Yesterday, Sunday, March 22nd, was CicLAvia in the San Fernando Valley.
Lankershim Boulevard, from Chandler to Ventura, and Ventura to Coldwater Canyon, was closed to cars.
I rode from my house near Sepulveda and Victory to the starting line at North Hollywood Station.
It was foggy.
Mayor Eric Garcetti: articulate, young and progressive, spoke before the opening.
It was a perfect San Francisco day to ride bikes in Los Angeles.
Cool, overcast, gentle.
And the sometimes indifferent people were seemingly transformed into better ones.
A cop saw me inflating my bike tire before the race and said, “Let me walk you down to where they have a bike repair station.”
Shopkeepers along the route waved and handed out chapstick, water, and energy bars.
In Studio City, I stopped and ate a Belgian waffle at Waffles DeLiege food truck.
Fortified and energized I turned around and rode the route back to the starting point in North Hollywood. And continued down Chandler. Making my way home, under trees and cloudy skies, along deserted streets .