Monthly Archives: August 2011

Beverly Hills Ad-Hoc Bike Plan meeting THIS MONDAY

Our friends to the east Better Bike Beverly Hills, another of LACBC’s Regional Groups could use our support.

This from Mark Elliot at Better Bike Beverly Hills.


THIS MONDAY the Beverly Hills Ad-Hoc Bike Plan Update Committee meets with bike advocates. This is only the second open meeting of
the ad-hoc, and they want to get the word out to those in and around the city who focus on bike planning and active transportation issues. Let’s remind the Ad-Hoc commissioners that the city must step up now.

Mark your calendar:

Beverly Hills Ad-Hoc Bike Plan Update Committee
Monday, August 29th 5 pm
345 Foothill Rd. Beverly Hills, CA 90210

According to Elliot without collective pressure, the committee’s ambition has slackened and its work program has languished.

You can read more about the first meeting here:
See Marks recent letter to the commissioners here:

Greater challenges lie ahead. Regional connectivity is one of Better Bike’s
key priorities, but on-road, bi-directional bike lanes for SM Blvd is a
heavy political lift (even for sympathetic electeds – and we now have two of
five City Council members working with us). It may come down to only an
additional few inches of pavement for the lanes, but we’ll need to highlight
the virtues and allay the concerns about community backlash.  The SM Bike lane is an issue that Bike Beverly Hills plans to see through at every step of the way.

Bike Beverly Hills folks would like to see you there on Monday or at a City Council meetings beyond.

 

Want to get involved? They have regular meetings the 1st Monday and a ride on the 2nd Sunday of the month.
Visit their site at BetterBike.org for more info.

Library Alehouse benefit for LA.Streetsblog, Aug 30th

Join us at the Library Alehouse on Tuesday, August 30th and benefit LA.Streetsblog. 10% of sales that day will be donated to LA.Streetsblog. They have a pair of amazing auctions and a special luncheon with our own Pam O’Connor, Santa Monica City Council member, Metro Board Member and President of SCAG.  All that and great New Belgium Brewing drink specials and pairings on the special day.
In addition to everything else they are scheduled to have a bike valet for your cycling pleasure!
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED.  Click here to volunteer
(or email damien@streetsblog.org)
There’s going to be a special free raffle just for bike valet volunteers with prizes from Streetsblog and Santa Monica Spoke.
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Here’s a list of the amazing auction items that were all donated for the event:
  • A pair of year-long memberships (auctioned separately,) including stand time and tool rental, at the Bikerowave
  • A month pass for the Big Blue Bus  with a special lanyard and toy bus
  • A one month supply of CLIF Bars for  a family of 3
  • A Streetsblog schwag bag full of fun LASB items
  • A New Belgian Brewery schwag bag
  • A special raffle for the Fat Tire Cruiser!

Join us! Come out, join the fun, eat, drink, volunteer, and all to benefit LA.Streetsblog!!

All day Tuesday, August 30th at the Library Alehouse, 2911 Main St. Santa Monica. 

CAUSE FOR CREATIVITY: TOUR DA ARTS, this Sunday!

Tour da Arts, vol. 3 Bike Route

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Don’t miss your last chance to preregister for the Tour da Arts logo by Coco Moon ChilcoteSanta Monica Museum of Art’s third annual Cause for Creativity: Tour da Arts cultural bike event!

 

Beat the pump, cycle the town, and enjoy Santa Monica’sTour Da Arts Bike Gearsights and sounds. The Santa Monica Museum of Art’s third annual Tour da Arts bike event invites you to participate in a spoke-card workshop and a scenic ride with stops for music, dance, and art along the way. The ride culminates at SMMoA with the Bicycle Bell Ensemble - a tuneful collaborative performance.

REGISTER TODAY

FREE admission to Tour da Arts ride and festivities
Spoke card art workshop admission $5
FREE for SMMoA members.
Activities are open to all ages
(some restrictions apply).

Free Bike Gear

All riders receive a FREE bicycle bell and the first 150 riders to register and check-in receive a FREE Tour da Arts bicycle bag!

The ring of your free bicycle bell is an instrumental part of the musical grand finale – the Bicycle Bell Ensemble.

 

Check out the August issue of Momentum Magazine featuring Tour da Arts


 

 

SAVE THE DATE: September 10, 2011

Portland comes to Santa Monica

Dinner & Bikes Tour

   ….. & Cupcakes

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with Elly Blue of Taking the Lane ,
Joshua Ploeg -  traveling vegan chef
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Cost FREE – Pre-registration info soon.
Santa Monica Spoke is excited to host the evening!
502 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica
Dinner Bell rings at 7pm – but stayed tuned to more fun events in the afternoon.

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avatar for Elly Blue  Elly Blue

Elly Blue is a bicycle activist living in Portland, Oregon. She has been the managing editor of BikePortland.org, the lead coordinator of the Towards Carfree Cities conference in Portland in 2008, and has been an active bike funnist since 2005. She publishes a feminist bicycle zine called Taking the Lane.

HIT & RUN ALERT: Cyclist Assaulted by Black Lexus GS 470

Wednesday the 17th, a cyclist on Colorado Ave was seemingly intentionally rear-ended by a black Lexus GS 470 SUV driven by an African-American male. While their bike is damaged, the cyclist is thankfully doing ok.

The police were called but unfortunately the license plate number was incorrect and the motorist is still at large.

It’s a popular vehicle in the area but please be on the lookout for a black Lexus GS 470 SUV with possible front end damage. Below is a reference photo of what it may look like:

For reference only, NOT ACTUAL VEHICLE!

Reference - Not Actual Vehicle

If you have any info be safe and call the Santa Monica Police Dispatch at 310.458.8491 and let them deal with it.

Alert: We need better representation at Caltrans!

Please act today, deadline Thursday August 18th
From the California Bicycle Coalition,
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All over California, our efforts to create safer streets for bicyclists is being blocked, in part because Caltrans has resisted the
use of such innovative facilities as cycle tracks and ‘sharrows’ that tell motorists where to expect bicyclists (i.e., not on the ‘door zone’).

Why? One big reason is that the California Traffic Control Devices Committee, which advises Caltrans on standards for traffic signs, signals and pavement markings, such as bike lanes and crosswalks, has no members representing bicyclists, pedestrians or transit users. Yet the state’s two automobile associations have permanent seats – motorists are the only road users represented on a committee whose guidance affects all road users. This makes no sense!

But we’re very close to changing that! The California Bicycle Coalition is sponsoring Assembly Bill 345, authored by San Diego Assemblymember Toni Atkins. AB 345 specifies that the committee’s membership include two representatives nominated by the Active Transportation Livable Communities Group, which advises Caltrans on issues related to full accommmodation of all road users. This is exactly the broad perspective the California Traffic Control Devices Committee currently lacks. Caltrans has resisted other efforts to include bicyclists on the committee – that’s why we’ve turned to legislation.

AB 345 faces its final vote in the full Senate in the next two weeks. I’m writing to ask you to send the committee a message of support for AB 345 no later than the close of business, Thursday, Aug. 18. Your senator needs to understand how bicyclists like you are affected by the decisions made by Caltrans.

Simply copy and paste the text below onto your own letterhead or into an email message, modify it as indicated, and send it to your state senator, using this directory. (Not sure who your state senator is?Start here.) Please also email or fax a copy of your letter to Assemblymember Toni Atkins atAssemblymember.Atkins@assembly.ca.gov or (916) 319-2176.

If you have questions or concerns, contact CBC Communications Director Jim Brown at (916) 446-7558 or jimbrown@calbike.org.

Thank you so much for helping us win support for this bill!

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Dave Snyder
Executive Director

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SAMPLE LETTER

 

<<YOUR SENATOR>>
State Capitol, Room ___________
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) _____________

Re: AB 345 – SUPPORT 

Dear Sen. ______________:

I’m a constituent from <<YOUR COMMUNITY>> and I’m writing to urge you to approve Assembly Bill 345 (Atkins) when the Senate hears the bill later this month.

 

AB 345 helps California communities make their streets safe and convenient for everyone, including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, people with disabilities, seniors and users of public transportation. AB 345 accomplishes this by ensuring that Caltrans hears the perspective of all road users when establishing guidance for traffic signals and signs and pavement markings such as bike lanes.

Caltrans is advised by the California Traffic Control Devices Committee, whose members include both state automobile associations but no representatives of bicyclists, pedestrians or transit users — even though people walking and bicycling account for more than 20% of all roadway fatalities in California. Expanding the committee’s membership will help save lives and help ensure that roads are built right the first time, avoiding costly retrofits. 

I care very much about the safety of everyone who uses our roads, including bicyclists. I strongly urge you to support this bill.

Sincerely,

<<YOUR NAME>>
<<YOUR ADDRESS,
<<YOUR CITY, STATE, ZIP>>

CC: Assemblymember Toni Atkins

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ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA BICYCLE COALITION 

The California Bicycle Coalition is a non-profit education and lobbying organization working to improve bicycling conditions throughout the State of California. CBC’s mission is to create safe, healthy and livable communities in California by promoting bicycling for transportation and recreation. Learn more about CBC.

CAUSE FOR CREATIVITY: TOUR DA ARTS, VOL.3

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Beat the pump, cycle the town, and enjoy Santa Monica’sTour Da Arts Bike Gearsights and sounds. The Santa Monica Museum of Art’s third annual Tour da Arts bike event invites you to participate in a spoke-card workshop and a scenic ride with stops for music, dance, and art along the way. The ride culminates at SMMoA with the Bicycle Bell Ensemble - a tuneful collaborative performance.

REGISTER TODAY

FREE admission to Tour da Arts ride and festivities
Spoke card art workshop admission $5
FREE for SMMoA members.
Activities are open to all ages
(some restrictions apply).

Free Bike Gear

All riders receive a FREE bicycle bell and the first 150 riders to register and check-in receive a FREE Tour da Arts bicycle bag!

The ring of your free bicycle bell is an instrumental part of the musical grand finale – the Bicycle Bell Ensemble.

Check out the August issue of Momentum Magazine featuring Tour da Arts

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Tour da Arts, vol. 3 Bike Route

Stop 1 - ART (Noon – 2 pm)SMMoA Tour da Arts

Santa Monica Museum of Art

  • Check-in for the ride.
  • Spoke Card Art Workshop: make an original spoke card for your bike.
  • See SMMoA exhibitionsMarco Brambilla: The Dark LiningSimmons & Burke: In Media(s) Res, Media(s) in Res; and Park Studio: State of MindClick to preview SMMoA’s exhibitions
  • Enjoy our Cycling Culture Mini-Festival:
    Advocacy: Los Angeles Bike Coalition/Santa Monica Spoke, C.I.C.L.E., Tune-up tent by BikerowaveExcitement: CicLAvia, Tour de Fat, Perry’s Café Bike ToursLocal Design: Bicycle Fixation, Swrve – Urban Cycling Apparel, Shifty – Flirty Bike FashionFood trucks: Dosa Truck, Mandoline Grill, and L.A. Snowie.

Stop 2 - DANCE (between 3 – 4 pm)Broad Stage
The Broad Stage

Stop 3 - MUSIC (between 4:30- 5:30 pm)
Tour da Arts, vol. 3 Bike Route
Santa Monica
 City Hall 
Stop 4 - COLLABORATIVE PERFORMANCE (6 – 7 pm)SMMoA Tour da Arts
Return to SMMoA

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All stops will last about 30 minutes. Full bike route is approximately 7 miles at an easy pace. Snacks and refreshments provided by Whole Foods Santa Monica, Clif Bar, O.N.E. Coconut Water, and IZZE.
Cause for Creativity: Tour da Arts, vol. 3 is made possible in part by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, HBO, and Nordstrom.
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Cause for Creativity: Tour da Arts partners include: C.I.C.L.E., Bergamot Station, The Broad Stage, Global Motion, Jazz on the Lawn, City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, Patrick Miller Bicycle Bell Ensemble, Sister Mantos, Télématique, David Semien, Eva Lwington Cycle Chic Sundays, Josef Bray-Ali, Flying Pigeon LA, Richard Schultz, Bikerowave, Santa Monica City Hall, Whole Foods Market Santa Monica,
Santa Monica SPOKE/LACBC, Swrve, Bicycle Fixation, Shifty Showroom, Clif Bar, IZZE, O.N.E. Coconut Water, iZip Hybrid Electric Bikes, Perry’s Café and Rentals, CicLAvia, Dosa Truck, and Mandoline Grill, L.A. Snowie, Big Blue Bus, LA Metro, Momentum Magazine.
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Become a SMMoA member today and enjoy groundbreaking exhibitions, experimental education programs, eclectic shopping, and exclusive artworld access.

Quick Recap of Monday meeting

Great Meeting on Monday night!  
Thank you to Lucy Dyke, Michelle Glickert, Colleen Stoll and Francie Stefan from the City for presenting this plan for SMSpoke and the community.
The City is taking input and comments on the plan for about a month.
We have set up an email address for this through Spoke:
BikePlan@SMSpoke.org   – we will collect and coordinate getting all the comments we receive to Lucy and her staff.
You can also send letters and comments to: shapethefuture2025@smgov.net
Feelings are good on the Bike Plan, and input has been openly welcomed from city staff as well as compliments for our help thus far – The meeting went great!  Lucy Dyke did the presentation on the overall plan and it’s implementation, and staff (Michelle Glickert, Colleen Stoll and Francie Stefan) madly took notes during the time when Lucy took Q & A - for nearly 2 HOURS!!
Also in attendance Kevin McKeown SM City Council, Jason Perry Planning Commissioner, Jen Klausner Exec. Director LACBC as well as Mike Feinstein previous Santa Monica Mayor (2000-2002). In total I believe we had aprox. 50 people in attendance.
The plan is being presented to a variety of Boards and Commissions through the month of August including:
·       August 10th – Planning Commission (Study Session), 7:00pm at City Hall
·       August 18th – Parks & Recreation Commission, 7:30pm at City Hall
·       August 23rd – City Council, 6:30pm at City Hall
·       September 7th – Planning Commission, 7:00pm at City Hall
·       Date TBD – Task Force on the Environment

 

Articles on the meeting:

The OutLook News

SMDP