1. Park at the Civic Center – this “colorful” parking structure at the corner of 4th and Olympic is one of the city’s best parking spots. Just two blocks from the beach and the Third Street Promenade, you can park all day for $9 – only $3 when you enter after 6 p.m. The Main Library lot at 7th and Santa Monica Blvd. is also a great option at just $3 each day.
During Santa Monica Place grand reopening weekend, August 6, 7 & 8, parking in the Civic Center Structure, Lot and the North Civic Lot across from City Hall will all be $5 flat rate all day.
2. Biking is a great way to get around Santa Monica. Take advantage of the city’s free bike valets available for the Main Street Farmer’s Market, Twilight Dance Series, special events like GLOW and the reopening of Santa Monica Place Mall.
3. Self-park your bike anytime – new bike racks are going up throughout the Downtown area, and Parking Structure 7 adjacent to Santa Monica Place will have a bank of racks for more than 100 bikes.
4. Take the Big Blue Bus. Fast, inexpensive and convenient for residents throughout Santa Monica, the Big Blue Bus routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 & 10 and Rapid 3 & 7 all stop in the Downtown area. New 30 Day and 13 Ride Passes are coming in August – check schedules and fares at www.bigbluebus.com or visit blue: the transit store at 223 Broadway.
5. In addition, on Saturdays and Sundays the Mini Blue Tide Ride will ferry you between
points at the Pier, Main Street and throughout Downtown for just 50 cents per ride! (25 cents for seniors/disabled/Medicare).
6. When parking at the mall, don’t forget to pay BEFORE you leave – the mall structures ( 7 & 8 ) now feature walk-up automated payment machines so you can cruise out of the structure faster.
7. Come early. You’re already close, so beat the traffic and head Downtown in the morning, before beach traffic picks up after 11 a.m.
8. Use the Lincoln Blvd. exit and take 7th Street to Colorado or Broadway to access
Downtown – those streets are usually less crowded than other routes. Also note that
Broadway and Arizona are excellent alternatives to busy Santa Monica Blvd.
For more information, visit www.smgov.net/traffictips.