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Thousands enjoy CicLAvia's open streets in southeast communities

Photo from a tweet posted for the CicLAvia event in the Southeast communities on May 15, 2015.
Photo from a tweet posted for the CicLAvia event in the Southeast communities on May 15, 2015.
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Thousands of bicyclists, skaters, pedestrians and riders of other nonmotorized vehicles took to the streets of cities and communities in Southeast Los Angeles County on Sunday for another celebration of CicLAvia.

About 10 miles of streets in Huntington Park, Walnut Park, South Gate, Florence-Firestone, Lynwood and Watts were closed to motor vehicles.

Food trucks, musical performers and neighborhood guides were set up along the route. The streets were closed to cars from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tafarai Bayne, a strategist for CicLAvia, said residents of the southeast communities had been wanting the event to come to their area for a long time.

"It's definitely one of our more challenging routes because of the number of different cities," Bayne said. "But there's so much to showcase in these different communities that we're really excited to show some of these nuances to L.A.'s lifestyles and cultures."

Previous routes have gone through South Los Angeles, downtown Los Angeles, Wilshire Boulevard and Van Nuys Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley.

 

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