By CBSLA Staff

WILMINGTON (CBSLA) — After skipping a year due to the pandemic, CicLAvia, Los Angeles’ famed car-free event, returned Sunday to Wilmington.

The event took place on Avalon Boulevard and several other surrounding streets closed for cyclists, skateboarders and pedestrians.

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In addition to allowing cyclist to bike free of cars anywhere along the route, the event planned to feature activity booths, food trucks, a beer garden, and even a mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic. In addition, the CHP planned to give away free helmets to kids while supplies last.

“It’s gonna be fun and me and my momma and my dad, we’re going to be safe,” said Isabella Castillo, sporting the new helmet she was just fitted for.

Cyclist Tafaria Bayne talked about why CicLAvia is such an important outing.

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“Some neighborhoods don’t have enough recreational for their residence or their streets aren’t really safe to be able to go bike in, to walk in really, to play in,” he said.

The event for some people is an opportunity to explore LA’s historic charm.

“You go down Avalon, you’ll notice these palm trees that were planted there back in 1932 for the LA Olympics,” Romel Pascual, CicLAvia’s executive director, said. “Avalon was the welcoming street that literally welcomed the world to Los Angeles.”

The 2.25-mile route was blocked off through 4 p.m. Sunday. Masks are required for those who will travel indoors to businesses.

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Other CicLAvia events anticipated to occur later this year include on Oct. 10th and on Dec. 5th.