L.A. Streets to be Cleared For CicLAvia
Nine miles of L.A. street will become car-free this Sunday during the fifth annual CicLAvia.
This weekend, normally congested L.A. streets will be closed down for people to walk, skate, and bike on.
CicLAvia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting public health, active green transportation, public space, economic development, and community building through car-free public events. Adopted from the Colombian tradition of ciclovía, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hopes that Sunday's event will help reduce pollution and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
"Angelenos are aching for a day without a car, and CicLAvia gives us just that," said Mayor Villaraigosa. "With CicLAvia, a private bike-share program, and a plan to build over 1,600 miles of bike ways over the next 30 years, we're making it easier and safer for Angelenos to get from point A to point B on two wheels."
At a press conference Thursday, Mayor Villaraigosa encouraged people to walk, skate and bike at this year's event. The route for CicLAvia offers a grand tour of Los Angeles' most famous attractions, such as the museums of Exposition Park and the architecture surrounding Grand Park, where CicLAvia will converge with the inaugural celebration of the park's performance lawn.
Parts of Figueroa, Spring, 1st, 4th and 7th Streets, as well as Broadway will all be blocked off during the event.
Since it began in 2010, CicLAvia has quickly become Los Angeles' most popular public event, consistently attracting more than 100,000 participants. CicLAvia is free of charge and open to all. No reservations are required. For more information, or to download maps, please visit www.ciclavia.org.