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45,000 people celebrated ArroyoFest on 110 Freeway

FILE – People on foot and bicycles enjoy Arroyo Fest and the use of the 110 Freeway at Ave. 52 on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023.…

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FILE – People on foot and bicycles enjoy Arroyo Fest and the use of the 110 Freeway at Ave. 52 on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) A month ago organizers of the second-ever ArroyoFest closed all lanes of the northern section of the 110 Freeway between Lincoln Heights and Pasadena for a Ciclovia-type event, and guessed at the size of the vast throng that walked, rode bicycles, scooters and skateboards, and filled the freeway’s car-less lanes.

Now, for the first time in the history of “open streets” events that date back six years, a scientific count of the participants using video cameras produced a more precise — but still not perfect — count of how many people came out for the unique event on Sunday, Oct. 29. Cars are replaced with pedestrians and cyclists as the 110 Freeway is closed from Lincoln Heights to Pasadena for the 626 Golden Streets Arroyo Fest event Oct. 29, 2023.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

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Professional traffic-count engineers from Wiltec, based in Pasadena, analyzed the video footage by slowing down the video and counting the participants.

The company reported 40,882 people on the closed freeway between 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., considered the peak time or, if you will, the event “rush hour,” revealed Wes Reutimann, co-organizer of the 626 Golden Streets: ArroyoFest event and special programs manager for Active San Gabriel Valley (ActiveSGV).

But the data from the one-hour time did not capture the 4,000 […]

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