A New Car-Free Festival Will Close 17 Miles Of Road In The San Gabriel Valley

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Cruise the 626 (via Instagram)

This June the San Gabriel Valley will host a street festival over 17-miles-long for pedestrians and bicyclists, connecting six Gold Line stops.

The sprawling car-free event—known as 626 Golden Streets—will take place on Sunday, June 26 and will temporarily close a continuous stretch of streets from South Pasadena to Azusa for people to walk, run, skate, or bike to their heart's content. Heck, you can even ride a penny farthing if you want, or really just about anything that doesn't have a motor. Inspired by other similar open streets and CicLAvia-type events, the day is designed to let people freely explore the SGV without cars and to get familiar with the recently opened Gold Line Foothill Extension that runs the length of the route. So, in case you're not feeling up for trekking the whole 17+ mile route—seeing as CicLAvia routes are usually just 4 to 6 miles—you can always hop on board the Metro.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and pass through the cities of South Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, and Azusa. Along the way there will be activity hubs—similar to ones at CicLAvia—where you can rest and hydrate, use the bathroom, and participate in fun activities. Details for the hubs are still in the works, but here's the route in the meantime:

If you're feeling particularly ambitious, you can also sign up for the Train Run half marathon, which begins in South Pasadena and continues along the event route. There's also an added twist where you can "Train Jump" and cover just select portions of the run by hopping on the Metro.

The event is free and open to the public, though tax-deductible donations are welcome.

You can find out more and stay tuned for updates here.

h/t: Curbed LA