CicLAvia to Close Streets in Little Tokyo

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Participants in last year's CicLAvia. (Photo by Gary Leonard)

Roads will be closed from East Hollywood to Boyle Heights on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for CicLAvia, a car-free block party.

In Little Tokyo, the following streets will be closed:

First Street from Spring Street to Central Avenue

Central Avenue from First Street to Third Street

Third Street from Central Avenue to Alameda Street

Fourth Place from Alameda Street to Fourth Street

Parking will be prohibited along the route starting at 1 a.m. on Sunday. Closures are expected to begin at 9 a.m. There will be designated crossing points for vehicles along the route. The streets are expected to be reopened to traffic by 3:30 p.m.

The closures will also impact Metro Bus routes between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Metro patrons should anticipate bus detours and service delays, as well as temporary relocation of bus stops along the route. Temporary stops will be located as to close to original stops as possible.

Bicyclists on Third and Central. (Photo by Gary Leonard)

Metro Rail can transport attendees on foot or bike without driving. The Metro Gold Line Little Tokyo/Arts District Station is one block east of the route.

During the two previous CicLAvias (Oct. 10, 2010 and April 10, 2011), 7.5 miles of streets were car-free. Organizers will use the same route again, adding new spurs to El Pueblo/Olvera Street and South L.A. for a total of 10 miles.

CicLAvia makes the streets safe for people to walk, skate, play and ride a bike. There are activities along the route. Shop owners and restaurants are encouraged to open their doors to attendees.

Ciclovías started in Bogotá, Colombia, over 30 years ago as a response to the congestion and pollution of city streets. Now they happen throughout Latin America and the U.S.

“Ciclovías bring families outside of their homes to enjoy the streets, our largest public space,” organizers said. “In Los Angeles we need CicLAvia more than ever. Our streets are congested with traffic, our air is polluted with toxic fumes, our children suffer from obesity and other health conditions caused by the scarcity of public space and safe, healthy transportation options. CicLAvia creates a temporary park for free, simply by removing cars from city streets. It creates a network of connections between our neighborhoods and businesses and parks with corridors filled with fun.”

For more information, visit www.ciclavia.org/.

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