Monthly Archives: February 2011

SMMoA Hearts Bikes: Maintenance Workshop 2/26

The event was moved indoors due to the threat of rain …. So it’s ON!!  1:30pm

SMMoA Hearts Bike

Saturday, February 26, 11 am – 1 pm 1:30pm
Bikes in the City: Bike Maintenance Workshop and Mini-Ride
with C.I.C.L.E. and Bikerowave
Tour SMMoA and participate in a bike maintenance workshop with local bike cooperative Bikerowave. Following the class there will be a mini-ride with Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.). Recommended for ages 18 and over.

Admission: FREE, space is limited.
Pre-registration required: please send your name and contact information to contact@CICLE.org

In the case of rain, this event will be canceled.

Bikes in the City program is sponsored by C.I.C.L.E. and RENEW LA.

In the News

Here Comes the Train – and Bikes and Pedestrians

By Ann K. Williams
Lookout Staff

February 16, 2011 – The Lookout is conducting a series of interviews with city notables to get a sense of what’s to come in Santa Monica. Last week, we sat down with the city’s Director of Planning Eileen Fogarty who shared her vision of what the city will look like as it develops in the next few years. Today’s story will look at the Expo Light Rail that will cut through the city by 2014, if all goes as planned.  [More]

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Bike Action Plan To Encourage More Biking, Less Driving,

By Jason Islas
Special to the Lookout News

February 18, 2011 — As part of the LUCE plan to revamp the city’s infrastructure, Santa Monica city officials have begun developing a new Bike Action Plan to reduce car traffic and to encourage commuters to ride bikes.

“We want it to be done and approved by the City Council by July 2011,” Lucy Dyke, deputy director for special projects told the crowd at Wednesday night’s bike and pedestrian safety meeting at the Ken Edwards center.
“The Bike Action Plan isn’t just a map,” Dyke said.
She said that if it were just a map, it would be too rigid. Dyke believes the Bike Action Plan should be able to evolve as the city develops.

And Cynthia Rose – a volunteer on the Steering committee of Santa Monica Spoke, a chapter of the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition – agrees.
Rose called for “cultural change” with regards to how bicyclists are seen.
“[The city] needs to demonstrate that cyclists, pedestrians, and public transportation are important to make the city work,” Rose told the Lookout Tuesday. [more]


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Practical benefits of bike sharing in a very urban environment:

Bike Sharing Coming To Hoboken & Jersey City?

… it is hard to imagine that bike sharing will not become a critical option in the urban multi-modal menu of all cities.  In my experience, the greatest practical challenge for expanding bicycle use in urban areas as a transportation option is the limited space residents have to safely keep bicycles at home.  Small city flats in walk-up buildings are simply not ideal for owning and regularly using a bicycle, and many people are unwilling to spend money on a material possession that spends its nights on the street (and doesn’t weigh two tons).  Bike sharing circumvents these challenges by making the bicycle available as a “service” rather than a “possession”, which eliminates the need to store the bicycle at home and removes the safety/security concerns from the individual.  It also naturally allows bicycles to be used more continuously throughout the day, reducing resource consumption as well as the total number of bicycles in a city (which at some point can become overwhleming as anyone who has witnessed a Shanghai commute can attest!).

Perhaps the bike stations in Santa Monica can also be bike sharing facilities.
Barbara Filet

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Road Rules: Addressing Traffic Safety in Santa Monica

Sorting through some of the chaos on the streets, particularly oft-misunderstood rules about bicycling.

The streets of Santa Monica are often a place of conflict, as drivers compete for asphalt, pedestrians try to get across in one piece and cyclists attempt to squeeze in wherever they can fit. Some of this conflict comes from carelessness, impatience, frustration and roadway design. But oftentimes, it also comes from ignorance or confusion about what the rules of the road really are.

To have a truly sustainable city, being able to get around by foot and bike is an essential component. However, if some people live in fear of walking or cycling in the city, which is often the case presently, it not only undermines sustainability, it effects the quality of life in the community. [more]

Bergamot Transit Village,
Design Workshop

Feb. 17th at Pier 59 Studios

The Planning and Community Development Department invites you to a special Planning Commission workshop on the Bergamot area to help realize the LUCE community vision for an urban transit village enlivened by creative-arts, jobs and amenities, housing, and new walking, bicycling and transit connections.  (see below map).

Please join us on Feb. 17th at 6:30PM to discuss:

  • THE AREA PLAN: Including the Bergamot Transit Village and Bergamot Art Center
  • CREATING AN URBAN TRANSIT VILLAGE: Characteristics of an urban transit village, mix of uses, gathering places, pedestrian-oriented design and scale
  • NEW CONNECTIONS: Pedestrian and bike linkages from the village to the Expo Light Rail, Bergamot Arts Center and other destinations to reduce car trips

Your input is needed to create the Guiding Principles for a sustainable transit-focused neighborhood within the Bergamot Area.

RSVP to ensure accurate accommodations

BergamotPlan@smgov.net or 310.458.8341

Bike parking should be available in and around at Bergamot.  Big Blue Bus line #5 on 26th Street and the Sunset Ride on Colorado Avenue stop near the workshop location.

When:   Thursday, February 17th
Where:   Pier 59 Studios,  2415 Michigan Avenue, Bergamot Station
When:    6:30- 9:00pm


Bike Committee meets,
Wed. Feb 16th 7:00pm

Parks and Recreation Department’s Bike Committee Meets

Bike Committee Chair Phil Brock

Agenda

When:  Wednesday, February 16th
When:  7:00pm
Where:  Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th street (between Colorado and Broadway, across from the Santa Monica Place)

One bike rack out front, additional at meters? – car parking underground

Important City Council Meeting,
Tuesday 6pm 2/8/2011

Just got the news on this important budget meeting scheduled for this Tuesday night at City Hall.

Item 8B on the agenda deals with budget priorities over the next 2 years.  This is a huge opportunity to make sure that we get money for bicycle projects, particularly infrastructure because it is the easiest to fund.  Needless to say any and all money committed to bicycling is good.

We cannot wait for the Bike Action Plan, by then it’s too late.  We need to make sure that bike issues are listed as a priority in these budget decisions.  We want to rally the troops for this meeting.  We need numbers and community members who can attend and hopefully are willing to speak on this issue at the meeting, making the argument for immediate and lasting investments in bicycling.  The Staff Report on this agenda item notes that bikes have been big in all the recent public meetings and are an important issue to focus on.  Let’s make sure that we keep the momentum going at this important budget meeting.

This is a huge meeting.

Richard McKinnon reminds us that we passed Measure Y in November.  Half of the tax raised is for public safety issues.  Could there be a bigger issue than road safety for pedestrians and bikes as part of our move to alternate transportation?  How about protecting children and mothers on bikes, and all cyclists in our city!

We encourage people to attend and speak.  If you would like any assistance please ask any of us from Spoke that will be in attendance at the meeting.

Please share this information with your friends.

When: Tuesday, February 8th 6:00 pm
Where: Santa Monica City Hall, Council Chambers (2nd Floor)
1685 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-9975 ‎

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