While the Purple Line extension is being held up by petty whiners, over in the San Gabriel Valley the Gold Line extension, from Pasadena to Azusa, is more than 50 percent finished. Progress is being made so quickly, some are already brainstorming how to celebrate the line's late-2015/early-2016 opening. One attention-getting plan? Shut down 10 miles of Huntington Drive to cars for a few hours, allowing alternative transportation to take over the roads à la CicLAvia, says the SGV Tribune. SGV Golden Streets, as the idea's being called, was proposed by a South Pasadena City Councilmember; South Pas is prepping to submit a formal request to Metro's Open Streets grant program for money to fund the event. (The jury's still out on the exact amount they'll need to pull this off.)
Bike-loving Long Beach and collegiate Claremont are also applying for Metro grants for similar events, and the organizers of CicLAvia are readying proposals for six grants to shut down the streets (not simultaneously, of course) in Culver City, Watts, Echo Park, South LA, the San Fernando Valley, and Pasadena, according to CicLAvia's executive director.
· 'Golden Streets' proposal would bring CicLAvia-type event to the San Gabriel Valley [SGVT]