A Trio of CicLAvias

New routes, and no space shuttle, mark the three rides of 2013.

Remember when last fall's CicLAvia, the shut-down-the-streets-to-autos mega bike ride, was postponed? So that the space shuttle could cruise over from LAX and settle in at the California Science Center?

(We don't know about you, but we had a moment of thinking "oh, what, Endeavour will take up full streets on its journey to Exposition Park? Will it really be a massive transportation event?" Now we chortle, knowingly. Yes we do.)

Spoiler alert: There are no space shuttles arriving in Los Angeles during the 2013 calendar year -- yet, at least -- meaning that the organizers behind the hugely popular street ride were pretty much in the free-and-clear to roll with their new schedule.

And roll with it they did. They announced earlier in January that there'd be a trio of rides, which is rather exciting. And, more exciting? A few new routes in the mix, including one along Wilshire, from downtown to Fairfax. (Will everyone pose for post-ride photos at the big boulder of LACMA's "Levitated Mass"? We predict yes.)

Downtown to Venice Beach, though, is up first, on April 21. The Wilshire-to-Fairfax roll is June 23 -- here's hoping for some June Gloom to keep things chill -- and the tried-and-true downtown ride is set for Oct. 6.

It's worth planning now, especially if you want to think about outfits, group riding, or how you might tow your tot. Or, you know, wake up on one of those mornings and decide to go. It's free and you can just show up. All of those things rock.

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