We’re Taking a WalkLAvia in Pasadena on 5/31

Photo via Pasadena Heritage

Photo via Pasadena Heritage

Los Angeles Walks returns to CicLAvia, this time in Pasadena on Sunday 5/31. Join us to explore the historic sites of Old Pasadena, South Lake, Raymond Avenue, and East Colorado. Here’s all the details about the day.

Walk with us!

Meet at the Del Mar Gold Line station at 10am
We will learn about the California Cycleway and then walk east to the end of the 3.5-mile route and back, ending at the Memorial Park Station.

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Join us for a Westwood Walk 5/16

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Won’t you join us for a walk in Westwood? On the Bruin Walk, we’ll meander through Westwood Village and UCLA while discussing the area’s history and the pros and cons of its pedestrian environment. How do street and neighborhood design come together in this hub of commerce, housing and higher education? What changes are people in the neighborhood trying to make? How does the Great Streets program fit in? What lessons does this charming area have for the rest of the City? What is Rancho San Jose de Buenos Aires? Come find out, while having fun, getting exercise and supporting a great cause: Los Angeles Walks!

Westwood Walk
Saturday, May 16
10am to 1pm

Meet outside Peet’s Coffee and Tea
1124 Westwood Boulevard (at Lindbrook Drive), Los Angeles, CA 90024

$10 per person, get tickets here

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Arriving by Walking: By all means, this is Westwood after all! Sidewalks are mostly intact except for some nearby construction to the west and east on Lindbrook Drive.

Arriving by Bike: The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has a map of bikeways on its website. Bike parking is a bit scarce, but there are a few places to lock up bikes on nearby sidewalks.

Arriving by Transit: The starting point is within easy walking distance of several bus lines, including Metro Lines 20, 720 & 761; Big Blue Bus Lines 1, 2, 3M, 8 & 12 and Culver City Bus Line 6. Subway service expected within a few decades.

Arriving by Car: The City parking structure at 1036 Broxton Avenue is a good bet (cash only). Generally speaking expect to pay for parking on or off-street. Bring cash, quarters and a credit card and pay attention to time limits.

The Big Parade marches through LA May 2 and 3

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Alert your calf muscles: It’s almost time for The Big Parade, one of the most exciting walks in LA, happening May 2 and 3. Our own steering committee member Dan Koeppel has been coordinating this annual adventure since 2008 which travels up and down over 80 public stairways in its 35-mile route from downtown to Griffith Park.

A big part of this year’s Big Parade will also be creating awareness around the fact that public stairways are public streets. Advocates will be talking about how to open stairways that have been closed over the years, and how to launch efforts to maintain staircases forgotten by the city.

Check out The Big Parade on Facebook for detailed information about routes and how to join for a few minutes or a few miles. There’s also a prologue walk May 1—and yes, some hardy souls do indeed complete all three days! See you out there!

Sign up to Finish The Ride in 2015

FTR 2015 eFlyerSign up for the second annual Finish The Ride on Sunday, April 19th, to either ride, run, walk, or roll, to help raise awareness of the safety issues faced by vulnerable road users on L.A. and California roads.

Take 10% off the registration price and help support LA Walks by using promo code SUPPORTLAWALKS while registering. In addition to getting a discount, you’ll help LA Walks with 10% of the registration fees collected under the LA Walks promo going to LA Walks!

Get more information on Finish The Ride:

Visit the Finish The Ride registration page.

 

Car Free SFV Earth Day

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San Fernando Valley residents pledge to use alternative transportation on April 26, 2015

Celebrate the day with community events and promotions.  Log on to the website to pledge to go car-free on April 26.

www.carfreeSFV.com

WHATCar Free San Fernando Valley, Sunday, April 26, 2015 is a collaborative event sponsored by non-profit organizations, businesses and local residents to empower the community to go Car-Free (or even car-light) just for a day.

By choosing to walk, bike, carpool, or take public transit on April 26, you will see how easy it is to use alternative transportation and how enjoyable it is to minimize traffic congestion.

WHY:   To raise awareness of the need to reduce traffic congestion and create a greener environment.

WHEN/WHERESunday, April 26, 2015

EARTH DAY FAIMLY BIKE RIDE (hosted by LA County Bike Coalition)

Time: 9:30 a.m. (registration); ride starts at 10:00 a.m.

Start location: LA River at Valleyheart Drive (North) and Fulton Avenue in Sherman Oaks.

Ride Description: A 14 mile ride on bike lanes and bike paths (riders must be over 10).  We’ll ride along the Chandler Bike path to the Chandler bikeway, and on the way back we’ll visit the first bike corral in the SFV.

CAR FREE SFV SCAVENGER HUNT (organized by LA River Revitalization Corp)

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Place: LA River at Valleyheart Drive (North) and Fulton Avenue in Sherman Oaks.

Team up in groups of 3-4 to solve trivia and other challenges while spending the morning along the LA River and beyond!  All clues are located along the LA River Greenway and surrounding Sherman Oaks and Studio City communities. Smart phones are allowed, motorized transportation is not.  One person on each team should have a fully charged camera/camera phone and a few dollars to complete the challenges.  Wear comfortable shoes, you will be walking around one mile. Water, hats and sunscreen are encouraged. All ages welcome and it’s pet-friendly.

 

MORE INFORMATION AND TAKE THE PLEDGE AT carfreesfv.com. 

Media Contact: Rebecca Gundzik-(818) 807-7852

WalkLAvia – The Valley 3/22

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On Sunday March 22, Los Angeles Walks will walk the CicLAvia route – this time in the Valley! – starting at North Hollywood Red Line Station at 10am. Look for the Los Angeles Walks banner and our Executive Director Deborah’s bright dress to find our group. Walk with us!

Find your way along the route with the CicLAvia Neighborhood Guide to discover the foundations of today’s vibrance, secrets, and smells in the San Fernando Valley.

Amuse your friends, family, and self with LOADS of activities throughout the route. Pop up cycle tracks, nature walks, jazz groups, climbing walls, we honestly couldn’t list it all here. See the Activities Along the Route section on CicLAvia’s page for a very full list of how to fill your Sunday. And just so that you know absolutely everything about what you can get into this weekend – CicLAValley provided the Mother of All Valley CicLAvia Guides.

Perceive the Valley guided by a shifting musical landscape as geo-sonic harmonies come through your headphones. Walk With Me app offers fiction fused with reality while natural, musical, and vocal sounds superimpose the live noise of the surrounding area.

Have a good week and hope to walk with you Sunday!

Is Car Culture Dead? — a panel on 3/11

CarCulture-600x414Deborah Murphy featured on a panel at Zócolo Public Square: Cars and freeways didn’t just shape the landscape of contemporary America; they shaped the national culture as well. Southern California in particular has reveled in the pleasures of the automobile, from Sunday drives and drive-in theaters to the car race in Rebel Without a Cause. But between the pressures of climate change and a younger generation’s preference for denser living and public transportation, there is a serious backlash against the car, especially in L.A., where drivers spend more than 60 hours a year stuck in traffic. Are our cruising days over forever? Petersen Automotive Museum executive director Terry Karges, DUB Magazine founder Myles Kovacs, Los Angeles Walks founder Deborah Murphy, and Drexel University Center for Mobilities Research and Policy director Mimi Sheller visit Zócalo to discuss the future of car culture, in Southern California and beyond.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2015 7:30 PM

Join us March 7 for Dry River Walk

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The Dry River walk, led by walk ambassador Jack Moreau, will exhibit the Arroyo Seco Bikeway and Eugene Debs Park as community assets for Los Angeles and discuss the issues behind connecting the areas with bicycle and pedestrian transportation.

The Arroyo Seco is a natural creek running from the Angeles National Forest into Downtown LA where it meets the Los Angeles River. It now serves as the only piece of bicycle and pedestrian exclusive roadway in the North East LA. While this path offers an incredible asset to the community, chain link fencing encloses it and greatly decreases usage. Parks border the majority of the path, but there are only four access points each about a mile apart. The Arroyo Seco can become a major alternative transportation corridor for all of NELA and beyond. The path could be extended north into Pasadena as well as south into DTLA. Eugene Debs Park can be connected to the City of LA through the bike path and become a leading green space advocacy center for everyone. However, rising rates of homelessness in the area bring very difficult questions as to the equitable course of redevelopment.

As we walk, we will view hidden treasures of NELA and learn from community leaders about access to the Arroyo Seco.

Purchase Tickets through Eventbrite here

The walk is a little over 2 miles. There is one pretty significant hill in Debs Park, but it is very fun and pretty! 

  • We will meet up at the Highland Park Station
  • Walk Avenue 60 to the Arroyo Seco
  • Walk down Arroyo Seco path
  • Exit bikeway through “stairs to nowhere
  • Hike through Debs Park to the Audubon Center. Walkers can then continue hiking if they please or follow us back to the Gold Line.
  • (Here is the map)

Become a Walk Ambassador!

B2gIDOPCcAE1aiRPassionate about your neighborhood, Los Angeles history, art, food, culture and walking? Then share your passion with the Los Angeles Walks community! We rely on passionate individuals to share their Los Angeles with us each month as Walk Ambassadors. Walk Ambassadors design and lead us on walks to explore the many diverse neighborhoods that make up the City of Los Angeles. Our walks range from being 1.5 miles to 10 and along the way we meet artists, residents, community leaders, and learn about the past, present and future of our communities.

Pitch your idea for a walk by submitting a completed Planning Your Walk form to hello@losangeleswalks.org. Walks need to be in the City of Los Angeles, but other than that there are no limits! Check out some of our 2014 walks by scrolling through our archives.

**Deadline extended through January 20**

12/7 Is the Next CicLAvia: Walk with us & Join us in Leimert Park!

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Join Los Angeles Walks  at the next CicLAvia on Sunday December 7. We’ll be walking the whole route, starting at Central and Washington at 9am.

And you can also find us at the Leimert Park Plaza hub, collecting feedback for our “Walk This Way Leimert Park” pedestrian wayfinding signs. Come tell us where you walk in Leimert Park! And if you can volunteer for an hour or two to help us with outreach, sign up here!

 

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