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Urban by the Ocean: Downtown Santa Monica

Downtown Santa Monica is many things: gateway to the oceanfront, vibrant commercial center, and residential neighborhood. How do you create and maintain access for all in a space serving so many functions? To accomplish this, one of the City of Santa Monica’s strategic goals is to create a new model of mobility that makes walking, biking and transit the most convenient and comfortable option for most trips. This WalkShop will tell the story of Downtown Santa Monica’s mobility past, present, and future with stops at the world-famous Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier, recently completed Expo Line rail station, California Incline, Colorado Esplanade, and the envisioned Ocean Avenue two-way protected bike lane. Participants on this casual walk will also experience Tongva Park, public art, and beautiful ocean views.

Participants in this WalkShop are welcome to stay in Santa Monica for the afternoon if travel plans permit. The City of Santa Monica staff will provide guides and recommendations for those who want to venture around solo.


Scott Johnson, Transportation Planner, City of Santa Monica

Linda Cogswell, Associate Planner, City of Santa Monica

Francie Stefan, Acting Chief Mobility Officer/Assistant Director of Planning & Community Development, City of Santa Monica


Sarah Lejeune, Consulting Planner, Michael Baker International
Steven Welliver, Deputy Chief Executive, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
Joe SanClemente, Principal Transportation Planner, City of Santa Monica
Naomi Okuyama, Cultural Affairs Supervisor, City of Santa Monica