Monthly Archives: May 2009

Ride Bronze Friday

Car Free Fridays are coming to Santa Monica, and our ride on the 29th of May is scheduled to precede the ceremony when the city of Santa Monica receives the award as a bicycle friendly city. Congratulation folks, well done! Now the hard work is starting.
The route is in place: We meet at Santa Monica College, in front of the Library off Pearl Street, just across the Road from Sustainable Works. @ Meet at 8:00am ride at 8:10 sharp. The route takes us around John Adams School, across town around Lincoln School. From Lincoln we will leave at 8:35, then back to SAMOHI, and arrive at City Hall @ 9:00 for refreshments and weighty words.
Join us, all ye early risers, and let us start this important political process with a bit of a show of force. Bring a bell, a whistle, and all your friends. The bronze medal is our foot in the door, California Legislation to reduce Greenhouse Gases will be our lance, and us being just like normal people will make the bicycle an irresistible winner. To get there, we will compile our very own bicycle wish list for the future.

Santa Monica Bike Award Withdrawn

Withdrawn? Canceled? Before it was even awarded?
In a secret memo it was revealed today that one of the main reasons for granting the award to Santa Monica was the nice weather here. It has also been leaked that the city has plans to permanently valet park all bicycles and withdraw them from circulation. They will be permanently parked on the airport tarmac, solving some of the more serious problems of bicycle circulation.
Let’s not get carried away: An award is not the truth about a state of affairs: Every award is the result of a political process, we all know that. The beauty of it is, that it is also the beginning of a political process. These are not laurels to rest on, these are branches good for whipping. One Two Three.
The political process can be conducted in different ways. Let’s see how you want to do it.

SM Daily Press

Kevin Herrera tells it all: The Santa Monica Daily Press features a great piece about the award: Stephen “Cyclists’ Bill of Rights” Box wants full equality, Beth “transportation planner” Rolandson praises the climate, and Jen “LACBC” Klausner understands the challenges city planners face in a city that is dense and built out and wants to address a bias that enforces the car’s dominance on the road. Read all about it here

Patent Pending

The LACBC board met earlier this week at the Encino Velodrome, and has voted to establish an ad hoc committee to study LACBC chapters:  more news soon! We are now officially a chapter of the LACBC (applied for), or rather: A Chapter In Waiting

This is what leadership looks like

I haven’t posted to this blog before, but I felt this video was worth it. It’s an interview with New York City’s Commissioner of the Department of Transportation Janette Sadik-Kahn. A comment at my blog tipped me off to it, and it’s an amazing glimpse at what is possible with motivated, inspired leadership.

There have always been a lot of things to love about New York. Now you can add this:

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Come on, Santa Monica!