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CicLAvia shuts down Wilshire April 6

Updated April 4, 2014: Imagine a car-free six-mile stretch of asphalt. On Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CicLAvia - Iconic Wilshire Boulevard is transforming the legendary thoroughfare into a pedestrian paradise from downtown to Fairfax Avenue. Come play in the boulevard - it's free!

CicLAvia - Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
Courtesy of CicLavia.org

Rediscover Los Angeles under your own power. Stroll, roller blade, ride a skateboard, use a scooter, or bike through this temporary public park on Wilshire Boulevard. Pedestrian zones at the One Wilshire hub and the Miracle Mile hub make this one of the most walkable CicLAvias. Check out the route here.

Enhance your experience by taking a deeper look at the architectural history of Wilshire. Radio broadcasts by architectural researcher and commentator Edward Lifson will be available for participants to download as free podcasts. Listen to stories that run through Wilshire’s beginnings more than a century ago to the present. Complimentary copies of “The Modernist’s Guide to Iconic Wilshire Boulevard” written by Catherine Gudis and designed by Colleen Corcoran will be available at each hub, or you can download one here now.

The One Wilshire hub is billed as the Active Zone. Climb a REI rock wall, document a moment in the photo booth, and try doing yoga.

Hop off your bike, and explore the pedestrian zone between Curson and Fairfax at the Miracle Mile hub. There is plenty of free parking for bikes, but you must bring your own lock. Join a macramé keychain or printmaking workshop led by artist Jim Olarte at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, where admission is free all day. Create bike decorations with Yarn Bombing whie listening to live broadcasts from KCHUNG Radio while you're there. The Cold War is over, but the Wende Museum is presenting pop music from former Eastern Bloc countries in front of the Berlin Wall segment at 5900 Wilshire Boulevard to remind us of the past. Snap photos with cut-out figures from the museum collection.

At the Zimmer Children's Museum, kids can play with bubbles, table top noodles and temporary tattoos. Pedal under your own power along Wilshire, and look for $1 off admission coupons for this paradise for little ones. See the Petersen Automotive Museum vehicle displays, and let the kids do some crafts. For Your Art offers “Free Feminist Water!” and stickers featuring images of one of the 300 posters from the (en)Gendered (in)Equity: The Gallery Tally Poster Project exhibition. Giant movie stills from some of the most famous bike scenes in film history provide a photo op backdrop near the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences new museum. Present your Bank of America card for one free general admission at LACMA, where kids can participate in bike-themed art workshops. Don't miss the CicLAvia video tent where you can share your CicLAvia tales. Capture moments in the photo booth and post them online.

Between downtown and the Miracle Mile, are three other hubs: Macarthur Park, Koreatown and Mid-Wilshire with more activities. All hubs offer CicLAvia information and merchandise, free water, restrooms and first aid stations. Get your bike repaired for free at all hubs except Koreatown. Expect plenty of food trucks to patronize, too. Long to win a free bike or a free hotel stay? Look for sign up forms at the hubs during the event.

Use your street-smarts and go!

Details:

CicLAvia - Iconic Wilshire Boulevard - free

April 6, 2014 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wilshire Boulevard

Between downtown and Fairfax

213.365.0605

www.ciclavia.org