Southern California environment news and trends

Thousands of people on 2 wheels for 7 days: Pasadena's Bike to Work Week underway


Colorado Boulevard may be a lot more crowded this week.

Pasadena doesn't mess around when it comes to bike master plans or when it comes to Bike Week, which is happening now.  And tonight is ladies' night

The schedule is packed. Last night they met in Memorial Park, down the street from KPCC. Wednesday night, the mayor gets on a bike with the rest of the city. On Thursday night, Incycle is offering free bike checks, and the New Belgium Brewing Company will be on hand to offer cyclists one celebratory beer. 

And Friday's kind of my favorite. Hop your bike to One Colorado and get in on a free showing of Pee-Wee's Big AdventureThere's a lotta things about me you don't know anything about, Dottie. Things you wouldn't understand. Things you couldn't understand. Things you shouldn't understand. You don't wanna get mixed up with a guy like me. I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel.


Japanese marching band brings environmental activism to Rose Parade


Their mission statement is simple and straightforward: “to increase green plants on our planet.” It’s their medium that’s unexpected: a brass band.

Established in the late ‘90s, Japan’s Green Band Association is a rotating all-star high school band that performs around the world to raise money and awareness for a wide variety of green causes and disaster relief. Locally, they’ve raised money for fire victims in Anaheim and Yorba Linda.

Created after organizer Yuzuru Kumagai was inspired by an American high school marching band at Disney Land, the Green Band will perform there twice on this visit to the West Coast, in addition to their fourth straight Rose Parade appearance on Monday (last year they paid tribute to Michael Jackson by performing his hit “Bad”). They will be 59th in the Rose Parade this year; look for the new orange uniforms.