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October 8, 2012 |  7:29 am

On Sunday, about 100,000 bicyclists, pedestrians and skateboarders flooded much of downtown Los Angeles as part of the city's fifth CicLAvia festival, which bills itself as the city's biggest block party.

More than nine miles of city streets stretching from Boyle Heights to MacArthur Park and from Chinatown to Exposition Park were closed to motor vehicles for five hours.

The idea behind CicLAvia is to encourage people to get out of their cars and explore the city in other ways. Times staff writer Ari Bloomekatz will be here at 9 a.m. to discuss the festival and how it's working so far.