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CicLAvia finishes without problems, L.A. police say

October 7, 2012 |  7:55 pm

Los Angeles’ fifth CicLAvia event, which closed more than nine miles of streets Sunday in order to give bicyclists, pedestrians and skateboarders free rein, went smoothly without any major incidents, police said.

A few stolen bicycles were the only hitches reported to police -- no injuries or accidents, said Sgt. Gary Leffew, watch commander for the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Division. The bicycle thefts were to be expected, given the large crowds, he said. 

“If you get tens of thousands of people gathering anywhere, things go missing,” Leffew said. “It was a really great day, no problems.” 

CicLAvia’s organizers estimated that 100,000 people participated in the event and explored the areas along the route, which stretched from Boyle Heights to MacArthur Park and from Chinatown to Exposition Park. 

The streets were closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Modeled after a weekly event in Bogota, Colombia, CicLAvia was first held in Los Angeles in 2010. 

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