LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — They came on bikes, skates, roller blades, razor scooters, skateboards, strollers and on foot.

Thousands were up early for LA’s 18th CicLAvia, which gives people a chance to enjoy parts of the city without cars.

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The car-free course ran along Wilshire Boulevard between Western Avenue and Figueroa Street Sunday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The route was just 3.5 miles, far shorter than some of CicLAvia’s past courses.

Map of CicLAvia route, August 14, 2016.

Map of CicLAvia route, August 14, 2016.

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“For a few hours, one of the main arteries of our city is transformed into a playground for bikes, walkers, skateboarders, parents pushing strollers and people using wheelchairs,” said Councilman Jose Huizar in a press release. “This is the 18th time we open our streets for people and each event is a unique opportunity to have a new experience in Los Angeles.”

A 5k run was held along the course at 8 a.m., just before the event opened.

According to organizers, CicLAvia is the nation’s largest open street festival.


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