One of Gabe's favorite things to do at the start of every new year is pull out his calendar and save-the-dates for more #OpenStreets | #ciclovia fun! At least 8 major ciclovias are scheduled to take place across Los Angeles County in 2020, not including all the events organizations are planning in other parts of California.
As huge fans of these transformative events, Gabe and his friends at #ActiveSGV team have once again put together a list of some of the most interesting and exciting ciclovias scheduled for the year ahead. The calendar includes several new routes and even one of the first twilight events in SoCal, appropriately scheduled for All Hallow's Eve! Get a head start on creative costume ideas, and be sure to give Gabe and friends a high 5 if you seen them exploring car-free streets outside the San Gabriel Valley.
Also, be sure to thank Metro Los Angeles staff if you see them. Their Open Streets Program makes most of these events possible!
Sunday, February 23, 2020 (9a-3p) - CicLAvia South LA
The 2020 schedule will kick off with a new route connecting neighborhoods in South LA. Easily accessible via the Metro Blue (A) Line, the 6 mile route traverses much of historic Central Avenue in Los Angeles. The 35th cicLAvia to date, the event will also include photo booths, arts & crafts projects, games, and lots of food options. More info at ciclavia.org
Saturday, March 21, 2020 (10a-4p) - Beach Streets
The City of Long Beach's home-grown ciclovia returns on March 21st with a route connecting to Cal State Long Beach. The 4-mile route will include 4 festival hubs with their own unique vibe, music, activities, and family-friendly activities. If you haven't been to a "Beach Streets" before, Gabe highly recommends checking it out. More info here.
Sunday, April 19, 2020 (10a-4p) - Heart of the Foothills
Third in line is a #GabeTheSasquatch production! Golden Streets Heart of the Foothills will connect the cities of San Dimas, La Verne, and Pomona. Honoring the 50th Anniversary of Earth Month, the event will feature an array of eco-minded activity hubs, games, art installations, and more along the five mile route linking historic downtown San Dimas and La Verne to Palomares Park in Pomona. Join Gabe and friends for a special kick-off celebration at 8:45am at Palomares Park for a guaranteed selfie and a chance to win some Golden Streets prizes! More info here.
Other Upcoming Ciclovias!
Dates sometimes subject to change. Be sure to check back later in the year to confirm!
There are countless things you could do across the three-city, 5-mile Mission-to-Mission event route, from visiting famous film sites to embarking on a culinary tour of the west San Gabriel Valley. However with only 7 hours of event time to play with, you will have to make some choices!
To help you review some of the options, check out our curated list of 26 things you could do at 626 Golden Streets | Mission to Mission!
1) Collect three free SGV City stickers! Available while supplies last at the Info Booth in the Alhambra, SouthPasadena, and SanGabriel Hubs.
2) Enjoy a sweet treat at one of the oldest soda fountains in SoCal, the Fair Oaks Pharmacy, a South Pasadena Landmark since 1915, located right along the event route on Historic Route 66!
3) Walk your dog, or bike your dog!
4) Adopt a dog or cat! The Pasadena Humane Society “Wiggle Waggle Wagon” (aka the ‘Waggin) will be stationed along the route in #SouthPasadena from 9am-1pm!
5) Try boba for the first time! Labobatory in San Gabriel City, or up your boba game by purchasing a reusable boba straw!
6) Check out professional chalk artists with Light Bringer Project at the Alhambra Activity Hub.
7) Watch the award-winning Alhambra Unified School District Matador Marching Band in action at the San Gabriel Activity Hub, 2-3:30pm.
8) Sample some fresh produce at the #Alhambra Farmers Market.
9) Ride rollerblades, a bike, skateboard, scooter, unicycle, or other human powered vehicle.
10) Make new friends, even ones from the dark side!!! Look out for members of the awesome 501st Legion - SoCal Garrison.
11) Get a cool #626GoldenStreets t-shirt! Available for sale or via free raffle if you take an event-day survey!!! Available at any Info Booth.
12) Experience the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, a historic landmark and 4th of 21 Spanish missions in California. Free tours at 1pm! #SanGabriel Hub.
13) Participate in the second, sometimes annual Tour de Cacciotti with South Coast Air Quality Management District Board Member and bike commuter extraordinaire Michael Cacciotti. Meet 9am South Pasadena Hub stage, ride casually to Alhambra and San Gabriel Hubs.
14) Drive or ride in some of the newest electric cars on the market with Plug In America. Free demo zone in the San Gabriel Activity Hub.
15) Test ride a cargo e-bike at the South Pasadena (Cero Bikes, LA Bike Center) and Alhambra (Propel Bikes) Activity Hubs.
16) Get your kicks, on Route 66!!! Did you know part of the #626GoldenStreets Mission-to-Mission event route traverses Historic #Route66? Now ya do! #SouthPasadena hub.
17) Try the famous spring rolls at Golden Deli right on the event route in #SanGabriel!
18) Miss the SoCal #SuperBloom-mania? No worries, take a free make-up picture at the #ActiveSGV booth at the San Gabriel Hub.
19) Build with GIANT LEGOS with at the Day One Family Zone in the South Pasadena Hub!!!
20) Learn a dance routine with Unbound Dance Studio. 1:50-2:20pm at the South Pasadena Activity Hub
21) Master Jakob’s Ladder without having to pay dime! #SouthPasadena Hub
22) Join kids of all ages in playing in one of 3 game zones! #Alhambra, #SouthPasadena, #SanGabriel Hubs.
23) Enjoy specials at 19 businesses along the route, including Happy Hour All Day at 38 Degree Alehouse, Chicken Koop, Dog Haus, and Limericks Tavern! Full list here.
24) Walk or run a 5k, 10k, or ten miler! 👟
25) Take a break and enjoy an eclectic lineup of live music and performers at the #Alhambra, #SouthPasadena, and #SanGabriel Activity Hubs. 🎺🎼🎷🎹🎸
26) Snap a selfie with #GabeTheSasquatch, if you can find him!!! 😁
2017 is shaping up to be another banner year for open streets lovers in Southern California! Free, fun, and family-friendly, these events are great opportunities to explore the wonderful diversity of Los Angeles County in a healthy and active fashion. We've compiled a list of 7 upcoming ciclovias, big and small, worth checking out, so grab your calendar and save-the-dates! Also, be sure to stay tuned for additional ciclovias as summer and fall dates are released later in the year. And be sure to check the Metro Open Streets page here as sometimes these event dates are subject to change.
1) 626 Golden Streets | Sun March 5
South Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, Azusa (9am-3pm) - 18 miles of open streets connecting 8 SGV communities and 6 Gold Line Stations. Over two years in the making, the first time event is back after being cancelled last minute due to wildfires above the cities of Duarte and Azusa. The 2017 edition will feature live music, chalk artists, free yoga and zumba classes, a friendly sasquatch, a Los Angeles Rams Fan Fest and Cyclofest (Irwindale), and of course miles of open streets. See the full list of activities here.
2) cicLAvia | Sun March 26
Culver City, Venice (9am-4pm) - The popular Culver City-Venice cicLAvia edition will be staged again Sunday March 26th, offering participants from across SoCal the opportunity to walk, run and roll 6 miles to Venice beach from Culver City. Served directly by Metro's Expo Line, event attendees will also be able to ride north on the beach path to Santa Monica and loop back to the start via the Expo Line Bike Path or take the train. More info here.
3) Beach Streets Grand Prix View | Tue March 28
Long Beach (11;30am-1pm) - Take a half-day at work and experience the Long Beach Grand Prix Race Track on two feet or two wheels. The annual event opens up the 1.5 mile Indy Race Series circuit course to the public. More info here.
4) Calles Viva: Open Streets | Sat April 1
Carpinteria (9am-5pm) - A great excuse to hop on the Amtrak Surfliner and spend a day (or two) in Santa Barbara County, Carpinteria Open Streets is a first-time event being held in lieu of SB Open Streets this year. More info here.
5) Garden Grove Open Streets | Sat April 1
Garden Grove (3-6pm; 6-10pm after party) - No joke, but the third edition of Garden Grove's popular open streets event is scheduled for Saturday April 1st, too! Explore 2.5 miles of car-free streets in Orange County. Don't have a bike? No worries, loaner bikes and pedicabs will be on hand. More info here.
6) Beach Streets University | Sat April 29
Long Beach (11am-5pm) - The third edition of Long Beach's annual event will traverse a new route in April, connecting CSU Long Beach with adjacent neighborhoods and testing out a later start time, perhaps to better accommodate local students who enjoy sleeping in? More info here.
7) cicLAvia | Sun June 11
Glendale (9am-4pm) - LA's premier open streets promoter brings its show to the City of Glendale for the first time this June, with an original route exploring several neighborhoods. Event specifics have yet to be made public, but save-the-date and check back after cicLAvia Venice-Culver City here.
Even more ciclovia fun!
A full list of upcoming events! :D
2016 will be the most open-streets-friendly in SoCal, ever, with over a half a dozen major ciclovias scheduled between March and October 2016. In addition to 626 Golden Streets presented by Metro, several events will feature completely new routes and neighborhoods to explore, including four southeast LA cities on May 15th and a host of San Gabriel Valley cities on June 12th and 26th. If you enjoy exploring LA's diversity by foot, bike, or skate, you will want to save these dates for an active day with friends and family!
Upcoming open streets events in Southern California
What are "Open Streets"?
Open Streets events or ciclovias are temporary street closures for automobile traffic that "open" roads for community members of all ages to walk, bike, dance, play, jog, run, socialize and more! Popularized over 40 years ago in Bogota, Columbia, whose “ciclovia” takes place every Sunday and public holiday from 7am to 2pm with an estimated 2 million participants spread out over 70 miles, these simple but powerful events are relatively new to southern California; the first and largest regular event in SoCal (CicLAvia) was only hosted in October 2010. Check out this video for a better idea of what these wonderful community events can look like.