Come to our LA Walks Open Meeting on November 13

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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

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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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!

Apply to become a Los Angeles Walks Steering Committee Member!

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We’re expanding the Los Angeles Walks Steering Committee with up to five more members. Apply today to be considered! While we’re looking for any Angelenos who are interested in making LA more safe, accessible, fun and equitable for walkers, we would especially like to expand our geographic diversity and will be prioritizing candidates that live in South LA, East LA, West LA, and the Valley. We also strongly encourage people who speak Spanish and other languages to join our efforts and help us reach new communities.

Fill out our application here and follow the directions to submit it to us by Friday, September 19. Thanks so much, and we can’t wait to welcome some new voices to our team!

Union Station getting its much deserved makeover

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While policy makers and planners beefed up transportation options at Union Station with the addition of the Gold Line station and FlyAway bus, they neglected to make it a desirable location for travelers to use as a central transfer point. Now coming, a new terminal, train track redesign, and green public plaza will likely change everything you know about the station. With restaurants, outdoor seating, trees and flowers, Union Station is about to become your favorite pitstop on the way to anywhere in the city.

However, what might be most important in the upcoming development is the centralized focus on pedestrian and bike access to the station. Next up: The Regional Connector. By connecting Downtown together under a simple and efficient underground rail, several very critical gaps will be closed in the transportation loops. We can hardly wait to watch the city change.