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100,000 expected Sunday as CicLAvia rolls through L.A. to the sea

April 20, 2013|By Mike Anton
  • Thousands of bicyclists pedal up and down Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles during CicLAvia last year.
Thousands of bicyclists pedal up and down Spring Street in downtown Los… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

Ladies and gentlemen, don’t start your engines…

On Sunday, a city heralded for its car culture will turn its attention to bicycles as some 100,000 people hit the streets of Los Angeles for the sixth CicLAvia, an event that invites people to see the city from a different perspective.

Fifteen miles of streets from downtown to Venice will be closed to motorized vehicles. A map of the route showing crossings open to cars is at www.CicLAvia.org.

Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. the bicycle will be kind of the road. Skateboards, baby strollers, in-line skates and even the humble foot are welcomed modes of transport.

Venice Boulevard will be closed to car traffic in both directions from Alvarado Street to Crenshaw Boulevard. From Crenshaw Boulevard in Mid-City to Grand Boulevard in Venice Beach, Venice Boulevard will be closed to westbound car traffic only.

There will be plenty of diversions along the way, including food trucks, DJs, a rock climbing wall, a marching band and various arts and craft booths.

The event was inspired by Ciclovia, which has been staged in traffic-choked Bogota, Colombia for 30 years.

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mike.anton@latimes.com

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