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L.A.'s First CicLAvia Brings Thousands to Car-Free Streets

By Eric Richardson
Published: Sunday, October 10, 2010, at 10:17AM
CicLAvia Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A cyclist and his passenger enjoy a closed off 4th Street Viaduct at the start of CicLAvia.

A 7.5-mile ribbon of streets passing through Downtown was converted into a car-free playground on Sunday, attracting thousands of cyclists, skateboarders and pedestrians.

Bicycles dominated the scene along the CicLAvia route, which was in steady use from 10am until the last route closures were removed just before 4pm.

Unlike a marathon or group ride, participants travelled in both directions and at their own speed. That made the steady crowd deceptively difficult to judge. Businesses that blogdowntown spoke to along the route reported that their sales were unaffected by the lack of car traffic.

Backers, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, have said that they hope to see the event become a regular occurrence in Los Angeles.

ยป Live Updates — Last: October 10, 2010

  • 11:47AM Early reports from businesses along the CicLAvia route on Spring are that it's a normal day sales-wise. (ERIC)
  • 11:46AM Lots of families out on their bikes today, both with little ones riding on their own and with little ones in trailers (ERIC)
  • 10:47AM The mayor is getting on his bike at hollenbeck park, about to head toward downtown. (ERIC)
  • 10:33AM Quite the variety of bikes out here on the bridge already. Recumbents, tandems, a recumbent tandem and cargo bikes (ERIC)
  • 10:22AM CicLAvia traffic on the 4th street bridge has certainly been picking up over the last 20 minutes or so. Pretty steady now. (ERIC)


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