As Breeze Bike Share enters the next phase installing the full city wide station network It has been decided that Breeze Bike Share test bikes will remain in the field for continued use through at least the end of October! Yippee!!
Throughout the testing phase there has been a tremendous amount of positive feedback both at Breeze HQ and to our Breeze Outreach Teams. Even before the system test launched people were expressing real enthusiasm about bike share. Since the test bikes hit the street the enthusiasm has expanded to include their experiences using the bikes. Keeping the bikes on the street will provide more opportunity to give input and feedback and will also provide additional benefit for the Founding Members to continue to ride Breeze bikes as the installation begins of the complete network of stations in Santa Monica and into Venice.
It has been great fun and a pleasure seeing so many of Breeze Bikes around town. Don’t mss out: You can still become a founding member at the special annual price of $99 and get all the extra benefits.
If you have any question or comments, please look for our Breeze Outreach Teams around town in bright green Breeze t-shirts or you can send questions and comments to email@example.com or call them at (310) 828-2525.
With the drought being such a hot topic in recent years, it is important to understand the effects of dams and how they impact our water supply.
Damnation is a powerful film odyssey across America that explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers
Followed by a Q&A session moderated by Connor Everts, Executive Director of the Southern California Watershed Alliance.
Panelists will include Jacques Leslie, Journalist and author of Deep Water: The Epic Struggle Over Dams, Displaced People and the Environment, Kim O’Cain, Water Resource Specialist with the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment, and Clark Stevens, Executive Officer of the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains and an architect specializing in habitat restoration.
Prize Drawing for over $450 worth of Patagonia merchandise.
Wednesday, September 30th at 7:30pm
1328 Montana Ave.
FREE Admission to Sustainable Works members, the first 100 Santa Monica residents and the first 100 High School and College students (with valid ID) who reserve their seats here.
The California Bicycle Coalition has been working with lawmakers, including the bills author ur own Assemblyman Richard Bloom in Sacramento throughout the legislative session to get California to allow bicycle ticket diversion programs for adults*. The diversion programs allow the option to reduce fines for people ticketed on bikes. People ticket on bikes will now be able to take a bicycle education class in the same way drivers of motor vehicles have been allowed to opt for “Traffic School”.
We have good news: Thanks to the work done by California Bicycle Coalition – We won!
Yesterday Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 902, to allow reduced fines for adults who take a bicycle education class. This is huge news and one we have been championing in Santa Monica for many many years. Now with this new law it can further encourage bike riding, make enforcement more equitable, while also helping boosting people’s confidence, knowledge and skills. The California Bicycle Coalition couldn’t have won this bill without it’s members, affiliates and outspoken advocates. We urge you to join the California Bicycle Coalition and help us win more laws that encourage bicycling.
Now that we have won at the state level, implementing diversion programs in Los Angeles and Santa Monica is now in our court. AB 902 goes into effect on January 1, 2016, and it’s up to us and our local partners, advocacy groups and you to make sure that our local police departments adopt diversion programs in our city.
We invite you to support the California Bicycle Coalition, and our local bicycle advocacy. We can only move this work forward with supporters like you!
*Currently only minors can opt for traffic diversion for bicycle traffic tickets.
We ride from CLOVER PARK 25th & Oak (east side of park)
Festivities from 9:00am to NOON
The next Kidical Mass Ride for 2015 has gone Massive, KIDICAL MASS(IVE)! Our local, fun bike ride experience for families with kids of all ages will be part of a Global Family Bike Ride Event. There are rides registered from all around the world!
Education with Fun & Prizes! Dress for the theme and you could win a prize!
DATE: SATURDAY September 19th TIME: 9:00 AM – NOON START: Clover Park, 25th & Oak – we gather at 25th and Oak, east side of park
Join Santa Monica Spoke and the City of Santa Monica for KIDICAL MASS(IVE). We will take a family friendly ride in the Sunset Park neighborhood.
Drawings and Prize for BEST COSTUME Arrrrr! 9::00am
Pre-ride snacks, Coffee and beverages for the kids (Please be sustainable and bring your own cups), Helmet Decorating, Prizes, Free Bike Safety Checks, & Check-in
Arrive early and don’t miss the FUN! 11:00am (or upon return)
Return to Clover Park around 11-11:15am for FUN and post-ride snacks provided by KIND and more fun activities!
* 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……
Our Breeze Outreach Team will be at the event to demo the bikes and answer questions!
Our Breeze Outreach Teams Hit the Street this Weekend!
We did our first training session at Breeze HQ on Saturday and the team hit the street right after to help spread the word on the newest segment of our transportation network, Breeze Bike Share. Our team of volunteers is being mobilized to answer questions and of course take input during the current system testing phase of 7 station and 32 bikes in advance of the full launch of 80 stations and 500 bikes on schedule for early November. System Test Bikes will disappear from the stations during October as the Breeze kicks into full on implementation and installation mode all over Santa Monica and into Venice. Join our team of volunteers and help us stir the momentum on empowering person mobility with this healthy active transportation alternative. Our team members will all be invited to be system testers, come to the launch party and get free Breeze swag.
Find out more here or email us at Volunteer@SMSpoke.org
Our fist teams on the street with more out on Monday at the Broadway and Montana stations at 10am and Main Street & Kinney starting at noon. Hopefully back to Clover Park again sometime in the afternoon. Look for our team members at station and around town in the bright green Breeze t-shirts.
The team had a blast at the first training with more sessions scheduled later this week.
You can still join the fun! Volunteer@SMSpoke.org
From now until December 31, 2015, anyone can become a Founding Member for only $99. Founding Members get a full year of bike share use including 60 minutes of daily riding time, a special gift, and a limited edition Founding Member card. Sign up before the launch in November and you will also be invited to the Founding Members launch party!
Sign up now and you also get to participate as a system tester (with some special privileges) though the end of September!
Our California Bicycle Coalition has two hugely important bills that will transform how California funds bikeway projects. Here’s what these laws would do:
Implement a Complete Streets policy for state funding: We are thankful to Senator Jim Beall for including sensible complete streets provisions in SBX 1-1 that will make the wisest use of road maintenance funding by including “new bicycle and pedestrian safety, access, and mobility improvements” in every project funded by the state. It calls for sidewalks and protected bike lanes or bike paths in transit-dense areas on most roads with a speed limit over 25 miles per hour.
Increase dedicated funding for biking and walking: Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, Autumn Burke, and David Chiu’s ABX 1-23, doubles the size of the Active Transportation Program (ATP) with a $125 million increase. The ATP is the sole source of state funding dedicated to biking walking and Safe Routes to School projects. Last year, the ATP was underfunded by nearly $800 million for shovel-ready walking, bicycling and safe school access projects. ABX 1-23 also includes a bike network grants program that will support local agencies to build whole networks that connect every destination in communities like yours with an unbroken web of bike paths, protected bike lanes, and quiet bicycle boulevards.
Now we need your help. Contact your state Senator and Assemblymember now to let them know that you support implementing strong “complete streets” policies to ensure that state funding is being spent to build protected bike lanes, increasing the Active Transportation Program, and creating a state program to give cities large grants to build out entire bike networks.