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Ride the Metrolink to CicLAvia 04/15/2012

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Meet up to catch Metrolink to Los Angeles for CicLAvia!

The train leaves Palmdale Metrolink Station at 6:39 am, so be there in plenty of time to buy your ticket. Weekend passes are only $10 roundtrip.

There will be a BICYCLE CAR on the train for our bikes!

Ride the streets with NO CARS!!!

CicLAvia lasts from 10 am to 3 pm. This is a wonderful ride in a street festival atmosphere.

We will arrive at LA Union Station at 8:30 am. We will meet a friend of mine, who is taking the San Bernardino line from San Bernardino that arrives at the same time.

Her return train leaves at 1:45 pm; ours is at 2:25 pm.

That gives us plenty of time to ride to our content, enjoying the carless streets.There will be stops in the downtown area where we will wait politely for traffic police to direct us through, but otherwise stops are few and far between.

Here’s a map of the CicLAvia Route.

We will ride as many of the directions as we want, ending in Boyle Heights for lunch, because one of our Caffe Racers knows a great Mexican restaurant there.

Bring enough money for lunch and for any memorabilia you might want to buy along the route.

Please invite any of your friends that you think might want to go, especially those who have never been.


Great fun at CicLAvia, OccupyLA, Metrolink provides bicycle car

Monday, October 10th, 2011
Trindel and Richard Maine

Trindel and Richard Maine on the 4th St Bridge at CicLAvia

Sarge, Richard and Trindel Maine, and I woke up bright and early on Sunday morning and caught the 6:39 am Metrolink train to CicLAvia.

This time, just as many or more cyclists were there as the last time, but there were also lots of other non-cycling activities going on, like “street chess,” dodge ball, walking tours, and OccupyLosAngeles.

OccupyLA protestor

"Lucy" with her sign at LA City Hall

The OccupyLosAngeles people were on the south lawn of City Hall. The atmosphere was peaceful and organized. As I walked my bike through on the sidewalk, I heard lively discussions and saw some folks cooking breakfast for others.

As I was leaving, I met “Lucy” with her sign in support of teachers and asked if I could take her photo. She told me that in 1973 she cycled across Africa and the Middle East.

Trindel and Michele

Trindel Maine and I ride in CicLAvia

We rode almost the complete CicLAvia route, but somehow we missed the Chinatown spur. The liveliest part of the route was on the South LA spur, which had block after block of brightly decorated vendor booths selling all kinds of products and delicious-smelling food.

Metrolink Bike Car

Metrolink Bicycle Car on the Antelope Valley Line for CicLAvia

Eventually, we had to head back to the AV on the train. Metrolink provided us with a Bicycle Car, which was the icing on the cake of a wonderful day.


UPDATED: 3rd CicLAvia will be this Sunday, October 9, 2011

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011


UPDATE: Metrolink will have “bike cars” on all trains for CicLAvia.

It’s that time again. Yes, another CicLAvia is coming up this Sunday in Los Angeles. What’s CicLAvia, you ask? Well, it’s a 5-hour festival on wheels through the streets of Los Angeles — without cars. You heard right. No cars.

The route of the earlier 2 CicLAvia’s was about 7-1/2 miles long from Boyle Heights to Hollywood (or vice versa, depending on where you started), and this time they are adding some “spurs” north into Chinatown and south to add more mileage and allow more people to take part. They are also encouraging other forms of activity besides cycling, so that it’s not just for those on bikes, but for everyone.

Counts varied, but by all estimations, hundreds of thousands took part in the 2 earlier CicLAvias. Seeing that many bikes and bikes of every imaginable type and kind taking the street is a sight to behold.

Those of us who live in the Antelope Valley can get to CicLAvia easily by taking the Metrolink to Union Station using a $10 weekend pass. Part of the new route is just across the street from Union Station near Olvera Street.

The official CicLAvia website and the CicLAvia Facebook page have more info and directions. Check out the many videos of previous CicLAvias to get an idea of what it feels like. And then make a plan to go. You won’t regret it.