We invited 16 people to go with us to CicLAvia on June 23rd to explore the iconic Wilshire blvd in downtown LA. We rode on the early Metrolink train from Oceanside. The only recollection I and most people have about Wilshire blvd is that it is dominated and congested with motor vehicles. It is very inhospitable to bicyclists. The air is very toxic due to exhaust. And it is loud. I know because I rode my bike (on the wide sidewalk)the ten miles from Wilshire and Western to Santa Monica last year. I eventually took the side streets south of Wilshire because the fumes were so toxic. But last Sunday was an eye opener: people on bikes, skates, unicycles, and on foot enjoyed a car free Wilshire boulevard.