Personal Resolutions for the New Year

For many of us, a fresh start in the new year means a renewed determination to live healthier lives. Improve fitness and health by walking or biking or other exercise.
Others desire the satisfaction and clean conscience that comes from making lifestyle choices that are better for our planet’s health, or that improve the well-being of the entire community.
Both of those goals–personal health & community well-being–are met in the context of our walkable neighborhood, as folks resolve to drive less and to instead walk or bike more often for their daily needs.
The DPNA aims to improve our community’s well-being by making those options safer and easier. Join us!


About the DPNA:


The Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association  is the voice of the residents of the Central District of Pasadena, California.


We meet monthly on the Third Thursday at 6:30pm in the Gamble Lounge of Pasadena Presbyterian Church at 585 E Colorado Blvd.


The DPNA promotes a walkable urban lifestyle in a city that is vibrant with thriving businesses, excellent arts, good government, and active public spaces.


The DPNA advocates for urban parks, wider sidewalks, pedestrian-biased street design, bike lanes, trees & shrubbery, mixed-use & transit-oriented development, enduring architecture, a streetcar, and other amenities that improve life for residents of an urban city center.


Downtown Pasadena is defined roughly as the 210 freeway (north), Catalina Ave (east), California Blvd (south), and Pasadena Ave (west).


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On the one hand, I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions.  I mean, if you’re going to do something, why wait for New Year’s day to resolve to do it?  On the other hand, the turn of the year allows us to look back and look ahead, assessing where we’ve been and where we want to go.

This year, I resolve to do more bike commuting in the winter, in inclement weather (which in Southern California means rain—usually lots of it—from January through March).  I’m prepared, with a Gore-Tex rain shell, rain pants, and my commuter bike has fenders and a rain cover for my pannier.  I think I’m ready for the challenge and I’ll post about my experiences riding in the cold and rain.

Looking back on my journey, I have accomplished more than I thought possible on my bike.  Four years ago I resolved to replace one car…

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