It’s that time again, LA!
Last fall we turned part of CicLAvia, LA’s awesome open streets event, into a WalkLAvia, marching down Figueroa on foot. On Sunday, April 21, the next CicLAvia is stretching all the way from downtown to the sea, so we’re organizing a very special Westside WalkLAvia from Culver City to Venice!
We’re joining forces with the one and only Bob Inman, author of the great book A Guide to the Public Stairways of Los Angeles, who leads amazing walking tours all over LA (and once spent a week climbing 300 of the city’s public stairways!). We’ll meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Culver City Expo Line station (look for our Los Angeles Walks banner) and head west on Venice for five miles to CicLAvia’s Venice Hub. If you’d like to continue on with Bob for the full day, he’ll be doing a loop through the Venice canals and walk streets, then walking back to the start in Culver City through some fascinating neighborhoods in Mar Vista.
Westside WalkLAvia with Bob Inman
Sunday, April 21
Culver City Expo Line Station
8817 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(link to Google Maps)
Full description from Bob below. You can bring lunch or snacks or buy them along the way at the Mar Vista Farmers Market or in Venice. Be sure to bring water! Buses will be running on one side of Venice back to Culver City, so you can stop at any time and take transit back to the start. Even if you just want to walk a few miles and bike the rest of the day, join LA Walks for a fun adventure on our open streets!
Here is a walk where I am joining forces with Los Angeles Walks to make the most on foot of the next CicLAvia event. April 21 some streets between the Plaza downtown and Venice Beach will be closed to automobiles for five hours. Using a variation of a walk we’ve done in the past, this day will be a walker’s option to experience part of that event and then experience some of the treats of Venice and other Westside communities.
We start at the Culver City Expo Line station at 10:00 a.m. (8817 Washington Blvd 90232). There is parking at the station but this would be a great day to enjoy the Expo Line.
We will walk west to Venice along Venice Blvd. pausing at the Mar Vista farmers market and you can leave us at SPARC or the Venice library for a total of 5 miles.
You can stay with us another 3 miles of canal paths, the boardwalk, Windward Circle, some of Abbot Kinney and the fabulous walk streets. Then leave us and take the bus or walk back to Culver City.
Beyond that, you can continue on with us as we head back east through Mar Vista and Palms on a route away from Venice Blvd. We’ll enjoy three public stairways, the Gregory Ain Mar Vista tract, downtown Culver City and 7 ½ miles of fairly flat, non-spectacular but delightful walking. Transit is always near enough that you can call it a day at the place of your own choosing.
This is a 15 mile day if you do the whole thing; a great conditioner for the Big Parade coming four weeks later. We walk back to our start, leg-sore and happy, sometime between 5 and 6pm.
If you want to do a hybrid, riding the route on your bike and parking it to walk the Venice loop with us, that’s fine too. I cannot guarantee where to park the bike. I do not tweet our locations but I will post a Google map of the route before April 21 on the Facebook page.
We’ll have four 15-20 minute breaks during our walk for bathrooms and a chance to get a snack. Pack some snacks to keep you going, carry water, be well protected from the sun and wear the right shoes.
Event is led by Bob Inman, author of A Guide to the Public Stairways of Los Angeles – Facebook group: “Guide to the Stairways of Los Angeles.” please ensure that you are in good health on April 21 before participating in the rigorous activity that this is. As the organizer, Bob Inman assumes absolutely no responsibility for the participants. If you choose to participate, you assume all responsibility for yourself and agree not to hold the leader liable in any way.
See you on Sunday, April 21!