Today I participated in the first-ever CicLAvia, an idea that originated in Bogota, and which has spread to a number of other cities. For five hours, the city of Los Angeles--that car town of all car towns!--actually closed off more than 7 miles of streets to cars, opening them up for cyclists and pedestrians to enjoy. This was definitely the most fun trip I have made from my house to downtown LA and beyond. And even though I was pretty familiar with the route, I saw some parts of the city up close that I had not always appreciated before. I got some good exercise too!
Bogota (population 7 million), they close 70 miles of streets to traffic every single week, and people seem to love it.
(photos by me)