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Ocean Avenue Project



The Ocean Avenue Project has two main components:

  • On the west-side of Ocean Avenue, between California and Colorado avenues, the project creates a protected two-way bikeway. This connects the Colorado Esplanade and California Incline bikeways, creating a continuous protected route from the Downtown Santa Monica Metro light rail station to the beach.
  • On the east-side of the Ocean Avenue, select on-street parking spaces were repurposed to expand the sidewalk to allow additional outdoor dining space while also maintaining safe passage for people walking.

Pedestrian, vehicle, transit, and bicycle access is maintained for the entire corridor. On the west-side of the street the project increases the amount of accessible (ADA) parking spaces, but reduces the amount of standard on-street metered parking spaces. On the east-side of the street, where requested by businesses and in consultation with Downtown Santa Monica, Inc, the project reallocates some parking spaces to expand the sidewalk and increase space for outdoor dining.

Come out and take a ride or walk on Ocean Avenue to take in views of Palisades Park or head down the California Incline, and spend a day at the beach.  


Complete (Post Installation Evaluation in Process)


Scott Johnson



Above: A person rides their bicycle in the new Ocean Avenue bikeway 


Protected Bicycle Intersection

As part of the Ocean Avenue project, the City installed the first protected bicycle intersection in Santa Monica at the intersection of Ocean and California Avenue. Protected intersections use simple design concepts to make everyone safer by moderating vehicle turn speeds, increasing separation between different modes of travel, and enhancing visibility of people walking, biking and scooting.

The propose of the protected intersection at Ocean and California Avenue is to create safe connections between three main routes - the Ocean Avenue bikeway, California Avenue bike-lanes, and the California Incline separated bike and pedestrian path. The design allows someone biking to connect to all these routes without ever having to merge with vehicle traffic. By adding corner safety islands, the protected intersection moderates right turn vehicle speeds improving safety for people crossing on foot and by bike. It also improves visibility for all users by changing the angle of the right turn approach to the crosswalk.  Find out more about how to use the protected intersection by checking out the City’s new video.



Above: Making a left turn on a bicycle at California and Ocean Avenue 


Post Installation Evaluation

Crews completed the construction of the west-side protected two-way bikeway on November 24th, 2020, and the east-side expanded sidewalk was completed February 3rd, 2021. Additional adjustments have been made to the protected two-way bikeway post-installation based on staff observations and community comment. The bikeway and expanded sidewalk will continue to be monitored and adjusted based on feedback. Please send comments to 



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