Walk to School Day LA!

One of our favorite Walktober events is Walk to School Day!

This Wednesday, October 7, nearly 100 schools have volunteered to organize special walking events bringing students, parents, teachers, staff, administration, and many community members to school on foot. This is an important time for everyone to learn a great walking route and speak up about the importance of safe streets. We need to educate and support the younger generation to embrace their feet and share the walk to school. To make it even more fun, all walkers get the chance to win some prizes by participating in their school’s event.

Check out the map to see if your school is one of many leading the march:

Don’t see your school on the map? Become an organizer! There is still time to contact LADOT and receive your training and materials to organize a walk to your school. Just fill out this form like 1-2-3!

Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Alone

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California Rideshare Week is almost upon us (Oct 4-10) and Metro Los Angeles has prepared a fun and engaging program to educate and encourage all modes of transportation. A new and exciting schedule reveals creative mobility-inspired events:

  1. Karaoke Rickshaw with free giveaways for commuters singing pop hits in English, Korean, Chinese, and Spanish.
  2. Guided bike rides and carpools sharing the ride to Ambulante Film Festival.
  3. Eastside Commuter Interviews gathered and published through social media to engage and discuss traveling in various communities in person and online. #Mobilizate
  4. Prize giveaways by logging your trip on the Commute Calendar at ridematch.info. You can win 7-day Metro passes, gift cards, handbags, and more!

What’s the best way to get to work? Walking of course! Nothing runs more efficiently than two feet on a healthy breakfast.

But first, how do we Rideshare? Just don’t drive alone! Instead you can ride the bus, take the train, walk to work, start a carpool, or join a vanpool. Driving alone contributes to a lot of the problems we face here in Los Angeles.

Got it. So, why should you Rideshare?

  1. 37.3% of Greenhouse Gasses are produced from transportation (CARB)
  2. 71% of those emissions originate from passenger vehicles (CARB)
  3. 72% of Angelenos are commuting to work by driving alone (Metro Rideshare Survey)

With this in mind, we should all be thinking about how we can do our part and walk whenever possible. It’s important that we cut back on the emissions to reduce the serious risks in both environmental and public health. This is why we need to educate our family and friends because FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS DRIVE ALONE!

Be part of the solution and support Metro Rideshare Week by attending events and spreading the word.

What does Vision Zero Mean for Los Angeles?

Please join the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance and the City of Los Angeles for a conversation about Mayor Eric Garcetti’s new Vision Zero Initiative and what it means for Los Angeles communities. Leah Shahum, founder and director of the Vision Zero Network, will share inspiring stories from other Vision Zero cities around the county and world and Seleta Reynolds, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, will preview the City’s next steps toward eliminating all traffic deaths here in Los Angeles. Community members are invited to discuss the opportunities and challenges of making Los Angeles streets safe for everyone.


Thursday, September 24


Los Angeles City Hall
Council Chambers (Room 340)

200 N. Spring Street (enter on Main Street)
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Bike: Bike Valet by LACBC located on Main Street
Transit: Accessible by Metro Red Line and Metro Bus
Car: Parking at City Hall East (enter on Los Angeles Street)

Who Gets Counted Counts: We Need YOU to Volunteer for the Los Angeles Bike + Ped Count this September

Photo courtesy of StreetsBlogLA

Photo courtesy of StreetsBlogLA

The fourth biennial Los Angeles Bike+Ped Count is just around the corner! Join LACBCLos Angeles WalksUCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, and many other community partners at over 180 locations throughout the City of Los Angeles. We need your help as volunteers to collect vital data that will be used to advocate for better bicycle and pedestrian funding for years to come.

You can check locations near you on this MAP.

Please sign up HERE for a count location for one (or more!) of the following shifts:

    • Wednesday, September 16, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
    • Wednesday, September 16, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Saturday, September 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sign up now to get a location near you! If you have any questions about the count, please email: count@la-bike.org.

Sign up to volunteer today!

LA Announces Vision Zero Initiative


Traffic deaths are avoidable and that’s why many cities around the world have pledged to eradicate them in a movement known as Vision Zero. We have championed this important movement and now we are so happy to announce that the City of Los Angeles is launching its own Vision Zero initiative, working across city departments to end traffic deaths—and that means everyone on LA roads, not just walkers—within 10 years.

From the press release:

Traffic violence is devastating for families and communities, touching people’s lives unlike other issues. Every year in Los Angeles over 200 people are killed moving about our city, with many more suffering potentially life-changing injuries. No death should be considered acceptable or inevitable. Working together, we can save lives.

We are therefore launching a City of Los Angeles Vision Zero initiative to end all traffic deaths by 2025.

Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an Executive Directive launching the initiative on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm at the intersection of Cesar Chavez and St. Louis in Boyle Heights. We’ll were there, proudly wearing our Los Angeles Walks t-shirts, buttons, and stickers to commemorate this important day.

Los Angeles Walks has joined with the leading advocacy and action groups in Los Angeles to assure that the implementation of the plan is thoughtful and comprehensive and takes in consideration the diversity of communities across the City of LA. The Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance includes: AARP CaliforniaAdvancement ProjectAsian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA), Communities Actively Living Independent & Free (CALIF), Community Health Councils (CHC), Los Angeles WalksMulticultural Communities for Mobility (MCM), PALS for HealthT.R.U.S.T. South L.A.Youth Policy Institute (YPI), and LACBC.

We invite you to learn more about LA0 by visiting visionzeroalliance.org, signing the petition to show your support, and finding LA0 on Facebook and Twitter.

Footnotes is Back!

FullSizeRender (12)In the last year, Los Angeles Walks has stepped up our game by joining together with powerful partners on campaigns aligned with our goals of safe, accessible, fun, and equitable streets.

We are pleased to announce the second edition of Footnotes here! In our publication you will find  the status of streets across the city, the people they serve, and the next steps of the journey ahead. Find exclusive stories from Los Angeles’s most admirable pedestrians and learn about the nuanced landscapes they lie above.

This publication was made possible by Melendrez, thank you!

Donate today to receive your copy!

There’s Always Nature in LA

Photo by Daveed Kapoor

Photo by Daveed Kapoor

Join us for an urban nature themed walk led by Lila Higgins of the Natural History Museum! We’ll be passing through the greenery, rooftops, wetlands, and gardens offered by South Los Angeles.

We can stop to view the crazy old palm tree in Expo Park too!

After the walk, our host Lila has arranged entrance to the Natural History Museum for our group.

Get your tickets and RSVP!

Sunday, September 13, 10:00am
Meet at the Augustus F. Hawkins Nature Park
Access through the Blue Line, exit through the Expo Line.

City Council Approves Mobility Plan 2035


Last Tuesday, The  Los Angeles City Council approved a sweeping plan to guide the design and planning of Los Angeles streets, making many streets prioritized for transit and biking. (Read streetsblog’s summary of the Council debate here and details about the plan here). We at Los Angeles Walks are beyond thrilled to have Mobility Plan 2035 as a new beacon for designing our City’s streets, and we will work throughout the city to see that it’s implemented. This is just the first step!

Support Fig Jam

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Support Fig Jam, an event to celebrate the past and present and reimagine the future of North Figueroa Street. Los Angeles Walks is collaborating with community partners in Highland Park on Fig Jam, great streets event for N. Figueroa between Aves 50 and 60. The event will explore ways to make the street safer and healthier; promote civic engagement for an inclusive community; celebrate and expand art and cultural activities; and support local small businesses.

Los Angeles Walks will lead a walk on the day of the event to highlight sites related to these themes. Fig Jam is scheduled for February 2016 but you can support it now by donating to and/or volunteering for the event. The project is raising matching funds for another four days and the City of Los Angeles will match your donation dollar for dollar.

Donate / volunteer here https://www.ioby.org/project/fig-jam