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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarGive your input on LADOT’s plans for expanding DASH, Commuter Express, and Cityride services. Celebrate LADOT’s People St program. Learn about and give input on Metro’s Rail2River multi-use path. Plus plenty more – all taking place this week.

  • Monday 8/22Tonight! LADOT is holding a series of community meetings on the future of Commuter Express, DASH and Cityride Services. The meeting tonight is from 6 to 7 p.m. at the city’s Constituent Service Center at 8475 South Vermont Avenue in South L.A. Meeting details at LADOT. Give input via LADOT’s online survey. Meetings continue through August 31 at various L.A. locations.
  • Tuesday 8/23 – LADOT community meetings continue – see Monday above. Tuesday’s meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m. at Glassell Park Senior Center at 3750 Verdugo Road in Glassell Park. Meeting details at LADOT. Give input via LADOT’s online survey.
  • Tuesday 8/23 – American Planning Association’s Los Angeles chapter and the South Park BID are throwing a party to celebrate LADOT People St as a recipient of a 2016 National Planning Achievement Award. The festivities go from 6 to 8 p.m. mingling around the Hope Street Parklet between 11th and 12th Streets in downtown Los Angeles. Free party with music, tacos and drinks for sale. Details at Facebook event.
  • Wednesday 8/24 – Metro is hosting community input meetings on its Rail2River / Rail2Rail multi-use walk-bike path project along Slauson Avenue. Two same-content meetings will take place Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Salt Lake Park at 3401 E Florence Avenue in
    Huntington Park. Details at Metro’s Rail to Rail/River Active Transportation Corridor page.
  • Wednesday 8/24 – LADOT community meetings continue – see Monday above. Wednesday’s meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center at 11338 Santa Monica Boulevard in West L.A. Meeting details at LADOT. Give input via LADOT’s online survey.
  • Wednesday 8/24 – Celebrate SaMoGo at its community celebration at 6 p.m. at PUBLIC Bikes + Gear at 2714 Main Street in Santa Monica. RSVP via SaMoGo.
  • Thursday 8/25 – The Metro board hosts its regular monthly meeting. Agendas and staff reports at Metro meetings page.
  • Saturday and Sunday 8/27-28 – AIKA the Urban Cycling Store hosts a Family Cargo Bike event – test ride great big bikes for kids and their parents. The event goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at AIKA at 2300 Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 8/27 – Design East of La Brea (de LaB) hosts a Hidden Hi Fi Art Alleys Celebration from noon to 3 p.m. in Historic Filipinotown. Details at Facebook event.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarTonight, support the protected bikeway planned for Union Street in Pasadena. Give your input on the future of LADOT transit operations. Metro committee meetings resume. Plus lots of bike rides, celebrations, and a farewell party this weekend.

  • Tuesday 8/16 Tonight! Pasadena hosts a community meeting on the planned Union Street 2-way protected bike lanes. The meeting takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. at Pasadena Presbyterian Church’s Gamble Lounge at 585 E. Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. For details see Facebook event and SBLA coverage earlier today. If you cannot attend but wish to comment on the project, contact Rich Dilluvio, Pasadena Department of Transportation, at (626) 744-7254 or rdilluvio[at]cityofpasadena.net.
  • Wednesday, Thursday 8/17-18 – Metro committee meetings resume after a summer break. Agendas and staff reports at Metro meetings page.
  • Saturday 8/20 – State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Supervisor Hilda Solis, and the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) host a bike ride and run along the LA River. Registration is at 8 a.m with run and ride starting at 8:30 a.m. The event starts at Maywood Riverfront Park at 5000 Slauson Avenue in Maywood, and finishes at Cudahy River Park at 5322 Clara Street in Cudahy. More information and RSVP at Rendon’s website.
  • Saturday 8/20 – The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition and Cudahy Councilmember Baru Sanchez are leading a series of monthly Ride Southeast L.A. rides.  Meet at 9:45 a.m. and depart at 10 a.m. from Cudahy City Hall at 5220 Santa Ana Street in Cudahy. Details at LACBC.
  • Saturday 8/20 – LADOT is holding a series of eight community meetings on the future of Commuter Express, DASH and Cityride Services. The first meeting takes place from 1 to 2 p.m. at Robert M. Wilkinson Multi-Purpose Center at 8956 Vanalden Avenue in Northridge. Meeting details at LADOT. Give input via LADOT’s online survey. Meetings continue through August 31 at various L.A. locations.
  • Saturday 8/20 – Eastside Sol hosts a community celebration of art, music, and a healthy environment. The free event is for families and residents to learn about, and participate in, clean energy demonstrations and pilot projects. There will be live mural and screen-printing demonstrations, a solar-powered music stage, vendors, face painting, and more. It takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. at Mariachi Plaza at 730 Pleasant Avenue in Boyle Heights. See Facebook event for details.
  • Sunday 8/21 – The Tour de Laemmle was postponed due to forest fire smoke. It is back this Sunday. Ride is variable distances, multiple starting points and times, lots to see. See Facebook event for details.
  • Sunday 8/21 – Multicultural Communities for Mobility is hosting a farewell party for kick-ass transportation equity activist Maria Sipin who is departing for Portland. Wish Sipin well from 1 to 4 p.m. at Angel City Brewery at 216 S Alameda Street in downtown Los Angeles. See Facebook event for details.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarCicLAvia touches down again on Wilshire Boulevard. Vision Zero meetings wrap up this week. The L.A. City Transportation Committee talks street sweeping and parking. Santa Monica plans its downtown. Anaheim plans its future bikeways. Grand openings for parklets and protected bike lanes in Palms and Long Beach. Tour green alleys, and bike tour Santa Ana bike facilities. All that and more below.

  • Monday 8/8Tonight! Anaheim is holding a planning commission workshop for input on its draft Bicycle Master Plan. The meeting takes place at 5 p.m. at City Hall at 200 South Anaheim Boulevard in Anaheim. For details, see the city’s bike plan website or SBCA coverage.
  • Tuesday 8/9 The city of Los Angeles is hosting a series of ten community meetings on Vision Zero to engage community leaders and discuss strategies. Tonight’s meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Alma Reeves Woods Branch Library at 10025 Compton Avenue in Watts. Details at earlier SBLA articles. Meetings conclude this week.
  • Tuesday 8/9 – The Mar Vista Community Council board will discuss proposed plans for a new mixed-use housing project at 12444 Venice Boulevard. The Council will hear from the community and the developer at the meeting. It takes place at 7:00 p.m. at the Mar Vista Recreation Center at 11430 Woodbine Street. Meeting details, including presentations, at MVCC. Look for SBLA coverage of this project coming shortly.
  • Wednesday 8/10 – The Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee is back in session. The agenda appears light in terms of livability issues: parking ticket coordination with street sweeping, freeway agreements, preferential parking districts, and more. The meeting takes place at 1 p.m. at room 1010 of L.A. City Hall at 200 N. Spring Street (public entrance on Main Street) in downtown. Details at meeting agenda.
  • Wednesday 8/10 – Vision Zero meetings continue – see 8/9 above. Wednesday’s meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pico Union Branch Library at 1030 S. Alvarado Street in Pico Union. Details at earlier SBLA coverage.
  • Thursday 8/11 – The city of Long Beach celebrates its newest protected bike lanes. They are on Artesia Boulevard between Atlantic and Orange. Opening ceremonies are at 10 a.m. at the 700 block of East Artesia Boulevard in North Long Beach. Details at Long Beach Post.
  • Thursday 8/11 – Caltrans is in the process of updating statewide Regional Transportation Plan guidelines.  The RTP guidelines workgroup will meet from 12 to 3 p.m. at The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities at 1000 N. Alameda Street in downtown L.A. Meeting details at Caltrans. Additional background at SBCA coverage.
  • Thursday 8/11 – The Motor Avenue Improvement Association invites you to celebrate the grand opening for two new People St parklets on Motor Avenue above and below National Boulevard. The opening festivities take place at 1 p.m. at 3376 Motor Avenue in Palms. For additional information contact MAIA.
  • Saturday 8/13 – Industrial District Green, Art Share L.A. and Cal Poly Pomona Dept. of Landscape Architecture present the L.A. Arts District Green Alley Project. There will be speakers, art, and alley activations at various locations in the Arts District from noon to 4 p.m. Details at Industrial District Green.
  • Saturday 8/13 – The Southern California chapter of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) and the Southern California Association of Government’s (SCAG) Go Human campaign will host a fun easy 6-mile bike tour of Santa Ana bicycle infrastructure. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center at 1000 East Santa Ana Blvd. Additional details at Facebook event. The tour is free, though RSVPs are requested via Eventbrite.
  • Saturday 8/13 – Santa Monica will host a community input workshop on the city’s Downtown Community Plan. The session takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Historic Womens Club at 1210 4th Street in Santa Monica. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 8/13 – Santa Monica Spoke is holding an update meeting. See announcement at Santa Monica Spoke; details are TBA.
  • Sunday 8/14 – CicLAvia returns to Wilshire Boulevard! The route is shorter than before, due to ongoing weekend closures for Metro Purple Line subway construction, but it will still be miles of fun walking, bicycling, skating and more. The free open streets festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wilshire Boulevard from Grand Avenue to Western Avenue. Details at CicLAvia; share via Facebook event. Feeder rides from Glendale, Pasadena, NELA and more; click “Feeder Rides and Walks” at CicLAvia.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarThis week there are meetings about Vision Zero and the L.A. River bike path. Rides include Clitoral Mass, downtown L.A., and Griffith Park. Those and more in this week’s calendar.

  • Monday 8/1 – Bike-share improvements: Metro Bike Share is open to walk-up customers, with a $1.75 introductory rate available through October 1. New Breeze bike-share rates in effect.
  • Monday 8/1 Tonight! The city of Los Angeles is hosting a series of ten community meetings on Vision Zero to engage community leaders and discuss strategies. Tonight’s meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Vassie Wright Library at 2211 W. Jefferson Boulevard in South L.A. Details at earlier SBLA coverage. Meetings continue in various L.A. neighborhoods through August 10. 
  • Monday 8/1 Tonight! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding a meeting about flood risk strategies for the Glendale Narrows stretch of the L.A. River, which includes the current eight miles of bike path that the Corps closed during last year’s anticipated El Niño rains. The meeting takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Friendship Auditorium at 3201 Riverside Drive in Los Feliz. Details at USACE meeting notice [PDF] and CiclaValley.
  • Tuesday 8/2 – Vision Zero meetings continue – see 8/1 above. Tuesday’s meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Palms Rancho Park Library at 2920 Overland Avenue in Palms. Details at earlier SBLA coverage.
  • Wednesday 8/3 – Vision Zero meetings continue – see 8/1 above. Wednesday’s meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the San Pedro Library at 931 S. Gaffey Street in San Pedro. Details at earlier SBLA coverage.
  • Friday 8/5 – Celebrate the opening of History Keepers: Traversing Los Angeles, an exhibition of unique and curious objects about how people move through Los Angeles. The show is presented by the California Historical Society and L.A. as Subject and takes place at the El Tranquilo Gallery at El Pueblo in downtown L.A. The address is 634 N. Main Street, but enter via Olvera Street. The opening will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Opening details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 8/6 – The Ovarian Psycos host their annual free Clitoral Mass bike ride “open to all WOC & POC womxn, gender-non-conforming, queer, trans, two-spirited folx only!” Gather at 9 a.m. at Lou Costello Jr Recreation Center at 3141 E Olympic Boulevard in Boyle Heights. Details at Facebook event. Also see SBLA coverage of last year’s ride.
  • Saturday 8/6 – L.A. Walks hosts a walk around the perimeter of the Santa Monica Airport to learn about new proposals to transform the site into a future grand park. Meet at 10 a.m. at 2600 Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 8/7 – Finish The Ride and Velo Studio present the Tour de Griffith Park: An Introduction to Safe and Fun Riding. It is a free community ride, no preregistration needed. Meet at 8 a.m. at Velo Studio at 3200 Los Feliz Boulevard in Los Feliz. 20-mile intermediate training ride departs at 8:15 a.m. 10-mile fun ride departs at 8:30 a.m. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 8/7 – L.A. County Bicycle Coalition and Just Ride L.A. host a Sunday Funday 15-mile bike ride. Gather at 9:30 a.m. at Just Ride L.A. at 1626 S Hill Street in downtown Los Angeles. Details at Facebook event.

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarVision Zero meetings, CA Environmental Justice scoping, Central Avenue Jazz, L.A. River Toxic Tour bike ride, and much more this week. Support and celebrate SBLA sister site Santa Monica Next at their garden party this Saturday afternoon!

  • Monday 7/25 Tonight! The city of Los Angeles is hosting a series of ten community meetings on Vision Zero to “hear from community leaders … and discuss a range of strategies… rang[ing] from engineering safety projects to neighborhood-focused education efforts.” Tonight’s meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Regional Branch Library at 1623 N. Ivar Avenue in Hollywood. Details at SanPedroCity.org. Meetings continue in various L.A. neighborhoods through August 3.
  • Monday 7/25 Tonight! The CA Air Resources Board Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (CARB EJAC) is seeking input on the scope of state plans to reduce California greenhouse gas emissions. They will host two Southern California listening sessions this week. The first will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wilmington Senior Center, 1371 Eubank Avenue in Wilmington. Details at earlier SBCA article or CARB EJAC website.
  • Tuesday 7/26 – Vision Zero meetings continue – see 7/25 above. Tuesday’s meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Echo Park Branch Library at 1410 W. Temple Street in Echo Park.  Details at SanPedroCity.org.
  • Tuesday 7/26 – CARB EJAC hosts a second scoping meeting (see Monday 7/25 above) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Holman United Methodist Church at 3320 W. Adams Boulevard in South L.A. Details at earlier SBCA article or CARB EJAC website.
  • Wednesday 7/27 – Vision Zero meetings continue – see 7/25 above. Wednesday’s meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Panorama City Branch Library at 14345 Roscoe Boulevard in Panorama City. Details at SanPedroCity.org.
  • Thursday 7/28 – Vision Zero meetings continue – see 7/25 above. Thursday’s meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the John Muir Branch Library at 1005 W. 64th Street in South Los Angeles. Details at SanPedroCity.org. .
  • Closing Thursday 7/28 – Last chance to see the “A Fare to Remember” exhibit at El Pueblo. Details at Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society.
  • Saturday 7/30 – East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice hosts the L.A. River Bike Toxic Tour: Re-Membering Environmental Racism. The bike tour will include Belvedere Park, East L.A., Sleepy Lagoon, Freeway divisions, rail yards, and discuss the historical significance to communities of color as sites of resistance and push for survival. Start time is TBD. Starting location is the East L.A. Civic Center Plaza at 149 S Mednik Avenue in East Los Angeles. For more information, call EYCEJ at 323.263.2113 or see Facebook event.
  • Saturday 7/30 – The L.A. Public Library Book Bike will lead a free easy fun bike tour of the San Pedro waterfront. The ride begins at 10 a.m. at the San Pedro Regional Branch Library at 931 S Gaffey Street in San Pedro. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 7/30 – The Eastside Bike Club hosts its Annual Dodgertown Bike Ride. The ride and Dodger game combo costs $25, due no later than Tuesday 7/26. The ride starts at 3 p.m. at the parklet on Huntington Drive at Rosemead Avenue in El Sereno. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 7/30 – If you find yourself in Fontana, check out Sunset on Sierra presented by SCAG’s Go Human campaign and the city of Fontana. The Metrolink-accessible event will include car-free streets, art, music, and temporary protected bike lanes and street furniture. Sunset on Sierra runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Details at Go Human or Facebook event.
  • Saturday 7/30 – Multicultural Communities for Mobility presents the Rooted L.A. youth organizer led art exhibit Movement for the Earth. The exhibition/fundraiser takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. at Central City Action Committee at 534 East Edgeware Road in Angeleno Heights. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday and Sunday, 7/30 and 7/31 – 21st Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival. Thanks to redlining, segregation, and other discriminatory policies and practices, Central Avenue in Historic South Central was one of the few places where leading black intellectuals, artists, and musicians could congregate in the early part of the last century. This weekend, the community celebrates the legacy of those giants with jazz performances, dancing, food, art, and community. Performances begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday at 43rd Street and Central Avenue in South L.A. Visit the Central Avenue Jazz Festival website for more details.
  • Saturday 7/30 – Celebrate Santa Monica Next winning the 2016 American Planning Association’s “Award of Excellence” for Communication. Get your tickets now for Santa Monica Next’s 2nd Annual Summer Cocktail Party! The event takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at a private home in Santa Monica. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 7/31 – From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Boyle Heights en Movimiento kicks off as Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM) hosts their first charrette at Self-Help Graphics at 1300 E. 1st Street in Boyle Heights. MCM is collaborating with Self-Help Graphics and UCLA’s Urban Humanities Institute to create participatory art-making to increase visibility for Boyle Heights community members who walk, bike, and, take public transit. More details at L.A. Great Streets.
  • Sunday 7/31 – Black Kids on Bikes hold their free “Service the Hood” bike tune-up session in Leimert Park’s People St Plaza from 10 a.m. til about noon. BKoB will roll out on their monthly ride by 1 p.m.
  • Sunday 7/31 – This Sunday is the deadline to submit films for the 2016 New Urbanism Film Festival. See NUFF2016 website for submissions details.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarWith Metro and the L.A. City Council in recess, it is a bit of a midsummer lull, but nonetheless there are still a few livable streets events going on. Give your input at two city planning meetings along the Metro Orange Line. Dialogue on housing affordability. Bike the annual Tour de Laemmle. Get a glimpse of L.A.’s transit history at El Pueblo.

  • Wednesday 7/20 –  L.A. City Planning hosts its third of four community workshops to plan transit neighborhoods along the Metro Orange Line. Wednesday’s focus is the North Hollywood Station. The meeting takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Hollywood Senior Center at 5301 Tujunga Avenue in North Hollywood. Details on DCP flier [PDF].
  • Thursday 7/21 – East Area Progressive Democrats is hosting “High Anxiety On Housing” – a panel discussion on L.A.’s affordable housing crisis. The discussion takes place at 7 p.m. at the Glassell Park Community Center at 3750 Verdugo Road in Northeast Los Angeles. The event is free, but space is limited. RSVP, including names, to eapd.la[at]gmail.com. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 7/23 – L.A. City Planning host the fourth of four community workshops to plan transit neighborhoods along the Metro Orange Line. Saturday’s focus is the Reseda Station. The meeting takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at Columbia College Hollywood at 18618 Oxnard Street in Tarzana. Details on DCP flier [PDF].
  • Sunday 7/24 – The 2016 Tour de Laemmle bike tour takes place. The free 125+mile bike ride officially starts at 7 a.m. in Santa Monica, but there are lots of ways to join the tour in progress. Pre-registration is required at Tour de Laemmle website.

7th Street then and now - part of the xxx

Downtown L.A.’s Seventh Street then and now – from “A Fare to Remember” exhibit. Images via PERHS website.

  • Ongoing closes 7/28 – El Pueblo and the Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society host “A Fare to Remember” – a free exhibition of rail memorabilia at the new El Tranquillo Gallery at 634 N. Main Street in downtown L.A., located right next to La Golondrina Restaurant on Olvera Street. The show includes numerous then/now images showing the same site during L.A.’s rail heyday and the present day. The exhibition is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details at Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society.

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sblog_calendarTonight DTSC is scoping its Exide residential clean-ups. Meetings on South L.A. law enforcement, South L.A.’s progress, and Orange Line transit neighborhoods. Tour urban agriculture, tacos, Edendale, East Hollywood, L.A. waterfronts, and more. Plus one more chance to catch the Ovarian Psycos documentary film.

  • Monday 7/11 – Now in effect: Metro begins a three-month closure of Patsaouras Plaza, for reconstruction and reworking. Details at Metro.
  • Monday 7/11 – Tonight! The Department of Toxic Substances Control scoping meeting tonight is an initial step in shaping the environmental document that will guide the residential cleanups of lead contaminated yards around the Exide battery plant. To learn more about the project and share your concerns, attend this meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. at Resurrection Church at 3324 Opal Street in Boyle Heights. For more information please contact Susan Castro-Valenzuela at susan.castro-valenzuela[at]dtsc.ca.gov or 1-844-225-3887.
  • Monday 7/11Tonight!  The L.A. City Planning Department will kick off a series of community workshops for the Orange Line Transit Neighborhood Plans project. There will be four workshops focused on areas around five stations along the Metro Orange Line: North Hollywood Station, Van Nuys Station, Sepulveda Station, Reseda Station, and Sherman Way Station. Each workshop will include a Planning Dept. presentation followed by breakout sessions for Land Use, Urban Design, and Mobility & Parking. Tonight’s meeting focuses on the Van Nuys and Sepulveda stations. Tonight’s meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Marvin Braude Building at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys. Meetings continue 7/13 (Sherman Way), 7/20 (NoHo), and 7/23 (Reseda). Details on DCP flier [PDF].
  • Tuesday 7/12 – In light of recent events and the ongoing challenges folks of color face while moving through the public space in Los Angeles, Community Coalition will host a discussion on the community’s relationship with law enforcement. The forum begins at 6 p.m. at Community Coalition’s offices at 8101 S. Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles. For more information and to RSVP, go to Community Coalition.
  • Wednesday 7/13Youth from two urban agriculture programs in the Los Angeles area – Community Services Unlimited (South L.A.) and Social Justice Learning Institute (Inglewood) – will share their work and their stories on a three-site youth-led Agricultural Tour of Los Angeles. Participants will engage in dialog about how service providers, policymakers, and funders can better serve the needs of urban agriculture. The tour goes from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm. Tour bus leaves from 4505 S. Raymond Avenue in South Los Angeles. The event is facilitated by the UC Sustainable Agriculture and Research and Education Program, CSU, and UC Cooperative Extension. For more details register at Eventbrite.
  • Wednesday 7/13 – L.A. City Planning hosts its second of four community workshop to plan transit neighborhoods along the Metro Orange Line (see 7/11 above.) Wednesday’s focus is the Sherman Way Station. The meeting takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Canoga Park Branch Library at 20939 Sherman Way in Canoga Park. Details on DCP flier [PDF].
  • Wednesday 7/13 – Those who live and work in South Central describe a more complicated and hopeful reality than usually seen in the media: safer neighborhoods, a surge in home ownership, new businesses, greater transit and arts options, better schools. Join CD Tech’s CEO Benjamin Torres, former president of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works Valerie Shaw, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity director Manuel Pastor, and El Nuevo Sur founder Jorge Nuño to hear more about what has changed in the area, how South L.A. is working to address its deep-seated challenges, and what new growth in the area means for residents. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Mercado La Paloma at 3655 S Grand Avenue in South L.A. Details and RSVP at Zocalo.
  • Saturday 7/16 – The So. Cal. Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) and L.A. Walks host a two-mile walking tour of Santa Monica Boulevard in Silver Lake and East Hollywood, concluding with lunch and networking at the Silver Lake Farmer’s Market. A $10 donation is suggested. The walk takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting at 3700 Sunset Blvd in Silver Lake. Additional details at Facebook event or Eventbrite.
  • Saturday 7/16 – The Ovarian Psycos documentary will screen again at Outfest. The film explores how a group of Xicana womyn redefine identity, struggle against patriarchy, build community, and rail against gentrification by taking to the streets on their bikes. This week’s screening will be held at 1 p.m. at REDCAT at 631 W 2nd Street in downtown Los Angeles. Details at Facebook event or Outfest, purchase tickets at Outfest.
  • Saturday 7/16 – Stan’s Bike Shop and the Eastside Bike Club will host their 2nd annual Taco Night Bike Ride, a 25 mile ride with six taco stops. Meet up at 5 p.m., roll out at 6 p.m. from Stan’s at 880 South Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 7/17 – The East Side Riders Bike Club hosts its 2nd annual Wilmington Waterfront to San Pedro Waterfront bike ride. Meet up at 10 a.m. at Banning Park at 1331 Eubank Avenue in Wilmington. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 7/17 – L.A. Walks hosts a walk exploring Red Hill and Edendale, a five-mile walking tour focused on the history of Edendale, Echo Park, and Elysian Heights. Tour starts at 10 a.m. at 2496 Glendale Boulevard in Silver Lake. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $20 on the day of. Details at Facebook event or L.A. Walks; purchase tickets at L.A. Walks.

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sblog_calendarMetro Bike Share kicks off this Thursday! Plus High-Speed Rail, train memorabilia, bicycling in Watts and Monrovia.

  • Tuesday 7/5tonight! The East Side Riders Bike Club host their Taco Tuesday Fundraiser every Tuesday at the ESR CoOp at 11321 S Central Avenue in Watts. This includes from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight. Details at Facebook event.
  • Tuesday 7/5tonight! Update on the 6th Street Viaduct Replacement Project regarding demolition, detours, and the estimated timeline. The meeting takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Art Share L.A., 801 E. 4th Place in the DTLA Arts District. Details at Facebook event.
  • Tuesday 7/5 – tonight! The Monrovia City Council will be voting tonight on approving the city’s new bike plan. Read earlier SBLA coverage here. The meeting gets underway at 7:30pm at Monrovia City Hall Council Chambers at 415 S Ivy Avenue in Monrovia. Details on meeting agenda [PDF].
  • Wednesday 7/6 – Big City Forum hosts a panel discussion on the future of downtown Los Angeles, including representatives from LADOT and Great Streets. The forum takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, at 501 N Main Street in downtown Los Angeles. Event is free but registration required. Details at Facebook event or Eventbrite.
  • Thursday 7/7 – Metro Bike Share hosts its opening celebrations, including food, music, speakers and a ceremonial ride-off. The festivities take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grand Park at 200 N Grand Avenue in downtown L.A. Read SBLA’s Metro Bike Share explainer hereEvent details and register in advance at Eventbrite.
  • Thursday 7/7 – The Transit Coalition hosts California High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Jeff Morales speaking on “High-Speed Rail: Out of the Station.” The talk takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Metro Headquarters, Union Station Conference Room at 1 Gateway Plaza in downtown L.A., located right behind Union Station. Payment and registration details at Eventbrite.
  • Saturday 7/9 – The Ovarian Psycos documentary will premiere at Outfest. The film explores how a group of Xicana womyn redefine identity, struggle against patriarchy, build community, and rail against gentrification by taking to the streets on their bikes. The screening will be held at 2:30 p.m. at REDCAT  at 631 W 2nd Street in downtown Los Angeles. There is also a post-screening party at Precinct at 357 South Broadway in downtown L.A. Details at Facebook event.

Catch the historic train exhibit up now at El Pueblo

Catch the historic train exhibit up now at El Pueblo

  • Open now, closes 7/28 – El Pueblo and the Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society host “A Fare to Remember” – an exhibition of rail memorabilia at the new El Tranquillo Gallery at 634 N. Main Street in downtown L.A., located right next to La Golondrina Restaurant on Olvera Street. The exhibition is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Next Week – Monday 7/11 – Metro begins a 3-month closure of Patsaouras Plaza, for reconstruction and reworking. Details at Metro.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarHelp plan the areas around L.A.’s new mid-city Purple Line stations and the future of the Silver Lake Reservoir. Support Proyecto Jardin. Roll in a couple of Westside bike events. And enjoy your Independence Day weekend!

  • Wednesday and Thursday 6/29 and 6/30 – The City of Los Angeles Planning Department Transit Neighborhood Plans program will host a couple of community meetings for the Mid-City Purple Line subway station area land use planning. Two identical community meetings will take place Wednesday and Thursday, both at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Am at 1039 S La Cienega Boulevard in Mid-City. Details on event flier [PDF]. Additional information at L.A. Transit Neighborhood Plans website, LATNP Facebook and @LATNP Twitter.
  • Thursday 6/30 – The surrounding L.A. City Council offices and the Department of Water and Power host a town hall meeting on the future of the Silver Lake Reservoir. The event takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Micheltorena Street Elementary School at 1511 Micheltorena Street in Silver Lake. Details at Facebook event.
  • Friday 7/1 – Proyecto Jardin hosts a march and rally to save their contested community garden site. The march begins at 2 p.m. at Boyle Heights City Hall at  2130 E 1st Street in Boyle Heights. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 7/2 – The city of Santa Monica will host a 4th of July-themed Kidical Mass family bike ride. The festivities take place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Douglas Park at 2439 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica. There will be prizes for best costume, snacks, and other family activities. Bike safety checks, craft activities, and snacks/ refreshments start at 9 a.m. The ride starts at 10 a.m. RSVP to cory.keen [at] smgov.net by July 1st. Details at city of Santa Monica.
  • Sunday 7/3 – The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition hosts its monthly Sunday Funday ride, this month is a pre-Independence Day tour of Culver City, Mar Vista, and West L.A. The ride gathers at 9:30 a.m. at Syd Kronenthal Park at 3459 McManus Avenue in Culver City. Details at Facebook event.
  • Next week: Thursday 7/7 – Metro bike-share launches at 11 a.m. at Grand Park in downtown L.A. Details and register in advance at Eventbrite.

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarMetro’s board will be deciding the future fate of the free world, or at least how to spend many decades’ worth of sales tax revenue. There are also big meetings on extending the Gold Line eastward, preserving L.A.’s Mobility Plan 2035, Metro fare collection, city of L.A. parking, and more. Take part in Sunday’s mega-ciclovía across the San Gabriel Valley: none other than 626 Golden Streets.

  • Tuesday 6/21 – Metro is hosting a meeting of its Boyle Heights Design Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) to review the proposed mixed-use development at Cesar Chavez and Soto, as well as an update of the project at First and Boyle which is currently under construction. The meeting takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at PUENTE Learning Center, 501 S. Boyle Avenue in Boyle Heights. For information, contact Vivian Rescalvo at rescalvov[at]metro.net or (213)922-2563.
  • Wednesday 6/22 – The Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee meets to consider motions regarding parking citation fines, coordinating parking with street cleaning, and more. The meeting starts at 1 p.m. in Room 1010 at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. The public entrance is on Main Street. Agenda posted at L.A. City website.
  • Wednesday 6/22 – Metro hosts a Citizens’ Advisory Council General Assembly Meeting at 6 p.m. at Metro 3rd Floor Gateway Conference Room at One Gateway Plaza, right behind Union Station. The agenda includes an interesting report [PDF] on fare collection, plus additional new and old business. Details at Metro.
  • Wednesday 6/22 – Metro hosts a community meeting to give updates and receive public input on the Eastside Gold Line Transit Corridor Phase 2 project. There are some new plans being studied for how to get from East L.A. to Washington Boulevard in the East L.A., Commerce, Montebello area. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Griffith Middle School Cafeteria at 4765 E 4th Street in East Los Angeles. Details at The Source.
  • Wednesday 6/22 – LA-Más and the Sunset & Vine BID host a panel discussion on Fuzzy Urbanism: how public realm investments can support culture and build community. The dialogue takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Space 15 Twenty, 1520 N Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood. RSVP requested to info[at]mas.la. Details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 6/23 – Mobility Plan 2035 amendments are back at the City Planning Commission. The commission will consider City Councilmembers’ Price and Koretz’ pernicious push to undo bikeway designations for Central Avenue and Westwood Boulevard. The commission meets starting at 8:30 a.m. in the 3rd Floor Council Chamber at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. The public entrance is on Main Street. Agenda posted at Planning Department website.
  • Thursday 6/23 – Metro’s Board of Directors will consider no less than the next 50+ years of transportation infrastructure for L.A. County. That is what is in the agency’s proposed November sales tax measure. There might be a lot of board debate, or maybe not. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the Metro 3rd Floor board room at One Gateway Plaza, right behind Union Station. Agenda posted at Metro website.
  • Thursday 6/23 – East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice will hold their Fighting for Life awards dinner celebration honoring the leadership of Martha Dina Argüello and Martha Matsuoka. EYCEJ has much to celebrate this year, particularly with the progress made in the fight to hold both Exide and the Department of Toxic Substances Control accountable for the damage done to their communities. Their Board of Directors’ reception has sold out, but tickets are still available for the General Reception held at Tamayo Restaurant, Art Gallery & T-Bar (5300 E. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022) from 7 – 9 p.m. Details at EYCEJ.
  • Saturday 6/25 – L.A. Walks hosts The Other Side of Silver Lake: A Santa Monica Boulevard Walk. The guided walk takes place from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. starting from the Sunset Triangle Plaza at 3700 Sunset in Silver Lake. A $5 donation is requested. Details at L.A. Walks or Facebook event.
  • Sunday 6/26 – The sixth annual Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks in Leimert Park Village features a procession and live musical performances at which traditional artists, youth groups, and diverse community members engage in a celebration of the global African village, paying homage to their shared heritage through mask-making, dance, and a procession through the community. Mask-making workshops start at 10 a.m. and festivities begin at 1 p.m. at the People St Plaza at 4343 Leimert Blvd. Come for the festivities, stay for the artwalk, which continues through early evening. For more details, see L.A. Commons’ website.
  • Sunday 6/26Black Kids on Bikes and Ride On! Bike Co-Op are back in Leimert Park Village doing what they do best: they plan to be set up at the People St Plaza with tools, bike stands, know-how, and elbow grease to help any and all who could use some assistance getting their bike running right. Come to volunteer, get a free tune-up, hang out with the community, make a mask (see event above) for your bike, and prepare to ride out with BKoB on their monthly ride that afternoon. Wrenching starts early – 9:30 a.m. – with a ride out happening around 1 p.m. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 6/26 – POSTPONED!! The longest distance open streets event in the history of L.A. County will stretch nearly 20 miles through seven jurisdictions all the way from South Pasadena all the way to Azusa – connecting with plenty of Metro Gold Line stations along the way. The 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. event is called 626 Golden Streets. The 626 is, of course, both the area code and the date. Find the route map here. Share via Facebook event. Lots of other details at the 626 Golden Streets website.

626 Golden Streets is this Sunday. Click here for detailed route map.

626 Golden Streets is this Sunday. Click here for detailed route map.

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