Car-Free CicLAvia Deemed a Success; Planning Starts for 2014

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Organizers of Sunday’s CicLAvia festival estimated that more than 100,000 people turned out to bike, walk, run and roller-skate along 7 ½ miles of downtown streets that were closed to cars for the event.


Scott Desposato and his family came from San Diego to participate in CicLAvia. (Alicia Banks/Los Angeles Times / October 6, 2013)

No major incidents or injuries were reported, though because of temperatures reaching the low 90s and because of low humidity, organizers had to remind people to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.

Sunday’s car-free event, dubbed Heart of LA, was the third this year and the eighth since CicLAvia began in 2010 in downtown Los Angeles. The aim is to get Angelenos to abandon their vehicles for the day and rediscover their city in other ways.

“We came back to where we started it all,” said Robert Gard, a CicLAvia spokesman. “People seemed to really like coming back to these streets downtown that they now know and love.”

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