CicLAvia returns to Boyle Heights this Sunday, with a special edition of its annual Heart of LA route that commemorates the University of California Los Angeles’ 100th anniversary. 

A free event that closes down streets and opens them for people to walk, run, skate, bike, and play, CicLAvia is presented by Metro. This six mile route will allow participants to explore parts of Westlake, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Downtown LA and Boyle Heights. There aren’t any starting or finishing lines. so people are encouraged to jump in wherever they are.

Several hubs along the route will provide restrooms, water, basic bike repair, first aid and food trucks, as well as free rides on pedi-cab. Download a route map here.

A 2013 CicLAvia event in Boyle Heights.

The easternmost hub will be at Mariachi Plaza, where people will get the chance to enjoy live music and performances presented by the Boyle Heights Community Market, which will also sell food and fresh produce. Libros Schmibros will be giving away free books and El Centro de Ayuda will be set up a booth where people will have a chance to learn about its work in the community. The organization will give away free bike helmets (while supplies last).

Among the many activities scheduled throughout the route, several taking place downtown will commemorate UCLA’s centennial. The university had its beginnings at the current site of the Central Library. A field guide can be obtained along the route or downloaded here. An interactive digital map can also help participants plan which businesses and historic places to visit and which activities to attend. along the route.

The event runs from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m., but street closures in most places throughout the route will take place from 7:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. (in some places, streets may close as early as 6:00 a.m.) In Boyle Heights, those closures will include East 4th Street from East 4th Place to E 1st Street; Boyle Avenue from East 4th Street to East 1st Street; and 1st Street from Boyle Ave to State Street. Check here for a full list of street closures.

Parking will not be permitted on streets along the route beginning at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6. Organizers say that parking restrictions will be posted and towing will be enforced. Additional street parking near the route may be restricted. Organizers ask residents of affected neighborhoods to check posted parking restrictions. Read more about parking restrictions here.

For more information contact CicLavia at or call at (213) 355-8500.

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Jacqueline Ramírez

Jacqueline Ramírez is a former reporter and recent graduate from Mount Saint Mary’s University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and New Media. She enjoys sharing the art of storytelling...

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