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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.
When will parking restrictions go into effect?
In each City No Parking on the route restrictions will go into effect at 12am the night prior to the event. No parking signage should be posted along the route 72 hours prior to the event. 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?
5am – Organizers will begin partial/full closures to event streets to secure route, with closures in full effect by 6am.
When will the route re-open to cars?
Sections of route fully closed to automobiles will begin to re-open to vehicular traffic at 4pm. By 5pm most of the route should be re-opened to vehicle 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.
Are electric bikes, electric scooters, and other electric-assisted devices allowed at the event?
Yes, street legal electric-assist wheelchairs, 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?
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.
Are there any items I cannot bring or things I cannot do at the event?
Yes, please note that the following are not permitted due to local law.
Consumption of Alcoholic beverages, narcotics or illegal drugs in the public right of way. Alcohol may be consumed on private property at licensed businesses along the event route. Please note that public intoxication is not permitted
Damaging local property
Allowing animals to be unleashed
Using firecrackers or other explosives
Carrying firearms or other weapons
Littering (including pet waste)
Driving or parking a motor vehicle on the event route
Why is the event on a Sunday?
To date one 626 Golden Streets ciclovía was staged on a Saturday, however Sundays are generally selected by participating communities as they are the day of the week with the least amount of vehicle traffic. Sunday event dates are also the industry norm for ciclovías around the country and world, including the original Ciclovía in Bogota, Colombia which takes place every Sunday.
What are the traffic impacts of the event?
Each 626 Golden Streets route has a custom Traffic Control Plan (TCP) that is designed to protect event participants and limit traffic impacts by permitting vehicles to cross the route at intersections with greater average vehicle trips. Specific vehicle delays would depend on
By willingly participating in 626 Golden Streets, each participant is deemed to have released from liability and waived any right to sue its organizers, their employees, officers, volunteers and agents from any and all claims, including claims of negligence, resulting in any physical injury, illness (including death) or economic loss suffered as a result of participating in a 626 Golden Streets event.
By willingly participating in a 626 Golden Streets ciclovía, each participant understands that there are risks, such as physical and/or psychological injury, pain, suffering, illness, disfigurement, temporary or permanent disability, death or economic loss. These injuries or outcomes may arise from a participant’s or other’s actions, inactions, or negligence, or the condition of the location (s) or facility (ies). Nonetheless, participants assume all known and unknown risks of participation in 626 Golden Streets.