Los Angeles Walks steering committee member Alissa Walker talks to the Los Angeles Times architecture critic.
Alissa Walker: First, thank you for such a great conversation with Mayor Garcetti at Occidental College in February. With Villaraigosa we saw this empire-building when it came to transit, bike lanes and CicLAvia but we didn’t get to hear him talk much about walking. Now we’ve got a mayor who walked ﬁve miles to City Hall on Walk to Work Day! How else is Garcetti’s approach different, in your opinion?
Christopher Hawthorne: Villaraigosa, near the end of his time in ofﬁce, really began paying attention to pedestrian safety and the crucial connections between walking and transit. But it took almost eight years for his administration to get to that point. Garcetti is unusually knowledgeable about and genuinely interested in these issues, as was clear in the Occidental conversation we had; and we’re still very early in his term. The question with him will be execution—or maybe a combination of execution and nerve. How willing will he be to fund improvements to pedestrian access, and sidewalks when they conﬂict with some voters’ (and media outlets’) desires to keep car trafﬁc moving as swiftly and efﬁciently as possible? And how willing is he to defend controversial or even unpopular changes to street design?
Have you heard about our pedestrian wayfinding project Walk This Way LA? We’re developing wayfinding signs to make it easier for Angelenos to walk in their neighborhoods. We need volunteers to help with planning and outreach in our pilot area of Leimert Park, as well as other neighborhoods around LA. If you want to get involved with this project, our first working group meeting will be
**the evening of Tuesday February 3, 2015**
(note, time is corrected from an earlier post that said February 2)
Save the date and stay tuned for meeting location, TBA.
There’s still time to donate to LA Walks to get our bandanas, buttons, and stickers as last minute holiday gifts! We’ll put them in the mail to you the same day you donate. All donations are tax deductible too!
Thanks to Small Business Saturday, Mar Vista is going to be host to numerous pop-ups for your perusal!
The Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce encourages everyone to Shop Local and Shop Small at the first-ever Small Business Saturday Pop-Up Mar Vista event.
Over 35 businesses along Venice Blvd will be participating; welcoming customers shopping for Holiday gifts, enjoying art galleries, getting some pampering done, or just enjoying a stroll or bike ride.
The Mar Vista Chamber will hand out maps listing all the participating stores. You’ll be able to find the Chamber at our “Home Base” for the day – at the South East corner of Venice & Centinela. Each store will stamp the map every time someone comes in to shop or browse – and for every stamp on their map, customers will earn a raffle ticket for some terrific prizes donated by local merchants.
If you ride a bike to any of the stores, you’ll earn an extra stamp on your map, which will earn you an extra raffle ticket, too!
The raffle prizes will be given away at the end of the day, and winners need not be present to win. Join the Chamber after the Pop-up event at Louie’s of Mar Vista, beginning at 4:30pm, to find out who will win the prizes!
Join us to #ShopSmall on this very fun day supporting local businesses!
Saturday, November 29
At the Great Streets route on Venice between Beethoven and Inglewood Blvd
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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
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
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!