CicLAvia: Bikes take over downtown LA

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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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A double decker bike turns onto 9th Street at L.A.'s third CicLAvia event on October 9, 2011.

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Members of the Real Rydaz lowrider bike club make their way down 9th Street toward Central at L.A.'s third CicLAvia event on October 9, 2011

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Performance artists at 7th and Spring streets during L.A.'s third CicLAvia event on October 9, 2011.

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A customized bicycle was parked outside South L.A.'s African American Firefighter Museum, one of the end points of L.A.'s third CicLAvia event on October 9, 2011.

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"Detail" Ron, the roll captain of L.A.'s Real Rydaz low rider bike club outside the African American Firefighter Museum, one of the end points of L.A.'s third CicLAvia event on October 9, 2011.

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A customized bicycle was parked outside South L.A.'s African American Firefighter Museum, one of the end points of L.A.'s third CicLAvia event on October 9, 2011.

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The African American Firefighter Museum was one of the end points of L.A.'s third CicLAvia event on October 9, 2011.

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Hip hop artists perform outside the African American Firefighter Museum, one of the end points of L.A.'s third CicLAvia event on October 9, 2011.

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Fourth Street between Main and Spring was shut down for a rousing game of dodgeball at L.A.'s third CicLAvia event on October 9, 2011.

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Fourth Street between Main and Spring was shut down for a game of dodgeball at L.A.'s 3rd CicLAvia event on October 9, 2011.

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Art "Chopper" Ramirez rides down 9th Street on his customized bike at L.A.'s third CicLAvia event on October 9, 2011.

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Cyclists whir through downtown at the October 9, 2011 CicLAvia event.

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Riders pose for a picture at L.A.'s third CicLAvia event on October 9, 2011.

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Cyclists ride through the street at CicLAvia in downtown L.A. October 9, 2011.

Map of Sunday's CicLAvia route.


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.

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