DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — One day each year, the streets of Los Angeles are cleared of their infamous traffic congestion for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The eighth annual “CicLAvia” event returns Sunday, Oct. 6, offering 7.5 miles of car-free roads to those who want a more leisurely tour of L.A. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The “Heart of L.A.” route branches through MacArthur Park, Central/14th Place, Chinatown and Mariachi Plaza, and converges along Spring Street. The course will have 12 crossing points for vehicle traffic. For more information on CicLAvia or to view a route map, visit ciclavia.org/.
CicLAvia participants are encouraged to ditch their cars and take the Metro to any of the 11 rail stations along the event route. Street closures will impact Metro bus routes, causing detours and delays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., but officials have increased the number of buses and trains scheduled that day.
Metro officials urge customers to purchase a valid TAP card, and add credit, in advance. One-way fare is $1.50 per line or $5 for a Day Pass. Bicyclists should use the wider ADA fare gates and not the turnstiles or emergency exit swing gates. Additionally, bikes are prohibited on escalators, and should be transported instead via elevators or stairs at all rail stations. For more information on routes and connections, use the Trip Planner at metro.net or call (323) GO-METRO.