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Metro Open Streets Grant Program

CicLAvia Pasadena

CicLAvia Pasadena

What are Open Streets

Open Streets initiatives temporarily close streets to automobile traffic and open them to cyclists, pedestrians and other modes of non-motorized transportation. Open Streets have quickly become one of the most innovative advancements in the livable cities movement. They are an increasingly common strategy in regions that are seeking innovative ways to encourage mode shift to sustainable modes of transportation, reduce traffic congestion, achieve economic and public health improvement.

Many North American Open Streets initiatives draw inspiration from those held in Central and South America, where they are called “ciclovías.” The term, which translates to English as “bike path,” was coined in Bogotá, Colombia, a city that began experimenting with its model Ciclovía initiative in 1974. CicLAvia in the city of Los Angeles is a local example of an Open Street event that has been ongoing since 2010.

CicLAvia: The Valley

CicLAvia: The Valley

Metro’s Open Streets Grant Program

In September 2013 the Metro Board approved the Open Streets Competitive Grant Program framework to fund a series of regional car-free events in response to a June, 2013 Board Motion. The goals of the Open Streets Grant Program is to provide opportunities for 1) riding transit, walking and riding a bike, possibly for the first time, 2) to encourage future mode shift to more sustainable transportation modes, and for 3) civic engagement to foster the development of multi-modal policies and infrastructure at the city/community level.

A total of 21 project applications were received, and 12 events were selected for funding based upon a scoring process that considered the events in terms of regionally diversity, connection to transit stations, regional bikeways and major activity centers.

Also, you can review the Metro 2014 Open Streets Grant Program Board Report .

CicLAvia Pasadena

CicLAvia Pasadena

Open Streets Events Presented by Metro

Events held to date

City/County Open Street Event Name Estimated Route Length (Miles) Date of Event
Los Angeles - County CicLAvia: Heart of LA 9.88 October 4, 2014
Los Angeles - City CicLAvia: The Valley 5.78 March 22, 2015
Pasadena CicLAvia Pasadena 3.8 May 31, 2015
Long Beach Beach Streets: Bixby Knolls & North Long Beach 6 June 6, 2015
Culver City CicLAvia Culver City 6.16 August 9, 2015
Lawndale Lawndale Community Bicycle Ride and Open Street Event 2.15 April 1, 2016
Huntington Park CicLAvia: Southeast Cities 8.58 May15, 2016
Downey Downey Ride & Stride Open Street Event 5.3 May 1, 2016
Santa Monica Expo Opens Santa Monica 1.7 Spring/Summer 2016
El Monte SGV Earth Day Festival 13.5 Spring/Summer 2016
Long Beach Beach Streets: Anaheim Corridor 4.1 November 12, 2016
South Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia, East Pasadena (LA County), Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, Azusa 626 Golden Streets 17+ March 5, 2017
Culver City, Los Angeles (Venice, Mar Vista) CicLAvia: Culver City to the Beach 6.58 March 26, 2017
Downey Downey Ride & Stride Open Streets Event 4.96 May 7, 2017
Glendale, City of LA CicLAvia: Glendale meets Atwater Village 3 June 11, 2017
Whittier Whittier Walk and Roll Street Festival 6 July 16, 2017
Los Angeles San Pedro Willmington Open Streets 4.23 August 13, 2017
Los Angeles CicLAvia Heart of LA 6 October 15, 2017
Los Angeles CicLAvia Iconic Wilshire 6.3 December 10, 2017
San Fernando Healthy San Fernando Open Street Event 4 March 31, 2018
San Dimas, La Verne, Claremont CicLAvia: Route 66 5.76 April 22, 2018

Upcoming Events

City/County Open Street Event Name Estimated Route Length (Miles) Estimated Date of Event
Vernon, Huntington Park River to Rail: Vernon & Huntington Park’s Open Streets Event 5.17 August 19, 2018
Baldwin Park, Irwindale, LA County Pride of the Valley Open Streets 6.8 September 16, 2018
Santa Monica Coast Santa Monica's Open Street Event 2.06 October 7, 2018
Montebello, Pico Rivera, LA County Cruising Whittier Blvd. 4.95 October 28, 2018
Los Angeles CicLAvia Heart of LA 6 December 2, 2018
Burbank Burbank on the Boulevard 3.27 TBD

Information about current grant cycles


Application - Open Streets Cycle Three

Open Streets Attachments

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