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LA Street Summit Explores Ways to Make City's Street More People Friendly

Goal of event to make L.A. streets healthier, safer and more accessible for walkers, bikers, community gatherings, and social interaction.

Published: 23-Mar-2010

PASADENA, Calif. -- In the spirit of “walking the talk and bike riding it too,” more than 500 Southern California public space advocates, city planners, bicyclists, transit riders, urban gardeners and involved residents came together at the L.A. Street Summit 2010 on Saturday March 20 to brainstorm ideas and approaches for building healthier communities, starting with the streets of their own neighborhood. The free Summit was held on the Los Angeles Trade Technical College campus and concluded three days of discussions and activities focused on transforming the streets of Los Angeles into a more people-friendly environment.

“Supporting the Street Summit is another example of Kaiser Permanente Southern California's major commitment to improving the health of our communities”
"Supporting the Street Summit is another example of Kaiser Permanente Southern California's major commitment to improving the health of our communities," said Jeffrey Weisz, MD, executive medical director, Southern California Permanente Medical Group. "There is clear evidence that regular physical activity is key to the prevention of chronic disease, and we recommend it in our prescriptions. Walking and biking are both excellent ways to get the regular exercise you need to benefit your health."

The Summit began on Thursday evening, March 18, with a provocative presentation at Occidental College by New York City Commissioner of Transportation Janette Sadik-Khan, who challenged Los Angeles to do what many thought was impossible to accomplish in New York – make the streets healthier and safer for biking, walking, and beyond.

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