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Damien Newton talks to the movers and shakers in the California transportation reform and Livable Streets scenes. Damien Talks will be broadcast on Streetsblog California. Feel free to syndicate.
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Aug 22, 2016

This week, #DamienTalks with Claremont Mayor and Foothill Transit Board Member Sam Pedroza and Bike SGV Education Director Jose Jimenez.

The conversation with Mayor Pedroza is pretty wide ranging, but covers three major areas: teh expansion of Livable Streets in Claremont, the flexibility of Foothill Transit as it seeks to maximize the value of its service and this fall's transportation sales tax ballot measure, Measure M. 

Much of the discussion of Claremont focuses on a complete streets plan for Claremont's portion of the iconic Route 66. Doug Lewis wrote an in-depth story on the plan for Streetsblog earlier this summer. That story can be found, here.

You can give feedback to Mayor Padroza on his Twitter Feed at @CouncilmanSam.

Next, we talk with Jose Jimenez, the education director for Bike SGV. Jimenez provides an update the Bike Education Center in El Monte and some of the classes its offering this fall and winter. For more on the Education Center, visit Bike SGV's website.

#DamienTalks is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the new Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of Downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit foothilltransit.org. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”

 

Aug 12, 2016

This week, Damien Talks with Wes Reutimann, the executive director of Bike SGV. The nearly-twenty minute interview covers a wide-range of topics from the Union Street protected bikeways plan, to an update on the 626 to, of course, Pokemon Go.

Union Street in Pasadena runs parallel to the more famous Colorado Avenue in Pasadena. The city decided not to put protected bike lanes on Colorado for fears it would create problems during the world-famous Rose Parade. Now, opposition is rising to the lanes on the still much-used parallel street.

As for the 626, the super open streets event will finally hit the street in 2017, after a postponement caused by the wildfires in June. A date hasn't been announced yet, but there is hope for February. Keep your calendar open.

To listen to the interview, click below. If you have any story ideas for us going forward, please contact me at damien@streetsblog.org or on twitter @damientypes

#DamienTalks is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the new Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of Downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit foothilltransit.org. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”

 

Aug 4, 2016

Today #DamienTalks with Metro Board Chair and Duarte City Councilmember John Fasana. Actually, it's more like #DougTalks, as Doug Lewis completes his internship with us by conducting the majority of our interview with the Metro boss.

Earlier this week, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors took the last step in placing Measure M on the ballot this November. If it receives two-thirds support from L.A. County voters, the current half-cent transportation sales tax passed by voters in 2008 will be extended until 2050 and a new half-cent tax will be added.

Fasana, who is known for being something of a transportation wonk, can barely contain his excitement for how Metro will be able to expand transportation options and improving the quantity and quality of Metro's services.

Doug and the Metro Chair also discuss access to parks and other public spaces. Yes, of course there's a discussion of the first-mile last-mile issues the agency is continually trying to figure out; but there is more the agency can do to provide access to our open spaces.

#DamienTalks is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the new Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of Downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit foothilltransit.org. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”

Jul 28, 2016

Welcome back to #DamienTalksSGV. This week, we're looking at a best practice from outside the SGV, a new pedestrian wayfinding signage campaign in Glendale. The campaign combines a traditional campaign with a call to action as Glendale develops a new pedestrian safety campaign.

Outreach for the campaign includes the signs, a social media campaign and outreach through traditional venues. Interestingly, the signs include information not just on how to be involved in the plan, but an invitation to join the conversation online by posting with the hastag #GlendaleWalks.

If you want talk with Amber Hawkes, who is overseeing the campaign on behalf of the City of Glendale, you can email her : ahawkes@heredesignla.com.

When #DamienTalks returns in July, we'll be returning to the "two interview" format with regular discussions with staff and volunteers with BikeSGV. We're also booking conversations with Metro Board Members and executives with Foothill Transit and the Gold Line Foothill Construction Authority to discuss the upcoming vote on extending and increasing Metro's transit sales tax. What will it mean to the San Gabriel Valley and its communities? We'll have a lot of different viewpoints in the lead up to the election.

#DamienTalks is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the new Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of Downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit foothilltransit.org. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”

 

Jul 14, 2016

Welcome back to #DamienTalks SGV. This week, #DamienTalks with Blair Miller, an organizer with the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition. Pasadena was scheduled to vote on an ordinance that would have reduced, and in some cases eliminated, parking requirements for new development near Transit Oriented Development on Monday, July 18. However, late opposition arrived, and the hearing was postponed until early September.

Miller explains how the proposal came out of the community plan update, how it's evolved, what it's goals are and why opposition sprung up at the 11th hour. Miller and the Complete Streets Coalition believe the region is moving away from car-dominated travel towards a more balanced system and want to be certain Pasadena has the planning in place to support this change.

In 2015, Jerry Brown signed legislation that reduced parking requirements near transit oriented development for lower income and market rate housing. Since then, communities around California have been expanding on that legislation to loosen parking requirements for other types of development.

#DamienTalks is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the new Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of Downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit foothilltransit.org. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”

 

Jul 5, 2016

Today, #DamienTalks with Sam Tepperman-Gelfant, a senior staff attorney with Public Advocates about Governor Jerry Brown’s legislative language to streamline the environmental process for certain types of housing development.

Public Advocates was one of the leaders in circulating a letter criticizing Brown’s language, charging that the governor’s stated goal won’t be met by his proposal. Instead, he charges that the language would do more decrease lower income communities from impacting development in their community than it will to dramatically expand the state’s affordable housing stock.

Two weeks ago, #DamienTalks featured Jason Islas, the editor of Santa Monica Next, explaining how he and many other advocates for increasing our state’s housing stock feel the legislation is much needed. However, many of the groups opposing the measure are affordable housing advocates from cities and communities from around the state.

Tepperman-Gelfant expects the legislation to be publicly debated next month. Get up-to-date on the progressive argument on both sides of the debate by listening to my interview with Tepperman-Gelfant below. If you missed it, the interview with Islas can be found here.

We’re always looking for sponsors, show ideas, and feedback. You can contact me at damien@streetsblog.org, at twitter @damientypes, online at Streetsblog California or on Facebook at StreetsblogCA.

 
 
Jun 23, 2016

Today, #DamienTalks with Jason Islas, the editor of Santa Monica Next. This podcast featured Islas a couple of months ago to discuss a proposal by Assemblymember Richard Bloom to make it easier to build more housing. 

 
The spirit of Bloom's proposal lives on in a rider to the California Budget by Governor Jerry Brown. Islas will discuss that rider and why, in his view, the legislation would help ease the affordable housing crisis in California, especially the overheated markets in Los Angeles and the Greater Bay Area.
 
The legislation is controversial, next week we'll have someone in opposition featured on the podcast. We're going to try and cover both sides of this issue, as there are a lot of good people on both sides of the conversation trying to protect communities and increase our state's housing stock.
 
This week's #DamienTalks is also the first interview given by Islas since Santa Monica Next was awarded the "Excellence in Communication" prize from the American Planning Association in Los Angeles. Just in time for our fundraising drive, "Next's excellence" is a credit to the work done by the entire Streetsblog California team. So if you support our efforts, please consider donating today!

We’re always looking for sponsors, show ideas, and feedback. You can contact me at damien@streetsblog.org, at twitter @damientypes, online at Streetsblog California or on Facebook at StreetsblogCA.

Jun 21, 2016

This week, #DamienTalks with Laura Cornejo, the sustainability officer for Metro who is one of the agency's leaders for Open Streets events. Metro has been funding a series of Open Streets events throughout L.A. County, ending with this weekend's 626, the amazing 18-mile multi-jurisdictional car-free party.

If you're just joining us, 626 Golden Streets will be this Sunday, June 26. Metro, Bike SGV, seven cities and a host of other organizations invite you to explore ​18+ miles of open streets linking 6 Foothill Gold Line stations and 7 San Gabriel Valley cities ​stretching from South Pasadena to Azusa.

For more information, visit 626GoldenStreets.com.

After the talk with Cornejo, we are replaying our #DamienTalks from April 7 with South Pasadena Mayor Pro-Tem Michael Cacciotti. Cacciotti has been a critical figure in the effort to create the 626 both as an elected official and an advocate. As a fun bonus, the interview takes place on the Gold Line itself as Michael is heading home from work.

#DamienTalks is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the new Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of Downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit foothilltransit.org. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”

Jun 8, 2016

This week, #DamienTalks with David Diaz (again), the Programs Director for Bike SGV about this weekend's two-city open streets event, Viva SGV!

The cities of El Monte and South El Monte have worked together to program a 5-mile open streets event that will run this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. While the event is not as large as the groundbreaking 626 open streets event in two weeks, it will be the largest event of its kind in the SGV to date.

Bike SGV has been working with both cities to create fun programs for the event, and Diaz outlines some of their efforts. The event will be easy to access with or without a car, as both Metrolink and Metro have stations at the north end of the route and Bike SGV is planning feeder rides from Baldwin Hill and Pasadena the morning of the event.

For more information, visit the Viva SGV Website.

We’re always looking for more show ideas. If you have any thoughts on the podcast, good or bad, please let me know. You can email me atdamien@streetsblog.org or tweet @damientypes.

#DamienTalks is supported by Foothill Transit. Foothill Transit has been a leader in sustainable transportation for years. And now they’re committed to having a 100% electric bus fleet by 2030. To celebrate, Foothill Transit is giving away prizes and sharing facts about how their electric buses help clear the air. Visit Foothill Transit’s e-bus sweepstakes webpage to see how you can join in the eco-friendly fun!

May 24, 2016

Damien Talks SGV logoThis week, #DamienTalksSGV with Nancy Bond of Move Monrovia. Move Monrovia was originally formed to help the city plan for the Gold Line Station that opened earlier this year. However, the citizen's group has continued to grow and has become instrumental in pushing the city to embrace infrastructure improvements to create safer avenues for walking and bicycling.

And the city is responding. Monrovia has quickly completed the process of creating its Draft Bicycle Master Plan that could be approved as early as the end of June. The planning process began at the end of last year. But as Bond describes, the aggressive timeline did not leave advocates feeling as though they were shortchanged by the process.

Move Monrovia logo
Move Monrovia logo

The City of Monrovia Planning Commission will meet next on June 15, and is expected to vote on the Bicycle Master Plan at that meeting. Get updates on the meeting, here.

We’re always looking for more show ideas. If you have any thoughts on the podcast, good or bad, please let me know. You can email me at damien@streetsblog.org or tweet @damientypes.

#DamienTalks is supported by Foothill Transit. Foothill Transit has been a leader in sustainable transportation for years. And now they’re committed to having a 100% electric bus fleet by 2030. To celebrate, Foothill Transit is giving away prizes and sharing facts about how their electric buses help clear the air. Visit Foothill Transit’s e-bus sweepstakes webpage to see how you can join in the eco-friendly fun!

May 23, 2016

This week, #DamienTalks with Dave Campbell of Bike East Bay. According to Melanie Curry, Bike East Bay runs the "biggest, baddest Bike to Work Day in the world."

Earlier this month, she wrote, "What’s indisputable is that Bike East Bay, then known as the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, kicked off its first Bike to Work Day in 1994 and, in the 22 years since then, the event has grown ever more popular amid a rapid increase in bike commuting. In Oakland alone, bike commuting has tripled in the last twelve years, according to the U.S. Census."

While Campbell was more than happy to talk about the history of Bike Month in the East Bay, he didn't use the words "biggest" or "baddest" in his interview. To hear more about  one of the best Bike Month programs I've ever heard of and its impact on bicycling in Oakland, Berkeley and beyond, check out this week's podcast below.

We’re always looking for sponsors, show ideas, and feedback. You can contact me at damien@streetsblog.org, at twitter @damientypes, online at Streetsblog California or on Facebook at StreetsblogCA.

 

 

May 16, 2016

Today, #DamienTalks with Colin Parent, the Policy Council for Circulate San Diego. Last week, Circulate released the first of a series of reports that look at how the city's policies support, or hinder, the city's efforts to meets its environmental goals. Read the report, here.

Last week's report looked at San Diego's parking policies and how they're hurting planning efforts around transit oriented development. For example, San Diego has a goal of making all trips near transit car-free by 2035. On the other, zoning requirements require two parking spaces for every housing unit built, even if its near a major transit hub.

Either the city is planning for a lot of empty car parking spaces, or it isn't serious about making its goals.

Parent gives a lot more detail than my one-liners. Give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments section.

We’re always looking for sponsors, show ideas, and feedback. You can contact me at damien@streetsblog.org, at twitter @damientypes, online at Streetsblog California or on Facebook at StreetsblogCA.

 

May 13, 2016

This week, #DamienTalks with Wes Reutimann, the executive director of Bike SGV. With Bike Month nearly half over, it seemed as good a time as any to get an update on the state of bicycle advocacy in the San Gabriel Valley.

Of course we discuss the 626, but there's a lot of other exciting news on Open Streets. Of course we talk about all of the new infrastructure planned but we go into depth on 100 miles of planned greenways. And there's still time left to talk about the newly-passed bike plan in Duarte, which includes protected bikeways to and from the newly-opened Gold Line Station.

We're always looking for more show ideas. If you have an idea or feedback on an existing podcast, please let me know. You can email me at damien@streetsblog.org or tweet @damientypes.

#DamienTalks is supported by Foothill Transit. Foothill Transit has been a leader in sustainable transportation for years. And now they’re committed to having a 100% electric bus fleet by 2030. To celebrate, Foothill Transit is giving away prizes and sharing facts about how their electric buses help clear the air. Visit Foothill Transit’s e-bus sweepstakes webpage to see how you can join in the eco-friendly fun!

 

May 10, 2016

Today, #DamienTalks with Genoveva Islas, the Program Director for Cultiva La Salud and the newest member of the California Bike Coalition (CalBike) Board of Directors. 

Because her work with Cultiva La Salud deals with access to food in the San Joaquin Valley, Islas both brings a public health perspective to the CalBike Board and serves as a champion on issues of cultural and geographic equity.

Apparently, there is a large part of California beyond the Bay Area and Greater Los Angeles area that could use some attention when it comes to creating safe and attractive spaces to move about and just be in the community. Islas wants CalBike to continue its great work in the state's urban population centers while doing a better job advocating for and representing the interests of the people who live somewhere else.

This interview is part of our bike month series focusing on bike issues throughout the state; but we ended up talking about a lot of things outside of two-wheeled advocacy. Check it out.

We’re always looking for sponsors, show ideas, and feedback. You can contact me at damien@streetsblog.org, at twitter @damientypes, online at Streetsblog California or on Facebook at StreetsblogCA

 

Apr 29, 2016

Welcome back to #DamienTalks!

Today, #DamienTalks with Roland Cordero with Foothill Transit. Did you know Foothill Transit was the first transit agency in the country to have a completely electric bus route? I didn't, it's kind of cool.

It may have taken eight episodes, but we finally got around to interviewing our sponsor

Foothill Transit has replaced its diesel-fuel buses with CNG coaches, installed solar arrays on the roofs of its operations and maintenance yards in Arcadia and Pomona. And now Foothill Transit is committed to having a 100% electric bus fleet by 2030.

In the interview, Cordero discusses the pro's and cons of converting from a diesel fleet to a partially electric fleet. Spoiler: there's a lot more positives than negatives.

#DamienTalks is supported by Foothill Transit. Foothill Transit has been a leader in sustainable transportation for years. And now they’re committed to having a 100% electric bus fleet by 2030. To celebrate, Foothill Transit is giving away prizes and sharing facts about how their electric buses help clear the air. Visit Foothill Transit's e-bus sweepstakes webpage to see how you can join in the eco-friendly fun!

 

Apr 29, 2016

It’s Bike Month! Welcome to Bike Month!

Today, #DamienTalks with Tony Molina with the Fresno County Bicycle Coalition to kick off our Bike Month coverage. Fresno has a full complement of Bike Month events, some of which we talk about in our conversation and others we list below. To find out more, visit the two bicycle advocacy groups in Fresno’s webpages: Fresno County Bicycle Coalition and I Bike Fresno.

As excited as we are by Bike Month in the Central Valley, we’re hoping that their example will inspire advocates in other mid-size and small cities to program Bike Month events in their own communities. I started programming a Bike to School Day at my son’s school (which will be on May 16 if anyone is reading this that lives within a couple of blocks of my place). If you want to read a quick story on how we planned the first Bike to School event at my son’s school, click here.

But as we said, there are lots of great events in Greater Fresno this month. Here is a partial list for anyone interested in learning more:

Today, Clovis Bike Month Presentation

May 4, Mall to Mall

May 18, Clovis-Fresno Ride of Silence

May 20, Bike to Work Day

Streetsblog California will check back in at the end of the month to see how Bike to Work Day goes. In the meantime, we’ll have a full month of Bike Month podcasts here at #DamienTalks.

 

 

Apr 27, 2016

Parking placard abuse.

Arguing for reforms in the placard system is one of the few times parking reformers don't sound overly wonky to the larger car driving public. In California, one out of every eight drivers has a disabled parking placard, a number which doesn't correlate to data concerning how many drivers SHOULD have such a placard.

This abuse of the placard system creates a ripple effect of unsafe street conditions, a distorted view of our car parking stock, and worst of all undercuts the value of the placard to those drivers who are actually disabled.

Today #DamienTalks with Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-SFV) about AB 2602, his legislation that seeks to reduce placard abuse through two common sense reforms attacking the supply of and demand for disabled placards to those who don't really need them. Gatto's legislation sailed through committee last week. 

Also moving in the Assembly is Gatto's "Parking Bill of Rights" which takes a broader look at parking issues.

We’re always looking for sponsors, show ideas, and feedback. You can contact me at damien@streetsblog.org, at twitter @damientypes, online at Streetsblog California or on Facebook at StreetsblogCA.

Apr 7, 2016

As excitement builds towards the 626, the mamoth car-free festival spanning six cities on, you guessed it, June 26; #DamienTalks with Michael Cacciotti. Cacciotti is the Mayor Pro-Temp of South Pasadena and has been a critical figure in the effort to create the 626 and organize the half-dozen cities that are taking part as well as officials with the County, Metro, and the Air Quality Management District.

Want to know more about the 626? Click here.

I'll be honest, this is one of the more fun interviews I did. Cacciotti wasn't just one of the driving forces behind the 626, he was also a Board Member for the Gold Line Foothill Construction Authority. I conducted our phone interview while he was doing his evening commute home, and as a bonus he talked about how the Gold Line extension is working and how packed his rail car was. It was 9 p.m. at night. On a Wednesday.

New Gold Line extensions. The 626. Things are changing in the San Gabriel Valley, and they're changing for the better.

#DamienTalks is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the new Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of Downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit foothilltransit.org. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”

 

Mar 22, 2016

Welcome to this week's episode of #DamienTalksSGV, where we talk with Glendale Mayor and Metro Boardmember Ara Najarian and Bike SGV Executive Director Wes Reutimann about the proposed sales tax measure that Metro unveiled last week.

The measure extends the current county-wide half cent sales tax passed eight years ago and adds another half cent to the tax. If passed, there will be a full cent on the county sales tax dedicated towards transportation.

But it is not the tax itself that is interesting, but how it will be spent. Read more about the proposal at Streetsblog Los Angeles or visit Metro's webpage dedicated to the proposal to learn more. Also, we interviewed Najarian about what he would like to see in the proposal in January. You can here his answers, here.

In this broadcast, we see two different points of view that could dominate the discussion over the next few months as Metro and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors debate whether or not to put this proposal on the fall ballot. Najarian is effusive in his praise for the work Metro staff did. He is happy that his favorite project, the second phase of the Gold Line Foothill Extension, is included in the project list and that his least favorite project, the extension of the I-710, is not.

On the other hand, Reutimann is worried that such a long-term sales tax includes such a small slice for bicycle and pedestrian safety projects. While recognizing how the projects, especially more trains and buses running through the valley, could change regional transportation; Reutimann stopped short of endorsing the measure as it is.

#DamienTalks is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the new Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of Downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit foothilltransit.org. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”

 

Mar 21, 2016
Last week, Streetsblog California announced three new pieces of legislation, introduced by Assemblyman Richard Bloom who represents West Los Angeles County cities in the Assembly. Bloom's legislation focuses on increasing the housing stock in California by reducing the hurdles to creating "Granny Flats" and strengthening density bonuses for developers producing affordable housing and market-rate housing.
 
Today, #DamienTalks with Jason Islas, the editor of Santa Monica Next, who wrote last week's piece on the legislation for Streetsblog California. Islas puts the legislation into a local context and explains the connections between housing policy, transit expansion and livable streets.
 
It just so happens, the Bloom, who won the first "Elected official of the year award from Streetsblog California, is being honored at a joint Streetsblog/Next event later this week in Santa Monica. To get tickets to this event, click here.
 
We’re always looking for sponsors, show ideas, and feedback. You can contact me at damien@streetsblog.org, at twitter @damientypes, online at Streetsblog California or on Facebook at StreetsblogCA.
Mar 15, 2016

Last week, activists from around California and the rest of the country gathered in Washington, D.C. for the national bike summit. During the summit, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) was honored for the "best winning campaign" of the past year for its work on getting the City of Los Angeles to pass and approve a progressive mobility plan.

Today, #DamienTalks with the LACBC's Executive Director, Tamika Butler, and Planning and Policy Director, Eric Bruins, about the campaign. The two discuss not just why it's important to have a plan that emphasizes creating safe places for people to walk, bicycle, take transit or just be outside; but also the importance of lasting coalition building.

To paraphrase a point that Bruins makes, it's not just about building a coalition for the plan; but creating meaningful dialogue with community partners about a shared vision of a more mobile, equitable, clean and just pleasant city. 

We’re always looking for sponsors, show ideas, and feedback. You can contact me at damien@streetsblog.org, at twitter @damientypes, online at Streetsblog California or on Facebook at StreetsblogCA.

Mar 3, 2016

Today, #DamienTalks to Habib Balian, the CEO of the Gold Line Foothills Construction Authority and Amy Wong with Women on Wheels.

This weekend, the long-awaited extension of the Gold Line to the San Gabriel Valley Foothills will finally open. Balian discusses the advocacy and work that led to the extension and the excitement that the line will be open soon. It is likely that any sales tax on the fall ballot will include another extension of the Gold Line, so Balian and his team are preparing in the eventuality that funding becomes available in 2017 for an extension all the way to Montclair.

Our second segment features an interview with Amy Wong of Women on Wheels (WoW.) WoW works to create safe spaces and events for female bicycle riders to meet, have fun, and improve their bicycle skills. Wow has a couple of events coming up, a social on Sunday, March 13, and the LA to SGV: Sister Cities Ride & Mechanics Class with the Ovarian Psycos on Saturday, March 19.

#DamienTalks is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the new Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of Downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit foothilltransit.org. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”

Mar 1, 2016

Two for the price of one!

Today #DamienTalks with a pair of Southern California bicycle advocates, BikeSD's Samantha Ollinger and the Bicycle Cultural Institute's Nona Vornado.

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First, #DamienTalks with Ollinger about the exciting plans for Downtown San Diego. The City Council will vote next week on a plan to add 9.3 miles of protected bikeways and 5.5 miles of pedestrian greenways to the two square miles that make up Downtown San Diego. Once implemented, San Diego would leap past pretty much everyone for safe streets planning in the urban core.

However, it's not a done deal. If you live, work, or play in San Diego, you can click here to get your voice heard. If you want to read more, here's last week's story on San Diego's plans in Streetsblog USA, based on research in Next City.

Next #DamienTalks with Nona Vornado about the upcoming Los Angeles Bicycle Festival. Tickets are on sale now:$10 for individuals and $15 for families. There are lots of goodies for people who buy their ticket *in March*. For more information click here for the Festival's webpage, here for the Facebook page or, ya know, just LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

We’re always looking for sponsors, show ideas, and feedback. You can contact me at damien@streetsblog.org, at twitter @damientypes, online at Streetsblog California or on Facebook at StreetsblogCA.

Feb 24, 2016

Today, #DamienTalks with Jeannie Ward-Waller, the Streetsie-Award-Winning activist with CalBike about a proposal to provide rebates for people purchasing bicycles for their commute. The Air Resources Board already provides rebates to those purchasing hybrid, low-emission and zero emission vehicles. So why not provide the same benefit to those purchasing bicycles, the ultimate zero emission vehicle?

CalBike presented it's proposal to ARB earlier this year, and Ward-Waller reports that discussions with staff have been positive. However, ultimately the decision will be made by the Governor-appointed Board and there's many chances to get involved.

First, if the ARB is coming to your town for a public hearing, go to the meeting and let them know how you feel. Also, you can write to them via this action alert at the Fix California Roads website.

We’re always looking for sponsors, show ideas, and feedback. You can contact me at damien@streetsblog.org, at twitter @damientypes, online at Streetsblog California or on Facebook at StreetsblogCA.

Feb 22, 2016

Welcome to episode 4 of #DamienTalks, an episode that focuses primarily on two projects in El Monte. We didn't plan it that way, but sometimes these things happen.

First, #DamienTalks with David Diaz Avelar about Historia de los Monteros, a collaborative effort between a handful of groups to explore the lost history of El Monte's mural culture. Day One, East of East, and the El Monte Arts Posse have programmed six events featuring discussions, bike rides, and lectures around this topic. The next event is March 5. Get more event detail at the Historia's webpage or the event poster.

If David's name (or voice) sound familiar, that's because he is the same person we interviewed in the last #DamienTalks for one of his other projects, advocacy for the Las Tunas complete streets project in Temple City for Bike SGV.

Speaking of whom, our second guest is Jose Jimenez, who runs Bike SGV's bicycle education center in El Monte. Jose discusses the brief history of the center, upcoming programs and invites everyone to come visit to learn how to ride, fix or improve their bicycle. The Education Center's schedule can be found at the Bike SGV website.

 

#DamienTalks is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the new Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of Downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit foothilltransit.org. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”

 

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