Working to make LA walkable

Los Angeles doesn’t usually come to mind when you think about cities in the United States that are walk-friendly. In fact it may make the list of the country’s least walkable cities.

But there’s a change underway. According to this article in The Huffington Post, the city has just hired their first ever pedestrian coordinator, Margot Ocanas.

She has her work cut out for her. Some of her projects include block parties, small bike and pedestrian parks, and parklets. But the biggest hurdle she faces is combatting the LA attitude – that attachment to cars which is so strong in the area.

“The most effective way to change attitudes, Ocañas said, is through experiences, not media or messaging. As an example, she pointed to CicLAvia, the event that shuts down more than seven miles of streets for thousands of cyclists and pedestrians. Like her block party and the Polka Dot Plaza, Ciclavia gives people a reason to spend time on the street.”

Very encouraging!



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