Open Streets initiatives temporarily close streets to automobile traffic and open them to cyclists, pedestrians and other modes of non-motorized transportation.
Open Streets have quickly become one of the most innovative advancements in the livable cities movement. They are an increasingly common strategy in regions that are seeking innovative ways to encourage mode shift to sustainable modes of transportation, reduce traffic congestion, achieve economic and public health improvement.
The Pride of the Valley Open Streets event is both a local celebration and a regional attraction. Residents of Baldwin Park & Irwindale can easily walk, bike, or skate to the route. Those coming from further away can take the Metrolink to the Baldwin Park or Irwindale Stations, or the Metro bus for transit. Use the Metro Trip Planner on www.metro.net to help find your way.
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Recording Artist ERIK ANTONIO is a native of the city of East Chicago; son of Mexican parents from the State of San Luis Potosi. ERIK ANTONIO has received various recognitions from different organizations, and was honored with an award at “Premios de la Calle” in the City of Los Angeles as “Best Interpreter Ranchero”. With his experience in business ERIK ANTONIO is doing everything to keep the genre of mariachi music alive and modern. As owner of his own record label, GoVa Records, ERIK ANTONIO was the Executive Producer of the successful concert “Lo Mejor de Mexico” – Una Noche de Mariachi and Tequila in Los Angeles CA. Currently, ERIK ANTONIO is contracted as a featured artist with LIVE MARIACHI in the Corazon de Mariachi Series, at IxTapa Lounge in Pasadena, California.
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Mariachi Los Reyes is the most sought after Mariachi group in Hollywood. Composed by ten trained and experience musicians; the young group is filled with talent, vigor and passion for the traditional vernacular music. Their staple elegant, youthful and energetic performances have taken them to share the stage with world renowned singers of Mexican music. They have shared the stage with Latin America’s finest headliners at the annually sold-out MARIACHI USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. This is not the first collaboration with Erik Antonio and Mariachi Los Reyes. They have worked on various events and this proves to be an amazing combination of performance, musical interpretations and showmanship.
Mariachi Los Reyes
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Santa Fe Dam HUB
The Band Smooth Touch started in the year 2000 with the goal to make your live music experience like no other. This 10 piece Funk, R&B, Latin, Disco band entertains you up close by going out into the audience and on the dance floor with the crowd. They have a great horn section creating a live sound that’s memorable. This high energy Top 40’s ALL live band brings the party and keeps it going all night. The Band Smooth Touch is here to get you up on the dance floor for a night you’ll remember.
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September 11, 2018
Baldwin Park, Irwindale and L.A. County Parks and Recreation to Host Metro’s Open Streets Pride of the Valley on Sunday, September 16
The cities of Baldwin Park and Irwindale, and L.A. County Parks and Recreation have partnered with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to host the Pride of the Valley Open Streets event on Sunday, September 16 that will provide bicyclists, walkers, runners and rollers with a full day of car-free local streets. It is the first Open Streets event in the Emerald Necklace region along the San Gabriel River Trail.
‘Pride of the Valley Open Streets’ will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., where four and a half miles of roadway will be closed to vehicular traffic, attracting thousands of participants from throughout Los Angeles County. This event promises to bring a spirit of sustainability together with a block party environment. Attendees can enjoy a family-friendly environment with live performances by Erik Antonio, featuring Mariachi Los Reyes, one of Hollywood’s most sought after Mariachi groups, health and wellness activities, food stalls, rock climbing wall, BMX demonstrations, Pokeman gyms and stops for gamers, and free kid fun zones throughout the route.
City of Baldwin Park Mayor Manuel Lozano, Irwindale Mayor Mark Breceda and County officials will kickoff the event at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Maine Avenue and Ramona Boulevard by cycling through the start line as thousands of bicyclists, runners, skaters and pedestrians follow.
“We look forward to being part of a paradigm shift that encourages communities to come together while promoting alternative modes of transportation,” said Baldwin Park Mayor Manuel Lozano. “It is what the future of mobility looks like.”
The Pride of the Valley event helps build upon the connectivity that currently exists for pedestrians and cyclists within the region’s communities, and demonstrates a collaborative process between numerous public agencies. It is intended to help foster a better, greener more sustainable environment in the San Gabriel Valley.
“What’s more fun than walking, biking or skating on streets that are normally full of cars! The streets of Baldwin Park and Irwindale will welcome walkers, bikers and skaters along nearly five miles of carless streets,” said L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Sheila Kuehl. “Metro’s Open Streets program is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to literally dance in the streets!”
Around the world, Open Streets events are becoming an increasingly important and innovative way to encourage a shift to sustainable modes of transportation, such as walking, cycling, and riding transit, reduce traffic congestion, improve public health, increase economic activity and encourage civic engagement and civic pride. For many, it may be the first time they ride a bike.
The event is funded by Metro’s Open Streets Grant Program, which seeks to bring visitors to new parts of the region to explore and enjoy car-free streets within Los Angeles County. Metro supports numerous active transportation programs that create better conditions for walking and bicycling, particularly to connect with Metro’s growing public transit system. The agency’s Open Streets Program, the largest of its kind in the United States, invests approximately $2 million each year for car-free events, many in new communities. In total, 23 Open Streets events have been hosted to date.
“The ‘Pride of the Valley Open Streets’ is an event that transforms our neighborhoods and our streets. For one day, we close off traffic on our streets so that they become pedestrian-friendly, allowing local residents to walk, jog or dance freely on our roads,” said L.A. County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis said. “This gathering builds community pride while easing traffic congestion. I commend the cities of Baldwin Park and Irwindale, Metro and L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation for their commitment to host this family-friendly event.”
Other event participants and sponsors include Waste Management, SCE Federal Credit Union and Kaiser Permanente.
Street closures for the event include Maine Avenue (between Baldwin Park Boulevard and Olive Street), Olive Street (between Ramona Boulevard and Azusa Canyon Road), Azusa Canyon Road (between Cypress Street and Arrow Highway) and Santa Fe Dam entrance from Arrow Highway and Azusa Canyon Road.
About the City of Baldwin Park
The City of Baldwin Park is one of 88 cities in Los Angeles County with a population of more than 75,000 residents. For additional information, please call (626) 813-5201 or visit www.baldwinpark.com
About the City of Irwindale
The City of Irwindale is located in the San Gabriel Valley and is home to 1,422 residents and over 700 businesses. For additional information, please call (626) 432-2200 or visit www.ci.irwindale.ca.us
About the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation
The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation provides the residents and visitors of Los Angeles County with quality recreational opportunities that promote a healthy lifestyle and strengthen the community through diverse physical, educational and cultural programming. The Department also enhances the community environment by acquiring, developing and maintaining 182 County parks including 4 gardens, the largest municipal golf course system with 20 courses at 18 locations, trails and open space areas and more.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. Created in 1993, Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.3 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines. The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County.
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