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Antonio Villaraigosa

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- The streets of Downtown Los Angeles swarmed with pedestrians and cyclists as the city celebrates its fourth bi-annual alternative-transportation fest, CicLAvia.

Nearly 100,000 people took their turn exploring the city up close and without cars, many saying it's become a family tradition.

"It's outrageous, it's our fourth time doing it," one participant told KTLA.

Sunday's event, modeled after a decades-old Bogota, Columbia movement, promotes a break from the city's car-dependent culture.

Supporters say it's a great opportunity for car-dependent Angelenos to depart from the daily norm. "Seeing their city in a different light, not just thinking of L.A. as a place that is car centric," one supporter said.

"L.A. is ready to get out of their car," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. "They're aching to get out of the gridlock and the congestion."

Villaraigosa also used the festival as a forum to announce the city's partnership with Bike Nation, which is investing $16 million dollars toward a city-wide bike share system.

"There's a bike available when you need it and there's a place to put it when you're done using it," Bike Nation founder Narin Narang said.

The company is expected to launch the program by the end of the year, making available as many as 4,000 bikes in the Westwood, Venice, Playa Del Rey, Hollywood and Downtown areas.

The next CicLAvia is set for October 14.

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