CicLAvia

It started with this tweet.

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The 9:00 ride and the 9:30 ride blended into one as they left at the same time. Colin Bogard of LACBC led nearly 40 bicyclists from Silverlake’s Polka Dot Park to Mid-Wilshire near CicLAvia’s western terminus. We began traveling north on Sunset and then merged onto Hollywood Boulevard. As we approached, we noticed that road was closed to vehicular traffic. If you’ve ever read this blog, you know how I feel about street closures. They become open street festivals! I couldn’t believe our luck; this was an auspicious sign that it would be fun day.

 

This open street fair celebrates the Thai New Year called Songkran Festival. It’s their longest holiday of the year. If I wasn’t traveling in a group, I would have stopped and joined the festivities.

My riding buddies.Ok I know I look like a gangbanger on the 2nd one. The sun was in my eyes!  l to rt Jake, from State Farm, Matthew Mooney, Angel and me

My riding buddies.Ok I know I look like a gangbanger on the 2nd one. The sun was in my eyes!
l to rt Jake, from State Farm, Matthew Mooney, Angel and me

 

Colin lead us through Hollywood to check out The City’s only bicycle friendly street on Yucca. Then south for a view of the new proposed bike lanes on Vine. Vine already has those silly sharrows which didn’t affect us since we had a large group and took over an entire lane. The silly sharrows eventually disappeared and Vine became S. Rossmore. Here the houses reflected old Los Angeles with gorgeous craftsmen and Art Deco detailed apartment buildings. Several blocks later we saw the familiar street closure saw horses with the police standing guard and bicyclists riding down the street.

 

My riding companions and I rode off from the larger group and we headed toward the western end of Mid-Wilshire at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on Museum Row. This was the first time I spent eight hours at a CicLAvia. I met some of my sister’s friends at the museum’s bar. The bartender looked like Tony Parker from the Spurs, so cute.

Tony Parker impersonator

Tony Parker impersonator

 

I even attended a Glendale/Hyperion Bridge strategy meeting  on LACMA’s lawn then ended the day at Guisados tacos back on Sunset.

 

I’ll let my Mid-Wilshire pictures to the talking. Here are some of the sights from Sunday’s festival. The next CicLAvia is on October 5th, my birthday! Try to make it. I promise you won’t regret it.

 

Korean drum circle. You couldn't keep still listening to them. Everyone was bobbing their heads or stamping their feet.

Korean drum circle. You couldn’t keep still listening to them. Everyone was bobbing their heads or stamping their feet.

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The characters dance with a fellow cyclist

The characters dance with a fellow cyclist

Korean characters brought to you by the Korean Embassy

Korean characters brought to you by the Korean Embassy

Old man character dances as people watch on the route. Did see as many groups entertaining cyclists as CicLAvia's past.

Old man character dances as people watch on the route. Didn’t see as many groups entertaining cyclists as CicLAvia’s past.

Korean drummers set the tone for an exciting CicLAvia. We were amped up after their drumming ended.

Korean drummers set the tone for an exciting CicLAvia. We were amped up after their drumming ended.

They know how to celebrate the day! Patrick and Mike

Bike Ambassadors. They know how to celebrate the day! Patrick and Mike

 

Crowds at LACMA

Crowds at LACMA

'bents!

‘bents!

Bikers ride by the street light installation

Bikers ride by the street light installation

Check out this cute kids! A father enjoy a car free day with his family. This is what CicLAvia is all about.

Check out these cute kids! A father enjoys a car free day with his family. This is what CicLAvia is all about.

Remember the hype surrounding this levitated mass and all the energy involved to get it here? It's just a rock.

Remember the hype surrounding this levitated mass and all the energy involved to get it here? It’s just a rock.

My sis. This is the only time you can get her out on her bike. Build safe infrastructure and people will get out of their cars.

My sister, Tracy. This is the only time you can get her out on her bike. Build safe infrastructure and people will get out of their cars.

A cycling group enjoying LACMA. Check out the bad bunny. He had to be hot in that suit!

A cycling group enjoying LACMA. Check out the bad bunny. He had to be hot in that suit! It was 81 degrees.

The lack of cars didn't keep people away from the museums.

The lack of cars for transportation didn’t keep people away from the museums.

Lucha VaVoom cyclist on the LACMA lawn

Lucha VaVoom cyclist on the LACMA lawn

On our way to downtown. Lots of boring office buildings and strip malls between Mid-Wilshire and downtown.

On our way to downtown. Lots of boring office buildings and strip malls between Mid-Wilshire and downtown.

Angel doesn't hesitate to help a fallen cyclist as he busts out his first aide kit!

Angel doesn’t hesitate to help a fallen cyclist as he busts out his first aide kit!

Angel administers aide to a fallen cyclist

Angel administers aide to a fallen cyclist

Woman stands after Angel administers First Aide

Woman stands after Angel administers first aide

Downtown hub w/ Mooney

Downtown hub w/ Mooney

 

There’s one dessert so connected with the Art Deco era that it’s as iconic as Wilshire Boulevard. Invented in the 1930’s it’s the most requested dessert and most beloved in America. It has a million iterations. Have you guessed it yet?

 

While Los Angeles began to expand by building some of it’s most iconic Art Deco structures on Wilshire, at the same time on the other side of the country Ruth Graves Wakefield created United States’ most iconic dessert–the Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie. Every chocolate chip cookie ever baked is a variation on Wakefield’s original recipe. Everytime I make chocolate chip cookies I imagine baking in the 30’s, like using a strong arm to mix the batter in a porcelain bowl and coffee can flour sifters. Maybe even a baker stood in one of Wilshire’s Art Deco structures and mixed chocolate chunks into this new Wakefield sweet butter infused batter.

One of the many variations of Wakefield's original formula. This one is uses coconut oil along with butter and 70% cacao chocolate chips. Extremely rich. I won't even mention the calorie count.

One of the many variations of Wakefield’s original formula. This one uses coconut oil along with butter and 70% cacao chocolate chips. Extremely rich. I won’t even mention the calorie count.

A big chocolate chip cookie luv to all the volunteers and organizers who made CicLAvia happen, especially their volunteer coordinator–Henny–you rock! Thanks to Colin for leading us to the promised land from the safe bicycle infrastructure desert that’s Sunset Boulevard.

 

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