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Get Ready Not to Drive

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, September 29, 2006, at 12:00PM

If you live Downtown you might want to head up to Chinatown tomorrow and check out the Life Can Be So Car-Free event C.I.C.L.E. is putting on at the new Los Angeles State Historic Park (or the Cornfield, in more common terms). The event promotes car-free transportation choices, and will just be a good time regardless of your conveyance.

You'll want to be practicing up on getting around sans-car in order to survive next Sunday Saturday, October 7th. Both the Grand Avenue Festival and the LA Weekly's Detour Music Festival will be occuring, and between the two there's a hefty dose of road closures. Grand Ave. Festival will be closing (PDF) Grand between 1st and 4th, as well as 1st between Olive and Hope. The Detour festival will be closing (PDF) First between Broadway and Los Angeles, Spring between Temple and 2nd, and Main between Temple and 3rd.

The Weekly has a Getting There page to help guide festival-goers to the right place, but the transit directions are just plain wrong and misleading. They tell people to take the Red Line to the "Civic Center Station (1st & Flower)", when that station definitely has its entrances down the hill at 1st & Hill and mid-block on Hill between 1st & Temple.

They also list their "Bus Stop" location at 1st & Main, which happens to be right in the middle of their street closures. I would tend to imagine they wouldn't enjoy an MTA driver actually trying to get to that location.

Bus routes suggested include DASH routes A & D, neither of which operate on the weekend. That's not even getting into the fact that almost every one of the routes they list will be forced to divert from their normal routes to get around the festival.

None of this surprises me about the Weekly. In March of 2005 they asked

Ever wonder why a leg of the Red Line ends at Wilshire and Normandie, miles short of the museums and office buildings that would make it worthwhile to thousands?

I said, no, I hadn't, since the line ends one stop later at Wilshire/Western.

Then in May of that year they said that Hollywood & Highland was "the Red Line's penultimate stop." So really my faith in their ability to read a map is basically zero.

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