CicLAvia Pasadena

May 31, 2015

CicLAvia - Pasadena

Pasadena has played host to parades, bike races and music festivals, and for the first time is opening its streets to the largest car-free open streets event in America. CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro takes place from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31. The city will lend its own charm and flair to CicLAvia as participants travel along Colorado Boulevard, and down side streets to parks and historic architecture using foot, pedal and non-motorized wheel power. Go Metro to CicLAvia, the event route will connect to the Memorial and Del Mar the 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. Spurs off the main route on Raymond Avenue and Lake Street will take participants to local parks. And CicLAvia’s new partnership with Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities, Cirque du Soleil's newest touring Big Top show, coming to southern California this fall, will give participants young and old a smile-inducing and awe-inspiring entertainment adventure.

The Pasadena route is made possible with a grant from Metro Los Angeles.

New to CicLAvia? Here are four things you need to know for May 31:

  • It's FREE!
  • It's not a race and you don't need a bike to participate. You can walk or skate to your heart's content.
  • There's no beginning or end. You can start anywhere and go as far or as short as you want.
  • The flow of participants goes both ways, just like regular traffic.


Getting to the Route and Parking

There are many ways to the CicLAvia route. Participants may ride their bikes, join feeder walks or rides, or take Metro to get to the route. If you must drive, we have some suggested parking locations. You may also look for street parking but pay attention to parking restriction signs.

Street Closures


Limited street parking may be available. The City of Pasadena has also shared their parking structure map with us. Please note some of the structures on the map may not be accessible from the address listed due to the location of the route, but those structures will have access via side street entrances. Click on the map for further details.


Old Pasadena also has a map with these and additional structures listed. Those parking locations can be found by clicking the map below:


Additionally, Pasadena Community College will allow the public can park in lots 1-6 during CicLAvia. The cost to park is $2 and guests must pay at automated machines. Here is a link to the parking/campus map:

One thing to note is that Lots 4 and 5 are parking structures, so if your vehicle has a rooftop bike rack, do not park there if you'd like to keep the rack attached to the roof.

Lastly, Wescom Credit Union is allowing 250 CicLAvia attendees to park for free at their flagship location at 123 S Marengo Avenue. First come, first served! 

Public Transit
There are four Metro Gold Line stops near the route: Del Mar, Memorial Park, Lake and Allen.

The Metro trip planner can be found here:

If you are a regular bus rider along the route and would like to know the detours for the day, please read about the detour details at the link below.

Bus Detours

Street Detours

The City of Pasadena has prepared a map that shows vehicle detours for the streets surrounding the route. Click on the image for a larger version of the map.


CicLAvia Free Drawing

CicLAvia has many generous supporters who donate everything from bikes to stay-vacation packages, beds to entertainment excursions to give to our participants for FREE! No cost at all! Check out what we'll be giving away in our Pasadena free drawing and visit any one of our four hubs along the route for a chance to win!




Live/Work Along the Route?

If you live along the route and would like more information about how CicLAvia will affect your neighborhood on May 31 you may download the route notification flyer. The flyer has information about the streets that will be closed, parking restrictions and parking options for residents and employees of local businesses.

Download Route Notification Flyer

Event Times

From 9:00am–4:00pm on Sunday, May 31, 2015, the 3.5 mile route of CicLAvia streets will be closed to all cars. Streets will be fully closed to cars by 8:00am and no vehicles or on-street parking will be allowed on the route until streets are re-opened to cars at approximately 5:30pm.

Streets Closed to Cars

The following streets will be closed to cars on May 31:


Resident Parking Restrictions

Check for posted parking restrictions on your street before the event. Additional street parking near the route may be restricted.

The CicLAvia route (and adjacent streets) will be posted with No Parking signs (see detailed list here). Please observe all on-street parking restrictions closely, noting all time restrictions. Cars parked on the route on CicLAvia day will be towed beginning at 6am on Sunday, May 31. No cars will be allowed to enter or exit the route during the event hours, and any driveway connecting to the CicLAvia route will be blocked.

Parking Information & Vehicle Towing Along Route

Vehicles that are parked on the route during the restricted times will be towed to the Elks Lodge parking lot at 400 W. Colorado Boulevard, and will be available for pick-up for free only until 4:00 pm on the day of the event. Call (626)744-4400 on event day only for towing information.  After that, unclaimed towed vehicles will be moved to a local tow yard and storage charges will apply.

Bus Detours

Metro will have temporary bus detours in effect the day of CicLAvia for bus lines on or near the route. For details on which bus lines are affected click the button below:

Bus Detours

Street Detours

The City of Pasadena has prepared a map that shows vehicle detours for the streets surrounding the route. Click on the image for a larger version of the map.



Crossing the Route


Cars can cross the route at various major intersections (see map). Pasadena Police, traffic controllers and CicLAvia volunteers are posted at the car-crossing points to assist with the flow of participant and vehicle traffic.

Business Tips

There are many great ways for businesses to take advantage of the tens of thousands of participants passing by their stores and restaurants. Tips can be found by clicking the button below:

Business Tips

Questions or Concerns

General event information: please contact CicLAvia at 213.355.8500 or [email protected]

For constituent concerns or concerns regarding the street closure permit: contact Jenny Cristales at the Department of Transportation at 626.744.7464.



Activities Along the Route

The following activities will take place along the CicLAvia - Pasadena route, starting at the western portion of the route. Please note that all hubs will offer CicLAvia information and merchandise, bike parking and bike repair, free water, restrooms and first aid stations. You can also download the activities flyer via the button below.

Download Activities Flyer

Along the Route Activities to Enjoy at CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro:


Food Trucks/Free Bike Valet

Free pedi-cab from 10am-4pm 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:

10:00-10:45am: Yoga on the Lawn with Christel Joy

11:00-12:00pm: Special DJ set by D'Cipher 

12:15-1:15pm: Soul Scratch

1:30-2:30pm: Off to Farofa

2:45-4:00pm: Beat Mosaic

Participate in USC Pacific Asia Museum’s Lunar New Year activity.


Buy fresh and buy local at the Old Pasadena Farmer’s Market from 9am-2pm on Holly at Fair Oaks Ave.

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 USC Pacific 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 10am-4pm 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 distributes 300 free bike helmets 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 (11am and 1pm) and yoga (11:30am and 1:30pm) 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.


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 11am-2pm

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.


Food Trucks

“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.


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 10:30am-3pm.  


Neighborhood Guide

Participants can delve deeper into the CicLAvia-Pasadena 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.

To download a PDF of the Neighborhood Guide, click on the image below.


 Other Neighborhood Guides