It’s the first-time the route of the “open streets” event ventures into Echo Park and East Los Angeles, where CicLAvia generated concerns about gentrification. Motorists, however, might be more concerned about traffic congestion as some major streets – including sections of Cesar Chavez Avenue and Glendale Boulevard – will be closed for much of Sunday (there were be numerous points for motor vehicles to cross the route).
The free event, which will include Boyle Heights, Chinatown and Downtown, also includes entertainment and other activities at several hubs on the route. While cyclists dominate CicLAvia, the event is open to pedestrians, too. But walkers are asked to stay on the right side of the street or on the sidewalk, and cyclists must yield to pedestrians at all times, according to event organizers.
“Now our residents can enjoy a day of exploring their community by foot, bike or skateboard without having to worry about car traffic, thanks to this CicLAvia route,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.