The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition has developed an anti-smoking program in the highly populated area of Los Angeles, called the Actividades Economicas de Los Mayas. It is a comprehensive, multipoint effort to promote walkability, encourage community investments and promote awareness of our environment through a multi-modal street market. This market is located along Pacific Avenue between Orange Avenue and Main Street in the downtown area. Although it is on the outer edges of the downtown skyline it still has the potential to attract new investment and business as people begin to take notice of the plan and the positive impact it will have on the entire downtown community.
For the past thirty years the area around Los Angeles has changed dramatically. We have seen an increase in residential development and mixed use developments both in the downtown and South Los Angeles areas. While some areas remain relatively undeveloped, there are an abundant amount of spaces for bicycle trails, walking or biking. It is in this environment that the bicycle industry thrived and that makes Los Angeles an attractive place to invest in a bicycle-powered street economy.
There are currently eight bodegas/restaurants/stores/warehouses/auto repair shops within walking distance of the street market. They are all economically and artistically placed in the downtown area and close enough to be accessible when the traffic counts high. Many are currently advertising specials or running promotion coupons so that you can save money on your purchase. It is also possible to reserve a space at one of the businesses if you need a meeting room or work area during the week. Some businesses have also made provisions for meetings or training sessions at their facilities during the week so that the cyclist does not have to travel too far to get to the workplace.
There are two major sponsors who are supporting this project. One is the Metro West Side Highway Association, which is coordinating the advertising and marketing along the stretch of Los Angeles' Westside. The other is the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, which has designated a portion of its budget for funding bicycle paths and bike lanes on the Los Angeles River. This is part of a broader effort by the organization to make the bicycle an acceptable commuting alternative to driving. As part of its broad program to promote bicycling in the region of the city of Los Angeles has developed a bicycle master plan, which includes a route plan for bike lanes on the Los Angeles River.
The street market is a two-block affair which has been designed with a parking garage under the market. The parking garage serves as a merchant room for sellers who are selling products on the inside of the garage. There are often tables set up for people to eat or sit and wait while their items are displayed. This allows the customers to walk up to one of the tables and purchase their products directly from the retailer without having to cross the street.
In addition to the outdoor market the street also has a sidewalk on the south side and bicycle lanes on the west . . . . . . side. On the north side there is a portion of the sidewalk that runs along the curb and another portion that travel down the hill on the south side of the street. People can keep their bicycle at the curb until it is time to cross the street. Bicyclers can make use of the bicycle lanes to weave through the traffic, enter the parking lot or walk around the store before the vehicle. Bikes can be locked out of the bicycle parking area by keeping them locked between the parked vehicles. If one is planning on riding bicycles on this particular street, there are a number of businesses on the near by streets that provide bike parking and a number of businesses that allow bicycle riding.