Car-Free Sundays Coming to L.A.?

A group of cyclists in Los Angeles is hoping to move forward in talks with the city to establish car-free days, based on the ciclovia street closures originated in Colombia.
November 5, 2009, 8am PST | Nate Berg
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"Sound like a pipe dream? Not if a group called cicLAvia is successful. A volunteer coalition of bicycle advocates, transportation experts, artists and academics, cicLAvia wants to make Sundays in Los Angeles virtually car-free -- transforming the city's streets into giant bike lanes and creating a public space that connects every neighborhood in the city.

'This city is so park poor, and so car dependent,' says cicLAvia member and director of the Green L.A. Institute Jonathan Parfrey. 'Air pollution is awful and childhood obesity is epidemic. But building new parks for people to get out of their cars and exercise can be prohibitively expensive. We want to create public space using the infrastructure we already have - our roads.'"

Thanks to Ishmael Sanchez

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Published on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 in Los Angeles Times
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