Whereas walking 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 safely circulate throughout the community without cars; and
Whereas walkability is a positive attribute of our community, and the City and its Department of Transportation are committed to realizing Complete Streets designed to facilitate safe and convenient mobility for all; and
Whereas during this era of economic hardship and climate change, walking in our neighborhoods is a valuable option for a healthy and family-friendly activity, and a safe pedestrian environment can support economic development and local businesses, and
Whereas as we are all pedestrians from time to time, it is important to pay attention to what is going on around us, and drivers must remember that crosswalks exist at every intersection--whether painted or not--and be vigilant to ensure the safety of pedestrians consistent with the City’s Safe System Approach; and
Whereas the City recognizes the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition and Day One are promoting the benefits of walking as a form of healthy recreation and as an active mode of transportation to commute to school and work;
Now, Therefore I, Victor M. Gordo, Mayor of the City of Pasadena, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim the month of October, 2022 in Pasadena as “Walktober” and Pedestrian Safety Month and urge that we all rededicate ourselves to enjoying the benefits of walking and ensuring the safety of pedestrians in our community.