January 22, 2021 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Pumped Up

CicLAvia 2017.

by Melanie Camp.

Six miles of roads on the Westside were car-free on Sunday, March 26 for CicLAvia – Culver City Meets Venice. Bike traffic filled the streets from Grand Ave., to Venice Blvd., to Centinela Ave., and all the way up along Washington Blvd., to Culver City.

Many people used the day as an excuse to get together with friends.

1. CicLAvia 2017Carla, Ailya, Alejandra, and Venice local Anne road the entire length of CicLAvia.

Venice local Anne said she is a big fan of the bike take-over. “It’s amazing all these people came out. A perfect Southern California ringing in of Spring.” Anne had joined friends riding from the Venice Sign all the way up to Culver City and back.

Delaney Maher stuck to the Venice end of the track. She and a group of locals, who all live just east of Lincoln Blvd., had ridden “…to the beach and back about eight times. Including one trip to get burgers at Hinano’s.”

2. CicLAvia 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A highlight for Maher was towards the end of the day, with bike traffic light, she and her friends seized an opportunity to lay on the road and take a couple of selfies. “It’s not often you get to sit in the middle of Venice Blvd,” she said.

The lack of cars did nothing to slow customer traffic for neighborhood businesses. A bicycle mechanic at the Recyclist Bike Shop in Mar Vista told Yo! Venice CicLAvia was by far their busiest day of the year.3. CicLAvia 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Alberto and Kristin from Inland Venice with Scott Bennett.

Venice locals and owners of Inland Venice on Venice Blvd., Kristen and Alberto, had arranged a Bennett’s Homemade Ice Cream stand out the front of their shop. “The ice cream sold out by 1:30 pm,” said Scott Bennett who started working for the family business in 1963. He was 6-years old.

Alberto and Kristin told Yo! Venice they loved the family friendly element of the day. “It’s all about the community. The harmony and family time. You can just see it’s good people out there riding their bikes.”

The harmony is official. A 2016 study by the Rand Corporation found local crime dropped 40% on CicLAvia days.

“This was our first year participating in CicLAvia. Next year we’re definitely doing it again. Double the ice cream!” said Alberto.

4. CicLAvia 2017

Related Posts

Venice Student Receives Education Award from The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition

January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

Seven area students were presented Education Awards by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition at the first-ever...

Venice-Area DUI Checkpoint This Weekend

January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

DUI and license checkpoint Friday night at Venice-area intersection By Chad Winthrop A Los Angeles Police Department DUI checkpoint is...

Edify TV: Westside Hot Chocolate Standouts

January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

With both rain and National Hot Chocolate Day on the horizon, get cozy with these standout hot chocolates on the...

Missing Women Kolby Story’s Family and Friends Seek Answers: YO! Venice Show – January, 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Missing Women Kolby Story’s Family and Friends Seek Answers * Los...

Popular San Francisco Sandwich Shop Opening in Westside

January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

Westside Food Scene January 21, 2021 By Kerry Slater Santa Monica Pastry Shop Closes  A beloved Santa Monica pastry shop...

Food Review: A Darn Good but Pricey Burger

January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

Smash burgers done right at Tripp Burgers By Kerry Slater Surrounded by a collection of strip malls, a Westside pop-up...

FDA-Authorized Coronavirus Testing at Santa Monica’s Shore Hotel

January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021

Drive-thru and walk-up testing seven-days a week   The award-winning Shore Hotel, located steps away from the world-famous Santa Monica Pier,...

‘Doctor’s Office on Wheels’ Homeless and Those at Risk of Losing Homes

January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

Venice Family Clinic launches mobile clinic van aimed at preventing homelessness By Chad Winthrop A Venice non-profit has launched a...

Edify TV: Ticketing Maskless Angelenos?

January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

Los Angeles lawmakers want to fine people for not wearing masks. Learn more in this video made possible by School...

Missing Man Last Seen in Palms Area

January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021

Chance Olsewski last seen in on the Westside on Friday A missing 20-year-old man was last seen in the Palms...

Video: 25K New Housing Units in LA?

January 17, 2021

January 17, 2021

With a massive spike in homelessness forecasted, LA lawmakers want to build 25,000 new housing units. Learn more in this...

Illegal Marina del Rey Boat Charters

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

The issue of illegal charters brought up at recent County meeting By Toi Creel Officials recently discussed the issue of...

Edify TV: The Westside’s Best Pies

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Here are some of the best pies on the Westside ahead of National Pie Day on January 23. Learn more...

LAPD Arrests Shoreline Crips Gang Member on Suspicion of Murder In Oakwood Park: YO! Venice Show – January, 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * LAPD Arrests Shoreline Crips Gang Member on Suspicion of Murder In...

Popular Coffee Shop Adding New Westside Storefront

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Westside Food Scene January 14, 2021 By Kerry Slater 65-Year-Old Santa Monica Bakery on Verge of Shutting Down  A beloved...