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CicLAvia: Will you be car-free this weekend?

April 17, 2013|By Samantha Schaefer
  • Cyclists pedal near the downtown start of the CicLAvia course.
Cyclists pedal near the downtown start of the CicLAvia course. (Christina House / For the…)

Fifteen miles of L.A. roads will be car-free Sunday, as CicLAvia heads to the sea for its sixth and longest event yet.

The route will stretch from downtown L.A. to the Venice boardwalk, running through new neighborhoods including Culver City, West Adams, Harvard Heights, Pico Union, Historic Core and El Pueblo. Previous events have been about 9 miles long, mostly in downtown and Hollywood.

Participants are free to walk, run, bike, skateboard and enjoy the city outside of their cars. Food trucks, Kids Zones, DJs and other activities will be spread out along the route in nine hubs.

The free event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drivers can expect delays, road closures and parking restrictions on and around the route, though there will be designated crossing points for automobiles, organizers said.  

About 100,000 bicyclists, pedestrians, and skateboarders flooded the streets for the last CicLavia in October.

The festival was inspired by the weekly ciclovías, Spanish for bike path, in Bogota, Colombia, which began three decades ago as a response to congestion and city pollution. The event has since spread across Latin America and the United States.

Will you explore the city Sunday during CicLAvia? Let us know how you’re enjoying the city and tweet your car-free photos @LANow with the hashtag #CicLAvia or upload them here. We’ll post the best ones.

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Twitter: @Sam_Schaefer Samantha.Schaefer@latimes.com

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