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CicLAvia takes over the San Gabriel Valley for the first time

Lazaro Arvizu, in Aztec garb, at the beginning of the city's 6th CicLAvia event, held on Sunday, April 21, 2013.
Lazaro Arvizu, in Aztec garb, at the beginning of the city's 6th CicLAvia event, held on Sunday, April 21, 2013.
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CicLAvia, the pedal-powered event that closes Southern California streets to cars so bicyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters can rule the road, has happened enough times that it's not exactly news. But its 25th edition, held this Sunday on Earth Day, marks a milestone. For the first time, CicLAvia will roll through the San Gabriel Valley. 

This new, 6.5-mile route connects the cities of San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona and Claremont. Romel Pascual, CicLAvia's executive director, says today's event celebrates Route 66, the national highway that helped these cities develop.

"So you'll see old town historic districts in San Dimas, as well as La Verne, and Claremont. It's quite incredible that we're mixing in this old school California with this new school of how we use our streets," he told KPCC.

As always, CicLAvia is free and you don't have to commit to the entire route. You can join in or peel off at any point along the way. 

Along the route are a couple of farmers markets and several vendors offering discounts. Pomona is putting on a Route 66 mini-fair at Palomares Park. Each city will also host a rest stop with water, restrooms, basic bike repair and bike valets — all free.

If you're looking for a lift to CicLAvia, Metro is offering free rides all day to celebrate Earth Day. You can also take Metrolink, which stops at Claremont Village and North Pomona.