Celebrate World Car Free Day in Los Angeles

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Photo courtesy of Karol Franks, via Discover Los Angeles Flickr pool

The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is making it easier than ever to discover L.A. without a car. Car Free L.A. features a series of self-guided "car free" itineraries that offer a new, eco-friendly way to experience the best of L.A. via foot, bike and Metro. Whether it’s culture, coastal attractions, global cuisine, music or architecture, you can see it all car free. 

On Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, join fellow Car Free enthusiasts around the globe and celebrate World Car Free Day. Read on for our guide to car free events taking place across the city, from bike tours to a scavenger hunt and a 5K run at Dodger Stadium. All events take place on Sept. 21 unless otherwise noted.

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L.A. in a Day | Photo courtesy of Bikes and Hikes LA, Facebook

L.A. in a Day - Bikes and Hikes

Bikes and Hikes LA is a full-service tour company that promotes an eco-friendly, healthy way to enjoy all that Los Angeles has to offer. Tours are designed for everyone, from hardcore cyclists and hikers to weekend warriors and occasional participants. To celebrate World Car Free Day, Bikes and Hikes invites you to experience its acclaimed L.A. in a Day bike adventure, one of the best ways to discover the City of Angels. Begin at 10 a.m. on legendary Route 66 in West Hollywood and bike through Beverly Hills and Bel-Air to see the luxurious homes of the stars. Then it’s off to L.A.’s world-famous beach cities: Santa Monica, Venice and Marina Del Rey. Afterwards, pedal through Culver City to see some of the historic movie studios that put Los Angeles on the map. This 32-mile, 5.5-hour excursion includes multiple walking tours, breaks, and a 30-minute stop for lunch ($10 extra). Price is $162 per person. Advance reservations are required.  For more info and to book your tour, visit www.bikesandhikesla.com/la-in-a-day.

The Great Wall of Los Angeles in Valley Glen

The Great Wall of Los Angeles | Photo courtesy of The City Project, Flickr

On World Car Free Day, discover one of the city’s most beautiful and historic murals, the Great Wall of Los Angeles, on a free guided bike tour. Spanning a half-mile along the L.A. River, the Great Wall of Los Angeles is a landmark pictorial representation of the history of ethnic peoples of California, from prehistoric times to the 1950s. Arrivals at Tujunga Green Belt Park start at 9 a.m. The tour is at 10 a.m. and a festival takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to explore one of L.A.’s hidden gems.

For more information on the Great Wall, visit sparcinla.org/programs/the-great-wall-mural-los-angeles.

Car Free SFV Ride and Refresh

If you’re in the San Fernando Valley, you can join the World Car Free Day festivities at the Car Free SFV Ride and Refresh, hosted by the LA County Bike Coalition. The family friendly bike ride starts at 10 a.m. at the Orange Line Bus Station, located at 6060 Van Nuys Blvd. The ride takes place along the Orange Line Bike Path, on a 10-mile stretch from Van Nuys Boulevard to Balboa Park. Riders will take a loop around the park, and stop at the R/C airplanes and miniature airport. The ride will finish at MacLeod’s Ale Brewing Company, the first microbrewery in the San Fernando Valley. Participants will get a tour of the brewery, and LA County Bike Coalition members showing their membership card get 15% off drinks and merchandise. (Those under 21 are allowed on the premises and the tour, but of course can’t purchase alcohol.) RSVP: carfreesfv@gmail.com. For more info, visit www.carfreeSFV.com.

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“Urban Light” | Photo courtesy of Nancy-D, via Discover Los Angeles Flickr pool

Sept. 22: BlacklistLA

On Monday, September 22, BlacklistLA is inviting runners from across the city to celebrate World Car Free Day and Car Free L.A. The group will meet at 10 pm in front of the iconic Urban Light installation, located in the BP Pavilion off Wilshire Boulevard at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Participants are encouraged to arrive shortly before 10 p.m. and wear comfortable running shoes. Bring your cameras or cellphones to take pictures along the way, and join the conversation by using #blacklistla and #CarFreeLA.