If you are looking for something fun to do, then you have to check out CicLAvia Pasadena.
Starting at 9AM and running to 4PM approx 3.5miles of streets from Old Pasadena to Lake Ave will be closed to car traffic and made available for walking, strolling, skate boarding, bikes, any non motorized traffic.
The event organized by a fabulous team and countless volunteers walking the route and bringing the attention to the community. CicLAvia is funded through Metro.
- OPENING CEREMONIES AT 8:45 A.M. NEAR MEMORIAL PARK AT HOLLY STREET AND RAYMOND–BE THERE!
- HAVE FUN & BE SOCIAL!
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Map of events along the route.
CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro
Music, Art and Cirque du Soleil Highlight May 31 CicLAvia – Pasadena
Cozy Route Lends Itself to Festival Atmosphere for Bike and Pedestrian Participants
LOS ANGELES–Pasadena will host the largest car-free open streets event in America for the first time when CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro takes place from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31. Participants will use foot, pedal and non-motorized wheel power to explore the city. The event route will connect to the Memorial and Del Mar Metro Gold Line Stations enabling participants to have a car-free or car-lite day.
CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro is the most walkable CicLAvia to date at 3.5 miles. The cozy distance will offer participants the opportunity to peruse and explore Pasadena’s business gems and cultural treasures. The main route of Colorado Boulevard will have spurs on Raymond Avenue and Lake Avenue to take participants to local parks. A route map can be found here.
Participants can delve deeper into the route by enjoying CicLAvia’s Pasadena Neighborhood Guide, written by Andrea Richards and designed by Colleen Corcoran. Readers will discover that several buildings in Pasadena’s historic core, the area known as Old Pasadena, are directly related to a turn-of-the-20th-century bicycling craze. In fact, almost half a century before the Arroyo Freeway, there were plans to connect Los Angeles to Pasadena via an elevated bicycle path. The guide can be downloaded here.
CicLAvia’s new partner, Cirque du Soleil, will have a dedicated entertainment area on the eastern portion of the route at a parking lot at 1336 E. Colorado Blvd. promoting their newest touring Big Top show: KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™, which will debut in Southern California this fall. The KURIOS space will include the chance for participants to make stop-motion videos which will place them on the silver screen.
In addition to the Cirque du Soleil location, there will be four CicLAvia hubs, which offer CicLAvia information and merchandise, bike parking and bike repair, free water, restrooms and first aid stations. Each hub will also have entertainment, sponsor booths and more. And, for the first time, CicLAvia is offering free pedi-cab rides between two of the hubs on Raymond Avenue (Old Pasadena and Memorial Park), sponsored by Walden School.
Along the Route Activities to Enjoy at CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro:
MEMORIAL PARK HUB
Food Trucks/Free Bike Valet
Free pedi-cab from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. sponsored by Walden School
Armory Center for the Arts hosts an all ages mixed media art project.
Levitt Pavilion hosts yoga and music in the historic bandshell:
- 10:00-10:45 a.m. Yoga on the Lawn with Christel Joy
- 11:00-12:00 p.m. Special DJ set by D’Cipher
- 12:15-1:15 p.m. Soul Scratch
- 1:30-2:30 p.m. Off to Farofa
- 2:45-4:00 p.m. Beat Mosaic
NEAR THE HUB
Buy fresh and buy local at the Old Pasadena Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Holly Street at Fair Oaks Avenue.
Armory Center for the Arts, 45 N. Raymond Ave., opens their doors to show three free art exhibits, music, and a hands-on art activity.
Participants can visit the USCPacific Asia Museum, 46 N Los Robles Ave., for an exploration of bike culture in Asia with art activities and special screening of Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai. Enjoy a 2 for 1 admission special for all CicLAvia participants.
OLD PASADENA HUB
Food Trucks/Free Bike Valet
Free pedi-cab from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. sponsored by Walden School
Create arts and crafts inspired ornaments at the Side Street Projects and Gamble House wooden wearables workshop.
Art Center College of Design showcases work from Product Design and Transportation Design students. “Design a bike” workshop with faculty member Daisuke Yamaguchi using paper and pre-made wheels.
Learn about Old Pasadena landmarks with Pasadena Heritage’s coloring pages or create a building with legos and building blocks.
Children can improve their riding skills and knowledge at the kids bike safety rodeo.
The Pasadena Department of Transportation will distribute free bike helmets while supplies last for adults and children who have bicycles with them.
Day One hosts a variety of creative activities: build a 3D bike sculpture out of mixed media, recycled cardboard, tires, create chalkboard art, take a photo at the CicLAvia Selfie Photobooth, and get moving with Zumba (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) and yoga (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) classes.
John Muir High School Mighty Mustang Drum Corps stroll along Raymond Avenue
SOUTH LAKE AVENUE DISTRICT HUB
CicLAvia Old School Merchandise booth offers a variety of CicLAvia apparel and items from past events.
NEAR THE HUB
Beyond Colorado at the former Cliff’s Books, 630 E Colorado Blvd., gives away maps of Pasadena and hosts a typewriting station.
Zona Rosa Caffe, 15 S. El Molino Ave., hosts live music from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Capture the CicLAvia experience at The Pasadena Playhouse and Playhouse District Association’s complimentary photo booth at 39 S El Molino Ave.
Snap a photo at the Laemmle Playhouse 7’s, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., green screen photo booth and the image will be placed into scenes from iconic films like Breaking Away, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Easy Rider and more.
“What does the Arroyo Seco look like in your dreams?” Share a vision for a restored Arroyo Seco at the Arroyo Seco Foundation’s watershed station.
Add your words and images on “why art matters” to the Pasadena Educational Foundation’s temporary mural and pick up a map to explore the city’s public art.
NEAR THE HUB
Parking Lot at 1336 E. Colorado Blvd.:
Create a stop-motion video in Cirque du Soleil’s #Kurios Zone and learn more about its newest touring show, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™.
Learn dance moves from MUSE/IQUE’s hip-hop version of “Mambo” from West Side Story. Enjoy impromptu hip-hop and breakdancing performances by MUSE/IQUE artists
Frit and Frat Fuller at Holliston Avenue from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The full Activities Flyer can be downloaded here.
Elsewhere along the route, Metro’s Destination Discounts program offers CicLAvia participants the chance to #GoMetro and save money at select businesses along the route, as well as save 15% on CicLAvia T-shirts at the South Lake Hub, by showing their Metro TAP card.
For a full list of Metro Destination Discount businesses visit https://www.metro.net/service/discounts/family-friendly/ciclavia/.
CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro is the second CicLAvia event in 2015. The remaining two events are CicLAvia – Culver City Meets Venice Presented by Metro (August 9) and CicLAvia – Heart of LA (October 18).
The funding for the Pasadena and Culver City is provided primarily by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) as part of a $4 million Open Streets grant that was awarded to municipalities throughout Southern California to sponsor car-free events in 2014-2016.
The program allocates $2 million annually for these types of events within L.A. County. The program seeks to increase sustainable transportation mode share, including transit, bicycle and pedestrian trips, create opportunities for first time transit usage, and encourage cities to develop multi-modal polices. Other benefits include economic, public health benefits and opportunities to highlight and promote cultural resources.
CicLAvia has held 12 open streets events since 2010 and is recognized as being a world leader in transforming streets into temporary urban parks. Hundreds of thousands of people have participated in CicLAvia as they connect with their communities, businesses, healthy activity and each other in a way that isn’t possible by car.
CicLAvia is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. CicLAvia catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free streets. CicLAvia engages with people to transform our relationship with our communities and with each other. With the full support of Metro, local governments, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles City Council, Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Transportation, the Department of Water and Power, and the Department of Parks and Recreation, CicLAvia is an innovative model for creating new public space and enriching civic life.
Partners include Metro, the City of Los Angeles, City of Pasadena, the Wasserman Foundation and an Anonymous benefactor. Supporters include the Annenberg Foundation, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Rosenthal Family Foundation, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Durfee Foundation and LA 2050.
Sponsors include Cirque du Soleil, Los Angeles County Department of Water and Power, David Bohnett Foundation, Roth Family Foundation, Southern California Gas Company, Tern Bicycles, Walden School, Indie Printing and Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Media Sponsors include LA Times, 89.3 KPCC-FM, Time Out Los Angeles, Pasadena Star-News and Laemmle Theatres.
Look for other great events coming later this year, including Heart of LA Ciclavia and Culver City.