CicLAvia (Los Angeles , CA)


  • Name:Aaron Paley
  • Title:Co-Founder / Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:CicLAvia
  • Address:3780 Wilshire Blvd.
    Los Angeles , CA 90010
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:213-365-0605

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  • Mission:
  • CicLAvia’s catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health
    through a program of car-free street events. CicLAvia engages with people to
    transform relationships with our communities and with each other.

  • Overview:
  • Los Angeles is the “car capital” of the United States. This honor bestows a litany of other challenges including congestion, traffic, health issues and air quality problems. In addition, because of LA's vast geographic area, there are many other issues such as disconnected neighborhoods and communities, lack of public space, and an overall concern and hesitation about navigating the evolving mass transit system.
    In four short years, CicLAvia has begun to make significant progress in tackling these urban challenges and at the same time, become a treasured part of Los Angeles culture.
    Considered the most park-poor major city in the United States, Los Angeles has been challenged to find space for people to share positive chance encounters. For many neighborhoods -- particularly in LA's communities of color -- public park space is scant or non-existent. CicLAvia temporarily eases this problem and offers a solution by providing an ad hoc public space for such neighborhoods - a newfound common ground on which to congregate and enjoy this democratic, outdoor activity.
    CicLAvia is the now the largest social connector in Los Angeles, inviting hundreds of thousands of people a year to experience LA in a new way. Long overlooked neighborhoods and communities are being re-discovered by new generations of Angelenos on CicLAvia Sundays.

    Thousands of participants frequently travel to CicLAvia via the Metro and Metrolink system and gain familiarity and a comfort level with managing the train system, which they then incorporate into their daily lives after the event.

    While it is often referred to as “the bike event,” CicLAvia’s mission and accomplishments reach far beyond the goal of increasing bicycle ridership in LA for a few hours on a given Sunday. By temporarily increasing public space and recreational opportunities for participants, CicLAvia highlights the necessity for a built environment that can permanently provide such amenities. The ease at which participants traverse the streets during CicLAvia underscores the possibility of a more pedestrian and bike friendly Southern California – an expansive region whose diverse and often isolated communities and populations desperately need the strengthened connections that CicLAvia brings. Participants have transformed themselves into advocates for the development of such a sustainable region - growing aware of the possibilities for a more livable lifestyle as they easily move from one neighborhood to the next along the route.

    Most importantly, CicLAvia is already changing people’s attitudes, behaviors and the public conversation regarding alternative transportation, the environment, health and wellness, public spaces and community engagement. Thousands of stories have been shared on CicLAvia’s Facebook page and at CicLAvia events illustrating how participants have made changes in their daily lives regarding transportation habits and behaviors because of their participation in CicLAvia.

    CicLAvia weaves together the diversity of Los Angeles with participants coming from all areas of LA County and outlying regions including the counties of Southern California from Santa Barbara to San Diego, San Bernardino to Orange. The Rand Corporation conducted surveys at the April 2014 CicLAvia and the results show that CicLAvia participants reflect almost to the percentile the overall diversity of Los Angeles as well as its geographic sprawl. CicLAvia creates a new public space for LA allowing people to connect with each other on car free streets regardless of geographic location, economic class, culture, ethnicities or educational background.
    Support for CicLAvia comes from across the city and county. As the downtown LA bike shop Flying Pidgeon LA stated, “CicLAvia is the singular event that launched Los Angeles into the 21st Century. It is, perhaps, the greatest reimaging of itself this city has ever undergone. It is participatory art, it is physical exercise, it is a food services bonanza, a property owners dream. It brings value where we’ve all intentionally abandoned it. It brings attention to our streets and neighborhoods and by extension the people we’ve passed over who live and work here as well.” Mayor Garcetti confirmed his support by saying, “I support the work of CicLAvia, which has played a transformative role in demonstrating how LA can expand transportation options and use its streets as gathering places for our neighborhoods.”

  • History:
  • CicLAvia started as a grass roots initiative in 2008 when a disparate group of individuals, from a variety of callings, came together as a working committee with the goal of bringing the magic of Bogotá's "ciclovía" to Los Angeles. We built a cohort, honed our presentation and ideas and enlisted a number of community and political allies. When our first meeting came with the Mayor's office one year later, a new alliance was born resulting in a top-down/bottom-up coalition that proved unstoppable.

    The first CicLAvia was held on 10/10/10. Four years and ten CicLAvias later, one million people have explored more than 90 miles of open streets and CicLAvia now lives in the zeitgeist of the second largest city in the Country. CicLAvia has literally changed the conversation about public space, the environment, mass transit and community engagement throughout Los Angeles County. We have built partnerships and strategic alliances with city governments, Metro, UCLA, other non-profit organizations, corporations and local businesses to advance our initiatives. What started as a concept discussion in 2008 has grown to be an organization with a budget of $2.0 million (in 2015FY), a full-time staff of six people, a part-time staff of eight people and a volunteer force of hundreds. As we work towards our four-year goal of eight annual events by 2018, our budget and staff will increase exponentially.

    CicLAvia's widespread embrace by all of Los Angeles, from the San Fernando Valley to South Los Angeles, from the corridors of City Hall to the Los Angeles Times, has given this project momentum unseen in any other North American city and propelled it to become the largest open streets event in the United States and Canada. Adam Liepzig wrote in the online journal Cultural Weekly, “No American city has adopted it more than LA. You would never have expected CicLAvia to grasp a firm hold here, but it has the city in its thrall.” LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne recently called CicLAvia a “revelatory open-streets festival” and referred to it as one of the key elements of Los Angeles’ urban reawakening.

  • Year established:2011
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:15
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:8


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:27-3428380

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:273428380
  • Organization Name:CICLAVIA INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% AARON PALEY
  • Organization Address:525 S HEWITT ST
  • Organization City:LOS ANGELES
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:90013-2217
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:September, 2011
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:N30
  • Asset Amount:$757,390
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,477,406
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,414,634
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 11:57:27 am

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