The Week in Livable Streets Events

Quick confession…I’m not in L.A. this week. If I were, I would be awfully tempted to go to the Safe Routes to Schools/LADOT Pedestrian Advisory meeting on Thursday and the “How Bicycle Friendly Placer Are Made” later that evening.

  • Today! – We’ll be broadcasting a discussion on the mayor’s race and Streetsblog’s coverage strategies going forward at See you there.
  • Tuesday – You’ve heard of dinner and a movie? Well, this is dinner and a discussion of the impact a streetcar can have on Downtown Los Angeles. Join the Southern California Planning Congress and guest speaker Carol Shatz for a discussion of all things Streetcar. Download the event flyer, here.
  • Tuesday, Thursday – The East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project continues its series of meetings about the best ways to connect the valley, via Van Nuys, to Sherman Oaks. If you miss these meetings, you’ll have one more chance next week. Get all the meeting information by clicking here.
  • Wednesday, Thursday – Watch the Metro Board sausage get made. Committee meetings are this week, and most of the heavy mental lifting is done this week before the public spectacle of the Metro Board of Directors next week. Get the meeting agendas, here.
  • Thursday – The Caltrans Seven Bicycle Advisory meets at Caltrans headquarters in DTLA.  The agenda includes discussion of the widening of the PCH at Hawthorne Avenue, a new 101 interchange at Rice Avenue and the always exciting open discussion. Meeting starts at 12:30. Get the basic details, here.
  • Thursday – From the Caltrans BAC to the City of Los Angeles Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting at 2 pm in the same building. We’ve been hearing a lot of good reports on the role the PAC is playing in the development of the city’s Safe Routes to Schools plan, so come on down and check it out. In fact, the Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership is advertising the meeting as a chance to be updated on the state of the city’s Safe Routes to School’s Strategic Plan. See the Partnership’s calendar placement here, and LADOT’s here. Excitement for safe routes.
  • Thursday – The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition hosts a panel discussion on how bike friendly places are made entitled, “How Bike Friendly Places Are Made.” Original! Check out the calendar listing for the impressive lineup of speakers.
  • Friday – If Metro Board subcommittee meetings aren’t your cup of tea, never fear! There are also Metrolink subcomittee meetings this week. Happy day! All day Friday. Get your agendas, here.
  • Saturday –  Volunteer for the Union Station Bicycle Count with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition! The data will be provided to the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and can be used to make the case for better bicycle infrastructure. Email martin@la-bike to volunteer. All volunteers get a snazzy new bike count t-shirt!
  • Sunday – Bike Oven Art Auction. In their ongoing attempt to keep the doors open and convert to a 501c(3) non-profit business model, the Bike Oven will be holding a community art auction on Sunday to raise some cash. Doors open at 5:30, auction starts at 6. Read the invitation by clicking here.

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