LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The CicLAvia event that closes roads off from drivers for bicyclists and pedestrians for a day is coming to the San Fernando Valley on Sunday.
In a region dominated by the automobile, the open roads festival gives residents a glimpse of what it’d be like to live with alternative forms of transportation; To experience their communities in a new way; And to embrace a healthier way of getting around.
The event has gained momentum since its start in 2o10 on the streets of Los Angeles. It has since spread to West Hollywood and several other parts of the city.
Sunday’s event starts with an 8:45 a.m. ceremony in North Hollywood, at Chandler and Lankershim boulevards, near the Red Line station. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and members of the City Council will be there to mark the occasion.
The route extends six miles along Lankershim and Ventura boulevards, with hubs at the North Hollywood and Universal/Studio City Metro Red Line stations. Participants can stop at another hub at the Studio City Farmers Market and grab a bite to eat and head on to the next hub at Coldwater Canyon.
The festival ends at 4 p.m.
Metro has arranged extra Orange Line bus service and longer cars on the Red Line subway to accommodate crowds from the event. Bus detours are listed on the Metro site.
Several off-ramps on the 134 and 101 freeways will be closed during the event, according to Caltrans. They include the Vineland Boulevard off-ramps on the north and southbound sides of the 101, the Campo de Cahuenga off-ramp on the northbound side of the 101, and the left turn lane of the Lankershim Boulevard off-ramp of the westbound side of the 134 Freeway.
CicLAvia was inspired by Ciclovia in Bogota, Colombia, a similar event aimed at getting people out of their cars and embracing “tactical urbanism.”
For more information visit CicLAvia San Fernando Valley.
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