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Ditch Your Car For CicLAvia's Return To The Westside

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CicLAvia is returning to the Westside for another fun-filled, car-free day.

Bicyclists, skaters and pedestrians will be able to take to the streets of Culver City, Mar Vista and Venice without having to worry about cars for the event on Sunday, August 9. The CicLAvia Westside route—also known as "Culver City Meets Venice"—will close off six miles of streets to motorized traffic, allowing people to freely bike, walk, run, skate and stroll through the neighborhoods between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

This year's route—a shortened variation on the 2013 one—will connect downtown Culver City to Venice Beach by way of Washington Blvd., Washington Pl., Venice Blvd. and Grand Blvd. CicLAvia is a free and family-friendly event with no official starting or stopping point, so you can show up anywhere and stay as long as you like. The event will also feature stops along the way with live music, food trucks and more.

Four hubs along the route will offer bike parking and bike repair, free water, restrooms and first aid stations. The hubs—Culver City, Tellefson Park, the Mar Vista Farmers Market, and the Venice boardwalk—will also feature live entertainment, food vendors, merchandise and activities. CicLAvia has partnered with Cirque du Soleil and at the Culver hub there will be a chance for people to make stop-motion videos and costumed Cirque performers will cruise around on penny-farthing bikes. And if you get tired of walking at any point, you can hail down CicLAvia's roaming pedi-cabs for a lift.

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Organizers have put together a CicLAvia Neighborhood Guide (.pdf) for the event, which highlights historic, cultural and community points of interest along the route.

The August 9 event is the third CicLAvia event in 2015, following Pasadena and The Valley before that.

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