The popular CicLAvia cycling event is coming to the San Fernando Valley with a route through the area’s major business thoroughfares, organizers announced on Thursday.
The March 22 event will traverse 5.5 miles of Lankershim and Ventura boulevards between North Hollywood and Studio City. The route will be car-free between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and be open to all non-motorized forms of transportation.
The route will run adjacent to Red Line stops in North Hollywood and Universal City and pass through the heart of Studio City. Funding is being provided by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
“As someone born and raised in the Valley, and as Metro Chair, I’m especially proud that Metro is sponsoring the very first Valley CicLAvia to give Angelenos a chance to enjoy a new open space and explore our neighborhoods from a new perspective,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti in a press release.
CicLAvia started in 2008 and was modeled after a longtime event in Bogota, Colombia known as “ciclovia.” The L.A. version was first held in 2010 and since then it has grown to cover more than 100 miles of area roads. A 2013 event from Downtown to Venice Beach attracted an estimated 180,000 participants.
CicLAvia events in Pasadena, between Culver City to Venice and in downtown Los Angeles are scheduled for later this year.