By Andrew Lopez, April 6, 2014
Thousands of participants took to two wheels instead of four as the ninth CicLAvia event was held Sunday on the streets of Wilshire Boulevard.
The event, which aims to connect businesses and people through biking and alternative transportation, kicked off at 9 a.m. on the lawn at 5900 block of Wilshire Boulevard.
Aaron Paley, a co-founder of the event, said CicLAvia also helps change the way people see their city streets, public transportation, and, of course, bicyclists.
The push for more open space is expected to be made easier when a new law which will provide cyclists with a three-foot barrier away from cars goes into effect on September 16.
Several local politicians and county officials were on hand for the event, including Assemblyman Steven Bradford, who authored the new law.
Bradford said the law is crucial in protecting bicyclists against motorists who often don't see them.
Motorists were advised that traffic would be affected on the 6-mile stretch of Wilshire during the event, with limited crossing at Alvarado Street and Vermont, Western and La Brea Avenues.
CicLAvia organizers hope to hold five events next year.