CicLAvia to open miles of streets in Downtown Los Angeles to pedestrians

Anthony Carpio

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The third CicLAvia event in downtown Los Angeles will take place on Sunday, Oct. 9, where people can roam the streets without any fear of automobiles in their way.

The event will start at 10 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. and attendance is free to the public.

“You don’t need to register; you don’t need to do anything. You just go,” said Aaron Paley, producer and co-founder of CicLAvia.

The event will open up miles of roadway for people to walk, bike, and enjoy the city, Paley said.

The exact route of CicLAvia can be found on its website at www.ciclavia.org, as well as the schedule of street closure times.

“We open up miles of city streets so that people can enjoy their city in an entirely different way,” Paley said. “We’re creating a new public space, like a temporary public park. Just imagine there’s a public park and you get to … run, walk, and hang out.”

With streets closed for only people to use, people will get an opportunity to enjoy the city’s architecture, meet their neighbors, eat food, and see the historic core of the city, Paley said.

“You’re going to discover all these different neighborhoods, from Koreatown, to the Central-American neighborhood in MacArthur Park, to Little Tokyo, Central Avenue and Boyle Heights,” Paley said. “Each neighborhood has its own characteristics and has its own local businesses.”

There will also be six hubs, and at each hub, there will be food trucks, water stations, public restrooms and free bike repairs, Paley said.