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626 Golden Streets will highlight downtown Alhambra in 2019

626 Golden Streets in South Pasadena in 2017. Photo courtesy of Bike SGV.

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626 Golden Streets is coming to Alhambra for the first time next year.

The latest edition of this cycling event will take place on May 19, 2019, Alhambra mayor Jeff Maloney announced on his Facebook page last week. Organizers have planned a “Mission-to-Mission” route that would start at the Metro Gold Line station on Mission Street in South Pasadena. The route would then go through Main Street in downtown Alhambra and end at the San Gabriel Mission, with roads being closed off to vehicle traffic, so that people could bike and walk down them.

“It’s a nice way to see your community from different perspectives, not just from your windshield or inside of your car,” he said. “We would have an Alhambra hub where people can get off their bikes and there would be attractions and booths and music and food vendors and we’d do it next to the [Alhambra] Farmers Market so that we’d show people that we have one of – if not the best – farmers markets in the region.”

Maloney said that Bike SGV, a nonprofit that started 626 Golden Streets in 2016, approached him about doing the event in Alhambra. As a fan of Los Angeles’ CicLAvia events, Maloney was enthusiastic about bringing a similar initiative to Alhambra. The rest of the City Council signed on with Bike SGV, as well as the cities of South Pasadena and San Gabriel for a funding proposal from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Bike SGV Special Programs Director Wesley Reutimann said that South Pasadena approached his organization to participate again in 626 Golden Streets after hosting one in 2017. From there, the organization brainstormed nearby neighborhoods that were new and interesting for people to explore as part of this event. “We knew the Mission District in San Gabriel and downtown Alhambra are really kind of regionally interesting destinations, with a lot to see and do, a lot of great food,” he said. The route is also culturally interesting, linking together two historic districts in the area and promoting the Gold Line as well.

It’s no surprise then that this proposal scored in the top two of the 20-something funding proposals that Metro received. “It’s pretty neat that there’s so much interest,” Reutimann said.

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