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CicLAvia Returns This Weekend

Culver City Meets Mar Vista & Palms

 

February 28, 2019

The first CicLAvia of 2019 is coming to the Westside. Culver City, Mar Vista and Palms will host the country's largest open streets event this Sunday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space. This fun event is free to the public.

With its return to Culver City and Mar Vista, the 29th CicLAvia kicks off a season with events planned every other month and visits to many communities for the first time.

Metro also plans to announce the launch of its popular bike share program to Westside communities as well as the availability of new Smart Bikes for Westside riders.

CicLAvia will hold a kick-off the celebration with organizational leaders, community partners, local officials and participants at 8:30 a.m. this Sunday at the corner of Main Street and Culver Boulevard in Culver City.

Among the dignitaries at the kickoff will be: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Culver City Mayor Thomas Aujero Small, Los Angeles City Coucilmember Paul Koretz, Culver City Vice Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells, CicLAvia Executive Director Romel Pascual and LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds.

The event's route spans 6.5 miles of car-free streets for people to bike, skate, walk, skip, run and play.The route has five hubs --Arts District, Downtown Culver City, Palms, Mar Vista, and Washington West --where people can enjoy art, music, games and giveaways. There will also be free pedicabs and play zones featuring vintage board games as part of a partnership with AARP in Los Angeles and CicLAvia.

CicLAvia is not a race. There is no starting point or finish line; participants can start and end anywhere they want.Participants are welcome to use any form of non-motorized transportation and all ages are encouraged to attend.

For a full list of activities available along the route, visit the CicLAvia website at: https://www.ciclavia.org/activities_along_the_route_culver19

During the event, Culver CityBus will detour routes around the event. For more information on detours visit: https://www.culvercity.org/how-do-i/find/culver-city-bus/

The Los Angeles and Culver City Police Departments will provide strong security presence at CicLAvia to make sure it is a fun, safe family event. In addition, there are emergency medical technicians stationed at each hub, and other response personnel is available along the route.In case of an accident, go to the nearest hub to report it to a staff member. If you are between hubs, look for the nearest uniformed officer or responder, or event staff member.

If you notice any suspicious activity or a suspicious package, immediately report it to the nearest staff member or uniformed police officer.CicLAvia works closely with local authorities to provide as safe and secure an environment as possible. It also partners with other local agencies that provide additional security elements along the route and at public transit locations.

Staff can be identified by the t-shirt that says STAFF on the back. Volunteers can be identified by the t-shirt that says VOLUNTEER on the back.

For concerns regarding the Los Angeles street closure permit, contact LA Bureau of Street Services, Investigation and Enforcement Division, Special Events at (213) 847-6000. For concerns regarding the Culver City street closure permit, contact the Culver City Engineering Division at (310) 253-5600.

 

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