Los Angeles Walks is a pedestrian advocacy organization that envisions Los Angeles as a vibrant city in which people can and do walk regularly for transportation, exercise, or fun. Policymakers and residents appreciate walking as a valuable form of transportation, and Angelenos of all ages, ethnicities, incomes, and abilities are able to walk or move safely through their neighborhoods.
For us, a walkable LA is a just LA.
Our Theory of Change
As a team of community organizers, we see our theory of change in two steps:
Step 1. Win safe streets we needed yesterday. Whether it's a stop sign, a crosswalk, speed hump or road diets, basic safe street infrastructure that can save lives is incredibly difficult to get in Los Angeles. We level this playing field by partnering with communities as we co-navigate these difficult systems, build relations with city officials, and secure safe street infrastructure.
Step 2. Exercise community power. Successful safe street campaigns require building & showing public support to City leaders, which we build through actions like community workshops, walk audits, & creative public actions. We partner with neighborhoods and victims of traffic violence on local safe street campaigns, demonstrations, and policy/budget advocacy.
Step 3. Build a long-term movement. What's the point in fixing one street block when our larger transportation and street management system is broken? We partner with neighborhoods as they secure positions of power to influence long term City design. They include appoints to LA's Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC), running for neighborhood council, and perhaps LA City Council itself.
You can find our 2020 Annual Report here:
In 1998, urban designer Deborah Murphy founded Los Angeles Walks along with friends who were focused on fostering a more livable city. Over the years, thanks to a large and dedicated group of volunteers, Los Angeles Walks has consistently worked to raise awareness about pedestrian issues and bring attention to the role of walking in the City of Los Angeles. In the fall of 2011, under the ﬁscal umbrella of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Los Angeles Walks began a sustained, grassroots efforts at an increased level to support walking in L.A. In 2013, Los Angeles Walks was granted ﬁscal sponsorship by Community Partners, joining 150 local projects moving the region forward. In 2015, we hired our first full time staff member, Emilia Crotty, and have grown to a staff of three.
Artist Colleen Corcoran designed all our wonderful logos and headers. Check out her work at www.placeandpage.la.