Michael Melaniphy, APTA president and chief executive officer, welcomed the group. Mary Leary, assistant vice president of Easter Seals Transportation Group, provided a brief description of the event’s origin, and Cynde Soto, a member of the Long Beach Transit Paratransit Advisory Committee, gave a short description of the paratransit options and how they are integrated into the full
Long Beach transit system.
|Pictured from left to right are Michael Melaniphy, Mary Leary and Cynde Soto (Source: ESPA)|
This accessible event was open to everyone and provided participants with an opportunity to share an afternoon stroll that highlighted the importance of accessible paths of travel to transportation for everyone in our communities, including people with disabilities. Walk & Roll! participants also walked through
Gallery, a section of town where the bus stop shelters, sidewalks and
surrounding structures are enhanced with the work of local artists. As one participant remarked, "Walk and Roll is an excellent event for fun, fitness, friendship and integration!" Long Beach
|3rd Annual Walk & Roll! Participants Gather for a Photo (Source: APTA)|
|The Walk & Roll! begins after receiving brief instructions (Source: ESPA)|