Four weekends! Four walks! Ending at four places to drink beer! Walktoberfest!

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As you may have heard, Walktober is coming up and we’ve got a month of events to celebrate walking in LA. In addition to our Day of Action October 1 and Walk to School Day October 9, every weekend in Walktober we’re organizing easy walks all over LA in partnership with other walking groups. AND every walk will end at a great place to have a beer. Walktoberfest!

Here are details for all four events. Can’t make the walk? You can still join us for the beer part. Everyone welcome, all the events are for all ages!

Please walk responsibly—take transit and stay safe!

Heart of LA WalkLAvia with Los Angeles Walks
Sunday, October 6
Meet: 10:00 a.m. at Mariachi Plaza, corner of East First and Boyle Streets in Boyle Heights
Walk: Three miles along the CicLAvia route from Boyle Heights to Chinatown led by Los Angeles Walks steering committee (ride the Gold Line back to the start, or vice versa)
Beers: 12:00 p.m. at the Chinatown Hub beer garden
See who’s coming and invite friends on Facebook

Beverly Hills Architecture, Art and Alleys with Walk Beverly Hills
Monday, October 14 (It’s Columbus Day, so you might have the day off!)
Meet: 5:30 p.m. at Nic’s Beverly Hills, 453 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills 90210
Walk: Two mile loop of great architecture, public artworks and secret alleys in Beverly Hills led by Ellen Lutwak
Beers (and “These Boots Are Made for Walk-Ka” martinis!): 7:00 p.m. at Nic’s Beverly Hills, 453 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills 90210 (plus happy hour specials all Monday evening for walkers!)
See who’s coming and invite friends on Facebook

2nd Annual Zombie Walk with Walk Bike Glendale
Saturday, October 19

Meet: 6:30 p.m. at Glendale Central Park, 201 E. Colorado Street, Glendale, CA 91205
Walk: One-mile walk down Brand Blvd (but at a very slow, zombie pace) with a large group of fellow undead pedestrian advocates. ZOMBIE ATTIRE ENCOURAGED!!!
Beers: 7:45 p.m. at Far Niente, 204 1/2 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203 (The walk ends nearby at the Alex Theater on Brand Blvd.)
See who’s coming and invite friends on Facebook

Santa Monica Walking Train with SantaMonicaWalks! and Santa Monica Next
Saturday, October 26
Meet: 3:30 p.m in front of the new library in Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Walk: Three miles, checking out Expo Line construction and the brand-new Tongva Park led by Gary Kavanagh (you can take the Big Blue Bus #7 back to the start, or vice versa)
Beers: 6:30 p.m. at Chez Jay, 1657 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
See who’s coming and invite friends on Facebook

Join us for a Heart of LA WalkLAvia on Sunday, October 6

It’s that time of year again! Celebrate the open streets of CicLAvia with Los Angeles Walks as we embark upon our fourth WalkLAvia!

Heart of LA WalkLAvia
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Mariachi Plaza
East First Street and North Boyle Street
See map

We’ll walk the CicLAvia route from Mariachi Plaza to the Chinatown Hub, about three miles. We expect to arrive at the Chinatown Hub around 12:00 p.m., leaving the rest of the day to enjoy the rest of the CicLAvia route however you see fit. See you there!

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Take the Gold Line to the start, the Mariachi Plaza/Boyle Heights station is right beneath the plaza! Plan your trip at Metro.net

See who’s coming and invite friends on Facebook

Check out the route and get more information about CicLAvia.

Thanks to Ruben Diaz for documenting the amazing time we had walking at the Wilshire CicLAvia in June in the timelapse video above!

We had a wonderful Wilshire WalkLAvia

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Another successful WalkLAvia was had on June 23rd! We walked six miles of Wilshire Boulevard from Grand Avenue all the way to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art… and even ended with a few cocktails at Stark Bar.

Folks were out walking for all kinds of reasons—to be sociable, stay fit, enjoy time with their kids, relax, and see the city. We were pretty excited to highlight our “Hey, I’m Walking Here” campaign at this event and connect with some of the hundreds of thousands of people out walking at CicLAvia.

Here are a few highlights from our June WalkLAvia—thanks to Ruben Diaz for the awesome photos!

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See more photos on our Facebook page, and be sure to tag yourself!

Our next WalkLAvia will take place at the Sunday October 6th Heart of L.A. CicLAvia. Check out the newly posted route!

If you’re interested in joining us on the walk, sign up for our email newsletter to get all the details closer to October!

WalkLAvia: Walk Wilshire with us at the next CicLAvia, Sunday, June 23!

WalkLAviaYep, it’s our next WalkLAvia! Meet us on Sunday, June 23 at 9:00 a.m. at the intersection of Wilshire and Grand for some fun at the most walkable CicLAvia yet. Come walk with us as we stroll down Wilshire for six miles—you can walk with us from the start or meet us along the way!

Bring what you can carry, push and stroll along the street with friends. We’ll supply the signs and banners, spray paint chalk, photographers, jump rope—you bring friends and family members, water, sunscreen and snacks. Slow walkers, families, and people walking their bikes are all welcome.

We meet at 9:00 a.m. and start walking at 9:15 a.m. from Wilshire and Grand, we hope to hit the Museum hub by 1:30 p.m. We’ll have a long lunch break at the K-Town BBQ pit stop, too.

Purple Line are stops available for early bailouts or, take transit and meet us mid-trip. Check the CicLAvia site for more details and locations of all the hubs. Join us for any part—we’d love to have you with us as we walk the awesome street of Wilshire Boulevard with no cars!

Schedule

9:00am: Meet at Grand & Wilshire Blvd.

9:15am: Depart Grand/Wilshire Hub

9:45am: Arrive at MacArthur Park Hub (Alvarado and Wilshire)

10:00am: Depart MacArthur Park Hub

10:45am: Arrive at K-Town Hub (Western and Wilshire; lunch at the K-Town BBQ pit stop)

12:00pm: Depart K-Town Hub

12:30pm: Arrive at Mid-Wilshire Hub (Rimpau and Wilshire)

12:45pm: Depart Mid-Wilshire Hub

1:15pm: End at Miracle Mile Hub (Fairfax and Wilshire)

Follow along on our Twitter at @LosAngelesWalks for updates. RSVP on Facebook to invite friends and let others know you’re coming. See you there!

We had a great Westside WalkLAvia!

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On April 21, during the last CicLAvia (to the Sea!), we organized a Westside WalkLAvia from the Culver City Expo Line station all the way to Venice Beach, about five miles.

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About 30 walkers started the WalkLavia, but due to the looooooong distance and because there was so much to do along the way (so many great hubs!), we started to spread out quite a bit.

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Luckily we ended up recruiting lots of walkers along the way, encouraging folks to walk with us (or walk their bikes) for a few blocks.

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We had plenty of great LA Walks signage thanks to our captain of flair Jessica Meaney!

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And we were even trailed by a documentary film crew! More on that later!

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We weren’t the only ones walking CicLAvia, we saw lots of joggers and several marching bands.

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Plus walking put us at just the right speed to take in all the entertaining elements of the day. Like the costumes!

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And our Los Angeles Walks mascot Fiona was a star of the street, of course.

Westside WalkLAvia to the SEA!

After five miles of walking, our trek to the sea wouldn’t be complete without a quick dip in the Pacific Ocean! Thanks to warm temperatures and sunny skies it was a perfect day at the beach.

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We were honored to have the awesome Bob Inman lead the walk. You can join his regular walks throughout LA, including the “prologue” to the Big Parade, coming up on Friday, May 17.

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While most of the walkers peeled off in Venice, Bob’s walk included a return trip through the beautiful walkstreets and canals of Venice, as well as a few public staircases in Mar Vista. Eight walkers logged an incredible 15 miles during the day!

Check out more photos on our Flickr or over at Facebook (thanks to Bob for some of these great photos)! And yes, we’re definitely planning another outing for the next CicLAvia on June 23—save the date!

Watch this video from WalkLAvia!

As you’ll remember, back in October we organized the first-ever WalkLAvia, a walking parade that strolled down Figueroa during this fall’s CicLAvia. Our friend Ana Haase-Reed happened to shoot some video while we walked and compiled the footage into this beautiful short film of the day. Thanks to Ana for sharing it with us, and thanks to everyone who walked with us. We can’t wait for the next WalkLAvia!

WalkLAvia: everyone walks in LA

We want to thank everyone who joined the WalkLAvia walking parade yesterday at CicLAvia! We had so much fun and hope that you did too! Over 50 people turned out for the parade from downtown Los Angeles to Exposition Park.

As the group made its way down Figueroa Street, we cheered, carried signs and banners, learned about the history and future of the corridor, and greened the side of the roadway with seed bombs. We had a great group of folks! Check out all the event photos here.

WalkLAvia got lots of great media coverage, including a plug from City Councilmember and Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti at Sunday’s CicLAvia press conference, and a reminder from Garcetti that CicLAvia is for walkers, skateboarders, wheelchairs, as well as cyclists. Los Angeles Walks founder Deborah Murphy also had the honor of meeting with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa before WalkLAvia started!
Stay tuned for information on future WalkLAvias and other events like our FREE walking tour of Silver Lake on October 21. We invite you to join us for our next community meeting in Leimert Park on November 15. In the meantime, keep walking!
—Rachel Bennett

Get ready to WalkLAvia this Sunday at CicLAvia!

We’re gearing up for our big WalkLAvia walking parade at this Sunday’s CicLAvia! We’ve got homemade signs, popsicles, seed bombs, giant puppets, bubbles, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, capoeira artists, and more! WalkLAvia got some great media coverage this week, including:

We’ll begin our walk at 8th and Figueroa and walk down to the new Expo Park hub of the CicLAvia route. Safety and fun are our primary concerns, which is why we chose Figueroa—a nice, wide street that can fit our group of walkers as well as passing cyclists. Meet on the northwest corner of 8th and Figueroa at 11:30am (just south of the new Target and one block south of the 7th St/Metro Center Metro stop). The group will depart at noon and should arrive at Expo Park around 2pm. At about 12:15pm at Gil Lindsay Plaza, we’ll hear from Melani Smith of the Meléndrez design firm about the My Figueroa Corridor project, which will make Figueroa more pedestrian friendly and install LA’s first protected bike lanes.

There are multiple Blue Line and Expo Line stops along the route so people can follow our progress on Twitter (@LosAngelesWalks, #WalkLAvia) and meet up with us along the walk. The transit stops are also convenient for folks that would like to join us for the start of the walk and then head back to downtown early.

See you Sunday!

—Rachel Bennett

Reimagining Chinatown’s College Street at CicLAvia this Sunday

Image credit: Candy Chang, I Wish This Was project

In addition to our WalkLAvia group walk from downtown LA to Exposition Park, there are a number of great community events at this Sunday’s CicLAvia, including this one from our friends at Living Streets LA.

Living Streets LA presents “I Wish this Street Was…” an interactive play street that will allow participants and passersby to envision what College Street in Chinatown could be like without cars. On Sunday October 7th, College Street will be transformed into a pedestrian-only street through interactive workshops, public art projects, and imaginative games.
If you would like to volunteer for this event, please email Anna Peccianti at anna.peccianti@gmail.com and specify what time you would be available between 8am-4pm. Living Streets LA is hoping each volunteer can stay for at least two hours.
—Rachel Bennett

WalkLAvia this Sunday at CicLAvia!

Join us this Sunday October 7th as we take to the open streets of CicLAvia on foot! We will do a group walk from downtown LA to beautiful Expo Park, and walkers of all ages are welcome. We’ll have giant puppets, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, seed bombs, capoeira artists, popsicles, bubbles, a history lesson or two, and more!

We’ll begin our walk at 8th and Figueroa and walk down to the new Expo Park hub of the CicLAvia route. Safety and fun are our primary concerns, which is why we chose Figueroa—a nice, wide street that can fit our group of walkers as well as passing cyclists. Meet on the northwest corner of 8th and Figueroa at 11:30am (just south of the new Target and one block south of the 7th St/Metro Center Metro stop). The group will depart at noon and should arrive at Expo Park around 2pm.

There are multiple Blue Line and Expo Line stops along the route so people can follow our progress on Twitter (@LosAngelesWalks, #WalkLAvia) and meet up with us along the walk. The transit stops are also convenient for folks that would like to join us for the start of the walk and then head back to downtown early.

Along the walk, we’ll hear from Melani Smith with the Melendrez design firm about the My Figueroa Corridor Project at Gil Lindsay Plaza around 12:15pm, as well as the history of West Adams and downtown Los Angeles. We’ll end our walk at Expo Park around 2pm. The museums will be open and there’s a lot to explore…

  • California Science Center (open 10am-5pm, free admission to the permanent exhibition galleries) Check out the Ecosystems exhibit, Air and Space exhibits, and more!
  • Natural History Museum (open 9:30am-5pm, admission is $12/adult, $9/student or teen, $5/child, free/child under 2) Check out the new Dinosaur Hall, Animal Meet and Greet, Scavenger Hunt, Butterfly Brooch collection, and more!

There are two Expo Line stops near the end of our walk, so people can hop on the train and head back to downtown or head west and enjoy some of the sights, tastes, and great neighborhoods along the new Expo Line.

We look forward to walking with you on Sunday!

—Rachel Bennett