On the heels of the news that the Valley will be hosting a CicLAvia comes news of a whole bunch of street-closing bike/pedestrian events to look forward to in 2015 and 2016. According to Streetsblog, an unofficial Metro document making the rounds has some ideas (not funded, not final, but in discussion) about where Los Angeles's next Metro-sponsored open streets events should be. (The list still needs to be approved by Metro's Planning and Programming Committee, then by the Metro Board. The official list is expected to be released in June.) Open streets events as most Angelenos have come to know them are pretty much just like CicLAvia, which is run by the CicLAvia organization, but the recent doc has other orgs getting into the mix to put on similar events of all sizes that close the streets to car traffic and open them to people. Most would connect to Metro lines, and two match up with opening dates for the Gold and Expo extensions. Metro's set aside $2 million for each of the next two (fiscal) years to help fund these street takeovers. Here's who the money might be going to:
· Beach Streets: north Long Beach, through Bixby Knolls; connecting to the Blue Line at Wardlow
· CicLAvia the Valley: leaning toward a route on Lankershim and Ventura; connections to the Red Line
· San Gabriel Valley Earth Day Festival: El Monte, South El Monte, Rosemead, Temple City, San Gabriel, and Monterey Park
· CicLAvia Culver City: alongside Ballona Creek from the Expo Line to the beach
· CicLAvia Pasadena: likely along Colorado Boulevard; connecting to four Gold Line stations—Del Mar, Memorial Park, Lake, Allen
· Lawndale Community Bicycle Ride: a "square-shaped loop"
· CicLAvia Southeast Cities: Huntington Park, South Gate, Lynwood, Los Angeles, and County of Los Angeles; linking up with the Watts Towers and Metro Blue and Green lines
· Car Free Carson: east/west on Carson Street; connecting to the Blue Line at Del Amo
· Downey Ride and Stride: a loop less than a mile from a Green Line stop
· San Gabriel Valley Golden Streets: going through South Pasadena, San Marino, Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, and Azusa and, for now, lining up with the opening of the Gold Line extension
· Expo Opens Santa Monica: including Colorado Avenue and Main Street; happening around the same time Phase II of the Expo line opens
Several rides that applied will not be recommended for Metro money, including CicLAvia South LA, which was already announced for December of this year.
· Open Streets Slated for SFV, SGV, Pasadena, LB, Santa Monica, and More [Streetsblog]