CicLAvia, KBBQ, KTown, LACMA, CAFAM, Petersen Museum, iconic Wilshire Blvd… Yep, just another day in LA.

narrown wilshire view at start

me on bike.ciclaviaRiding my Nerve beach cruiser along the iconic Wilshire blvd without cars seems crazy, but not when it’s CicLAvia. A wonderful program started by CARs (community arts resources). A completely free event open to the public even if you don’t own a bike.

losangeleswalks.org

losangeleswalks.org

It welcomes walkers like the LosAngelesWalker.org group, skateboarders, roller-bladers, roller-skaters, unicyclists, tricyclists, and a lot of other types of creative inventions on wheels. Riding with over a 100,000 people easily, I was bound to run into someone I knew, like Mike Mendoza of @ VeganBeastMode.

Veganbeastmode and I

Yesterday’s ride started at the beginning of Wilshire Blvd in DTLA with plenty of pedestrian zones and mandatory dismantle zones to get you ready for the ride west to Fairfax. Tern set up camp showcasing their amazing foldable lightweight bikes that I so desperately want!! The Eclipse S11(i) is such a beauty!

tern eclipse s11i

Another vender who set up camp was REI, complete with a rock wall! Plus, CicLAvia had multiple first aid tents all along Wilshire in case people needed water to hydrate or bandages for their falls. I didn’t see any wipeout, but I did see a cyclist riding way too fast through an intersection and almost taking out a lady stationary on her bike and a traffic cop! yeah, that was nutty.

KBBQ meal

CoCoHoDo is located 3500 w.6th st. 90020.

K-Town had the right idea with programming their yearly KBBQ festival on the same day as CicLAia so we (boyfriend, friend [also bloggers] & I, ) stopped for a look around. Thanks K-Town! I’m not a meat eater so finding vegan food was tricky. I settled with a vegetarian meal of… Samkak, Gimbab, and two cocohodos. Cocohodos are a walnut pastry. Basically walnuts in bean paste wrapped in a pancake or at least that’s what it tasted like to me.

Riding west on Wilshire we entered into Miracle Mile where LACMA, CAFAM, the new Academy Museum, The Petersen Automotive Museum and the La Brea tar pits are located. Everywhere you looked there were people! A sea of people out enjoying their Sunday thanks to CicLAvia. LACMA set up shop with tents that offered temporary tattoos, spin art, a photo booth and an informational booth.

LACMA full view

Across from LACMA was CAFAM which I am sure if you have driven or taken the bus along Wilshire you will have recognized the colorful crocheted building. Yarn bombers parked themselves in front selling their “bombs” to the many cyclist that promote this noble cause. You can read more about it here.

sewing bike

sewing machine is run by this bike.

yarn bombers

lovely lady yarn bombers

yarn bombs

yarn bombs anyone?

In the middle between the Petersen Museum and the new Academy Museum were these huge Oscar statues standing on none other than red carpet. Everyone was taking their photo with them. Why not, right?

oscar statues

Thanks to The Petersen Museum everyone was able to make their very own license plate. Super cute for all ages!

license plate

If you have never taken part in CicLAvia you are indeed missing out! Come any way you can with anyone you want. Families, couples, friends, foreigners, and your pets! I am still trying to figure out how I can bring my cat. I saw so many dogs of all sizes and even birds!

Los Angeles truly has so many fun free events that I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Today was such a great day. I can’t wait for the next CicLAvia!

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Please curb your dog.

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Please curb your dog

How many of us actually know what this statement means? We read it everywhere from the middle of the city to the suburban streets, but not many of us seem to know what it means.

Most commonly it means to “clean after your dog”, but recently there has been a movement to take these words more literally. This is their motto: Take your dog to the curb. Simple as that. When your canine needs to do his/her business, pull them over to the curb (where street meets sidewalk) and allow them to pee/poo in the street not the sidewalk, but the actual street! It baffles me that people of all economic walks of life allow their dog to piss or sh*t in the middle of the sidewalk. Sure they “sometimes” pick up the poo with their bags conveniently designed for this task, but the poop gets smeared along the sidewalk for us humans to walk around or on if we aren’t paying attention. To those of you who do in fact pick up after your dog, thank you for being a responsible pet owner, but can you just go that extra step and train them to “go” in the street where it will get washed away at night?

Allowing your dog to piss on the sidewalk is just plain dickish! Really people?! Why are you ok with letting your animal stream it’s pee on a public walkway? You clearly walk on these sidewalks, aren’t you annoyed by the constant stream of urine on your path? Or the awful stench of piss eating away at the walls of buildings? Pull your dog over to the street and let them go in the street, once again, so it will be washed away at night. 

Interestingly here in downtown Los Angeles the police like to offer silly tickets to people crossing the intersection when the red light is flashing “don’t walk” when we know we have 10 seconds left and it would only take 5 seconds to cross the street. But where are the cops when a dog splatters the sidewalk with its urine? These owners should get fined. It’s a public nuisance and it’s prohibited!

Here’s the law for LA~

Los Angeles

  • The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Environmental Programs Division developed a program to control pet waste. Los Angeles Municipal Code requires dog defecation to be immediately removed by the owner of the animal. Los Angeles County’s pooper scooper law is listed under the county’s nuisance ordinance and says, “Animal defecation on public property or upon private property other than the owner’s property is prohibited.

images-1Read more about laws in your area: California Pooper Scooper Laws | eHow http://www.ehow.com/list_6630110_california-pooper-scooper-laws.html#ixzz2VThRAWsP

Found Animals. Here is another lovely article about this issue of dog waste in public space.

Thanks for reading and spread the word.

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