Colorado Avenue Protected Bikeway

Project Overview

The Colorado Avenue Protected Bikeway project will construct a one-way dedicated bicycle facility along Colorado Avenue westbound from 17th Street to 5th Street. The new bikeway closes a gap in Santa Monica’s bike network resulting in a continuous protected bicycle facility from LA's Westside all the way to Santa Monica Pier. By separating bicyclists from cars and trucks, protected bikeways reduce the risk of collisions and make it easier for riders to navigate the roadway. Increasing accessibility to two Metro Light Rail Stations and five Big Blue Bus stops encourages people to use public transportation, helping reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.  This project is a part of Santa Monica’s commitment to promote sustainable transportation and make bicycling a viable option for all ages and abilities. Funding provided by Metro, a partner in our community.

Increased Safety for Bicyclists

Protected bikeways  can reduce the risk of collisions between bicyclists and motor vehicles by as much as 90%. 

Parking Impacts

The protected bikeway will replace the northside parking lane on Colorado Avenue, which will result in an average loss of 3 metered parking spaces per block.

Bikeway to the Sea

Connecting the Exposition Bike Path to the Colorado Esplanade will create a continuous protected bikeway reaching from the Westside to Santa Monica Pier. 

Connection to Memorial Park

Enhanced bicycle facilities will improve access to Memorial Park, which is experiencing fast growing demand for sports programming, such as Pickle Ball.


Project Overview Presentation

Community Pop Up Event in Memorial Park

Event Flyer

Project Fact Sheet

Project Area Map

Bicycle Action Plan Amendment

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