of the antsy group gunning to get started. I was not doing great time as even little kids passed me up! But my intention in choosing to ride my newly restored Twenty over my Brompton was not to race others so much as to experience neighborhoods where my parents, grandparents and myself as a small child once lived. And to see the changes that have taken place since then. As I steadily cruised and wound around the roadblocks to Hollenbeck Park to the east, I was really impressed with my city. The stately old apartment buildings for the most part still stood and not torn down as the custom of "redevelopment." Although to be fair, I did see many newer apartments & condos up too.
I did a brief stop at Westlake Park, and continued on. I met EM 42 and had a brief exchange with him. I wish I was able to ride with him and the others, but sometimes other things do get in the way-like this old body. The pack slowed way down as soon as the groups crossed over the 110 Harbor Freeway. I was able to feel more that I was able to keep up with somebody for once! My little bike was very slow in going up hills, but that was fine with me. I made it to Hollenbeck Park at around 11:30 am. I drank lots of water, rested a bit, and felt very bad. So I mosey down-slowly-to the Soto Street station and the trains were rather draggy with their scheduling. So...I called it a day.
Although I still took some interesting photos on the way home with a Classic 1960s Mini Cooper & my Raleigh Twenty and a slight problem development with my just bought last Friday Double Legged or Pronged Kickstand rubbing against the crank. So....back to the bike shop for a quick adjustment.
This ride was good test for how the new parts I put into this Twenty are working.
ABC Local News Coverage: Pedestrians take back L.A. streets w/CicLAvia http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=7716693
By Darsha Philips
".....LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Drivers are giving way to bicyclists and pedestrians on Sunday for L.A.'s first CicLAvia, an event aiming to give Angelenos a different perspective of their city.
Vehicles will be temporarily banned from parts of Los Angeles for CicLAvia, a bold vision to let people enjoy the city with no traffic.
Officials hope that the inaugural event will give pedestrians and bicyclists a chance to rediscover the city from a different perspective.
The closures start in East Hollywood at Heliotrope Drive and Melrose Avenue, extends to Koreatown and the Mid-Wilshire District, and then passes by MacArthur Park, City Hall and Little Tokyo.
The route, which spans for approximately 7.5 miles, ends at Hollenbeck Park on First Street in Boyle Heights.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hopes CicLAvia is a step toward a more environmentally friendly culture in Los Angeles.
The idea behind CicLAvia spawned from Bogota, Colombia with the idea of pedestrians taking back the streets.
"It's a big step to start changing the image of the street as a space used only for cars. You can temporarily use the spaces," said CicLAvia originator Jaime Ortiz.
CicLAvia will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plans are in place to ensure traffic will flow smoothly through surrounding streets.
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Enjoy the photos (also located here at http://www.flickr.com/photos/world-of-folding-bicycles-too/?saved=1):