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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarThere’s some big stuff on this pre-holiday week. The two biggest things are clearly the “Ride of Silence” and the Metro Board meeting.

  • Tonight – The city of San Marino holds a public meeting on its Bike Plan. Bike SGV seems to think it’s pretty good. But there are NIMBY’s. And they have flyers. Get the meeting details, here.
  • WednesdayOn May 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves. The local ride is sponsored by East Side Riders, and will start at the Ghost Bike location for Benjamin Torres in Gardena. Get more details, here.
  • Thursday – Metro answers the question everyone’s been wondering: have they fired so many people they can’t hold public meetings. No, that’s not it. Oh, yes. The new fare proposal. The Metro Board of Directors votes on a fare proposal that increases the cost of a ticket and eliminates transfer fees. Read the full agenda, here.
  • Saturday – Join Walk and Rollers for the El Monte Bike Festival, a Kids Bike Safety Festival, this Saturday morning. Lots of fun activities, including Bike Skills Course, Bike Repair, Group Rides, Fitness Obstacle Course and more! Big thanks to Bike SGV, Day One and City of El Monte Health & Wellness. Get more details, here.
  • Next Monday – Is Memorial Day. Streetsblog Los Angeles will not publish unless there is major breaking news.

Did we miss something? Are there events we need to know about after this week? Email damien@streetsblog.org

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarIt’s Bike Week, so there are bike-related events nearly every day. We’re not going to mention every bike week event, nor provide a comprehensive list of Bike to Work Day stops and Happy Hours. But you can find that information here for Metro’s calendar and here for the always over-achieving Bike Week Pasadena.

  • Today – From 11 am to 10 pm the Veggie Grill on Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica is hosting a fundraiser for SM Spoke. Mention the fundraiser (or show them this poster) and half of the cost of your order goes to benefit Santa Monica’s bicycling advocates.
  • Tuesday – It’s the kitchiest bike/religious event you’ll ever see, the annual Blessing of the Bikes at Good Samaritan’s Hospital. This is the 11th Anniversary of the event. 11 years! Holy Cow! Get more information at Good Sam’s official blessing of the bikes website.
  • Tuesday – Metro hosts a “roundtable” (I guess that’s a more inclusive way of saying “symposium”) on the future of public private partnerships. Speakers include Metro Board Chairs and executives past and present and Mayor Eric Garcetti. The event starts early and ends mid-afternoon, so if you’re interested make your plans now. Read the full agenda, here.
  • Wednesday – The regularly scheduled meeting of the City Council Transportation Committee has been cancelled. C’mon Mike! Wendy and Bill held special bike-only meetings on Bike Week. Ok, they each did that once…in their combined 12 years chairing the committee…but, still!
  • Wednesday, Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors hosts a series of committee meetings to decide what motions and reports will be heard at the following week’s Metro Board of Directors meeting. This week’s Finance Committee meeting will also feature a public hearing on the 2015 budget. I think I heard something about a fare hike being considered. Get all the meeting agendas, here.
  • Thursday - It’s Bike to Work Day. Get information on stops in the links at the top. There’s also the “Handlebar Happy Hours” at supportive bars and restaurants around the county.
  • Thursday - Hey, speaking of happy hours…if you happen to be in Sacramento, Streetsblog California is hosting its first ever public event as part of the Peds Count conference put on by California Walks. You can see the flyer, here. Invite your friends.
  • Friday – There’s not one, but two bike-in movie events. One in Pasadena, one at Union Station. If you have a bike, and aren’t going to be on a plane on the way home from Sacramento, you should check one of them out. Details: Pasadena, Union Station
  • Saturday - On Sunday, May 18, Helms Bakery and KCRW present Reinventing the Wheel, the future of mobility in Los Angeles; an afternoon of talk and exhibits focused on the latest in LA’s bike, car, and transit design.  Join DnA’s Frances Anderton in conversation with Geoff Wardle (Art Center College of Design), Craig Hodgetts (UCLA’s Hyperloop Suprastudio), Harald Belker(concept designer for Batman and Robin, Minority Report, etc.) and Michael Lejeune (Creative Director Metro Los Angeles).  For more information, or to get tickets, click here.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarAhhhh, the week before Bike Week. All sorts of bike goodness in the air.

  • Tuesday – The city’s Planning and Land Use Committee will formally put to rest the controversy over the MyFigueroa complete streets plan. As Joe Linton reported on Friday, the formal objection to the environmental review has been dropped, and now all that’s left is the formality. The PLUM Committee meets at 2:30 p.m. Read the agenda, here.
  • Wednesday – If there was ever a forum I pre-judged before I went/saw/listened in it’s this one. Zocalo and Metro sponsor a public forum on how important the I-710 is. Colan Nolan is moderating. I’m thinking this turns into a pr rally for the Big Dig or the even worse 710 expansion project in Long Beach. Get the event details, here.
  • Thursday – The plan to make a complete street on South Figueroa may be all-but-settled; but the debate on North Figueroa rages on. To make matters more complicated, Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo is floating a “compromise” proposal that would kill the #Fig4All complete street plan and replace it with a series of sharrows on other streets that accomplish none of the goals of the Bike Plan. This Thursday, Cedillo and LADOT are holding a public meeting. Surprise! There’s going to be a bike ride to it. Get the details, here.
  • Saturday – Temple City is throwing a party for its new protected bike lanes on Rosemead Boulevard. We’re all invited! And there’s going to be a bike ride…a big one! Get the party details, here. Get the ride details, here.
  • Saturday - Bring the family for an educational fun-filled day at Palms Elementary School, 3520 Motor Avenue. This year’s Bike Rodeo will feature an Interactive Bike and Traffic Safety Course presented by Safe Moves, a non-profit organization that provides bicycle safety and transit education programs for Elementary and Middle Schools. Get the details, read the flyer, here.
  • Sunday – The collaboration between CICLE and Bike Week Pasadena has long been the bike week jewel for the region. How a smaller city manages to have the best bike week when Metro/LADOT team up is a major story that few talk about. Anyway, Bike Week Pasadena kicks off on Sunday with Bike Education Day. There’s a full day of events. Get the agenda, here. Check back next week for the rest of the Bike Week fun.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarI hope everyone is recovered enough from Finish the Ride to get ready for a packed calendar week…if not you get today off. Tomorrow is going to start a long week. Ready, set…

  • Tuesday – The Events Week opens with a workshop by the LACBC focused on how to recruit and empower members. The LACBC now has 11 local chapters in addition to its headquarters staff in DTLA. Volunteers and members are the lifeblood of their organization, so they know of what they speak. Read more about the event here, or RSVP on Event Brite.
  • TuesdayTransportation activist Benjamin Ross discusses and signs his new book,Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism (Oxford University Press) at Skylight books at 7:30 p.m. You can read more about the event, here and we’ll have an excerpt from the book posted later today.
  • Thursday – The Southern California Association of Governments, the agency charged with creating the regional plan for greenhouse gas emissions and creating other funding formulas, hosts its annual “general assembly” that is open to the public. We have a copy of their e-flyer up in the calendar section.
  • Saturday – Long Beach hosts Bike Fest, which is just what it sounds like…an all-day celebration of bicycles. A Festival if you will. We have the basics in the calendar section, but there’s so much more going on including Wolfpack Hustle’s Shore Line Crit or the Stylish by Bike and Vintage Bike Fest. If you’re in the area, enjoy!
  • Saturday - On Saturday through a sponsorship by Metro, C.I.C.L.E., with the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, will lead a community bicycle ride, “The Street Mural Ride.” The Union Station 75th Anniversary Bike Ride will start and end at Union Station. The ride will be approximately 6 miles and will loop through neighboring artist communities surrounding Union Station. The ride will make stops at the downtown Arts District and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Get more details, here.
  • Saturday – That’s right…the celebration of National Train Day and Union Station’s 75th Birthday party are at the same place and time. Get more details, here. Or, you can just click on the ads on the L.A. Times’ website if you really want.
  • Sunday – San Fernando cities are banding together to celebrate “Car-Free SFV” day where storm troopers will be out on the street vaporizing anyone who dares use a car. The event is sponsored by the United Nations’ Agenda 21.
  • Sunday – The cities that make up the San Fernando Valley are sponsoring an event where SFV residents vow to go car-free for one day. Hey, it’s a good start. Get the details on “Car Free SFV” day, here. The event includes LACBC’s “Sunday Funday” ride “May the Forest Be With You.” Forests and bikes. Can’t be beat.
  • Sunday - What does food sovereignty look like? How do we get food sovereignty into food deserts? This ride explores South L.A., one of Los Angeles’ very own food deserts, and visiting edible gardens that are helping to pave the way for food sovereignty in South L.A. Get more details, here.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarSchools are on their Spring Breaks, most Council meetings are in recess, so our schedule is a little on the light side.

  • Wednesday – L.A. City’s Board of Public Works discusses mitigation measures for tree removal for construction of Metro’s Crenshaw line. A joint neighborhood council task force has been negotiating with Metro and the city of Los Angeles. The community is pressing for robust tree replacement, including maintenance commitment. The item has been postponed from today’s BPW agenda; agenda for the Wednesday 9:30 a.m. meeting should be available shortly here.
  • Wednesday, Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors’ host their committee meetings to discuss what will be discussed at next week’s Metro Board hearing. The agendas look a little light to me, a claim that bike share contracts could be released in May is the highlight that I can tell, but sometimes local transit reformers chime in with something I missed. Regardless, you can read all about them, here.
  • Thursday – The City of Los Angeles hosts an online primer for those interested in finding out how it’s doing implementing the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2010 Bike Plan. How are they doing? What does the future hold? Find out Thursday at 7 p.m. Get the details on Facebook.
  • Saturday - Pacoima Beautiful is programming a street closure at Bradley Street between Van Nuys Boulevard and San Fernando Gardens from 10 am to 4 pm as a demonstration of what the area would look like if they had a plaza instead of street. The demonstration is part of a future People St application, so you could be seeing the future. Part of the plaza event includes an “interactive planning” session with James Rojas and two live models presented throughout the day on topics such as “Pacoima Wash 2050″ and “Plan your own Plaza.” The interactive modeling is part of a #LA2050 Listens series. For more details, click here.

If we missed something, or if there’s something we need to know for future weeks, drop us a line at damien@streetsblog.org.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarCicLAvia is behind us, but there’s a full list of important hearings that cover everything from ExpressLanes to green taxis. When it’s all over, there’s a fun bike event for kids at the Foshay Learning Center.

  • Monday - Metro is looking to extend its two variable toll lanes from pilot program to permanent program, and needs to do some outreach. The last of the public hearings is tonight. Get the details, here
  • Tuesday – The City Council Budget and Finance Committee meets to discuss, amongst other things, a $10 million plan to fix some of the city’s many broken sidewalks. Joe covered the proposal in depth, here. You can read the agenda, here.
  • Wednesday – The City Council Transportation Committee meets to discuss modernizing local transit amenities, the future green taxi program and more. 2 p.m. City Hall. Details.
  • Friday – Angelenos Against Gridlock is hosting a “fireside chat” with Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin in Santa Monica. Expect a mix of L.A. politics, regional transportation talk (Bonin is on the Metro and Expo Boards of Directors), and even some Santa Monica-based questions. It should be fun. Get the details, here.
  • Saturday - It’s the last of the public hearings on L.A. City’s three citywide plans: mobilityhealth and zoning code. Get SBLA background at the links above; get forum details here.
  • Saturday - Together we envision an annual Earth Day event where community residents come together in a safe environment to have fun, celebrate our foods and cultures, learn about and participate in sustainable practices, and connect with each other and organizations working to make positive change in our neighborhood. Read the calendar listing for “Earth Day South L.A.”, here.
  • Sunday - To encourage safe, healthy, active lifestyles among children in South Los Angeles, LACBC, employees of USC, and Walk ‘ Rollers are partnering to host a free kids bicycle festival at the Foshay Learning Center in South Los Angeles. The family-friendly event starts at 11:00 a.m. and is designed for children ages 5-12. Get more information, and see their flyer, here.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarLoaded week. CicLAvia! Nice. Let’s jump right in.

  • Monday, Thursday – Two more hearings focused on how the ExpressLanes program is doing. Metro is looking to extend its two variable toll lanes from pilot program to permanent program, and needs to do some outreach. This week’s meetings are in Union Station tonight at 8 and later in the week at Inglewood City Hall. Get the details, here.
  • Tuesday – The Beverly Hills City Council could make official an earlier decision to keep their section of Santa Monica Boulevard bike-lane free and just have a 16 foot right lane on each side. Seriously. There’s a chance the council could overturn their decision and local advocates are hoping a strong turnout from the bicycling community could change the outcome. Get meeting details, here.
  • Wednesday, Saturday - Time for two more hearings on L.A. City’s three citywide plans: mobilityhealth and zoning code. This week’s forums are in the South Valley and the Westside. Get SBLA background at the links above; get forum details here.
  • Friday, Saturday – The Bicycle Film Festival rolls into Los Angeles the Friday and Saturday before CicLAvia. Get more details, here
  • Sunday- CicLAvia! 7 hours. More details at CicLAvia.org

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarTwo important meetings at City Hall, and a fun weekend coming up. In between, hearings on ExpressLanes.

  • Tuesday – The City Council Planning and Land Use Committee meets in what might be the deciding moment on the MyFigueroa! project. Thanks to a truncated timeline, any changes to the project could spell its doom, but we still don’t know the position of the local City Councilmember. With some heavy hitters urging him to stall or stop the project, and a trio of Neighborhood Councils urging him to move it, all eyes will be on Curren Price. Get the meeting details, here.
  • Wednesday – The City Council Transportation Committee meets to discuss crossing guards, safe routes to school and the need for more bicycle and pedestrian counts. The fun starts at 2. Read the agenda, here.
  • Wednesday,Thursday, Monday - Metro will hold a series of public hearings in March and April to gather public input on the Metro ExpressLanes program designed to alleviate congestion and provide new and better travel options on two of LA County’s busiest freeways. Get details for meetings at El Monte, Torrance and Union Station, here.
  • Friday – Every year, Move L.A. hosts a conference to discuss the next steps for Metro to continue to build out our rail passenger system. This year’s conference “Imagining Measure R2″ is this Friday at the Cathedral in Downtown Los Angeles. View their poster, here and get more conference information at their website.
  • Friday – Critical Mass. Wilshire/Western. Meet at 6:30, ride an hour later. The 2013 March Critical Mass will be held in honor of Damian Kevitt, who had been hit while riding his bicycle and drug 200 feet. His attacker fled on the I-5 freeway and never was heard from again. This March, Kevitt himself will be co-leading the ride and taking part in a memorial for hit and run victims. Get information on the memorial on Facebook.
  • Saturday – Time for another hearing on L.A. City’s three citywide plans: mobility, health and zoning code. This planning forum is in Boyle Heights from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Get SBLA background at the links above; get forum details here.
  • Saturday - Come to the Project Youth Green community garden on Saturday, March 29 to experience a nostalgic, rural feeling!  Relax in the peaceful orchard or help to grow crops from 10am to noon then stay for a delicious BBQ lunch and support more gardens in LA County with a donation of $25. Get the details, including how to RSVP, here.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarThe City Council meeting in San Fernando tonight is perhaps the most important Livable Streets event that you’ve never heard of.

  • Today – In 2011, I spent a lot of time with Pacoima Beautiful learning about their vision for turning the Pacoima Wash into one of the grandest urban greenways in America. While the greenway has progressed in recent years, it faces a key vote at the San Fernando City Council tonight. If you’re able to join them, they would happily take all the support they can get. Get the details, here. Read my series in 2011, here.
  • Tuesday – “Voices of 90037,” a Neighborhood Council representing the Vermont Square area, will consider a motion to write a letter supporting the MyFigueroa! redesign project which would create Los Angeles’ first truly complete street connecting Downtown and South Los Angeles. While 90037 has supported the project in the past, writing a formal letter would increase the visibility of their support. If you live, work or play in the area, consider attending the meeting. Get the details, here.
  • Wednesday, Saturday – We’re going to have a lot of coverage of the public meetings surrounding the release of the most recent draft of the Mobility Element that will guide the city’s transportation decisions until…well, until the next time they update the Mobility Element. The last time it was updated, I was a senior in college in 1999. Joe has already written about the new draft and both he and Sahra will have a lot more in the coming days. If you live in Central or South Los Angeles, you should check these meetings out.
  • Saturday - In fall 2013, the City of Los Angeles legalized murals after having banned them for a decade. Join American Planning Association, Los Angeles, Council District 14 Planning Director Tanner Blackman, and Cindy Schwarzstein of Cartwheel Art for a tour highlighting the murals of the Arts District and what the new Mural Ordinance means for L.A.’s urban environment and its role as a major art city. Get the details here.
  • Sunday - Co-sponsored by the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, the “Appreciating the Past and Exploring the Future” walk will explore the past and future of Colorado Boulevard and beyond. Led by Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council member Ashley Atkinson and L.A. Walks Steering Committee member Mark Vallianatos, this four-mile walk will travel along Colorado Boulevard up to the iconic Eagle Rock itself and return to our starting point. Along the way you’ll get to learn a little about the history of the Eagle Rock neighborhood and recent efforts by the neighborhood council, Council District 14, and Take Back the Boulevard to improve the boulevard, and can help identify opportunities for additional improvements. Get more details, here.

Is there something we missed? Is there something we need to know for next week? Let me know at damien@streetsblog.org. In the next couple of weeks, we’ll be announcing a series of “interactive planning” workshops funded through a Goldhirsh Foundation mini-grant.

Also, on April 23rd Urban Land Institute is hosting “Urban Marketplace,” a conference about investing in L.A.’s communities. Streetsblog is a media partner. You can read more about the conference after the jump or register by clicking here. Read more…

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarPlenty of chances to weigh-in at the Neighborhood Council level on major projects: the Hyperion Bridge Redesign and the MyFigueroa! project on South Figueroa. Don’t forget Streetsblog L.A. has its first fundraiser of 2014

Tonight - Made up of experts and thought-leaders (including USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity PERE professor Manuel Pastor), Parks Forward is an independent commission charged with conducting a wholesale assessment of California’s state parks system. It is designed to address the financial, operational, and cultural challenges facing State Parks to ensure the system’s long-term viability. Parks Forward is hosting a public meeting tonight at the Radisson on South Figueroa. Get the details, here.

Tuesday – The city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee’s Advocacy & Education sub-committee takes a look at the city’s Safe Routes to School Program. Get the details for this evening meeting, here.

Tuesday – The Downtown L.A. Neighborhood Council and the Voices of 90037 Neighborhood Council will vote on resolutions supporting the MyFigueroa! project. With opposition from some local heavyweights tilting against L.A.’s first truly complete street, local support is the key to getting the project through. If you live in the areas, make sure to come out at 6:30. DLANC: Event Info, Council Boundary. 90037: Event Info, Council Boundary

Thursday – Meanwhile the Atwater Neighborhood Council will consider a motion to support a configuration for the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge which removes one sidewalk. The city is still considering and studying options, and it positively Koretzian to weigh in before the study is done. If you live in the area and want to make your voice heard, you can get all the event info on Facebook.

Saturday – This innovative new training from Women on Bikes California is geared to measurably grow your aptitude, polish your skills, hone your voice, grow your network, and learn to own your power as an active living advocate for California. Get the details, here.

Saturday – The City of Los Angeles kicks off a series of public outreach meetings for General Plan components, including the Mobility Element, Plan for Healthy Los Angeles, re:code L.A., and more. We’ve republished the LACBC’s announcement for the hearings. They seem pretty excited. Find out why at the North Valley kickoff for some extensive public outreach. Get the details, here.

Saturday – One of the biggest rides of the year is the Tour De Watts put on by the  East Side Riders and Los Ryderz.  The ride leaves at 9 a.m. and is an “easy” 8-10 miles. For more information, check out the Facebook listing, or the calendar section.

Saturday – Streetsblog L.A. parties in Brentwood at the house of Joel Epstein and Karen Sarachik to honor our 2013 “public servant of the year” Paul Backstrom. Backstrom was the transportation deputy for Bill Rosendahl and now serves the same role for Mike Bonin. The westside is happy to have him on our side, and the whole city benefits from his earnest work to make the city a more Livable place to live. Directions come with RSVP. You can do so on Facebook or pay for your ticket on Event Brite.

Did we miss something? Is there something we need to know about for next week? Email damien@streetsblog.org