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Longest-ever CicLAvia to transform Wilshire Boulevard Sunday

June 22, 2013|By Anh Do

For those eager to see the city with new eyes, CicLAvia on Sunday will allow bicyclists and pedestrians to take over a large swath of Wilshire Boulevard, exploring the area between downtown L.A. and the Miracle Mile.

"The route is ideal for pedestrians, for people who love the history of Los Angeles architecture, foodies, families, cyclists and everyone who wants to experience the grand thoroughfare" of this city "from a new perspective," Aaron Paley, executive director of CicLAvia, said in a prepared statement.

Under sunny skies, participants can witness the city's architectural evolution, moving from Victorian to modernist buildings, mixed with skyscrapers, mercados, calming places of worship and bustling neighborhoods. 

CicLAvia goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., shutting down a 6.3-mile stretch of the east-west artery between Grand and Fairfax avenues to car traffic - the longest time a street will be closed for this event. Six previous CicLAvia events attracted as many as 100,000 cyclists, pedestrians, skateboarders and in-line skaters.

The event encourages participants using any type of transportation that is not motorized. Organizers say there's no starting or end point and people do not need to register. The public can also download audio tours created by architectural experts, posted on the website

Anchor hubs during the event will be stationed at MacArthur Park, with free yoga classes, and the One Wilshire building at Grand and Fairfax avenues, where folks can watch performers, join activities staged by volunteers from museums and community groups, sample treats from food trucks.

Other hubs include Koreatown and Mid-Wilshire. Residents heading to CicLAvia via public transportation with their bicycles are urged to avoid Metro Rail's Wilshire/Vermont station in case of delays, as officials will not allow bicycles on the station's escalators.

Metro Rail will operate longer trains through 4 p.m. to allow CicLAvia participants more choices, while Metrolink will add bicycle cars to many of its trains coming into Los Angeles from outlying regions.


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