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Motorists encouraged to park their cars for CicLAvia

April 20, 2013|By Carlos Lozano
  • Thousands of bicyclists pedal up and down Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles during the Fifth Annual Ciclavia on Oct. 7, 2012. (Luis Sinco).
Thousands of bicyclists pedal up and down Spring Street in downtown Los…

Los Angeles motorists may want to avoid Venice Boulevard on Sunday as tens of thousands of bicyclists, skateboarders and walkers take over a large swath of the boulevard for the sixth CicLAvia, an event that encourages Angelenos to abandon their cars for the day.

About 100,000 people are expected for the event that will temporarily close 15 miles of streets to motorized vehicles from downtown to Venice. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A map of the route showing crossings open to vehicles is at www.CicLAvia.org.

Parts of Alvarado, 7th and Main streets will be closed downtown. Venice Boulevard will be closed to vehicle 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.

The idea is to give people on foot and bikes a chance to experience the city from a different perspective.

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carlos.lozano@latimes.com

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