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Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway: MANGo

Please join us on January 9 and give input on what you think about proposed walking and biking enhancements for eastern section and connections of MANGo near Edison Language Academy. Whether you live in the area or use MANGo as a connection to your destinations your input is welcome.

Discussion include:

  • Curb extensions at Stewart St./Kansas Ave., Virginia Ave./27th St., and Kansas Ave. mid-block
  • Median extension at Pico Blvd./30th St./Dorchester St., eliminating left turns off Pico Blvd. and through traffic across Pico Blvd.
  • Traffic circle at Delaware Ave./22nd St.

Please join the City of Santa Monica for a COMMUNITY FORUM on Monday January 9th – Drop by anytime between 6:30PM – 8:00PM.
Información en español – Páse en cualquier momento entre 6:30PM – 8:00PM

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Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Ribbon Cutting!
Saturday, May 30th, 10am – 11:30am
Michigan Avenue & 12th Street

You are invited to celebrate the opening of the Michigan Avenue landscape circles and the first phase of implementing MANGo the areas first Neighborhood Greenway!

We join the Pico Neighborhood to celebrate the rich cultural tapestry of many threads, woven on and Michigan Avenue, throughout Santa Monica’s History. Hear from residents, past and present as they share their experiences of everyday life in the neighborhood.MANGo Opening Invitation

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SRTS at Samohi and MANGo Passed! 

SRTS Samohi
Staff recommendations for Safe Routes to School Conceptual Designs passed by unanimous vote this evening by City Council. These improvements will improve all modes of circulation around Samohi and create a safer environment, encourage and prioritize healthy active transportation and help build on the leadership and momentum of the Solar Alliance Students and Bike it! Walk it!MANGoMAP
MANGo, Santa Monica’s first Neighborhood Greenway passed unanimously this evening!
Council set reduced long term goals to 1500 ADT (average daily trips) YEY!
Unfortunately, although traffic diverters remain in the ‘TOOL BOX’ – we will need to return to council for “implementation approval” if diverters are needed to reach ADT goals – adding another layer of “vehicle priority” circulation bureaucracy to healthy, safer streets that should prioritize people and SRTS for future generations of children getting to Samohi.

Media coverage:

– Council Approves Two Projects That Prioritize Pedestrian and Bike Safety
– Santa Monica Spoke: For MANGo to Work, City Needs Proper Traffic Reduction Goals
– Op/Ed: On MANGo, Staff and the Council Need to Believe Their Own Eyes

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Time guess for agenda Items presented to City Council tonight
Tuesday, February 11th
Any thing can happen –
Watch the meeting http://www.smgov.net/video/
Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street, Rm 213
estimated time 8:00-9:30pm
Support improving muti-modal circulation and safety around Santa Monica High School8-B:    Review and Approve the Conceptual Design of the Samohi Safe Routes to School Project – recommendation that the City Council: approve the conceptual design for the Samohi Safe Routes to School project; and, direct staff  to complete construction drawings and release bids for construction for the Michigan Avenue/7th Street portion of the project. STAFF REPORTestimated time 9:30pm-10:45
Support MANGo, Santa Monica’s and the regions first Neighborhood Greenway8-C:    Adoption of Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Concept Plan –recommendation that the City Council: approve the conceptual design of the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway; and, direct staff to pursue opportunities for priority and phased implementation through grants, community benefits, and capital projects. STAFF REPORTMANGo Council crop

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Great video on POP-UP MANGO

PopUpMANGo Summary Infographic

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PopUP MANGo Summary Infographic displays input from over 400 participants – 73% live in the Pico Neighborhood.

The successful PopUP MANGo event collected OPEN and TRANSPARENT input from the community. The results collected at the event by the city and the professional consulting team, (Meléndrez, IBI Group, and Community Arts Resources) don’t line up with what a small vocal group of folks (that don’t wish to drive a few extra blocks) are saying in response community support for traffic reduction by diversion on Michigan Ave. Traffic diversion is only one of several tools that could be implemented on MANGo to reduce traffic.  If initial measures implemented such as turn restrictions do not achieve the desired traffic volume reduction goals, diversion could be used to re-route cars just a few blocks off their usual routes but would reduce the more than 4200 cars per day using Michigan Ave between 11th and Lincoln Blvd as a vehicle cut through to the 10 Fwy and as a SAMOHI pickup/drop-off zone. Unfortunately, though we probably can’t expect to reach more typical Greenway traffic volumes of aprox 1000 cars per day we can reduce that current number to a more neighborhood scale. Present and future generations of parents and children need a safer, less traffic congested street that is comfortable for everyone and allows adults and kids to actively transport themselves by walking, skating, running or biking to school and elsewhere. Traffic calming mitigations could correct the unhealthy and inequitable high traffic volumes currently imposed on this residential street as we re-envision a GREAT MANGo neighborhood and community benefit in a healthier, calmer more people friendly street. A street that not only serves people who live in the neighborhood but also enables low stress connections for people walking, biking, skating etc to and from many destinations – from Tongva Park and the beach to Expo line and Bergamot and many locations in between. Also worth emphasizing are connections created for “Safe Routes to School” to the many Santa Monica’s schools that are on or near Michigan Ave.

A group within the Pico Neighborhood Association (PNA) launched a campaign against any traffic diversion. They created and conducted their own survey that (though possibly unintentionally) surely led those they polled to reject any sort of traffic diversion by a reported 95% in order to reduce the cut through traffic to a more reasonable neighborhood level. This same survey was administered by another PNA resident who supports the option of traffic diversion and got completely opposite results. Unlike the PNA collected survey, the second group of Pico residents polled overwhelmingly supported diversion as a method to reduce traffic: with diversion at 11th by 86% and diversion at Lincoln by 83%. Each group polled approximately the same number of people.

We contend a survey conducted by any partisan group should not supersede the professional non-partisan results collected at PopUP MANGo and the “direct” input given to the city from the community.

We support the city’s proposal to use turn restrictions as first step to try and achieve reduced traffic volumes on MANGo. We also believe we must acknowledge the community support to use additional tools, including traffic diversion until we reach measurable successes in desired reduction in traffic volume to goals that will create a healthier, safer, more livable neighborhood and street and the ultimately success of MANGo for current and future generations!

You are invited to see a complete review of concepts and designs at this last scheduled MANGo meeting  before the project is presented to City Council on February 11, 2014. We believe it is important to get first hand information and provide your own direct input to the project team and help support concepts that will create a GREAT MANGo!
You are also encouraged to ask questions and give input directly to city contact Jason Kligier, AICP at 310-458-8341 or jason.kligier@smgov.net

Place: Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Avenue
Day: Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm

For more information, please visit http://www.smgov.net/michigan

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