Santa Monica Coast 2018 Open Streets Open Thread

Santa Monica's Coast open streets festival
Santa Monica's Coast open streets festival

Yesterday, the city of Santa Monica hosted the third iteration of its popular Coast open streets festival. The car-free event opened about two miles of Santa Monica streets to walking, bicycling, and skating. The event featured plenty of music, dancing, art, and dovetailed with the season’s final Santa Monica Pier concert.

Participants shared event images using the hashtag #CoastSaMo.

Readers – how was your Coast yesterday?

  • Walt Arrrrr

    At only two miles, it may be short, but SaMo’s Coast is sweet. My favorite Open Streets event in SoCal. Great programing, music everywhere, crafts and activities for kids on a route with parks, cafes, bars, and restaurants. I especially appreciated the quietness in an area that is usually saturated with loud-pipes-save-lives Harleys on Sundays.

    This may be the most battery-powered open streets event in the world. Lots of eScooters, eBikes, Cargo eBikes, Boost Boards, etc. To guesstimate the modal choice, it seemed to be roughly 1/3 on foot, 1/3 on traditional pedal bikes, 1/3 on eScooters. Santa Monica does a great job of managing the event with a comparably small police presence. Allowing benches, booths, and activities in the actual street seems to change the dynamics of the event, with more people walking and mixing with the wheeled people in the street. Very nice.


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Santa Monica's Coast open streets festival took place yesterday. All photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

Santa Monica Coast Open Streets Open Thread

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