CicLAvia – Heart of the Foothills – Open Thread

Yesterday's CicLAvia extended through four east San Gabriel Valley cities. All photos: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Yesterday's CicLAvia extended through four east San Gabriel Valley cities. All photos: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

Yesterday, the east San Gabriel Valley cities of Claremont, La Verne, Pomona, and San Dimas together held their first CicLAvia. It was the easternmost open streets event ever in L.A. County, and one of the more suburban CicLAvias to date.

Though the route was about seven miles from the nearest Metro rail station – the APU/Citrus Metro Gold Line terminus – it was accessible via Metrolink commuter rail, numerous bus lines, and an event shuttle. Participants reported that CicLAvia’s Gold Line shuttle was overwhelmed, with many interested cyclists choosing to instead ride seven miles, uphill, to access the festival. Metrolink San Bernardino Line morning trains were crowded with bicyclists.

Not quite as hugely crowded as many central L.A. CicLAvia events have been, tens of thousands of people enjoyed the car-free open streets. Along the route, cyclists, skaters, walkers explored neighborhoods. Dismount zones at the four city hubs featured lots of activities, booths, and large crowds. Each of these cities has its own Main Street scale downtown commercial area, originally situated for convenient connection to historic train stations, some of which will be the sites of future Gold Line Stations. Yesterday’s event showcased and activated historic downtown districts in Claremont, La Verne, and San Dimas. (Pomona’s historic downtown is a couple miles further south, on what is today Metrolink’s Riverside Line.)

Outside the hubs, the route included several streets fronted by single family homes. Some of these streets are fairly large – some five lanes wide. This meant temporarily closing lots of driveways – and in some cases, adding temporary barricades to preserve driver access to some streets. Nonetheless, it appeared to work very smoothly. Many blocked homes had folks sitting out front greeting event participants.

CicLAvia - Heart of the Foothills - along a single-family home street
CicLAvia – Heart of the Foothills – along a single-family home street
Along CicLAvia - Heart of the Foothills, many families were hanging out in their front yards, enjoying watching crowds stream past
Along CicLAvia – Heart of the Foothills, many families were hanging out in their front yards, enjoying watching crowds stream past
Activity hubs were crowded at CicLAvia - Heart of the Foothills
Activity hubs were crowded at CicLAvia – Heart of the Foothills
Yesterday's CicLAvia route crossed the Metrolink San Bernardino Line tracks several times. The next phase of the Foothill Gold Line will also run in this right-of-way.
Yesterday’s CicLAvia route crossed the Metrolink San Bernardino Line tracks in a couple places. The next phase of the Foothill Gold Line will also run in this right-of-way.
There were plenty of bike-share bicycles at yesterday's open streets event, including ofo's yellow dockless bike-share
There were plenty of bike-share bicycles at yesterday’s open streets event, including ofo’s yellow dockless bike-share
Families enjoying the open streets at yesterday's CicLAvia - Heart of the Foothills
Families enjoying the open streets at yesterday’s CicLAvia – Heart of the Foothills

Did you walk, skate or ride yesterday’s CicLAvia? How did it go? How was getting there and back?

SBLA coverage of San Gabriel Valley livability is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the new Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit Foothill Transit. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”

  • calwatch

    In the fundraising email CicLAvia reported 50,000 people showing up and I believe it, although some may have been combined with the farmer’s market and earth day fair at Claremont which was notably more popular than usual. Overall the route did seem to highlight Pomona’s notable lack of resources (well known to people who grew up and live there, of course) to maintain its streets and provide shade for its residents compared to other, richer cities. I did try out both Limebike and Ofo and I noticed many of the Ofo bikes have spread around the region away from its Claremont base, which will be interesting to see how many people pick it up. Limebike also seemed interested in signing a deal with one of the other cities on the route to distribute their bikes.

  • David Drexler

    Great Ciclavia, one of my favorites. Tremendous support from the 4 cities involved.

  • Militant Angeleno

    50,000 is a nice number considering the very first CicLAvia in October, 2010 attracted the same number of people on a very urban, densely populated route that was roughly the same distance.

  • Walt Arrrrr

    The first CicLAvia in The 909 felt like 10.10.10. all over again. 25 was probably my third favorite after 10.10.10 and DTLA to Venice Beach. Hopefully the Foothill cities will take note on the popularity and support future open streets events and more importantly, I hope this event encourages bike unfriendly, San Dimas and La Verne to start installing some bike lanes on their needlessly wide streets.

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