CicLAvia - The Valley
CicLAvia will make the San Fernando Valley its home on March 22 when Metro Presents CicLAvia – The Valley takes place from 9am–4pm. The first CicLAvia of 2015 represents the inaugural visit of LA’s renowned open streets event to the Valley. Participants will be able to travel between North Hollywood and Studio City on car-free streets, using foot, pedal and non-motorized wheel power.
Metro Presents CicLAvia – The Valley runs 5.5 miles along Lankershim Boulevard between the North Hollywood Metro Red Line stop at Chandler Boulevard and the Universal Studio Red Line stop, and along Ventura Boulevard between Campo de Cahuenga and Coldwater Canyon. The route will highlight some of the gems of the East Valley including the North Hollywood Arts District, Universal City, the historic Campo de Cahuenga, Studio City Farmers Market and the famed Sportsmen’s Lodge.
The Valley route is made possible with a grant from Metro Los Angeles.
New to CicLAvia? Here are four things you need to know for March 22:
- It's FREE!
- It's not a race and you don't need a bike to participate. You can walk or skate to your heart's content.
- There's no beginning or end. You can start anywhere and go as far or as short as you want.
- The flow of participants goes both ways, just like regular traffic.
Activities Along the Route
The following activities will take place along the CicLAvia - The Valley route, starting at the western portion of the route. Please note that all hubs will offer CicLAvia information and merchandise, bike parking and bike repair, free water, restrooms and first aid stations. You can also download the activities flyer via the button below.
COLDWATER CANYON HUB
Food Trucks: Cambalache’s Gourmet / Farmer’s Belly / King Kone / Kogi BBQ / Yalla
NEAR THE HUB:
Enjoy strolling entertainers along Ventura Boulevard from Carpenter Avenue to Coldwater Canyon Avenue programmed by the Studio City BID.
STUDIO CITY FARMERS MARKET HUB
Free Bike Valet
Buy locally grown produce, baked goods, artisan foods and crafts and enjoy family-friendly activities (face painting, pony rides, jumpers and more) at the Studio City Farmers Market from 8am-4pm on Ventura Place.
NEAR THE HUB:
Free Bike Valet by the Studio City BID at 12225 Ventura Blvd. from 9am-4pm.
Take a stroll on the Radford Art Walk (on Radford Avenue between Valleyheart Drive and Moorpark Street).
River non-profits and Mayor Eric Garcetti's LARiverWorks bring you CiclaRIO @ the riverfront. Come to the intersection of Laurelgrove Avenue and the LA River for a variety of activities, including a scavenger hunt:
- 10am and 11 am: Nature walks
- 12pm: Jazz performance
- 1pm – 4pm: LA River sensorial soundscape installation
- 2pm: Literary reading in/on motion and group poetry writing workshop
- 3:30pm: Announcement of scavenger hunt winner
UNIVERSAL CITY HUB
REI Zone featuring a rock wall, shaded sitting area and a photo booth.
Add your creativity to a collective painting on the Mobile Mural Lab.
Complete the kids bike safety skills course and get a free kid’s bike helmet (while supplies last).
City Trees is giving away Free Trees! If you are a resident of the City of Los Angeles, you are eligible to adopt a tree and plant it in your yard. You must bring proof of residence (photo ID with an LA City address or a DWP bill) to the event. Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Limit one tree per property address.
River non-profits and Mayor Eric Garcetti's LARiverWorks host CiclaRIO @ the hub, an immersive LA River experience in the city.
- LARiverWorks showcases a gallery of LA River built projects and hosts participatory river mapping fun.
- Experience and learn about the LA River’s past, present, and potential future, inside FoLAR’s roving museum, the LA River Rover and make seedbombs from native plants.
- Join the LA River Corp at their pop-up river parklet to enter the CiclaRIO scavenger hunt between 10am and 2pm. Deal a hand of Go Fish and Play the LA River while you’re there.
NEAR THE HUB:
The historic Campo de Cahuenga’s museum and gardens will be open for self-guided tours and will also host programming throughout the day
Food Trucks: Deli Doctor / Mandoline Grill / No Jodas / Slammin’ Sliders / The Surfer Taco / Vchos / Waffles de Liege / Zugo Liquitarian
NORTH HOLLYWOOD ARTS DISTRICT HUB
Food Trucks: Fluff Ice / Mambo Juice
NEAR THE HUB:
Once an alley, NoHo Plaza has been repurposed as a public plaza space with tables, chairs, and umbrellas for people to enjoy. Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian hosts music and activities at the plaza all day, including a photo booth and an art station for kids and adults.
The Chandler Cycletrack is a one-day 'Pop-Up' protected bicycle lane demonstration of the City's draft Mobility Plan 2035 vision for permanent low stress bicycle facilities. Roll through on Chandler Boulevard between Fair Avenue and Vineland Avenue on your way to the hub.
Laemmle Theatre is having a social media live stream at their theater located at 5240 Lankershim. The screen will showcase people using the #LaemmleVia hashtag. They will have a table with water for people to refill their bottles. People can also get free popcorn to munch while watching the images. Laemmle also put together a soundtrack that will feature an eclectic mix (Valley Becomes Eclectic) of songs from and about the San Fernando Valley.
Like the rest of the city of Los Angeles, the nearly 145,000-acre San Fernando Valley has been chronically misunderstood and underappreciated. CicLAvia aims to shake up perceptions of The Valley with our March 22 route.
Our neighborhood guide, written by Andrea Richards and designed by Colleen Corcoran, examines the past, glimpses at the present and lays down a vision of the future for one of the most dynamically evolving areas of Los Angeles County.
The guide will be available at all of our hubs at CicLAvia. But if you can’t wait, go ahead and take a look at the guide now.
Click the image to go to a PDF download:
Walk With Me
CicLAvia has partnered with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and Dutch Culture to commission a sonic “walkscape” for pedestrian participants to enjoy on March 22 and beyond. Dutch artists, Rob van Rijswijk and Jeroen Strijbos, have created an interactive soundscape composition that brings together the past and present of the San Fernando Valley in one unique iPhone app that will debut at the Metro Presents CicLAvia – The Valley and will be available for individuals to enjoy for years to come.
Strijbos and van Rijswijk have created a soundscape on their Walk With Me app (available for free on Apple IOS devices) by blending interviews, music, historic sound clips, natural sounds and “live noise” into an interactive walking art installation that reveals itself differently for each user. As people walk the CicLAvia route their phone’s GPS will access data points that will allow them to hear an evolving soundscape unique to their CicLAvia experience.
Check out the Walk With Me video to learn more and download in the Apple app store.
Enjoy a Safe CicLAvia
Need Help on the Route?
Law Enforcement & Emergency Personnel: The Los Angeles Police Department provides a strong security presence at CicLAvia. In addition, there are emergency medical technicians stationed at each Hub, and other response personnel are available along the route.
In case of an accident, go to the nearest Hub to report it to CicLAvia staff. If you are between Hubs, look for the nearest uniformed officer or responder, or CicLAvia staff member.
If you notice any suspicious activity or a suspicious package, immediately report it to the nearest CicLAvia staff member or uniformed officer.
At CicLAvia, the safety and well being of our participants is our primary concern. We work closely with local authorities to provide as safe and secure an environment as possible. We also partner with other local agencies that provide additional security elements along the route and at public transit locations.
Contact Staff & Volunteers: CicLAvia staff can be identified by the bright blue CicLAvia t-shirt with yellow lettering that says STAFF on the back. CicLAvia volunteers can be identified by the bright yellow CicLAvia t-shirt with blue lettering that says VOLUNTEER on the back.
Staff members and volunteers can assist with you with finding the answers to questions and with helping to find the right person to respond to emergencies. If you are missing a member of your party, have been in a minor accident or have been part of an incident, please contact staff at the nearest CicLAvia Hub. This is often the fastest way to ensure police officers or emergency personnel respond to the situation rapidly and effectively.
Want to ride a bike, rollerblades, or skateboard on CicLAvia but don't own one? No problem. Here are several bike & skate shops that we know of that offer rentals. Be sure to call ahead and pay for your reservation in advance, because rentals definitely sell out.
P.S. Bikes are not required to participate! You can walk, run, skate, scooter, dance, and more!
- Bikes and Hikes LA - 8743 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069; (323) 796-8555. Rentals include helmet, safety vest, lock and map of LA.
- Synaptic Cycles - Los Angeles road bike rentals, delivered to your door for free. (310) 925-3969
- Bike Station Long Beach- 223 E 1st Street, Long Beach, CA 90802; (562) 436-2453
- 404 Bike Sales & Rentals - 3329 E 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814; (562) 343-1411
- Velo Pacific - 5470 E 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA, 90803; (562) 433-5801
- Wheel Fun Rentals - 429 Shoreline Village Dr. Ste G, Long Beach, CA 90802; (562) 951-3857
- Alfredo's Beach Shack - 2630 E Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803; (562) 253-5234
Downtown / Central LA
- Just Ride L.A. - 1626 S. Hill Street (at Venice Blvd), Los Angeles, CA 90015; (213) 745-6783. In order to ensure availability, please reserve up to 3 days in advance. Also offers locks and helmets.
- DTLA Bikes - 425 S. Broadway (at 4th St), Los Angeles, CA 90013; (213) 533-8000 Fleet of 200+ bikes ready to ride! Also offers helmets.
- El Maestro Bicycle Shop - 806 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90014; (213) 627-0580
- LA Golden Bicycles – 4001 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010; (213) 739-9911
- I. Martin Bicycles - 8330 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90048; (323) 653-6900
- Speedworkz - 3110 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90026; (323) 369-9036
- Coco’s Variety Store - 2427 Riverside Drive., Silverlake; (323) 664-7400
- Flying Pigeon - 3714 N. Figueroa (at Marmion Way), Highland Park; (213) 909-8986
- Lincoln Heights Cycle, 3422 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90031; (323) 221-2670
- Bike Oven, 3706 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065; (626) 357-6799
- Bicycle Doctor, 5003 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA 90042; (323) 259-3131
- Raffi's Bicycles, 5509 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042; (323) 474-6340
- Ryky’s Bike Shop, 2424 Daly St, Los Angeles, CA 90031; (213) 703-8909
- Spokes N Stuff - Griffith Park Ranger Station, 4730 Crystal Springs Ave., Griffith Park, CA 90027; (323) 662-6573
San Gabriel Valley
- Pasadena Cyclery, 1670 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91106; (626) 795-2866
- Incycle Bicycles, 175 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105; (626) 577-0440
- Velo Pasadena Inc, 2562 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107; (626) 304-0064
- Jones Bicycles II, 2523 Huntington Dr., San Marino, CA 91108; (626) 793-4227
- Abba Padre - 4219 Sepulveda Blvd. #A, Culver City, CA 90230; (310) 390-5203
- Palms Cycle - 3770 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034; (310) 838- 9644
- LA Brakeless - 12220 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066; (310) 313-6300
- The Recyclist Bike Shop - 12220 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066; (310) 864-3780
- Spokes N Stuff - The Inn at Venice Beach, 327 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90291; (310) 439-7276
- Jays Rentals Venice Beach - 1501 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291; (310) 392-7306
- Boardwalk Skate & Surf - 201 1/2 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291; (310) 450-6634
- Venice Bike & Skates - 21 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292; (310) 301-4011. First come, first served.
- Perry's Cafe -3100 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90292; (310) 823-6730. Venice Beach at end of Washington Blvd.
- Perry's Cafe - 2500 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90293; (310) 823-1453. Venice Beach at end of North Venice Blvd.
- The Bicycle Whisperer - 724 Vernon Ct., Venice, CA 90291; (310) 612-1409
- Bike Curious Rentals - 34 Windward Ave., Venice, CA 90291 ; Call or text (310) 702-2823
- Santa Monica Bike Center - 1555 2nd Street, Unit A, Santa Monica, CA 90401; (310) 656-8500
- Spokes N Stuff - 1700 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401; (310) 3995-4748
- Cynergy Cycles - 2300 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404; (310) 857-1500
- WestSide Bicycles - 700 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401; (310) 576-9900
- Santa Monica Beach Bicycle Rentals - 1428 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401; (310) 428-5337
- Bike Attack Santa Monica - 2400 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405; (310) 581-8014
- Bicycle Ambulance - 2212 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405; (310) 395-5026
- Blazing Saddles - 320 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401; (310) 393-9778
Marina Del Ray
- Daniel's Bike Rentals - Fisherman's Village, 13737 Fiji Way, Marina Del Ray, CA 90292; (310) 980-4045
- Marina Electric Bikes & Beach Cruisers - 3111 Ocean Front Walk, Marina Del Ray, CA 90292; (310) 301-2453. Beach cruisers available for rent: call a day in advance.
- Helen's Cycles Beverly - 8330 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048; (323) 653-6900
- Labrea Bike Works - 5850 W 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036; (323) 285-1655
- Beverly Hills Bike Shop - 10546 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064; (310) 275-2453
- Bikecology - 9006 W. Pico Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90035; (310) 278-0915
- Bike Improve - 10929 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025; (310) 400-0363
- Helen's Cycles: Westwood Village - 1071 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024; (310) 208-8988
- UCLA Bike Shop - 2131 John Wooden Center, Los Angeles, CA 90095; (310) 206-7219
San Fernando Valley
- Van's Cyclery - 11407 Victory Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91606; (818) 760-6960. Call a few days in advance to rent a bike - limited quantities available.
- Retro Xpress Bicycles - 14503 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401; (818) 200-9463.
- Wheel Fun Rentals - 6300 Balboa Blvd. Van Nuys, CA 91316; (818) 212-4263. A wide range of bikes are available including cruisers, choppers, tandems and surreys.
- LA Bike Adventures - 7736 Amestoy Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406; (818) 826-2011. Mountain bikes and gravel bikes (can be converted into road bikes)
The following are not permitted at CicLAvia, due to LA City law:
- unauthorized solicitation
- alcoholic beverages
- narcotics or illegal drugs
- bathing in pools or fountains
- damage to property
- feeding animals
- firecrackers or explosives
- littering (including pet waste)
- public intoxication
- unauthorized driving or parking
- unauthorized vending
- unleashed animals
How to CicLAvia
CicLAvia provides the chance for participants to enjoy a fun day connecting with their fellow Angelenos and their city in a whole new way. Participants are welcome to walk, bike, skate, run...any people-powered form of transport is allowed! CicLAvia works hard to provide a safe and secure environment for all participants. By familiarizing yourself with the following information, you can help to make CicLAvia a great event for everyone.
Timing your trip
CicLAvia lasts from 9:00am–4:00pm. Please budget your time accordingly. Make sure you return to your point of origin or final destination by 4:00pm to avoid car traffic when the route reopens.
Share the Road
Cars are not allowed at CicLAvia, but any other form of non-motorized transportation is. Be aware of how people around you are traveling – biking, walking, skating, etc. – and respect their right to the road.
Police, transit officers, and CicLAvia volunteers will be at crossing intersections to monitor the flow of CicLAvia and car traffic. Riders and pedestrians must stop at car and pedestrian intersections when told to do so.
Please monitor your speed going down a hill. Also stay within the speed of the flow of traffic when it is too congested to pass.
There are often mandatory dismount locations. There will be signs at the dismount locations and volunteers instructing riders to dismount.
Biking with Children
Our friends at REI have a comprehensive information and video page about biking with children. Please take the time to review this information if you plan to enjoy CicLAvia with a child.
Helmets for Children
All children 18 and under are required by law to wear a helmet if they are on a bike, scooter, skateboard, skates or other type of geared or wheeled-transportation.
Kids Zones will offer fun bike and pedestrian safety workshops and other exciting activities.
Experienced Riders Recommended
CicLAvia is not an ideal place to teach a child, or an adult, how to ride due to the heavy flow of bike, board, and pedestrian traffic. While we encourage participants of all ages and skill levels, we strongly suggest that children and all participants learn the basics of bike riding before participating on the CicLAvia route.
Rain or Shine
CicLAvia will go on, rain or shine!
Here are a few things to remember when riding or skating in wet conditions.
Slow down. It’s easier to lose traction, especially in turns, when the road is wet. Avoid sharp turns and high speed turns so your bike won’t slide out from under you.
Skidding is more likely when the road is wet. Modulate your braking to avoid a skid.
Give yourself extra time and distance to stop.
Rim brake users, remember your rims are wet so it takes a little longer for your brake pads to catch. Pumping your brakes will help.
Be more cautious on (or avoid) surfaces that are extra slippery when wet: metal plates, manhole covers, train tracks, storm grates, and street “paint”.
Avoid riding through standing water or piles of wet leaves, which might conceal road defects.
Visibility is reduced when it’s raining. Wear bright, reflective clothing and use front and rear lights to help you see and be seen (even during the day).
Tips from our good friends at LA County Bicycle Coalition