Many thanks to Audubon Center at Deb’s Park and all who turned out for the March Slow Ride – our first Bike Birding adventure! In true Slow Ride style, we had walkers, joggers, kids on balance bikes, and experienced cyclists sharing the path. Cindy Castaneda and Tania Romero were excellent guides, and equipped everyone with powerful binoculars so we could all get a good look at local wildlife.
Our first bird sighting was the endearing Rainbow, a double yellow Amazon parrot (originally from Chile) who was found in the gutter on a rainy night in 2013, rescued and now living the dream. He came with his human along to enjoy the ride, the river and the birds.
Early on our way up the path, we heard a mockingbird, but did not see her high up in a native sycamore tree. We spotted swifts in flight, groups of Mallards and American Coots, as well as many pairs of Canada Geese. Two Osprey soared over our heads. We took our time watching a Double- crested Cormorant enjoying the sun, and even more time viewing a lone Hooded Merganser .
Of the birds we saw, Swifts and Double-Crested Cormorants are climate threatened, and both Osprey and Hooded Merganser are climate endangered. Protecting these animals is one reason why we must work together to make Metrolink and its Central Maintenance Facility accountable for their toxic emissions, air, noise and water pollution.
Every bike is beautiful.
Look at the variety from the February ride…
We had a lovely ride after some morning showers yesterday. Look at the range of bikes represented: commuter, easy rider step through, cargo, kid racer, kid dirt bike, bikes with kid seats and one trailer. Thank you to all who came out and to Farm LA for hosting us and making our community a little greener through their beautiful work!
Don’t miss our March ride when we will do our first bike birding!
As we begin 2019, we are so grateful for the in-depth, detailed article by environmental journalist Steve Scauzillo that covers the immense, white cloud we documented wafting into our communities from the Metrolink Central Maintenance Facility (CMF) silos. Please join our mailing list and be part of making Metrolink accountable their negative impact on public health in our communities!
It seems our Los Angeles City Council has learned nothing about the dangers of housing people not only next to freeways but beside the Metrolink Central Maintenance Facility, which in addition to gross diesel particulate pollution, has been documented dispersing silica dust from its blue silos? If this proposed development continues, what steps will the city take to protect people in the Metrolink silica shadow? Will Los Angeles finally #MakeMetrolinkAccountable?
Metrolink has repeatedly told us that the trains near housing are only parked, empty shells. When we call to report idling in this location, we've been told it can't be happen because these trains have no engines. Metrolink needs true third party oversight now. #MakeMetrolinkAccountable
Among the many diesel air pollution issues that we have noticed over the years, is an increase in idling engines north of Metrolink's Central Maintenance Facility (CMF). In a recent email, it was suggested that we had mistaken a locomotive with no engine for one that was idling heavily with blowers roaring. In the past, Metrolink has stated that there cannot be any engines idling here because this area is used for parked locomotives. I guess that depends on how you define parked. If my car is parked, the engine is off, no emissions flowing.
This could all be different, had Metrolink not aligned with freight to fight idling emissions limitations put forward by the SCAQMD in 2005 to protect our communities. Help us #MakeMetrolinkAccountable.
The video below offers an unedited glimpse of daily activity at the CMF, just one example of Metrolink engines idling less than 100 feet from new housing, 400 feet from pre-existing housing...right in the center of where people live.
Join us on foot, on wheels, by bike or simply document native flora and fauna in Gateway Park - there are many ways to enjoy the Elysian Valley Slow Ride. This monthly event seeks to bring walkers, riders and residents together in the hopes of creating a safer, more user-friendly shared path for everyone.
Details and reservations via our event page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/elysian-valley-slow-ride-april-edition-tickets-44924911620
Join us this Saturday and the second Saturday of every month for Elysian Valley Slow Ride - a leisurely tour of the LA River Shared Path for walkers and riders of all skill levels. If you don't feel like riding, enjoy Gateway Park and catalog its plant and wildlife through our new project on iNaturalist, Bring Back Gateway Park.
Get your hike on, enjoy one of our city's many gems and leave feeling great because you left it nicer than you found it. Coyote Kids, who joined us for the last Slow Ride and will return with some young runners another month, are hosting this lovely gathering. Details may be found on their event page.
Join us for the Slow Ride, Saturday, February 10th and the second Saturday of each month. This year's rides begin and end at Elysian Valley Gateway Park, which we are working to revitalize by our very presence. The ride/walk departs at 10:00am, and at 11:00 we will return to Gateway to document plant and animal life in this neglected pocket park via the iNaturalist app.
Walk, ride, hang out! Bring a friend, a baked good or some fresh fruit to share.
RSVP to attend the Glendale City Council Meeting to discuss alternatives.
Meeting: Tuesday, February 6, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Glendale City Council Chambers• 613 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91206
Saturday, January 13th and the second Saturday of each month at 10:00am, catch up on community issues, meet like-minded folks, and enjoy a leisurely walk or ride along the Los Angeles River Shared Path. This month, local treasure, Farm L.A. will talk about their new farm which will be installed on an empty parcel donated by longtime resident Bob Berg.
As part of our continued efforts to keep an eye on the health and revitalization of Elysian Valley's first pocket park, we will start and end at Gateway Park.
Please join us for the last Slow Ride of 2017, and help us celebrate one year of bringing walkers, cyclists and residents together to enjoy the LA River Shared Path and build community. Gather at the Riverdale entrance to the LA River Shared Path Saturday December 9th, 2017 at 10:00am.
For years, Metrolink has been attempting to assuage community concerns about persistent air quality problems by touting its long-promised Tier 4 train. These diesel locomotives are purported vaguely to be "up to 85% cleaner". Our group has consistently asked "Cleaner than what?" And hey, anyone remember Volkswagon's amazing clean diesel cars?
Continued delays - technical and otherwise - lead us to further question whether this train is really all that it is touted to be. The recent stalling of a new Tier 4 on its debut press trip only makes us more curious.
Los Angeles River Communities sees the Metrolink CMF and commuter train diesel pollution as much bigger than a not-in-my-backyard problem. As this article says, "Diesel is poison." The data on Diesel train transportation indicates that commuting by diesel train is the dirtiest option for the environment and for your own respiratory and cardiovascular health. Please enjoy this wonderful article about folks in San Francisco facing the same problems we face with Metrolink in Southern California:
Come enjoy the sites and sounds of the Los Angeles River while promoting safety for all users on the shared path. Family friendly! Walkers and runners welcome! We will depart at 10:00am from the Riverdale Ave. entrance to the L.A. River shared path. If you can't get there by 10:00am, consider meeting us for some Cafecito Organico at the LA River Cafe on Ripple and Gilroy at 11:00am.
We live 1,720 feet from a freeway according to the Los Angeles Times' interactive map, and yet our home is a mere 300 - 400 feet from where Metrolink idles and maintains its outdated diesel engines, the bulk of them Tier 0 (worst polluting). These are slowly going to be replaced by the new Tier 4 train but meanwhile, in the photo below. On the right, this is what a pomegranate from our backyard tree looks like before being washed and wiped free of the black, oily soot it has acquired from a season's growth. Stripes where the color of the fruit shows through were cleaned to show the contrast and thickness of the black soot layer.