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Memorial Gathering for Phillip O'Neill

Posted by Ace on Thursday, June 9, 2016

Please join us next week Wednesday for a memorial gathering at Phillip O’Neill’s ghost bike in Pasadena.

A man plays a guitar in his memorial photo

Phillip O’Neill was riding his bicycle on Del Mar Blvd. when he was struck from behind and killed by a motorist on June 15, 2013. Phillip was 25, a cyclist, a martial artist, and had recently started a career in science policy advising. He is remembered and well-loved by his many friends and family.

Pasadena CSC formed in July 2013 as a direct response to a string of fatal bicycle fatalities in Pasadena, including this one.  On this third anniversary, we’d like to come together once again to remember Phillip, quietly reflect on the past three years, and pledge to keep moving forward.

This will be a quiet, casual event; however, all who feel led are welcome to attend. We’ll be giving the ghost bike some new decorations and TLC, if you’d like to bring flowers, candles, etc. - although your kind and respectful presence is the most important thing.

Tags: memorials, why we work

Walktober - Pasadena Pedestrian Safety Month 

Posted by Blair on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

One of the outcomes of this past May’s Pasadena Pedestrian Safety Workshop facilitated by CA Walks, the Pasadena City Council declared October to be Pedestrian Safety Month on Monday 9/28.  Representative from Pasadena CSC, Walking Pasadena, Stop 4 Aidan, Day One, and the Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association attended the meeting to receive the official proclamation and to underscore the need to focus on pedestrian safety in the City.  Indeed, with 7 pedestrian fatalities over the past 5 years alone, we can do better.

Along these lines, group members have also come together to host a series of of free community events for Pasadena’s first “Walktober” (October is National Walking Month). Join us in exploring the city on two feet and learning more about how we as a community can make Pasadena even better for walking!

Walktober 2015 Schedule of Events

Led by DPNA President, Pasadena Transportation Commissioner, and expert walker Jonathan Edwards, the guided tour will provide attendees an opportunity to learn more about City’s ongoing efforts to improve comfort and safety for pedestrians, provide suggestions/input on how our City can be made safer for walking, and connect with other walking enthusiasts over drinks. The walk will take us through some of the “Pasadena Passages”, a series of alleyways, streets, and courtyards that could be linked and enhanced to make the City’s downtown core even more unique and walkable. Meet in front of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, on the northeast corner of Colorado and Madison (kitty-corner from Urth Caffe).

Explore Pasadena’s iconic Colorado Boulevard from end-to-end with the founder of Walking Pasadena Sunday October 25th! An encore of a great walk the group did in 2014, the Colorado Boulevard tour will begin at the intersection of Sierra Madre Blvd and head west to cross the Colorado Street Bridge. Walkers will then have the choice of heading back to the start,  or hopping on one of many Metro and Foothill Transit buses (fare $1.75) that traverse the corridor back to the starting point. Guided by Sarah Emery Bunn, the walk is 3.79 miles one way, approx 2 hours depending on your speed and how many times you stop to take photos. Meet at the corner of Sierra Madre & Colorado (in front of Vons) at 9AM.

Tags: walking

CA Walks - Pedestrian Safety Workshop

Posted by Wes on Monday, June 29, 2015

On Saturday, May 9th, PasCSC co-hosted a California Walks-facilitated pedestrian safety workshop with the Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association, Stop 4 Aidan, and Day One. The workshop had 3 objectives:

Many attended the event out of a shared love of walking and a desire to make walking in Pasadena more joyful. However, several attendees had also lost loved ones in car-pedestrian collisions, and the determination to have the workshop came out of a recent loss: a preventable crash that killed an elementary school student on Colorado Blvd.

When cars and pedestrians meet in a crash, the pedestrians invariably lose. Over 30,000 people are killed by motorists while walking in the United States every year. Each one of these lost lives underline why improving pedestrian safety is so vitally important, here in Pasadena and across the country.

The workshop was broken into several parts. The morning began with a presentation and overview by CA Walks staff. This was followed by a “Community Walking Audit”, which had the approximately 50 attendees break into walking groups, traverse a 0.5-1.5 mile pre-determined route, evaluate existing walking conditions along it, and then share their findings with the larger group following a healthy lunch. The findings were incorporated into a list of recommendations, to be used to guide future infrastructure improvements and organizing.

PasCSC would like to thank California Walks for all their help  and providing the group with a final report and recommendations. We would also like to thank the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, for providing a wonderful space for the workshop, as well as Whole Foods Pasadena (Hastings Ranch and Arroyo Parkway) for providing lunch. Finally, a huge thank you to city staff and officials for taking the time to attend the event, including Pasadena’s new Mayor Terry Tornek, Council Member Margaret McAustin, Rich and Joaquin from the Department of Transportation, Mary from the Pasadena Public Health Department, and Vannia from Victor Gordo’s office.

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