Monthly Archives: April 2011

Organizing Successful Bike Trains, Safe Routes to School

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Walking school buses are popping up everywhere, but have you seen or heard of a bike train? Starting a bike train, a group of children and parents who ride to school together with other families, is a great way to get students actively commuting to school from farther distances. Bike trains have the same underlying principles as walking school buses but forming a consistent, sustainable bike train that allows students to safely bicycle to school while parents, teachers and administrators rest easy, requires a deft balance between organization, encouragement and training. This webinar hopes to tackle those hurdles and leave attendees with the tools to either tune up their current bike train or start one anew!

This webinar will focus on success stories from Tampa Bay, Florida; Portland, Oregon; and Washington, DC that will provide insight from the nuts and bolts of grassroots organization to bike trains that are arranged and endorsed at the multi-school level. Presenters will highlight their unique programs but also outline the steps necessary to create and organize a bike train that will make a difference and the tips and tricks to keep them running smoothly.

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers at the end of the presentation.

The webinar will broadcast at 1pm EDT, Thursday, May 5 and will last one hour.


Kiel Johnson, Bicycle Safety Educator, Bicycle Transportation Alliance (Portland, Oregon)
Jason Jackman, Program Planner Analyst, Center for Urban Transportation Research (Tampa Bay, Florida)
Parrie Henderson, Parent Organizer, Mt. Pleasant Peloton (Washington, DC)
David Cowan, Program Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership (Denver, Colorado)



This webinar is part two of a six part webinar series by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership that focuses on bicycling and Safe Routes to School.

Thank you to the SRAM Cycling Fund for making this series possible.
For more information please contact Dave Cowan at

**Recording of this webinar will be available at within seven days of original broadcast. Past webinars and tipsheets can also be found at this link.




CicLAvia Afterglow!

We had a GREAT Feeder Ride from Santa Monica and look forward to the next one! Thank you all for riding with us and making the day such a wonderful event. The next one will be even BETTER! We are out of town until after Easter so our pictures and videos may take a bit to get posted – we will try to get a few photos up before we leave (or from the road, bike touring in Portland!) and more when we get back.

Here are some photos sent to us by from one of our Feeder Riders, Stanley D. Wolfersberger THANKS !
He says he has more photos of individual riders he’d be glad to share – if you are interested email us and we’ll put you in touch.

Here’s an LAT Article from one previously “skeptical” reporter who’s perspective of biking in LA has shifted since CicLAvia!  I gotta say it brought tears to my eyes.

This from CicLAvia-

Thanks to all our great volunteers, sponsors, supporters and partners, CicLAvia 4.10.2011 was a huge success!

With perfect weather, and more than 130,000 participants, Sunday’s CicLAvia was huge. It was great fun for young and old alike – families, all races, all abilities, walking, skating, and… of course… bicycling! Angelenos explored our neighborhoods, connecting with each other, with our wonderful city.

CicLAvia plans two more events this year: July 10th and October 9th! If you enjoyed CicLAvia yesterday, and you want CicLAvia to continue and to grow, please make a donation today. Your contributions keep CicLAvia free and frequent. We can’t do it without you.

Click here to donate to CicLAvia.


Photo by Alex Thompson

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Important City Council Meeting Tonight

At tonight’s meeting they will discuss the projects in and around Downtown, including road diets and bike lanes. We need to show our support. It would be great if you can attend, or email your support to


City Council Meeting Tonight:

When:     Tuesday , April 12, 2011 at 6:30pm
Where:   Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street,
City Council Chambers, Rm 213

We need to show support for the plans that will bring new business to the downtown on bikes if the infrastructure is provided.  See the plans here and the agenda here.

Executive Summary

The success of the Downtown and Civic Center relies on the strength and connectivity of pedestrian, vehicle, bicycle and transit networks. Significant improvements are underway with the Expo Light Rail, Palisades Garden Walk, the Village, recently-completed Santa Monica Place and other major private and public projects. The increased desirability of the Downtown and Civic Center will bring residents and visitors alike to the area for recreation, shopping, cultural events or work. The Expo terminus itself will serve thousands of daily light-rail passengers and become a center of activity that alters circulation patterns. The ability to successfully adapt and provide strong access to and around the Downtown/Civic Center on foot, bicycle, transit and in a vehicle is necessary to support this as a center of activity and primary business destination, and to advance the key LUCE principle of “No Net New Peak PM Trips.” Achieving this vision will guarantee that the Downtown continues to produce high economic benefit with comparatively low traffic impacts relative to other similar destinations in Southern California.

The following recommended bicycle facilities and intersection improvements have been defined under the RDA Expo Green Streets category.

  • 2nd Street: Create continuous bike lanes on 2nd Street from Colorado to Montana, to connect with the Main Street bike lane at Colorado. This would create a long-distance north-south connection, and alternative to Ocean Avenue which some bicyclists feel is too busy with motor vehicles and buses. These bike lanes would be provided in Downtown by implementing by reducing through lanes from 4 to 2, with left turn lanes at most locations. Capacity exists on Ocean Avenue if this results in some shift of vehicles from 2nd to Ocean.
  • 6th and 7th Streets: Create new 6 foot bicycle lanes with a 3 foot buffer zone on 6th Street while maintaining parking on both sides and a vehicle travel lane in each direction, and create a continuous bicycle lane through intersections on 7th Street accommodated by eliminating left turn lanes at intersections.
  • 4th Court Connection from Expo Station to Broadway: Install wayfinding signs and shared lane markings to direct bicyclists from Colorado to Broadway using the alley between 4th and 5th Street. This completes a gap in the network, and will be critical as a link from the Esplanade and Expo Station to Broadway, which provides connectivity to much of the rest of the city.
  • Broadway: Upgrade bike access along and connections to Broadway, which will become a primary bicycle connection to the Expo Regional bike path terminating at 17th Street. In Downtown, reinforce the shared use of the transit lanes in the westbound direction, reconfigure existing lanes to provide an eastbound bicycle lane, and the improve intersection treatments adjacent to the bicycle transit center.


REI – Panamerican Peaks Project w/Thomas Laussermair

In May 2009, independent traveler Thomas Laussermair set off on an adventure of a lifetime-to pedal the length of the Panamerican Highway (Alaska to Patagonia) and climb the highest mountain of every country along the way. Join us as Thomas shares a digital presentation of some of the most exhilarating segments of his 14-month journey. Join Thomas as he ropes up for glacier travel on Canada’s wild and remote Mount Logan (19,551 feet), braves the high heat of Baja California, cycles across the stunning Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, and makes an unguided climb of Argentina’s Aconcagua (22,841 feet). Thomas will show you what it takes to plan an adventure of this magnitude, and discuss what he learned along the way.
For more information, visit

  • Date: 4/19/2011
  • Event Location: Santa Monica REI
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (PDT)
  • Presenter: Thomas Laussermair
  • free
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