Monthly Archives: February 2012

Santa Monica Airport Community Process

What are your thoughts regarding the future of Santa Monica Airport?
The City would like you to tell them by participating in a small group discussion with 8-12 community members. Input from these groups will help shape the city’s plans for the airport campus.

Santa Monica Airport
Community Discussion Groups
Through March 14

Please consider attending one of these workshops to share your thoughts and give input on how bikes can be integrated in to this huge parcel of land.  There will be 30 2-hour discussion groups set in a variety of locations at times convenient for all.
Please visit www.smovisioning.org and click on “Community Discussion Groups” to sign up.
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As alway we would love to get your input here as well – so alway feel free to submit input to BikePlan@SMSpoke.org

Culver City Bike Coalition Fundraiser at Joxer Daly’s Pub

One of our LACBC regional chapter partners is having a fund raiser!
Pull a Pint for the CCBC! Join CCBC at Joxer Daly’s Pub for our first Happy Hour Fundraiser. From 4 to 7 PM, Joxer’s will donate 20% of their sales to CCBC to support our local advocacy efforts. Stop by, say hello and support your local LACBC chapter!
Free Bike Valet
When: Wednesday, February 15; 4 – 7 PM
Where: Joxer’s Daly - 11168 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90230

Want safer roads for biking and walking? Sign this Petition Today!

Want safer roads for biking and walking? Sign this Petition Today!

 Please sign this critical petition today to make Southern California safer for Bicyclists and Pedestrians!

The new Regional Transportation Plan affecting 18 million people over 24 years, has only 1.3% of the budget dedicated for “Active Transportation.” With 25% of traffic casualties being bicycles and pedestrians – the L.A. Public Health Department is recommending closer to 8% for meaningful change.

Powerful testimony from medical professionals, schools, and others is profoundly changing the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) discussion about the transportation budget. But we need to show massive public support!  Watch the video, Sign the petition, and pass it on!!  www.active-transit.org

The paper petition can be found at www.vccool.org/petition.pdf .  Instructions are at the bottom of each petition.

Bicycle Infrastructure Priority Corridor Gap Closures WSCCOG

Please participate in the Thirty-Day Electronic Comment Period (February 3 through March 4, 2012) on the Bicycle Infrastructure Priority Corridor Gap Closures being considered by the Westside Cities Council of Governments:

Bikeinput.wsccog@gmail.com

The Westside Cities Council of Governments (WSCCOG) has been working on a WSCCOG regional bicycle safety and awareness plan for more than a year.  An important element of the plan is recommendations for the closing up of gaps in the current bicycle infrastructure.  These recommended gap closures will create a basic regional bicycle system that provides both north/south and east/west connections, and also connects all the WSCCOG jurisdictions with each other and the City of Los Angeles. Individual cities within the WSCCOG will then be encouraged to develop projects that improve or close these gaps on their route systems.

The following priority gap closures were presented to the WSCCOG Board on January 19, 2012:

  • Expo Light Rail Bike Path/Bikeway (from La Brea Blvd. to the western terminus of Phase 2)
  • Santa Monica Blvd./Broadway (from La Brea Blvd. to Ocean Ave.)
  • San Vicente Blvd. (from Sunset Blvd. to La Brea Blvd.)
  • Barrington Ave./McLaughlin Ave./Slauson Ave. (from Sunset Blvd. to the Ballona Creek Bike Path)
  • Beverly Dr./Beverwil Dr./Duquesne Ave./Jefferson Blvd./Overland Ave.(from San Vicente to Westfield/Culver City Transit Center)

The five corridors were selected from twenty priority gap closures recommended by a Bicycle Advocates working group (that included 2 of us at Santa Monica Spoke, 2 from LACBC, and well as Lucy Dyke from the City of Santa Monica) .  The recommended corridors were selected based on: (a) connectivity between the most jurisdictions; (b) feasibility/attainability (currently planned in at least one jurisdiction’s bicycle plan); and, (c) accessibility to the largest number of cyclists of varying skills (perceived safety/ease of use).

The Board directed staff to open a 30-day electronic comment period so that interested members of the public could review, and provide input on, these recommendations.  The results of the comment period will be brought to the Board at its March 15, 2012 meeting which will be held in Culver City.  A special email address,Bikeinput.wsccog@gmail.com, has been created for the public to provide comments and to find additional information.

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BikeUP! LA

A Benefit for the California Bicycle Coalition

Wednesday, February 8th, from 7 to 9pm at the Living Room in Silver Lake (3531 W. Sunset Blvd)!

A group of really passionate folks in Silver Lake are organizing a benefit event for the California Bicycle Coalition on Wednesday, February 8th. The theme of the night is making the City of LA (and the LA region) more bike-able, by shaking things up in Sacramento. Dave Snyder, the ED of the California Bicycle Coalition will be at the event to talk about the work CBC is doing and local electeds CM Tom LaBonge and possibly CM Eric Garcetti will also be attendance.
This is a fundraiser but the event is free and open to everyone. Please spread the word and I hope I will see you all on Wednesday.

Bergamot Community Benefits Workshop 2.7.12

So much is happening in Santa Monica!  Community input is a vital part of what can make our city the vibrant place we want to live and play and visitors can enjoy. Please come and see what happening and give your voice to the process.  We hope to see you there, please stop us and say “HI” if you do.

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The Planning and Community Development Department invites you to the fourth Bergamot Area Plan (www.bergamotplan.net) workshop, which will explore how Community Benefits can help to achieve the vision for high-quality neighborhoods, walkability, open space and daily needs.

Please join us on February 7th at Virginia Avenue Park’s Thelma Terry Room from 7:00PM – 9:00PM to discuss:

  • §  What is a Community Benefit: understand the difference between baseline components required for new development and “benefits” that are desired by the community.
  • §  Area Needs and Priorities: review previous community discussion about the Community Benefit priorities for the Bergamot Transit Village and Mixed-Use Creative districts and provide your input to update them.

Your input on these concepts is needed to design a methodology for supporting local benefits that serve the Santa Monica community.

RSVP to ensure accurate accommodations at BergamotPlan@smgov.net or 310.458.8341