Come Sunday, tens of thousands of cyclists will roll into the Southeast cities of Los Angeles County for the area's first-ever CicLAvia. No doubt, some know these six communities of Commerce, Cudahy, Vernon, Maywood, Bell and Bell Gardens only from signs along the 710 Freeway.
In fact, these are among the nation's most crowded neighborhoods, filled with many people on the lower rungs of the economy. In higher numbers than anywhere else in the county, they rely on public transportation, bikes and foot power to navigate their lives.
This weekend, as CicLAvia winds its way through the Southeast cities, advocates hope the event will not only draw cyclists from throughout the region but focus attention on the street-level realities of bike commuting in neighborhoods where the infrastructure does not meet the need.
Take a spin through these photos of one local shop along the route and the daily routine of one of its occasional patrons: a 62-year-old factory worker whose bike has long been his only ride.