Councilmember Bill Rosendahl is advising residents that the celebrated Los Angeles Triathlon will close streets and potentially cause traffic problems on Sunday, September 25.
The event, which will include close to 3,000 racers and thousands of spectators, will start in Venice Beach and impact the area around Venice Boulevard in Rosendahl’s Westside district, mostly during the early morning hours.
“While this is a great event for Los Angeles, it could cause potential disruption to traffic patterns and make it difficult for those crossing Venice Boulevard to get to church, to brunch, or to visit friends and family,” Rosendahl said. “I am urging everyone to plan ahead and be advised of the delays and detours.”
The event – which includes a swim, a bicycle race and a run – will begin on Venice Beach at 7:15 a.m. The road race will follow, with bikes traveling at speeds in excess of 35 mph along Venice Boulevard and continuing into downtown Los Angeles.
Due to the race, South Venice Blvd from Ocean Front Walk to Motor Avenue in Palms will be closed to traffic. The only detour north and south will be the 405 Freeway. As the athletes finish the course, there will be a rolling open from west to east. The event sponsor says all streets will be open by noon, although streets could be open as early as 11 a.m.
“Residents can rest assured that emergency vehicles will be able to respond to calls for service,” says Rosendahl. “Public safety has always been and will continue to be of utmost importance during these events.”
In order to ensure the safety of the participants and to facilitate the movement of traffic around road closures, the Department of Transportation will aggressively enforce all temporary parking restrictions for this event.
Questions, concerns, or complaints should be directed to Pacific Sports at 714-978-1528. Additional race information, including a map of the course, can be found here.