Major Changes to Friday’s Park(ing) Day Ride – No More Santa Monica!

parking_day_9_16.jpgAll images from the Park(ing) Day LA website

Unfortunately, I have to announce some major changes to the planned Park(ing) Day ride for Friday.  Unlike last year, there aren’t any parks planned for the City of Santa Monica so it seems like a bad idea to try and start a ride at 7:30 A.M. at the "Critical Mass Canon" because, well, there wouldn’t be anything to do.

However just because Santa Monica doesn’t want to be part of this year’s festivities, a Park(ing) Day volunteer told me that the city was going to require a permit for every space because "parking spaces are for cars," doesn’t mean we’re going to ignore the Westside.

A quick note, I won’t be carrying too much extra water or supplies so people are encouraged to bring their own.  We’ll be "riding legal" and will make stops as time permits for supplies but the only stops that are guaranteed to have food are in East Hollywood so come prepared.  However, at every stop I’ll be leaving a map to our next space.  So, if you’re late and want to catch up or want to just do your own ride, you can just follow our maps.  We won’t be leaving a map at the start of the Westside Ride because there won’t be anyone staying at the park after the Greensters leave at 10:00 A.M.

We’re still going to divide the ride into three parts, a westside, a mid-city and a downtown ride with the following starts.  For full routing, read on after the jump.

9:00 – Meet for the Westside Ride at Media Park, aka Crank Mob Park, in Culver City.  Media Park is on Venice Boulevard across the street with the strip mall with a Blockbuster Video and an In and Out Burger.  For those people preferring street addresses, the park is between Culver and Canfield Boulevards.  The ride will include four other stops and end in Venice at around 10:30.

11:30 – Meet at the Mid-City West Community Council Park(ing) space at the corner of 3rd and Fairfax.  They’re space is right next to the Third Street Farmer’s Market and this six space loop should end between 12:30 and 1:15 at the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council’s BBQ at Heliotrope Boulevard just North of Melrose

1:30 – We’ll leave the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council’s spot, head up to Sunset Boulevard and then race down Sunset, through the Downtown and end at the Empowerment Congress’ space in South L.A.  From their I’ll be heading back to East Hollywood before heading home.  Riders are encouraged to hang out and head to Echo Park for the 7:00 P.M. "Ride-In" movie screening.

Here’s the information for the full route, broken down by section.



We’ll start at the Load(ing) Zone, aka Crank Mob Park, aka Media Park in Culver City and then head down to the Cunningham Group’s Architecture Park at 4056 Del Rey Ave in Marina Del Rey.  From there, we’ll head to the space in Venice, DEX at 1338 Abbot Kinney Blvd., before ending with the stop at the Venice Environmental Park.  From there, anyone that’s hanging with we will race up to Olympic Boulevard and head east until we hit Crescent Park Blvd.  We’ll head North on Crescent Park until we hit Fairfax Avenue.  We’ll take a right until we end up at Third and Fairfax.



The Mid-City Ride is going to be a big "U" until we head east to the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council’s mega-park.  At 11:30, we’ll head out of Third and Fairfax and head South to the "Metered Dance Station" at 5443 W Pico Blvd.  From there we’ll head North-East to the two parks near the Wilshire/Western Metro Stop.  We’ll head North East to the Rios Clementi Hale Park Studio at 639 N Larchmont Blvd before heading to the park at Heliotrope and Melrose.  As I’ve mentioned many times before, they’re having a cookout for carnivores and Pure Luck will be open for herbivores.  Yum.


After getting our fill we’ll head North until we hit Sunset Boulevard and take it Downtown.  Along the way we’ll stop at the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council’s other Park(ing) Day stop at 4590 Santa Monica Blvd.  and Jared Food’s BBQ at 1036 Hyperion Ave.  Going down Sunset Blvd. we’ll stop at the Urth Kula Park at 2809 W Sunset Blvd and the Echo Park Time Bank at 1525 W Sunset Blvd.  From the Time Bank, we’ll head into the Downtown via this route before hitting the putting green at HMC Architects Park. From HMC, it’s a shot hop to the Melendrez/Torti Galas park at 617 S Olive St.

From there we’ll hit the Downtown Neighborhood Council’s block party at Harlem Place, between 4th and 5th Streets and Spring and Main Streets. 

I estimate we’ll be at their park between 2:00 and 2:30.

From there, we’ll head through the Downtown to the Abode Community Park at Alameda and Traction before back tracking to the Park at Pembroke Lane, 1010 S Flower St.

Our last stop will require us to head south west to the Empowerment Congress North Area Development Council’s park at Vermont Ave. and 29th St.  This marks the last official stop of the ride, although I’ll be heading back to East Hollywood which is a great place to hang out for a couple hours and the spot of my traditional "end of Park(ing) Day hop in the pool."  From there I’ll head home for a date with my wife who’s on bedrest and you’ll have a place to party before heading to Echo Park for the ride-in film.

  • I love Santa Monica except when it is completely lame such as this. If I didn’t have a job I would probably do one guerrilla style.

  • Dude — We do too have a park in SaMo! It’s unfortunately called the Venice Environment Park — but it’s within SaMo limits!

    Granted, the fact we only have one — and that the one looks like it was created by Venetians who don’t know where their city ends — is still rather lame….

  • Well don’t worry, we are hitting that spot! It’s the last spot of the Westside ride. I thought the spot seemed to be in SM limits despite its listed address, but need to draw people’s attention that we’re no longer starting at the Cannon.

  • Anonymous

    The City of Santa Monica is requiring permits for the use of the parking space so that if people would like to participate in the event, they will do so safely and not be in danger due to the proximity of vehicles in the road.

    Without a permit, participants may be going against two sections of the California Vehicle Code:

    Pedestrians Outside Crosswalks
    21954. (a) Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard.

    (b) The provisions of this section shall not relieve the driver of a vehicle from the duty to exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian upon a roadway.

    Amended Ch. 1015, Stats. 1971. Operative May 3, 1972.

    Throwing, Depositing, or Dumping Matter on Highway
    23112. (a) No person shall throw or deposit, nor shall the registered owner or the driver, if such owner is not then present in the vehicle, aid or abet in the throwing or depositing upon any highway any bottle, can, garbage, glass, nail, offal, paper, wire, any substance likely to injure or damage traffic using the highway, or any noisome, nauseous, or offensive matter of any kind.

    Amended Ch. 74, Stats. 1980. Effective January 1, 1981.

  • The City of Santa Monica can’t “require” permits or threaten police action as they did via email, without express authority. Municipalities can’t simply “make up” prohibitions and then enforce them.

    That being said, the people of Santa Monica deserve a city that is run by professionals. This message casts doubt that the City of Santa Monica is in good hands.

    It the streets of Santa Monica are dangerous because of the motor vehicles, why not do something about it? The City Council just reversed its commitment to parking structures, it just embraced the Walker report, it just showed such great signs of evolved human-centric behavior and then this message plops out of the bureaucratic-just-say-no-mill and destroys all of that great work.

    Santa Monica, such a sad display of conflicted priorities!

  • Why does the City of Santa Monica post anonymously?

  • I wouldn’t go so far as to say it destroys all that great work, I mean they’re still ahead of Los Angeles (despite our city’s “embrace” of Park(ing) Day) when it comes to progressive transportation. That being said, until they get rid of some of this silliness, such as permits for Park(ing) Day and inability to police the “bike only” beach path, they’re never going to get to where they want to be which is on par with cities such as Davis, and Boulder Colorado and the other mid cities considered amongst the most Livable in the world.

    I can’t help but wonder what made whoever posted this think that the people who read Streetsblog’s opinion of them would improve by posting that particular response…especially the part that compares a Park(ing) Day space to litter.

  • There’s nothing wrong with following the law.

  • Sam

    I’ve often wondered if the concept of parking day LA was “legal.” Those two sections of the CVC above could be read, or interpretted, to mean that a person cannot place an object in a parking space on a street for two reasons: 1) The parking space on a street is part of the “highway,” also per CVC defenitions, and 2) The code regarding littering, although clearly meant to discourage littering on highways, includes the terms “…depositing …any substance likely to injure or damage traffic using the highway.”

    I really like the idea of parking day LA, I agree that there are way too many parking spaces and that more parking spaces encourages more traffic. The post above was meant to highlight that some decisions aren’t made because people hate ideas; maybe there was a logical justification? It is worth considering both sides before villifying someone or something.

    BTW – I made the post. I shouldn’t have used “anonymous,” I don’t post frequently and frankly expected some negative comments. Next time I’ll use my name.

  • Sam

    …and before you jump on me for being pro-car, check my post on the zip-car article:

  • “It is worth considering both sides before villifying someone or something.”

    No, clearly the best way to get more park space in LA is to sit in the street and look like a retard.

  • Look, if you just ask nicely, you can get things done in Southern California:

    All it takes is some grassroots effort, not breaking the law!

  • Sam

    …good points. And if the “hassle” is getting a permit so that a person can legally be in a parking space, what’s the big deal? Then there is no question regarding the law, CVC, or anything else. The person gets the permit, is legally allowed to use the parking space(s) for a designated period of time, and can do what they will within the confines of said parking space.

    Seems like a good way to support the effort, protect all users of the transportation network, and ensure that local law enforcement understands the reasoning.

  • I’m not making up the justification that was given by the City of Santa Monica, I was read the correspondence between Park(ing) Day. Both of those interpretations of the CVC used above are stretches, and not the ones taken by locally by the city’s of Los Angeles, Pasadena and Long Beach. Across the state, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose and San Diego all have different interpretations. I don’t think that Santa Monica hates Park(ing) Day, I just think they made it more difficult than any other city in California for people to take part in it.

    I understand, Santa Monica has a lot of great things going on; but the SMPD has earned a reputation as being an extremely pro-car anti bike organization. Being the only city that is taking this interpretation does say something for them.

    Since last year parks popped up that didn’t register with the “official” site, can I ask what happens if anyone caught up in the spirit decides to put out a park in SM city limits tomorrow?

  • No, do whatever you want. You have a “cause.”

  • Sam

    I heard that last year PD hassled people participating in parking day LA in Santa Monica. I imagine it would happen again. That’s why I think a permit is a very reasonable solution. Don’t hassle me, I have a permit.

    From a City’s perspective, it may be a combination of 1) we don’t have the time or resources to figure out what to do about these PARKing(LA) people, 2) we generally think it is fine to put a park up in a parking space, 3) but what if someone in a PARKing(LA) exhibit gets run over by a car who isn’t paying attention and zooms into a lot? A very zealous lawyer would cite those 2 CVC provisions, the only written code referring to non-vehicles and obstructions within a roadway, and fault the City for allowing this to occur.

  • No, no, no, no! No time for permits! Do whatever you want as long as you think it’s right. City of Santa Monica, arrrrrggghhhh!

    Permits? That’s not part of the Streetsblog’s car-free agenda, er, I mean, utopia.

  • Well, I can give you points for intent but either a) the communication to the Park(ing) Day folks was mediocre or b) they’re mis-representing the communications.

    Regardless of the intent, the result is the same as if you put up posters saying “not welcome.” Last year there were at least a half-dozen spaces. This year, there is one. And the participants list it as in Venice.

  • Sam

    RE: Different interpretations of the 2 cited CVC codes.

    Having lived and/or worked in the cities of Pasadena, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, San Francisco, and San Diego, I would be very interested to discuss the interpretations of CVC sections 91954 and 23112. I mean, those are the only regulations, as far as I could determine, related to people being in an on-street parking space and/or putting up exhibits in the on-street parking space. All the cities you mentioned are great places to live (I still miss SF), and all those places in some form or another promote a way of life that is less dependant on cars. Unfortunately, the law is the law. If the only laws on the books are the two CVC sections referencedm then someone will catch on. Please enlighten me if there is something I’m unaware of; it would be great to support a great cause like PARKing(LA).

  • Foldie

    Great ride Damien. Thanks for hosting and making the ride fun. It was a long route but definitely worth the pedaling. What was the official count of violations once the ride was finished?


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