LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The eighth edition of CicLAvia, “Heart of LA,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with 7.5 miles through downtown Los Angeles, the Westlake district, Chinatown and Boyle Heights closed to motorized vehicles.
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 toward CicLAvia.
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.
CicLAvia is based on the”Ciclovia” event in Bogota, Colombia that started more than 30 years ago in response to congestion and pollution.