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10 miles of downtown LA streets will be car-free Sunday for CicLAvia

Cyclists whir through downtown at the October 9, 2011 CicLAvia event.
Cyclists whir through downtown at the October 9, 2011 CicLAvia event.
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This is the fourth time that the crowded neighborhood has been transformed into a more people-friendly space.

And while the term CicLAvia is a twist on the Spanish word for “bikeway," event co-founder Aaron Paley cautions participants to not read too much into that.

“I want also people to come down in their wheelchairs, their skateboards, their scooters," says Paley. "I don’t want people to think if they don’t have a bike, they can’t participate."

Paley added that "participating in CicLAvia means being part of the city."

Participants will be able to pick up a new guide to some of the architectural gems along the route — places like Union Station, the Bradbury Building and the Fine Arts Building on 7th Street.

Other cities are talking with CicLAvia organizers.

Paley says Long Beach hopes to launch its own version of CicLAvia this fall.

Click here for a map of this Sunday's road closures and crossing points.