There’s nothing more familiar to us Angelenos than traffic. We tap our brakes impatiently and try to decide if the year-round sunshine is worth the hour-long commute it requires to cover a mere ten miles during gridlock.
Yet last year’s 405 closures proved more heavenly than apocalyptic. Maybe it had something to do with JetBlue’s hurried sales promotion to offer $4 flights from Burbank to Long Beach. Or was it the star-studded celebrity endorsement of Ashton Kutcher to stay away from the roads? Perhaps it was the closure of many popular destinations, including the Getty Center, or the sell-out of all hotel rooms across the County to avoid disasterous road conditions for those needing to get to work on time.
But the strangest thing happened; that weekend, roads were clear and lights were green.
Yet Carmageddon strikes again. On Sept. 29 and 30, the 405 Freeway will be shut down between the 10 and 101 freeways for a total of 53 hours. And this time, officials are warning drivers not to expect the same breezy conditions as last year.
So don’t let the initial Carmageddon experience prevent you from being prepared. Because in Los Angeles, you must always be prepared for gridlock.
Here are some ideas for keeping off the road, while still being a weekend warrior, and check out http://www.metro.net/interactives/event_map/ for an interactive map on how to best enjoy your neighborhood for Carmageddon.
More than 100 artists, arts organizations, advocacy groups and community partners are launching Artmageddon promising “Less car. More Art.” Instead of heading toward the freeway that weekend, check out Artmageddon’s spread across 16 neighborhoods in Los Angeles County. The group’s website ArtmageddonLA.com will help users browse thousands of events in their neighborhoods and how they can best get there by foot, bike or train.
Grab a special $10 weekend pass for unlimited Metrolink rides to help you get around Los Angeles during the road closures.
Check out a bike tour on the Westside and around the Orange Line with Metro.
“Eat, shop and play locally” with promotions across the County at more than 300 shops, restaurants and tourist attractions, including Santa Monica Playhouse, the Los Angeles Zoo, LACMA, Madame Tussauds, the Natural History Museum and the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.