This Week In Livable Streets
Open streets return as Beach Streets takes over miles of Long Beach streets this Saturday! There are also plenty of meetings from Boyle Heights to South L.A. to the Metro board, plus bicycling and walking tours, and much more.
- Now through Wednesday 4/26 – The city of Rialto, with Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)’s Go Human campaign, host “Right on Rialto!” – a week-long pop-up street safety demonstration. Check out the temporary safety demo up now through April 26 along Rialto Avenue. For details, see the Facebook event or call the city of Rialto’s Jessica Perez at 909-820-2671.
- Tuesday 4/25 – The Boyle Heights Beat will gather Boyle Heights residents to explore newly revived fears over threats of deportations of undocumented immigrants. Community members are invited to share their stories, concerns, and fears over new and expanded deportation policies. There will be resources for the undocumented community, and information about classes for those able to become citizens. They will serve tacos, aguas frescas, and other snacks to go along with the conversation. The meeting will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory at 2708 East Cesar Chavez Avenue in Boyle Heights.
- Wednesday 4/26 – Join Multicultural Communities for Mobility, L.A. Commons, and the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition between 4/26 and 4/29 for a series of community traffic safety activations using art and community education to create a vision for safer streets for Hoover. Workshops will be held Wednesday, from 2 – 4 p.m., Friday, from 1 – 3 p.m., and Saturday from 9 – 11 a.m (when they will join the larger event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1992 rebellion). Details at Facebook Event.
- Thursday 4/27 – The Metro board of directors will meet to discuss and decide various issues including biomethane compressed natural gas, joint development, bike-share, Metrolink, Eastside Gold Line expansion, West Santa Ana Branch rail, and more. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the 3rd Floor Metro board room at One Gateway Plaza, at the east end of Union Station, in downtown Los Angeles. Details at Metro meeting page.
- Thursday 4/27 – The city of Los Angeles hosts the first of several South and Southeast community workshops on Vision Zero, held to inform residents about improvements and interventions planned for neighborhood streets. Thursday’s open house-style forum will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Estelle Van Meter Center at 606 E. 76th Street in South Los Angeles. Drop in any time. Contact Visionzero [at] lacity.org with any questions.
- Thursday-Friday 4/27–28 – USC will be hosting a two-day conference “FORWARD LA: Race, Arts, and Inclusive Place-making after the 1992 Civil Unrest.” The event brings together academics, activists, community members, and artists to share stories of neighborhood change, of catalytic alliances between social movement organizations, and the role that arts and culture have played in transforming L.A.’s built environment and inter-cultural understanding. It will also grapple with the new permutations of persistent urban challenges such as development without displacement, police-community trust, and building relationships between generations of movements, organizations, and communities. Details and registration ($100 entry) can be found at USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation website.
- Thursday 4/27 – The final panel of Community Coalition’s series looking back at the 1992 rebellion will be held at 6 p.m. at 8101 S. Vermont. This final installment will look at the Beauty of South L.A. It is also the final week of living museum exhibit. Catch it before it closes this Sunday. Details at Facebook event.
- Saturday 4/29 – Join the South L.A. Community as it rallies to commemorate the 1992 rebellion where it is said to have begun – at the intersection of Florence and Normandie Avenues. The rally begins at 10 a.m. From there folks will march to Community Coalition for Future Fest, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Details at Facebook event.
- Saturday 4/29 – Beach Streets ciclovía returns to Long Beach, on a new University route at and north of Cal State Long Beach. The free open streets festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details see Beach Streets website.
- Sunday 4/30 – Bike SGV hosts “Time Travel with Bikes” a Victorian Fair bike tour, with donuts and avocados. The family-friendly ride starts and ends at the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum at 15415 Don Julian Road in Hacienda Heights. Details at Facebook event.
- Sunday 4/30 – Bob Inman, author of Finding Los Angeles by Foot, hosts “The Ten Bridges” walking tour of historic bridges over the L.A. River in downtown Los Angeles. The four-part 15-mile walking tour is free and starts at 9 a.m. at the Lincoln-Cypress Metro Gold Line Station, though participants can start and finish at various locations along the way. Details at Facebook event.
- Sunday 4/30 – Walk n’ Rollers host the 4th Annual Walk & Roll Festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Culver City Middle School at 4601 Elenda Street in Culver City. The festival celebrates walking, bicycling, and skating – and includes skills courses for family bicycling. Details at Facebook event.
Did we miss anything? Is there something we should list on future calendars? Email joe [at] streetsblog.org.