Happy Carmageddon Los Angeles!

It’s been big news in Los Angeles. July 16-17, the city is shutting down part of the 405…the lifeline of the west side of Los Angeles. Many are staying home, some are getting out and going for a bike ride, and some are riding public transit. My husband and I are starting early and hitting up the MOCA in DTLA today to see the “Art in Streets” exhibit, via the bus and our walking shoes. We know you have plenty of great ways to enjoy Los Angeles without a car, but if you need help, here are some ideas (via GOOD.is) for making the most of this exciting holiday weekend. How are you celebrating Carmageddon?

Shop as Locally As You Possibly Can: There are all kinds of dealsencouraging people to use the services closest to their homes. Try usingYelp to find and only eat and shop at places within a one-mile radius of your home.  Forage something. Hold a food swap or a clothing swap with your neighbors.

Host a Farmer at Your Westside Home: For many parts of the city, business will go on as usual. Here’s an interesting way to help someone get to work. The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market is looking for volunteers to host farmers at their houses during that weekend so they can vend at the markets.

Ride Public Transportation: Metro is celebrating Carmageddon withfree Metro fares and added service on all trains and most of L.A.’s buses. You can ride just about anywhere in the city for no money! If you’ve never tried it, this is your chance to take public transportation for the first time. Grab a friend and ride far, far away. Even Metrolink is adding more trains to take you farther afield.

Walk Along the 405 from the Valley: Who needs cars to get over Sepulveda Pass anyway? A walk is scheduled to go from the Valley to the Mulholland Bridge and back, along Sepulveda. Meet on Saturday, July 16 at 9:00 a.m. on the south side of Kester and Ventura, near Mel’s Drive-In in Sherman OaksDetails here.

Throw a DIY Block Party: Since we’re celebrating a weekend of closed streets, there’s no more appropriate place to throw a party. Break out the sidewalk chalk and organize a water balloon toss. Grill in your driveway. Plan a progressive dinner with your neighbors. If you live on a cul-de-sac, get permission from everyone on the street to close the street for some real fun and games.

Bike the Empty Streets: If, in fact, everyone keeps their cars in their garages like they’re supposed to, the streets should be wide-open for biking. The group ride 4PACOLYPSE is departing Saturday night at midnight from Mom’s Bar and Lounge in Santa Monica. We’ve heard at least one rumor there will be an attempt to ride some of the closed 405 freeway, which we do not condone. But we’d like to see.

Make Carmageddon an Annual Event: Think about it. If L.A. can do such a great job telling people to stay out of their cars for one weekend, why not do it again? How about we make Carmageddon an annual event? Attend our Let’s Make Carmageddon an Annual Event Facebook event and pledge to help make the third weekend in July car-free for Los Angeles every year. It’s like CicLAvia, except instead of closing the streets, we just don’t use our cars!

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