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CicLAvia meets LA's southeast cities: The route, activities and more

File: Cyclists and pedestrians climb Wilshire Boulevard in downtown L.A. during the seventh CicLAvia event on June 23, 2013.
File: Cyclists and pedestrians climb Wilshire Boulevard in downtown L.A. during the seventh CicLAvia event on June 23, 2013.
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Once again, SoCal's biggest car-free event will take over part of Los Angeles. Earlier this year, CicLAvia hit a 4-mile section of Van Nuys Boulevard. This Sunday, it will connect six communities in southeast Los Angeles with a 10-mile route that runs through Huntington Park, Walnut Park, South Gate, Firestone, Lynwood and Watts. 

As always, the event is scheduled to take place rain or shine, but be sure to check their website to plan accordingly.

Until then, here's your guide to this year's CicLAvia. 

The route


You can start biking, walking, skating or running anywhere along the route between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. The course isn't a straightaway path and stretches into various parts of L.A., so it'll be easy to join in in a variety of neighborhoods. 

Street closures





Because the event spans over six communities, there will be a considerable number of street closures. Some will be closing as early as 6 a.m. and will reopen around 5:30 p.m. 

Getting there

There are a ton of  Metro stations near every hub on the route, so you can go completely carless for the day if you choose to. If you want to give yourself a little rest before all that exercise, there will also be plenty of public and garage parking in the area. 

Or you can Lyft it:

Bike rentals

CicLAvia has got you covered will a full list of nearby bike shops from all over the city to rent one for the day. 


In addition to these area-specific pins that you can get, every hub will offer different activities throughout the day. Here's the breakdown: 

Huntington Park Hub

This section of the route will offer everything, including Zumba classes, live mariachis, folkoric dancers and more from the Huntington Park's Department of Parks and Recreation.

L.A. County Hub

On top of six hours of live entertainment from local performers, face painting and a karate class, you'll also get food trucks from Crepen Around, Street Kitchen L.A., Boba Truck and more on hand for meal breaks. 

Watts Hub

This hub will offer free health checks, giveaways and even more live music and food trucks. You can also check out the iconic Watts Towers — and for those addicted to physical activity, there will be a skate ramp.

Lynwood Hub

A DJ and even more exercise exhibitions at Carnation Park will no doubt keep you active throughout the day. Cool down from the dancing with ice cream from the Coolhaus food truck and enjoy booths from the city of Lynwood, Lyft and others.

South Gate Hub

Get a little creative at this hub and make your mark on the Mobile Mural Lab from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can also give your bike or legs a rest and test out some wheels from Pure City CyclesPro tip: Head to this hub first and score a free helmet before they run out! 

For everything else you need to know about CicLAvia, click here.