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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City of Los Angeles Prioritizes Safe Routes to School

Los Angeles Walks, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership have been working with the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation to support a more robust Safe Routes to School effort within the city, as a result we are pleased encourage you to attend a meeting this week where interested community members can learn about this effort and how to get involved.

  • When: Thursday, March 21, 2:00 – 4:00
  • Where: Caltrans Building (100 Main Street, LA 90012 in Conf Room 1.040B – on first floor)
  • For more info contact: Los Angeles City Department of Transportation Pedestrian Coordinator Margot Ocañas at margot.ocanas@lacity.org

The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation is currently reviewing all of the 495 schools within the City’s limits and working with partners such as the Los Angeles Unified School District, community based organizations, and all interested stakeholders in an effort to prioritize schools of high need for transportation improvements to make it safer and more enjoyable for students and their families to walk, bicycle and take Metro to get to school.

This is a great meeting to make valuable contacts with who is leading these efforts and figure out how your community can get involved. All are welcome and invited to this meeting.

Council District 1 Candidates Debate on Transportation and Land Use Issues

Co-sponsored by Los Angeles walks, the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and Streetsblog Los Angeles

Sunday, February 10, 1 pm
Lower Herrick, Occidental College

Council District  1 includes parts or all of: Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.

Bike Ride This Sunday : Explore Future Bike Lanes in Northeast LA

A group ride on the route of proposed new bike lanes on Figueroa and Colorado and existing bike lanes on York and Eagle Rock, led by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

Sunday, February 10
Meet at 1030am, ride leaves at 11am
Starting point at Graeyer’s Oak Park, Figueroa blvd and Marmion Way. Ends at Occidental College for candidates debate, see below
http://www.la-bike.org/ridefigueroa

See you at Pedestrians Count this Thursday and Friday!

Los Angeles Walks is proud to support Pedestrians Count! 2012, which will be held May 3 and 4, 2012 at Metro headquarters in Downtown LA.  Hosted by California WALKS, Peds Count!

For more information or to register for the conference, visit http://pedscount2012.eventbrite.com.

Join us for a walk Thursday morning or for the Pedestrian Social Thursday evening. More info here

 

Sign Up Now for Pedestrians Count! 2012

Los Angeles Walks is proud to support Pedestrians Count! 2012, which will be held May 3 and 4, 2012 at Metro headquarters in Downtown LA.  Hosted by California WALKS, Peds Count! promotes pedestrian safety and equity, data collection and analysis, sustainable communities, healthy environments, and transit access.  As CA Walks explains:

Pedestrians Count! is the only event of its kind focused solely on pedestrians and it provides an opportunity for advocates, practitioners and researchers to come together to share best practices, ask and answer questions, work to integrate data across fields, and to continue to build a solid foundation for improving the pedestrian environment.

Peds Count! promises to be a great event, and we’re excited to have so many pedestrian safety leaders come together in our city.  For more information or to register for the conference, visit http://pedscount2012.eventbrite.com.  We hope to see you there!