Walktober 2019 Press Release - October 1, 2019

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Walktober Spotlight: Council & Mayor Walks

Tornek and Councilmembers Leading Themed Walks in Their Districts

Pasadena, CA, October 17, 2019 -- The organizers of Walktober 2019 invite Pasadena residents in five of our seven City Council districts to get to know their local representative on the Pasadena City Council while exploring the uniqueness of their neighborhoods together.

Mayor Terry Tornek kicks off the Council walks tomorrow evening with his Mayor’s Tour of City Hall, followed the next two weekends by walks hosted by Andy Wilson (D7), Gene Masuda (D4), Tyron Hampton (D1), Margaret McAustin (D2), and John Kennedy (D3). (Districts 5 and 6 Councilmembers Victor Gordo and Steve Madison were also invited to host walks, but never responded or did not respond in time.)

The Mayor’s and Councilmembers’ walks are an opportunity for City leadership to quite literally “walk the walk” in supporting their Proclamation of October 2019 as Walktober and Pedestrian Safety Month, affirming that “walkability is a healthy mode of travel that is environmentally friendly, and in its General Plan, Pasadena has embraced the principle that people should be able to safety circulate throughout the community without cars ... we are all pedestrians from time to time.”

The Mayor and CM walks are open to all, not just constituents of each district. Residents who are unsure of their district or Councilmember can easily do so by entering an address into the City of Pasadena’s “Find My District” interactive online map.

The walk titles reveal a delightful variety of themes, spotlighting Pasadena’s intellectual, natural, cultural, artistic, and belly-pleasing facets. Councilmembers were each encouraged to choose some of their favorite things about their district to share with their constituents.

District 7 Councilmember and avid pedestrian Andy Wilson notes, "In a day where many of us are seeking solutions to traffic congestion, global warming and personal health, each of us can make a small difference by fighting the instinct to get in our cars but instead slipping on our sneakers and enjoying one of the most walkable cities in America. Come join me in celebrating Walktober!"

The latest details for the Mayor’s Tour and Councilmember walks can be found on the Walktober web page at https://www.pasadenacsc.org/walktober2019/ and on Facebook at the Complete Streets Coalition’s Events (@pasadenacsc).

Schedule of the Mayor’s and Councilmembers’ walks:

Friday, Oct. 18, 5pm
Mayor’s Tour

Join the Mayor and the Pasadena Dept. of Transportation to see how the City works from the inside! We will tour the City's Traffic Control Center, and then join Ann Scheid, Architectural Historian, to explore the historic nature of the Civic Center area.

Saturday, Oct. 19, 8:30am
Caltech: A Stroll Through Time with Coffee, Pie, & Andy Wilson

Join District 7 Councilmember Andy Wilson and Caltech docents for a walk through history, science, and architecture. We’ll start with coffee at the venerated Athenaeum, where Einstein pondered the universe, and then zip forward in time to the futuristic Cahill Center, Caltech’s center of astronomy and astrophysics research. We’ll inspect the celestially adorned Linde+Robinson Laboratory, once home to astronomers and astrophysicists who searched for the universe's origins and now a center for research into our future on Earth at the Linde Center for Global Environmental Science. Finally, we’ll follow in the footsteps of countless Techers to the Pie n’ Burger, where we’ll enjoy pie as owner Mike Osborn regales us with stories of this other beloved Pasadena institution.

Saturday, Oct. 19, 12 noon
Fika and Ficuses: An East Colorado Walk with Gene Masuda

Model trains! Electric bikes! Hidden courtyards! Colorful murals and tiles! Join us to explore the old and the new along a beautiful, shady part of Colorado Boulevard in East Pasadena. Starting with Rosebud Coffee, we'll continue beneath the iconic canopy of East Colorado Blvd's ficus trees as we visit and meet with a collection of local small businesses and institutions working to build their dreams while strengthening this gorgeous and underappreciated section of Pasadena's Route 66. A light lunch will be served. RSVP requested to nsullivan@cityofpasadena.net by October 17th.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 9am
East Arroyo Pocket Parks: A City Hike with CM Tyron Hampton

Join District 1 Councilmember Tyron Hampton for a loop walk starring three pocket parks: Ruby McKnight Williams Pocket Park, Daughters of the American Revolution Pocket Park, and the Gateway Pocket Park.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 10am
Walktober Foraging Tour in the East Washington Village

Put on your walking shoes, grab your grocery bag and wallet, and come with us to explore Pasadena’s hidden gem, the East Washington Village. Bakeries, small markets, a nut house, and a real butcher are on the day’s menu, hosted by District 2 Councilmember Margaret McAustin. RSVP to mlmorales@cityofpasadena.net.

Sunday, Oct. 27, 10am
Art Walk with District 3 Councilmember John Kennedy and Side Street Projects

Pasadena boasts an impressive public art collection, reflecting our diverse community as well as hometown to significant artists. We’ll discover some of the collection together -- some hidden, and other “hidden in plain sight.”


About the organizers: the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition

The Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition is an all-volunteer community advocacy group that shares a simple vision:

A city where people can walk, bike, skate, and scoot, with cleaner air and safer, stress-free streets for everybody.

Learn more about us at www.PasadenaCSC.org

“Complete Streets” is an approach to street and transportation design that recognizes that people and communities benefit when streets are designed for the safety, ease of function, and comfort of all users. Complete Streets policies and design tools are embraced by over 1,300 communities and agencies nationwide, plus the U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

Learn more about Complete Streets at:

Thanks for your interest in Walktober 2019 - a labor of love by Pasadena CSC and local community partners.

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