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CicLAvia returns Sunday to the Westside, in Culver City and Venice

CicLAvia returns Sunday to the Westside, in Culver City and Venice
Bicyclists ride down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena during a CicLAvia in May. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

Thousands of bicyclists, skaters, runners and pedestrians are expected to take over the streets of Culver City and Venice on Sunday for the latest edition of CicLAvia.

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.

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The Westside course will stretch six miles along Washington and Venice boulevards.

The free event runs between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and will force about a dozen street closures in the area that will last throughout the day.

The route features downtown Culver City, the Mar Vista farmers market, the trendy retail and restaurant stretch of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and other activities and food stalls.

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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