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

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.

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!

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.

Walk with us to celebrate LA’s 233rd birthday on August 30

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Did you know that Los Angeles was founded by a group of walkers? It’s true! The Pobladores, or founding families, walked nine miles from the San Gabriel Mission to downtown LA in September of 1781, and every year since then a group of their ancestors have retraced their steps.

Join us for the annual walk on Saturday, August 30 starting at 6:00 am! Meet at the Mission for the walk to Olvera Street, and free shuttles will take you back to your car at the end of the day. There’s also a bike ride for those who want to do the route on two wheels. See you then! More details on Facebook.

The New Streets of LA Panel on August 7

New StreetsCome downtown to the Levi’s Commuter Workspace this Thursday, August 7 to see LA Walks’ executive director Deborah Murphy, among other leading policy makers, talk about building a more livable Los Angeles with safer streets and vibrant communities. This event is first installment a program new series called CicLAvia Explores, where the organization aims to further engage Angelenos to positively transform their relationships with their communities and each other.

The New Streets of LA
Thursday, August 7
7:00 to 10:00 pm

Levi’s Commuter Workspace
157 W 5th St 

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Register for the event here.

The Levi’s Commuter Workspace will be open all month with events and workshops. Check out more about the space here.