Los Angeles Walks

Los Angeles Walks

Nonprofit

Deborah Murphy, a native Angeleno, founded Los Angeles Walks in 1998 after a key appointment as the Chair of the City of Los Angeles Pedestrian Advisory Committee, which she continues to hold today. Deborah has consistently worked to bring attention to the act of walking in the city of Los Angeles as a way to build a healthier, more livable city. For 15 years, Los Angeles Walks has been the go-to organization for t … Read More

Deborah Murphy, a native Angeleno, founded Los Angeles Walks in 1998 after a key appointment as the Chair of the City of Los Angeles Pedestrian Advisory Committee, which she continues to hold today. Deborah has consistently worked to bring attention to the act of walking in the city of Los Angeles as a way to build a healthier, more livable city. For 15 years, Los Angeles Walks has been the go-to organization for the press regarding pedestrian safety issues, appearing in media including KCRW, KCET, KPCC, LA Times, LA Weekly, Curbed LA, Streetsblog LA, LAist, Atlantic Cities and more.

Starting in the fall of 2011, Alexis Lantz, Jessica Meaney, Colleen Corcoran and Alissa Walker joined Deborah under the fiscal umbrella of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition to launch a major grassroots efforts to increase awareness of walking in L.A. In 2012 the group expanded even more, adding My La, Karen Mack, Mark Vallianatos, Daveed Kapoor and Tilza Castillo to the Steering Committee.

Key accomplishments include:

- Advocated for the City’s first Walkability Checklist that is used by City Planning Staff in their review of new development projects

- Organized the Great Hollywood Walkabout in 2006

- Organized the Great Glassell Park/Cypress Park Walkabout in 2007

- Organized the Downtown Pasadena Walkabout in 2008

- Part of the team that prepared the Nationally recognized Living Street Model Street Design Manual in 2011

- Part of the Green LA Coalition Living Streets Campaign

- Served on County of Los Angeles Pedestrian Safety Task Force

- Advocated for 15 years for Continental Crosswalk installations in the City of Los Angeles

- Advocated for 20 years for the creation of the Pedestrian Coordinator positions, which were finally created in 2012

- Advocated with a coalition of Active Transportation advocates for a 5% set-aside of Measure R Local Return funds for pedestrian projects and 5% for bicycle projects in the City of Los Angeles

- Advocated for pedestrian and bike safety projects in Silver Lake including a Road Diet for Rowena Avenue for six years, which was implemented in 2013

- Facilitated pedestrian safety charrettes in two Los Angeles neighborhoods: Silver Lake community in August 2012 and Leimert Park in November 2012

- Conducted pedestrian-related events during CicLAvia including a WalkLAvia in October 2012 on three miles of Figueroa Street


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