This Week In Livable Streets


This Sunday is the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition’s annual L.A. River Ride. Attend meetings on Vision Zero for South L.A., Bogotá Colombia, and North Westlake’s walkability plans. Bike to see NELA murals, and much more all this week.

North Westlake Design District map - image via Dept of City Planning
Proposed North Westlake Design District boundary map – image via Dept of City Planning
  • Tuesday 5/30Tonight the L.A. Department of City Planning hosts an open house hearing regarding the proposed North Westlake Design District ordinance, which promotes pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use corridors and neighborhood-serving and pedestrian-oriented development along portions of Temple Street, Beverly Boulevard, 3rd Street, and Alvarado Street. The meeting will take place at the Lake Street Community Center at 227 North Lake Street in Westlake. The open house begins at 6:30 pm, with the public hearing starting after 7 p.m. For more details see ordinance documents at DCP website.
  • Tuesday 5/30 – Tonight the Last Bookstore hosts Peter Moskowitz speaking on his book How to Kill a City: Gentrification in L.A. and Beyond. Moskowitz will be in conversation with Tracy Rosenthal of the Los Angeles Tenant’s Union. The event will go from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Last Bookstore at 453 S. Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. Details at Facebook event.
  • Wednesday 5/31 – Santa Monica Spoke hosts Insights from Bogotá, Colombia, a presentation from Chris Morfas. The event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Santa Moinca Spoke at 1640 5th Street in Santa Monica. Event details and registration at Eventbrite.
  • Thursday 6/1 – L.A. City Councilmembers Curren Price and Marqueece Harris-Dawson and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation host another in their series of Vision Zero open house meetings for South and Southeast Los Angeles. This week’s meeting will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at EXPO Center / Roy Anderson Rec Center at 3980 Bill Robertson Lane in Exposition Park. The format will be open house, so interested people can drop by anytime. The final open house will take place Thursday 6/8 at the Mark Ridley-Thomas Constituent Service Center at 8475 S. Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles. Additional details at LACBC.
  • Friday 6/2 –  Help plan the July 22 L.A. River Bike Toxic Tour, to be hosted by Ride On All Roads (ROAR) and East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice. Attend the planning meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. at the EYCEJ Community Room at 5117 Kinsie Street in Commerce. For details, contact Xugo Lujan at 831.334.2522, hlujan[at] or EYCEJ at 323.263.2113,  info[at] or see Facebook event.
  • Saturday 6/3 – The Lummis Day Festival, Northeast L.A. Alliance, and Multicultural Communities for Mobility host a NELA Mural Tour. The 7-mile family friendly bicycle ride will stop at various murals to pay homage to their connection to community identity and cultural preservation, and to discuss how these murals reflect the current issues communities face. The ride will conclude at the Lummis Day exhibit reception for “Muralismo in Northeast LA: A visual history of the city’s mural tradition.” The ride will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and departs from the Metro Gold Line Heritage Square Station. Details at Facebook event.
  • Sunday 6/4 – The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition hosts the 17th Annual Los Angeles River Ride. There are ten different rides, from 100 miles long to a short family fun ride. Riders can start at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park, or at Marina Green Park in Long Beach. For details and registration, see LACBC ride page.
  • Sunday 6/4 – BikeRoWave is hosting a swap meet from 9 a.m. to noon at 12255 Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista (followed by the regular Sunday shift where folks can learn how to build, repair, and maintain bikes.) Support the local bike co-op while getting bargains on all kinds of used bicycles, bike parts, and accessories including messenger bags, saddles, and more. Check out brand new protected bike lanes on Venice Blvd, too. Event details at BikeRoWave.

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