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MAP: 6th CicLAvia biking event heads to Venice Beach in April

CicLAvia participants, October 9, 2011.
David Starkop/Office of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa/Flickr/Creative Commons
CicLAvia is coming back to Los Angeles in April with a new route.

On April 21st, bicycle riders, roller skaters and walkers will be able to get from inland to the beach, without hitting any cross-town traffic.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa revealed Thursday the new route for the bi-annual CicLAvia event, which will run east-west for the first time between Venice Beach and Downtown Los Angeles through Venice Boulevard. The route, nicknamed "CicLAvia to the Sea" on social media, is about 16-miles and will go from Union Station to the Venice Beach boardwalk.

To the uninitiated, CicLAvia invites anyone to enjoy several miles of closed streets – as long as you're not driving. It's not a race or a marathon, but rather a free, roaming block-party open to the public. Held twice a year since 2010, hundreds of thousands of people have previously pedaled, walked or jogged their way across the 4th Street Bridge, through Downtown Los Angeles and surrounding neighborhoods.

For the past five events , CicLAvia has set their routes around downtown – allowing riders to head east to Boyle Heights, north to Chinatown and west to MacArthur Park and East Hollywood.

At the latest ride in October of 2012 , the route celebrated the opening of the Metro Expo light rail line, turning southward on Figueroa Boulevard toward the new Metro stations at USC and Exposition Park.

For drivers in the area , the Sunday event will likely mean no street parking along the route beginning at 1 a.m. Sunday and no driving after 6 a.m. By 3 p.m., the streets are scheduled to begin to re-open as CicLAvia comes to a close.