Santa Monica has nabbed a $164,000 grant from Caltrans to build a 0.6-mile greenway connecting Michigan Avenue to the beach, the Santa Monica Mirror reports. The money will help add landscaping, bike paths, shared lane markings, a new intersection, and a bike signal--the route will cross streets including Olympics Boulevard and Drive, Pacific Terrace, Appian Way, and Arcadia Terrace. City leaders love the greenway because it complies with the goals of their Land Use and Circulation Element (reducing car trips), and will help link the beach, downtown, and the Civic Center with the Pico neighborhood, Bergamot Station, and the Expo Line light rail, opening in 2015 or '16. The project is part of the newly-implemented Santa Monica Bike Action Plan, which hopes to encourage cycling and break up the city's chronic congestion. Melendrez Design Partners, the firm behind the Figueroa makeover in DTLA, is working on the designs but nothing substantial will happen until next year.
· Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Planned [SM Mirror]
· Bikeification Archives [Curbed LA]