When the Veggie Biker stood on a curb in Bogota, Colombia, in 2002 watching gaggles of bicyclists hurry by on car-forsaken streets, he had no idea what Ciclovia was, or that a version of it, CicLAvia, would come to Los Angeles some day.
Sunday, April 6, long stretches of streets in Los Angeles are closed to cars from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and bicyclists of all sizes and abilities can wheel freely down the middle of boulevards.
On the same weekend, April 4-6, The Open Streets National Summit meets in Los Angeles Friday through Sunday to promote bicycling in America. For $365 one can participate in three-days of discussions about the future of bicycling.
The Open Streets National Summit writes it will have “featured sessions for both novice and experienced Open Streets organizers, led by experts from the Open Streets Project, CicLAvia and other local organizers.
- Building a coalition of supporters
- Outreach to key community partners and stakeholders
- Marketing and branding
- Choosing a route
- Sponsorship and fundraising
- Organizing and recruiting volunteers
- Evaluating your initiative”
One may view the full agenda here.
“The weekend will also contains plenty of time for participants to network with one another,” Open Streets writes, “while attending CicLAvia on Sunday afternoon.”