How long can I survive in LA without a car

  • hdurdinr

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    Apr 18, 2013 3:04 PM GMT
    I know, I know - a car is essential, but just not an option for me. Planning to visit LA for about ten days in June. Staying with various different friends but hoping to be mostly based in Santa Monica. I'm a landscape painter and plan to stick around SaMo and Venice (bikeable?) Hopefully seeing car owning friends in the evenings but will be by myself during the day. Think I can hack it for ten days? Also, anyone wants to meet up during the day for coffee and/or free painting lessons let me know!
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    Apr 19, 2013 5:07 AM GMT
    It's doable. The westside is very bike-able; Particularly, Santa Monica and Venice. You just need to be very cautious because the drivers out here don't give a fuck about cyclists. Also, bike theft is very rampant. So carry a good lock with you. Don't ride/walk around late at night. Venice is very touristy and safe during the day. But at night, it can be a little sketchy.

    The Big Blue Bus services Santa Monica, Venice, and the bordering cities. Culver City bus and the LA Metro can take you further out if you want to explore. We do have a rail system that can take you to various places outside of LA. Day passes are $5 and week passes are $20.

    If you're desperate, you can always use a cab. But they're freakin expensive. Not really worth the money unless you need to get somewhere fast. There's also Zip Car on the westside. But I'm not sure how that will work since you don't have a California or US drivers license.

    If you have any other questions, like the best way to get from A to B, go ahead and post it. Our collective minds will help you out. icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 19, 2013 1:44 PM GMT
    I put more miles on my bike than I did my cars. I lived almost at the east end of the Santa monica airport runway. I could have almost gotten along fine without a car.
  • camfer

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    Apr 19, 2013 2:30 PM GMT
    You might limit limit your options some, but it's totally doable from Santa Monica.

    Since you're a painter, you really should go to LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. You can take a bus straight down Wilshire Blvd from Santa Monia and it will take you right to the museum.

    http://www.lacma.org
  • Montague

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    Apr 19, 2013 2:53 PM GMT
    www.zipcar.com for when you just have to have one. ;)
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    Apr 19, 2013 2:57 PM GMT
    Shawnathan saidIf I can survive living in Calgary without a car, you can survive living in LA without a car.


    You live in Calgary without a car? dayum.
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    Apr 19, 2013 3:05 PM GMT
    Appoximately 6 minutes.

    There are cabs and car services but it requires planning ahead. It's not like NYC where You hail a cab and go.

    And going from Sunset out to Malibu is going to cost a few dollars.

    I have never been on a bus in LA but My understanding is You have a better chance of getting a ride from inter-glactic aliens than getting ANYwhere on a bus.
  • hdurdinr

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    Apr 19, 2013 4:22 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone. Yeah really I just need to occupy myself during the day whislt my LA friends are at work. In the evening I'm hoping to be able to get around with them by car - even though that somehow means getting to wherever they are. I'll try and stick to the subway and express buses if possible and then take a cab if needs be. Kind of nervous - I'm so used to London and other European cities where wondering around by yourself isn't a problem (for the most part)
  • TroyAthlete

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    Apr 19, 2013 4:33 PM GMT
    8 minutes.

    J/k, you'll be fine in Venice/SaMo sans vehicle.
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    Apr 19, 2013 5:01 PM GMT
    turn a trick
  • Rincore

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    Apr 19, 2013 5:06 PM GMT
    It is very possible, especially if its only for 10 days. I live in Paramount, which is southest LA county and I commute 5 days a week by bike and rail to my job in Cypress Park (northeast of downtown LA) so it is very doable and pretty fun actually. Not to mention all the exercise you get. So go for it dude. rent a bike. get a bus pass and explore this beautiful place hehe.
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    Apr 19, 2013 6:06 PM GMT
    Shawnathan said
    running11 said
    Shawnathan saidIf I can survive living in Calgary without a car, you can survive living in LA without a car.


    You live in Calgary without a car? dayum.

    You know where Calgary is? lol.

    I live 500 metres from downtown 5 metres from the C-Train (4 stops to school) and I have a Car2Go membership.

    And there I go talking all faggy metric system ...


    Lol I've been there multiple times... ya.... sorry man lololol
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    Apr 19, 2013 7:14 PM GMT
    Oh, a couple of weeks is no problem. I took the blue bus between downtown and Santa Monica before. I haven't taken my bike when i was staying downtown before, but I took it to OC and Pasadena got around OK.
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    Apr 19, 2013 7:27 PM GMT
    Cash saidAppoximately 6 minutes.

    There are cabs and car services but it requires planning ahead. It's not like NYC where You hail a cab and go.

    And going from Sunset out to Malibu is going to cost a few dollars.

    I have never been on a bus in LA but My understanding is You have a better chance of getting a ride from inter-glactic aliens than getting ANYwhere on a bus.


    Well, as you say, you have never been on a bus in LA. No, it's not the NY Metro, but it works just fine.
  • The_Guruburu

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    Apr 20, 2013 12:30 AM GMT
    You'll be filling most of your day simply getting from point A to point B. Back in high school, we took a field trip to the Getty museum. One way by bus took almost 2 hours; by car, it was about 20–30 minutes.