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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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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarPhil Washington speaks in South L.A. tonight. The Metro board debates this week. L.A. City celebrates its newest protected bike lane. A gourmet night with Santa Monica Spoke. Lots more!

  • Monday 6/13 – Tonight! Numerous organizations are convening a South Los Angeles Peoples’ Forum with Metro CEO Phil Washington. The event takes place at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Bridge (second floor next to Macy’s) at 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in South L.A. Doors open and refreshments start at 6 p.m.; program begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday-Thursday 6/15-16 – Metro board committees meet to discuss and decide board business in advance of next week’s board meeting. This month, there is a multi-billion-dollar sales tax spending plan to decide. Meeting agendas and details at Metro.
  • Thursday 6/16 – LADOT and Councilmember Jose Huizar celebrate the city’s newest and most full-featured protected bike lanes! The Los Angeles Street protected bike lanes grand opening will be at 1:30 p.m. at El Pueblo de Los Angeles at 125 Paseo de la Plaza across Alameda from Union Station in downtown L.A.
  • Friday 6/17 – Santa Monica Spoke hosts Dinner & Bikes + Cupcakes – a zero-waste gourmet fundraiser featuring Elly Blue, Joe Biel, and Joshua Ploeg. The fun takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at a location adjacent to the 17th Street Metro Expo Line Station in Santa Monica. Details at Santa Monica Spoke.
  • Saturday 6/18 – Walk ‘n Rollers present the Los Angeles Walk and Roll Challenge. Walk and ride to raise funds for worthy causes. The event starts at 8 a.m. at the Foshay Learning Center at 3751 South Harvard Boulevard in South L.A. Details at Walk ‘n Rollers or Facebook event.
  • Saturday 6/18 – The City of Santa Monica will hold the first public planning workshop for the upcoming expansion of Airport Park. The workshop takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3201 Airport Avenue in Santa Monica. Details at Airport2Park.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarCalifornia Walks hosts its statewide pedestrian conference in Long Beach. California’s primaries will be decided at tomorrow’s elections. This weekend, volunteer with Great Streets, and choose between the LACBC’s River Ride or Viva SGV open streets!

  • Monday-Tuesday 6/6-7 – Streetsblog L.A. will be attending California Walks’ Peds Count 2016 conference in Long Beach. Registration is closed, but apparently they may let last-minute attendees in on a case-by-case basis. If you can’t make it, follow SBLA Twitter for updates.
  • Tuesday 6/7Tomorrow is Election Day!
  • Wednesday 6/8 – The Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee will consider reducing speeding, grant funding, oversize vehicles, and more. The meeting takes place at 1 p.m. at City Hall room 1010, at 200 North Spring Street (enter on Main Street) in downtown L.A. More details on the agenda.
  • Thursday 6/9 – The West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition and the cities of West Hollywood and Los Angeles are hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new bicycle lanes on Fairfax Avenue between Melrose Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. The ceremony takes place at 11:00 a.m. in front of Hollywood Electrics at 901 Fairfax Avenue in West Hollywood. At 11:30 a.m. WeHoBC will lead an inaugural round-trip ride in the lanes after the ceremony. More details about the project at West Hollywood website.
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    Beautify Western Avenue this Saturday.

    Saturday 6/11 – Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative and Councilmember David Ryu are hosting a volunteer day to beautify Western Avenue. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Western and Melrose Avenue. RSVPs requested to greatstreets [at] lacity.org or (213)922-9766.

  • Sunday 6/12 – The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition hosts the 16th annual L.A. River Ride. Various distances for riders of all ages and abilities. Details at LACBC or Facebook event.
  • Sunday 6/12 – Viva SGV open streets will open 5 miles of streets in El Monte and South El Monte for bicycling, walking, skating and lots of other family-friendly activities. The free festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The route includes Rush Street and Tyler Avenue, and connections with the Rio Hondo bike path and the El Monte Metrolink Station. Details at Viva SGV or Facebook event.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarStreet vending, Bike the Vote, Gabe Klein, Owlized, and plenty of chances to skate, walk and bike this weekend.

  • Wednesday 6/1 – Join MEChA of Maya Angelou, L.A. Street Vendor-leaders, Union del Barrio, and the L.A. Street Vendor Campaign for a community event to uplift and celebrate the lives and struggles of L.A. Street Vendors through a FotoNovela. The event takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Dr.Maya Angelou Community High School at 300 E 53rd Street in South L.A. Details at ELACC and Facebook event.
  • Wednesday 6/1 – Bike the Vote hosts a happy hour ballot party, to share research on candidates. The event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at pin Iron Triangle Brewing at 1581 Industrial Street in downtown L.A. Details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 6/2 – Young Professionals in Transportation Los Angeles Chapter host a special Book Club event discussing Start-Up City by Gabe Klein. Gabe Klein will join the event via web conference. It is not required to have read the book prior to the event, but it would definitely be more fruitful. From 5 to 6 p.m. is a happy hour meet-and-greet, then from 6 to 8 p.m. is the book club discussion. The whole thing takes place at Alta Planning + Design at 617 W 7th Street, 2nd floor, in downtown L.A. Details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 6/2 – Owlized and APA Technology Division host a Civic Tech Happy Hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Experience Owlized’s OWL civic engagement kiosk and learn how project managers are using technology to dramatically increase participation. The event takes place at Nelson/Nygaard at 706 S. Hill Street, 12th floor, in downtown L.A.​
  • Thursday 6/2 – Thursday is the deadline for public comments on Metro’s draft guidelines for development at Expo/Crenshaw [PDF] and Fairview Heights [PDF] stations on the under construction Crenshaw/LAX light rail line. Online comment form is here.
  • Saturday 6/4 – City Lites presents the 13th Annual Inner City Mini-Marathon and Health Fair featuring a 23-mile bike tour and a 5K walk tour, both departing at 9 a.m. at Jessie Owens Park at 9651 S. Western Avenue in South L.A. Free, but arrive early to register. Details at City Lites.
  • Sunday 6/5 – Santa Monica hosts its first open streets festival. The city will close 1.7 miles worth of streets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m for “Coast.” Free. Fun. Family-friendly. Easy access from the newly-opened Metro Expo Line. But perhaps kinda short to be really bikey. Details at Santa Monica Next and Facebook event.
  • Sunday 6/5 – The city and county present San Pedro Shred: Festival of Skate 2016 where city streets are closed off for skating. The free festival takes place from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. on Gaffey Street between 32nd Street and Paseo Del Mar in San Pedro. Event details at San Pedro Shred.
  • Sunday 6/5 – The L.A. Historical Society presents This is Los Angeles: Movies Made by and about the City. The free screening takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Mark Taper Auditorium of the Central Library at 630 W 5th Street in downtown L.A. Details at Facebook event.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarThis is the final lap of Bike Month, plus your last chance to register for the PedsCount 2016 conference coming June 6-7 in Long Beach. Plus some big meetings: Metro Board and L.A. City Council Transportation Committee.

  • Monday 5/23 – Right Now! Move L.A. hosts its 8th transportation conversation. The focus is, of course, on passing Measure R2. Takes place today starting at 11:15 a.m. at the Cathedral conference center at 555 West Temple Street in downtown L.A. Event details at Move L.A.
  • Tuesday 5/24 – Last day to register for PedsCount 2016 – see below.
  • Wednesday 5/25 – This week the L.A. City Council Transportation Committee will consider a couple of motions that would direct or restrict the city’s transportation expenditures for potential Measure R2 local return funding. The agenda also includes Active Transportation Program funding applications and more. The meeting takes place at 1 p.m. at L.A. City Hall at 200 North Spring Street in downtown L.A. – enter on Main Street. Details at meeting agenda.
  • Wednesday 5/25 – River L.A. hosts its third River LA Listening Session from 7 to 9:00 p.m. at Boyle Heights Youth Technology Center, 1600 E. 4th Street in Boyle Heights. RSVP via River L.A. Details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 5/26 – The Metro Board of Directors holds its monthly meeting starting at 9 a.m. in the third floor Metro boardroom, located at One Gateway Plaza, right behind Union Station in downtown L.A. On the agenda are student bus passes, the agency’s Active Transportation Strategic Plan, and more. Details at Metro.
  • Friday 5/27 – Westside Urban Forum hosts a panel discussion on Metro’s proposed Measure R2 expenditure plan. The forum takes place at 7:30 a.m. at the Olympic Collection at 11201 West Olympic Boulevard in West L.A. For additional information and to purchase tickets go to WUF.
  • Friday 5/27 – Metro hosts Bike Night at Union Station from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Celebrate Bike Month with live music, raffles, games, prizes, and a bicycle fashion show including a sneak preview of Metro bike-share bicycles. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 5/28 – Si Se Mueve hosts Brown Love is Resilience: Pedaling towards Unity – a 4-mile bike ride organized by NELA residents for the NELA Community, surrounding neighbors, community members and allies who recognize the current impacts of gentrification and displacement and who are in solidarity with the resistance movements in our communities. Ride gathers at 10 a.m. at York Park at 4596 North Avenue 50 in Highland Park. Details at Facebook event.

Coming Soon

  • Sign up now for PedsCount 2016

    Sign up now for PedsCount 2016

    Deadline tomorrow! Register Now for Monday-Tuesday 6/6-6/7 – California Walks hosts its statewide PedsCount 2016 two-day conference at the Courtyard Marriot in downtown Long Beach next month. Registration and further details at California Walks. Registration deadline is May 25.

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This Week In Livable Streets: Bike Week 2016

sblog_calendarIt is Bike Week, including Bike to Work Day! Get up on your bike and enjoy one of the 52 great weeks a year for bicycling in Southern California.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarIt is Bike Month, so there are lots of great rides and workshops, including the first ever Southeast Cities CicLAvia. Key meetings, too, regarding L.A.’s Mobility Plan, Fletcher Drive bike lanes, Caltrans statewide bike plan, and parking in Santa Monica.

  • Monday 5/9 – The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition has proclaimed today as Mobility Monday. The coalition is encouraging supporters of L.A. City’s ambitious multi-modal Mobility Plan 2035 to contact elected official in support of Wednesday’s Mobility Plan hearing at this week’s L.A. City Transportation Committee. Details at LACBC alert.
  • Tuesday 5/10 – Caltrans is conducting regional forums across the state with local and regional agencies to support development of the first California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (CSBPP). The series touches down this week at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) office at 818 W 7th Street, 12th Floor, in downtown Los Angeles. Public agencies are invited to attend from 1 to 3 p.m., with a broader open house for public input starting at 3 p.m. Public agency space is limited, RSVP requested.
  • Tuesday 5/10 – Walk Bike Glendale hosts free pre-Bike-to-Work-Week bike skills workshops. Classroom workshop will take place at 7 p.m. at Pacific Park Community Center at 501 S Pacific Avenue in Glendale. Details at Walk Bike Glendale. RSVP requested.
  • Tuesday 5/10 – Head to Santa Monica City Hall at 6 p.m. tomorrow to celebrate the proclamation of Bike Month. Details at Facebook event. The SM City Council is also looking to adopt new parking regulations that would disincentivize driving into downtown Santa Monica. Details at meeting agenda.
  • Wednesday 5/11Mobility Plan 2035 is back before the L.A. City Council Transportation Committee. It is a safe bet that plan opponents will show up, so multi-modal proponents should be there as well. The hearing will be at 1 p.m. at room 1010 at Los Angeles City Hall at 200 North Spring Street (entrance on Main Street) in downtown L.A. Details at meeting agenda.
  • Thursday 5/12 – The Glassell Park Improvement Association with L.A. City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell hosts a meeting to learn more about the Fletcher Drive Streetscape Project, which is slated to include a landscaped median and bike lanes from San Fernando Road to Eagle Rock Boulevard. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. at 3750 Verdugo Drive in Glassell Park. Details, including street plans, at GPIA.
  • Thursday 5/12 – Walk Bike Glendale hosts another free bike skills classroom workshop at 7 p.m. at Pacific Park Community Center at 501 S Pacific Avenue in Glendale. Details at Walk Bike Glendale. RSVP requested.
  • Saturday 5/14 – Multicultural Communities hosts its Eastside Mural Ride. It will be a slow-medium pace, family-friendly, ten-mile bike ride. Free arts workshop before the ride. Meet at 9 a.m. at Mariachi Plaza at 1831 E 1st Street in Boyle Heights. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 5/14 – River L.A. invites the public to a Lower Los Angeles River Listening Session. The meeting will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Girls Club House in South Gate Park at 9520 Hildreth Avenue in South Gate. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 5/14 – East Side Riders are hosting a pre-CicLAvia party from noon to 5 p.m at East Side Riders Bike Club at 11321 S Central Avenue in South L.A. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 5/15 – In this spring of open streets, CicLAvia is back! First time ever for a Southeast Cities CicLAvia, including Watts, Florence Firestone, South Gate, Huntington Park, Walnut Park, and Lynwood. The free family-friendly festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Very easy access via Metro Blue Line Firestone and 103rd / Watts Towers Stations and the Metro Green Line Long Beach Boulevard Station. Route, feeder rides, and other details at CicLAvia. Share event via Facebook.
  • Sunday 5/15  – Culver City Walk ‘n’ Rollers host a Kidical Mass Family Fun bike ride this Sunday at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park at 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City. Details at Facebook event.

Coming Soon

  • Sign up now for PedsCount 2016

    Sign up now for PedsCount 2016

    Register Now for Monday-Tuesday 6/6-7 – California Walks hosts its statewide PedsCount 2016 two-day conference at the Courtyard Marriot in downtown Long Beach next month. Registration and further details at California Walks. Registration deadline is May 25.

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarThis Saturday, celebrate the halfway point for Metro Crenshaw-LAX rail construction. Housing, Wolfpack Hustle, and walk and bike tours round out the week.

  • Thursday 5/5 – The Echo Park Improvement Association hosts a panel discussion on bicycling in L.A. at 7 p.m. in Williams Hall at the Barlow Respiratory Hospital at 2000 Stadium Way, in Elysian Park. Panelists include Nick Richert (Bike Talk), Don Ward (Wolfpack Hustle), Nona Varnado (L.A. Bike Trains, L.A. Bike Fest), Melody Brocious (bike polo), Betsy Medvedosky (art and cycling), Vanessa Gray (C.I.C.L.E.) and Josef Bray-Ali (Flying Pigeon). Details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 5/5 – Join the UNIDAD Coalition to talk about the future of South Central at a town hall regarding the $1.2 billion Reef development. UNIDAD and South Central residents have been working on a community benefits proposal they hope could mitigate some of the impacts of such a major development in an area where disinvestment has generally been the rule. Details at Facebook event.
  • Friday 5/6 – The American Institute of Architects hosts Design for Dignity: Changing The Housing Equation By Design a one-day conference highlighting workable solutions to solving Southern California’s housing crisis. The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Inner-City Arts at 720 Kohler Street in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District. Register at AIA L.A. Share via Facebook event.
  • Saturday 5/7 – Si Se Mueve hosts a 6-mile walk exploration of Highland Park, departing at 8 a.m from the Metro Gold Line Highland Park Station. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 5/7 – CicLAvia and the Southeast Bicycle Alliance are hosting a Southeast Cities Exploratory Ride. Meet at the Watts Towers at 9 a.m. to check out part of the route for the upcoming CicLAvia Southeast. Bikes, boards, scooters, and all forms of alt-transit welcome! Waiver required to join (will hand out before ride starts). All riders under 18 must wear a helmet. Details at Facebook Event.
  • Saturday 5/7 – The Los Angeles chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation is hosting a short, family-friendly free bike ride through Crenshaw and Leimert Park. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Metro Expo Line Crenshaw Station. The ride departs promptly at 10:00 a.m., and ends at Leimert Plaza. More details at Facebook event and at YPT-LA. And, while you’re there, enjoy the next event, too!
  • Saturday 5/7 – Metro hosts a celebration commemorating the half-way point toward completion of the Crenshaw-LAX light rail line. The celebration takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Leimert Park Village at 4395 Leimert Boulevard in South Los Angeles. Activities include music, kids zone, Metro and contractor employment opportunities, and more. For details see Metro website.
  • Saturday 5/7 – Wolfpack Hustle hosts the Long Beach Short Line Crit taking place alongside the Long Beach Bike Fest. Qualifiers start at 4 p.m. and main track events at 7:30 p.m. (women) and 8:15 p.m. (men). Circuit viewable throughout downtown Long Beach. Volunteers needed. Details at Facebook Event and at Wolfpack Hustle.
  • Sunday 5/8 – The L.A. Bicycle Festival touches down in downtown L.A.’s Grand Park from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Billed as a bicycle theme park, the festival includes family-friendly workshops, demos, beer garden, interactive art installations, wandering musicians, local ride groups among the most innovative bike and gear brands. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 5/8 – L.A. Walks hosts a DTLA Women’s History Mother’s Day Walk. Event starts at Arcadia and Main at 3 p.m. Details at Facebook event.

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarThis week is your last chance for Metro’s community meetings on its draft sales tax expenditure plan: Metro meetings take place this week in Paramount, South L.A., and online. Re:code L.A. also wraps up its series of forums with a virtual meeting. There are even more Metro meetings, with the agency’s monthly Board of Directors meeting and a bicycle roundtable. There is also a Caltrans webinar for the upcoming round of state Active Transportation Program funding.

It is sold out, but SBLA is excited about UCLA’s one-day conference on the future of public transit. The same day, SBLA will attend ULI’s forum on ballot measures impacting development in Southern California. Enjoy car-free storytelling Tuesday night. This weekend, get out on your bike and explore community gardens and northeast Los Angeles! Plenty more below.

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  • Tuesday 4/26 – Metro is hosting a Bicycle Roundtable meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Union Station Conference room on the 3rd floor at Metro Headquarters, One Gateway Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, right behind Union Station. Past roundtable information at Metro website.
  • Tuesday 4/26 – Re:code L.A. concludes its series of public forums on the future of L.A. City’s zoning code – with key details on the future of downtown L.A. and single-family housing. Read about re:code’s earlier Boyle Heights forum here. Tomorrow’s forum is takes place online from 7 to 8 p.m. Register at re:code L.A.
  • Tuesday 4/26 – This week Metro wraps up its series of community meetings to receive input on its proposed sales tax expenditure plan. The eighth of Metro’s community meetings takes place tomorrow night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, 2nd Floor Conference Room at 16401 Paramount Boulevard in Paramount. Ask the Gateway COG folks why their regional project list has no funding for walk and bike projectsMeeting details at Metro’s The Source.
  • Tuesday 4/26 – Catch BUSted: True Stories About Getting Around L.A., Told By People Who Don’t Drive! at 8 p.m. at the Comedy Central Stage at Hudson Theatre at 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. The show is free, but reservations are required; to reserve call the Comedy Central Stage box office line 323-960-5519. Details at Facebook event.
  • Wednesday 4/27 – Registration ended last week, but there is an off chance you can still get into The Future of Public Transit, UCLA’s 9th Annual Downtown Los Angeles Forum on Transportation, Land Use, and the Environment. The one-day conference takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the California Endowment at 1000 North Alameda Street in downtown Los Angeles, one block north of Union Station. Details at last week’s preview article.
  • Wednesday 4/27 – The Urban Land Institute hosts a forum on upcoming ballot measures, including the so-called Neighborhood Integrity Initiative. The forum takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the UCLA Anderson School of Management Korn Auditorium, Entrepreneurs Hall, 3rd Floor, at 110 Westwood Plaza in Westwood. $25 registration includes breakfast. Event details and registration at ULI.
  • Wednesday 4/27 – If you or your city want to understand Caltrans’ Active Transportation Program better, attend a webinar designed to assist applicants in navigating and completing the ATP Cycle 3 application. The online session takes place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. To participate use this Verizon e-meeting link. To listen by phone, call 800-857-9797, and enter participant code 7442024. The PowerPoint will be posted on Tuesday, April 26th, on the Caltrans ATP Cycle 3 webpage; the webinar will be recorded and also posted on the cycle 3 page for applicants to view as needed. For questions, email Caltrans’ Mary Hartegan at mary.hartegan[at]dot.ca.gov.
  • Wednesday 4/27 – There is no L.A. City Transportation Committee meeting this week, as 2016-2017 city budget deliberations are getting underway. Budget hearings begin Wednesday and continue through mid-April; budget agendas are here.
  • Wednesday 4/27 – The Crenshaw Subway Coalition hosts a community meeting on the Crenshaw-LAX Line, Measure R2 & Gentrification. The meeting takes place at 6:30 pm at Christ Temple Church at 3125 W. 54th Street in South Los Angeles. Meeting details at coalition website.
  • Wednesday 4/27 – Bike the Vote will be riding to the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters debate between candidates for L.A. County Supervisor District 5. The debate starts at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church at 301 N. Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena, a short bike ride or walk from the Memorial Park Gold Line station. RSVP for the debate here. Bike the Vote event details on Facebook event.
  • Thursday 4/28 – Metro’s Board of Directors meets at 9 a.m. at Metro Headquarters, One Gateway Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, right behind Union Station. Easy access via Gold, Red, and Purple Lines. Meeting details at Metro meeting page.
  • Thursday 4/28 – Metro’s ninth expenditure plan community meeting takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rita Walters Learning Complex Auditorium at 915 W. Manchester Avenue in South Los Angeles. Meeting details at Metro’s The Source.
  • Saturday 4/30 – Metro’s final expenditure plan community meeting takes place online from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Register on Metro’s website.
  • Saturday 4/30 – C.I.C.L.E. hosts a family-friendly bicycle ride Community Garden Tour. Meet at 10 a.m. at Micheltorena Elementary School Garden on Micheltorena Street at Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 5/1 – The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition hosts its regular Sunday Funday bike ride, this time exploring Northeast Los Angeles. Meet at Metro Gold Line Heritage Square Station at 9:30 a.m. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 5/1 – Santa Monica Spoke (with a gazillion partners) hosts Gear Up!, an all-ages bike swap event designed to get you ready for summer cycling. There is free bike repair, raffle, learn-to-ride clinic, bike art, and more. The extravaganza takes place from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. at McKinley Elementary School at 2401 Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica. Details at Facebook event.

Did we miss anything? Is there something we should list on future calendars? Email joe@streetsblog.org.

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Register This Week For UCLA’s April 27 Public Transit Conference

Click to find out more about UCLA's April 27 conference at the California Endowment in downtown L.A.

Click to find out more about and/or to register for UCLA’s April 27 public transit conference at the California Endowment in downtown L.A.

Time is running out to register for next week’s The Future of Public Transit, UCLA’s 9th Annual Downtown Los Angeles Forum on Transportation, Land Use and the Environment. The conference takes place next week on Wednesday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the California Endowment at 1000 North Alameda Street in downtown Los Angeles, one block north of Union Station.

The full list of speakers and sessions is available at the conference website. The keynote address will be delivered by Therese McMillan, Metro’s new Chief Planning Officer, who until recently was Obama’s Acting Federal Transit Administration head. McMillan will speak on “Public transit’s societal contribution: now and in the future.”

Other topics to be discussed include: Houston’s much-heralded frequent bus service reorganization, demographic shifts away from driving, youth and immigrant transit ridership trends, public-private coordination with ride-hail companies including Lyft, lessons from New York City, and CEO Phil Washington on Metro’s strategies for expanding ridership.

The registration deadline is this Friday, April 22 at noon. Register easily via Eventbrite. Regular tickets are $79; student tickets are $35.

After the jump, find the conference organizers promotional blurb. See you downtown next week!  Read more…