The Culver City Chamber of Commerce has issued a statement declaring its support of the sixth annual CicLAVia on April 21 that will run from downtown Los Angeles to Venice Beach.
Part of the route will run along the north side of Venice Boulevard, and Parcel B in downtown Culver City will be turned into a HUB for participants that will allow cyclists, skaters and walkers a rest stop and a place to purchase lunch, a snack and beverages before continuing their day in the sun.
“This will be a great opportunity for Culver City to show off its Downtown, and we expect local restaurants and businesses to benefit from a huge influx of new customers who may never have visited our Downtown before,” said Culver City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Steven J. Rose. “We know how great Downtown Culver City is, but this will be a great opportunity for people from throughout Los Angeles to visit and see what Culver City has to offer.”
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Ciclovías started in Bogotá, Colombia, more than 30 years ago as a response to the congestion and pollution of city streets. Now, they happen throughout Latin America and the United States.
In its release the Chamber stated, “Connecting communities and giving people a break from the stress of car traffic. The health benefits are immense. Ciclovías bring families outside of their homes to enjoy the streets, our largest public space. In the Los Angeles area, we need CicLAvia more than ever. Our streets are congested with traffic, our air is polluted with toxic fumes, and our children suffer from obesity and other health conditions caused by the scarcity of public space and safe, healthy transportation options.”
The City of Culver City and the Downtown Business Association are co-sponsors of the hub stop in Culver City and are seeking additional contributions to defray the costs of the event. Sony Pictures Entertainment has committed to a $10,000 matching grant on the contribution collected from local businesses.
To contribute to this event go to www.ciclavia.org. When making your contribution, please state that it is for the Culver City hub.