Draft routes for the October 9 version of the popular biking event CicLAvia were released today and included a route down Central Avenue.
TRUST South L.A. and other groups have been working in the past months to get a portion of CicLAvia to go through Vernon Central and if all goes as planned, October will see the event stop by places like the African American Firefighter Museum, A Place Called Home, Mercado La Paloma and other spots.
The route takes off from it's current path at Seventh and Spring Street, then heads east on Ninth Street and south on Central Avenue, then west on Venon and ending at Exposition Park with a tiny tail on Grand Avenue to Mercado La Paloma. You can see a map of the route below.
CicLAvia notes in the blog post that the group hopes to expand the South L.A. route down to Watts Towers and Leimert Park.
In April, a group of South L.A. residents participated in a feeder ride to test the route.
The group working on getting CicLAvia to South L.A. was thrilled to see the news, said Tafarai Bayne, community affairs manager for TRUST South L.A.
"We have been making contact with many stakeholders along the proposed route including, Exposition Park, The University of Southern California and City Councilperson for our area Jan Perry," he said in an e-mail. "They have all expressed their enthusiastic support. We're definitely excited!"
The final routes will be sent to the city for permitting in mid-June.
Over the summer, bike rides and workshops will be planned to lead up to October, Bayne said. June 26th will be the first of these events, and trainers from C.I.C.L.E (a project of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's RENEW) will show riders how to adjust their bikes.
View CicLAvia Draft Expansion Routes as of May 2011 in a larger map
What do you think of the route through Vernon Central? Should it go somewhere else?