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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 third 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 open streets event for the. Cities of Alhambra and San Gabriel.
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., 2am in South Pasadena; 3am in Alhambra). 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?
4:00pm – Sections of route fully closed to automobiles will begin to re-open to vehicular traffic.
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) ride in safe and courteous manner, yielding to slower moving persons, children, and other event goers.
Do I need to wear a helmet?
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. For everyone's safety, participants are encouraged to wear a helmet if biking, skating, scooting, or using other wheeled devices.
Can I walk, jog, or run the entire route?
Where can I rent a bike, buy a bike, or get a bike fixed? Need wheels? Options include:
Local Bike Shops
Jones Bicycles, 417 S Mission Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776 - (626) 793-4227
The Cub House, 2510 Mission St, San Marino, CA 91108 - (626) 755-3003
The SGV Bike Education Center also offers recycled/refurbished bikes in the $25 to $150 range, as well as kids bikes from $15 on up; for more information visit their website or contact Jose Jimenez. Open Fridays 4-8pm and Saturdays 10am-5pm. Location: Jeff Seymour Family Center, 10900 Mulhall Street, Rm. 29, El Monte, CA 91731 (Enter from large gate on Emery St, located one block SOUTH of Mulhall Avenue)
A timed 5k starting and ending at the South Pasadena activity hub. The run is free for all youth 17 and under. More info here.
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 at the event, 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.