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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarSummer’s here – so lots of rides and festivals: the River Ride, Mask Festival, Kidical Mass, and more. On the governmental side of things, there’s Metro’s Board meeting and a special L.A. City Council hearing on sidewalk repair.

  • Tuesday 6/23 – Communities for a Better Environment and Climate Resolve Extreme present, “Heat and Vulnerability in Los Angeles: A Discussion,” from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles. Free, but register here.
  • Tuesday 6/23 – At special joint meeting of the Public Works and Budget committees [agenda PDF], the Los Angeles City Council begins public deliberations on who will pay to repair and maintain sidewalks. Streetsblog previewed the latest sidewalk repair plan here. The first of what was announced as a series of hearings around the city will take place Tuesday at the Harbor City Branch Library at 24000 S. Western Avenue.
  • Tuesday 6/23 – Zócalo presents a free panel discussion asking, “Can Transit Make Housing More Affordable?” (or is that just Anglo triumphalism, too?) The speakers include Joan Ling, Mike Bonin, and more. It takes place at MOCA this Tuesday night at 7 p.m. More details and make a reservation at Zócalo.
  • Wednesday 6/24 – The L.A. City Council Transportation Commitee meets at 2 p.m. at City Hall. On the agenda [PDF] are pedestrian stings, leading pedestrian intervals, and more.
  • Thursday 6/25 – Metro’s monthly Board of Directors meeting is expected to consider eliminating transfers on fares paid by cash, extending the Sheriff’s policing contract, approving the agency’s first ever bike-share contract, and more. Board meets at 9 a.m. at Metro headquarters, right behind Union Station. Full Metro meeting agendas and reports should be posted here shortly.
  • Thursday 6/25 – Bike with C.I.C.L.E. to go see the outdoor screening of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure at the Sunset Triangle Park. Details here.
  • Thursday 6/25 – The last in a series of meetings around L.A. on street vending will be held at the WLCAC, 10950 S. Central Avenue, at 6 p.m. The meetings are an effort by the L.A. Street Vendor Campaign — a coalition of organizations, business owners, and individuals advocating on behalf of the city’s 50,000+ vendors — to gather feedback from the community that can be used to help L.A. take the necessary steps to establish the first citywide vending ordinance. For more information, visit the campaign’s website.
  • Friday 6/26 – Dinner fundraiser by L.A. Rooted to raise money to take youth on the Gratitude Bike Tour. Details here.
  • Saturday 6/27 – Leimert Park Village hosts its 20|20 Vision Initiative Charette from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Details here and more information in a SBLA article coming this week.
  • Saturday 6/27 – Santa Monica hosts a 4th of July themed Kidical Mass ride – from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Reed Park. Details here.
  • Sunday 6/28 – LACBC hosts its 15th Annual River Ride – various starting points, times, and distances to suit every kind of bicyclist! Details here.
  • Sunday 6/28 – The Ride On! Bike Co-Op and Black Kids on Bikes present Free Bike Tune-up Sessions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Leimert Park. Details here.
  • Sunday 6/28 – Leimert Park Village hosts its 5th Annual Mask Festival honoring the ancestors from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Details here.
  • Sunday 6/28 – C.I.C.L.E. and the Bike Oven host a 5 p.m. NELA fireworks ride. Details here.

Did we miss anything? Is there something we need to know for future calendars? Email joe@streetsblog.org.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarLots to do and see – from Street Vending, to Metro Committees, to Jaydancing!

  • Monday – It’s #MobilityMondayLA. The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition and others are urging Angelenos to contact Los Angeles City Council members and voice support for the city’s proposed Mobility Plan 2035. The plan was recently approved by the city Planning Commission, and will soon be heard by the City Council, first in committee on June 23. There’s a lot to like in the plan, and it has come under some criticism from some people who think L.A.’s future is all about cars. Participate in #MobilityMondayLA via phone, email and social media, details at LACBC.
  • Tuesday – The L.A. City Council’s Transportation Committee meets at 9 a.m. The agenda [PDF] is short, with only two items: the proposed DTLA streetcar, and possible new regulations for private event valet parking.
  • (OOPS – Next Tuesday 6/23) – Zocalo presents a free panel discussion asking “Can Transit Make Housing More Affordable?” (or is that just Anglo triumphalism, too?) The speakers include Joan Ling, Mike Bonin, and more. It takes place at MOCA this Tuesday night at 7 p.m. More details and make a reservation at Zócalo.
  • Tuesday – The debate on street vending has been heating up with vendors and their supporters turning out in large numbers for recent meetings on the issue in Boyle Heights and the Valley. On June 16 (6 – 8 p.m.), the vendors and community members will join Grammy Award-winning East L.A. band, Quetzal and the East LA Community Corporation (ELACC) in a screening of Quetzal’s new music video, “Coyote Hustle.” Coyote Hustle depicts the realities and struggles faced by street vendors in the only major city in the United States without a formal vendor permit process. The video release at Casa del Mexicano will be coupled with food, art, activism, and song making with Quetzal band members. Details, here.
  • Wednesday and Thursday – Metro’s monthly committee meetings are where the agency’s big decisions get previewed in advance of the monthly board meeting next week, Thursday, June 25. The agendas aren’t online yet, but one of the agenda items will be Metro’s bike-share contract. Full Metro meeting agendas and reports should be posted here shortly.
  • Thursday - Get your mobility advocacy on by attending the public hearing on the Crenshaw Boulevard Streetscape Plan. Open house begins at 5 p.m. at the LADWP Community Room (4030 Crenshaw Bl.) and the hearing itself will begin at 6:15 p.m. Details, here. Then head to the KAOS Network in Leimert Park to hear grassroots activists talk about how mobility works in practice at the South Los Angeles Alliance for Mobility meeting. The meeting convenes at 7 p.m. and the panel discussion, featuring Mikaela Randolph, Safe Routes to School, Maria Sipin, Multicultural Communities for Mobility, Damon Turner, Unity Sports Cycling, Yolanda Davis-Overstreet, RIDE in Living Color, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Details, here.
  • Thursday – The third in a series of meetings around L.A. on street vending will be held at City Hall, Downtown, at 6 p.m. The meetings are an effort by the L.A. Street Vendor Campaign — a coalition of organizations, business owners, and individuals advocating on behalf of the city’s 50,000+ vendors — to gather feedback from the community that can be used to help L.A. take the necessary steps to establish the first citywide vending ordinance. For more information, visit the campaign’s website.
  • Friday – Walk to the Dodgers game with Los Angeles Walks. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday – If you’re not so keen on LAPD “jaywalking” ticketing stings, channel your frustration in a creative way by Jaydancing in DTLA from 2-3 p.m. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday – Caltrans and Metro want to spend $6B of your tax dollars on a tunnel extending the 710 Freeway. The last of their series of public hearings will take place this Saturday, June 20, at David Wark Griffith Middle School, at 4765 East Fourth Street in East L.A. View maps from 10– 11 a.m. followed by a formal public hearing from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Go and count the consultants! Event details here.

Did we miss anything? Is there something we need to know for future calendars? Email joe@streetsblog.org.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarJust when we were getting used to having open streets events every weekend. Now with bridge and street design projects at critical meetings, it is time to show up and let your city government know that you support livable streets citywide!

  • Tuesday – The city of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering’s sidewalk-deficient Glendale-Hyperion Bridge design goes to a vote of the full City Council. It’s item 7 on the agenda [PDF], meeting starts at 10 a.m. at L.A. City Hall.
  • Wednesday – Bike SGV encourages people who live, work or breathe in the San Gabriel Valley to attend Temple City’s meeting on its new design for Las Tunas Drive. Temple City has planned a road diet on Las Tunas, but is now considering scaling back some improvements. Please attend the meeting if you are in the area. Meeting is at 7 p.m. at 9701 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday – Give your ideas at an information session for new pedestrian signage for Central Avenue. Meeting is 10 a.m. to 12 noon at 4301 S. Central Avenue. Details at Facebook event.
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    Saturday: explore Pedal L.A.’s digital media installation – this Sartuday June 13 at IMLab in Chinatown. Click for larger image.

    Saturday – Check out Pedal L.A.’s immersive interactive digital media installation all about how bicyclists make their way through Los Angeles. Read a preview at this earlier SBLA article. Pedal L.A. is one of six Engage L.A. interpretive installations showcased at this Saturday’s media showcase, taking place from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Interpretive Media Laboratory across from L.A. State Historic Park at 1637 Baker Street, Los Angeles CA 90012. See flier for details.

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This Week in Livable Streets

sblog_calendarLong Beach hosts its very first open streets festival: Beach Streets! Plus Glendale-Hyperion Bridge, High Speed Rail, and bicycling in Glendale.

  • Monday – CA High Speed Rail open house – in Santa Clarita from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – details here.
  • Tuesday – CA High Speed Rail open house – in Palmdale and webcast live from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – details here.
  • Wednesday – Another vote, another chance to speak out in favor of a truly safe and multi-modal future for the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge. The city’s crappy sidewalk-deficient design is on the agenda for the Los Angeles City Council’s 1 p.m. Public Works Committee meeting. Details at Facebook event.
  • Saturday – From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the city of Long Beach hosts its very first open streets event: Beach Streets. It’s a free! fun! family festival, just like CicLAvia. Details at Beach Streets website and Facebook event page.
  • Saturday – Sparks will fly as the final CA High Speed Rail open house, for this round anyway, touches down in Acton from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – details here.
  • Sunday – Walk Bike Glendale hosts the 3rd Annual Jewel City Ride departing from Verdugo Park in Glendale – multiple distances, multiple start times – details here.

Did we miss anything? Is there something we need to know for future calendars? Email joe@streetsblog.org.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

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There’s a lot of warmup for advocates readying for next week’s rumored showdown over the Hyperion Bridge at the City Council Gangs and Public Works Committee. City Council Transportation Committee! Metro Board times two! CicLAvia!

  • Wednesday – The City Council Transportation Committee meets at 2 p.m. at City Hall. Mostly, the committee is discussing some of LADOT’s outstanding grant programs with the state and Metro. Read the agenda, here.
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday – The California High Speed Rail Authority is holding a series of workshops around Southern California on the routing for the Palmdale-to-Burbank section of the future rail line. That section will connect the Antelope Valley to the San Fernando Valley between the Palmdale Transportation Center and the Burbank Airport Station. See the meeting announcement flyer, here.
  • Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors has a double dose of meetings scheduled, including a special meeting to pass next year’s budget and the regular Board Meeting. Read the agenda for the budget meeting here, and the regular meeting, here.
  • Thursday – Metro is developing plans to improve Willowbrook/ Rosa Parks Station, where the Blue and Green lines meet. The public is invited to attend a public hearing to provide comments on the Draft Initial Study for the Station Improvement Project. In 2011, the Metro Board of Directors adopted the Rosa Parks Station Master Plan for this busy transfer station.  This project implements that plan and includes enhancements to pedestrian flow, lighting, and safety. The project will also improve transfers at the station and create better connections to nearby destinations, including the adjacent Kenneth Hahn Plaza shopping center. Read the full post at The Source.
  • Saturday - The pre-Primavera Festival free 5k Run/Walk through Boyle Heights kicks off at 9 a.m., hosted by the Primavera Festival and Boyle Heights Bridge Runners. The event seeks to promote health and reclaim open space for the community. See details, here. Then stay for the 3rd Annual Primavera Festival at Prospect Park — a celebration of spring and a space to share resources and knowledge through community-led health and fitness workshops and educational discussions. Enjoy FREE fitness activities, popular education platicas, do-it-yourself workshops, healthy eating demos, arts and crafts for kids, and lots of fun under the sun, presented by East side-based grassroots collectives, nonprofit organizations, and community organizers. Details, here.
  • Saturday – Community Services Unlimited –South L.A.’s food justice heroes — will be hosting a fundraiser at the future site of their new organic market and community space. Join them for music, food, art, and a silent auction starting at 4 p.m. at the Paul Robeson building, 6569 S. Vermont. Details here.
  • Sunday – CicLAvia! Pasadena! More details at CicLAvia.org.

Did we miss something? Is there something we need to know for next week? Do you want to send us flowers and chocolate? Let us know, tips@la.streetsblog.org.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarLearn about Metro’s money, High Speed Rail, a tour of the Gold Line’s huge new Monrovia maintenance yards, and much more!

  • Monday – The California High Speed Rail Authority hosts an open house regarding the planned segment connecting Palmdale to Burbank. There’s a series of open houses [PDF] which started yesterday and continue through June 6. Tonight’s meeting will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Buena Vista Branch Library in Burbank.
  • Tuesday – Another High Speed Rail open house [PDF], this one is at Sun Valley High School from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday-Thursday – Metro committees conduct their business the week before the full board meeting. This week’s committee meetings include a special hearing on Metro’s FY2016 budget taking place Wednesday at 1 p.m [PDF]. All Metro agendas posted here.
  • Saturday – It’s the turnover of the Foothill Gold Line’s new maintenance and operations campus at 1508 S. California Avenue in Monrovia; the yard was built by the Gold Line Construction Authority and will be operated by Metro. It’s a free event, your chance to check out the new, large-scale light rail maintenance facility for the Foothill Gold Line’s extension to Azusa, expected to open in early 2016. The yard is actually quite a place to see, as readers learned when SBLA toured the under-construction site last summer, with lots for rail buffs, and plenty of the latest ecologically-friendly building designs. At 9:30 a.m. there will be a public celebration handing over a giant key. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. there’s a public open house, including tours. Get full details here [PDF].
  • Saturday –  The East Side Riders host the annual Ride of Silence, an annual bike procession honoring rider who have been killed or injured. L.A.’s Ride of Silence departs at 1 p.m. in El Segundo. Details at Facebook event page.

Did we miss anything? Is there something we need to know for future calendars? Email joe@streetsblog.org.

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This BIKE WEEK In Livable Streets #BikeWeekLA

sblog_calendarBe Traffic! The good kind, though, because it’s Bike Week. It’s that fresh springtime week when some entities that do very little for bikes most of the time talk about how much they do for bikes, while finalizing their budgets that contain nearly nothing for bikes. Smile for the camera! It’s also a good time for cynical editors/writers to get out and ride hang around with other people who bike. Follow and promote via #BikeWeekLA.

Metro Bike Week promo

Metro Bike Week promo

  • Monday - Bike week kick-off press event at 10 a.m. at Grand Park in Downtown L.A. – features Metro, LADOT, Caltrans, Metrolink, Good Samaritan Hospital, CicLAvia, L.A. County Bicycle Coalition, and C.I.C.L.E.
  • Monday – Ride and eat as C.I.C.L.E. and the city of Pasadena kick off Bike Week Pasadena with their free fun easy A Taste of Pasadena ride. Departs Memorial Park Metro Gold Line Station at 6:30 p.m. Details/RSVP at Facebook event.
  • Monday – Caltrans and Metro host the “Is Bicycling In Your Future?” (um, just assume Angelenos don’t already bike) panel, which addresses questions including “Can bike infrastructure make the streets safe enough for you to ride on?” (which is to say: don’t bike now, but just wait for infrastructure) and “Would you let your child cycle in L.A.?” (um, only bad parents would do such an irresponsible-sounding thing – please strap that kid into the mini-van!) Despite awful gloomy crap promotion, it actually looks like plenty of worthwhile speakers: LACBC’s Tamika Butler, MCM’s Maria Sipin, LAPD Sergeant Mike Flynn, and moderator KCRW’s Frances Anderton. The gloom fills the Caltrans Amphitheater at 100 S. Main Street in downtown starting at 6 p.m. tonight. Details/RSVP at Facebook event.
  • Tuesday – For over a decade, Good Samaritan’s Blessing of the Bicycles has been an excellent, respectful, fun local bike event. Enjoy it tomorrow at 8 a.m. – details at Facebook.
  • Tuesday – LACBC and LAPD Present: Ask an Officer – an evening of discussion between LAPD and the bicycling community. Takes place at 7 p.m. at LACBC headquarters at 634 S Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. Details/RSVP here.
  • Tuesday – Bike-In Movie starts at 8 p.m. at Marsh Park in Frogtown. Details at Facebook Event. There are several feeder rides, but they’re difficult to decipher online. Feeder ride from Echo Park details here.
  • Wednesday – LACBC and Metro host a downtown Los Angeles Lunch Ride, including Peddler’s Creamery ice cream! Meet at Union Station at noon. Details at Facebook event.
  • Wednesday – Bike Week Pasadena continues with the Women’s Bike Night ride. Departs Memorial Park Gold Line Station at 6:30 p.m. Details/RSVP at Facebook event.
  • Thursday – Bike to Work Day. See LACBC website for pit-stops. And Metro’s Google map for additional pit stops.
  • Thursday – Color Wheels Art Show at Caltrans headquarters in downtown L.A. Bike art opening is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Details here.
  • Thursday – Biking to work also means biking from work, which includes Handlebar Happy Hours. See LACBC website for watering holes.
  • Friday – Metro’s Bike Night a Union Station – details/RSVP at Facebook event.
  • Friday – Bike Week Pasadena bike-in movie – details/RSVP at Facebook event.
  • Saturday – Bike Week Pasadena free rolling fun ride depart at 4 p.m. from Caltech’s Y – details/RSVP at Facebook event.

Did we miss anything big? Is there something we need to know for future calendars? What else is up for Bike Month? Email joe@streetsblog.org.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarLearn about the next stretch of Gold Line, wear a skirt for CycloFemme, hear about Metro P3 Mega-Projects, and let the tunnel lobby know what you think at the last two 710-north study hearings.

  • Wednesday-Thursday – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. – The North 710 “We Just Want To Spend $6B On Big Freeway Tunnels” hearings continue. Wednesday’s hearing is at La Canada High School Auditorium. And Thursday, the hearing is in the city of L.A.’s El Sereno/Lincoln Heights neighborhoods at Los Angeles Christian Presbyterian Church. Full details here.
  • Thursday – 6 p.m. – The Transit Coalition invites you to a talk by Mark Linsenmayer, Director of the Metro Public-Private Partnership Programs, on “Unknowns revealed on Metro P3 & Capital Mega Projects.” The talk takes place at Metro headquarters, May 7, at 6 p.m. More details at Eventbrite.
  • Thursday – 6 p.m. – The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority is hosting a series of free open house events to inform the public about the next phase of the project, which would extend the Gold Line from Azusa to Montclair. The last open house is this Thursday, May 7, at 6 p.m. at Palomares Park Community Center in Pomona. Details here.
  • Sunday – 8 a.m. – Wear a skirt (guys too!), bring a friend, and celebrate Global Women’s Cycling Day. CycloFemme 2015 features the L.A. River bike path and much more! Meet at Spoke Bicycle Cafe in Frogtown, arrive at 8 a.m. and the ride departs at 9 a.m. Details on Facebook, reserve your spot at Eventbrite.
  • NEXT Monday – plan ahead for bike week events: 6 p.m. at Caltrans HQ, downtown: “Is Bicycling In Your Future?” (Um, any one else not crazy about that title? or the “cycling in L.A. is for the fearless” blurb? Are bike events with titles written by people who bike in your future?) and C.I.C.L.E. kicks off Bike Week Pasadena.

Did we miss anything? Is there something we need to know for future calendars? What else is up for Bike Month? Email joe@streetsblog.org.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarThe Metro board meets, the Big Parade walks, the Eastside Bike Club rides, and more!

  • Tuesday – 4 p.m. – Enjoy free public poetry at L.A. Union Station in celebration of National Poetry Month: Metro Art presents Rush Hour Reading. Includes featured poets Kate Gale, Robin Coste Lewis, Eloise Klein Healy, Luis Rodriguez, and free bookmarks! Details here and at The Source.
  • Thursday – 9 a.m. – Metro’s monthly board of directors meeting. The agenda does not appear to have anything massively controversial, but there is always lots to discuss and act on: new buses and rail vehicles, freeway widening, tunnels, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), and – of course – utility relocation.
  • Friday-Saturday-Sunday – L.A.’s humongousest walking event of the year – miles and miles, including great hidden stairways and other overlooked neighborhood treasures – it must be The Big Parade. The main 2-day walk starts at DTLA’s Grand Park Saturday at 8:30am – see Facebook event details – and continues starting Sunday 8:30 a.m. at the Silver Lake Music Box Steps – see Facebook event details. There’s a prologue walk Friday 9:30 a.m. out of Griffith Park – see Facebook event details. If you want to drop in and out of the long, long walk, get status updates via The Big Parade Twitter feed @bigparadeLA.
  • Saturday-Sunday – 10 a.m. – For a shorter walk celebrating the legacy of Jane Jacobs, enjoy Jane’s Walk: Miracle Miledetails at Facebook. The fun continues from the Farmers Market on Sunday – details at Facebook.
  • Saturday – 6 p.m. – The Labor Community Strategy Center, parent organization for the Bus Riders Union, hosts its 26th annual Political Party fundraiser. The byline is “No cars in L.A. No tanks in L.A.” More information and purchase your ticket here.
  • Sunday – 7:45 a.m. – Eastside Bike Club kicks off bike month with their Slow Es Cool Breakfast Ride. Meet at the El Sereno parklet – details at Facebook.
  • Sunday – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – All ages family fun and learning at the Culver City Walk and Roll Festival at El Marino Language School – details at Facebook.

Did we miss anything? Is there something we need to know for future calendars? What else is up for Bike Month?? Email joe@streetsblog.org.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarMetro is getting ready to pass its budget for next year. Big hearing on Saturday.

  • Tuesday – The City Council Planning and Land Use Committee meets to discuss a number of issues and receive an oral report from a Planning Director on the planning policies, work program, operations, and other items of interest. Read the agenda, here.
  • Wednesday – The City Council Transportation Committee meets to, amongst other things, hear an update from LADOT on their various projects straight from General Manager Seleta Reynolds. Check out the agenda, here.
  • Thursday – The battle to keep Mt. Hollywood Boulevard free of cars continues. The Griffith Park Advisory Board is meeting to discuss the issue. There are a pair of feeder bike rides to the event, one from Toluca Lake in the Valley and the other from Sunset Triangle Park.
  • Friday – Critical Mass! Wilshire/Western! 7 p.m.
  • Saturday – The Metro Board meets ahead of its board meeting next week for a “working meeting” examining the Metro Budget. Grab your popcorn! Meeting details available here.
  • Sunday – Car Free SFV has become my favorite yearly calendar event. Can you go car-free or car-light for one day? If so, take the CAR FREE SFV EARTH DAY PLEDGE and join the LACBC Valley Neighborhood Bike Ambassadors for the Earth Day Family Bike Ride. LA River Corp. will also be organizing an Earth Day Eco-Scavenger Hunt. The fun starts at 9:30 a.m. Get the details, on Facebook.

Did we miss something? Is there something we need to know for next week? Send us a note at tips@la.streetsblog.org.