Monthly Archives: November 2011

Hold Expo to proposed bike facilities at Culver City Expo Station!

 

The Expo Authority has run into huge cost overruns and apparently feels that by not building proposed bicycle facilities at the Expo Station at Venice & Robertson they can somehow balance their books. They have recently made it clear, bike facilities will not be coming to the Expo Station at Venice & Robertson.

This is unacceptable! The bike facilities are part of the original plan. L.A. wants them, Culver City wants them, METRO wants them. And along with the Expo Bike Lane the region NEEDS them!
They have built a bikeway along Jefferson connecting La Cienega to the Ballona Creek Bike Path terminus at Sid Kronenthal Park. They are completing the bikeway from Jefferson and National that will connect to Washington while Culver City has created a downtown connector along this route and has planned improvements on Jefferson at the Scenic Overlook. According to CCBC, civic leaders are recognizing that people want to use their bicycles instead of their cars to get TO and FROM the Expo Line. Creating end-of-line facilities is a great way to encourage use of the new trains. So why not create a safe, secure and convenient place to lock a bike?

bike center  similar to ours in Santa Monica would be spectacular, however a smaller one similar to Burbank’s would also serve the station well. Read LA.Streetsblog article on both here.  We are calling out to the community to put pressure on Expo to rethink their priorities and force them to include – at the very minimum secured bike parking, but preferably a full bike station.

Included below is a template letter and the list of recipients. Please write expressing your concerns and demand that the Expo Authority makes good on their promise and their commitment to their own mission by including a bike facilities at the Venice & Robertson station. Please personalize, add to or change as you like.

Also if anyone can attend, the Culver City Bike Coalition has this invitation:

Please join us in downtown Los Angeles as we attend the next Expo Line board meeting (12/1) and urge Expo to rethink their priorities and force them to include secured bike parking at the least and a full bike station at most. With enough pressure, maybe we can get them to change course and find other means to balance their budget. Maybe, METRO or CalTrans will pay for it with discretionary funding. In any case, if we don’t ask, we definitely will not get.

December 1st, 2:30pm
Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Board of Supervisors’, Hearing Room 381B

 

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Recipient list formatted for easy copy and paste plus template letter:

“Mayor Villaraigosa:” <mayor@lacity.org>
“Metro Board:” <boardsecretary@metro.net>
“Culver City Mayor O’Leary:” <micheal.oleary@culvercity.org>
“Supervisor Ridley Thomas:” <seconddistrict@bos.lacounty.gov>
“Assemblymember Holly Mitchel’s Office:” <sydney.kamlager@asm.ca.gov>

 

Dear Mayor Villaraigosa, Mayor O’Leary, Metro Board, Supervisor Thomas, and Assemblymember Mitchell:

As a cyclist and a potential user of public transit, I am extremely disappointed in your decision not to go forward with the proposed bike facilities at the Culver City Expo Station at Venice and Robertson.

Forward thinking urban planners understand that end-of-line facilities are crucial to the success of mass transit projects. Therefore, in today’s world where “active transportation” is an increasingly larger part of  “alternative transportation” how can you justify spending $900 million on a mass transportation project and NOT include a state of the art bicycle facility?

The facility has been in the plan from the beginning and myself and the community as a whole are looking forward to a future when we can bike to our nearest station, ride the train to Culver City, and securely park at a bike station there. Without this facility, there will be less incentive to use the train to get to and from Culver City. Congestion is an increasing problem in our region; we must give people the ability to get to their destination without the use of automobiles. Riding a bike to the Expo is a sustainable, cost effective alternative to driving a car. With new Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans in place in Culver City, Santa Monica and the South Bay and other new bike/ped facilities in the works for Culver City and the surrounding region, we believe Culver City has been trying to create a more livable community by encouraging people to bike and walk to their destinations. Mismanagement and budget over runs of the Expo project should not come at the expense of this region’s connectivity options and widespread desire to create more sustainable cities.

By not incorporating this important facility into the Expo Station you are not only doing a disservice to Culver City, but hurting the County as a whole. This station should be considered and integral part of getting people out of their cars and using mass transit and active transportation. We expect support in building sustainable communities where we can travel using multi-modal trips that include the train, biking and walking to destinations; destinations like Culver City, to enjoy its restaurants, shops, theaters, and galleries. It is essential we have the appropriate infrastructure to do so.

I demand you rethink your priorities and stay committed to your own mission of providing an efficient and effective transportation system by returning the bike station to the Venice/Robertson station at the terminus of Phase 1 of the Expo project, and fast track it so it can take its place as a key part of our new transportation network.

[name/signature]

Member of the [LACBC affiliate]


Santa Monica has a new Bike Action Plan!

An enthusiastic mayor, council and City staff were all pleased when last night council voted unanimously to approve the Bike Action Plan with all the amendments recommended by the planning commission and supported by the bike community.

 

click to download .pdf

Amendments suggested by Planning Commission, supported by Spoke and adopted by council:

    • Add to the 20 year vision the opportunity for a recreational cycle track at Santa Monica Airport – with connections to the remaining and proposed bike networks.
    • Pursue implementation of Bike Share prior to the Metro-funded project in 2016
    • Establish criteria to measure bicycle mode share to inform on-going investments and activities
    • Include at least one “central” east-west and north-south separated bike facility in the 5-year instead of the 20-year vision.
    • Establish a much greater priority for working with schools and Safe Routes to Schools programs
    • Provide annual reporting on the plan implementation
    • Highlight language about the potential for “open” street events like CicLAvia

Also the last of the 7 cities to vote for the South Bay Bike Master Plan, Torrance also passed that plan unanimously last night.  Now we have West Hollywood on the December 5th  and work on the LA County Bike Plan.

 

Happy Thanksgiving !

Bike Center Opens, BAP Presentation & more important dates

Santa Monica Bike Center Opens this weekend

Friday November 18th

·   Bike ride to ribbon cutting meets on the lawn at City Hall, 9:15am, roll out 9:45am
·   Ribbon Cutting Event at Bike Center, (2nd and Colorado)  10:00am
·   Bike Center Open House, November 18th to the 20th.  During open house – Free bike rentals and parking

SM Bike Center Tour and Bicycle Action Plan presentation

Saturday November 19th, 10am -2pm

·   At 10:am we invite you to join us for coffee, pastries and more!- additional info HERE  Location – Colorado Community Room (corner 5th and Colorado)
·   At 11:00am we will get a presentation on the Final Draft Bicycle Action Plan by Lucy Dyke.  Lucy will take questions and get community input to help make this plan the best it can be, we would love for you to be there to give yours!  You can also submit your input to BikePlan@SMSpoke.org
·   After that we head over to the new Bike Center and get a tour.  In addition to our usual door prizes – All attendees are eligible to enter for a drawing of a free months membership to the Bike Center.

BAP goes to City Council

·   November 22, 6:30pm, Tuesday, Santa Monica City Hall, council chambers 2nd floor

More important meetings in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood

Beverly Hills

·   November 16, 5pm, Public Works, 345 Foothill Bl., Beverly Hills
Better Bike Beverly Hills want to bring to your attention to this meeting between the Beverly Hills ad-hoc Bike Plan Update Committee and bike advocates. This meeting should indicate whether the city is committed to bike safety, or to “continuing a cynical effort to merely kick the can down the road” according to Better Bike BH’s Mark Elliot.  More info HERE
For greater context about these meetings, see HERE

West Hollywood

·   December 5: 6:15pm, West Hollywood Library
West Hollywood Bike Coalition urges you to join them in telling the West Hollywood City Council to vote “YES” on the recommendations of the Bicycle Task Force!  More meeting this week, info HERE

 

 

Bicycle Action Plan meeting and tour the Bike Center

The Bicycle Action Plan final draft has been released
Bike Center opening weekend  November 18 -20th.

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On Saturday November 19th we will again host an event for the community to get a first hand look at the Final Draft of the Bicycle Action Plan.  Lucy Dyke along with city staff  will present the plan and take our questions and input before the plan goes to City Council on the 22nd for final approval. We will discuss a plan to collaborate further with the city by hosting rides of the planned BAP projects in order to solicit continued input as the plan gets implemented and “before actual striping” goes down.

Please come and participate in this great collaboration of city and community to make this plan the best it can be.

The plan will be presented in Council Chambers at City Hall:

  • November 9th, 7:00pm to the Planning Commission
  • November 22nd, 6:30pm to City Council
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Our meeting will be Saturday, November 19th at 10am for coffee and pastries.  One lucky attendee will get a free month membership to the Bike Center!
Presentation to start at 11am followed by Q & A.  After that we will head over to the Bike Center for a tour and to draw our lucky winner.
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Date: Saturday, November 19th
Time: 10am – 2pm
Place: Colorado Community Room (5th and Colorado)

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Bike Center Opening Weekend November 18th – 20th

Opening weekend hours 11AM-5PM.
Secure bike parking, shower and locker facilities, during your visit you can sign up for a membership.
Try a rental bike or park your own bike free during opening weekend.

More info HERE

 

 

 

Be a part of making Santa Monica’s Bike Plan the best it can be
Send your input to: BikePlan@SMSpoke.org

This address will send a copy of your input to us at SMSpoke and to Lucy Dyke, City of Santa Monica.