The cities of Baldwin Park and Irwindale, and L.A. County Parks and Recreation have partnered with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to host the Pride of the Valley Open Streets event on Sunday, September 16 that will provide bicyclists, walkers, runners and rollers with a full day of car-free local streets. It is the first Open Streets event in the Emerald Necklace region along the San Gabriel River Trail.
Pride of the Valley Open Streets will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., where four and a half miles of roadway will be closed to vehicular traffic, attracting thousands of participants from throughout Los Angeles County. This event promises to bring a spirit of sustainability together with a block party environment. Attendees can enjoy a family-friendly environment with live performances by Erik Antonio, featuring Mariachi Los Reyes, one of Hollywood’s most sought after Mariachi groups, health and wellness activities, food stalls, rock climbing wall, BMX demonstrations, Pokeman gyms and stops for gamers, and free kid fun zones throughout the route.
City of Baldwin Park Mayor Manuel Lozano, Irwindale Mayor Mark Breceda and County officials will kickoff the event at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Maine Avenue and Ramona Boulevard by cycling through the start line as thousands of bicyclists, runners, skaters and pedestrians follow.
The Pride of the Valley event helps build upon the connectivity that currently exists for pedestrians and cyclists within the region’s communities, and demonstrates a collaborative process between numerous public agencies. It is intended to help foster a better, greener more sustainable environment in the San Gabriel Valley.
Street closures for the event include Maine Avenue (between Baldwin Park Boulevard and Olive Street), Olive Street (between Ramona Boulevard and Azusa Canyon Road), Azusa Canyon Road (between Cypress Street and Arrow Highway) and Santa Fe Dam entrance from Arrow Highway and Azusa Canyon Road. The route is just a short bike ride away from the Baldwin Park Station on the San Bernardino Line.
Don’t forget, you can take bikes on board any Metrolink car and a Weekend Day Pass is only $10!