Seven Easy Tips for Making the Most Out of Tomorrow’s CicLAvia

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CicLAvia's inaugural event on October 10, 2010. Photo courtesy of Gary Leonard
  CicLAvia's spring "To the Sea" route drew nearly 100,000 people in April, and tomorrow's event along Wilshire Boulevard from downtown to Miracle Mile will no doubt attract an even bigger crowd. Labeled as the most walkable CicLAvia ever and hailed by National Geographic as one of the top 10 things to do around the world in June, the six-mile "Iconic Wilshire Boulevard" route will take place between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. First-timer to the car-free event? Here are some helpful tips for getting the most out of CicLAvia:
  • Hear Wilshire Boulevard come to life and download the event's 18 audio guide chapters on your smartphone, iPod, or other mobile device. The stories are narrated by a diverse group of Angelenos, from architects to anthropologists, and highlight the history of Los Angeles' own Champs-Élysées.
  • Prep yourself and download Pacific Standard Time Presents' Modernist's Guide to Iconic Wilshire Boulevard, which will guide you through the urban landscape and points out some notable buildings and spots along the route. Looking for some light pre-event reading? Check out L.A. as Subject's awesome post about the history of Miracle Mile over at KCET.
  • Know where to go: check out the events and activities happening along the route and download CicLAvia's map here.
  • Biking? You probably already have your helmet (right?), but don't forget to pack a bike lock and extra gear like tubes, tools, and patches! Familiarize yourself with the rules of the road at Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition's California Bicycle Laws page.
  • Taking public transit? Metro no longer issues paper tickets for the subway and light rail; instead, riders must have a TAP card ($1) loaded with the correct fare (base fare is $1.50 each boarding).  Check timetables for line schedules here, then plan to arrive ahead of time to buy a TAP card and fare if you don't have either yet.
  • Make some friends and join a feeder walk or ride with your fellow Angelenos! CicLAvia's website has a list of meet-up locations where you can walk or ride with others to the event.
  • Get psyched about historical landmarks along Wilshire and check out this Google map of National Register of Historic Places (seen below).
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