August-September Orange County Events

Here is a roundup of activities related to sustainable communities that are coming up soon in and around Orange County.

SAASy Thursdays Bike Ride

Santa Ana Active Streets will hold weekly evening bike rides for Santa Ana residents and community members in the month of August.

This is the third year SAAS has hosted its weekly family-friendly summer bike rides. The rides on August 17 and 24 will include two separate routes: a longer one for adults (five to seven miles), and a shorter one for youth (two to four miles).

The last ride, which will wrap up the series, will include a cooking demonstration  I hear it will be vegan. 🙂

For more info about the August 17 ride, email

RSVP at SAAS’s Facebook Event, and keep in touch to find out more about future rides via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

People For Housing-OC, YIMBY Meet-Up

People For Housing – Orange County is holding another meet-up event, this time at Phantom Ales, 1211 North Las Brisas Street, in Anaheim, on Thursday, August 24 at 6:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

People For Housing – OC started hosting these networking mixers in March to help connect residents, advocates, and other people concerned about the housing shortage in Orange County and start discussions that will, hopefully, create solutions to combat the problem.

To learn about future mixers and events, sign up for their mailing list at Questions can be sent to: hello[at]

Image: Alliance for a Healthy Orange County
Image: Alliance for a Healthy Orange County

Active Transportation Forum: At the Intersection of Transit and Housing

This year’s Regional Active Transportation Forum “Smarter, Sustainable and Connected Communities: Moving Orange County Forward with One Voice” will focus on the intersection of active transportation and equitable development.

This full-day event is free and open to the public. It will be a chance to hear Charles “Chuck” Marohn, editor of the Strong Towns blog and purveyor of clear thinking about making cities better.

The event will include discussions on:

  • Connections between active transportation, housing, and economic development
  • The financial realities of cities, and how this affects active transportation policies
  • Using GIS, data analytics, and other tech tools
  • Community engagement, political leadership, social justice, and advocacy
  • Best practices and innovative solutions for sustainable communities

This year’s event will take place on September 22 in Santa Ana. Details and RSVP available here.



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