By David Ng
8:00 AM PDT, October 3, 2012
CicLAvia -- the cultural event promoting car-less urban spaces -- is returning to downtown L.A. on Sunday.
The objective of CicLAvia -- derived from ciclovia, the Spanish word for "bike way" -- is to "encourage safe, vibrant public spaces, sustainable transportation, and public health through a program of car-free street events," according to the website.
Organizers said that nine miles of streets will be closed temporarily to motorized vehicles, with access allowed only to walkers, runners, skaters and cyclists.
The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The recently opened Grand Park will be part of the CicLAvia route. (The final stretch of Grand Park, which runs from Grand Avenue to Spring Street, opens on Saturday with a "block party" of events, and the festivities will continue into the next day's CicLAvia.)
Street closures Sunday will include sections of Figueroa, Spring, 1st, 4th and 7th Streets, as well as Broadway, in the downtown area. There will be designated crossing points for vehicles throughout the route. This year, the route includes extensions through Chinatown and Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights.
Here is a map of Sunday's route and street closures. Parking will be somewhat difficult during CicLAvia. The event's website states that there will be officially no parking on the route starting at 1 a.m. on Sunday. Vehicles in violation risk being towed.
Organizers said on the site that the event costs approximately $350,000 to produce, with the majority of that coming from taxpayer dollars -- the CicLAvia organization covers 40% of the costs while the city covers 60%.
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