The biggest open streets event of the year is nearly upon us! 626 Golden Streets gives us an 18-plus-mile route to walk, run, skate and bike across the San Gabriel Valley. The free event takes place, appropriately, on Sunday, June 26 (get it?) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The route extends between South Pasadena and Azusa and most of it is linked by the Gold Line, which will run longer, 3-car trains to support the event. The stations you can use to access the route are:
- South Pasadena Station (btw the Metro Bike Share team will be here doing demos!)
- Arcadia Station
- Monrovia Station
- Duarte/City of Hope Station
- Irwindale Station
- Azusa Downtown Station
Buses will be detouring through the San Gabriel Valley due to street closures, and all the details are here.
Your standard “bikes on board” reminder: please keep in mind that if the train is full, you’ll have to wait for the next train. Use the designated space for bicycles. Be considerate and do not block doors or aisles.
There are eight activity hubs along the way that will have music, food, dancing and more! The hubs will also provide free water, first-aid for anyone who needs it, and information.
The weather is expected to cool down slightly by this weekend, but the current forecast still shows temperatures in the mid-90s for San Gabriel Valley so make sure to bring plenty of water and to wear sunscreen! I recently got a new sunblock that is SPF50+/PA++++ and I’m not sure I need that many pluses but I don’t think it will hurt. If you want to talk about sun protection, I’m your shade-seeking vampire.
626 Golden Streets was made possible by Metro’s Open Streets grant program.