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Thousands of cyclists and pedestrians to participate in CicLAvia

April 14, 2012 |  2:01 pm

Bicyclists cruise down Spring Street during October's CicLAvia event.
About 100,000 cyclists and pedestrians are expected to participate in the fourth CicLAvia festival Sunday that will close 10 miles of streets in and around downtown L.A. for family-friendly cycling, walking, games and more. 

Click here to see a map of the CicLAvia route and road closures. Inspiring people to get out of their cars, explore the city and burn some calories is the main point 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 U.S.


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Photo: Bicyclists cruise down Spring Street during the CicLAvia event on Oct. 9, 2011. Credit: Christina House / For The Times