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CicLAvia Opens the West San Fernando Valley 2023 – Open Thread

CicLAvia on Sherman Way yesterday – all photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog

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Southern California's popular open streets festival CicLAvia touched down in the West San Fernando Valley yesterday. Through the L.A. City communities of Reseda, Canoga Park, and Winnetka, , four miles of Sherman Way were closed to cars and open to people on foot, bike, scooter, skate, wheelchair, and more.

The region has been experiencing an unusually forceful and unseasonably cold series of storms bringing lots of rain and even some snow, but, though it was a cold cloudy day, the event ended up falling on a dry day between two storms. The course was marked with plenty of puddles, cold winds, and a few downed trees - but no actual rain (as occurred during the prior December 2019 CicLAvia there.)

It wasn't as crowded as CicLAvias in the more transit-accessible central city, but tens of thousands of Angelenos - including many young children with their families - showed up and enjoyed themselves. Along the route, businesses and activity hubs were crowded. There appeared to be a little higher percentage than usual of folks enjoying the route on foot - mostly walking, some jogging/running. Though, as is typical with most CicLAvia events, the majority of participants were on bike.

CicLAvia brings out all ages
CicLAvia brings out all ages
CicLAvia brings out all ages
Who says the San Fernando isn't walkable? It was yesterday during CicLAvia.
Who says the San Fernando isn't walkable? It was yesterday during CicLAvia.
Who says the San Fernando isn't walkable? It was yesterday during CicLAvia.
A few puddles lingered along the route from Saturday's heavy rain
A few puddles lingered along the route from Saturday's heavy rain
A few puddles lingered along the route from Saturday's heavy rain
Only one cow spotted along the CicLAvia route
Only one cow spotted along the CicLAvia route
Many families enjoyed CicLAvia, including many kids on training wheels
Many families enjoyed CicLAvia, including many kids on training wheels
Many families enjoyed CicLAvia, including many kids on training wheels
CicLAvia participants snapping pictures at one of the signs welcoming people to Reseda
CicLAvia participants snapping pictures at one of the Welcome to Reseda signs

Readers - how was your experience at yesterday's CicLAvia?

The next CicLAvia will take place Sunday April 16 on a central Los Angeles route extending from Pico Union to Mid-City, mostly on Venice and Washington Boulevards.

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