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.
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 .
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||10/4/2014|
|Los Angeles - City||CicLAvia: The Valley||5.78||3/22/2015|
|Long Beach||Beach Streets: Bixby Knolls & North Long Beach||6||6/6/2015|
|Culver City||CicLAvia Culver City||6.16||8/9/2015|
|Lawndale||Lawndale Community Bicycle Ride and Open Street Event||2.15||4/1/2016|
|Huntington Park||CicLAvia: Southeast Cities||8.58||5/15/2016|
|Downey||Downey Ride & Stride Open Street Event||5.3||5/1/2016|
|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|
|City/County||Open Street Event Name||Estimated Route Length (Miles)||Estimated Date of Event|
|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|
|Vernon, Huntington Park||River to Rail: Vernon & Huntington Park’s Open Streets Event||5.17||September 3, 2017|
|San Fernando||Healthy San Fernando Open Street Event||4||September 24, 2017|
|Los Angeles||CicLAvia Heart of LA||6||October 15, 2017|
|Baldwin Park, Irwindale, LA County||Pride of the Valley Open Streets||6.8||November 5, 2017|
|Los Angeles||CicLAvia Iconic Wilshire||6.3||December 10, 2017|
|Burbank||Burbank on the Boulevard||3.27||March 4, 2018|
|San Dimas, La Verne, Claremont||CicLAvia: Route 66||5.76||April 22, 2018|
|West Hollywood, Los Angeles (Silver Lake, Hollywood)||CicLAvia: Meet the Hollywoods||5.5||May 20, 2018|
|Santa Monica||Coast Santa Monica's Open Street Event||2.06||June 3, 2018|
|Montebello, Pico Rivera, LA County||Cruising Whittier Blvd.||4.95||October 28, 2018|
|Los Angeles||CicLAvia Heart of LA||6||December 2, 2018|