The Week in Livable Streets Events

There’s important events almost everyday this week, and then it ends with ARTCRANK, a great place to do some holiday shopping or just enjoy some beer with friends at Orange 20 (and raise a little cash for your favorite independent media site).

  • Monday – We have to give City Planning some credit for trying to reach out to Westside Neighborhoods BEFORE coming up with a plan for the area around future planned Expo Stations. Sure, it would have made more sense to do this years ago, but better now than before foundations are being pored. Tonight they’re talking the future of the area around Sepulveda and Exposition. I live right by there. It could use some sprucing. Get the meeting details, here.
  • Tuesday – Caltrans is holding a scoping hearing at their downtown headquarters about expanding transit access between the San Joaquin Valley and DTLA. Learn more about the project and get meeting detail here.
  • Tuesday – After purchasing Union Station last year, Metro is making plans to upgrade the station to a world class transit facility. The property surrounding Union Station is permitted to have up to 6 million square feet of development – and the Master Plan will create a careful blueprint for growth that honors the rich history of surrounding communities. Read the rest of the calendar post here.
  • Wednesday, Thursday – Public meetings begin on the surprisingly progressive High Desert Corridor environmental review which now includes a real look at freight and bicycle options. Good news? We’ll find out. Get the meeting details, here.
  • Saturday – In Santa Monica, they’re holding a “Family Bike Fest” at the Civic Center Autitorium. Sound familar? Gary Kavanagh devoted an entire column to it, and we also have this nifty flyer. The event starts in the morning, but lasts all day.
  • Saturday – Join the LACBC for a roughly 3.5-mile ride along Lankershim (proposed bike lanes), Colfax (existing bike lanes) and the Chandler Bikeway (bike path). We are also doing outreach to promote the proposed bike lanes on Lankershim and Cahuenga. See Ride Lankershim page and Facebook event for more details.
  • Saturday – It’s ARTCRANK at Orange 20. Los Angeles, the wait is over. ARTCRANK is taking the City of Angels by storm on Saturday, December 8. And we’re doing it at the newly-minted Best Bike Shop in L.A. — Orange 20 Bikes. We’ll be packing the house with bike-inspired poster created by local artists and more fun than would be allowable by law anywhere else in the world. And the proceeds benefit Los Angeles Streetsblog. Win, win! Get more details at the ARTCRANK website.

Are we missing something? Got a hot event for next week? Email damien at Streetsblog dot org.







  • Anonymous

    The HDC is kind of a puzzling project. It’s a good corridor for HSR connection between Victorville and Palmdale, assuming the connection isn’t north of where the Victorville station would be. I’m curious to see how they came up with 6-8 lanes. The corridor hits absolutely nothing between Palmdale and Adelanto, save Lake Los Angeles (pop 12,300). I have a hard time believing 4 lanes wouldn’t be more than enough.

    If we are looking at bike and transit connections, the 138 and the 18 are far more logical corridors for improvements. That would hit the center of the Hesperia/Victorville area, all of the development on the east side of Palmdale, and at least hit something (Littlerock, Pearblossom, Llano, Phelan) in between.

    If we’re talking freight, UP already has a line between Cajon Pass and Palmdale. A spur from BNSF to SCLA might make sense.

  • They are looking at a High Speed Rail hub for the area as part of the alternatives being considered. 

  • Davistrain

    Word Police Action:  The term “world class” has been declared an overused buzzword and is a violation of the “Cliches are an abomination, one should avoid them like the plague” rule.  (referring to the second Tuesday item)

  • Davistrain

    The climate and distances in the Antelope Valley would tend to encourage driving in air-conditioned motor vehicles and discourage all but the more dedicated cyclists.