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CicLAvia: Some participants enjoy pedal-powered ice cream

June 23, 2013|By Emily Foxhall
  • Edward Belden, who runs a downtown ice cream shop called Peddler's Creamery, gives out samples at CicLAvia.
Edward Belden, who runs a downtown ice cream shop called Peddler's… (Emily Foxhall / Los Angeles…)

Bicycle-churned organic ice cream?

That's CicLAvia for you.

Edward Belden, who runs his own ice cream shop in downtown Los Angeles called Peddler's Creamery, was among the thousands of bicyclists that joined in L.A.'s seventh car-free event. Belden uses pedal-power to churn his organic and nondairy ice cream.

He says it takes 15 or 20 minutes to prepare his sweet treats, or basically three to four miles.

On Saturday, Belden was offering free samples to those cyclists, skateboarders and pedestrians participating in CicLAvia. A 6.3-mile section of Wilshire Boulevard from downtown L.A. to Fairfax Avenue was shut down for the event.   

Ciclovías started in Bogotá, Colombia, over 30 years ago as a response to the congestion and pollution of city streets. Now they happen throughout Latin America and the United States. 


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