Sunday Funday: Old San Fernando Recap

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To kick off our monthly Sunday Funday series for 2017, LACBC headed out to the Northeast San Fernando Valley to ride and learn about the area's early history.

The fifteen-mile ride went by such historical sites as the Pico Adobe, Mission San Fernando, Lopez Adobe, San Fernando Middle School, Morningside Elementary, Old Pacoima, and Brand Boulevard, the site of the old Pacific Electric Railway. We also got to see more recent additions like the Nethercutt Museum and Rudy Ortega Park.

As part of the route, cyclists got to experience the new protected bike lane on Van Nuys Blvd as part of L.A. City's Great Streets Initiative.

Afterwards, a number of riders grabbed some food and headed over to the San Fernando Brewing Company where we were able to relax and mingle around.

Thanks to all who participated and we're glad we had such a strong showing for our first ride in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.

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The ride started off on the San Fernando Road Bike Trail.

 

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The group was so large that it stretched out quite a distance.

 

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The Nethercutt Museum was closed, but everyone was curious about it.

 

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Morningside Elementary is the oldest school in LAUSD still serving its original purpose.

 

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The Lopez Adobe is the second oldest residence in the San Fernando Valley dating back to 1882.

 

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Geronimo Lopez also handed the capitulation papers for the Mexican-American War in 1847.

 

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 A handiwork detail from the Lopez Adobe.

 

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Brand Boulevard's median used to contain tracks for the Pacific Electric Railway.

 

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A quick break while we discussed Mission San Fernando's history. 

 

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The auditorium for San Fernando High School (now Middle School) was designed by John C. Austin in 1916, who later helped design L.A. City Hall, the Shrine Auditorium, and Griffith Observatory.

 

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 Some of the vintage sites of San Fernando.

 

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This Victorian home in Pacoima dates back to 1888!

 

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Less than a month old, our group was eager to try out the new protected bike lane on Van Nuys Blvd. 

 

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Even with our large group, there was plenty of space to ride.

 

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Signage was placed on Van Nuys Blvd. to explain some of the street's updates. 

 

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 ....and the group kept coming....

 

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Juan from CicLAvia was sporting his Pacoima shirt for the ride. 

  

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Super Ride Marshal Jason tailends the ride to make sure everyone is safe.

 

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Afterwards, dozens of us made our way to the San Fernando Brewing Company...

 

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..which always allows bikes to park inside.

 

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  • commented 2017-01-13 11:06:51 -0800
    Thanks. We hope to have a west valley ride later this year!
  • commented 2017-01-12 20:52:52 -0800
    Great ride. Very educational and well organized.
  • commented 2017-01-10 20:20:32 -0800
    Great ride – thank you LACBC staffers and volunteers!

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