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The San Gabriel Complex Fire forced the cancellation of 6/26 Golden Streets, will there be a makeup date?
YES!!! After several months of planning and coordination, 626 Golden Streets has been rescheduled for Sunday March 5, 2017!
What are "Open Streets"?
"Open Streets" are temporary street closures for automobile traffic that "open" roads for community members all ages to walk, bike, dance, play, jog, run, socialize and more! Although relatively new to southern California - the first and largest regular event in LA County (CicLAvia) was hosted in October 2010 -- Open Streets events have grown tremendously in popularity across the United States in recent years, with hundreds of communities participating with their own events every year. To get a better idea what these events can look like, check out this online video.
Have any of the participating cities hosted an Open Streets event before?
This will be the second major open streets event for the City of South Pasadena (the first was ArroyoFest in 2003 - a collaboration with Caltrans that involved a temporary closure of the I-110 Arroyo Parkway freeway) and the first major open streets event for the other 6 participating communities: San Marino, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa.
When will parking restrictions go into effect?
In each City No Parking on the route restrictions will go into effect at different times (e.g., 12am in South Pasadena). Please look out for signage detailing the exact time parking restrictions will start by you. Please be observant of any no parking signs on or near the event route. Cars parked on the route after no parking restrictions go into effect will be towed.
When do route closures go into effect?
5:00am – Organizers will begin partial/full closures to event streets to secure route, with closures in full effect by 7:00 a.m.
When will the route re-open to cars?
3:00pm – Sections of route fully closed to automobiles will begin to re-open to vehicular traffic. Exceptions include the Mission St. hub between Fremont and Meridian in South Pasadena (closed until 5pm), Duarte Rd. between Village and Highland in Duarte (closed until 4pm), and 1st Street in Arcadia (closed until 3pm).
Will there be restrooms along the route?
Yes, a mixture of public restrooms and portable toilets, including at least one ADA compliant facility at each activity hub, will be available for public use across the route.
What types of vehicles are allowed on the route?
Basically anything people-powered, including scooters, strollers, skateboards, rollerblades, roller skates, penny farthings, tricycles, etc.
Are electric bikes, electric scooters, and other electric-assisted devices allowed at the event?
Yes, street legal electric-assist bicycles, scooters, and similar devices may be used at 626 Golden Streets. However, to ensure a safe and memorable day for all, we ask all event participants (whether on fully human-powered or electric assisted devices) to ride in safe and courteous manner, yielding to slower moving persons, children, and other event goers.
Do I need to wear a helmet?
For everyone's safety, participants are encouraged to wear a helmet if biking, skating, scooting, or using other wheeled devices. Participants under the age of 18 who are on wheeled devices (e.g., bikes, skateboards, scooters) or traveling with an adult on a wheeled-device, are required by CA law to wear a helmet.
Can I walk the entire route?
If you can average 3 miles per hour and start at either end of the route, yes, you should be able to make it! If you try this, please do take pictures, blog about it, maybe get a group together, and send us updates via #626GoldenStreets on Twitter, Instagram etc. We will be impressed; it's a LONG way!
Where can I rent a bike?
Need a bike for 626 Golden Streets? Options include: 1) renting from a local bike shop (we suggest doing so as early as possible as supplies are limited and tend to go fast for Open Streets event; 2) trying a bike model such as Spinlister; or 3) borrowing one from a friend or family member! Metro Los Angeles will also have Bike Share Demo bikes available for test rides at the South Pasadena. 626 Golden Streets is also a great excuse to finally purchase a bike of your own. The SGV Bike Education center has a limited supply of recycled/refurbished bikes in the $75 to $200 range, as well as kids bikes from $30 on up; for more information contact Jose.
The Train Run is a timed half-marathon starting at Garfield Park Hub in South Pasadena and heading east along the route. This will be a challenging and unique way to experience much of the route! Visit www.thetrainrun.com for more details or to sign up.
Can I bring a tent or table to setup on the route?
Unless part of an official activity hub OR sanctioned by a local business or organization with a physical location along the route, tabling setups or booths are not permitted on the event route. To participate in an official activity hub groups/vendors must either become an event sponsor, commit to volunteering, or provide a free, fun and healthy activity approved by the event planning committee. Please contact us for details.
Groups/individuals who would like to set up a table along the route are encouraged to reach out to local businesses for permission to set up on their property.
This is rad! Who is behind 626 Golden Streets?
Ok, no one asked this question, yet, but 626 Golden Streets was first envisioned by AQMD Board Member and South Pasadena Mayor Michael Cacciotti after being approached by BikeSGV staff who were originally interested in restaging the successful 2004 ArroyoFest with the City and Caltrans. Since this had already been done once, Mayor Cacciotti suggested doing something new in conjunction with the opening of the Foothill Gold Line Extension to Azusa. The 626 Golden Streets concept linking the City of South Pasadena Mission St. station to new stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa was subsequently presented to and supported by elected leaders from each of these Foothill Gold Line cities. Project funding was then successfully solicited from the Metro Open Streets program (Cycle 1), with local non-profits Bike San Gabriel Valley (overall event planning, coordination, marketing), Aztlan Athletics (logistics, Train Run) and Day One (arts, music) playing the lead roles in organizing and staging the event.
Will there be a Golden Streets 2.0?
There are no plans to repeat the event in its current form, another reason not to miss it! However, Golden Streets organizers worked with our friends at CicLAvia and the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments to successfully apply for funding for a follow-up event linking the next phase of the Foothill Gold Line featuring the cities of San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, and Claremont! Be sure to save-this-date: Earth Day 2018 - April 22, 2018!