LA 2050 Listens – Lincoln Heights and Cypress Park Walk

New River Park!

Join us for a trip through North East Los Angeles! This month our walk will start in Lincoln Heights and explore Cypress Park.

Come learn about how Los Angeles is gearing up for future change. Our walk will include speakers from local businesses, artists, and residents all focused on how we interact with our streets.  Highlighted locations include the Figueroa Art Tunnel, new Los Angeles River parks, local high schools and more.  A supporting foundation, LA 2050, envisions a Los Angeles where we create, connect, learn, play, and live healthily.  Participation in this walk will include a survey to gain feedback about how we can improve our city to embrace these values. Together, we can explore a unique corner of LA and provide important data for foundations, businesses, and policy-makers to change our urban structure.

The walk is 2.6 miles round trip and is stroller/wheelchair friendly.  Families and kids are welcome on this walk as we are exploring some great new local parks!

Sunday, April 27
10:00am-12:30pm
Metro Gold Line- Lincoln Heights/Cypress Park Station

Tickets are FREE, donation are welcome – just RSVP here on Eventbrite.

Join the event on Facebook and Twitter for live updates. As always, please promote and share so we can spread our reach and build a safer LA faster.

Stay tuned for more info!

So many WalkLAvia options for the next CicLaviA on April 6!

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 9.39.18 AMThe next CicLAvia on Sunday, April 6 returns to the Wilshire Boulevard route, the most pedestrian-friendly CicLAvia of all! Rather than organize a single walk, we’re gathering all the great walking opportunities here so you can pick and choose how to spend your day on foot! Stay tuned for more details, but here are the options so far…

  • The LA Leggers will be walking (and running) from the One Wilshire Hub westward when CicLAvia begins at 9am. Meet up at 8:45. All details here.
  • Join Bob Inman for a 7.5 mile loop highlighting the architecture and history of Koreatown and Mid-Wilshire, starting in front of the Wiltern at the Koreatown Hub at Wilshire and Western at 11am. All details here. (You’ll be walking in and around the route so there will be plenty of chances to leave early.)
  • The City Planning Department will also be leading a walk eastward starting at the Miracle Mile Hub between Spaulding and Ogden at 9am. All details here.

Also: Be sure to stop by the Poketo booth outside the The Line Hotel at 3515 Wilshire (near Normandie) to stock up on Los Angeles Walks merchandise!

Walk Koreatown with us, de LaB and Open Streets on 4/4

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Join de LaB, Los Angeles Walks, CicLAvia and the Open Streets Summit for an evening walking tour of Koreatown, one of the most exciting neighborhoods in the city—maybe because it has LA’s highest concentration of bars and restaurants!

We’ll start at The Line, to hear more about this brand-new hotel that’s revitalizing this stretch of Wilshire, and the unique collaboration between The Sydell Group, chef Roy Choi, The Houston Brothers, Sean Knibb and Poketo. The mid-century building was designed by Daniel Mann Johnson + Mendenhall in 1964, the same architects behind the American Cement Building down the street, and we’ll go see that, too. Other stops include the site of the Ambassador Hotel and the Legendary Park Plaza. LA Walks steering committee member and de LaB founder Alissa Walker will be leading the group and introducing us to special guests along the way.

We’ll end at Lock & Key, a new speakeasy that provides a contemporary take on Koreatown’s pub culture. Your ticket includes one of two complimentary punches to choose from (if you’d like anything else you can purchase it from the bar), and we’ll also receive a discount on their excellent and affordable food menu.

More details will be emailed to attendees the week before the walk!

KOREATOWN WALKING TOUR
Friday, April 4
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Tickets are $10 and include a cocktail at Lock + Key: Buy tickets here

THE LINE
3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
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We’ll be at The Line from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. The tour will leave The Line at 6:30 sharp, heading east on Wilshire.

 

Help LA plan for a more walkable city

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As we’ve mentioned before, the City of Los Angeles is updating the Mobility Element to its General Plan to guide transportation infrastructure and policy for the next twenty years; creating a new Health and Wellness element to make the city a healthier place for all residents; and updating its zoning code for the first time since 1946. All of these policies could potentially make LA a better place for walking.

Drafts of all three of these planning efforts are being shared with the public at regional forums in March and April. Walkers should attend to make sure the plans prioritize walking. Events are being held all over the city, see the list of upcoming forums to find one near you!

Read more about re:code LA and the Mobility Element update.

Walk Colorado Boulevard and Eagle Rock with us on 3/23

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Co-sponsored by the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council this walk will explore the past and future of Colorado Boulevard and beyond. Led by Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council member Ashley Atkinson and LA Walks Steering Committee member Mark Vallianatos this four mile walk will travel along Colorado Boulevard up to the iconic Eagle Rock itself and return to our starting point. Along the way you’ll get to learn a little about the history of the Eagle Rock neighborhood; recent efforts by the neighborhood council, Council District 14, and Take Back the Boulevard to improve the boulevard; and can help identify opportunities for additional improvements.

This walk is four (4) miles roundtrip and is a stroller/roller friendly walk (families and wheelchair users encouraged, however there is a significant uphill portion to this walk, a 344 ft one-way elevation gain).

Sunday, March 23
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Swork Coffee
2160 Colorado Boulevard, Eagle Rock

Tickets are $5 + online fees, buy tickets here or bring $5 cash

Our monthly walks help grow our organization and will range in price depending on the event. thank you!

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We have a series of walks in the works led by walking ambassadors from around LA. Stay tuned for announcements about these!

March Forth Pedestrian Day of Action

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Come help the pedestrian superheroes of Los Angeles Walks protect pedestrians at busy intersections.  Wear your superhero gear — capes, bright colors, masks, head dresses — whatever gives you your super power. For inspiration, here is a photo of LA Walks’ own hero Peotonito in Mexico City, who has inspired us to take to the streets as superheroes.We’ll meet on the northwest corner or Alameda and Los Angeles St at the Placita de Dolores at 4pm.

Around 5:30, we’ll head to 1st and Hill — near the Civic Center Red Line stop.

We will train volunteers at the start of half hour or so, if you can’t arrive right at 4:00.

If you want to come volunteer to be a pedestrian super hero for the day, RSVP to our Facebook event page.

Here is where we’ll meet at 4pm! :

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Come to the next Active Streets event on February 1

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Join Los Angeles Walks at the next Active Streets, which empowers communities to create safe walking and bicycling routes to parks, schools, and local businesses along their neighborhood streets.

This event will feature FREE raffle, FREE Family activities, FREE snacks and beverages, and a bike safety skills training and a walk throughout the community.

Active Streets LA is a partnership of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, TRUST South LA, and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation with funding through the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Active Streets LA
Saturday, February 1, 2014
10:00am-1:30pm

1201 W. 48th St.
Los Angeles CA 90037
Vermont Square Library and Park

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Want to become a Walk Ambassador? Join us at our first planning meeting

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Get involved with Los Angeles Walks this year by leading walks around LA. We’re looking for a few super passionate walkers to help us organize one walk a month to explore a different part of the City of Los Angeles.

If you love your neighborhood, want to share your knowledge of LA and LA history, or want to share hidden gems, staircases, waterways and other treasures you’ve encountered while walking our marvelous city, then this is the meeting for you!

At this meeting you’ll help us plan our 2014 walk calendar. We’ll provide an overview on how to lead a group walk and then we’ll work together to help plan each walk we’ll be hosting in 2014.

This is your opportunity to get involved in helping Los Angeles Walks grow!

Walk Ambassador Meeting
Tuesday, February 4th
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
the HUB LA
830 Traction Ave #3a
Los Angeles, CA 90013

See who’s coming and invite others on Facebook

See you there!

Show your support for MyFigueroa on 1/28

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The City Council Planning & Land Use Committee is considering MyFigueroa, a proposed complete streets project in downtown and South LA which includes the city’s first protected bike lane. As the city’s first cycletrack, there is some fear-based opposition to change, which can only be overcome if those that believe in LA’s future turn out!

MyFigueroa will transforms an auto-dominated corridor and balances it with transit, bike and pedestrian features. It is the first of Mayor Eric Garcetti‘s Great Streets. If this project is successful, we could see streets all across Los Angeles transformed to better meet the needs of all who travel on them.

Figueroa is particularly important because it connects so many of LA’s great institutions: Expo Park, the Coliseum, the California Science Center, USC, Staples Center & LA Live and all of downtown Los Angeles. These destinations are spread over three miles of currently inhospitable streets. They are too far apart to walk, but perfect for riding a bike. The new Expo Light Rail Line has made getting around by transit so much easier along this corridor, but the last-mile connections would be incomplete without the MyFigueroa project.

Almost all other major cities in the U.S. have successfully implemented protected bike lanes along major thoroughfares, giving people mobility options and improving local business with every project. We know that it will work here in LA too, and we’re incredibly excited that South LA will be the first community to benefit from this investment in advanced bicycle infrastructure.

We need you! If you want to see better bikeways and complete streets in your community, we need to make sure that the first Great Street in Los Angeles is a success. Please join us:

Support MyFigueroa at the PLUM Committee meeting
Tuesday, January 28
2:30pm

LA City Hall, Room 350
200 N. Spring Street
Downtown LA

See who’s coming and invite others on Facebook

You can also email committee members at these addresses:
To: Councilmember.Huizar@lacity.org, Councilmember.Cedillo@lacity.org, Councilmember.Englander@lacity.org
CC: Councilmember.Price@lacity.org
BCC: alek@la-bike.org

Our Volunteer Social & Holiday Get Together is December 4

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Isn’t one of your resolutions to get more involved with Los Angeles Walks in 2014? Well good news! We’re ending 2013 with a holiday get together and volunteer social at Angel City Brewery in the Arts District.

As an all-volunteer organization we rely on passionate individuals like YOU to help transform Los Angeles into a more walkable city. We want to get YOU more involved with LA Walks so we can grow and become an even more successful organization.

So join us on Wednesday, December 4th at 6:00 p.m. at Angel City Brewery in DTLA. YOU can learn about planning and leading a walk, how to get more involved in policy and advocacy, and help LA Walks grow in 2014!

Volunteer Social & Holiday Get Together
Wednesday, December 4

6:00 p.m. Arrive and mingle
6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Hear from LA Walks leaders about our plan for 2014
7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Talk to steering committee members and sign up for specific ways to get involved
Afterwards, you can hang out until they close at 10 p.m.!

Angel City Brewery
216 South Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Please RSVP at our Facebook event here, or just show up—all are welcome!