Everyone who thought Sunday’s CicLAvia was a smashing success would probably want to know about an upcoming event downtown devoted to the issues of walkability, transit-oriented development and sustainable communities.
On May 3, California Walks, a pedestrian advocacy group with numerous partners such as the California Bicycle Coalition and the Los Angeles Urban League, is scheduled to host a two-day seminar titled “Pedestrians Count! 2012.” The second event of its kind in Los Angeles, the seminar will combine leading-edge research and pedestrian data analysis with the latest best practices in community advocacy.
To be held at the L.A. Metro Headquarters, near Union Station, the conference will open with a morning walk at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 3. Led by Los Angeles Walks, this will be a leisurely stroll starting from Kyoto Hotel in Little Tokyo to the conference venue at the Metro headquarters.
The conference’s first day will conclude with a tour of L.A.’s downtown Art District aimed at giving participants a taste of “pedestrian urbanism.” Starting at 5:30 p.m. from Union Station, participants will take the Gold Line to Little Tokyo, from where they will walk a mile through lofts, studios and converted warehouses to a restaurant (Villains Tavern) for “heavy appetizers and socializing followed by live music.” To attend this so-called “pedestrian social,” RSVP by April 27 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
General tickets for Pedestrians Count! 2012 cost $110 each. Nonprofit organizations can register for $75. Community advocates and students can get a $35 discounted ticket. A limited number of waivers are available on the conference registration fee. For more information regarding a registration waiver, send an e-mail to email@example.com, stating your name, organization, contact information and a brief description of what you require.
Pedestrians Count! 2012, L.A. Metro Headquarters, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, 90012, Thursday, May 3, 2012 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), Friday, May-4 (8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)