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CicLAvia: Some get creative with costumes

Bicyclists dominate the streets at CicLAvia, but the event also attracts the eclectic and unique.

Justin Gunn strolled down Wilshire Boulevard. His tricycle, made to resemble a rocket, turned heads and drew photos by passersby.

The 39-year-old Los Angeles native built the contraption, dubbed the Rock-It!, with actual recycled rocket parts from a junkyard in the San Fernando Valley. He and his friend, Jason Saunders, owner of Atomic Arts, put the piece together.

The back of the contraption had two heat exchangers hugging a passenger seat.

Gunn was trailed by three other tricycles. One resembled a horseless drawn carriage and another looked like a picnic on wheels, complete with a picnic basket and umbrella.

Gunn built his first trike for the Burning Man festival. He figured it would make it easy to get around. When he got back to Los Angeles he found it was also a good way to get places here.

"We ride our tricycles more than our cars," Gunn said.

Jules Starr, 22, of Culver City rode freeline skates under his black-and-white Stacy Adams shoes to CicLAvia.

Each skate consists of a wood plate with two wheels attached. The user doesn't strap them on but perches atop them. 

Starr likes CicLAvia because it creates a sense of community in a sprawling city where many people spend hours in their cars.

"Here you can see how they express themselves through their clothes and transportation. It's culture," Starr said. "It almost brings a small-town feel to a global city."


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