March 5th is coming up fast, and if you plan to bike the 626, now is a great time to make sure your wheels are running smoothly and you're ready to roll. Event organizer BikeSGV is hosting a series of free bicycling classes to help get you rolling, so be sure to take advantage of upcoming classes!
City Cycling Classes
Want to feel more comfortable riding on city streets? Or how to set up your bike to commute to work/school? Then our City Cycling class is for you!
BikeSGV's City Cycling course is broken into 3 parts to help you gain more confidence on your bike:
Basic Bicycle Maintenance Classes
Do you know the basics to keep you bike rolling? Whether you are looking to get back on the bike for fitness, commuting, or just to be able to spend a nice weekend with family, this class is a great way to get your bike(s) back on the road. We'll teach you how to: perform an ABC Quick check,repair/replace a flat tire; adjust brakes; clean your bicycle; and acquire the tools needed to make simple repairs on the go.
Click here for upcoming dates
Jose Jimenez, BikeSGV Education Director
Jose@BikeSGV.org - (626) 566-8302
SGV Bicycle Education Center, Room 29
10900 Mulhall Street, El Monte, 91731
Originally scheduled for 6/26/16, the historic 626 Golden Streets event had to be cancelled due to wildfires above the cities of Azusa, Duarte, and Irwindale only 72 hours before the big event.
The 7-city working group and project partners are very excited to report that after months of contingency planning and coordination a makeup date has been confirmed: Sunday March 5, 2017!
In addition to being a great way to start off 2017, March 5th just so happens to be the one-year anniversary of the Foothill Gold Line Extension grand opening!
Please save-the-new-date and stay tuned for updates here, as well as on the event Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter. Until then, we encourage you to walk, bike, roll and explore our beautiful region by Metro.
Due to active wildfires affecting air quality in the San Gabriel Valley region, public safety officials and city staff, who have been monitoring the situation closely, have officially moved to postpone the 626 Golden Streets event to a future date.
The participating cities of South Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Azusa, San Marino, Irwindale, County of Los Angeles, Metro, Bike San Gabriel Valley and event organizers would like to inform the public at this time that the 18+ mile open streets event and all associated activities scheduled for June 26th 2016 will no longer be held this Sunday. The event is being postponed; a future date is not available at this time.
Event organizers would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to all those who worked so hard to make 626 Golden Streets a reality on 6/26 Day, especially event sponsors: Metro Los Angeles, MSRC, SoCalGas, Kaiser Permanente, KPCC, the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority and many others. We would also like to thank the dozens of city staff, safety officials, artists, vendors and others who have invested time and energy into creating a truly special event for the San Gabriel Valley. We thank you for your commitment and continued support!
626 Golden Streets will be back. Until then, we encourage you to walk, bike, and explore our beautiful region by Metro. And stay tuned for updates at: www.626goldenstreets.com and @bikeSGV.
Information about the San Gabriel Complex fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4801/
Be our guest of honor,
At the 626 Golden Streets - OPENING CEREMONY!
Join members from Congress, State Senate, the California State Assembly, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and city elected officials in celebrating this historic open streets event in our region, and largest EVER in California!
WHAT: Special Opening Ceremony to celebrate the opening of 626 Golden Streets! Festivities include special guest speakers & appearances, exclusive giveaways , free bike raffle, and performers!
WHEN: Sunday June 26, 2016 - 8AM-8:30AM
WHERE: Mission St and Meridian Ave. South Pasadena CA 91030 (on route)
*Accessible by Metro Gold Line - South Pasadena Station
Congresswoman Judy Chu
CA State Senator Ed Hernandez
CA State Assemblymember Chris Holden
Chairwoman of Board of Supervisors Hilda L. Solis, District 1
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, District 5
Cities of 626 Golden Streets:
Mayor of the San Gabriel Mountains, Gabe the Sasquatch
Mayor Pro Tem Alexander Blackburn, City of Monrovia
Mayor Samuel Kang, City of Duarte
Mayor Mark A. Breceda, City of Irwindale
Mayor Joseph Rocha, City of Azusa
Mayor Tom Beck, City of Arcadia
Councilmember Ara Najarian, City of Glendale, Metro Board
Councilmember John Fasana, City of Duarte, Metro Board
Senator Carol Liu, Special Recognition presented by staff
Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, Recognition Presented by Staff
Mayor Pro Tem Michael Cacciotti, City of South Pasadena, SCAQMD Board
** FIRST 100 ATTENDEES will be entered into free raffle to WIN : A NEW BIKE!
(Novaro Flyby Folding bike (white), Estimated Value: $700. Pictured Below. Dog NOT included!
Volunteers are essential to pull off this historic 8-community event! Come be a part of the team to get a special commemorative TAP card, an exclusive volunteer T-shirt, and a volunteer appreciation raffle that includes folding bicycles, skateboards, bike gear and more!
To volunteer, click on a link below to RSVP for an orientation where you can sign up for a shift, a location and an assignment. Orientations are taking place on evenings and weekends in El Monte and Pasadena.
Upcoming Volunteer Orientations
#626GoldenStreets TAP cards (including $1.75 fare) will NOT be available for sale. Get this very cool keepsake by donating a few hours of your time to make this event possible! Thank you!
The GREAT 8 - Will you go home with the Great 8? Collect the below free city-specific 626 Golden Streets stickers as you traverse the 8 communities of 626 Golden Streets: South Pasadena, San Marino, LA County (Gold Line Sticker), Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, and Azusa!,
Designed by Monrovia-based artist Dan Sipple just for (626) Golden Streets, the limited edition stickers will likely go fast and will only be available at event hub information booths (one per participant). We highly recommend starting your journey right at 8am if you'd like all 8!
8 Communities, 8 Cool Stickers
But wait, there's more! Successfully collect all 8 stickers and you'll have a chance at winning a special, surprise 9th giveaway redeemable at the Azusa and South Pasadena hub information booths. Supplies limited, must show valid proof of Great 8 to be eligible!*
*Additional Terms may apply. Must be at least 9 months of age to qualify.
It's not everyday that 7 cities partner together to connect 6 new light rail stations via over 17 miles of streets opened for walking, biking, skating and more. In fact, this is the first time any of the 7 participating cities will host an open streets event. As far as we know 626 Golden Streets also has more cities working together to open streets along a continuous route than any other ciclovia in the US! Needless to say, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the (626) in a whole new light!
For those joining us from further afield, there is a wide range of overnight lodging options in close proximity to the event route. The (626) and area have a lot to offer, why not make a weekend of it!
Arroyo Vista Inn
335 Monterey Rd, South Pasadena, CA 91030
Save 15% off your stay with a Metrolink ticket
The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast
201 Orange Grove Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030
1401 S. Oal Knoll Ave. Pasadena CA 91106
The Santa Anita Inn
130 W. Huntington Dr. Arcadia CA 91007
Embassy Suites by Hilton
211 Huntington Dr. Arcadia CA 91006
225 Colorado Pl, Arcadia CA 91007
Spring Hill Suites Arcadia
99 N. 2nd Ave. Arcadia CA 91006
Hilton Garden Inn
199 N 2nd Ave. Arcadia CA 91006
311 Huntington Dr. Arcadia CA 91006
(626) 574- 5600
321 Huntington Dr. Arcadia CA 91006
Extended Stay America Monrovia
930 S. Fifth Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016
Extended Stay America Hotel Arcadia
401 E. Santa Clara St. Arcadia CA 91006
(626) 446- 6422
Double Tree by Hilton
924 W. Huntington Dr. Monrovia CA
Oak Tree Inn
788 W. Huntington Dr. Monrovia CA 91016
Rates start at $79/night
700 W. Huntington Dr. Monrovia, CA 91016
Oak Park Motel
925 Huntington Dr. Monrovia CA
Quality Inn Near City of Hope
1125 Huntington Dr. Monrovia CA 91016
1200 Huntington Dr. Duarte CA 91010
Days Inn Near City of Hope
1533 Huntington Dr. Duarte CA 91010
137 E. 1st St. Azuza CA 91702
(626) 969 7957
Super 8 Azuza
117 N. Azuza Ave. Azuza CA 91701
America’s Best Value Inn
433 S. Azuza CA 91702
534 E. Foothill Blvd. Azuza CA 91702
Join us at an upcoming community meeting to learn more about this very special day in the 626! Event organizers will be on hand to share additional details about the event, answer questions, and solicit public input on event day activities and more. Interested in volunteering, getting more involved, or just want to grab a free 626 poster, postcard, or sticker? Then be sure to join us in April!
Upcoming Community Meetings
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.