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This month its bike culture that’s ringing our bells.

When:  Saturday  February 7, 2015  7 pm – 9:30 pm

Where:  Sivananda Yoga Center   13325 Beach Ave  Marina Del Rey  90232

Its a snack-luck….bring a snack to share 🙂

Meet cyclist-activists  and bike-walk-tavists who are changing LA from a crowded isolating car town to a  bi-pedal and ped-friendly village .  See eco-film shorts + panel + discussion and snack-luck.

You’ll meet Nona Varnado, founder of LA Bike Trains. 

This org provides curated routes run by Conductors – experienced urban cyclists – to educate new riders, harness the safety of riding in a group and kicking it up a notch by making the ride a fun social experience.  Plus it’s totally free!  All you need to do is submit your email, cell phone number and the route that you’re interested in. If you don’t see a route that works for you – suggest one! http://labiketrains.com/

You’ll also meet Jim Shanman of Walk n’ Rollers http://www.walknrollers.org/

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Walk n’ Rollers encourages kids to bike, walk, skate and scoot to school more frequently. 

They organize:

• Walk/Bike to School Days
• Bike Safety Festivals (Bike Rodeos)
• Safe Routes to School Education and Encouragement Programs

Its a snack-luck….bring a snack to share 🙂

Transition & Permaculture Converge in Northern California — October 11-13, 2013

NorCal Permaculture & Transition Convergence 2013

 

 

Transition Northern California is hosting the 2013 Permaculture & Transition Convergence and everyone’s invited!

2013 Northern California
BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
Permaculture & Transition Network Convergence
October 11-13, 2013
Solar Living Institute, Hopland CA

Transition Town movement founder Rob Hopkins is one of the Keynote Speakers… as is L.A.’s own Andy Lipkis, founder & president of TreePeople, plus other important voices in this growing movement to transform how we live upon this earth.

Check out the website for more info & to register >>
TransitionToPermaculture.org

Early Bird registration available until September 30, 2013 >>

Transportation How To Fieldtrip… let’s take bikes on the train!

bike-train fieldtrip to downtown LA

Bike/Train Field Trip to Downtown Los Angeles

WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 2013  9 am – 3 pm

WHERE:  Meet-up at  Culver City Hall 

9770 Culver Blvd.  Culver City  90230

Come spend an exciting day touring downtown LA with the friendly alternative transportation commuters of TCC and CC Bike Coalition who will teach you the ins & outs of bike-train travel.

Learn how to take your bike on the train with the group or join us sans bike—since we won’t be riding very far, this trip is suitable for walkers and bicyclists.

Things to bring:

• Water
• Picnic lunch
• Bike helmet (if on bike)
• Bike lock (if on bike)
• Metro pass or money to purchase a pass ($5 for all day pass)

Meghan Bike ChauffeurWe’ll rendezvous at Culver City City Hall plaza to receive some basic bike safety instruction from Meghan Sahli-Wells, one of the founders of Culver City Bicycle Coalition and now Vice Mayor of Culver City. Some points covered will be where to ride, the importance of “being predictable” on your bike, how to make safe turns and how to let drivers know your intentions.

Then we’ll board the Expo Line train at the downtown Culver City station, go to the end of the line and change trains at the 7th Street Station to get to the L.A. Civic Center Station. Then we’ll pedal and/or walk to the new Grand Park for our al fresco picnic lunch.  We’ll have a chance to try out the famous lime green bike lanes of Spring Street adjacent to the park and explore the public sculpture art of the park.

The Last Bookstore in Downtown LA

THE LAST BOOKSTORE‘s upstairs Labyrinth: a porthole into an alternate universe. (Photo courtesy of Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times / February 28, 2013 )

One more stop before we catch the train home: The Last Book Store, a former bank building that’s been converted into a fascinating bookstore/art gallery/performance space. In addition to being an amazing placed to buy used books for a great price, the Last Book Store also hosts special events and has become a communal canvas for local artists. There are many nooks and hidden passageways to discover (including an authentic bank vault). You might want to bring some cash for the labyrinthine $1-per-book room!

Then we’ll board the train for the return trip to Culver City.

 

CicLAvia comes through our town Sunday April 21!

www.ciclavia.org

CicLAvia!
Sunday, April 21, 2013
10 am – 3 pm
From Downtown L.A. to Venice Beach

With the downtown Culver City restaurant districtas an official hub!
Includes FREE Bike Valet!

 

15 miles of open road — right in the middle of Los Angeles!

Here’s a plug for a wonderful day out with family and friends: It’s your chance to pedal down the middle of Venice Blvd unencumbered by those pesky fossil fuel mobiles with a sea of other bicycle enthusiasts! Or walk, or scooter/skate, or play catch, picnic, play tag, or dance with your hula-hoop… This Earth Day weekend the CicLAvia route goes right through our neighborhood, starting in downtown L.A., and ending at Venice Beach, with an official rest stop in downtown Culver City. Our friends at the Culver City Bike Coalition are hosting the Bike Valet across from the Culver Hotel.

The CCBC departs from Media Park heading downtown for CicLAvia 2012.  Credit: Dino Parks

(To the uninitiated, Bike Valet means you can check-in your 2 wheeler and have it watched by a responsible crew while you and your family and/or friends dine and explore downtown Culver City—No muss, no fuss. Then reclaim your bike and off you go, westward down Venice Blvd to the sea!)

The CCBC is Culver City’s local chapter of the LA County Bike Coalition, Founded in 1998, LACBC works to build a better, more bike-able Los Angeles County and is the only membership-based nonprofit organization working exclusively for the millions of people who ride bikes in Los Angeles County. Through advocacy, education and outreach, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition brings together the diverse bicycling community in a united mission to make the entire L.A. region a safe and enjoyable place to ride. The Culver City chapter is an all-volunteer, member-supported organization that encourages cycling, educates cyclists and motorists for safer streets, advocates to make Culver City more bike-friendly, and supports the successful implementation of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (unanimously approved by the City Council in November 2010).

CicLAvia has no “start” or “finish”—the streets operate as a platform allowing participants to enjoy the space as they see fit. So join in on the route wherever you’re at, travel as far as you wish, enjoy the official hub stops, all of which include portable toilets and hydration stations. There will be activities along the route, and shop owners and restaurants are encouraged to open their doors to people along the route… celebrate a day without cars!

Here’s the route:

Or get the enlargeable PDF online >>

See you on the Blvd!

Transition Guest Booth at 2013 Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase

11375 Matteson Ave. — Showcase Garden #5F — Transition Town Guest Booth

Saturday, April 20, 2013
10 am – 4 pm
SELF-GUIDED TOUR of 100 RESIDENTIAL GARDENS
Throughout our Community!

Tour Maps available at:
Showcase Central — House #4H >>
-or-
Transition Town Guest Booth — House #5F >>
11375 Matteson Avenue, L.A. 90066 

This annual Earth Day event in Mar Vista offers self-guided tours of 100 home gardens that exemplify environmentally friendly alternatives to the classic lawn. These local homeowners, renters, schools and churches have all taken the leap and converted their thirsty green expanses into drought-tolerant landscapes and edible gardens. The tour covers the spectrum from homespun do-it-yourself projects to professionally landscaped environments—including urban farms, sleek architectural hardscapes, composting & vermiculture, rain harvesting, aquaponics, chicken coops, sculpture gardens, hummingbird gardens… you name it! This year’s tour places special emphasis on the critical need for ocean friendly gardens and California native gardens that support much needed pollinators such as honey bees and monarch butterflies. It’s a great day to gather ideas and inspiration for your own future lawn conversion!

The International TRANSITION TOWNS movement will be represented at the special guest booth at house #5F, 11375 Matteson Ave., Los Angeles CA 90066It’s a collaboration between two local chapters: TCC (of course) and our neighbors, Transition Mar Vista/Venice. So if you’re not in a hurry to see the other 99 showcase gardens, there’s plenty of al fresco patio areas here to sit down, pour a lemonade, and hang out to chat with like-minded people about community resilience, food security solutions, permaculture, alternative building, water harvesting, food forests, and much more.

Learn about Transition Mar Vista/Venice’s pay-it-forward Good Karma Gardens work parties—they’re a great way to get started if you want to learn how to grow your own food! And if you need even more motivation to drop by, come by to meet seedling master Matt Van Diepen (of Mar Vista Farmers’ Market fame!) who will be on hand with FREE veggie seedling giveaways and advice on how to include more home-grown edibles in your life.  Owner of Home Grown Gardens L.A., Matt is one of GKG’s skilled project coordinators.

This year, House #5F features dwarf fruit trees and berry bushes, a brilliant display of spring wildflowers, stealth veggies interspersed with drought tolerant natives, meandering flagstone pathways and do-it-yourself bistro-style hardscaping all done under strict budgetary parameters—everything cheap, recycled, scavenged and free!  For helpful Do-It-Yourself tips, read the event report and access the resource links from last year’s Showcase workshop D.I.Y.: Yes You Can!: Creative Lawn Conversions on a Budget.

Rainwater Capture

RAINWATER CAPTURE
(SEE VIDEO!)

Another feature at this location is an unusual “hybrid” active and passive urban rainwater harvesting system.  Last winter the homeowners hosted a barn-raising-style Work Party to install the system. (SEE VIDEO HERE!) The volunteer crew, wrangled by Transition-friendly landscape architect John Tikotsky, created a passive diversion “reservoir” to help recharge the aquifer, helped install unique vertical tanks (an alternative to conventional rain barrels) for active catchment, and positioned a subsurface diverter pipe to feed the percolation area. The reservoir berms were planted with California native currants (ribes family) and shade happy leafy greens as the beginnings of an edible food forest understory. All this, in one day—a true demonstration of the power of community!

PEDAL-POWER! FREE BICYCLE PARKING
In efforts to support our community’s shift to a fossil-free future, TCC and our friends at the Culver City Bicycle Coalition are co-hosting a “pop-up” bike corral at House # 5F. Celebrate Earth Day in style: Visitors are invited to lower their carbon footprint by cruising the garden tour by bike!

Showcase maps are available at the Transition Guest Booth or Showcase Central at House #4F at 3635 Grandview Blvd.

2012 Showcase Bike Corral

Let’s Go to the Do The Math Tour in L.A.! Sunday, Nov 11

Bill McKibben & 350.org are taking their show on the road — driving a biodiesel bus all over the country for the Do The Math Tour! They’ll be in Los Angeles this coming Sunday, Nov 11, 2012. Tickets are still available, and TCC is planning on attending! Will you join us?

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012
Doors open at 6 pm, show starts at 7 pm

WHERE: Ackerman Ballroom @ UCLA Student Union
308 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles 90095

COST: $10 + small ticketmaster fee
Prepurchase tickets 

The goal of this tour is to jump-start the next phase of the climate movement across the nation. But this is NOT your typical stand-and-deliver lecture! Each city’s event will be unique and interactive, including video footage from environmental luminaries (including Naomi Klein &  Josh Fox) as well as live music. LA’s musical guest is Nellie MacKay.

Join the TCC field trip to Do The Math:
If you’d like to join up with us to attend, you have two ways of getting there:

BY BIKE:
Bike meet-up at 5 pm in downtown Culver City. RSVP for exact location. Route planned by members of the Culver City Bike Coalition. Helmets, lights and lock required.

BY FOSSIL-FUEL MOBILE:
Carpool meet-up at 5:15pm in Culver City just west of Sawtelle. RSVP for exact location. If more folks than can fit in  one 5-seater, we will improvise on a caravan.

We will reconvene and find each other at Ackerman Ballroom so we can experience the presentation together. Please purchase your tickets independently but you’re welcome to travel there together with us!

More about Bill McKibben >>

 

WORDS MATTER: Culver City Council votes 5-0 in favor of statewide Fracking BAN!

Ban Fracking in CC

photo: J. Oyama

With this motion, Culver City becomes the first California municipality to approve a resolution to call for a statewide ban against fracking.

Prior to Monday night’s (July 2, 2012) vote, the council was considering calling on the state for a moratorium.  However, as Councilmember Meghan Sahli-Wells stated on the dais: “We have to be bold. The state needs pressure. We don’t have time to mess around. The message really does matter—‘Ban’ sends a strong message.” Vice Mayor Jeff Cooper echoed Sahli-Wells’ sentiments, stating,  “ ’Ban’ shows we’re serious. We should let the state know how we really feel.” Initially, Councilmembers Jim Clarke and Micheal O’Leary favored a moratorium over a ban but… Read the entire Council report on Culver City PATCH >>

As a longtime steering committee member of Transition Culver City, Meghan has a firm understanding in local environmental issues—and now she serves our entire city in an official capacity! Meghan showed great courage and elegant statesmanship at the meeting as she remained true to her position until all five councilmembers achieved consensus. Here’s what Meghan had to say post-meeting on Culver City Patch:

Ban Fracking in Culver City Demonstration

Demonstration at City Hall, June 12. Photo by Kate Parkinson-Morgan

“Words matter. The original resolution called for a moratorium… but after hearing from scores of residents over the last several months and reading many studies, reports, and articles, I made the motion to change the word moratorium in the resolution to ban.” Read Meghan’s whole commentary on PATCH >>

A bold first step has been made by our City Council in protecting the health of our environment and our citizens. To be continued!

 

Bike Tour of the M.V. Green Garden Showcase + D.I.Y.: Yes You Can! Presentation

E A R T H   D A Y   2 0 1 2
Saturday, April 21

10 am – 4 pm

Join us on a bike tour of the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase on Saturday, April 21st, 2012, including a FREE D.I.Y. presentation!

TCC Bicycle Meet-Up:
11:00 a.m.
The fountain in front of Vet’s Park
(corner of Culver & Overland)

Our first stop on the Tour is House #5H (see description), for refreshments & a presentation by TCC:

 D.I.Y.: Yes You Can!
Creative Lawn Conversions on a Budget
11:30 a.m.
11375 Matteson Ave., LA 90066 

TCC's D.I.Y. Presentation @ the 2011 MV Green Garden Showcase

Bike Parking provided for the TCC Bike Tour!

This year’s D.I.Y. presentation by members of TCC will include creative ideas, resources & encouragement for converting a conventional lawn to a drought-tolerant landscape without breaking your budget. This location exemplifies the D.I.Y. philosophy: it features a bistro-style patio hardscape, “urbanite” terraces, meandering flagstone walkways & a homemade park bench, dwarf fruit trees & stealth edibles mixed in with drought tolerant natives, plus two methods of rainwater capture—all done D.I.Y. & under strict budgetary parameters (everything cheap, recycled, or free!).

 After the presentation we will make our way to several other Showcase homes  (we’ll post the TCC bike tour route map soon). The plan is to cycle back to Vet’s Park sometime in the mid- to late-afternoon.
Remember to pack fluids & snacks or a light lunch (since we’ll be out mid-day).
RSVP Michelle: 310-780-1051

 

Moving Planet in Culver City: total success!

Transition Culver City organized a fantastic event as part of 350.org‘s Moving Planet action this Saturday (09/24/11).

 

Our Alternative Transportation Parade gathered around 60 cyclists and walkers to explore and reflect on low or no-carbon solutions to getting around Culver City.

We:

decorated bikes

met Chelsea, the Honey Love bee, who is an advocate for urban beekeeping

rode & walked to the Culver City Metro Light Rail Station

made mini alt-cars out of recycled materials donated by reDiscover Center

… And then brainstormed about local, sustainable transportation together.

The discussion pointed to improvements needed for safe walking and biking to the Culver City Metro Light Rail Station:  good lighting along Washington; fewer vacant lots; a welcoming and landscaped approach to the station that includes plenty of bicycle parking.

SHOUT OUT! Gratitude to all the participants. You made this event a success! Thanks to wonderful Transition Culver City leader Michelle,  co-organizers Ginny & Meghan, team member Disa, & amazing community partners Culver City Bicycle Coalition (Darren, Jim, Brian), Sustainable Streets (Ron), reDiscover Center (Mary Beth), Bikerowave (Donald & Richard), Girl Scout Troop 5635, Honey Love (Chelsea), and, of course 350.org for initiating this global event. Thanks also to School Board member Karlo Silbiger, former mayor Gary Silbiger, and school board candidate Nancy Goldberg for joining our discussion. Last but not least thanks to Karim & Ginny for documenting the event.

MOVING PLANET DAY September 24th! Culver City Alternative Transportation Parade

350.org has initiated another global day of action for the climate:

Moving Planet will be a day to put our demands for climate action into motion—marching, biking, skating—calling for the world to go beyond fossil fuels.

See more about Moving Planet here.

 

Transition Culver City is hosting an Alternative Transportation Parade to celebrate and explore fossil-free transportation in Culver City, in partnership with several organizations including Sustainable Streets, reDiscover Center, and Culver City Bicycle Coalition.

Join Transition Culver City on Saturday September 24th, from 1-4pm!

1pm: We’ll meet at Town Plaza, by the Lion Fountain (9500 Culver Blvd), to get costumed, decorate bikes, shoes & hats, and make parade banners and signs.

2pm: Cyclists will explore the Downtown Connector, a newly installed bike route linking Downtown Culver City to the new Metro Light Rail station.

Walkers, runners, strollers & little red wagons will take Washington Blvd. toward Light Rail station.

3pm: At City Hall (9770 Culver Blvd.), we’ll gather to celebrate and create individualized plans and goals for lowering our carbon footprint! Children can create mini alternative vehicles from recyclables provided by reDiscover Center.

Helmets required! Wear fancy parade attire.  Materials for banner-making and bike, hat & shoe decorating will be provided.

Click on event flyer to download:

Check TCC’s video of last year’s 350.org action here!