Santa Monica Lookout
|Santa Monica Celebrates Greenway Project Milestone|
By Lookout Staff
May 29, 2015 -- More bikes and pedestrians is one of the main goals of the City’s Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway project, the first phase of which is now complete, officials announced.
Residents of the Pico neighborhood will join City officials at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday at 12th Street and Michigan Avenue, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., to mark completion of Phase 1 of the greenway corridor, the first of its kind in Santa Monica.
The first construction phase of the project, dubbed MANGo for short, included installing new landscape circles designed to “beautify the streetscape and help calm traffic,” said Denise Smith, executive administrative assistant.
According to a MANGo project summary from the City, the project will create a greenway corridor along Michigan, “the centerpiece of which is a roughly 1-mile long Bicycle Boulevard between 7th and 20th streets.”
By installing new technologies and creating new public walkways, City officials aim to slow traffic along the corridor, “encourage neighborhood walking and bike-riding” and generally make the Pico neighborhood safer for cyclists and pedestrians, the summary said.
Phase 2 of the project will extend traffic calming measures “through the Pico neighborhood to the east, along the Neighborhood Wiggle and the Bergamot Connector,” the summary said.
Once completed, the bikeway will connect to destinations including Santa Monica High School and Virginia Park and extend west to the beach, and to the Bergomot Expo Line Station and the Edison Language Academy to the east.
Although some Pico neighborhood residents initially worried the project would usher in increase “gentrification” of the area, Pico Neighborhood Association officials are scheduled to join Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown at Saturday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra’s brass ensemble will perform, and residents “who represent the rich cultural history” of the area will tell stories about the Pico neighborhood, said Smith. (see greenway corridor)
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