Walk this Way, LA!

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As part of our ongoing “Hey, I’m Walking Here” campaign, Los Angeles Walks is developing a system of pedestrian wayfinding signage that gives information on walking times between different destinations to show connectivity between neighborhoods and change perceptions that many places are too far away to walk.

These signs are similar in concept to the Walk My City signs (walkyourcity.org), but we intend to create a visual language for our signs that references the eclectic hand-painted signs found all around Los Angeles, which is a visual language more inviting and more specific to LA. Two professional sign painters who love our work have offered to help us with the designs.

We are funding the project through an ioby (in our backyard) crowdsourced campaign, with matching funds from Transit Center.

We are doing our fundraising push next Wednesday 10/23, so please check back then to donate to this project. Every dollar you donate will be matched by Transit Center, so your donation will help us 2-fold!

 

Celebrate LA Mural Day in Pacoima!

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Did you know that Los Angeles is known as the “Mural Capital of America” even though murals were banned for roughly a decade? Come take a stroll down Mural Mile in Pacoima on Sunday, October 12th to celebrate LA Mural Day with Los Angeles Walks and the Public Art Initiative of the Museum of the San Fernando Valley. The walk will feature 10 murals and a special guest speaker.

This roughly 2 mile roundtrip walk will start and end at the Pacoima Neighborhood City Hall and is stroller/roller friendly. Tickets for this walk are free, but donations are encouraged to support the pedestrian advocacy work of Los Angeles Walks. RSVP today!

Our partner on this walk, the Public Art Initiative of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, is bringing together artists, sculptors, muralists and gardeners with residents and business owners to enrich and enhance the Valley. Learn more about the Initiative here. They’re looking for your ideas to help bring more art to the San Fernando Valley!

Walk with us at WalkLAvia October 5!

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On Sunday October 5, Los Angeles Walks will kick off Walktober by returning to CicLAvia to walk from East LA to Echo Park.

Here are our estimated times for where we’ll be. You can also follow us on Twitter at @LosAngelesWalks to find our exact location.

As a bonus, Public Space Singalong will be joining us to sing some songs about walking, biking, and LA as we walk through the 2nd Street Tunnel

9am: Leaving from East LA Civic Center Hub
10am: Cinco Puntos Hub
11am: Mariachi Plaza Hub
12pm: 2nd Street Tunnel
1pm: Echo Park Lake

Invite friends and see who’s going on Facebook!

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Volunteer for the 2014 Bike and Ped Count

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 – 9:00amSaturday, October 18, 2014 – 1:00pm

We need your help again collecting data on where people are walking and biking around LA!

This year LACBC has a team of interns looking at specific corridors to understand the needs of those travelling by bike and on foot with bike and pedestrian counts for the following streets and have reports/recommendations by the end of the year.

  • Anaheim (San Pedro)
  • Broadway (Chinatown)
  • Central (Little Tokyo/South LA)
  • Hollywood (Hollywood)
  • Westwood (Westwood Village)
  • Virgil (East Hollywood/Koreatown)

Sign up here to volunteer. Volunteer orientation is Monday October 6.

Help us welcome new LADOT general manager Seleta Reynolds

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Welcome Reception for LADOT GM Seleta Reynolds
When: Tuesday, September 23; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: The Hub LA, 830 Traction Avenue, LA, CA 90013

The event is free but you must RSVP here.

Join us for a walk in Whitley Heights on Saturday 9/13

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Come explore the history and architecture of the Golden Age of Hollywood with Walking Ambassador JJ Hoffman. Whitley Heights was designed by the Grandfather of Hollywood Hobart Whitley specifically for Hollywood’s most glamorous residents. Stars like Rudolph Valentino, Barbara LaMarr, Maurice Chevalier, and Betty Davis lived there. The homes are all in a Spanish style, yet no two floor plans are exactly alike. The gardens are also unique. Whitley was meticulous and gave each home its own view and made fantastic use of the space.

The main road in this neighborhood is a spiral like a wedding cake. Additionally, the neighborhood is filled with staircases leading to most dwellings. In one area there is still a car park for residents to leave their cars below then take stairs and an old (but still working) elevator up to their home. It is rumored that many homes have secret tunnels and passageways so that the rich and famous could indulge in whatever proclivity they enjoyed in secret. It is also rumored, that there is a passageway under the hill that leads to the Grauman’s Chinese theatre.

We will be climbing stairs, so the walk is not accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.

Saturday, *September 13* (an earlier version of this post had the incorrect date)
5:00 to 7:30pm
This walk will start and end at Hollywood and Highland. Meet up point will be on Hollywood Boulevard at the entrance to the Red Line station. Look for the LA Walkers!

Tickets are $8 in advance/$12 at the door
Buy your tickets via Eventbrite here!

You can park at Hollywood and Highland or take the Red Line, of course.

See who’s going and invite others on Facebook!

Apply to become a Los Angeles Walks Steering Committee Member!

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We’re expanding the Los Angeles Walks Steering Committee with up to five more members. Apply today to be considered! While we’re looking for any Angelenos who are interested in making LA more safe, accessible, fun and equitable for walkers, we would especially like to expand our geographic diversity and will be prioritizing candidates that live in South LA, East LA, West LA, and the Valley. We also strongly encourage people who speak Spanish and other languages to join our efforts and help us reach new communities.

Fill out our application here and follow the directions to submit it to us by Friday, September 19. Thanks so much, and we can’t wait to welcome some new voices to our team!

Union Station getting its much deserved makeover

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While policy makers and planners beefed up transportation options at Union Station with the addition of the Gold Line station and FlyAway bus, they neglected to make it a desirable location for travelers to use as a central transfer point. Now coming, a new terminal, train track redesign, and green public plaza will likely change everything you know about the station. With restaurants, outdoor seating, trees and flowers, Union Station is about to become your favorite pitstop on the way to anywhere in the city.

However, what might be most important in the upcoming development is the centralized focus on pedestrian and bike access to the station. Next up: The Regional Connector. By connecting Downtown together under a simple and efficient underground rail, several very critical gaps will be closed in the transportation loops. We can hardly wait to watch the city change.

Our Chicano Utopia Tour is August 23

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James Rojas of Place it! will lead us on an exciting walk around Boyle Heights and into East Los Angeles to explore Chicano history and it’s influence on the built environment.  The Spanish Law of the Indies is alive and well in Boyle Heights and East LA, manifesting itself in many physical forms from front yards designs, names of business, murals, community alters, but more importantly the social life of the community. We’ll learn about the Latino visual landscape by experiencing a community steeped in cultural, social, and economic patterns, but also feeling the pressures of gentrification. 

Join us for this exciting walk on Saturday, August 23. This walk will start at Mariachi Plaza and end at El Mercado de Los Angeles, both locations are at or near Metro Gold Line stations. This walk is approximately 4 miles and is stroller/roller friendly. Get your ticket today!

Chicano Utopia Tour
Saturday, August 23
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Start at Mariachi Plaza / Boyle Heights Station
1831 E 1st Street
Los AngelesCA 90033

Tickets for this walk are $15 and support the pedestrian advocacy work of Los Angeles Walks. We realize many community members may not be able to afford the $15, therefore there is a sliding scale donation ticket option and we encourage folks to give what they can to support Los Angeles Walks and participate on this exciting walk. Tickets the day of the event will be $20.