Transit and Parking is Coming Near 10951 Pico Creative Offices at Sepulveda/Pico Expo Line, But Will Employees Walk?

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Photo courtesy of Curbed Los Angeles

New and exciting things are happening in the 10951 Pico neighborhood! The Expo line will connect the area around 10951 Pico with transit to Downtown and Santa Monica, as well as providing 1,795 new parking spaces.  It will also feature a 250 space free Caltran commuter lot.  The Expo Station will be less than a half mile from the 10951 Pico Creative Offices (at Veteran Avenue and Pico Boulevard), making the walk just under ten minutes.  Compared to other cities, where a ten minute walk is nothing, LA Westsiders consider this trek an inconvenience.  Even a short five-minute walk borders as unbearable.  Los Angelenos just don’t walk from parking or transit to work.

Even now, there is plentiful free parking along the Expo line that is a five-minute walk from the 10951 Pico Creative Offices.  However, some tenants do not recognize such parking as convenient.

In Beverly Hills for example, some office deals hinge on parking spaces next to the elevator.  It can get that competitive.  More transit and parking is coming, but the big question is if employees will get used to walking back and forth from the parking located 5-10 minutes away from their respective work locations.  As office densities continue to increase beyond five per 1000 square feet, tenants and employees alike will need find locations near parking and transit, and learn to walk longer to work.  A University of Michigan survey found that teenagers in 2010 were much less likely to drive than teenagers in 1983, so maybe times are changing.

The mixed-use project proposed at the Sepulveda/Pico site includes on-site bike and car sharing facilities, bicycle parking, and will even offer transit incentives and free or discounted Metro Passes to residents and employees by the developer.  Once this project is finished, time will tell if those enticing amenities and incentives will encourage more people to use transit to get to work.To learn more, read about the proposed parking in this article.

Santa Monica Opens Nation’s Largest Bike Parking Center

Bicycle parking across our 1460 4th Street building in Santa Monica. Photo: LA Metro

PMI recently started a program in San Francisco where we arranged bike parking for our tenant’s employees near the BART and Caltrain.  People can park their bikes overnight in participating garages and retrieve them in the morning after arriving in the city on their transit of choice.  Then they can continue the rest of the distance to work on their bike.  This eliminates the hassle of transporting a bicycle everyday.

The trend seems to be continuing in Los Angeles with the creation of an over 5,000 square foot bicycle garage in Santa Monica.  People that choose this alternative way to commute now have a state of the art facility that includes showers, lockers, restrooms, and an area to repair bicyles.  Our 1460 4th Street building in downtown Santa Monica is conveniently located right around the corner from the facility and we are excited to have this amazing addition close by for our tenants to utilize.

Transportation Nation outlines all the details in their article here.