• CicLAvia Returns to Los Angeles


    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The 6.3-mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard between Grand and Fairfax avenues will be transformed into a sea of bicyclists and pedestrians Sunday for the seventh edition of CicLAvia.

    Organizers are billing CicLAvia — Iconic Wilshire Boulevard as the most- walkable of the CicLAvia routes. Participants can experience the city’s architectural evolution from Victorian to modernist and view skyscrapers, intimate houses of worship, famed museums and working-class mercados.

    Architectural experts have put together downloadable audio tours and a pamphlet on the CicLAvia website, www.ciclavia.org.

    CicLAvia will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is open to people traveling in either direction on foot as well as by bicycle, skateboard, baby stroller, rollerblade and any other mode of transportation that is not motorized. Registration is not required and there is no starting or end point.

    Anchor hubs will be at the One Wilshire building at Grand Avenue and Fairfax Avenue. They will feature pedestrian zones with performers, a variety of activities organized by museums and community groups and food trucks. Additional hubs will include MacArthur Park, Koreatown and Mid-Wilshire.

    People going to CicLAvia using public transportation with their bicycles are encouraged to avoid Metro Rail’s Wilshire/Vermont Station to avoid delays as Metro will not allow bicycles on the station’s escalators.

    Metro Rail will run longer trains through 4 p.m. to accommodate CicLAvia participants, while Metrolink will add bicycle cars to a number of trains coming into Los Angeles from other regions.

    All Metro Wilshire buses will run regular schedules on Sixth Street.

    Bicycles will be available to be rented, but reservations are recommended.

    CicLAvia is based on the”Ciclovia” event in Bogota, Colombia that started more than 30 years ago in response to congestion and pollution.

    The next CicLAvia is scheduled for Oct. 6.

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