Category: Alternative Transportation

Last chance to sign up for Confident City Cycling!

Confident City Cycling class starts this Saturday, April 30th! [Download flyer here]

This 2-day class is designed to help cyclists age 16 and up gain confidence and skill to ride a bike safely and legally in city traffic. League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructors give students practical guidance through both classroom and hands-on instruction. Cost: $75 per person.
Topics covered during the two-day course include:
• Bike Fit • Helmet Safety & Fit • Review of traffic rules • Situational lane positioning • Weather preparedness • Route planning • Flat tire repair & basic adjustments • Bike handling skill practice • Evasive maneuver practice • Guided ride on city streets

Saturday, April 30, 10am-2pm
Saturday May 7, 10am-2pm
Linwood E. Howe Elementary, 4100 Irving Pl. Culver City 90232

Pre-register with Sustainable Streets by email at info@sustainablestreetsla.org or by phone at 424-288-1747.

Presented by Sustainable Streets ~ : ~ Hosted by Transition Culver City & the Culver City Bicycle Coalition.

Bike to the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase > Sat., April 30th, 12:30-4pm

Join TCC on a ride to the Mar Vista Green Garden Show Case & help kick off our GrassUProots campaign!

Need inspiration to transform your yard into a water-saving food friendly garden? We’ll meet and visit selected gardens that feature water harvesting, food production, backyard chickens and more! Meet at Culver City Hall (9770 Culver Blvd. 90232) at 12:30 to bike to Mar Vista. At 1:30 we will present the kick-off to our GrassUProots Campaign at the Home of the Blades Family, 11375 Matteson Ave. (Map 1-K of garden tour homes). Come hear about garden transformation from folks who have jumped in with their own muddy boots!
Return to Culver City at 4pm.

Not able to join us by bike? The Showcase is from 11am-4pm: check out Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase to plan your self-guided tour.

10/10/10 Community Think Tank

Community Think Tank: The Plastic Bag Challenge

part of the international 10/10/10 “Global Work Party” organized by 350.org

The California State Senate voted against banning single-use plastic bags in California (SB1998) this summer. Yet the problem of plastic bag pollution remains.

Transition Culver City facilitated a community conversation to gather information and work toward a solution to the plastic bag dilemma. This lively discussion forum for thinking collectively about local solutions for our pollution, waste, oil dependency and ailing watershed had 50 participants, including several children who helped to create a temporary art installation out of plastic bags.

Photo by Jonathan Levy

Participants were urged to bring used single-use grocery bags for the art piece, in exchange for hand-made re-usable bags.

Community-generated solutions included:
– proposing a Culver City municipal plastic bag ban
– initiating a “buy-cott” or “carrot mob” to motivate businesses to discontinue offering single-use plastic bags
– following Ireland’s “Plas-Tax” model
– replacing plastics with biodegradable materials
– reducing consumption altogether
– starting campaign to eliminate plastic bags from our local Farmer’s Market
– putting pressure on mega-companies such as Target and Wal-Mart to stop using plastic bags

There has been good news since our event:

On November 16th, the L.A. County Supervisors voted to ban single-use plastic bags and charge 10¢ for paper bags in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. They also approved an Environmental Impact Report encompassing the entire county, which will make it easier for incorporated cities like Culver City to pass bans of their own. Culver City activists present at the hearing agreed to keep the pressure on the city to act swiftly on the matter.

See our video of the event here: 10/10/10 Community Think Tank