It started with this tweet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.