Announcing the “Parking Day Ride”


Recycled Movie Celebrates Park(ing) Day in East Hollywood in 2008

Mark it down on your calendar, September 18 is the date for this year’s Park(ing) Day LA.  While some people find the event, ahem, a little nerdy; for Livable Streets advocates Park(ing) Day falls somewhere between their birthday and Halloween in their list of favorite holidays.

Last year, I pedaled about 30 miles with no companion except Gunpowder to visit fifteen different temporary parks.  This year, I’m opening up an invitation to everyone to join me for the First Annual Streetsblog Park(ing) Day Ride.  I won’t have an exact route until we know all of the exact sites, but I expect the schedule to look like this.

9:00 A.M. – Visit the Santa Monica Parking Day sites then head to Mid-Wilshire.

11:00 A.M. ish – Visit the Mid-Wilshire sites and grab lunch

Afternoon – visit as many sites as we can Downtown

3:00 P.M. ish – End at the East Hollywood N.C. site in the Hel-Mel district.

When I have a final route I’ll post it and people are willing to join me for as much, or as little of the ride as they want.  If we get enough interest, I’ll try and figure something out for ride cards as well.

For the uninitiated, Park(ing) Day is a once a year global event where advocates, architects and people that love open space convert a parking spaces into small public parks.  The purpose of the event is to remind people of what we give up in the quest for low-cost parking.  What would you be willing to give up for more parks?  Last year’s Park(ing) Day L.A. had over 70 parks.  The year before their were only 50.

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