Happy Carmageddon!

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For months now, Angelenos have been warned about the second coming of the ten-mile 405 freeway closure, ominously nicknamed “Carmageddon.” We all remember the hype that preceded last year’s Carmageddon, from city officials warning people to leave town to snarky bloggers proclaiming that Angelenos wouldn’t survive the weekend.

Instead of the traffic nightmare that many predicted, however, our city was blissfully car-free (or car-light) for two glorious days. People walked and biked around their neighborhoods, held block parties, patronized locally-owned businesses, and explored new areas on public transportation. In study findings released this week, UCLA researchers reported that air quality levels were up to 83 percent better than on comparable weekends thanks to the freeway shutdown. Many Angelenos remarked that it the best weekend in Los Angeles in recent memory, redubbing the event “Carmaheaven.”

As Carmageddon II approaches this weekend (September 29-30), we at LA Walks eagerly await the many community events that celebrate car-free life in our city. From ARTmageddon, a city-wide art party with creative events throughout Los Angeles, to numerous bicycling events throughout the city, there is a host of activities where you can eat, shop, and play locally and car-free this weekend. We hope to see you out on the streets!

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—Rachel Bennett