Every street closure is an opportunity to me. When I run errands while riding my bike I seek them out, watching for warnings about upcoming street closures. Marathons, half marathons, cancer walks and street repairs–all are ripe for street closures. When they close a large arterial street it’s even better. It’s like winning a lottery. Today’s closure was the power ball of closures–Sunset Boulevard from Silverlake Boulevard through Hollywood Boulevard to Vine. It’s the Hollywood Half Marathon. Street closures are the only opportunity to ride a bike without cars on the road. Bicycling becomes a completely stress free activity, as I ride unencumbered by aggressive or impatient drivers.
This is better than most closures, because there are bands playing at major intersections.
I yell, ‘It’s a mini Ciclavia!’ As I ride down Sunset with a big grin on my face. I turn off onto Santa Monica to run my first errand: the ATM at 7 Eleven. I see furrowed brows on motorists through their windshields and overhear grumbling drivers complaining about the street closures.
“I couldn’t make to my bank,” whines one driver to the clerk behind the counter.
Back on my bike I go up Virgil, because they closed all the feeder streets. It just keeps getting better.
All the half marathon participants run in the Southbound lane toward Hollywood, while the Northbound lane on Sunset remains completely empty.
‘Sunset’s closed. Come down and join me,’ I text excitedly as a watch a Reggae band. I can only convince Pasquale and Dana to come down. This is even better than Ciclavia because there’s fewer people taking advantage of the street closures.
For some reason I cannot find Pasquale and Dana. However Pasquale finds a Frankenstein in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
They end their ride at a new coffee shop at Silverlake’s Sunset Junction. I end my mini Ciclavia back where I started at the Silverlake Farmer’s Market.
After climbing up the hill to my home, I reward myself with my favorite comfort breakfast: vegan blueberry kamut pancakes, veggie sausage links, egg whites with maple syrup and Armenian black tea.