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Santa Monica Coast Open Streets 2019 Open Thread

1:59 PM PDT on September 16, 2019

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Yesterday, Santa Monica hosted the latest iteration of its popular Coast open streets festival. Two miles of Santa Monica streets were closed to cars and open to bicycling, walking, skating, and much more. The all-ages event attracted lots of families.

The relatively short distance attracted a higher percentage of pedestrians compared to other L.A. County open streets events. Anecdotally, this writer observed that about half the participants were on foot. A few bicyclists seemed impatient with the foot traffic, but for the most part, active transportation modes shared the space peacefully.

Coast featured lots of booths, displays, music, puppets, and much more.

Farmers Market stalls placed along the Coast route on Santa Monica's Main Street
Sunday Farmers Market stalls, normally in an off-street parking lot, were placed along the Coast route on Santa Monica's Main Street
Santa Monica City vehicles on display, many available for kids to sit in
Demonstration pop-up protected bike lanes along Ocean Avenue. Santa Monica has an excellent protected bikeway along Colorado Avenue. This one felt like a bit of a tight gauntlet with its tall metal barricades.
Whale puppet/float making its way along the Coast route
Whale puppet/float making its way along the Coast route
Quirky karaoke newscaster desk at Coast
Quirky karaoke newscaster desk at Coast

Readers - how was your experience at yesterday's Coast open streets festival?

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