Organizing for Access at the Confluence of Parks and Bicycling

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This workshop will share and discuss the strategy and organizing behind the "Bike! Bike! Los Angeles Welcoming Party and Bicycling Convergence" to be held on the evening of Thursday, September 28, to welcome Bike! Bike! to the bicycling city of Los Angeles.

The event is a collaboration between the Los Angeles State Historic Park, the Los Angeles River State Park Partners, GreenInfo Network, Public Matters, and the Spatial Awareness Network. It is designed to celebrate bicycling access to parks along the Los Angeles River in downtown Los Angeles, but also to highlight the need for better, safer pedestrian and bicycling access to our parks, and the importance of community knowledge in creating safe, lively, beautiful, interesting and pleasurable bikeways to and from our parks.

Public Matters, an arts and civic engagement organization, is organizing a convergence of bike trains from neighborhoods surrounding the park, culminating in a welcoming celebration at the park. GreenInfo Network is producing a map and mobile app of bicycling and pedestrian access to Los Angeles State Historic Park and other river parks in the area, including Rio de Los Angeles State Park, and the Bowtie Parcel. The Spatial Awareness Network is helping to gather community knowledge about the best ways to access the river and parks and the bike train convergence will showcase those routes as well as access ways that need improvement.

The map and app, the convergence, and the celebration are meant to celebrate the culture of bicycling and highlight the importance of community knowledge in creating vibrant access to bicycling and parks. This workshop will be a lively exchange of tools, methods, and tactics, as well as ideas about strategies for shaping a culture of access to parks and bicycling in Los Angeles and around the world.

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