A Sign of the Times: These New Street Posts Display How Long it Takes to Walk to Nearby Locales

The function of Google Maps—no WiFi needed

Unknown(1)This Sunday is the final CicLAvia of the year, a chance to surrender your car for a blissful auto-free day in L.A. This CicLAvia will also christen a brand-new route with six miles open for walking and biking through historic South L.A. While you’re wandering the streets from Central Avenue to Leimert Park, keep an eye out for a special new project in the works from Los Angeles Walks: A new sign system that could eventually help walkers make their way through the city. Pedestrian signage is becoming a hot trend in cities that want to improve the walking experience, and these posts are like sidewalk magic: Not only do they provide directional information to local landmarks (hey, there’s a park over there!) they convert walking distances to minutes. Suddenly a place that seemed far is only a 20-minute walk away. Of course we can get the same kind of information from our phones, but having the signs up are a constant reminder of just how easy it is to navigate L.A. on foot. You can spot these signs at CicLAvia near the Leimert Park Hub this Sunday, and hopefully, in a neighborhood near you soon.

Alissa Walker is a writer, a gelato eater, and a walker in L.A. She shares an experience from her adventures around town at CityThink each Wednesday. Follow her daily on Instagram at @awalkerinLA, on Twitter, or at her blog, and use the hashtag #betteroffped to share your own photographs of walking in L.A.