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    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.

    (Copyright 2010 KABC-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)...."


    Enjoy the photos (also located here at http://www.flickr.com/photos/world-of-folding-bicycles-too/?saved=1):
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    Now that's an LA I'd move back to! (I lived there in 1990 and left because of the ridiculous car-centrism and poor employment prospects.)

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    FF,

    Thanks for the quick posting of your pictures.

    I figured that R20 sporting the purple bag with gold polka-dots had to be you!!! (Good looking bike.)

    What the heck did you have in that enormous rear bag?

    Would have loved to ride in the event, but hard to be in two places at once - managed to attend the Oregon Handmade Bike Show yesterday here in Portland, OR. Heading back to SoCA next week. I will be ditching the jeans and putting my shorts back on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foldable Two View Post
    FF,

    Thanks for the quick posting of your pictures.

    I figured that R20 sporting the purple bag with gold polka-dots had to be you!!! (Good looking bike.)

    What the heck did you have in that enormous rear bag?

    Would have loved to ride in the event, but hard to be in two places at once - managed to attend the Oregon Handmade Bike Show yesterday here in Portland, OR. Heading back to SoCA next week. I will be ditching the jeans and putting my shorts back on.

    Lou
    Thank you. I found the little bag in the front to be very handy.

    The rear rack duffle bag carried lots of Water bottles within a special smaller insulated cooler bag inside the blue rear bag. Plus a cable lock, & a bag of bananas. The water helped during this surprised mini heat wave, but it was not enough to cool me down. But this is still a good idea anytime you ride to carry at least 2 bottles.

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    Considering I lived there for 1/3 of my life, I meant to swing out that way (I am only 70 miles due East) but my wife wasn't quite up for the ride that day. There are a lot of jewels in LA that are missed unless you take a moment to get out of car and stop HAVING to go somewhere. Hopefully next year, every one in family will be in good condition to join in the fun
    PS) not sure about shorts, Lou. It could pummel down in temps again and raining on top. Weather has been "INTERESTING" in So. Cal as of late. I keep an eye out on weather every day for next day's commute now a days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by folder fanatic View Post
    The rear rack duffle bag carried lots of Water bottles within a special smaller insulated cooler bag inside the blue rear bag. Plus a cable lock, & a bag of bananas. The water helped during this surprised mini heat wave, but it was not enough to cool me down. But this is still a good idea anytime you ride to carry at least 2 bottles.
    The trick I learned from playing softball in 95+ degree heat is to dump some of that water on your head when you get really hot. I know it doesn't make for great hair, but if you're riding your bike with a helmet, folks will likely not notice.

    (My wife has very fair skin and does not do well in the heat, so I know about the problem.)

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    Thanks for the pics!

    (And I found some years ago that age is no excuse - I thought I was doing all right in a 200km ride until towards the end of the day I started getting to be overtaken by gnarled oldtimers, one even with a severe bandy leg. So away with this old body excuse! )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foldable Two View Post
    The trick I learned from playing softball in 95+ degree heat is to dump some of that water on your head when you get really hot. I know it doesn't make for great hair, but if you're riding your bike with a helmet, folks will likely not notice.

    (My wife has very fair skin and does not do well in the heat, so I know about the problem.)

    Lou
    A cool shower I took after arriving home did the trick also-plus staying quiet in my air conditioned room with this computer online. So had I known your suggestion about dumping the water bottle over my head, I think I would have done it there at the event and may have been able to stay longer for the ride with the other folder fans. My hair is very curly so it always look not very well kept up (unless I set it beforehand and don't wet it). I just don't want to make a public spectacle of myself as I was wearing a cotton tee shirt that day-and I am sure you know why as this is what many young women do the same thing at the beach for "wet tee shirt" contests.

    Quote Originally Posted by jur View Post
    Thanks for the pics!

    (And I found some years ago that age is no excuse - I thought I was doing all right in a 200km ride until towards the end of the day I started getting to be overtaken by gnarled oldtimers, one even with a severe bandy leg. So away with this old body excuse! )
    Ahhh, right you are. I confused age with heat problems which can affect any age group. I was pleased that I made my primary goal of completing the whole route from East Hollywood to Hollenbeck Park-a total of around 7.50 miles within 2 hours. My body itself was cooperating and not worse for wear-except I did not completely factor in the heat variable. I assumed that I could handle it by going slow and having water with me at all times. Obviously that did not work out as well as I would have liked. Even much younger people can and probably been affected by the heat bearing down on all of us out in the relentless sun. Of course no one would advertise something like that!
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    I would like to extend an invintation to all that either live in or will visit Los Angeles at the next Ciclavia to come and enjoy the event. I, a long time resident, was surprised at how much I enjoyed myself. I like the idea most of each participant discovering for him/her self what experiences truly "does it" or enriches their lives the most without someone else dictates what he/she should feel or do.

    Please come!

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    Hopefully they will have another such event in the Spring. If we are in Ventura at that time, we will be there.

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    Wow, 100,000! that is impressive. You'd just about fill the 7-1/2 mile stretch with that many people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jur View Post
    Wow, 100,000! that is impressive. You'd just about fill the 7-1/2 mile stretch with that many people.
    That's a nice number, but it didn't look like anymore people than we have seen here in Portland on similar length 'closed streets' rides or on the 13, 25, 38 miles Providence Bridge Pedal routes that draw 10-20,000 (2nd only to the 5-boro ride in NYC).

    Hope to personally participate next time to gauge it for myself.

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    And don't miss this really nice post-Ciclavia Video. The mayor and many other VIP are interviewed here (I thought it really stood out from the rest I Googled):
    CicLAvia 10-10-10

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IVrZBgZ0Ts

    Plus a Wedding:
    http://ciclavia.wordpress.com/2010/10/11/getting-married-at-ciclavia/#more-1963
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    That was awesome folder fanatic!!! Thanks for the pic's and video links. I'd love to see this happen in our community some day.
    See ya on the trail,
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    That youtube video is great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foldable Two View Post
    That youtube video is great!

    Lou
    I am glad to always post interesting links, photos, and videos to alert and inspire others.

    Oh, by the way before I log off, how about visiting one of the official sites about all of your views and ideas for the next Ciclavia event?

    http://ciclavia.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/give-us-your-ideas-for-the-next-ciclavia-event/#more-2025

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    Here is a page with a few more photo's
    http://laist.com/2010/10/11/photos_t...75_miles_o.php
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