As the health crisis returns to center stage, critical conversations about racial equity and mobility justice must continue across LA County which is why this week it is important to keep talking about active transportation! These conversations are especially important to ensure that healthy, safe and sustainable streets are accessible to all people, regardless of where you live, work, and play. Below, we highlight some of the upcoming opportunities to participate in conversations where you can help lift up the importance of biking as a part of commuting, accessing public transportation, and serving as a primary means of mobility for so many in our community.
Share your perspective at the Transportation and Mobility Twitter Chat. The goal is to spread awareness on the importance of first/last mile connections in our community. The session is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 12:00pm on Twitter. We’ll be joining our friends from ActiveSGV as well as agencies like Metrolink and SCAG to discuss how we make more effective first/last mile projects throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Just look for the hashtag #ConnectingSGV on Wednesday at noon!
Happening at the same time, you can also check out Burbank’s Transportation Management Organization (BTMO) will be hosting a Commuters of Burbank Meeting on Zoom Wednesday, 7/29 from 12noon-1pm. This meeting will feature guest speakers from Metro, Metrolink, BurbankBus, and Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. It is open to all BTMO member employees and residents so please spread the word!
***Five $100 gift cards will be raffled off to those participants who RSVP by 7/27.
***Click here for the flyer.
Coming up on August 5th don’t miss A Conversation on Race & Intersectionality, presented by Strong Women. Strong Places. This upcoming virtual panel webinar, featuring a panel of leaders in land use, transportation, and urban planning will explore how gender and race shape the spaces we occupy. Among the speakers is former LACBC Executive Director Tamika Butler.
For this week’s Family Friendly Ride, we’re featuring the West Fork National Scenic Bikeway in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. The Bikeway is officially 29 miles, but our self-guided tour takes you 6 miles into Glenn Camp, for an out and back route of just over 12 miles on a paved, car-free road. Check out our izi.TRAVEL tour for driving directions and highlights that feature historical and natural details. You can view the full catalog of rides on our website.
Remember, the Metro BEST classes are back as virtual sessions! Our first virtual class at the end of June attracted over 100 registrations so we are continuing to work with Metro to provide even more options, especially for those of you who don’t have access to reliable high-speed internet. Our next Metro BEST Bicycling 101 class is coming up tomorrow! Hurry and sign up now! This is the perfect refresher for someone who hasn’t ridden a bike in a while or who is just getting into riding a bike on the streets. Class details are available here: METRO BEST CLASS: BICYCLING 101 – ONLINE July 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am.
Thanks for casting your votes for MyLA LA2050 Grants Challenge, the winners will be announced on Monday, July 27th. Good luck to all our amazing partners who made it to the final round!
And finally, make sure you check out our latest video in our Covid-19 #readytoride video series as we share some thoughts from bicycling advocate and educator, Kellie Morris.