LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The eighth edition of will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, with 7.5 miles in downtown Los
Angeles, the Westlake district, Chinatown and Boyle Heights closed to motorized
CicLAvia is open to people traveling in any 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.
Street closures include portions of Spring Street, Broadway, Boyle
Avenue, Central Avenue and First, Fourth, Seventh and Ninth streets.
Anchor hubs will be in Chinatown, Grand Park, Mariachi Plaza, MacArthur
Park and the African American Firefighter Museum.
Activities at the hubs include picture-taking with Power Rangers;
pingpong; jumbo-sized chess, checkers, Jenga and Connect4; a mobile mural
painting lab and a solar balloon show. Food trucks will be at each hub, along
with musical entertainment.
CicLAvia will also include walking tours of Chinatown led by American
pop culture historian Charlie Phoenix. Phoenix will highlight the district’s
colorful architecture, newly restored neon signs and the many curio and antique
shops. The tours begin at noon and cost $39 a person, with proceeds going
Metro Rail will provide enhanced service with longer and more frequent
trains to the 11 stations along the route.
More information about entertainment schedules, food options and
activities can be found on CicLAvia’s website, www.ciclavia.org.
CicLAvia is based on the“Ciclovia” event in Bogota, Colombia that
started more than 30 years ago in response to congestion and pollution.