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Open Streets Cycle Four Application Package & Guidelines

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Program Guidelines

Program Objectives

Open Streets are events which temporarily close the streets to automobiles and open them up to people to re-imagine their streets while walking, riding a bicycle, rollerblading or pushing a stroller in a car-free environment. The goals of the program are to encourage sustainable modes of transportation (bicycling, walking and transit), provide an opportunity to take transit for the first time, and provide an opportunity for civic engagement that can foster the development of a city’s multi-modal policies.


With a focus on regional equity, Cycle Four applications are open to Los Angeles County city and county jurisdictions as well as Council of Government offices. Funding may be distributed to more than one event per city/jurisdiction until the maximum funding allocation is reached. Applicants shall rank applications for 2 or more events in order of priority with 1 being the most important, 2 being the second most important, etc.


There is up to $5 million available for grants for the Open Streets Grant Program Cycle Four. There are no minimum funding guarantees per applicant jurisdiction or event. Any city/jurisdiction, or a combined multi-jurisdictional team, can apply for a maximum of $500,000 per single event. Any agreement on funding distributions among jurisdictions participating in a multi-jurisdictional event must be negotiated directly between the applicant and all other jurisdictions that are participating in the event. There is no guarantee that applicant will receive full funding request.  If grant applicant is unable to accept amended award amount and commit to producing the event as scoped, award will be available to next highest scored application. Funds will be available starting in January 2021, pending Metro Board approval and events must be staged by December 31, 2022. Funding sources may be federal and cities/jurisdictions will be required to comply with all federal funding procedures and requirements.


Project will be evaluated on the following criteria on a 100-point score. An event must receive a minimum of 70 points to be eligible for funding. Innovative events that differentiate themselves from past Los Angeles County Open Street events are highly favored in the scoring process.

General Event Information – 10 points

Project Feasibility – 20 points

Proposed partnerships and demonstration of potential for event success*


Event readiness (Funds will be required to be expended by December 31, 2022)


Agency’s existing active transportation programs and policies


Community support


Matching funds committed


* Partners may include but are not limited to COGs, community groups, event producers and non-profits. Previous grantees must demonstrate success with previous events and lessons learned. New applicants must demonstrate that they have the capacity to produce an Open Street event.

Route Setting – 45 points

Route is innovative (Examples include evening events, weekday events, holiday events, multi-day events, themed events, events that encourage increased local retail/stakeholder participation, and events that differentiate themselves from previous LA County Open Street events)


Route includes disadvantaged communities*


Proximity and access to commercial and retail corridors


Connections to cultural, architectural, historical and/or important destinations in the community


Event cost per mile


Route is along or intersects with existing bicycle infrastructure**


Route activation strategy


Topography - The route minimizes hilly terrain***


Route length (industry standards recommend a minimum of between 4 and 6 miles in length)


*Based on average of 70th percentile CalEnviroScreen Score for census tracts directly adjacent to the proposed route (

**Will the route be on or intersect any existing bicycle infrastructure? Will the route encourage first time riders to modify their travel behavior in the future?

*** As an example, see San Francisco’s “Wiggle” -

Transit and Community Connectivity - 25 points

Accessibility to Metro Rail


Route includes multiple jurisdictions


Applicant jurisdiction has not had a previous Open Street event in their community


Connections between multiple central business districts or retail corridors


Plan to attract participants from surrounding and countywide jurisdictions


Funding Eligibility

Funding may be used for pre-event planning & outreach costs in conjunction with implementing an event. Funding may be used for any operational or capital cost associated with the day-of event excluding activation/routing held off-street unless approved in writing by the Open Streets Grant Program Manager. Funding may not be used for alcohol-related activities. Funds awarded will not exceed the event cost in the original application and may be less if the key objectives can be achieved at lower costs. Non material scope and event day changes shall be handled administratively and be approved by Program Manager. Any cost overruns shall be the responsibility of the applicant. Both third party consulting costs and internal staff costs for directly providing services with respect to the project will be eligible for funding.

Data Collection and Reporting Requirements

Grantee shall collect data using Metro’s selected data collection methodology and survey instrument. Data should be provided to Metro in a post-implementation spreadsheet no later than three months after the event is executed. Metro will withhold ten percent (10%) of eligible expenditures per invoice as retainage. Metro will release retainage after Metro has evaluated Grantee’s post-implementation report and data collection performance according to the criteria specified by Metro.  Data collection will include at a minimum but not be limited to: participation counts of pedestrians and cyclists along the route; transportation use data and counts of individuals exiting Metro Rail Stations with bicycles where applicable; personal anecdotes; and economic quantitative and qualitative impact on local retailers such as anecdotes and event day change in sales compared to previous sales of the same day of the week. Additional reporting criteria will be added to the Memorandum of Understanding and standardized data collection template to better evaluate how the event contributes toward achieving the program goals presented in Board Motion 72, including providing plans for any new permanent active transportation infrastructure in the community and plans for increasing bicycle and pedestrian mode shares post event.

General and Administrative Conditions Lapsing Policy

Open Streets Cycle Four events must be staged by December 31, 2022. Funds not expended by this date will lapse. Lapsed funding will go towards the next grant cycle of the Open Streets Program. Applicants who have their funds lapse may reapply for funding in the next cycle, however new applicants and applicants from previously successful events will be prioritized.

Grant Agreement

Each awarded applicant must execute a grant agreement with Metro before the event. The agreement will include the event scope and a financial plan reflecting the grant amount, event partners and the local match. Funding will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis subject to satisfactory compliance with the original application cost and schedule as demonstrated in a quarterly report supported by a detailed invoice showing the staff and hours billed to the project, any consultant hours, etc. Final scheduled payment will be withheld until the event is staged and approved by Metro and all post-implementation requirements have been satisfied.

Audits and Event Scheduling

All grant programs may be audited for conformance to their original application. Metro shall review event schedule and final date of the event to ensure regional and scheduling distribution. At Metro’s Program Manager’s request events may be rescheduled to avoid overlapping events.