Santa Monica's 'Green Street' Becomes Reality On Ocean Park Boulevard

Sunday, 20 Jan 2013, 8:54:00 AM

Brenton Garen

A bicyclist takes advantage Ocean Park Boulevard’s “Green Street” that runs between Lincoln Boulevard and Nielsen Way.
Photo by Brenton Garen
A bicyclist takes advantage Ocean Park Boulevard’s “Green Street” that runs between Lincoln Boulevard and Nielsen Way.

Ocean Park Boulevard’s “Green Street” project is almost complete with sections of the bright green bike lanes between Lincoln Boulevard and Nielsen Way now open to bicyclists.

Carrying a construction price tag of about $3.8 million, the “Green Street” was created to improve the character and functionality of the street for all users, and improve the quality and reduce the quantity of storm water runoff from the adjacent drainage area.

The aim of the new Ocean Park Boulevard is also to reclaim public open space and rescale the thoroughfare according to the principles of the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE).

The project means wider sidewalks, wider and more visible bike lanes, new tree species and landscaping, new and enhanced crosswalks and pedestrian lighting to the redeveloped stretch of road.

Funding for the “Green Street” project was made possible by a combination of resources, including Measure V (the Clean Beaches and Ocean Parcel Tax), Proposition 1B, Proposition C, and the city’s General Fund.

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