This Month, L.A. is For Walkers - CityThink - Los Angeles magazine

This Month, L.A. is For Walkers

Near Alameda and Cesar Chavez, Downtown

This month is Walktober, and pedestrian advocates all over the country are celebrating walking in their cities. Here in L.A., a group I work with named Los Angeles Walks is hosting events all month long to get people out and on their feet in Los Angeles, including a "WalkLAvia" at this Sunday's CicLAvia. Part of our goal is to change the perception that L.A. is not a great place for walking. This photo I snapped at Union Station on a warm summer night is a side of the city that most people—even those who live here—don't usually see, and sometimes don't believe. I still meet Angelenos who don't know that we have a subway system or that trains actually depart to other parts of the country from these tracks. Standing here, I not only see proof that L.A. predates cars, I see people arrive in the city on wheels and then begin their journeys here on foot. And that, is how I’m still traveling.

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