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CicLAvia bike event leaves some motorists fuming about traffic jams

The bike-riding extravaganza known as CicLAvia drew tens of thousands of cyclists on a route that stretched from downtown L.A. to Venice.

The event drew many cheers. But there were also some jeers from motorists trying to get around.

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Numerous streets were closed, and that led to heavy delays, especially in downtown L.A. where several streets were subject to long backups.

Some motorists vented on social media.

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“I get it LA trying to promote riding your bikes..but seriously?” one man wrote on Twitter. “This is the worst traffic I have dealt with!”

Another added: “I hate LA for this... Been in traffic for a 1Hr”

So many cyclists turned out that there were some bike traffic jams as well.

Times reporter Adolfo Flores captured this one:

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Getting crowded out there. @ciclavia Venice & Kaiser twitter.com/AdolfoFlores3/… Thanks @adolfoflores3 — L.A. Times: L.A. Now (@LANow) April 21, 2013

In all, 15 miles of roadways were closed for the event. They are expected to start opening later this afternoon.

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