CicLAvia rules! How bicyclists made L.A. a better place
- April 12, 2012
- Adonia Lugo, anthropology graduate student, is featured in LA Weekly April 5, 2012
From LA Weekly:
Somehow in Bogotá, a crime-ridden city of fierce traffic, Ciclovía took root in a way it hadn't in North American cities. It has since become an institution, held every Sunday, spanning roughly 75 miles. On this single day, as many as 1 million Colombians use the route for everything from parades, protests and performances to simply running errands. In 2007, Clarence Eckerson Jr., a 40-year-old, New York–based videographer, flew to Bogotá, made a nine-minute documentary about Ciclovía and posted it on the website Streetsblog. Bicycle activists around the country watched the video and wondered, Why not here? Adonia Lugo was a UC Irvine grad student studying anthropology. She and her then-boyfriend, Bobby Gadda, watched Eckerson's video and decided they had to see it for themselves, in Bogotá. When they did, on a rainy Sunday in 2008, it was nothing short of a revelation. "The difference between a street that's full of cars and a street that's full of people is just ... it's exciting," Lugo recalls. They returned from Colombia, buzzing with thoughts of a Ciclovía in Los Angeles. Lugo was 24, Gadda 23. They were too young to grasp the enormous difficulties inherent in what they were about to propose.
For the full story, please visit http://www.laweekly.com/2012-04-05/news/ciclavia-LA-bicycles-founding/.
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