Viva SGV! is the first open streets event in the East San Gabriel Valley. Viva SGV! temporarily removes cars from city streets and transforms the streets into safe and fun spaces to be enjoyed by families from El Monte and South El Monte and throughout the region. We invite people of all ages and abilities to come out for a bike ride, a jog, a stroll or just to have fun! Viva SGV! is free – just bring your smiles!
What is Viva SGV?
Viva SGV! is a car-free, open streets event that will temporarily turn streets in El Monte and South El Monte into an urban park where people can bike, walk, skate, run, and shop without worrying about cars. The event will take place on Sunday, June 12, from 10 AM to 3 PM. There is no cost to attend, and participants may enter the route at any point and go for as long or as short as they want to.
How does Viva SGV! work?
Several city streets in El Monte and South El Monte will temporarily be closed to cars (including parked cars) on designated streets (click here to see the route map). The streets will be filled with people traveling without a motorized vehicle. There will be designated points along the route for cars to cross intersections, which will be monitored by law enforcement and/or traffic management teams. Participants will ride bikes, walk, skate, push strollers, use wheelchairs, and find other creative ways to experience city streets in an exciting new way.
Why is Viva SGV! important?
Open Streets events help people interact with their community in a way that is not possible when they are in a car or on public transit. These types of events encourage people to experience communities on a close, intimate level. They may discover a business that they didn’t know existed; they may find a local park they have never visited; and they may learn that traveling without a vehicle is something they can do on any day they choose. Consequently, they may make future car-free choices that will improve their health, help the environment and positively impact local small businesses.
What happens if I live on/near the route?
You can click HERE for information about street closures, parking restrictions and bus rerouting.
What happens if I have a business on the route?
Click HERE for information about how to attract customers and advertise your business at Viva SGV!
How much does it cost to participate/do I have to register?
Viva SGV! is FREE! No registration is necessary. All you have to do is show up.
Where does the route begin?
You can enter the route wherever you’d like, go any direction you’d like (following the flow of traffic), and stay for as long or as short as you’d like.
What is there to do at Viva SGV?
Participants may ride or walk the route at their own pace, choosing to stop at whatever business or site catches their attention. In addition, Viva SGV! will have several activity areas that will feature music and entertainment, vendors, informational booths, free water stations, first aid stations, and bathrooms.
Do I need a bike to participate?
No bike is needed. How you participate is up to you. You can walk, skate, push a stroller, run, or sit on your lawn and wave at people!
Is there an age limit?
You can be one month old or 100 years old and still come out to enjoy Viva SGV!
Do I need a helmet?
State law requires children 18 and under to wear a helmet if they are on a bike, scooter, skates – anything with wheels. Helmets are optional for adults.
How fast or slow do I have to go?
Viva SGV! is not a race, so we encourage people to take a leisurely pace, to stop and visit local businesses, and to check out the activities at the hubs. If you are going slower than the flow of traffic or if you have young children who are riding, you’re asked to stay closer to the curb so faster riders/skaters can pass you safely.