Monthly Archives: March 2011

Community Meeting Saint John’s Health Center

Community Meeting for Proposed Saint John’s Health Center
Development Agreement Amendment
1328 22nd Street, Santa Monica


When:     Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Where:    Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard,
Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd Floor

You are invited to attend a community meeting to learn more about and provide feedback on the pending Saint John’s Health Center Development Agreement Amendment.

Saint John’s Health Center proposes to amend its approved Development Agreement with the City of Santa Monica for the Saint John’s Hospital and Health Center Project.  In lieu of constructing an on-site parking structure and the Entry Plaza as proposed by the original project approved in 1998, the Amendment would authorize a modified Entry Plaza and parking program to meet the peak parking demand of SJHC’s various user groups, and ensure that parking that is functionally equivalent to the previously-approved North Subterranean Parking Garage is provided.  The proposed Amendment would allow for the coordinated planning and design of two adjacent Phase II sites approved for health care facilities and subterranean parking.

The parking program and modified Entry Plaza would consist of the following key components:

  • Provide approx. 1,540 parking spaces on Saint John’s property and at leased, off-site facilities.
  • Provide a full-service parking valet at the hospital’s main entrance on Santa Monica Boulevard for visitors, patients, and physicians.
  • Provide a modified Entry Plaza at the hospital’s main entrance on Santa Monica Boulevard (signalized u-shaped drive with new landscape/hardscape design).
  • Implement a new Transportation Demand Management Program to reduce vehicle trips to the facility.

Community comments from this meeting will be provided to the Planning Commission and City Council in advance of their review of the pending Development Agreement Amendment.  For more information, please contact Roxanne Tanemori, AICP, Senior Planner, at (310) 458-8341, or by e-mail at RSVP appreciated to (310) 458-8341.


The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please contact (310) 458-8341 or (310) 458-8696 TTY at least 72 hours in advance. Every attempt will made to provide the requested accommodation. The Main Library is served by the following Big Blue Bus Lines: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Esto es una noticia de una reunión de la comunidad para revisar el diseño de la applicaciónes proponiendo desarrollo en Santa Monica.  Si deseas más información, favor de llamar a Carmen Gutierrez en la División de Planificación al número (310) 458-8341.



1st Sunday Funday Ride:
Cross-town Traffic

Date: Sunday, April 3

Time: Meet at 9:30 AM; Ride at 10:00 AM

Location: Westwood Recreation Center – 1350 South Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 (on Sepulveda Boulevard side of the park near the Aidan’s Place children’s play area)

This ride is an exploration of some of our favorite crosstown routes. When you are used to driving places on the freeway, switching to bike commuting can be a shock. What’s the best route? Which streets are really bike friendly? How can I avoid hills, dangerous intersections, etc. when getting from point A to point B? Planning a route from a bike map or Google maps is certainly an option, but it’s a lot more fun discovering routes with a group!

Led by LACBC Board Member Greg Laemmle, this ride will help you explore options for getting from the Westside to Hollywood Bowl, Dodger Stadium, and Downtown LA on a day when car traffic is a little lighter. This ride will also hit some key streets in new City of LA Bike Plan, where the addition of traffic calming measures or road diets could make a real difference in making Bike Friendly Streets even more friendly. Meet at the Westwood Recreation Center, and we’ll ride through Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Echo Park, and MacArthur Park (with a lunch stop at Mama’s Hot Tamales). Return through Hancock Park (via 4th Street) and Beverly Hills.

Length: 28 miles. Estimated to last 4 to 5 hours including ride, food, and rest.

Difficulty: For all riders, including beginners. Ride is relatively slow paced, and if you get tired, easy return via Metro 704 (Echo Park and Sunset) or Metro 720 (Wilshire & Alvarado).

What to bring: Water and snacks as you see fit. Tools and tubes recommended. Dress accordingly. Also bring money (for food and possible bus fare), helmet, bike lock, and sun screen.

Weather: Heavy rain cancels the ride, but with light rain or a drizzle, the ride will go on!

Sunday Funday Rides are free and open to LACBC members plus one guest. Interested in becoming a member? Visit our membership page ( or become a member at the ride at a discounted price.

To RSVP or if you’re interested in volunteering as ride marshal, please contact Carol Feucht, Membership Manager, at

Event photo courtesy of Historic Echo Park (

Bill Cunningham New York,
a film by Richard Press

Bill Cunningham is obsessively interested in only one thing—the pictures he takes that document the way people dress. “We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the New York Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Bill has lived in the same small studio above Carnegie Hall for fifty years, never eats in restaurants and gets around on a worn-out bicycle—his sole means of transportation. The contradiction of his monk-like existence and the extravagance of his photographic subject matter is one aspect of his private life revealed in the movie. Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace. Official Web Site

Film opens on Friday at the Nuart and plays until March 31

Special Appearance at the Nuart Theatre (Los Angeles, CA):
Director Richard Press and producer Philip Gefter will appear In Person Friday, March 25 for a Q&A after the 7:30pm show and to introduce the 9:45pm show.



Santa Monica seeking artists to design and create functional bicycle racks!

An idea we presented to the city early last year during our roundtable meetings with then Assistant City Manager Jennifer Phillips and other city staffers including Lucy Dyke and Sam Morrissey.  This is great news!

Public Art Coalition of Southern California

CITY OF SANTA MONICA: RFP – Artist Designed Bicycle Racks

In RFP on March 17, 2011 at 10:34 pm

The City of Santa Monica’s Public Art Program is seeking artists to design and create functional bicycle racks to be integrated into the Ocean Park Boulevard “Green Streets” Project.  This is an exciting opportunity for artists—both experienced and emerging, located in Los Angeles County. We will select two (2) concepts to fabricate for this project and up to six (6) more concepts to develop into a final, fabrication-ready design, with the intention of creating limited editions (not to exceed 5) for use in future City projects.  Artists whose designs have been selected for the limited editions for future City projects will receive a $2,000 stipend to develop a final design suitable for fabrication.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION: Malina Moore, 1437 4th St., Suite 310, Santa Monica, CA 90401; (310) 458-8350;



Bike Event REI Santa Monica,
Take A Seat

From Jennifer Day at REI Santa Monica

We wanted to invite the cycling community to join us for Take A Seat

When:     Thursday, March 31st
Where:    7-8:30pm at REI Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica
Free: Register for the event at REI Santa Monica

In 2006 Dominic created TAKE A SEAT which uses a tandem bicycle as a means of cultural immersion and story telling. In his projects Dominic rides his bicycle over long distances spontaneously inviting those he meets along the way to hop on his empty rear seat and share his journey. Over 2 years he traveled the full length of both Americas picking up over 270 passengers. Dominic’s book and award winning documentary TAKE A SEAT chronicle his adventure covering 18,449 miles, passed through fifteen countries. In 2010 Dominic documented his second adventure: TAKE A SEAT: SHARING A RIDE ACROSS AMERICA. The original series on Universal Sports shares the story of ten companion adventurers of varying disabilities as they assume a spot on a specially designed tandem bicycle for special needs cyclists. Together they journeyed a 4300 mile route across the United States. Come hear Dominic speak about both of his incredible adventures and watch an exclusive sneak peek of the original series that premieres April 4,th 2011 at 9 pm on Universal Sports.

Please spread the word! Hope to see you there!


SMMoA Cycle Chic Sunday

RIDE CANCELED due to rain

Sunday, March 27, 10 am – 1 pm

SMMoA Hearts Bikes

SMMoA X Cycle Chic™ Sundays

Cycle Chic

Join us for a day of culture, style, and cycling! This half-day bike excursion includes:

A tour of SMMoA’s current exhibitions

Studio visits with artist Blue McRight and architect Warren Wagner of W3 Architects. Preview McRight’s recent work and Wagner’s exciting green living projects.

Rest stop at the Frank Gehry-designed Edgemar Center to learn about the Buy Local Program with the Main Street Merchants Assocation. Receive information, coupons, and free samples!

Participation fee: $10 Click here to purchase ticket
FREE for SMMoA members: RSVP to

Join SMMoA today and receive free admission to Cycle Chic Sundays and many other exclusive member benefits!

FELT Bicycles will lend 15 bikes to individuals on a first come, fist serve basis. Sizes and styles vary.

Please contact:

Riders are welcome to stay on Main Street for a guided walking tour or return to SMMoA. Ride leadership provided by Santa Monica SPOKE.

About Cycle Chic™: Sparked in Copenhagen, Denmark to celebrate the cycling capital’s perennial style and sensibility, Cycle Chic™ inspires sartorial riding in urban cities all over the world.

About Santa Monica’s Buy Local Program: This is a campaign created by representatives of the Santa Monica business community and the City of Santa Monica to support the economic and environmental benefits of choosing local first.


rain drop

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



Event Partners: Cycle Chic™, Blue McRight, W3 Architects/Warren Wagner, FELT Bicycles, Buy Local Santa Monica, Main Street Merchants Association, Samuel Freeman, Santa Monica SPOKE

In-kind snacks and refreshments generously provided by Clif Bar and O.N.E. Coconut Water.

Cycle Chic Logo Banner

Shop Whole Foods Santa Monica & support SMMoA, TODAY Wednesday 3/23

Hi Santa Monica Friends!

Just letting you know that on Wednesday, March 23, all day, all three Whole Foods Markets in Santa Monica are doing a 5% day to benefit the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA). SMMoA will receive 5% of the revenue generated by all three stores that day!
So, if you need to do some shopping, your money will go to good food/products AND a good cause: arts, culture, arts education in Santa Monica with SMMoA

Their Director of Education, Asuka Hisa with be alternating her presence along with staff/volunteers at the three stores through out the day to inform people about the dynamic jewel of a museum.

Come on out and support local!


Michigan Avenue Bicycle Boulevard?
Yes please!

Santa Monica City Council will vote whether they will move forward to seek grant funding for the Michigan Avenue Bicycle Boulevard Project.  This project would bring to fruition a vision that many cyclist have been advocating for for many years.

This item is 3-F on the agenda.  Meeting due to begin at 6:30, we will try and keep you updated on twitter as for when it may come up for a vote.  We would love to see you at the meeting to help us show support for this project.  You can also
email your support to council if you can’t make the meeting.

Click on the links for the agenda and full Staff report.

What is a Bicycle Boulevard?


  • – Low-traffic neighborhood streets that have been optimized for bicycling. They provide direct, attractive routes for bikes.
  • – Quieter, prettier, and healthier than busy, car-filled streets
  • – Welcoming to kids, families and novice cyclists, and attractive for all kinds of cyclists
  • – Extremely safe (many have zero crashes over the last decade)
  • – Healthy, with noticeably cleaner air than busy street

On bicycle boulevards, stop signs are turned to keep cyclists moving, and traffic lights and curb extensions help cyclists cross busy streets. Traffic calming slows cars down, and drivers are discouraged from using them for cut-throughs.

Best of all, by working with the neighborhood streets we already have, they’re cost-effective and enhance neighborhood livability and traffic safety.


Not only will this project provide much need access in our Safe Route to School Programs, but will finally provide a much needed east west connection for bikes south of Olympic Blvd.   This would provide not only for cyclist traveling to and from west LA but also a route for residents who wish to travel to destinations like Santa Monica’s Main Street, the Promenade and the Beach.

Santa Monica Spoke sent a letter of support to seek funding for this project earlier this month.  Some important points we made were:

A Michigan Bicycle Boulevard will improve mobility and accessibility
East-west bike routes are sorely lacking in this approximately mile-wide Pico corridor. The closest east-west bike routes are on Pearl and Broadway. Michigan could become a model bicycle boulevard in Santa Monica, providing a low-stress, convenient and safe route between

Santa Monica High School, the Civic Center, Ocean Park beaches on the west and eastern Santa Monica, Bergamot Art Center the future Expo Line station and West LA on the east. Cut-through auto travel would be lessened, while residents would maintain access to their homes.

Providing the final link to the beach from there might well be accomplished by extending the Michigan Bike Boulevard across Ocean Ave to

the Beach Bike Path via Pacific and Seaside Terraces

A Michigan Bicycle Boulevard will preserve the transportation system
Past developments have severely impacted Michigan Avenue. The freeway, the high school and the city yards have cut this road into disconnected parts, so that it no longer offers a viable route across the city for automobile drivers. Therefore, creating on it a bicycle boulevard does not subtract from auto mobility. Michigan lies between two large arterial roads: Olympic and Pico, which are designed to carry the traffic which would be diverted from the bicycle boulevard. Some of the car traffic may be converted to bike traffic, so could reduce congestion in the city.

A Michigan Bicycle Boulevard will support the economy
Biking means business. Communities that are bicycle-friendly are seen as places with a high quality of life. This often translates into increased property values, business growth and increased tourism.  A bike route from downtown to Bergamot Art Complex/Village/West LA would be attractive to tourists as well as community members, and reduce congestion.

A Michigan Bicycle Boulevard would enhance public safety and security.
Bicycle-friendly communities are places where people feel safe and comfortable riding their bikes for fun, fitness, and transportation. A Michigan Bicycle Boulevard would serve as open space for the children living in multi-family dwellings without back yards. All children living between Pico, the 10 freeway, 20th and Lincoln would have a larger Michigan home zone to explore without traffic hazards, giving them easy access to an active community environment that improves public health.

Bike It! Walk It! Day, held Oct. 13, 2010, had 3300 school-aged children in the Santa Monica Malibu Unified District walking, biking, scooting and skateboarding — more than 30 percent of the total enrollment. This twice-yearly event encourages physical exercise, reduces traffic congestion around schools and promotes safe routes to schools. The goal is for students to adopt these travel modes on a daily basis. Most of the bicycling high school students use Michigan. Often other parents in cars are the greatest threat to the safety of kids walking and biking to school.

A Michigan Bicycle Boulevard would reflect community values.
Santa Monica has applied to the League of American Bicyclists to be designated a bicycle-friendly city, winning a Bronze status so far.  To reach a Silver rating or higher, it must create more bike routes. The city has committed to doing so in the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), which aims to make cycling a preferred travel choice.

“A significant increase in bicycling is necessary for the city of Santa Monica to be a leading bicycle-friendly city and reach its goals of reducing auto trips, meeting GHG emission reduction commitments and promoting active living.”

A Michigan Bicycle Boulevard would enhance the environment.
Michigan Avenue suffers daily from more than its share of environmental burdens: thousands of speeding drivers, between Lincoln and 14th, headed to and from the Santa Monica Freeway and high school, air pollution and noise from the 200,000 cars on Lincoln and the Santa Monica Freeway and parking burdens from Santa Monica High School and College students.
The level of environmental burdens in the Pico neighborhood is well beyond what is endured by most other neighborhoods in Santa Monica. Pico residents have the same right to a livable, quiet, safe home zone as other residents. A bicycle boulevard on Michigan Avenue would bring equity.


We think the Michigan Avenue Bicycle Boulevard aligns perfectly with the principals set forth in the LUCE as well as the Complete Streets Concepts and will be a valuable asset for Santa Monica in attaining its goal of become a more sustainable and livable city.

Hope to see you there!


Also see post on this project at GaryRidesBikes

High rez pdf of bike map here











Bergamot Transit Village,
Michigan Avenue Bicycle Blvd-
at Council Meeting Tuesday 3/22

Plans for the proposed Begamot Transit Village will be presented to council this Tuesday night along with a vote on whether to move forward with the request for grant funding for the Michigan Avenue Bicycle Boulevard.  We would like to invite the bicycle community to come out and hear about, and give input on these two important projects that will impact our city.

Agenda City Council Meeting

Item 3-F
Transportation Planning Grant Program related to Michigan Avenue Bike Boulevard
More info here

Item 8-B
Bergamot Transit Village – Proposed development agreement for a mixed used project at 1681 26th Street by Hines (former Papermate site)
More info from the city here

When Tuesday, March 22, 2010

Where Santa Monica City Hall,  1685 Main Street, 2nd floor

Time 6:30pm


L.A. Marathon in Santa Monica
– ride your bike!

The LA Marathon is this Sunday, March 20 and if it’s anything like last year traffic here in Santa Monica will be a MESS.  One solution to getting around this weekend, whether enjoying the festivities or just going about your normal weekend activities is on your trusty 2 wheeled vehicle – your bicycle.

We were happy to get an email from the city detailing the extra bike parking that will be available on race day.  On Sunday the city will be operating 2 free bike valets downtown as well as the regular valet at the Main Street Farmers Market .


2 Downtown locations 7am to 5pm
Broadway at Ocean
In front of City Hall – 1685 Main Street

Main Street Farmers Market, 9am to 1pm (on Main St. south of Ocean Park)



Additionally note the following bike access

  • Main St between Pico Blvd. and Colorado will be open to bikes (but closed to cars
  • Bikes can cross the Intersection on Ocean Ave. at Pico

For more info on street access recommendations by the city see LA Marathon Biking


Cyclist ride the LA Marathon route.  Meet at 3am ride starts at 4am under starry skies (we hope) on roads closed to traffic.  More info at Midnightridazz