CicLAvia hits the streets again this Sunday, but this time, deeper into the heart of East Los Angeles.
The wheels of CicLAvia will roll a total of 10 miles from Echo Park to East L.A. For the first time, the route will take riders and other participants in Boyle Heights through down First Street, up St. Louis, head east to explore the Cesar Chavez Avenue corridor and will meet its end at the East Los Angeles Civic Center.
Along with the landscape, murals and history of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles, the extension is lined with tasty food, arts, shopping and great music. Here is what you can expect on Sunday along the Eastside part of the route.
CINCO PUNTOS HUB
CicLAvia will host its kick-off ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Indiana Street, Lorena Street and Cesar Chavez Avenue. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, Metro CEO Art Leahy, Councilmember Jose Huizar and CicLAvia Executive Director Aaron Paley will take part in the ceremony. Cambalache’s Gourmet food truck will be on site.
MARIACHI PLAZA HUB
Boyle Heights will hold its weekly farmers market at Mariachi Plaza with local vendors selling hot food, produce, crafts and more. Dance to tunes by local D.J. ´s, sing a long to mariachi classics, or join the free zumba class at the plaza.
FOOD: The restaurants that line up between Boyle Ave. and State St. will host a block party. A supervised bike corral will be set up in front of the restaurants for participants to park with no worry.
Tables, chairs and umbrellas will be set up in an empty lot located at the corner of Boyle Ave. and First St. for customers of the restaurant to sit, eat and enjoy the passerby ´s of CicLAvia.
Additionally, Primera Taza will raffle 25 children’s helmets, host live art painting with five muralists and a provide tunes by local DJs.
TIP: anyone who presents a tap card at Primera Taza will receive a discount of 15 percent off their order.
ART: Artist Nico Avina will be screen printing posters out of a shopping cart he calls ambularte, a concept inspired by the many mobile food vendors in the Boyle Heights community.
The posters are free, stop by and pick one up at Espacio 1839.
Las Fotos Project, a program used to empower Latina youth through photography, mentorship and self expression, will also host a photo booth.
CESAR CHAVEZ CORRIDOR
ORIOL BIKE SHOP
Don’t have a bike to ride for CicLAvia this year? Oriol Bike Shop located at 4236 E. Cesar Chavez Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90063, will be offering used bikes to rent on Sunday for only $10.
Oriol has provided bike checks in the past but is excited to be included in the route for the first time. The shop will conduct free bike checks and inflation of tires as well as water, stckers amd t-shirts (while supplies last) in front of his shop.
For more information on the bike rental program, contact them at (323)262-0085 or email them at oriolbikeshopatgmail.com.
EAST LOS ANGELES CIVIC CENTER HUB
Located at the opposite end of the Echo Park Hub, the East Los Angeles Civic Center located at 4801 E. 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90022 will host a free bicycle valet for participants to walk around and enjoy food trucks and food booths by La Farfala, Mariscos Los Lagos, Meme’s BBQ, So Cal Burgers and Tacos Galuzo.
A bike decorating competition for those with a keen eye will take place at the hub along with local a farmers market booths selling fresh produce.
The East Los Angeles Library will offer face painting, a balloon artist and other art activities for children.
The first 250 riders that visit the East L.A. Hub will receive a free East L.A. Bike Ride t-shirt.
CicLAvia: Sunday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. To learn more about additional activities, groups walks and more, visit Ciclavia.org