cicLAvia foursquare (tournament?) 4/10/11
posted March 25, 2011 1:12 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun April 10 at 12:00 PM, cicLAvia MacArthur Park rest stop near Mama's Tamales
2122 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Map & Directions)
Los Angeles area mefites, let's take klang's sidewalk chalk and balls to the streets and get our foursquare (playground game, not the church or the social media app) on during the upcoming cicLAvia. 7.5 contiguous miles of car-free street awesomeness!
Meet next to the cicLAvia rest station/watering spot in MacArthur Park on 7th St (across from Mama's Hot Tamales at 2122 W 7th) at noon! You'll probably want a bike since we're gonna make this a wandering game along the route. I dunno.
posted by mandymanwasregistered to Meetup (27 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

There are several places we can stop to play, I say the more times the merrier!

- Melrose/Heliotrope (though last time this was pretty crowded for all the food trucks and bike traffic)

- 7th St./Alvarado

- Anywhere downtown.

- On top of the bridge over the LA river on, what?, 4th? 3rd?

Also, klang should keep track for entry into the league standings, natch.
posted by carsonb at 2:30 PM on March 25, 2011

I was going to suggest the 7th St. overpass (over the 110 freeway) as well, but figured a rubbery bouncing ball accidentally flung from the heavens into some of the worst traffic in town might have some slight repercussions.
posted by carsonb at 2:53 PM on March 25, 2011

Yeah, on a bridge we're going to need softer hands than I've got.

Also, if anyone else can bring more balls, we can play more than one game at once.
posted by klangklangston at 9:26 AM on March 26, 2011

Aw, really wish I could make this, as it sounds awesome! But I have to go out of town that weekend =(
posted by estherbester at 6:50 PM on March 26, 2011

Thankfully there will be two more cicLAvias this year!
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 9:51 PM on March 26, 2011

It might be good to mention that cicLAvia* is a bicycle ride through downtown Los Angeles. 7ish miles of street are blocked off for bicycle and pedestrian traffic only on a path that takes the flattest possible route between the bicycle district (Melrose & Heliotrope) and East LA. Last year's ride was blessed by glorious weather and friendly people, and was an incredible experience. I've been looking forward to the next one ever since.

*play on the Spanish word CiclovĂ­a, in English 'bike path'.
posted by carsonb at 7:41 AM on March 27, 2011

But it's not meant just for bikes and it's definitely not a race. People should feel free to treat the street like it's a really long park. Even if you've lived here forevs, it will change the way you see the city.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:03 AM on March 27, 2011

(I apologize for not knowing how IRL protocol goes, but if this particular plan doesn't work out for whatever reason, I'd like to suggest MEFI PINBALL NIGHT! or the Hammer's Bike Night as alternatives.)
posted by mykescipark at 4:16 PM on March 27, 2011

Def start a proposed meet up thread for those! they sound like fun but this thread will end u
p being an event for ciclavia.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 8:58 PM on March 27, 2011

Right on. I never know how many open IRLs one region can/should have at a time.
posted by mykescipark at 10:21 PM on March 27, 2011

The proposed meetup thread turns into the event listing, as opposed to before where the events were listed independently.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 11:04 AM on March 28, 2011

Out of town that weekend. Boooooooooooooooo.
posted by dhammond at 1:14 PM on March 28, 2011

Gah google keeps marking the wrong spot on the map! The route passes MacArthur Park along 7th St and there will be a clearly marked rest stop/water area. We shall meet there.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:08 PM on April 2, 2011

Boooooooooooooooo indeed.
posted by klangklangston at 4:43 PM on April 3, 2011

I can go to this! Yay!
posted by the_bone at 5:39 PM on April 7, 2011

I see we're meeting at noon for 4sq, right?

Does anyone want to meet in the Bike District (Melrose/Heliotrope) right at 10 when the course opens, and ride the length of it with me? It'll probably take right around an hour to reach the other end and we'll make it back to Alvarado & 7th with plenty of time to rest before the games begin.

That is where we're meeting, right? If so, can the location be changed to that intersection? Or maybe something like Mama's Tamales, which is right there? (Right?) The marker on the map as it stands now is way off.
posted by carsonb at 8:43 PM on April 7, 2011

Yeah the rest stop (assuming it's in teh same spot as last time) will be directly across 7th from mama's tamales. I signed up to volunteer in the am, so unless they don't need me, I'll be otherwise occupied.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 1:09 AM on April 8, 2011

Also, can anyone hook dashiv up with a bike?
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:42 AM on April 8, 2011

Ok, just got email confirmation that I'll be roaming the section near Hel/Mel as a "route ange" from 9am-11am, so if you get a flat, look for me!
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 12:10 PM on April 8, 2011

Yes, I'll be an "route angel" in French, that is *precisely* what I intended to type. Or not.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 1:40 PM on April 8, 2011

I'm headed out! Way late! Starting from McArthur Park I'm going towards the Mel/Hel area. Big red/silver mountain bike, matching helmet (YESSS!), huffin' and puffin' along.
posted by carsonb at 11:03 AM on April 10, 2011

That. Was. Awesome. I will always play extreme rules foursquare from this point forward.
posted by hwyengr at 2:38 PM on April 10, 2011

Nice to meet ya, hwyengr! Tons of fun was had by all. I have set a google alert for pictures of us playing (b/c there were so many random strangers snappin pics!)
posted by holyrood at 3:56 PM on April 10, 2011

My crappy cell phone pic (including the inventor of EXTREME foursquare)!
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 4:12 PM on April 10, 2011

In all my videos there's this awesome buzzing of bikes throughout.
posted by carsonb at 4:29 PM on April 10, 2011

This sounds like a grand time, y'all. High five!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:44 PM on April 10, 2011

Hey, hwyengr, weren't you gonna get some euchre goin'?

Hey, mykescipark, weren't you gonna get some pinball goin'?
posted by klangklangston at 9:09 AM on April 13, 2011

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