Kenny Uong's Four Cornerstones for Transit Riders

Having grown up in a household that neither owned nor drove cars, riding public transit provided me with many opportunities to survey my surroundings and envision ideas to make our communities more transit-friendly and walkable. Throughout those numerous bus rides, I was able to identify key aspects that transit riders encounter. It is of the utmost importance to ensure that people who rely on transit to get around have sufficient resources — which I will refer to as the four cornerstones of transit riders’ experiences.

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Wilmington Parents & Promotoras Win a Decorative Crosswalk!

It took three years but after steadfast organizing, Wilmington parents and safe street promotoras finally got a decorative crosswalk on January 15, 2022. The new infrastructure, designed by the community to reflect Wilmington landmarks, can be found at L St. & Figueroa St.

This is further proof that through a grassroots Safe Street Promotora organizing model, City power will respond to community pedestrian safety needs and infrastructure demands.

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Results are Here: School Streets a Hit

This past Fall Los Angeles Walks partnered with LA City's Safe Routes to School to pilot a global trend in student safety: School Streets. A School Streets activation is when you open up a school's drop off/pick up street to children walking, biking, or scooting to school. By transforming a street usually filled with u-turning cars, honking horns, and gas exhaust to a space of play, fun, parents gain a powerful tool to create safer passageways for students and reclaim their streets.

 

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A fighting chance to fix LA's sidewalks!

Did you catch the news about our sidewalks?

Recently, the LA City Controller released an audit of our City's sidewalk repair program and it wasn't too flattering. Some of the major points include:

  • In the past five years, the City paid over $35 million in settlements related to sidewalk injuries. In 2020 alone, the City paid $12 million.
  • Less than 1% of sidewalk parcels have been certified as repaired and there is a backlog of 50,000 repair requests.
  • It takes on average 41 days to complete a sidewalk repair with asphalt, compared to only 3 days for potholes.
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A Walking Story for Watts and Florence-Firestone

Growing up in Watts and Florence-Firestone in the early 2000s, I remember the neighborhoods being really unsafe due to high levels of crime. I avoided walking and only walked when it was truly necessary, such as if neither of my parents were available to pick me up from school. My parents emphasized that the best way for us to stay safe was to stay at home; the weekends were the time when we would go run errands by car. After having experienced the walkability of college life and becoming more comfortable walking and riding public transportation, I was eager to explore that within my own neighborhood once I had moved back, even though Watts and Florence-Firestone are very, very different environments than Berkeley.

Walking gives you a perspective on neighborhoods in a way that driving around (and navigating Google Maps) simply cannot.

I wanted to walk more and get to know my neighborhood (with the added benefit of increasing my daily steps). And that’s exactly what I did for about five months - along with my younger brother, we walked to the library, to the park, to the grocery store, to and from his elementary school, and to nearby convenience stores. Walking gives you a perspective on neighborhoods in a way that driving around (and navigating Google Maps) simply cannot.

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No more "Thoughts & Prayers" for LA Pedestrians

Did you hear? We're half way through 2021 and Los Angeles is already on its way to exceed last year's traffic death count. According to this LAist article:

[the] normal relationship in L.A. means a person is killed as a result of a crash about every 36 hours on average. For the first half of 2021, the city is averaging one traffic death about every 30 hours.

We've had enough.

Around 40,000 Americans are killed every year from traffic violence, which has worsened in cities across the country in the past decade. In 2021, LA saw a 45% increase in pedestrian injuries from traffic crashes.


Our parents & friends wave signs at a memorial for siblings Eli & Lexi. February 2020

 

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Say Hello to our New Safe Street Promotore Graduates!

When it comes to your street and community design, who knows better than you and your neighbors? That is the central belief when it comes to our Safe Street Promotore Educators: that community members - armed with organizing tools and technical expertise - are best equipped to direct cities and governments on their infrastructure needs.

Through a 10-month Ped Power Workshop series, LA's Wilmington and San Pedro parents gained knowledge on topics like safe street infrastructure, navigating City programs and systems to secure said infrastructure, Google Earth/GIS mapping tools, and more. Now as graduates they're prepared to not only deftly navigate City systems and power to secure safe street infrastructure but train their neighbors and peers to do the same.

So say hello to our first graduating class of Safe Street Promotore Educators! 

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We're part of the Super Bowl LVI Legacy Program!

We've got some big news! Los Angeles Walks is an official Champion organization of the Super Bowl LVI Legacy Program!

Our friends at LA84 Foundation, the Play Equity Fund, the National Football League (NFL) Foundation, and the Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee are honoring 56 Champion organizations doing tremendous work across the Los Angeles region.

The program is recognizing Los Angeles Walks for our impact in local neighborhoods that often goes unrecognized. For many Angelenos recreation and physical health begins at home, on the streets and sidewalks. And so we're proud to be advocating for pedestrian rights and access on such a platform!

 

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Media Advisory🚨 State of our Streets Press Conference this Wednesday

Subject: Parents of Los Angeles harbor communities call out pandemic related safe street problems and their solution: build a community-led pedestrian movement.

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LA PAC to the City: Don't Re-Activate 'Beg Buttons'

Have you noticed those no-touch signs on pedestrian signal buttons? During the early months of the pandemic, the LA Department of Transportation (LADOT) deactivated many of these buttons, making them touch-free by turning on automatic walk cycles. 

Having had negligible impact on traffic congestion and delay, the LA Pedestrian Advisory Committee recently called on the department to make the no touch signs permanent. Consistent and reliable walk cycles not only make our streets safer but treat those walking and rolling: our essential workers, our seniors and our children with dignity.

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