Apologies for the lack of website updates, folks - we've been hard at work on a new website/blog, as well as other real-life, in-person projects. Mostly in-person projects, actually.
We hope to be back to regular updates (and a new site) sometime in 2018, but the best way to get in contact with us is still through our monthly meetings or via Facebook (where we usually announce our monthly meetings and events).
Monday May 8th was a great example of how organizing in Pasadena can lead to real progress for people's safety and well-being.
About a year ago, the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition was approached by a group of people, led by Jill Shook, known as the North Fair Oaks Empowerment Initiative. The group included local residents and churches on Fair Oaks between Washington and the city limit with Altadena, and had already done some legwork in the form of a community survey. As many of the issues of concern discovered in the survey results revolved around the street itself - safety, speeding, not enough pedestrian customers for businesses - the group reached out to PasCSC for assistance.
PasCSC volunteers then worked with the North Fair Oaks team to develop a one-day training on Complete Streets, which happened on July 23, 2016. The training included speakers from the City and County, as well as a placemaking exercise based on a sample from the Project for Public Spaces. The event was small but successful, and it spurred further action by the community. The North Fair Oaks team, led by Janet Randolph and Jill Shook, did all the subsequent organizing, and also did a walking tour in the fall with Council Member Tyron Hampton.
Next, the North Fair Oaks team made requests through Pasadena's public Capital Improvement Program (CIP) process which is held every November. They followed their requests with presentations to the Northwest Commission and to the Transportation Advisory Commission in February and March, both of which voted to recommend changes to the staff list of projects to include the group's requests to make the N. Fair Oaks safer for everyone.
On Monday May 8th, some (not all) of those changes were included on the recommended final CIP budget that was adopted by the Pasadena City Council, after an initial presentation on April 24th. There was a lot of testimony (and on April 24th) in support of the projects, both praising the actions that were recommended, but also saying they didn't go far enough. Council Member Kennedy proposed an amendment to fully fund one of crosswalks that had been approved but not funded in the CIP for FY 2017-18, for $265,000, so that it will be built this fiscal year. It passed unanimously!
Pasadena Municipal Elections will take place on Tuesday March 7th! Do you know where the candidates stand on issues of sustainability, public health and the environment?
Join us Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. for a special Candidate Forum devoted to these important topics, hosted by PasCSC, Throop Unitarian Universalist Church, Day One, Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association, Sierra Club - Pasadena Group, Bike San Gabriel Valley - BIKE SGV, and other local environmental organizations, and moderated by the League of Women Voters Pasadena Area!
Happy New Year, everyone! Before we move on to 2017, we thought we'd take a look back at 2016 to remember where we've been and what we've done. July 2016 marked the beginning of our third year as a coalition, and while that in itself is a reason to celebrate...we're surprised and proud to see how much we actually accomplished in this past year, in a variety of categories, with little more than our enthusiasm, the past two years of experience, and sheer determination.
Breaking it down into categories:
We made a parklet...
and then we made another.
On September 16th and October 21st, we transformed curbside public parking spaces into parklets, creating temporary public parks to mark PARK(ing) Day and Pasadena's Art Night. Our purpose was to invite passers-by to question and re-imagine how we use our publicly-owned spaces, and to demonstrate how much fun, creativity, and community participation can happen in the square footage and 2 hours that we normally use to store a car.
Photo: Kodama Taiko from the Pasadena JACCC performs in our very first Parklet, PasCSC x Distant Lands. (M. Anderson)
Policy and Advocacy
Vision Zero is a concept originated in Sweden and adopted by New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These cities have pledged to improve their engineering, education, and enforcement to reduce serious vehicle-related injuries and fatalities to zero. On Monday, October 27, the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition requested that the Pasadena City Council become a Vision Zero city. Council Members directed DOT staff to study the issue and return with a proposal. This is a great opportunity and a clear example of the CSC's leadership on the issue of Complete Streets in Pasadena!
Our advocacy succeeded in extending Transit-Oriented Development areas in Pasadena to include an optional additional quarter-mile radius, bringing the total radius to a half mile from all Pasadena Metro stations except Sierra Madre Villa. We also advocated for and won a reduction in minimum parking requirements, which encourages developers to build more public transit-friendly units, according to market demand.
Photo: We don't always take photos when we go to City Hall, so this one from the Mayor's proclamation of Bike Week will have to do. (J. Edwards)
Bike to Work Day
On May 19, we hosted a pit stop at the Arroyo Food Co-Op in support of all folks who chose to celebrate Bike to Work Day (by biking to work, of course!) In addition to scones, fruit, energy bars, bike lights, and other treats, we invited visitors to share their thoughts on ideas for beautifying the nearby Wilson Avenue overpass.
CicLAvia Feeder Rides
The only thing better than being able to comfortably bike to an Open Streets event is riding with friends, and thanks to new member Colin, we made it to the last two CicLAvias of this year with ample time to enjoy both events! With 18 scheduled events in 2017, including the rescheduled and much-anticipated 626 Golden Streets in our own backyard, we hope you'll have a chance to bike, walk, or ride with us this year!
For Walktober, the Coalition sponsored two excellent and well-attended walks.
On October 15, the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition sponsored a Public Art Tour of Pasadena by Meriel Stern, Arts and Culture Commissioner. About 20 people enjoyed learning more about Pasadena's public art, with an emphasis on ceramics.
On October 22, the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition sponsored a Pasadena Architecture tour, led by local architect Wade Frazier from PBWS Architects. Wade led an extensive walking tour through Madison Heights and Caltech. The tour was especially well-attended with over 35 attendees (including 3 dogs!)
Photo: Wade Frazier leads a group through an architecture tour of Madison Heights. (W. Reutimann)
North Fair Oaks
The North Fair Oaks Empowerment Initiative is a team of neighbors, businesses, and local advocates working to build people power and a safer environment - including a more complete street along N Fair Oaks between Woodbury and Howard. Together, we planned and held a community Complete Streets workshop on July 23. Staff members from Pasadena DoT, Public Works, and Planning presented the Complete Streets concepts and briefed the community how to engage the city in the improvements. CSC volunteers led attendees on a "walking audit" to identify and come up with concrete ideas for change. We're excited to see the team moving forward with their ideas!
Photo: N. Fair Oaks community members conduct a walking audit at the corner of N Fair Oaks and Montana. (C. Seu)
As part of an ongoing conversation with Art Center about their proposed Master Plan, we organized two informal walk-and-talk meetups in November and December with members of the Master Plan design team. We look forward to further fruitful discussions about the interactions between the Master Plan and the surrounding streets near South Raymond, Pas CSC's efforts to date, and the future of bike infrastructure all over the city.
Metro Bike Share
Metro Bike Share is coming to Pasadena! The Coalition sponsored a community outreach session, gave detailed feedback to staff on locations, and took a special tour of Downtown L.A.'s Metro Bike Share system with Metro staff.
Want to suggest a Bike Share station location? Propose your station on Metro's interactive map!
Alan Deane, Phillip O'Neill, and #WDR2016
Bicycling and walking are fun, healthy and sustainable modes of transportation, and we strongly believe that everyone should be able to ride and walk in comfort and safety. Unfortunately, too often people who walk and bike are vulnerable to collisions with people driving cars. As we move towards the goal of Vision Zero for Pasadena, we remember those we have lost. We held memorials for two Pasadena cyclists that were killed in the past five years (Phillip O'Neill and Alan Deane) and we held Pasadena's first Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on a rainy November 20th evening at City Hall.
Photo: Lighting candles at City Hall for World Day of Remembrance 2016. (M. Anderson)
Other Activities and Accomplishments
Be a part of the action in 2017
If you love bikes, buses, trains, or walking, and are looking for a way to make a positive difference where you live, consider joining us this year! We engage in a wide range of activities, so with any luck, you'll find something that interests you. Whether you ride a bike, bus, skateboard, or car; whether you spend your days at school, work, or home; whether you're a seasoned professional or a curious beginner...
If you have a passion for learning, growing a community, and working toward safer streets in Pasadena, you are invited.
Our next meeting is on Monday, January 9, at 7:00 pm.
This one's especially important because we'll be tackling the big questions: What kind of organization do we want to be? What are our goals? And what kind of beautiful trouble will we make together this year? It's going to be an interesting discussion over delicious snacks, and we hope you can make it.
1280 Afton Street, Pasadena, CA 91103 (map)
Updates, agenda, and access info:
Families, children, teens, and well-behaved dogs are welcome.
Can't make it to the meeting, but still want to suggest a project or let us know what you think about what we're doing? You can send us your feedback using this form.
Want to stay updated on our meetings and events? You can join our one-monthly mailing list here (your email will not be shared).
Meeting Schedule for 2017
Our meetings are often (but not always) on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. They are often (but not always) at the offices of PBWS Architects, 234 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 700.
February 6, Speaker: Pasadena Superintendent of Forestry Kenneth Graham @ PBWS Architects
March 6, Speaker: Alan Loomis, Deputy Director of Urban Design & Mobility for the City of Glendale @ PBWS Architects
Pas-CSC has joined over 150 other local organizations across LA County in formally endorsing Measure M. We urge your Aye vote on 11/8!
Measure M will help build and maintain a 21st-century transportation network consisting of subway, light rail, bus rapid transit, bus and bike lanes across LA County with the goal of easing traffic congestion by offering people alternatives to driving. Measure M also will provide funding for local cities to repave and repair streets, sidewalks, and highways. Learn more here.
Pasadena CSC November Meeting
November is at our regularly scheduled meeting location, but on the second rather than first Monday of the months to accommodate the Union Street Cycletrack issue at City Council on 11/7.
This month's agenda includes:
Save-the-Dates: NEXT MEETING DATES, LOCATIONS and TOPICS
Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition's monthly meeting! Join us at our regular meeting spot, PBWS Architects on the southeast corner of Colorado and Marengo!
1) Union Street Cycletrack - Rich Dilluvio will be answering questions
3) Other upcoming events
Feeder Ride to Ciclavia
Happy Hour discussion on Car-Free Colorado / Tactical Urbanism / moving our agenda forward
4) Coalition tasks and roles
6) Outreach - Parklet kit
7) September Recap
Alan Deane was a much loved member of the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley bicycling communities. A talented musician and thoughtful activist, he was also a figure in numerous progressive groups, musicians' groups, and was a regular at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum.
Alan was tragically killed by a motor vehicle driver in Pasadena on September 22, 2011 (Alan's 61st birthday) as he was riding to KPCC for an event. The driver was ultimately convicted of Reckless Driving and was given a mere slap on the wrist for taking Alan away from his friends and family. His death was one of several that motivated the formation of the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition.
Join us for the memorial installation of a ghost bike for Alan on the 5th anniversary of his untimely death. All are welcome.
Attendees are welcome to say a few words about Alan and to bring flowers and/or candles.
Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition's monthly meeting! Join us at a very special and seldom seen local landmark in Pasadena, the Hale Solar Observatory (details about the venue after the jump).
Upcoming PasCSC events
PasCSC Project Updates
New Business/Discussion Topics
Please join us for a group ride from Pasadena City Hall to CicLAvia: Iconic Wilshire Boulevard!
More info and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/278050875894642/
Location: Pasadena City Hall (100 N Garfield Ave)
Time: 7:30 am meetup, 8:00am rollout.
Join us for a group ride to CicLAvia. We'll be riding at a friendly pace to accommodate most levels of cyclists. Thankfully, much (but not all) of the route is downhill. And while the CicLAvia route itself is closed to motorists, the ~14mi route we will be taking to get to the event will be shared by motorists.
We will ride as a group, obeying all traffic laws (stop at stop signs, red lights, etc.), and helping each other along the way. Once we get to the One Wilshire Hub, it will be yours to enjoy at your own leisure.
Your return is your responsibility! We will NOT be organizing a return ride. This is a group ride from Pasadena to LA. Tip: the Gold Line is a great way to get back! (City Hall stop is "Memorial Park Station")
Please remember to bring - HELMET, Water, Spare Tube(s)!
Optional: Lock, Cash, TAP Card (for return via Gold Line)
Lastly, you are responsible for your own safety! Please wear a helmet and obey all traffic laws.
Please join us next week Wednesday for a memorial gathering at Phillip O'Neill's ghost bike in Pasadena.
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: 1104 E Del Mar Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106
Phillip O'Neill was riding his bicycle on Del Mar Blvd. when he was struck from behind and killed by a motorist on June 15, 2013. Phillip was 25, a cyclist, a martial artist, and had recently started a career in science policy advising. He is remembered and well-loved by his many friends and family.
Pasadena CSC formed in July 2013 as a direct response to a string of fatal bicycle fatalities in Pasadena, including this one. On this third anniversary, we'd like to come together once again to remember Phillip, quietly reflect on the past three years, and pledge to keep moving forward.
This will be a quiet, casual event; however, all who feel led are welcome to attend. We'll be giving the ghost bike some new decorations and TLC, if you'd like to bring flowers, candles, etc. - although your kind and respectful presence is the most important thing.
The ghost bike is located on the south side of Del Mar Blvd. just east of Wilson Ave., at the edge of the Caltech campus.
Bikes: Bike parking is unfortunately limited, so you are welcome to keep your bike with you. Bikes may also be locked to posts along the street. Since it will be dark, please take care to bring lights, etc.
Transit: Serviced by Metro 267 and Pasadena Transit 10.
Cars: Street parking is available on Del Mar and Wilson.