Pedestrians take back L.A. streets w/CicLAvia

LOS ANGELES Vehicles were temporarily banned from parts of Los Angeles for CicLAvia, a bold vision to let people enjoy the city with no traffic.

Officials hoped that the inaugural event, which ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., gave pedestrians and bicyclists a chance to rediscover the city from a different perspective.

The closures started in East Hollywood at Heliotrope Drive and Melrose Avenue, extended to Koreatown and the Mid-Wilshire District, and then passed by MacArthur Park, City Hall and Little Tokyo.

The route, which spanned about 7.5 miles, ended at Hollenbeck Park on First Street in Boyle Heights.

/*Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa*/ hoped CicLAvia is a step toward a more environmentally friendly culture in Los Angeles.

The idea behind CicLAvia spawned from Bogota, Colombia with the idea of pedestrians taking back the streets.

"It's a big step to start changing the image of the street as a space used only for cars. You can temporarily use the spaces," said CicLAvia originator Jaime Ortiz.

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