The Week in Livable Streets Events
Woah, this is a huge week. Bike rides for bike protestors, bike rides for womyn, bike rides for gay history, bike washes to benefit bike messengers and a ton of important meetings. Even if I weren’t on a slow train across the country I’d be hard pressed to keep up.
- Momentarily – 9 am the City Council Transportation Committee meets to discuss a new motion by Jose Huizar that would state the city’s official position on the I-710 Big Dig. The proposed position is basically against all highway and freeway expansions except the tunnel option, leaving to no build, transit and other progressive transportation options also on the table. We’ll have coverage of the meeting live on our twitter feed. Read Tuesday’s agenda, here. We should note that Huizar is a member of the Metro Board of Directors as an appointee of Villaraigosa. (Update: Committee passed the motion 3-0 with Koretz (acting chair), Huizar and LaBonge voting to move to the full Council tomorrow morning.)
- Today – The LACBC holds their first Neighborhood Bike Ambassador Program on the Westside at UCLA’s School of Public Affairs Faculty Lounge Room 5391 at 7 pm. If you’re not familiar with the program, click here to read a write up Streetsblog published when the program was launched in June. You can also get more meeting information, here.
- Tuesday, Wednesday – Interested in the Regional Connector? If you’re interest was sparked with last week’s station drawings, or you are just excited at the prospect of a regional rail system, there’s a pair of open houses left this week. Metro will hold meetings Tuesday afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles and Wednesday evening at the Japanese American National Museum. Get all the meeting details, here.
- Wednesday – It’s been awhile since we’ve discussed the plans to dramatically alter the Route 2 Terminus in Echo Park. Ten years ago the plan was to slow down traffic to create a safer environment. Three years ago, after Metro’s partners at Caltrans and LADOT got their hooks into it, it was a large scale capacity enhancement project that seemed to have opposite goals. After community backlash, it was back to the drawing boards. This Wednesday, we get to find out which direction the project is headed in now. Get the meeting details in our calendar section. Read some history on the project in this 2009 post at Streetsblog.
- Wednesday -At 7 pm, you are invited to participate in the Neighborhood Bike Ambassador (NBA) meeting. The NBA is a LACBC initiative intended to support the implementation of the City of LA bicycle master plan. According to the LACBC, ambassadors will work to build local street level support for bike projects as well as work with neighborhood councils and other local groups to build awareness and support for projects, create safer streets, and help make Los Angeles healthier. Ambassadors will also organize community bike rides and other fun and educational events to help get more Angelenos out cycling.The South L.A. meeting will be held in USC’s Gerontolgy (GER) Building, 3715 McClintock Avenue, Room 230.
- Wednesday – Los Angeles World Airports hosts the last of three open houses on the environmental impact report that could ultimately lead to a change in the airport’s plan and LAX expansion and modernization. You can get all the details on the hearing by clicking that shiny advertisement on the side of the website. If you’re reading this in your email or another format that cuts our advertisements, click here for the press release.
- Friday – Critical Mass, Critical Mass. CRITICAL MASS. Wilshire/Western, 7:00 pm.
- Friday – There’s not just Critical Mass, this Friday there’s also Clitoral Mass. Join the Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade, the women’s bicycling group in Boyle Heights that is making waves across the country, for an all-women’s version of Critical Mass. The meet up begins at 6:00 pm at 1645 North Spring Street (Los Angeles State Historic Park). Get more details at the Psycos’ website. Or, download the registration form, here.
- Saturday – Workin’ at the bike wash. Workin’ at the bike wash yeah. The Eco-Village (116 Bimini Place) is hosting a bike wash to raise funds for a bike messenger race. Is your bike dirty? Well, if you were at Critical (or Clitoral) Mass it probably is. They’ll be there for seven hours. Get all the details, here.
- Sunday – This month’s “Sunday Funday” ride by the LACBC will be a “tour of gay Los Angeles” led by LACBC Board Member Herbie Huff. The ride begins at 10:00 am at Pershing Square and ends at Hamburger Mary’s Drag Queen Brunch. Patch has all the details in a feature story.