Meeting: Santa Monica Pier Bridge Replacement Project

Draft Environmental Impact Report comments due February 13th.

We have actively been engaged with this community process since it started 2013. For background information and links to the process to date please click HERE. For the Concepts Summary Report you can click HERE.


SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The City of Santa Monica, in cooperation with Caltrans, is proposing to reconstruct the Santa Monica Pier Bridge to meet current seismic and safety standards. There are several upcoming opportunities to weigh in on the Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (EIR/EA) for the proposed project, including a public meeting on Wednesday, January 10.

The Pier Bridge Replacement Project would replace the Santa Monica Pier Bridge with a single bridge or two separate bridges. The following three alternatives were evaluated in the environmental report:

  • Alternative 1 would replace the existing bridge with a new, wider bridge in the same location and construct a temporary bridge on Moss Avenue to maintain vehicle access to the Pier during construction.
  • Alternative 2 would be the same replacement bridge as proposed in Alternative 1; however, temporary vehicular access to the Pier deck during construction would be via a temporary vehicle ramp from Parking Lot 1 North.
  • Alternative 3 would construct two new permanent bridges. The existing bridge would be replaced with a new bridge in the same location for mainly pedestrian and bicycle use. Permanent vehicle access to the Pier would be via the second new permanent bridge at the Moss Avenue entrance. (Favored)

The public is invited to learn more about these three alternatives and next steps in the process, as well as weigh in through the following opportunities:

  1. Attend a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
  2. Review the material online at smgov.net/smpierbridge, at all Santa Monica libraries and at the Caltrans District 7 office, 100 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.
  3. Submit comments by email at pierbridge@smgov.net or by mail addressed to:

Eren, P.E., Civil Engineer
City of Santa Monica, Civil Engineering Division
1437 4th St., Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401

The deadline for public comments on the EIR/EA is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Comments submitted via mail must be postmarked by February 13, 2018.

January Ride with the Mayor and MORE!

CELEBRATION:
A Year of Monthly Rides & Walks with the Mayor
This will be our Anniversary Ride with the Mayor & CalBike!
…. but there’s more!

Click image for flickr gallery

Not only will the Mayor and the City of Santa Monica Mobility Team be there, but we are excited we will again be joined by the Board and staff of the California Bicycle Coalition (who joined us on our very 1st Ride with the Mayor)…

But also another special guestJeffrey Tanenhaus of Countri Bike!!

You may remember Jeffrey and his Epic Cross County Adventure on a Citi Bike – We welcomed
Jeffrey and his Countri Bike with a Finish Line Celebration two years ago at the Santa Monica Pier.

On this Anniversary Ride we have a Trifecta! Santa Monica Mayor / CalBike / Countri Bike
— followed by a HandleBar Happy Hour “Brunch” #HBHH+B

Join Santa Monica Spoke, Mayor Ted Winterer, City of Santa Monica Mobility Team, California Bicycle Coalition and Jeffrey Tanenhaus for this 3x’s the FUN CELEBRATION!

Surely to be a day of fun and excitement, you’ll experience some of Santa Monica’s amazing bike infrastructure, maybe hear about new projects and if you like, chat with the Mayor, City Management or staff, CalBike or Jeffrey on a socially paced bike tour of Santa Monica to BRUNCH! The ride is around 5 miles but still TBD – mostly on streets with bike lanes and is planned to be about an hour in length. We end our ride at a yet to be determined location for a no host HBHH Brunch Social.

This event will be updated as venues is confirmed – if you are RSVP’d you will get an email notification through Eventbrite when location is confirmed – VERY SOON!


January 2017 we led Santa Monica’s first official “Ride with the Mayor”
— Mayor Ted Winterer, City management, staff and The California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) board and staff took a wonderful bike tour of Santa Monica. We are so happy CalBike is joining us again this year on the anniversary of our very first Ride with the Mayor!

Our local leader Cynthia Rose brings it all together as she is not only the Director of Santa Monica Spoke, she is also a Vice President on the CalBike board of directors as well as a former board member of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) and the primary catalyst for LACBC’s Local Chapters with Santa Monica Spoke being the founding chapter way back in 2009.

January 2017 Ride with the Mayor was joined by community members of all ages and the CalBike Board & Staff             — click image for flickr gallery

Tomorrow is HandleBar Happy Hour!

Join us tomorrow at Bareburger on Main Street and join in supporting the Ventura County Fire Victims food drive!  #HBHH

 


Please join us, bring non perishable food (not canned*) to donate to the victims of the Ventura County Fire Victims and get access to a special Happy Hour Menu. 

*Examples are pasta, dry beans, peanut butter etc. (canned food limit has been met).   


End of every month we like to get together for fun, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always family friendly!

Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

If it’s on your way don’t forget to pass the Bike Counter!


Big thank you to last months host TRiP and our SaMovember partners –  GREAT FUN was had by all!

Celebrate #BikeLocalSM, our Buy Local SM businesses, happy hour + new friends at these monthly events!  Learn about upcoming local bike events + find out about and connect with us at SM Spoke… as we visit and introduce you to some of our Buy Local SM businesses.  Eat Local, Drink Local, Buy Local AND Bike Local SM!


Holiday Greetings & Happy, Happy New Year!

May all your holidays be Bikey and Bright
and
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

May all your holidays be Bikey and Bright and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Still time to support our
Safety Campaigns,Eduction & Outreach
with your year end Donation!
We are looking forward to working together with you in 2018!https://lacbc.nationbuilder.com/santamonica_donate

December HandleBar Happy Hour: Bareburger

For December we return to Bareburger on Main Street and join in supporting the Ventura County Fire Victims food drive!  #HBHH


DAY:      Wednesday
DATE:    December 27th
TIME:    5pm -8pm (HH $)
PLACE:  Bareburger, 2732 Main Street, Santa Monica, 90405


This month we return to Bareburger, a wonderful supporter and Buy Local Business. Bareburger’s mission is for love, service, and organic & sustainable food — with restaurants filled with foods we can pronounce. Our local proprietors Mark and Chris embody Bareburger’s reason for coming together — to make food that they can proudly serve to their community, friends and families with ingredients sourced as close to home as possible.

Barebuger celebrates ingredients that grow up the way nature intended. Their produce is free of pesticides and GMOs, poultry and eggs that aren’t limited to cages, proteins are grass-fed and humanely raised. Drinks are composed of natural flavors; coffee and desserts that are fair-trade. They are dedicated to great-tasting grub with no funny business and are committed to serving you nothing less than the highest quality meals and refreshments. Winner of the James Beard Foundation BLENDED BURGER PROJECT™ is but one of the many awards they have won and also include not one, not two – but THREE national accolades for their home made veggie (vegan) patty’s!!!


 

Last month HBHH tied into a SaMovember fundraising event – this month we are joining our friends at Bareburger supporting a food drive for the victims of the Ventura County Fire.

Please join us, bring non perishable food (not canned*) to donate to the victims of the Ventura County Fire Victims and get access to a special Happy Hour Menu. 

*Examples are pasta, dry beans, peanut butter etc. (canned food limit has been met).   


End of every month we like to get together for fun, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always family friendly!

Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

If it’s on your way don’t forget to pass the Bike Counter!


Big thank you to last months host TRiP and our SaMovember partners –  GREAT FUN was had by all!

Celebrate #BikeLocalSM, our Buy Local SM businesses, happy hour + new friends at these monthly events!  Learn about upcoming local bike events + find out about and connect with us at SM Spoke… as we visit and introduce you to some of our Buy Local SM businesses.  Eat Local, Drink Local, Buy Local AND Bike Local SM!


Update: Santa Monica Airport

Last Tuesday Airport2Park was up late at a City Council meeting advocating for more parks and a new Parks Master Plan which would include the 12 acre Airport Park Expansion and ultimately a Great Park to replace Santa Monica Airport when it closes at the end of 2028.
The agenda item was passed!

On the very next morning our community and neighbors were rewarded with peace and quite for the first time in years with the airport is CLOSED for runway shortening. Additionally now a federal judge this past Monday dismissed a case challenging the agreement between the City of Santa Monica and the Federal Aviation Administration regarding the immediate shortening of the runway at Santa Monica Airport and the closure of the airport after 2028. Link

Have you noticed how quiet it has been? We sure have!

Click image to find out more about Airport2Park

The runway shortening process will create a runway safety area where there is currently none to make our community safer. This current temporary airport closure will last until December 23rd to complete construction. When the airport reopens this will exclude some of larger jets from using the airport and move the runway’s ongoing harmful impacts 750′ away from people’s home. Though obviously there is more to be done, we are excited to see this step in the right direction .

One next step is to continue the process by advocating for the City Council’s vote to remove all the excess asphalt at the ends of the shortened runway and replace it with grassy open space that could include pedestrian and bicycle paths.

This is yet one more in a series of important step towards repurposing SMO into a future Great Park that EVERYONE can enjoy.

We continue to stand with Airport2Park.

For now — Enjoy the peace and quiet!

 

Bikerowave Event this Friday: More Women in Biking!

 Join us Friday at The Bikerowave:
Event information on our calendar here and on Facebook here.

Jenni Gwiazdowski, founder and director of the London Bike Kitchen, will lead a talk on getting more women in biking and STEM generally. After the talk Jenni will be available to sign copies of her book, “How to Build Your Own Bike. A limited number of copies will be available for purchase at the event, or you can purchase your own copy from your favorite bookseller prior and bring it with you!

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating may be limited but there is plenty of standing room. Snacks will be provided.

Learn more about Jenni:
https://prowomenscycling.com/2017/05/25/jenni-gwiazdowski-london-bike-kitchen/
http://detourblog.co.uk/2017/10/10/jenni-gwiazdowski-london-bike-kitchen-fix-shit/

Support Local Advocacy and Santa Monica Spoke on Amazon Smile!

We love our local businesses and always want to prioritize #BuyLocal #BikeLocal. However during the holidays if you do shop Amazon you can also support our local advocacy on Amazon Smile by selecting Santa Monica Spoke!
Find out more at Buy Local Santa Monica and 8 top reasons why shopping local matters here!


Wrap-up your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/81-3329637 and Amazon donates to Santa Monica Spoke for not extra charge to you!

December: Ugly Sweater Holiday Ride with the Mayor!

December Ride with the Mayor Holiday Ride and Ugly Sweaters!

For December, put on your ugliest sweater and join us, Mayor Ted Winterer and City staff for holiday ride from the Main Street Holiday Tree to the Trio of Holiday Celebrations on Pico Boulevard at the Virginia Avenue Park Farmers Market. The 4-mile ride will meet at  The Victorian (2640 Main Street) 9:30am and plan to roll at 10am – the ride  will be about 45 minutes long.

Don’t have the right sweater? Our Buy Local partners at Make Believe Costumes have Ugly Sweaters and will give you a 25% discount when you mention BIKE LOCAL! Just tell the clerk at the register.

Make Believe Costumes
3240 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
310.396.6785
http://www.makebelieveinccostumes.com
Sales Dept. Hours:   12-6 Tuesday-Sunday


Bring your ugliest sweater (or not), your own bike, helmet, lock & water bottle. Children should be capable of street riding or in an appropriate child seat or trailer. There is no cost to participate.

No bike? No problem! Just grab a Breeze Bike Share Bike.

About the Mayor’s Ride:
Biking (AND WALKING) is better with friends! The monthly Mayor Ride was born last year at the Breeze One year Anniversary Event with a proclamation from our City Manager Rick Cole. We led the 1st Ride with the Mayor which was joined by the California Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors in January 2017 – This free local event has continued with monthly community bike rides and walks with Mayor Ted Winterer and City Staff since January with a different theme monthly. Come meet the Mayor, City staff, and your neighbors while enjoying the Santa Monica sunshine!

About the Trio of Holiday Celebrations on Pico Boulevard:
Celebration of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa – 3 holidays featuring foods, music, library readings and crafts. Along with Buy Local Holiday Shopping Ideas from our Santa Monica Farmers Market, Pico Boulevard merchants + Buy Local Santa Monica. Grab bag of giveaways to stores + Photos with Santa! For more information contact Pico Improvement Organization.

Stay up to date on events all over Santa Monica and the Westside at SMSpoke.org, and on our calendar. You can also check out Santa Monica City Planning on Facebook

We look forward to seeing you there!

November 30th, HandleBar Happy Hour: TRiP

For November our #HandleBarHappyHour will be at TRiP  This venue takes pride in that they strongly support local music and prides themselves in assisting up and coming artists.  They book 30 to 40 acts a week, most of which are local.  So… just like we say “buy local and support local” — including music!  Places like this are indeed what make our community a great place to live, work and play.

5:30-8pm & onward
TRiP: 2101 Lincoln Blvd, SM, 90405 
Calendar Event HERE

Since 2013:  TRiP’s wine list has been comprised of ONLY wines grown locally in the Malibu region. Niiiice!


This months HBHH ties into a Movember fundraising event with one of our own – RideShare Jeff!

The show at TRiP begins at 8pm. Facebook event HERE
This event is to raise money and awareness for men’s health related isses. Featuring Rideshare Jeff, CeyJay, Keith and Scorpion Wolf Shark. $5/door, $4 goes to Movember Foundation, 21+


End of every month we like to get together for fun, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always friendly!
This months venue may not be family friendly.

Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

If it’s on your way don’t forget to pass the Bike Counter!


Big thank you to last months host El Texate – we had great food and GREAT FUN!

Celebrate #BikeLocalSM, our Buy Local SM businesses, happy hour + new friends at these monthly events!  Learn about upcoming local bike events + find out about and connect with us at SM Spoke… as we visit and introduce you to some of our Buy Local SM businesses.  Eat Local, Drink Local, Buy Local AND Bike Local SM!