CicLAvia’s 3rd annual fundraiser, pLAy day in LA, on February 10th is less than two weeks away, and honors will go to Curbed urbanism editor Alissa Walker (pictured above) and AARP in Los Angeles with the Spirit of CicLAvia Award.
pLAy day in LA is an all-ages party to kick off an ambitious 2019 schedule and every dollar raised will support the six car-free street events currently under planning.
For three years running, AARP in Los Angeles has been a partner as a CicLAvia event sponsor, collaborating to create popular aspects of the festivities, from providing pedicabs to holding age-friendly activities like art workshops at hubs.
In addition to working with CicLAvia, AARP in Los Angeles has hosted a series of travel training workshops in partnership with Metro’s On the Move Riders Program, and worked with local artists to depict an “Age-Friendly Los Angeles” with murals on the side of city buses and trains. They were also an integral force behind informing the public about Measure M, a half-cent sales tax that was approved by 71% of Los Angeles County voters in 2016 with the goal of improving transportation and easing traffic congestion.
Patricia Pérez, AARP California state president, responded to the honor by saying “AARP is committed to helping build a Los Angeles where everyone, at every age, can safely get around to live, work and play. This is why it is such a privilege to be honored by CicLAvia, an organization that not only shares our vision, but continues to create innovative ways for Angelenos to enjoy our city streets and interact with friends, family and neighbors. We hope to sustain our shared momentum and look forward to a very bright future.”
Alissa Walker is the urbanism editor at Curbed where she pens the column Word on the Street, shedding light and weighing in on the ideas, the innovators, the movements, the trends, the activists, and the policy-makers shaping the future of urban mobility. Walker also highlights the hard science behind a changing climate and spotlights the human stories of those affected.
Smart urban and transportation planning, she routinely argues, is a key tool in averting a climate catastrophe while making our cities more livable. She wrote recently on how safe streets are our best weapon to fight climate change. Needless to say, we are big, big fans of her work.
Outside of her writing, she also travels car-free by choice with her two young children in Los Angeles.
Walker had this to say about receiving the award: “CicLAvia has changed the face of Los Angeles more dramatically than any laws put forth by local policymakers over the last decade. I could not be more honored to have my work recognized by an organization that is reorienting the future—and the priorities—of my favorite city.”
CicLAvia will be back in Culver City on March 3 with ‘Culver City Meets Mar Vista & Palms’