Photography: Ruth Saravia
Thousands of cyclists flooded a six-mile stretch to participate in CicLAVia's first San Fernando edition Sunday.
Beginning from the North Hollywood metro station and ending at Coldwater Canyon and Ventura Blvd., 450 volunteers and staff coordinated the massive crowds as they rode, walked and jogged alongside the route.
"We've been talking about expanding to the valley since we began in 2010," said executive director and co-founder Aaron Paley. "There's a great turnout today."
Since its debut in 2010, CIcLAVia has coordinated rides in various cities including Venice, Los Angeles, Mar Vista, South Los Angeles, Koreatown, MIracle Mile, among others. Paley estimated that around 50,000 riders for Sunday's ride, though the final counts will be finalized within a couple weeks.
"The valley is the epitome of using the car right? So if you can get around in the valley without a car, that sends a big message about what Los Angeles is possible of becoming in the future," said Paley.
For those walking or taking rests along the ride, food trucks, water stations and other kid-friendly activities such as face painting were setup by CicLAVia sponsors.
Cyclists, however, said to be thankful to have a space where they could safely congregate without the danger of cars.
"We all ride bikes that's what brings us together, but the love of bikes will get us to meet each other and talk to each other and do good things, besides riding bikes," said a cyclist who identifies himself as Slink.