The Bicycle is King for a Day
Tens of thousands of travelers on two wheels took over stretches of Washington and Venice boulevards from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday for CicLAvia: Culver City Meets Venice.
It was the quarterly car-free festival’s first return to the Westside since May of 2013, when a downtown-to-Venice route drew a record 150,000 people. An official crowd estimate for Sunday is pending analysis by the researchers with the RAND Corp. and UCLA, but “this may be our best attended CicLAvia since the last Westside event,” said CicLAvia spokesman Rob Gard.
Concurrently celebrating its 9th anniversary, the Mar Vista Farmers Market anchored the central hub of the six-mile route — a pedestrians-only section that included temporary parklet and street furniture resembling permanent upgrades planned for Venice Boulevard as part of the city’s Great Streets Initiative.
Restaurants and bars along the route were packed throughout the day. Venice High School hosted a food truck gathering, and bicyclists who reached the route’s end at Windward and Pacific were greeted with an outdoor dance party.
— Joe Piasecki