Over 60 cyclists met en-masse at Augustus Hawkins Natural Park on Sunday at the corner of Compton and Slauson Avenues to pedal the road to Watts.
The roughly eight-mile excursion was for CicLAvia, a popular L.A. cycling event that is known for holding events downtown where streets are closed off so cyclists have the road to themselves. The group was attempting to find a Watts route, so riders explored local streets armed with a smart phones to help plot and record the most efficient and delightful avenues to travel by.
“We started working a year ago to look at what streets made sense to expand CicLAvia into South L.A.," explained Joe Linton, a consultant to the event. "So we go on these reconnaissance rides to [determine] what would be the new mileage for CicLAvia."
OnCentral followed the ride with a camera:
For its next event, CicLAvia South L.A. will hold a meeting to discuss the findings of the ride and also plot a new course for another exploratory ride in February.
“We’re hoping to do Central Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to get to Exposition Park and extend the route,” he said.
For more information on the CicLAvia in South L.A., including scheduled events, visit their Group Facebook Page.