The sixth version of Ciclavia is breaking out of the central city and extending west all the way to Venice Beach. Venice Boulevard and selected other streets will be closed to cars and buses from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to make way for bikes, strollers, skateboards and walkers. Note: Only the westbound side of Venice will be closed to traffic from Crenshaw Boulevard west to Pacific Avenue; the eastbound lanes will still have cars. It's a 15-mile route, the longest Ciclavia yet, and could take the entire five hours to walk one way. Organizers advise to keep track of your time, since the closed streets will reopen at 3 p.m.
The route passes through these Los Angeles districts and neighborhoods: Venice, Mar Vista, Palms, Culver City, West Adams, Mid-City, Olympic Park, Arlington Heights, Harvard Heights, Pico Union, Westlake, Historic Core and Civic Center. There will be hubs at the western end of the route at Venice, the Mar Vista Farmers Market, Culver City and at Cadillac Avenue. Here's the map and link to much more info:
The blog Militant Angeleno has done a nice roundup of interesting locations and landmarks along the route: starting at Italian Hall, the historic building at El Pueblo, and ending 32 items later at the Windward Hotel hostel on Venice Beach. Note: The Militant points out it was on Venice Boulevard (in Mid-City) where Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took his bike spill in 2010 and got bicycle religion.