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CicLAvia celebrates 5th anniversary with 'Heart of LA' route

Cyclists ride open streets in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. Six miles of streets in and around downtown Los Angeles were closed to motor vehicles as the city's fifth anniversary celebration of the CicLAvia festival opened the lanes to cyclists, skaters and pedestrians.
Cyclists ride open streets in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. Six miles of streets in and around downtown Los Angeles were closed to motor vehicles as the city's fifth anniversary celebration of the CicLAvia festival opened the lanes to cyclists, skaters and pedestrians.
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Cyclists ride open streets in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. Six miles of streets in and around downtown Los Angeles were closed to motor vehicles as the city's fifth anniversary celebration of the CicLAvia festival opened the lanes to cyclists, skaters and pedestrians.
Cyclists make their way through an intersection past City Hall in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. Six miles of streets in and around downtown Los Angeles were closed to motor vehicles as the city's fifth anniversary celebration of the CicLAvia festival opened the lanes to cyclists, skaters and pedestrians.
Richard Vogel/AP
Cyclists ride open streets in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. Six miles of streets in and around downtown Los Angeles were closed to motor vehicles as the city's fifth anniversary celebration of the CicLAvia festival opened the lanes to cyclists, skaters and pedestrians.
Cyclists walk their bikes through an intersection of downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. Six miles of streets in and around downtown Los Angeles were closed to motor vehicles as the city's fifth anniversary celebration of the CicLAvia festival opened the lanes to cyclists, skaters and pedestrians.
Richard Vogel/AP
Cyclists ride open streets in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. Six miles of streets in and around downtown Los Angeles were closed to motor vehicles as the city's fifth anniversary celebration of the CicLAvia festival opened the lanes to cyclists, skaters and pedestrians.
Cyclists ride their bikes under a gate in downtown Los Angeles's Chinatown, on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. Six miles of streets in and around downtown Los Angeles were closed to motor vehicles as the city's fifth anniversary celebration of the CicLAvia festival opened the lanes to cyclists, skaters and pedestrians.
Richard Vogel/AP
Cyclists ride open streets in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. Six miles of streets in and around downtown Los Angeles were closed to motor vehicles as the city's fifth anniversary celebration of the CicLAvia festival opened the lanes to cyclists, skaters and pedestrians.
Cyclists walk their bikes through an intersection of downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. Six miles of streets in and around downtown Los Angeles were closed to motor vehicles as the city's fifth anniversary celebration of the CicLAvia festival opened the lanes to cyclists, skaters and pedestrians.
Richard Vogel/AP
Cyclists ride open streets in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. Six miles of streets in and around downtown Los Angeles were closed to motor vehicles as the city's fifth anniversary celebration of the CicLAvia festival opened the lanes to cyclists, skaters and pedestrians.
Angel Cruz from San Franando Valley rides his bike named Timmy along the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. Six miles of streets in and around downtown Los Angeles were closed to motor vehicles as the city's fifth anniversary celebration of the CicLAvia festival opened the lanes to cyclists, skaters and pedestrians.
Richard Vogel/AP


Thousands of cyclists, skaters and pedestrians took to the streets in and around downtown Los Angeles on Sunday for the fifth anniversary of CicLAvia, the car-free street festival.

The "Heart of L.A." route was open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cover six miles of streets from the Westlake district to Boyle Heights.

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Sunday's event was the 15th CicLAvia, which has opened streets in different parts of Los Angeles to non-motorized vehicles and pedestrians on select Sundays. The event, which got its start on Oct. 10, 2010, was inspired by the ciclovía events that started 40 years ago in Bogotá, Colombia. Organizers say CicLAvia has become the largest open streets event in North America, with more than 1 million people participating in its five years.

Sunday's event featureed activities and vendors at various hubs along the streets of Boyle Heights, the Arts District, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, the Civic Center, Historic Core and MacArthur Park.

Before the start of the ride, organizers recognized a married couple who went to a CicLAvia event for their second date and became engaged at another CicLAvia event. The couple were celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary.