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CicLAvia is returning and gearing up for its first event since the pandemic and COVID-19 closures after being off the roads for more than a year. 

Starting Aug. 15 in Wilmington, CicLAvia will hold its first event of the year after a pause during the pandemic. Events include local festivals that allow people to travel via bikes, scooters, skateboards or on foot down the street. 

“With the state now open, Angelenos are eager to return to some of the enjoyable and memorable activities and routines we’ve been missing for the past year, while hopefully maintaining slower streets, outdoor dining and cleaner air,” Romel Pascual, CicLAvia’s executive director, said in a statement.

The non-profit organization has been holding events in LA since it was first established in October 2010. In its first event, more than 100,000 people visited open streets from East Hollywood to Boyle Heights. 

According to its website:

“CicLAvia catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free street events. CicLAvia engages with people to transform our relationship with our communities and with each other.”

Additionally, CicLAvia is the biggest open streets event in the nation with over 1.8 million people having experienced it. 80% of its participants represent Los Angeles County. Furthermore, the non-profit organization has created over 226 miles of open streets. 

“My hope is that we begin to look at joy and well-being as a human right,” said Pascual, adding that he would like to see people “engage with each other in a joyful manner and in an inclusive manner, in a manner that celebrates diversity, and in a manner that ensures we all have more in common than we have differences.” 

While the events are held outdoors, CicLAvia organizers are encouraging participants to wear a mask to protect community members, children and pregnant women who may not be able to be vaccinated. 

Scriberr News reached out to public affairs at CicLAvia but did not respond by deadline.

Written ByVivian Kwang

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