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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.

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This Week In Livable Streets

sblog_calendarHere it is – the first regular calendar from your new editor Joe, so be nice! There are Metro meetings, weekend bike tours, a Saturday walk on South L.A.’s historic Central Avenue, and more!

  • Tuesday – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Learn how $5.6 billion worth of freeway tunnels will reportedly “reduce congestion” and “improve air quality.” Metro’s and Caltrans’ SR-710 North Study hosts an informational meeting and a hearing where you can officially submit public comments. The hearing takes place at the Pasadena Convention Center. Details here and here. Similar meetings coming up May 6 and 7.
  • Wednesday – 9:30 a.m. – #keepgriffithwild are urging supporters to attend the L.A. City Recreation and Parks Commission meeting, taking place at Exposition Center in Exposition Park. Agenda here. More details on Facebook.
  • Wednesday and Thursday – Metro’s monthly committee meetings where the agency’s big decisions get previewed in advance of the monthly board meeting coming up Thursday, April 30. Full Metro meeting agendas and reports here.
  • Thursday – 11 a.m. – Santa Monica’s Sustainable Quality Awards – see more at SQA website or Santa Monica Next.
  • Thursday – 7:15 p.m. – SBLA’s editor Joe Linton speaks at a free, public Loyola Marymount University panel on blogging as a profession. Details here.
  • Friday – 7:30 a.m. – Westside Urban Forum discusses development agreements. Do they work? Can they be better enforced? Details here.
  • Saturday – 9:45 a.m. – Put one foot in front of the other at Walk This Way – Central Avenue Community Walk. Los Angeles Walks, Community Health Councils, National Health Foundation’s Health Academy, T.R.U.S.T. South L.A., and L.A. Great Streets host a free walk to look at destinations and places for planned new pedestrian wayfinding signage. Details at Facebook.
  • Saturday – 1 p.m. Eastside Bike Club hosts its Tour De Phat People, a casual costumed 15-mile bike tour. Departs from the Highland Park Gold Line Station. Details at Facebook.
  • Sunday – 10 a.m. – Bicycle Wilmington, L.A.’s most bike-lane-iferous neighborhood. East Side Riders host their Wilmington Waterfront to San Pedro Waterfront Bike Ride, about 11 miles, departing from Wilmington Waterfront Park. Details at Facebook.
  • Sunday – various – Walk, bike, skate, roll to raise funds for Finish the Ride‘s work to end California’s hit-and-run epidemic! 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

sblog_calendarThere’s no post-CicLAvia, pre-Easter hangover for the Week in Livable Streets Events. Great Streets is ready to roll in Northridge, the City Council is ready to fix car parking signs, the Metro Board of Directors is ready to, um, hold a long and contentious meeting, and the Hammer hosts Seleta Reynolds and Janette Sadik-Khan in one night. And all that happens before a packed weekend.

  • Tonight – Northridge residents and Angelenos visiting Reseda Blvd. will notice some upgrades coming to the street as part of the first phase of the Great Streets project. The goal? Improve safety on a high-collision street, enhance a sense of place and community, support the local economy and deliver an innovative street design to the San Fernando Valley. Here more at tonight’s community meeting hosted by Councilmember Mitch Englander and Great Streets L.A.
  • Tuesday – The Department of City Planning invites you to an open house on March 24, 2015, 6 – 8 p.m. (presentation at 7 p.m.). Stop by the Deaton Civic Auditorium
    (100 W. First Street) anytime during the event to get information, ask questions, and give comments on the Mobility Plan and its Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report. More details, here.
  • Tuesday – Join Bike SGV at their monthly meeting to discuss various projects and programs throughout the San Gabriel Valley. If you want to learn more and perhaps volunteer, this is a great time to get plugged in! Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Get more details on this evening meeting, here.
  • Wednesday – At 2 p.m. the Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee meets to, among other things, direct LADOT to implement much easier to read “grid” parking signs. Read the agenda here. Remember what the grid parking signs look like? This.
  • Thursday – The Metro Board of Directors will meet for their monthly meeting. Read the agenda, here.
  • Thursday – The Hammer hosts Seleta Reynolds and Janette Sadik-Khan for a discussion on “busting urban transportation myths.” Sounds great. Get the details, here.
  • Friday – Rail Users’ Network (RUN), a group “representing rail passengers’ interests in North America”, will hold its 2015 national conference on Friday, March 27th, in Los Angeles. Billed as a “Making the Transition from Roads to Rail Conference” The meeting will be held from 8:00am to 5:00p.m. To read Dana Gabbard’s preview of the conference, click here. For a more traditional calendar post, click here.
  • Saturday – Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.), invites you to The Hot SPOTS Tour, a community bicycle ride highlighting formerly blighted, empty lots that have been developed into beautiful green spaces for the entire community to enjoy. Get more details, here.
  • Sunday -During this two-hour “Urban Safari,” attendees will learn about the history of pedestrian walkways or “pedways” in Downtown Los Angeles with Dan Koeppel, organizer of the Big Parade L.A. and acclaimed author. The pedways are a network of pedestrian bridges and pathways that made up a never-fulfilled utopian plan for Los Angeles, the 1970s vision of City Planning Director Calvin Hamilton. Free for APA members, $10 for everyone else. Get your walking shoes on, and head over here.

Did we get something wrong? Is there something we need to know for next week? Let us know at admin@la.streetsblog.org.

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarThe week picks up halfway through and ends with Eat, Shop, Play, Crenshaw and CicLAvia. Can’t top that!

  • Monday – If you ride a bicycle and you care about who wins the race in Los Angeles City Council District 4 — the race to replace Tom LaBonge — you should plan on attending this meeting. Get the details, here or on Facebook.
  • Tuesday – LADOT is re-opening the upgraded Spring Street Parklets. It seems like just yesterday they opened for the first time. Good times. Get the details, here.
  • Wednesday, Thursday – It’s that time again…time for the Metro Board of Directors Committee Hearings. This is where decisions are made about Metro policy before the public spectacle of the Board meeting next week. You can read all the committee agendas, here.
  • Thursday – “This is what democracy looks like.” CALO YouthBuild’s 2015 Issues Forum is an opportunity for youth to share their knowledge and insight with policy makers and the community at large. Young researchers and organizers will be presenting on issues related to gentrification, police brutality and environmental justice. In addition to framing the issues, these youth will be offering policy suggestions to our elected representatives and other guests.  Get more information, here.
  • Thursday - Join health, transportation, and social justice advocates at SLAMM South L.A.,  to network, plan, develop leadership, and identify shared funding opportunities for South Los Angeles. More info or on Facebook.
  • Saturday – Support local businesses at the upcoming community fest in Leimert Park for a chance to win cash prizes from Metro’s Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw campaign! During the event you’ll enjoy food from local eateries, live music and fun-filled activities.Yum. More information, here.
  • Sunday – CicLAvia!: The Valley! Visit their website! Look for SBLA’s preview article in the next couple days.

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

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarWith the L.A. City Council out of session, Metro meetings not until next week, Operation Firefly shuttered until the fall; it’s kind of a light week. Don’t miss Tour de Watts this weekend and a big Bike the Vote meeting on Monday.

Wednesday – UCLA’s Green Building Symposium hosts Matt Peterson, the city’s sustainability officer, to discuss how one can make their building more green and more resilient. Read more, here.

Wednesday – Santa Monica Next sponsors a light reception with drinks and snacks and a team in town from Gehl Architects. New urbanism and a happy-hour style event. Get the details, here.

Saturday – During a panel at USC two weeks ago, Los Ryderz’ founder J.P. Partida spoke of the importance of giving youth in South L.A. a safe outlet for recreation in their own community. The Tour de Watts — Los Ryderz’ biggest event of the year — makes good on that mission by taking participants on a tour through some of the sites that have served as Watts’ greatest challenges and its most uplifting sources of hope. Get more details, here. If riding a bike is not your thing, join the Safe Passages Peace March later that morning and wave at the cyclists when they roll by. Details, here.

Saturday – Celebrate Women’s History Month by participating in this women-only basic bicycling skills workshop! Women-identified folks are invited to participate in a 2-hour workshop which will offer basic information about how to safely navigate the streets of L.A. County. Taught by League Cycling Instructor and LACBC member Molly Arevalo, the workshop includes a booklet and LACBC materials you can take home. Details, here.

Next Monday – If you ride a bicycle and you care about who wins the race in Council District 4 — the race to replace Tom LaBonge — you should plan on attending this meeting. Get the details, here or on Facebook.

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

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The Week in Livable Streets Events

sblog_calendarTomorrow is election day in L.A. Half of Los Angeles has a City Council election to vote in. All of us have school board elections. Vote! With low turnout expected, a small group of dedicated voters can make a difference.

  • Tuesday – It’s election day! Vote! Find your voting booth here! As Joe said, vote as if your street depends on it.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday – There are Operation Firefly events in Long Beach and Santa Monica this week. Long Beach’s is tomorrowSanta Monica’s is on Wednesday.
  • Wednesday – For those of you who don’t know who Alex Baum is, you’re missing out. Alex was one of the first bicycle advocates in Los Angeles and did a lot of work over decades to make bicycling safer and a bicycle-oriented lifestyle more acceptable. Alex passed away over the weekend and his memorial will be held Wednesday. For more information, click here.
  • Thursday - The East L.A. Community Corporation will be hosting the first discussion in a series exploring the history of systems and policies that have led to the current crisis in affordable housing facing communities like Boyle Heights. Discussions will also cover the work taking place to protect tenants, preserve and improve existing housing, and increase the amount of housing to meet the need and demand. Stop by the Casa del Mexicano at 6 p.m. for more information. Details are here.
  • Saturday – All the Stairs in Echo Park, a mini-version of Stair Trek, is concentrated on L.A.’s most stairway-rich neighborhood: over 50 stairways on a 10-12 mile route. Get more details, here.
  • Saturday – The cities of Cudahy, Bell Gardens, Commerce, and Vernon are looking for input on how to make these cities better places to bike, walk, and access transit. Join LACBC and the LA River Revitalization Corp for their first Southeast L.A. cities ride along the L.A. River through Cudahy. Get more details, here.
  • Saturday – The Dry River walk, led by walk ambassador Jack Moreau, will exhibit the Arroyo Seco Bikeway and Eugene Debs Park as community assets for Los Angeles and discuss the issues behind connecting the areas with bicycle and pedestrian transportation. Get more details, here.

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