CicLAvia brings many street closures, traffic for motorists
Motorists will have to make way for cyclists today around Los Angeles.
About 100,000 cyclists and pedestrians are expected to participate in the fourth CicLAvia festival today that will close 10 miles of streets in and around downtown Los Angeles for family-friendly cycling, walking, games and more.
Inspiring people to get out of their cars, explore the city and burn some calories are the main points of CicLAvia, which will close city streets to traffic from East Los Angeles to East Hollywood and turn them into one big bike lane. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will be activities for participants around the car-free zone, including musical performances. There will also be food trucks and neighborhood guides pointing out local attractions along the route.
The idea of shutting down part of a city to motor vehicles began as a weekly ciclovia (Spanish for “bike path”) event in Bogota, Colombia, almost four decades ago and was later adopted by several cities in Latin America and the United States.
According to the city, street closures at the following locations began at 6 a.m.:
-- Oakwood Avenue at New Hampshire Avenue
-- Beverly Boulevard at New Hampshire Avenue
-- 3rd Street at New Hampshire
-- Vermont Avenue at 4th Street
-- Wilshire Boulevard at Park View Street
-- Alvarado Street at 7th Street
-- Figueroa Street at 7th Street
-- Grand Avenue at 7th Street
-- Olive Street at 7th Street
-- Broadway at 7th Street
-- 6th Street at Spring Street
-- 5th Street at Spring Street
-- Los Angeles Street at 1st Street
-- 2nd Street at Central Avenue
-- Alameda Street at 3rd Street
-- Boyle Avenue at 4th Street
-- Temple Street at Main Street
-- Los Angeles Street at 9th Street
-- San Pedro Street at 9th Street
-- Ari Bloomekatz and Shelby Grad
Photo: Bicyclists cruise down Spring Street during the CicLAvia event on Oct. 9, 2011. Credit: Christina House / For the Los Angeles Times