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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarTED-talk style urbanism talks at the New Urbanism Film Festival’s NUFFTalks! Celebrate a new Watts crosswalk and Long Beach protected bike lanes. Attend meetings: the 710 Freeway and the L.A. City Transportation Committee. Much more, and ULI and NUFF events coming up next week, too! 

  • Monday 9/26 – Tonight Caltrans and Metro host an informational workshop on SR-710 North project, aka the $6+billion tunnel that will clean the air and reduce congestion according to engineer’s sophisticated traffic models. The meeting takes place tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Centro Maravilla Service Center at 4716 East Cesar Chavez Avenue in Boyle Heights. Details at Metro website.
  • Wednesday 9/28 – The L.A. City Council Transportation Committee convenes to discuss sightseeing buses, repurposing earmarks, disabled curb markings and more. The meeting takes place at 1 p.m. at room 1010 at L.A. City Hall at 200 N. Spring Street (public entrance on Main Street) in downtown L.A. Details on city agenda.
  • Wednesday 9/28 – Join Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino and the Watts Community at the ribbon-cutting for the new high visibility crosswalk at 92nd Street and Bandera Street in Watts. The celebration begins at 3 p.m. Details at Facebook event.
  • Thursday 9/29 – The New Urbanism Film Festival and Helms Bakery District present NUFFTalks, a TED talks-style event where top urban thinkers and local community leaders give seven-minute long presentations on L.A.’s dynamic urban landscape. This event is Part 1 of the New Urbanism Film Festival’s “Urbanism Filmmaking Challenge” where filmmakers have one week to create 3-5 minute documentaries on the topics presented at NUFFTalks. The films will screen on Sunday, October 9th. Hear the talks from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 8745 Washington Boulevard in Culver City. Event details and purchase tickets at Eventbrite. Check the NUFF website for more on the Urbanism Filmmaking Challenge and the 2016 NUFF taking place October 6-9!
  • Friday 9/29 – Critical Mass gathers at 6:30 p.m. and departs around 7:30 p.m. from the Metro station plaza at Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue in Koreatown. See unofficial Facebook event for details.
  • Saturday 10/1 – The city of Long Beach, Long Beach Vice Mayor Rex Richardson and SCAG Go Human host Activate Uptown, a mini-open streets block party event featuring live music, food, a mural installation, a youth basketball tournament, a children’s arts and crafts area, giveaways, and more. Activate Uptown will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Artesia Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue. Details at Facebook event.

Register now for ULI-LA's transit-oriented development conference next week

Register now for ULI-LA’s Transit-Oriented L.A. conference next week

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarPlenty to do this week, with Happy Urbanists, People St, Metro, Renters’ march, Black Kids on Bikes, the L.A. County Bike Coalition and BUSted. Deets below. 

  • Monday 9/19 – Tonight! Happy Urbanists meet up tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the art gallery of Diego Cardoso, located at the Santee Court Lofts at 716 S Los Angeles Street, Suite B, in downtown Los Angeles. Details at Facebook event.
  • Tuesday 9/20 – Join the Southern California chapter of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) in learning about the Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s (LADOT) innovative People St Program. LADOT’s Brian Oh will be sharing how communities can create plazas and parklets. Aaron Aulenta from the North Hollywood Business Improvement District will be describing the BID’s experience maintaining the NoHo People St Plaza. There is also a networking happy hour and networking afterwards at Pitfire Pizza. Free, but suggested $10 donation. The event takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the NoHo Plaza (alley off of Lankershim Blvd at Magnolia Blvd) in North Hollywood. RSVP and for more details, go to eventbrite.
  • Wednesday 9/21 – Metro hosts its Citizens’ Advisory Council General Assembly Meeting Agenda, including a look at Metro ridership and reliability. Meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at the Union Station Conference Room on the third floor at Metro Headquarters at One Gateway Plaza, behind Union Station in downtown L.A. Details at Metro.
  • Thursday 9/22 – Metro’s monthly board meeting will take place starting at 9 a.m. at the boardroom at Metro headquarters at One Gateway Plaza behind Union Station in downtown L.A. This month’s agenda includes heavy rail vehicles (new purchases and rehabilitation), open streets, West Santa Ana Branch rail, and more. Details at Metro meeting page.
  • Thursday 9/22 – As part of Homes For All / Hogares Para Todxs national Renters Day of Action For Dignity and Respect, people will take to the streets to end evictions, rising rents and displacement. Angelenos can participate locally in a march and rally from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at LaFayette Park at 625 S La Fayette Park Place in Westlake. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 9/24 – Black Kids on Bikes is holding a free tune-up session in the Leimert Park plaza from 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m. The monthly BKOB Freedom Ride will take place right after, so please feel free to push some pedals with the crew. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 9/24 – The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition will host a Family Fun Ride on the L.A. River. Meet at 11 a.m. at Marsh Park at 2944 Gleneden Street in Elysian Valley. RSVP and for more details, go to LACBC.
  • Sunday 9/25 – Hear car-free stories at BUSted with featured storytellers include Tony Bartolone, Brandon Burkhart, Mike Gamms, Julia Pels, and Alissa Walker. Hear the tales from 5 to 7 p.m. at Stories L.A. Books & Cafe at 1716 W Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park. Details at Facebook event.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarPark(ing) Day happens this Friday – let us know about any planned parks, please! The Mid City West Community Council considers a much-needed road diet on 6th Street. CicLAvia raises funds. The American Public Transit Association is in town. Agencies hold meetings, including Metro board committees and the L.A. City Transportation Committee. 

  • Monday-Wednesday 9/12-14 – The national American Public Transit Association is hosting its annual meeting and conference at the Marriott L.A. Live conference center in downtown Los Angeles. Details at APTA.
  • Tuesday 9/13Tonight! The Mid City West Community Council board of directors will be voting on a possible redesign for 6th Street, including a road diet. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the National Council of Jewish Women at 543 N. Fairfax Avenue in Mid-City. Details, including street plans, at MCW website.
  • Wednesday 9/14 – The L.A. City Council Transportation Committee will meet to discuss various matters, including a fairly Shoup-ian proposal to return parking meter revenue to areas where it is collected. The meeting starts at 1 p.m. at room 1010 at L.A. City Hall at 200 N. Spring Street (public entrance on Main Street) in downtown L.A. Details on meeting agenda.
  • Wednesday-Thursday 9/14-15 – The Metro board of directors committees meet ahead of next week’s full board meeting. Meeting times and agendas at Metro.
  • Friday 9/16 – This Friday is International Park(ing) Day. If readers know about planned park(s), please add in the comments below. The only L.A. site spotted by SBLA editors so far is at Pershing Square in downtown L.A. – details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday 9/17 – CicLAvia is hosting a play day fundraiser at Lot 613 in downtown’s L.A.’s Arts District. Details at Brown Paper Tickets.

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sblog_calendarRide for world peace. Learn about L.A.’s complete streets history and car-free culture. Next week, the national transit agency trade association APTA rolls into town.

  • Thursday 9/8 – Downtown L.A.’s central library hosts “Car-Free in a Car Culture,” an exhibition by photographer Edward E. Solis who aims to raise awareness of the advantages of the car-free lifestyle. This Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. there will be an opening reception at the central library at 630 W 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles. Details at Facebook event.
  • Friday 9/9 – Westside Urban Forum presents Confronting the Shame of Los Angeles, a panel discussion on solving Southern California homelessness. Registration starts at 7:15 a.m., with breakfast at 7:50 a.m. and presentation starting at 8 a.m. The venue is The Olympic Collection at 11301 Olympic Boulevard in West L.A. The event costs $55 for the general public, with less expensive options for members and students. Pre-registration closes on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Details at WUF.
  • Saturday 9/10 – The Los Angeles Region Planning History Group presents “The Complete Street: Wrongs and Rights of Way” as part of its Saturdays at The Huntington Library Colloquia. A panel, moderated by Allyn Rifkin and Sam Gennawey, will address adapting our streets from car-focused thoroughfares to multi-modal places, and the implications for the streets of the future. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Huntington Library at 1151 Oxford Road in San Marino. The event costs $50 for general admission, $35 for students, and includes breakfast and lunch. Details at LARPHG and Facebook.
  • Saturday 9/10 – Syndicate Riderz BC California Chapter host World Peace Ride through Watts and South L.A. The ride’s organizers propose, in light of recent tragedies and crises, to use riding bikes to bring people together and show that there are no color or race lines that separate us. Organizers request no cuts, vest, or club colors, as the point of the ride is to show unity and for all to ride as one.  The slow-paced family ride meets up at 10 a.m. and departs at 11 a.m. at Ted Watkins Memorial Park at 1335 E 103rd Street in South Los Angeles. Details at Facebook event.
  • Next Week: Monday-Wednesday 9/12-14 – The national American Public Transit Association will host its annual meeting and conference at the Marriott L.A. Live conference center in downtown Los Angeles. Details at APTA.

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sblog_calendarSummer’s winding down. Time to celebrate bike-share’s arrival in West Hollywood and give input on LADOT transit planned changes. Much more all this week.

  • Monday 8/29 – Tonight! LADOT is holding a series of community meetings on planned upgrades and changes to Commuter Express, DASH and Cityride Services. The meeting tonight is from 6 to 7 p.m. at the San Pedro Library at 931 South Gaffey Street in San Pedro. Meeting details at LADOT. Give input via LADOT’s online survey. Meetings continue through August 31 at various L.A. locations.
  • Tuesday 8/30 – LADOT community meetings continue – see Monday above. Tuesday’s meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m. at Hollywood Recreation Center at 1122 Cole Avenue in Hollywood. Meeting details at LADOT. Give input via LADOT’s online survey.
  • Tuesday 8/30 – The city of West Hollywood officially launches its new WeHo Pedals Bike-Share system. The ribbon-cutting festivities will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood. See city website for details.
  • Wednesday 8/31 – Dialogo Series and #iamplanning co-present “Investment Without Displacement: The Complexities of Planning in Diverse Communities” at 6 p.m. at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.) The purpose of this panel/workshop is to continue the discussion on three important topics in relation to gentrification and the South Los Angeles Community – Housing, Transportation Policy, and Economic Development – and provide community planners, members, and activists with tools to combat gentrification and other impacts of economic injustice in South Los Angeles. Speakers include Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Eighth Council District, Cynthia Strathmann, Executive Director, SAJE, Claudia Monterrosa, Director, Public Policy & Research, Housing + Community Investment Department, and Lakisha Hull, Planner, Department of City Planning. See details here, RSVP here.
  • Wednesday 8/31 – LADOT community meetings continue – see Monday above. Tuesday’s meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m. at Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, Rm. 1A 6262 in Van Nuys Boulevard in Van NuysMeeting details at LADOT. Give input via LADOT’s online survey..
  • Wednesday 8/31 – The city of West Covina is redesigning Glendora Avenue to create a “Ramblas” design – with open space along the center for civic events, festivals, street fairs, and other types of community events. Participate in a community design workshopfrom 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cameron Community Center at 1305 East Cameron Avenue in West Covina. See city website for details.
  • Thursday, 9/1 – The historic California Incline is set to reopen on Thursday, September 1 after 17 months of reconstruction. The public is invited to enjoy four hours of access to the Incline and its sweeping views of the coastline from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be light refreshments, a historic photo exhibit and photo booth, DJ music, and a Santa Monica Public Library pop up. The Incline will open to car traffic at 5 p.m. For more information, visit the City of Santa Monica’s news announcement.
  • Saturday 9/3 – Community Coalition puts one of the best community parties of the year: Power Fest. Launched five years ago as part of CoCo’s effort to make Martin Luther King Park more welcoming for family fun, it has grown into a celebration of community, unity, art, health, activism, music, and food that is not to be missed. Festivities begin at noon and run through 8 p.m. Musical acts include Bilal, MixedByAli (of TDE), Patrick Paige II (of The Internet), JUNGLE FIRE, Ras G, El-Haru Kuroi, Mr Choc, Rae Khalil, DJ WORDAMOUPH. Details here. RSVP at the Power Fest website, here.
  • Sunday 9/4 – The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition is hosting a Beach Cities Sunday Funday ride. Gather at 9:30 a.m. at Redondo High School at 1 Sea Hawk Way in Redondo Beach. See Facebook event for details.

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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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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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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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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.

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