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CivLAvia in LA; Villaraigosa touts new car-free tourism effort

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The first CicLAvia event of 2013 got underway in L.A. Sunday amid heavy traffic for both bikes and cars. 

Some 15 miles of Los Angeles streets from Venice Beach to Union Station downtown were closed to motor vehicles Sunday as city's sixth CicLAvia festival clears the lanes for cyclists.

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The massive bike party brought out thousands to explore the city, including the bike-curious, the costumed, and the just plain crazy. But the congestion, both for bicyclists and motorists, brought a few new concerns to light, and had many tweeting about the effort's success. Are more bikes really the answer to L.A.'s traffic problems? 

At the launch of the event, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a new campaign to promote Los Angeles as an attraction for tourists who don't want to drive. Car Free L.A. offers visitors bipedal itineraries and guides for exploring the city sans motor vehicle. 

Food trucks, musical performers and neighborhood guides were set up along the route. The city closed a swath of streets to cars until 3 p.m. 

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