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Cyclists Take Over L.A. Streets for CicLAvia

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — It was a car-free day for tens of thousands of bikers, who took to the streets Sunday for the sixth annual CicLAvia.

People got a chance to experience Los Angeles in a whole different way.

They used pedal power to traverse 15 miles of city streets from downtown L.A. to Venice Beach.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was among the estimated 150,000 participants.

The route was the longest in the history of the gathering, transforming city streets into a car-free public space for walking, biking, skating and discovering the city.

The next CicLAvia is scheduled for June 23 on Wilshire Boulevard, from downtown to Fairfax Avenue.

CicLAvia was inspired by Ciclovia, which has been staged for more than 30 years in traffic-heavy Bogota, Colombia.

The $350,000 cost to stage each event is picked up by a nonprofit, CicLAvia, and the city, which uses state and federal money for the event.

The goal of the nonprofit is to encourage public health, mass transit and vibrant public space through car-free street events.

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