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CicLAvia: ‘Heart of LA’ on Sunday, October 6th

CicLAvia October 6

The ‘Heart of LA’ will once again pulse through the streets of downtown Los Angeles as the car-free bike program CicLAvia returns to its birthplace. On Sunday, October 6th more than 150,000 people are expected to travel by foot, bike, skates, or any other non-motorized means of transportation to experience all that Downtown Los Angeles has to offer. The local history and culture that is out of reach of people stuck behind their car windows will be inviting and tangible for an entire day.

“Downtown LA is where we started, and we are so excited to be returning to our origins for this event. CicLAvia has grown and evolved so much since our first downtown LA route and this October’s CicLAvia is a celebration of that growth,” said CicLAvia Executive Director Aaron Paley. “We’ve had 900,000 people participate in our CicLAvias since 2010 and expect to top the one million participant mark in the Heart of LA.”

Participants may enter at any point along the route, which will be closed off to cars from 9:00am to 4:00pm. CicLAvia is completely free and does not require any registration to participate.

The revamped 2013 edition of the downtown route is a 7.5 mile-long hybrid of the 2011 and 2012 downtown CicLAvia routes and includes the classic hub in Westlake at MacArthur Park. That’s the closest entry point to our neighborhood and provides a great place to “officially” start – after a short 3 mile ride down 4th Street to connect to the route.

Traveling from MacArthur Park along 7th Street into the Historic Core, the route splits off in both directions at Spring Street, with one way leading along 9th through the colorful Fashion and Pinata Districts to the African American Firefighter Museum Hub on Central Ave., where participants can discover vibrant African American history along the streets of South LA.

In the other direction along Spring Street, the route leads to the Grand Park Hub, the midpoint of the route. The Grand Park Hub will serve as the ultimate connector at this CicLAvia. All cultures of the downtown area will overlap here to create a rich mixture of diverse people, traditions, music, food and history for CicLAvia participants to uncover. As a mandatory pedestrian zone, this hub will allow all participants to connect with each other, no matter their means of transportation for the day, by having them walk together as equals for this portion of the route. This hub will also be activated by the Music Center with a variety of programming for participants to enjoy.

From Grand Park, the route breaks off in two directions once again. One path travels along 1st Street through Little Tokyo, eventually leading to the Mariachi Plaza Hub, where people can experience the energy of Boyle Heights, find fresh food at the farmers market and enjoy another Latino cultural center.

Another option is for participants to travel east of Grand Park on Broadway all the way to the Chinatown Hub to explore the food, shopping, music and art of one of LA’s most popular cultural centers.

The Chinatown Hub will also feature a special, limited tickets, walking tour led by LA pop culture humorist Charles Phoenix. The tour is an up-close, enthusiastic and entertaining look at Chinatown with proceeds benefitting CicLAvia. More information about the tour can be found here.

In order to ensure optimal accessibility to and within the route for the people in the Los Angeles area, CicLAvia’s route will closely mirror Metro rail lines. Participants will be able to access the event by taking either the Red Line or the Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park, 7th Street and Metro Center, Civic Center, or Union Station. The route is also easily accessible at Gold Line stops in Chinatown, Little Tokyo, and Mariachi Plaza.

For information about getting to the October 6th CicLAvia route, parking, and business participation, please visit their website,

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Mary has lived in the Hancock Park area for over 20 years - including homes in Larchmont Village and Windsor Square. Mary has lived in some great places in her life - but none compare to the convenience and majesty of our neighborhood. For Mary, the neighborhood has been a wonderful home to her large, extended one time she had family members living on seven different Hancock Park area blocks! Larchmont Buzz is a labor of love - built to celebrate the neighborhood and to elevate the conversation in the area.

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