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The latest installment of CicLAvia will take place Sunday on a 3.5-mile segment of Wilshire Boulevard, and it will begin with a 5K run organized by Nike.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a stretch of Wilshire between Koreatown and downtown Los Angeles will be cleared of car traffic to make way for bicyclists, pedestrians and others using non-motorized forms of transportation.

Hubs along the route, which can be traveled in either direction, will be set up in Koreatown, the Wilshire/Vermont Metro Station, MacArthur Park and the Seventh Street/Metro Center Station, and they will offer family-oriented entertainment and activities.

In addition to the 5K run that begins at 8 a.m., CicLAvia organizers are also promoting the event as an opportunity for players of Pokemon Go, a GPS- dependant mobile phone game, to level up. The route includes 56 “Pokestops,” or real-world locations where players can capture cartoon critters necessary to get ahead in the game.

The event will be the 18th CicLAvia in the Los Angeles area. Such “open streets” festivals — inspired by Ciclovia in Bogota, Colombia, the car-free event that began in 1974 — have gained popularity around the world and the United States in recent years.

— City News Service

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