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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarAnother relatively light week. That either means I’m missing something or everyone was planning on being wiped out for the Lakers victory parade this week and didn’t schedule anything. What? The parade isn’t for the Lakers?

  • Today – It’s the Kings’ victory parade. LAist has the details.
  • Today – Remember today is the last day to get your questions in for James Pocrass, partner at Pocrass and De Los Reyes LLC, personal injury attorneys. You can use social media @streetsblogla or our Facebook page, or leave a comment here. We got some good ones already.
  • Today - The City of Los Angeles – Wilshire BRT Construction Team will host a construction update briefing on the evening of June 16, 2014, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wilshire BRT construction on Wilshire Blvd between St Andrews and San Vicente will be discussed. Parking will not be validated.
  • Wednesday, Thursday – The highlight of this month’s Metro Board of Directors meetings isn’t the transit stuff, it’s the CicLAvia everywhere stuff. Exciting. Get all the committee agendas, here.
  • Thursday – Thursday is “Dump the Pump” Day. Usually, we see a lot of press releases and such around this, but all I’ve seen so far is this notice of free rides on Culver City Transit tweeted by Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells. If we see more, we’ll announce on our social media.
  • Saturday - C.I.C.L.E. and Bike Odyssey LA, will lead a theatrical community bicycle event, “The Pedal Powered Street Theater Ride.” As we pedal along, riders will be immersed in stories from Homer’s The Odyssey, reimagined in modern Los Angeles County. Audiences will ride through Angeleno history transformed into Greek legends of craftiness and pride; replete with all the monsters, epic poetry, and sacrificial vegetables you could ask for. Get more details, here.
  • Sunday – Pre-CicLAvia, this was the largest permitted bike ride in Los Angeles. Now everything is permitted. We’ve come so far. But I digress…the LACBC’s biggest fundraiser is the River Ride this weekend. Come out, ride for awhile, and raise money for our bike advocates. Get more details, here.

Well, did I miss something? Is there something I need to add for next week? Drop me a line. damien@streetsblog.org

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarI can’t believe they’re really holding more meetings on the North Figueroa road diet project. Just do it already.

  • Monday - The City of Los Angles hosts a public environmental scoping meetings for the Coastal Transportation Corridor Specific Plan (CTCSP) and the West Los Angeles Transportation Improvement and Mitigation Specific Plan (WLA TIMP).  An EIR Notice of Preparation (NOP) is available for review here. Get more details on the meeting, here.
  • Wednesday – The Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee meets to discuss a new way on ride share and receive an oral report on bike plan implementation. The meeting starts at 2 in City Hall. Read the agenda, here.
  • Thursday – Councilmember Gil Cedillo’s campaign to stop the previously approved North Figueroa Road Diet and bike lane project continues with another redundant public meeting. Will the Councilmember’s phone banking efforts payoff? Will he finally get a crowd of enough grumpy baby boomers to out number the armies of safe street advocates who show up to these meetings? Time will tell. Get the meeting details courtesy LACBC, here.
  • Saturday, Sunday – Those that are signed up for the L.A. River Ride can pick up their ride packets at bike shops located between Downtown Los Angeles and the Westside. Get more information on the packet pickup, here.
  • SAVE THE DATES: Later this week we’ll have more details on two July Events celebrating our 2013 Streetsie Award Winners. We’ll be taking a walk in Echo Park with Alissa and Jessica on the 12th, and partying in Santa Monica with Mayor Pam on the 27th. Details coming soon.

Did we miss anything? Is there something on the schedule for next week? Let us know: damien@streetsblog.org

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarAll of the advocacy in the world isn’t going to make much of a difference if the wrong people are in office. Primary election day is Tuesday. Two of the seats on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors will be voted on, as will a new head of the Sheriff’s Department. A new mayor will be selected in that quaint little suburb of 500,000 people just south of here. There’s a lot to be decided. Make sure to vote.

  • This Morning – As Joe noted yesterday, a court hearing that could stop the planned demolition of the Figueroa-Riverside Landbridge (which will be replaced as a transportation bridge) so it can be converted to open space is expected. Supporters will hold a rally before the hearing at 8 a.m. Get the details at yesterday’s post. Streetsblog will be at the hear and will report afterwards.
  • Tuesday – It’s election day (or primary day, pending your city). If you’re not sure where to vote, click here.
  • Tuesday – Advocates from around the city meet-up to discuss what can be done to stem the city’s hit-and-run epidemic. Gather your voices and be part of something that will help change the streets of Los Angels in a positive light for young and old alike. Come and network with a diverse community of people that believes in advocacy, education, and community building over dinner. Get more information, here.
  • Tuesday – At nearly the same time, the City of Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee will meet for their monthly meeting. This month’s agenda includes a presentation by Public Works Commissioner Kevin James. Check out the full agenda for the meeting held in Fairfax’s Pan-Pacific Park, here.
  • Thursday - Metro invites you to attend the latest update meeting in preparation of the Draft Master Plan, including presentation of project cost estimates, commercial development opportunities and a conceptual design of the forecourt. Meetings are open to the public and we urge you to invite your friends and neighbors. Get more details, here.
  • Saturday - The 11th Annual Inner City Mini-Marathon & Health Festival, spanning throughout South Los Angeles, Watts and Inglewood area, will be held at Darby Park in Inglewood this Saturday. Following the Mini Marathon, participants are invited to enjoy the free outdoor festival and health fair. City Lites Network Inc. encourages families, youth, seniors, and those with physical challenges to attend this very unique and essential community event. It includes a Health Pavilion, Community Resources, Interactive Kid’s Zone, Adult and Kid’s Entertainment Stages, Diverse Food,  and a Bike Show Competition. Register at Event Brite.
  • Sunday - Ride the COLT (Chatsworth Orange Line Tour) during this family friendly bike ride and walk, brought to you by the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council! Explore the neighborhood and local businesses, ejoy treats, and participate in a raffle. More info at ridethecolt.com.

Did we miss something? Is there something we need to know for next week? Let me know, damien@streetsblog.org

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The Week in Livable Streets Events: Andy’s Law, HOT Lanes, Bikes, Bikes, Bikes

sblog_calendarShort week, but still lots to do in the world of active transportation.

  • Tonight – Family and Friends of Andy Garcia join other supporters of Hit and Run reform for a bike ride to draw attention to “Andy’s Law.” Andy’s Law isn’t actually a formally proposed piece of legislation, just a call for harsher sentences for any driver who hits and runs. Tonight’s ride is a fun way to get involved. You can also sign the petition at Andyslaw.com. Get more details on tonight’s ride, here.
  • Wednesday – The Los Angeles City Board of Public Works meets at 9:30am in City Hall and will hear about the Landbridge Proposal to preserve the historic Riverside-Figueroa Bridge. Read the agenda here, and Landbridge information here.
  • Wednesday – The Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee meets at 2 p.m. in City Hall for the first time in a month. Highlighting the agenda is a list of projects the city will propose to be paid for by Metro’s Express Lanes proceeds. Most of the list is active transportation projects. Its pretty cool. Read the agenda here, and the proposal here.
  • Thursday – The City of Los Angeles Pedestrian Advisory Committee meets to discuss what issues are plaguing walkers on L.A.’s streets and receive an update on the city’s efforts to earn more funds for sidewalk repair and other improvement projects. The meeting starts at 2. Get the details, here.
  • Friday - Sunday – If you like exploring Los Angeles, good company, walking and stairs; then this is the weekend you’ve been waiting for. It’s the Big Parade! Hooray! Dan Koeppel has all you need to know on Facebook for Paraders on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Saturday - Join the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition on our third workshop of the series – WINNING CAMPAIGNS TRAINING! Some bike infrastructure projects require a change in the way roads are used, causing heartburn for some and a misunderstanding of their benefits. LACBC staff and leaders will walk you through the tools you need to create campaigns that WIN! Register here.
  •  Saturday - The California Bicycle Coalition warmly invites you to our Los Angeles Better Bikeways fundraising party. Generously hosted by RAC DESIGN BUILD, that can be easily accessed from the LA River bike path to event – which is located between the Fletcher and Riverside entrances of the river path – closer to the Fletcher entrance. Get more details at CalBike.
  • Sunday – Join LACBC Join us for a Long Beach tour through the neighborhoods of Poly High, Cambodia Town, Zaferia, Coronado Design District, and Rose Park – past V.I.P. Records, the Long Beach Firefighters Museum, Homeland Cultural Center, Orizaba Park, and more, and hear a little bit about each hood from some locals. The 7-mile ride is slow-paced and will reach Siem Reap, a restaurant in the bike friendly business district in Cambodia Town, by noon. Get more details, here.

Is there something we missed? Something we need to know for next time? Let us know, damien@streetsblog.org.

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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.

Did we miss something? Is there something we need to know for next week? Let me know at damien@streetsblog.org.

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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.

Did we miss something? Is there something we need to know for next week? Let us know at damien@streetsblog.org

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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.

Did we miss anything? Is there something we need to know of for next week? Let us know at damien@streetsblog.org

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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.

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