Some brought their children. Some brought their friends. Alden Delos Santos brought his Chihuahuas.
Delos Santos was among thousands Sunday participating in the sixth CicLAvia, the car-free event that opened 15 miles of city streets, from downtown to Venice, to cyclists and pedestrians.
Delos Santos, 41, embarked on the ride accompanied by two 4-month-old Chihuahua/Maltese rescue dogs named Sriracha and Bianco in a front pack. He planned to do the whole route with the puppies in tow.
Delos Santos said he rides regularly and had participated in CicLAvia a number of times before, enjoying the atmosphere.
"You can see the city in a different way," he said.
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.