The first CicLavia for 2013 linked downtown LA to Venice beach. The route was 15 miles long of car free streets. We rode from the Venice beach hub to the Culver City hub (18 miles total trip from Santa Monica). Normal driving along Venice Boulevard is blah on most days. Thanks to cicLAvia we enjoyed the many community events like the Farmers market, downtown Culver city businesses and people friendly infrastructure. Most businesses along the route did very well that day as many cicLAvians flocked to re-fuel (get food and refreshments). I heard that there were 150,000 people along the route. Some say it may have been double that.
A snapshot of what could be possible if separate bicycle infrastructure is put in place.
This is what happens when people leave their cars at home. More space for fun!
Historic Culver City hotel, pedestrian plaza, and restaurants. Family friendly!