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The City Opens its Doors: CicLAvia 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012 |

You may have heard...the City of Los Angeles is readying itself for the 2012 edition of CicLAvia (first, we've got to break on through this storm) and your Los Angeles Fire Department would like to take the opportunity to offer a few safety tips.

Ciclavia Day"Ciclovias" first started in Bogota, Columbia over 30 years ago, in response to their heavily congested streets. These events promote street safety for pedestrians, skaters, riders, runners and anyone else you can think of that takes to the roadways. Similar events soon found their way into other parts of Latin America and ultimately, the United States.

This Sunday, April 15, 2012, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, the City of Los Angeles will (for the fourth time) present its version: "CicLAvia."  Ten miles of asphalt will be wide open to pedestrian traffic and become completely car-free.

Fun activities for all, are planned along Sunday's route, as store-owners, restaurateurs and entrepreneurs will join this gathering in the streets. For just a short time, the streets will become a park for all to enjoy. Please be sure and visit one of the featured stops along Sunday's route: the LAFD's old Fire Station 30, which is now home to the African American Firefighter Museum. This museum is the first and only free standing museum of its kind in the United Stated and offers an incredible history.

We applaud the effort and encourage all to get out into the Southern California Spring (especially after having been couped-up for a few days with the rain) and participate in CicLAvia. But don't forget to observe some basic safety. And please be extra careful, you riders on the storm, as the streets may still be quite wet and you may even find some lingering showers.

Ciclavia DaySo whether you ride, run or walk, we are pleased to share this great list of safety tips from our friends at the League of American Bicyclists:

1. Follow the Rules of the Road
2. Be Visible
3. Be Predictable
4. Anticipate Conflicts
5. Wear a Helmet (if you ride...bikes, scooters, boards, etc.)

One last tip, we're sure you all know...when you are on the road and you see an emergency vehicle with lights and sirens activated, please "pull to the right!"


Submitted by Matt Spence, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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