Photos by contributor Erik Sarni
Los Angeles has long been identified as a car culture, but it shifted gears Sunday when 100,000 Angelenos participated in the fifth CicLAvia celebration. Ditching the standard four wheels, people of all ages filled the streets on foot, bikes, trikes, skateboards, roller skates and roller blades.
The semiannual ride connected Boyle Heights to downtown, Chinatown, Westlake and South Central, encouraging residents to venture into perhaps unfamiliar parts of the city. Boyle Avenue and First Street between Mariachi Plaza and the Soto Metro station were among the streets closed to car traffic and open to families and urban explorers.
The Boyle Heights hub at Mariachi Plaza kept bustling even after the official 3 p.m. end time as the performances and information booths packed up. Surrounding businesses and vendors at the farmers market and craft tables continued to enjoy intensified crowds.