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.