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Arts District bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly projects around LA will get millions from the state

From LA.Curbed.com

 

Last week, the California Transportation Commission awarded more than $100 million to 62 active transportation projects around the state, including $14.85 million for a host of bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly improvements in the Arts District.

The grant money, which will be delivered between 2019 and 2021, represents a sizable chunk of the $56 million awarded to Southern California cities and agencies to deliver projects focused on making the state safer for walkers and bicyclists.

In the Arts District, the money will fund pedestrian and biking connections to transit stops and the under-construction Sixth Street Viaduct replacement project, according to city documents. New bike lanes, curb extensions, crosswalks, pedestrian lighting, and added traffic lights are also planned for the area.

Further grant money will also fund pedestrian-friendly improvements at nearby Union Station. Part of Metro’s master plan for the historic station, these updates include a pedestrian crossing on Alameda Street and other new connections between the station and its surrounding communities. The project will receive $3.15 million starting in 2019.

 

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Looking for a ride this Sunday? How about CicLAvia – Heart of LA

CicLAvia – Heart of LA will celebrate what has become a Los Angeles institution on October 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a fifth-year anniversary route. CicLAvia began as an idea with an uncertain outcome when it first removed cars from the streets of downtown Los Angeles on October 10, 2010. Now, five years, fourteen events and hundreds of thousands of participants later, CicLAvia is the largest open streets event in North America.

Heart of LA will have six miles for participants to explore by bike, foot, skateboard, wheelchair and other non-motorized traffic. The route will take people through Boyle Heights, the Arts District, Little Tokyo, Civic Center, Chinatown, Historic Core and as far west as Macarthur Park.

New to CicLAvia? Here are four things you need to know for October 18:

It’s FREE!
It’s not a race and you don’t need a bike to participate. You can walk or skate to your heart’s content.
There’s no beginning or end. You can start anywhere and go as far or as short as you want.
The flow of participants goes both ways, just like regular traffic.

http://www.ciclavia.org