CicLAvia Heart of LA Explores Six Miles of Car Free Streets in Downtown Los Angeles


‘Next Stop Little Tokyo’ is a curated guide to one of Los Angeles’ most vibrant neighborhoods. Presented by Go Little Tokyo, these bi-weekly itineraries report on the best dining, shopping, arts and cultural destinations while providing the tools to navigate and explore the streets of Little Tokyo in a whole new way. On Sunday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.CicLAvia – Heart of LA will celebrate what has become a Los Angeles institution with a fifth-year anniversary route that will take participants through Boyle Heights, the Arts District, Civic Center, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Historic Core and as far west as Macarthur Park.


CicLAvia began as an idea with an uncertain outcome when it first removed cars from the streets of downtown Los Angeles on October 10, 2010. Now, five years, fourteen events and hundreds of thousands of participants later, CicLAvia is the largest open streets event in North America. Heart of LA will have six miles for participants to explore by bike, foot, skateboard, wheelchair and other non-motorized traffic.


Take a break from route and explore one of LA’s most historic and culturally rich neighborhoods – Little Tokyo. Stop off at the “Go Little Tokyo Zone” at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM)’s Plaza (100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles California 90012) to learn about Little Tokyo, relax in the shade, listen to live music and participate in an art workshop. Park your bike at the FREE bike valet station at JANM Plaza provided by the LA County Bike Coalition (LACBC) and come back for it when your are done exploring, getting lunch, and shopping.


Enjoy the sounds of Taiko drumming performances throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the JANM Plaza. Students and staff of Los Angeles Taiko Institute will present new work for Japanese drums written specifically for CicLAvia, including a “trap”-inspired improvisation, a Taiko bike-trailer, and audience participation.  More information can be found at


Participants can create one of kind 3D geometric art at the Go Little Tokyo Origami Workshop in collaboration with Raw Materials Art Supplies from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop at the Go Little Tokyo booth for all the latest information you need to explore the neighborhood, find out about the local great restaurants, shops, and cultural programs. Also enter a free drawing to win various raffle prizes including orchestra seat tickets to La Cage Aux Folles at East West Players, tickets to performances at the Aratani Theater, and prizes from local Little Tokyo shops and restaurants.


For more information on Go Little Tokyo and Next Stop Little Tokyo visit complete with an interactive map, multi-venue calendar listings, business and community directory and blog for all the latest news. Sign up for the mailing list and be the first to receive bi-weekly Next Stop Little Tokyo self-guided tours that highlight neighborhood favorites and uncover local hidden gems.


Go Little Tokyo is a Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) project developed and produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS) and made possible with support from Metro.

Credit: Go Little Tokyo.

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