Santa Monica Coast Open Streets Open Thread

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This post originally appeared on Streetsblog LA.

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

The city of Santa Monica hosted its second iteration of “Coast” – the city’s open streets event. The free event featured music, booths, poetry, exercise stations, and much more. It drew thousands of attendees on foot, bike, and skates – including lots of families enjoying the car-free streets.

There is little to critique about all the great stuff at Coast, though, with only two miles SBLA will quote Oliver Twist in asking “more please?” How about doing this more than annually and perhaps partnering with the city of L.A. to extend the event into Venice, perhaps including Abbot Kinney Boulevard?

Coast is one of the more pedestrian-friendly open streets events in southern California
All ages, all kinds of wheels (plus unwheeled feet) enjoyed Santa Monica’s Coast
Coast featured plenty of seating – both these metal tables and chairs, as well as picnic benches and tables – which allowed businesses to nicely spill out into the streets
Coast open streets on Santa Monica’s Ocean Avenue

Readers – how was your experience at Coast yesterday?

Joe Linton
Joe Lintonhttp://la.streetsblog.org
Joe Linton is editor of Los Angeles Streetsblog. He is also a longtime urban environmental activist. His main areas of interest have been restoring the Los Angeles River and fostering bicycling for everyday transportation. He’s worked for many Los Angeles livability non-profits, including Friends of the L.A. River, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, C.I.C.L.E., Livable Places, and CicLAvia. He also served as deputy to Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed Reyes.

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