Metro Board approves $3.7 million in grants for 'Open Streets' events around L.A. County

The $3.7 million in grants awarded by the Board helps cover the expense of 12 ‘open streets’ type events in the next two fiscal years. These are events in which streets are typically closed to motor traffic and opened, as the name implies, to pedestrians and cyclists. In other words, events similar to the CicLAvia events that have been very popular in L.A. the past few years.

Events in the following cities received funding: Carson, Culver City, Downey, El Monte Huntington Park, Lawndale, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Pasadena, Santa Monica and South Pasadena.

The staff report below shows the 12 cities/jurisdictions that were awarded money. Although advocates for Long Beach asked for funding for a second event, Metro officials noted that guidelines prioritized funding one event per city before funding multiple events in the same city.

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  1. You’re still in love with that Lankershim/Ventura route in the Valley. There is such a rich goldmine of LA history along Van Nuys Boulevard, and many places to have pedestrian hubs. There are organizations who truly want to see a Van Nuys Boulevard “cruise” happen. Imagine a display in one of the pedestrian hubs of locally-restored custom cars! Imagine the Valley Constituent Center and the so-called “Valley City Hall” as another hub of activity! You will have Neighborhood Council buy-in and support from local business of a kind you will never have in the trendy, spendy No-Ho district. Van Nuys Boulevard needs the kind of shot in the arm that CicLAvia can give it. Please re-consider. Thanks!