Southern California, slave to a system of clogged freeways, seems an unlikely place for a pedestrian paradise. But the sunny Eden of Pasadena is embracing a reputation as one of the state’s most ped-friendly places. Its “Downtown Pasadena Walkabout event ”early this month attracted hundreds of locals who walked to support a more walkable community. The event also gives locals and experts the opportunity to assess street conditions for peds and suggest improvements.
From the Pasadena Playhouse District:
The Downtown Pasadena Walkabout is a an audit of walking conditions in Downtown Pasadena performed by walking and transportation experts, community residents, and representatives of local businesses, cultural and non-profit organizations.
Walkabout teams will assess 25 Downtown walking routes that link key destinations for residents, employees and visitors.
The Walkabout also promotes Pasadena’s “Park Once” policy, which encourages people who do use cars to park and walk the downtown area, instead of driving a mere few blocks to their next destination.
The Walkabout celebrates Pasadena’s vibrant street life, and ensures that its ped culture will continue. The city realizes that safe, ped-friendly streets are good news for everyone—from joggers to local businesses. Wouldn’t it be sweet if other cities caught on and celebrated with parades for pedestrians (Pasadena hosts the Walkabout, the Rose Parade, and the Doo Dah Parade), instead of new parking lots and concrete highways?
See also: If Pasadena Walks, So Can You.
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