CicLAvia in the West San Fernando Valley – Open Thread

Cicyclists braved the morning rains to enjoy yesterday's West San Fernando Valley CicLAvia - all photos: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Cicyclists braved the morning rains to enjoy yesterday's West San Fernando Valley CicLAvia - all photos: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
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Scattered morning showers dampened yesterday’s West San Fernando Valley CicLAvia, but still thousands of people showed up and enjoyed miles of open streets. CicLAvia: The Valley took place on a straight-line course extending for five miles of Sherman Way though the L.A. City neighborhoods of Canoga Park, Winnetka, and Reseda.

The inclement weather likely turned some participants away, but by early afternoon gray cloudy skies gave way to the kind of intense blue that only comes around after rain has cleansed the L.A. basin air. Many participants braved the rain, donning rain ponchos or carrying umbrellas – some ducking under awnings when the strongest of the storms passed over. Some cyclists and pedestrians dressed up in festive holiday costumes.

Families, groups, and individuals walked, biked, pedi-cabbed, skated, strollered, and more. Hubs featured music, games, booths, food trucks, and activities for kids. Along the route, numerous businesses, pop-ups, and churches welcomed participants.

Rain showers were intermittent by fairly intense all morning at yesterday's CicLAvia
Rain showers were intermittent but fairly intense all morning at yesterday’s CicLAvia
By early afternoon, the rain cleared and gave way to wonderful sunny blue skies - at yesterday's CicLAvia
By early afternoon, the rain cleared and gave way to wonderful sunny blue skies at yesterday’s CicLAvia
CicLAvia's Winnetka Hub in front of The Victorian - built from salvaged pieces from similar buildings from the demolished Bunker Hill
CicLAvia’s Winnetka Hub in front of The Victorian – built in 1981 from salvaged pieces from similar buildings from the demolished Bunker Hill
Photogenic puddles at yesterday's CicLAvia
Photogenic puddles at yesterday’s CicLAvia: The Valley
More CicLAvia puddles
More CicLAvia puddles
Young cyclists know the appeal of puddles
Young cyclists know the appeal of puddles – at yesterday’s CicLAvia: The Valley

Readers – how was your experience at yesterday’s CicLAvia: The Valley?

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