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Good start at Metro LA: Call for Active Transportation Finance Strategy

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Yeah LA, we made a statement today!

Continue the conversation with your photos, posts and tweets ‪#‎MetroFundBikeWalk‬
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Safe Routes To School National Partnership CA and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition have been leading the broad coalition of engaged advocates urging Metro investment in active transportation of walking and biking. We give a HUGE thanks to the crowd from all over LA County and the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative Partners that attended Metro’s Policy and Programming Committee today. We were heard – undeniable support for a commitment to an active transportation strategy! We give a nod and thanks to the leadership of Metro Directors: Mike Bonin, Pam O’Connor, John Fasana and Mark Ridley Thomas. We now look forward to next Thursday, July 24th when the Metro Board will consider adoption of the motion proposed to:

1. Develop an Active Transportation Finance Strategy for Los Angeles County by January 2015 that:

    • Defines performance metrics to measure improvements for walking and biking, including: access to walking and biking infrastructure, access to education and encouragement programs, rates of Metro customers walking and biking to transit, collision and injury/fatality rates and greenhouse gas reductions from active transportation
    • Sets benchmarks based on the developed performance metrics and identifies what level of annual investment is necessary to meet those goals
    • Inventories available funding sources to meet the investment need
    • Recommends possible changes to Metro, state, and federal policies to increase access to existing funding sources if the need exceeds available funding, including but not limited to an analysis of the funding priorities of Metro’s Call for Projects and the state Active Transportation Program.

2. Report back in October on what steps are necessary to incorporate walking and biking in Metro’s travel demand model, with an assessment of best practices by other regional transportation agencies for accounting for active transportation with interim off-model approaches, and expanding data sets to include all trips not just commute data.
See the full motion here.

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from leadership at Safe Routes to School National Partnership, California

Save the Date: August 24th, SMMoA Tour da Arts, vol. 6

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Beat the pump, cycle the town, and enjoy Santa Monica’s sights and sounds with Tour da Arts, vol. 6. The Santa Monica Museum of Art’s sixth annual event takes you on a ride filled with music, dance, and art.
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The free all-day event offers art, music, performances, and sustainable transportation advocacy. Tour da Arts begins with a bicycle-themed festival at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Then, the ride takes off for a nine-mile loop with stops at John Adams Middle School for a screening and performance with artist Miwa Matreyek; the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club for interactive music with Anna Oxygen; and back to the Museum for a theater performance of Bike Odyssey LA.

Registration is required and opens July 24. We will remind you!
Admission is FREE and open to all ages.

Santa Monica Spoke again joins our local and region partners: Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.); City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department, City of Santa Monica Transportation and Planning Department, GoMetro LA, Whole Foods, Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, and many more!

Featured exhibitions at SMMoA:
Robert Swain: The Form of Color
Nonfictions: Jeremiah Day / Simone Forti / Fred Dewey

Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2014 – Life after the National Bike Challenge!

Santa Monica – Santa Barbara
Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2014

Discount code: FIREWORKS
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Regardless of whether you are riding with us in the National Bike Challenge (it’s fun you should!) We have put together another fun and exciting challenge! 
We’ve formed a community team to participate in the 
Santa Monica – Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2014, October 11/12th 2014. Ride one day or both days – Ride 35 miles to 100+ choose many options to participate!
We figured “What a great opportunity?” we want to experience a great ride and help the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change and help people with MS. With Bike MS starting in Santa Monica this year it is a great opportunity to once again unite the biking community and support a worthy cause AND log miles for the National Bike Challenge as we train!

Special discount $17.76 registration (reg $65.00) with the code: FIREWORKS
valid until Sunday, July 13th.

Join HERE
If you have trouble joining the team email us by clicking here
Update and more info posted on SOON

Big Blue Bus Community meetings: Help prepare for EXPO Phase 2 Connections

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Some of you may have participated in meetings earlier this year to help identify priorities for upcoming service changes that are designed to best integrate transit and Expo Rail when Expo Phase 2 stations open in early 2016.

Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus (BBB) has been collecting input on an Expo Integration Study, an evaluation of potential connections to Metro Rail Expo Line Phase 2 stations scheduled to open in 2016. As part of the study, BBB is been hosting a series of community workshops. Our input is important as routes and iterations could impact our current and future proposed bicycle facilities and help inform opportunities that coordinate bicycle and bus route integration with equitable designs that support the most potential users. Safe pedestrian access and Integrating bikes on buses should be an importation part of this equation as it increases our mobility and helps by extending our range at either end of a trip with multi modal connections / options with bikes, busses & Expo light rail.

Big Blue Bus Planning team and consultants at Nelson\Nygaard are pleased to come back with a proposed service plan that they would like to share with you and get your input. As you are already well aware, the expansion of the Expo Line to the Westside will have a significant impact on the BBB service area and will require a new service model with significant changes to many of BBB’s existing routes. The workshops will address bus connections to Expo Line stations as well as the general design of the Big Blue Bus network. Service to Santa Monica, the Westside, UCLA, SMC and other destinations will be discussed.

Tuesday, July 22, 6-8pm
Felicia Mahood Senior Citizen Center,
Community Room 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 90025
Ride BBB Route 1 or 4.Parking available

Wednesday, July 23, 6-8pm
Civic Auditorium, East Wing 1855 Main St.
RideBBB Routes1,2,3 Parking available at Civic Center Lot

Thursday, July 24, 1-3pm
Santa Monica Main Library, Multi-Purpose Room 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Ride BBB Routes 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, Rapid 3, Rapid 7 or Rapid 10. Parking is available in the library garage

The same information will be presented at each meeting. 

The Expo Line is projected to carry 64,000 riders per day by the year 2030, but this can only take place if bus connections to stations are made as useful and convenient as possible.  We need your help – BBB would like to get your input as they begin this important phase of service planning for an exciting new future that will make public transit in and out of Santa Monica more accessible and attractive to residents and visitors throughout Los Angeles County.

You may also view information about the service plan and give feedback at any time on the BBB Expo Planning website

These venues are ADA-accessible. Disability and translation accommodation requests should be made at least three days prior to the meetings by calling BBB Customer Service at (310) 451-5444.

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Join LACBC at Metro on 7/16 to Ask for More Funding for Walking & Biking

SRTSNP ACTION ALERT

For over two years, LACBC has worked alongside the Safe Routes to School National Partnership to call attention to the critical lack of funding for walking and biking in Los Angeles County. Despite pedestrians and bicyclists making up 19% of all trips and 39% of roadway fatalities in LA County, less than 1% of transportation funding is spent on these two modes. On July 16th, Metro’s Planning and Programming Committee will consider adopting a 10-year Short Range Transportation Plan that again gives short shrift to walking and biking.

 TWO WAYS TO PARTICIPATE and SUPPORT:

Join us July 16th at Metro:

We’re mobilizing our countywide coalition to turn out to a Metro committee meeting next Wednesday (we meet at 2:15 pm to coordinate). Please join us on July 16th to show your support for increasing funding for walking and biking.  Metro Board Room: Planning and Programming Committee considering $88B plan with only 0.6% for walk/bike

Where:    Metro HQ, Metro Board Room, One Gateway Plaza, 3rd floor
Day:         Wednesday, July 16th
Time:       2:15 pm to coordinate* –  You do not have to speak. Easy access from Santa Monica on the #10 Big Blue Bus. * we’ll notify those who rsvp of any time adjustment

Please RSVP Eric at LACBC. (email eric@la-bike.org) 

Social Media Participation!

There is also an opportunity to use social media to express your support.  Using the hashtag #metrofundwalkbike. Please join the conversation online by posting to Twitter and Facebook:

  • Answering the question: “Why should #metrofundwalkbike?”
  • Add pictures!! Write your answer on a piece of paper – (green if possible) and share the picture in tweets and on Facebook. Get your friends and family to do it too!
  • For social media tag our local Metro Board Members, Westside is Pam O’Connorr @PamOConnorMetro, Zev Yaroslavsky @ZevYaroslavsky and Mike Bonin @mikebonin and @metrolosangeles
  • Not on Twitter or Facebook? – comment on this post or email us your comment and/or picture - We’ll post it!

Together we can get the funding we need to make LA County walkable and bikeable, but we need the whole choir singing. This week it gets real. Please help get the word out to your networks so we can get diverse turnout next Wednesday and a full representation online.

Metro’s reluctance to plan for and invest in active transportation stands in the way of our region meeting its mobility, environmental and public health goals. In Metro’s view, walking and biking are the purview of individual cities and not a regional transportation priority. As a result, Metro has a fragmented approach to walking and biking that does not ensure that all of the parts add up to a region that is in fact multimodal, safe and serves the needs of all travelers and all trips. (JM, SRTSNP)

Metro’s staff report  addressing  these concerns dismissed the value of walking and bicycling as “regionally significant” modes of transportation and continues to discount the importance of non-commute trips. For more info and additional links, please see full post at SRTS National Partnership  

Empowering Local Advocates: Ride Marshall Training @LACBC HQ

Workshop #3 (RIDE MARSHALL TRAINING) is scheduled for this Saturday, as part of LACBC’s Empowering Local Advocates Series. These workshops are designed to empower YOU – designed to give you all the tools you need to be stronger advocates to help our mission locally and for all our Local Chapters! Please joining us on our next segment of the Empowering Local Advocates workshop series. This workshop is for folks who are interested in learning how to lead community rides or join our marshal team to help keep participants safe.

Join us for the third workshop of the series – Ride Marshall Training
BRING YOUR BIKE,  Please RSVP here

DATE:      July 12th 
TIME:      10:00am – NOON
WHERE:  LACBC HQ, 634 Spring Street, Edison Room 

Mingle with bike ambassadors throughout the city, local chapters, and other passionate volunteers. Hope to see you there!

We have grown as an organization to 11 Local Chapters throughout the County of Los Angeles with more in the pipeline and 5 Bike Ambassador programs in City of LA. With so much going on, LACBC HQ wants to help empower YOU to advocate our your local communities.

Help us extend our reach in a county of 10 million people. Learn how to engage interested stakeholders. Our trained ride marshals have a reputation of keeping people safe when riding  while ensuring people still have fun.

Also, note that our Fundraising workshop date has changed. The new date is reflected Thursday, August 21st, 6:30-8pm. RSVP and more details will follow in August. HELP US SPREAD THE LOVE OF BIKING AND BIKE CULTURE IN OUR CITY and help us as an organization extend our reach, and grow our membership!

Outreach – March 20th Powerpoint Presentation
Membership – April 29th Powerpoint Presentation - Notes
Winning Campaigns Training – May 31st Stair speech exercise

NBC* Handlebar Happy Hour at Pono Burger this Monday!

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Handlebar Happy Hour:
Logging Miles over Smiles -
Everyone welcome!!

Monday, June 30th
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Pono Burger: 829 Broadway

Join us, team BIKE SANTA MONICA and our fabulous community partners for a fun social evening and log miles over smiles! All are invited!
Our friends at Pono Burger are supporting us with complimentary organic russet and sweet potato fries, and delicious lemonade!
Also available – order from their gourmet burger (veggie options) and salad menu, plus draft beer selections – YUM!

You can log miles for all this month up until the last day of June!

Join the fun and help us compete nationally as we continue to build the local momentum in the *National Bike Challenge! We’ll be there along with team members from Santa Monica Bike Center and SM City staff to answer question, help you enroll or help log your miles.
Giveaways and Prizes!

At this June Handlebar Happy Hour we will have a prize giveaway for all who attend. In addition, 4 randomly selected team riders* will win 4 awesome prizes (*minimum Bronze Level, 250 pts logged)! Winners can choose a $25 gift card to Pono Burger, Areal Restaurant, The Misfit Restaurant, or Co-opportunity! Team prize winners names will be drawn and sent out Monday! You don’t need to be present to win, but first to arrive get first choice from the team drawing prizes!  Must be present to win random prizes!
We will have a computer available for you to join and log miles! You have until the end of June to log miles ridden retroactive back to the 1st of the month!! Every mile counts!

Join team BIKE SANTA MONICA and help bring together our local biking community, become involved and take part in our growing local bike culture!
Join the Challenge – Ride with us!

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The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists — and encouraging countless new riders. The goal is to unite 50k riders and log 30 million miles by September 30th! Current tally is 41k riders for 8,742,762! We can do it!  In its simplest form it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues and the greater community to ride more. Win prizes from our local partners and great prizes from the National Challenge!

BBB Community Meeting, June 25th

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You’re Invited: Community Meeting, June 25 from 6-8pm

This Wednesday, BBB’s planning team invites you to hear about service proposals for fall service change that would become effective on August 24, 2014.
The meeting will address schedule reliability issues on Route 3, Big Blue Bus is proposing to split the long 90-minute route into two separate routes. This meeting will explain more about the impacts for approximately one-fifth of Route 3 customers who travel through downtown Santa Monica. Some customers who currently have a “one-seat” ride on Route 3 will have to make a transfer and pay an additional fare if customers do not have a BBB Pass or a UCLA Flash Pass. Also proposed are minor schedule modifications to Route 1 to improve schedule reliability, as well as minor changes to other routes.
Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 2nd Floor Multi-Purpose Room
Transit: Ride BBB Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, Rapid 3, Rapid 7 or Rapid 10 to the meeting.
Parking: If you must drive, parking is available in the library garage (enter on 7th St. just north of Santa Monica Blvd.)
If you cannot make it to this meeting, the proposals will be posted at www.BigBlueBus.com prior to the meeting and will give you an opportunity to tell us what you think by sending us an email at bus-info@bigbluebus.com.
The Main Library is ADA-accessible. For any accommodations, please contact us at (310) 458-1975, ext. 5541.

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SMMoA Bike Critter Art Contest – Enter Today!

Image: Tour da Arts, vol. 5 Bike Critter Art Contest winner David Chernoblysky

An exciting opportunity for artists of all ages! Draw and submit a “bike critter” to be used as the logo for SMMoA’s 6th annual Tour da Arts cultural bike event (returning August 24, 2014 – SAVE THE DATE)

Submissions must be in black and white. They will be reviewed by a jury of artists and professionals along with SMMoA’s Director of Education and Public Programs, Asuka Hisa. The winner will be announced July 25, 2014. All submissions will be featured in an online slideshow, and participation is free and open to all ages.
Submit your bike critter image by Monday, June 30 at midnight. Click below for detailed instructions:
Questions and submissions should be sent to education@smmoa.org
Click here to view a slide show of last year’s submissions.
 

Tour da Arts vol. 5
  SAVE THE DATE:
  Tour da Arts returns on
  Sunday, August 24!

Kidical Mass ride: June 28th, Douglas Park

Kidical Mass Ride:
June 28th, Douglas Park
Theme: 4th of July

Festivities from 9:00am to 12:30pm

The next Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, June 28th. A fun bike ride experience for families with kids of all ages! Education with Fun, Pizza, Prizes! Wear a costume and you could win a prize!

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TIME:    9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
START:  Douglas Park – buy the playground.

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica for Santa Monica’s next Kidical Mass Ride.  We will take a family friendly ride around the Santa Monica neighborhood east of Douglas Park. Raffle & Prizes at Douglas Park when we return!

Schedule.
9::00am
Check-in, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating, Snacks
10:00am 
Neighborhood Bike Ride
12:00pm 
Return to Douglas Park by noon for FUN, Raffle Drawing and Prizes!

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Special 20% discount on Rental at the Santa Monica Bike Center. You can find special Kid carrying cargo bikes, kid seats, trailers, tandems, tag-a-longs!! Anything you could need at a 20% discount  rentals) – Please CALL IN* and mention Kidical Mass Ride! Reserve early and plan to pick up bikes Saturday morning in time to arrive at the event.
* Please call in as bikes are set aside for Kidical Mass and cannot be reserved online.

Children must be accompanied and are the responsibility of their parents. Bikes should be in good working condition. Free Safety Checks on site for minor adjustments/repairs. Please use good judgement – ride is on city streets – smaller children should be in a child seat, in a trailer or Tag-a-long.

Watch last year’s Kidical Mass here: