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UCLA Complete Streets Conference this Thursday


Janette Sadik-Kahn speaking in New York City. She's the evening keynote speaker at the UCLA Complete Streets Conference. Credit: Streetsblog NY

When UCLA started it’s annual Complete Streets Conference [1] in February of 2011, discussing topics like parklets, bike plan and implementation, seemed more like an academic exercise a description Los Angeles two years later.  Now in it’s third year, the conference continues to deliver innovative ideas, but also takes some time to reflect on local implementation.   The first panel, “From Vision to Implementation: How cities are moving from pilots to programs,” captures the complete street’s movement’s evolution from academia and planning charrettes to the city’s streets.

Though the event is in Los Angeles, it’s organized by the nationally-respected UCLA Complete Streets Initiative [2].  This group participated in the National Award-Winning [3] Model Design Manual for Living Streets [4], an open-source planning document that any city can use.

I’m going again this year, as I work with the conference sponsors at UCLA and enjoy honing my photography skills while rethinking what we expect from our public rights-of-way.  It doesn’t hurt that Janette Sadik-Khan is the evening keynote speaker or that 8 hours of AICP credit are available. 

Last year,  Gil Peñalosa, who implemented Ciclovia in Bogata, discussed CicLAvia in Los Angeles.


Last year's event featured Gil Peñalosa, creator of Ciclovia in Bogata. Credit: Juan Matute

Parking happens on streets, and this guy knows parking.


Everyone's favorite parking guru, Donald Shoup, asks a tough question. Photo credit: Juan Matute

The 2013 UCLA Complete Streets Conference is Thursday, February 28th from 8am to 7pm at the transit-friendly Doubletree in Little Tokyo.  In addition to innovative ideas, registration includes breakfast, lunch, and hors d’ouvres.  Despite what the registration page [5] says, I’ve been assured that discounted “regular” registration will available through 6 p.m. today (Monday February 25th) so that Streetsblog readers don’t have to pay the late registration rate.