South LA cycling event features crowd-sourced map
Sunday, June 17, 2012 : 10:00am to 12:00pm
Augustus Hawkins Nature Park
5790 Compton Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90011
A hundred cyclists are expected to attend a group ride that will celebrate and test a South Los Angeles bicycling map developed by USC Annenberg Professor Francois Bar.
Riders will get free copies of the first map from RideSouthLA.com, a coalition of groups that are promoting bicycling in South LA and revealing community assets, including the Watts Towers, along a recommended bike route. The group ride starts at 10 a.m. at Augustus Hawkins Nature Park (5790 Compton Ave.), continues to the iconic Watts Towers, runs along the Metro Blue Line, and includes a visit of the Watts Labor Community Action Committee before looping back to the Nature Park.
The map is the first of its kind, designed with the help of community organizers and residents to encourage biking in South LA while highlighting social justice. Data and pictures for the map were gathered live in January, using a custom tool from the Annenberg Innovation Lab called ParTour. This return ride challenges cyclists to find what the print map is missing, and to supplement it with their own live stream of pictures highlighting neighborhood assets they feel should be added.