Details on This Weekend’s Gold Line Opening, CicLAvia

Ready to ride to Azusa and Pacoima?

The weekends are usually a lot more pleasant to drive in L.A.—except if you’re heading to the beach—but this Saturday and Sunday are offering up no shortage of opportunities to leave the car on the curb.

First off is the much-anticipated opening of the Gold Line Foothill Extension on Saturday. In the works for years, the project will extend the current Gold Line 11.5 miles east from Pasadena to Azusa, with additional stops in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, and Irwindale. Now, places like the Santa Anita Park racetrack and Citrus College will be reachable via light rail.

Azusa terminus station
Azusa terminus station

Metro is throwing a big party along the station on Saturday, with free rides on the entire length of the Gold Line beginning at noon. The main hub of activity will be at the Duarte station near the City of Hope hospital, with festivities kicking off at 10 a.m. All stations, which include parking, will feature a variety of live music, food, and information booths. The weather is expected to be nice for most of Saturday.

Then on Sunday, CicLAvia hosts its second Valley event, with 4 miles of roads given over to non-motorized transportation, including bikes, unicycles, and feet. The route follows Van Nuys Boulevard in Panorama City up through Arleta and ending at San Fernando Road in Pacoima.

A kick-off ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. at Pacoima City Hall, with Mayor Eric Garcetti, local councilmembers, and actor Danny Trejo. CicLAvia lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.—rain is expected in the morning, but the event is rain or shine (though the wet weather is supposed to taper off about 11 a.m.). CicLAvia officials are advising everyone to be extra careful on those slick roads.