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ParTour is a new way to advocate for a better Los Angeles -- using ordinary cell phones!  We are bringing people together to take pictures, map what matters, and improve our city.  Join our community of urban mappers, cell phone storytellers, and everyday photographers.

April 2012:  Announcing our map for bicycling to the Watts Towers: After a series of exploratory rides with participatory photography, we are thrilled to announce our first print map to guide cyclists to the iconic Watts Towers.  Thousands of copies are being distributed, raising the visibility of the organizing campaigns of our project partners in the community -- from alternative transit to redevelopment.  
  1. Download the map from RideSouthLA.com for home printing
  2. Read our press release, or view media coverage of our launch
  3. Take action on the campaigns associated with RideSouthLA
More research findings on the "dual mobilities" of bicycles and mobile phones for situated engagement are coming soon!

Mapping a Ride to the Watts Towers

We've been featured in the LATimes, Forbes, KPCC's OnCentral, Intersections South LA, and LA StreetsBlog among others -- check out our news coverage!

Recent Workshops & Events:
  • Coming on 3/30: AIL Summit Workshop.  (Attendees will be able to check out their photo stream AND group map.) 
  • 3/24/2012: Smart Cities workshop.  UPDATE: Attendees can now check out their photo stream AND group map.
  • March 2012: We recently submitted an application to the Knight Foundation -- for details, read our proposal!
Latest Ride: We rode to the Watts Towers on January 22nd, 2012.  Stories from this ride will be used to produce a new map of South LA to show visitors how biking reveals the best of our neighborhood.  We started at Augustus Hawkins Natural Park, and made use of ordinary cell phones for photo documentation.  

>> Both after and during the ride, 
see our live feed of stories 
and our live map of stories. << 

...we also have a "best of" slideshow in the works.  The Watts ride featured the East Side Riders, who hosted a bike tour of the community including the Watts Labor Community Action Center.  There was also a Bike Fitting and Maintenance workshop sponsored by Bikerowave and CICLE (a project of LA County RENEW).  This ride was organized by the CicLAvia South LA Host Committee and T.R.U.S.T. South LA.  Event details and discussion are on the Facebook  event page.

Want to hear about our next event?  Get notified about future events!
How does it work?  All you need is a regular cell phone (no smartphone required!) that can send text messages.  If your phone can take pictures, those can be part of your submissions too!  

What are the goals?  Who is behind this project?  For the full story, read about us / quiénes somos.  In brief, we are a coalition of community partners, academics, bike culture enthusiasts, and volunteers.  On the University side, we are the Mobile Urban Mapping project at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.  In the community, we are T.R.U.S.T. LA with encouragement from the CicLAvia organizers. We also extend the VozMob/ Mobile Voices platform.  

Curious about what we did in October 2011 with CicLAvia?  See our partial summary.

Have more questions?  See our list of frequently asked questions.
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