Carmageddon II is underway in Los Angeles as crews shut down the 405 Freeway on Friday night. To ease the burden of the freeway closure, Los Angeles and officials are encouraging Angelenos to come to Santa Barbara. “The 405 freeway will be closed the last weekend in September (roughly 7 p.m. Sept. 28 through 5 a.m. Oct. 1), which means getting around the city will be utter hell, whether you’re on the West Side (not recommended) or need to use the 101 to get—well, anywhere,” says one announcement. “Here’s a great solution: Head to Santa Barbara.”
SantaBarbaraCarFree.org is jumping on the bandwagon, offering deals and rolling out the welcome mat.
We invite Los Angeles area residents and visitors to use this freeway closure and traffic as a chance to ‘Think Outside the Car.’ Take the train to Santa Barbara and avoid ‘Carmageddon’ entirely at the end of September; or plan to take a car-free vacation in Santa Barbara in the future. Travel green and save some green,” says Mary Byrd, manager of this car free program led by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District. “Throughout 2012, the Santa Barbara Car Free Project invites visitors to save 20 percent on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquin services, and up to 50 percent at more than 65 hotels, activities and restaurants with “Cool Car-Free Discounts.”
For Carmageddon II, special Santa Barbara Car-Free offers include savings such as: I Bike Santa Barbara is offering $20 off per rider on biking tours of wine country; Hotel Oceana is offering a 15 percent discount on its room rates; and admission is free at more than 10 area museums on Sept. 29, including the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. More offers will be posted on the Car Free website, along with information on special events that weekend—including the SOL Food Festival celebration of local organic food on Sept. 29.”