A scene from Saturday in Grand Hope Park downtown Los Angeles. Several of us turned out to sit, picnic, and chat about being pedestrian in LA. It was about building communities, connecting with people, getting around the city, development, the homeless, the artists, the businesses, restoration, preservation, and so on and so forth. See the site here. I knew about it because Linda Pollack of Habeas Lounge contacted me because she wanted me to come and share a bit about how I use public transport in combination with walking and cycling (and she wanted me to do a bit of show and tell with my Brompton folding bike (you can see it in the picture)).
I was not there to be an expert or represent an organization (there were indeed people from some great businesses and organizations present and talking too), but merely to share the thought that a great deal can be made of the public transportation system, especially if you consider cycling and walking as complementary and/or supplementary. Linda recalled me from two years ago when I talked about similar things at a cycling discussion she had organized as part of the artwalk. (That was where I first met the CicLAvia people who were later to make that wonderful event happen.) We chatted on email and the phone and I agreed to come, and suggested some other organizations and people she might contact to come along too, such as the awesome Bicycle Bread people (do check out their site and use their services!), who did indeed come and share their tasty bread!!
It was an excellent event. Thanks Linda!