Green Light for Golden Streets This Sunday

Those who have previously enjoyed CicLAvia events ought to have fun Sunday, March 5, for the long-awaited 626 Golden Streets event that includes San Marino among its stops.
Starting in South Pasadena and running all the way to Azusa, 626 Golden Streets opens up one long route courtesy of Metro to encourage locals to learn more about the surrounding communities and to take advantage of public transportation opportunities.
The original event was scheduled for June 26, 2016, to commemorate the opening of Metro’s Gold Line, but wildfires in the foothills near Azusa, Duarte and Glendora resulted in poor air quality and the event was postponed.
Participants can bike, jog or skate throughout the route and will be given ample opportunity to check out a local business or organization at their physical locations or at stands throughout hubs in each city. The streets will be blocked from traffic to ensure safety.
“I’m probably going to hop on my bike and ride up and down the street,” said San Marino Police Chief John Incontro, in a telephone interview.
The westbound portion of Huntington Drive will be closed to traffic between Garfield Avenue and Sunset Avenue to accommodate the event. San Marino’s hub will be outside of the Stoneman Building. Incontro said SMPD officers would control brief closures along Huntington Drive periodically to allow cross traffic when safe.
Incontro said he hopes the recent rainy spell will take a break this weekend.
“Hopefully the day is nice and people will join in,” he said. “It should be a great day. Maybe we’ll finally have a weekend without rain. That would be nice.”
Participation in the event is free, but people are encouraged to bring money for food, drinks and Foothill Gold Line passes if desired. Each hub is giving out unique free stickers to participants. Everyone also is encouraged to download the free mobile app and use social media hashtags #626GoldenStreets to help share photos.
There also will be someone riding around in a Sasquatch costume, posing as “the mayor of the San Gabriel Mountains.” Riders can take pictures with him and share them on social media with #GabeTheSasquatch.
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