Give L.A. a Big Hug this Weekend with CicLAvia + GOOD L.A. Launch

by Jessica on April 6, 2011

We’ve visited the bike store and finally made the leap from tricycle to two-wheeler with training wheels. No, it’s not the bigger kid’s birthday and won’t be for a few months. But he’s been begging for a big boy bike, and CicLAvia gave us the perfect excuse to help him reach his little transportation milestone.

The city’s second cicLAvia on Sunday coincides with GOOD LA Launch Weekend, and will help give L.A. a big hug from all walks of life. Literally, since streets connecting East Hollywood to Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights will be closed so folks can bike, stroll, skate, dance, whatever along our typically car-clogged thoroughfares. There’s tons of other cool family-friendly stuff happening around L.A. (food and non-food related, obviously!) as part of the weekend to celebrate the city and how we can improve it, from an Artisanal LA and Unique LA sale, to a food swap, to L.A. River and public stairway tours. Try to plan ahead and reserve, since many of these special goings-on are already filling up.

Frankly, I most want to ditch the fam to go to the GOOD Book Club meeting with L.A. Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne about one of my all-time favorite reads, Reyner Banham’s Los Angeles: Architecture of Four Ecologies. (Fat chance.)

It’ll be hard to chose where to eat and drink (although us and our bikes and gear and kids might complicate matters) during CicLAvia, but we’ll probably pop into Cafecito Organico in the Bicycle District, which is one of the starting points of the day — where, sadly, we’ll probably have to drive to get started along the route. Whatevs, we all do the best we can, right?

Find a chance to jump in and get involved with the weekend’s festivities. Follow @GOOD and @CicLAvia (#CicLAvia hashtag) on Twitter for updates.

And my son won’t be the only one taking an inaugural ride, since I’ve had a brand new bike stashed in our garage since my last birthday, just waiting to be taken out for its first spin…

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