In honor of Earth Day (April 22), the Wilshire Center Business Improvement Corporation(WCBIC) and The City of Los Angeles will designate four car-free blocks, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.
The "Earth Day Celebration" at Wilshire Center will include live music, a bike raffle, tours of the Metro Rapid Bus, and a screening of Al Gore’s "An Inconvenient Truth."
From Metro Rider LA:
"The WCBIC really seems committed to the eco-goals that led them to this event, with a whole section of their website dedicated to addressing ecological sustainability. They have a vision of Wilshire Center as a transit oriented urban village, where people can live work and play in a densely populated area without the need for a car. I hope more neighborhoods in Los Angeles follow Wilshire Center’s example and close of their streets on Earth Day… and if the message gets out, permanently."
The car-free hours (of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), however, are somewhat disappointing, as they don’t encourage car commuters to find another means of transport (i.e. explore public transportation or a pedestrian commute).