This is actually the second round, as the city requires two notifications for all the businesses and residences along the route. Yesterday, I joined staffer Clark and super volunteer Trent starting from Laurel Canyon down to Tujunga and back.
With this being my first rodeo, I let the pros show me the ropes at first. We simply went into every space, handed a flyer, notified them of the street closure and answered any questions given. I expected to hear a little blowback, but for the most part, people were very supportive.
Some places already had the event on their calendar with a few things planned. Of the ones I spoke to, some said they’d be handing out water or setting up booths. North Hollywood Hardware said they have big things in store for the event(Ventura & Carpenter), so I can only imagine at this point.
What even surprised me more was hearing the excitement about the event from a few car-related businesses. Some see it as an opportunity to engage new customers, others just want to be part of the community.
From what I’ve heard, this event will be well attended, so I’m hoping to get out there early and do a few laps(I’ll be slow).
You can feel the energy coming already. March 22nd can’t come soon enough!