CicLAvia, the popular bike festival, celebrated its fifth anniversary with thousands of cyclists, skaters and pedestrians on car-free L.A. streets.

The event encourages Angelenos to abandon their cars for the day and rediscover their city in other ways.

Ciclovias – as they are known in Spanish – started in Bogota, Colombia, more than 30 years ago as a response to increasing automobile congestion and pollution. They have spread through Latin America and the United States. The tradition came to Los Angeles in 2010.

Read more here.

Photos: Thousands of cyclists, skaters and pedestrians turned out Sunday to take part in the fifth anniversary celebration of CicLAvia called the Heart of L.A. (Christina House / For The Times)