For a city known for it’s warehouses and freight trains, the Homestead Museum in the City of Industry created a 1920’s nostalgic haven complete with feathers and flapper dresses, live music, dance lessons, and much more. The annual Ticket to the Twenties festival included live performances, old Victrolas and gramophones, vendors selling stylish hats and vintage jewelry along the tree-lined walkways, and there were even people enjoying non-alcoholic drinks (because Prohibition was in effect during the 20s) while picnicking on the lawn in their finest tweed attire.
BikeSGV was invited to host a bicycle valet for the event, which was provided free to the public thanks to the Homestead Museum. Over the two days, many people stopped to chat. Some were cyclists and almost everybody who stopped by left with information about the Bicycle Master Plan, the monthly Bike Train, and/or the San Gabriel Mountains Forever campaign. Just last week, the 3-Feet for Safety Act went into effect and BikeSGV was there to remind people and hand out window clings.
Many people commented that they would’ve liked to bike to the event but the major road leading to it, Valley Blvd, was unsafe to ride. Others also commented on the nearby San Jose Creek, namely that it doesn’t connect on the west end to the San Gabriel River and that they would like to see it extended further east to link their communities, making for a great east-west, alternative transportation corridor. Other concerns were addressed at the information table as well. Overall there were mostly positive comments about bicycling in the San Gabriel Valley.
Ticket to the Twenties was a great festival and BikeSGV hopes to work with the Homestead Museum again. In the future, coordinating bike rides in the area would raise awareness to surrounding city residents about improving local streets. Thanks to the Homestead Museum for hosting this wonderful event.