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There's a nifty guide to 10 hikes in the Southern California in yesterday's "Outdoors" section of the Los Angeles Times.

Speaking of walking, we noticed that this 3/14/2005 Los Angeles Times story about a growing grass-roots movement that encourages the growth of walking-friendly neighborhoods and suburbs has a SoCal slant-

In at least 18 states, including California, a grass-roots movement called Safe Routes to School has won public funding to improve sidewalks, crosswalks and bike paths that link children and their families to school.

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In Fontana, Aquanetta Warren, a City Council member and walking advocate, has established a "Healthy Fontana" campaign that includes

plans to push for zoning changes, local transit networks that connect far-flung developments, bike paths and street improvements that would encourage fellow Fontana residents to get out on foot or by bike. And she has encouraged private developers like Randall Lewis to bring their walker- and cyclist-friendly plans to Fontana. If Lewis has his way, he will demonstrate the effect that a developer could have on the future health of homebuyers. A veteran homebuilder who now designs master-planned communities throughout the Inland Empire, Lewis is hailed by urban planners as a pioneer in creating communities that foster everyday exercise.

Last month he unveiled the centerpiece and first few homes of the Preserve, a planned 10,000-home development on the edge of Chino. Its focus is a K-through-8 school and a three-acre park with gardens and a multipurpose community and fitness center. The narrow streets are laid out in grids, which makes walking to the center more direct. Sidewalks and a trail system would put school within walking distance for all students in the development.