it was just announced that Pokémon GO will be a core part of one of Los Angeles CicLAvia events experience! The Ciclavia Iconic Wilshire Boulevard will take place on December 10, 2017 and feature Pokémon GO integration for all Trainers participating in the real world event.
CicLAvia temporarily opens streets across Los Angeles county to all Angelenos to bike, walk, skate, dance, and play. Free to the public, the event turns the streets into a park space that connects diverse portions of the city. Currently, CicLAvia has five events per year, always on a Sunday.
The official event FAQ offers a straightforward and honest description of the integration:
The main purpose of CicLAvia is to encourage community exploration and interaction on the determined route. Pokémon GO players are invited to attend the event if they’re interested in the event and community itself, and are interested in connecting with both community members and other players. Because this is focused on the community aspect, there will be no special integrations beyond what is normally available in the game.
Pokémon GO will be a core part of the experience, with lured PokéStops along the route, but don’t expect any special raids or unexpected Pokémon appearances:
- This program activity is conducted in partnership with CicLAvia and Niantic, Inc., one of the companies behind Pokémon GO.
- The CicLAvia route will include normal PokéStops and Gyms. Many of these PokéStops will have Lure Modules placed on them.
- Players will be able to play the game normally, including catching local Pokémon, battling at Gyms and collecting items at PokéStops. Please note that there will not be any region-locked Pokémon at CicLAvia and that the main purpose of this event is to enjoy the surrounding community and meet other players
The event route is 4 miles long and follows the Wilshire Boulevard:
Niantic has also officially acknowledged their participation on Twitter:
Looking to play @PokemonGoApp with other Trainers around Los Angeles? Join us at the next @CicLAvia event on 12/10, meet other Trainers, have fun, while exploring the community! #HeartofLA Learn more: https://t.co/XucAJxOLPx pic.twitter.com/RWwtrb4y7b
— Niantic (@NianticLabs) November 30, 2017