CicLAvia: Your guide to LA's bike-friendly, car-free event

The best places to eat and drink along CicLAvia's bicycle route, plus everything you need to know about the bike-friendly fest

Photograph: Riley Carithers
CicLAvia

The term CicLAvia—Spanish for "bike way”—can also be used to describe a temporary closing of LA's streets. Inspired by the first Ciclovías in Bogotá, Colombia, the event welcomes bikes, tricycles, skateboards, strollers and smiles (sounds cheesy, but it's true) to ride a rotating cast of car-free routes. While most rides center around Downtown, past events have taken the event to Wilshire Boulevard, Venice and South LA. Wherever it is, expect music, street performances and food trucks, as well as general whimsy and shenanigans. Shop owners and restaurants along the CicLAvia route will also open their doors. It goes without saying that you should bike or take the Metro to your desired spot along the route.

The next CicLAvia is:

Sunday, May 31 — Pasadena

Sunday, August 9 — Culver City Meets Venice

October 2015 — Heart of LA

A guide to CicLAvia

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You know you're a Valley girl when...

Hey Valley girl. Yeah, we’re looking at you. We know it’s hard defending your hood from stereotypes on a daily basis: The Valley Girl quotes (seriously, we don’t all talk like that), the lack of any real nightlife, the constant reminder of how damn hot it is in the summer. But whether you live in Studio City or North Hollywood, Chatsworth or Tarzana, you know the Valley has more to offer than porn and auto body shops. You may have lived in the SFV your whole life; you may have just moved to LA. But you’re here, your AC is on and that view of the San Gabriel Mountains is looking pretty sweet. And here are 25 reasons you can call yourself a real Valley girl. 1. You go to Menchie’s on the reg, but only because Studio Yogurt closed (we loved you even though you were cash-only). 2. Your neighbors are families. Who have houses. And yards. And driveways. Kids come to your door for Halloween.  3. You don’t freak out about street parking because in your hood, there is street parking all day erryday. 4. You know Fryman > Runyon. 5. You have the best sushi spots in LA on speed dial, and they’re all within a mile of your house. 6. You can afford a one bedroom for the same price as a tiny studio in Silver Lake (unless you live in Encino—in which case, can we use your pool?). 7. You're confused when people say there isn’t decent falafel in LA because, duh, Amir’s. 8. You know that Van Nuys is more than porn-central. It still sucks, but it’s home to Dr. Hogly Wogly’s and the Japanese

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Bicycle repair is a snap at these friendly co-op fix-it shops

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CicLAvia photos

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CicLAvia 2013: Iconic Wilshire Boulevard

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