CicLAvia returns to Los Angeles

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CicLAvia returns to Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CA — The streets of Downtown L.A. were swarming with pedestrians and cyclists as the city celebrated its third alternative-transportation fest, CicLAvia.

Sunday’s event, modeled after a decades-old Bogota, Columbia movement, promotes a break from the city’s car-dependent culture.

Vehicles were banned along streets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the city’s historic core, starting on Heliotrope in Hollywood before heading southeast to Hollenbeck Park on 4th Street, with rest stops at MacArthur Park, City Hall, El Pueblo de Los Angeles and the African American Firefighter Museum.

Shop owners along the route opened their doors as tens of thousands of people employed alternate means of transportation at the open street event.

The event also celebrated an expansion from it’s previous routes to over 10 miles — nearly 2.5 more than the last two — adding parts of Chinatown and South L.A.

Organizers also encouraged participants to use public transportation to reach the route.

For more information, visit Ciclavia.org.

Transcribed by Janete Weinstein
Source KTLA
Photo by CicLAvia
10 October 2011
1:21 a.m. PDT

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