Imagine a Los Angeles where you don't have to fight angry SUV drivers for a lane spot on Wilshire Boulevard or make a heart-stopping swerve around an abruptly opened car door. That day is coming, and it's called CicLAvia.
This Sunday, 10 miles of L.A. streets will be closed to traffic and open to cyclists, walkers, skateboarders and people in wheelchairs for a day of exhaust-free fun. Less like a race and more like an old-fashioned social, the event also features a variety of events that encourage people to slow down a bit, and maybe even stop for a while: dodgeball games, music, dance, a photo booth, street chess and, of course, food. This is the third CicLAvia, and it grows each time.
We're letting you know about it because we think it's a great way for people to get out of their cars and get some exercise in the fresh air --something we were all supposed to do during "Carmageddon," but instead we stayed inside and watched TV. Guilty!
"It's really fun and people don't realize they're exercising," says Joe Linton, one of the event's organizers. "I like to say that we trick people into getting exercise."