One of my favorite Sunday morning activities is stuffing my face with delicious and Instagrammable food, so I’ve been to Smorgasburg LA a few times since it opened. In fact, I’ve been to it so many times already that I feel compelled to write about it, even though Smorgasburg is — disappointingly — not in the most transit-friendly location.
Smorgasburg LA takes place every Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the outskirts of downtown L.A. at the Alameda Produce Market, and the area isn’t really walkable. Which is to say, you could walk from Little Tokyo/Arts District Station…if you don’t mind a 25-minute walk down barren sidewalks around empty warehouse lots, which is an intimidating walk even on the best of days.
Metro buses Line 53 and Line 66 stop in the area on weekends, which is great if they work for you. But I come in from a different direction…plus my friends always end up driving in from further away, so they just swing by to pick me up from Union Station after I hop off the Gold Line. (You could, of course, also Lyft or Uber from Union Station, which I’ve done as well.)
Prior to now, Smorgasburg also hasn’t offered much in the way of bike parking. Sure, tons of car parking is free for the first two hours in the nice new garage, but bike racks were sparse in the offering and hard to locate. But that’s supposed to change this Sunday: Smorgasburg is setting up a bike valet service, which is great because it means you don’t have to worry about anything happening to your ride while you eat and shop.
— Smorgasburg LA (@smorgasburgLA) August 29, 2016
Although there aren’t any bicycle lanes on Alameda, Central or Olympic, the reduced number of big rigs on Sunday morning streets means it’s not that nerve-wracking to bike on down — even for one such as I, someone who is prone to panicking when biking on DTLA streets.
So what do you think? Would you be willing to bike to Smorgasburg LA once the bike valet service is available? If you do, please let me know how it goes! After all the pie I ate this past weekend, I should probably stay away from Smorgasburg for awhile…
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