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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to join in CicLAvia event

April 21, 2013|By Carlos Lozano

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will join tens of thousands of Angelenos in participating in the sixth CicLAvia, which will open up several car-free streets Sunday to cyclists, rollerbladers and thousands more on foot.

Villaraigosa and other city leaders will gather in front of downtown's La Placita Church at 9:30 a.m. to help launch CicLAvia, said Ashley Rodgers, spokeswoman for the event.

Villaraigosa is expected to ride his bike the entire length of the 15-mile route -- the longest ever -- running from downtown to Venice Beach, Rodgers said. More than 100,000 people are expected to participate, she said. 

Streets will be closed to motorized vehicles from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A map of the route showing crossings open to vehicles -- and other information -- 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.

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

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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carlos.lozano@latimes.com

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