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CicLAvia rolls back into Los Angeles

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It’s not a race, and it’s not a bicycle-only event. That, in brief, is what Brad Rehak wants Angelenos to know about the second CicLAvia, which will free 7.5 miles of L.A. streets from cars on next Sunday — opening up the roads for cyclists, walkers, and dodgeball players alike.

“It’s an open platform for individuals to come out and recreate as they want,” says Rehak, CicLAvia’s spokesperson. “Last year it was perceived as a bike event … but there’s no beginning, there’s no end. Individuals can come to participate at any point in the route.”

Since its inaugural event last October, which attracted an estimated 100,000 Angelenos including L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa himself, CicLAvia has gotten bigger and bolder — though the course, stretching from Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights to the Bicycle District in East Hollywood, will remain the same for this second event. Many more local groups and companies have signed on — and more Angelenos are expected to show up for the day of outdoor play.