12 Awesome Photos from Santa Monica’s First Open Streets Event

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Yesterday was Santa Monica’s first-ever CicLAvia-style event that shut down the streets to cars and opened them to people on foot, on bikes, and, apparently, on stilts. The appropriately named COAST took over streets for about two miles of Main Street and Ocean Avenue, passing by the Santa Monica Pier and the brand new Colorado Esplanade.

A celebration of the Expo Line and just a cool, fun thing to do, the event had a great turn out and, interestingly, it seemed like there were a lot more walkers than there are usually at official CicLAvias. (Maybe the relatively short route length helped?) We’ve got 12 pictures that collectively sort of capture the open streets and the overall vibe of the event.

A photo posted by Ann Shepphird (@ashepphird) on Jun 5, 2016 at 12:27pm PDT

A photo posted by Sam Garcia (@itssaammii) on Jun 5, 2016 at 3:25pm PDT

A photo posted by Royal Pham (@cakeoverpie) on Jun 5, 2016 at 5:20pm PDT

A photo posted by @chumdinger on Jun 5, 2016 at 2:49pm PDT

A photo posted by @donnadsc on Jun 5, 2016 at 5:15pm PDT

A photo posted by Eriko (@erikoniwayama) on Jun 5, 2016 at 4:59pm PDT

A photo posted by Michael Y. Satoh (@msatoh) on Jun 5, 2016 at 3:22pm PDT

A photo posted by Shore Hotel (@shorehotelsm) on Jun 5, 2016 at 12:50pm PDT

Finally took the new expo line all the way to Santa Monica for the open streets cycling event @BikeMetropic.twitter.com/sp3HUvJdn5

— cry baby (@sidkyd) June 5, 2016

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