There was traffic Sunday in and around downtown Los Angeles, but it was anything but normal. Instead of bumper to bumper, it was rim-to-rim or spoke-to-spoke traffic as thousands of bicyclists from across the region participated in Los Angeles’ fifth CicLAvia. For five hours, about 10 miles of city roadway – from Boyle Heights to MacArthur Park and Chinatown to Exposition Park – was reserved for bicyclists, skateboarders and pedestrians. But it was at Expo Park where all the real action was happening.
Building Healthy Communities South Los Angeles used CicLavia and the Exposition Park space as our Community Collaborative. At the site, several Hub partners set up booths to highlight their work and communicate with residents. Cooking with Gabby handed out fresh Gabby Water – a mix of fresh fruit, ice and water – SAJE set up an asset mapping station where residents were able to plot special locations throughout South Los Angeles; residents created works of art with Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches; and TRUST South LA provided residents with a map to find healthy food in the community. YMCA representatives also had a booth highlighting its programs and they had participants dancing to the beats with a Zumba and Latin jazz instructors. One of the more popular booths was the Health Happens Here photo area where bikers and pedestrians were able to have their photo taken by a professional. Hub partner LA Commons provided beautiful art work as the background for the photos. In addition to the booths, several speakers from the Outcome Work Groups got up on stage to talk about the work they are doing to make South Los Angeles a better place to live, work and play.
With an estimated 100,000 participants at CicLAvia, BHC South LA had an opportunity to make many people aware of our collaborative. The new 2012-13 Youth Action Council provided instrumental support as they sifted through the crowd in search of those who lived within our South LA boundaries. The youth, led by Trina Greene of Peace Over Violence, helped gather contact information and handed out specially made towels with our BHC South LA and Health Happens Here logos printed on them. Although it is unclear at this time how many residents within our area were reached, it is certain that hundreds of individuals who had no idea that BHC South LA existed, now know who we are and what we do.