Can it be all that long before Los Angeles is known as one of the star walking cities of the planet?
No, we don't josh. No, we don't want to hear the latest freeway joke, which probably hails from four decades ago. And, yes, we believe it can happen.
Another CicLAvia is just two weeks away, which means that thousands of people will once again be strolling, rollerblading, and cycling along our closed-to-autos city streets. Historic walking tours abound pretty much every day of the week, somewhere. And public transport? It's ever-growing (hip hip hooray, Purple Line Extension).
So pausing to participate in World Car Free Day, which is on Sunday, Sept. 22, feels like a natural and normal LA kind of thing to do these days.
There are a few leave-your-car-at-home to-dos around the region on Sept. 22. Sherman Oaks and Studio City will mark the walk-or-bike holiday with business discounts along Ventura Boulevard (wear blue and say Car Free Day, okay?) and other auto-free haps.
And a group of adventurers will venture from Beverly Hills to Santa Monica and back via sidewalks and Metro. It's free to join, but you'll need money or a pass to ride Metro, of course.
Speaking of CicLAvia, which takes to downtown on Sunday, Oct. 6... Have you heard of WalkLAvia? It's happening that same day, and, yep, it is pedestrian-focused. Los Angeles Walks has all of the lace-up-your-sneakers details.