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.

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Another Wonderful Long Beach First: Protected Bike Lanes

The city of Long Beach is Southern California’s undisputed leader in innovative infrastructure for safe and convenient bicycling.  They’re at it again this Saturday, April 23rd 2011, when they unveil the first genuine protected bike lanes west of New York City. Opening festivities are from 11am to 2pm at the The Promenade – one block east of Pine Avenue. […]