CicLAvia returns to the Westside today

Culver City and Venice will host the latest edition of the CicLAvia bike festival Sunday.

Thousands of bicyclists, skaters and pedestrians are expected to take over the six-mile route that will run along Washington and Venice boulevards beginning at 9 a.m. and running through 4 p.m.

The popular bike festival, which is held in different locations throughout the year, is intended to encourage people to abandon their cars for the day to explore their environment in other ways. The idea is to promote a clean environment and good health.

The free event will close about a dozen streets to motorized vehicles. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid- to high 70s.

Sunday will mark CicLAvia's return to the Westside for the first time since 2013. It will be the 14th edition overall.

Ciclovias, as they are known in Spanish, started in Bogota, Colombia, more than 30 years ago as a response to increasing congestion and pollution. They have spread through Latin America and the United States.

The tradition came to Los Angeles in 2010.


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