CicLAvia: Bikes take over downtown LA

An onlooker checks out Art
An onlooker checks out Art "Chopper" Ramirez's distinctive ride on Spring Street at L.A.'s third CicLAvia event on October 9, 2011.
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CicLAvia closed off 10 miles of city streets Sunday to allow bicyclers, skaters, walkers and this time, protesters a chance to wander the streets for the afternoon.

Occupy LA and Anti-Wallstreet demonstrators continue occupy a space near city hall within the event's boundaries. Despite being a new addition to the CicLAvia event, organizers said the protestors are welcome to stay. "There's room for everyone," they said in a written statement.

The festival is aimed at getting Angelenos to ditch their cars and experience the city by foot or bike. Organizers call it LA's biggest block party.

The event began Sunday at 10 a.m. and will run until 3 p.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.