Walk this Way, LA!

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We’re fundraising this week for an awesome new project we have in the works: 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 crowdsourced campaign, with matching funds from Transit Center.

Please donate before Thursday, October 23rd at 11:59 p.m! Every dollar you donate will be matched by Transit Center, so your donation will help us 2-fold!

 

Past Meets Future Koreatown Walk

Chapman_MarketYou’re invited to explore one of Los Angeles’ most fascinating neighborhoods: Koreatown. Also known as Wilshire Center or Ktown, this neighborhood stands at the intersection of Los Angeles’ past and its possible future. Along this walk, lead by Walk Ambassador David Barboza, a former Ktown resident who works as a city planner for the City of Lakewood, we’ll learn about the historic buildings, subway service, stunning cultural diversity, and generate lots of food for thought about what makes a place good or bad to walk (plus there’s lots of non-metaphorical food for hungry pedestrians!).  Highlights include architectural gems like the Bullocks Wilshire building and quirky sights like a multi-story driving range.  The walk also explores some of the streets around Wilshire, to give a sense of the City you won’t find on a postcard.

The walk starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 15th at 3183 Wilshire Boulevard (meet at the Coffee Bean directly above the Wilshire/Vermont subway station). This 3-mile walk through city blocks is mostly flat will end at the Wilshire/Western subway station about one mile west (as the crow flies) from the starting point. More info here.

Past Meets Future Koreatown Walk
Saturday, November 15
Meet at 10am at the Coffee Bean directly above the Wilshire/Vermont subway station.
Wilshire/Vermont Metro Red Line and Purple Line Station (3183 Wilshire Boulevard )

Tickets for the walk are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the walk. Click here to RSVP and purchase tickets for the Koreatown Walk.

NoHo Neighborhood Impact Walk

la-ca-lankershim-boulevard-los-angeles-index-dtoJoin us to explore North Hollywood with Walk Ambassador John Bwarie on Saturday, November 22nd. John will lead this special NoHo Neighborhood Impact Walk that will showcase the ways, methods, and people that have transformed the NoHo Arts District over the last 20 years. We’ll explore historical sites, municipal improvements, residential, industrial, and commercial districts, as well as theaters and, of course, the Television Academy! The walk will focus on the history of the area and its transformation in the last 2 decades. Experts will join the group along the route to share their first-hand insight on how things changed both the challenges and successes. This tour will present the convergence of history, cultural, and politics. (John has lived and worked in the area and was part of these changes; and currently, he leads food tours across LA via Secret City Tours and runs the City Impact Lab in Los Angeles.)

This walk is approximately three miles long and includes a number of stops with local “impact makers,” and will end at approximately 12:30pmMore info here.

NoHo Neighborhood Impact Walk
Saturday, November 22
Meet at 9:45am at the Northeast corner of Lankershim & Chandler
NoHo Metro Red Line and Orange Line Station (Lankershim and Chandler in NoHo)

Tickets for the walk are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the walk. Click here to RSVP and purchase tickets.

Come to our LA Walks Open Meeting on November 13

1606287_584430874997802_7119267155893898136_oJoin the LA Walks steering committee for an open meeting!

We’re inviting the larger community to contribute to discussions pertaining to all of our current projects. If you’ve ever wanted to get involved in our work, this is the time! This meeting will cover our many elements of our S.A.F.E. campaign which includes:

Anyone from the public can attend, so please bring someone you feel will be interested in our work. We are excited to hear everyone’s thoughts about our projects and goals so that we can be more inclusive, effective, and efficient!

Los Angeles Walks Open Meeting
Thursday, November 13
6:30pm to 8:30pm

KAOS Network
4343 Leimert Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008

RSVP and invite friends on Facebook!

 

Help build a Dia de los Muertos altar to honor pedestrians

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Grand Park is hosting a Dia de los Muertos festival on Saturday, November 1 with food trucks, face-painting, amazing bands, and a bar right in the heart of LA! In addition, Los Angeles Walks has an amazing opportunity to work with Self-Help Graphics & Art to build altars for the festival’s Noche de Ofrenda event one week before on Saturday, October 25. We’ll specifically be building altars which honor pedestrian and bike-related fatalities in Los Angeles.

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, October 25 to help design and build the altars during the day, then you can stay for the party at night. If you’d like to volunteer, fill out this form to sign up for a shift.

Noche de Ofrenda
Saturday, October 25
Volunteer during the day, party is 7:00pm to 9:00 pm

The altars will remain on display all week, from October 25 to November 1.

Downtown Dia de los Muertos Concert
Saturday, November 1
3:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Check out both events on Facebook

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

la-me-ln-garcetti-transportation-20140620-001Join LACBC, L.A. Walks, Streetsblog L.A., and Safe Routes to School National Partnership for a reception to welcome new L.A. Department of Transportation General Manager Seleta Reynolds.

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.