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UPDATE: Mar Vista Great Street Initiative on Venice Blvd

September 12th MVCC Meeting Update for:

Action Alert: Mar Vista Great Street Initiative on Venice Blvd

After what can only be described as a tense and contentious meeting Tuesday night the Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC) voted to table a motion to recommend immediately reversing the lane reduction on Venice Blvd.

TODAYS ACTION:

Thank the MVCC for not reversing their July decision and insisting on proper procedure. They rarely get thanked! We can expect variations of these motions to come back before the Board in October and they need to know they have our support.

Email
to: board@marvista.org,
cc: ladot.veniceblvdmarvista@lacity.org, councilmember.bonin@lacity.org
bcc: Cynthia.Rose@SMSpoke.org  lyndsey@la-bike.org

The Motion: tabled 

Policy motion “M” was sited out of order in violation of Robert’s Rules of Order with the board unable to reach agreement on how to resolve the issue — the motion was tabled for the board to do due diligence and revisit it in order to verify how rules of order apply to this situation. No public comment was heard. If it is determined that the board can reconsider a motion they have already made a decision on the matter may come back for a subsequent vote. If not, their prior vote will stand and they will withhold judgement until the project’s trial period is completed. Two similar motions* N and O were sent back to the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee to be reviewed with more notice and community involvement.

Your emails and turn out to the meeting meant a LOT – the MVCC board knows that the demand to restore the lanes does not reflect the majority and that the community seems to be pretty evenly divided. The room was pretty much full with representation of opponents and supporters of the Venice Blvd / Great Street Project seemingly roughly equal. Even for pro-Great Streets MVCC board members, it is difficult to vote their personal convictions if they do not appear to have support. We made our presence known and your voices were heard in support of safer streets for all.

THANK YOU!

We thank the MVCC for their careful consideration of the Venice Blvd Great Streets Project this past Tuesday.  We all appreciate the difficult choices presented by this controversial project and the willingness to deliberate thoughtfully is gratifyingl.  Special thanks goes to Sarah for navigating an extremely contentious procedural debate.

With that said — we are sorry we all had to go through this again — with a decision already rendered at the July meeting that was preceded by extensive public comment.

We must all recognize this matter may still come back – again for a subsequent decision(s) before the pilot project duration expires. Objections being heard at this point are anecdotal, based on experiences and perceptions while the project is still quite new, before traffic behavior has a chance to adapt and settle down and before the study can implement possible tweaks or modifications informed by collected project data. The are a number of studies** that confirm the need to be patient and give the modifications a chance to work — consistent with the July MVCC vote on the matter.

We will keep you updated – Again many thanks for your emails and support for safer streets for everyone!

Projects are linked here: Safe Streets for Mar Vista & Play Del Rey
More information and background on the Venice Blvd Great Streets Project can be found at LAStreetsblog


*Additional related motions:

Motion Approved: “a stakeholder petition” which called for the designation of a “point person” to write up and submit a request for performance data related to the Venice Blvd / Great Street Project / Vision Zero Project.  It was however pointed out that a request for this data had already been made to the city.  The motion was described to be a “veiled tactic to call attention to the opponent’s accusations that the city is withholding or manipulating key data”. Nonetheless it was approved.

Two additional motions N and O were sent back to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

  • One was yet another recommendation that the Venice Blvd lane reconfiguration be reversed.
  • The other was a proposal for an expansive network of bikeways intended to pre-empt the need for the protected bike lanes on Venice Blvd. This motion proposed an elaborate network of alternate routes with a conceptual network describing several bike paths that would be extremely expensive to implement and vaguely outlined a few circuitous on-road routes through neighborhoods intended to satisfy regional cycling connectivity.  It would seem the proposal was cooked up in a vacuum uninformed by existing plans or recognition of funding and engineering constraints.

** Related local case studies 


ONGOING

SHARE on social media! Tweet and post your support or photos of your ride through Venice, Jefferson, and Culver Boulevards, and Pershing Drive in the new bike lanes! Use #SaferVeniceBlvd, #SaferJeffersonBlvd#SaferCulverBlvd, and #SaferPershingDr or #SaferVistaDelMar, to build momentum and share your message with fellow safe streets advocates.

Action Alert: Mar Vista Great Street Initiative on Venice Blvd still under attack

September 12th Meeting update HERE

Update on this past Wednesday’s Mar Vista Community Council Transportation & Infrastructure committee meeting and a request for this Tuesday’s board meeting.

Wednesday night there was a strong turn out from the Restore Venice supporters and this motion was passed.

  • POLICY MOTION: The Mar Vista Community Council asks that Councilmember Mike Bonin immediately reverse the lane reductions on Venice Blvd. and implement other strategies to improve the safety, efficiency, and accessibility of our roads for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles. As representatives of your constituents and your elected advisory body, we believe strongly that this is the only remedy that addresses the constant, voluminous, community outcry on this issue.

Restore Venice is planning a huge turn out (again) to the board of directors meeting this Tuesday night, September 12th. They have also put two other related motions on the agenda.

It is very important that we:
– Attend the meeting and speak in support of the pilot (details below)
– Email the MVCC board to express our support of the pilot project and our concern regarding the lack of notification of the 9/6/17 T&I meeting (sample email below)

Even for pro-Great Streets MVCC board members, it is difficult to vote their personal convictions if those convictions do not appear to support the community will. We must show the board that residents and stakeholders have their backs if they stand with us on voting to continue the pilot.

These meetings are upsetting and exhausting – We understand not wanting to go. If not show up at the meeting to visibly demonstrate that they are not the majority, send in letters to protest.

The letters help enormously! We can take issue with the lack of notification. We were given less than 24 hours notification of these motions by email. The lack of public notification pretty much guaranteed that they would have the votes to pass their motion last Wednesday.

Note that the board is only an advisory council and its vote will not force the lane restoration, but it will put a lot of pressure on Councilmember Bonin. 

Scroll down for all the information you need. Thank you for your continued commitment and support around this issue!


MEETING INFORMATION:

Attend the BOD meeting to speak during Public Comment and ask board members to vote NO on this motion.

MVCC Monthly Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday
Sep 12, 2017 7:00 PM (they always arrive early)
Location:
Mar Vista Recreation Center, Small Gymnasium
11430 Woodbine StreetLos Angeles, CA 90066


EMAIL INFORMATION:

Email messages help enormously! Sample is below, please personalize.

Let the board know that you support the Great Streets pilot project and support the MVCC board’s July 11 decision to keep the pilot in place while the City conducts its evaluations. Another concern is the lack of notification. According to one community member, people were given less than 24 hours notification of these motions by email. A member of Restore Venice drafted one of the motions, so the group technically had at least the required 72 hour notice, probably more. The lack of public notification pretty much guaranteed that the group would have the votes to pass their motion.

Emails should go to board@marvista.org and cc councilmember.bonin@lacity.org.


SAMPLE EMAIL:
To: MVCC@EmpowerLA.org, board@marvista.org
CC: councilmember.bonin@lacity.org
BCC: Cynthia.Rose@SMSpoke.org  lyndsey@la-bike.org

RE: Support for Venice Blvd Great Streets Safety Improvements

Dear Members of the Mar Vista Community Council:

I strongly encourage the Mar Vista Community Council to continue to support the project on Venice Blvd. as part of the Mar Vista Great Streets Initiative. The motion to reverse the safety improvements on Venice Blvd. contradicts the votes made by the Council on July 11, 2017 to not reverse the project and to allow for full and continued evaluation of it. Impatience of drivers shouldn’t stop the community from building safer streets and more vibrant neighborhoods. These safety improvements will prevent future injuries and can save lives.

As a [student, older adult, mom, cyclist, person with a disability, business owner, etc], I firmly support the street safety improvements on Venice Blvd. This project was designed through community dialogue throughout a year-long open process and is meant to make all residents and visitors safer. Similar to how the farmers market has improved our community, we believe the “small town feel” of this Great Streets initiative will do the same for Mar Vista and will further improve community culture.

We must continue to improve our streets with rigorous and informed evaluations, and I urge you to remain committed to creating vibrant and safer streets in Mar Vista. Please vote NO on the motion to reverse the safety improvements on Venice Boulevard so that the project may continue to be studied and evaluated.

Sincerely,

[Your name]
[Your address]


ONGOING

SHARE on social media! Tweet and post your support or photos of your ride through Venice, Jefferson, and Culver Boulevards, and Pershing Drive in the new bike lanes! Use #SaferVeniceBlvd, #SaferJeffersonBlvd#SaferCulverBlvd, and #SaferPershingDr or #SaferVistaDelMar, to build momentum and share your message with fellow safe streets advocates.

Kidical Mass(ive) is this Saturday, September 16th

SANTA MONICA KIDICAL MASS GOES MASSIVE… AGAIN!

RSVP email us at RSVP@SMSpoke.org
To volunteer for this or other events email us at Volunteer@SMSpoke.org


Clover Park  at 25th & Oak

 

Performance Bikes will be here doing bike safety checks.  

  • THE THEME WILL AGAIN BE SWASH BUCKLING PIRATES!
    – in Celebration of TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY!
  • Treasure Hunt and more fun activities planned
  • PRIZES

Join us Saturday, September 16th, 2017 for third Kidical Massive, Global Family Bike Event! 

In 2016 we participated for the second year of the largest “global family bike ride” ever and we’re looking for a bigger and better event in 2017! Join us as thousands of families around the world go for a bike ride together. We’ll be showing that Kids are Traffic Too and that cities that plan for family biking are more livable, sustainable, profitable, and FUN!

You too can organize a ride in your community; register your community and start planning your event now.

Win a real Huffy Cruiser today!

We are at the FREE Buy Local Health and Fitness Festival – join us at Reed Park for the fun and festivities until 4 pm.

70+ exhibitors, workout demo’s, health screenings, and give-a-ways, plus so much more.

We are here with our bike safety skills course for the kids sharing lots of info on biking, Safe Routes to School, and engaging with our community!! Come on over!

Enter to win a FREE Huffy Cruiser from us at Santa Monica Spoke!
Drawing is at 3pm

WALK with the Mayor & Buy Local Health and Fitness Festival NEXT WEEKEND!

Next Saturday September 9th is packed with fun!

Click images for more info:

Start this Saturday, September 9th on a Walk with Mayor Ted Winterer from Reed Park at 10am

Then join us at the Buy Local Health and Fitness Festival starting at 11:am.

We will again have a bike rodeo / obstacle course and we are giving away a Huffy Cruiser!

Join us in boosting your health and happiness by attending this year’s FREE Buy Local Health and Fitness Festival. The festival is packed with fun, with over 70 exhibitors, there will be workout demo’s, health screenings, and give-a-ways, plus so much more. You don’t want to miss it!

We’ll be there sharing lots of info on bike safety, Safe Routes to School, a bike safety skills course for the kids and we are giving away a Huffy Cruiser!! .

Hosted by the @cityofsantamonica @smchamber and @buylocalsm

Wednesday – August 30th, HandleBar Happy Hour at Margo’s on Montana!

We are excited to head over to MARGO’S, Montana & 16th  for this month’s HBHH on Wednesday August 30th!

This Month we visit Margo’s on Montana serving California Modern cuisine and hyper-seasonal menus. See the menus on our event page here!

End of every month we like to get together for fun, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always family friendly!

Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

If it’s on your way don’t forget to pass the Bike Counter!


Big thank you to last months host ESTATE and the community group NOW– we had great food and GREAT FUN!

Celebrate #BikeLocalSM, our Buy Local SM businesses, happy hour + new friends at these monthly events!  Learn about upcoming local bike events + find out about and connect with us at SM Spoke… as we visit and introduce you to some of our Buy Local SM businesses.  Eat Local, Drink Local, Buy Local AND Bike Local SM!

 

September: Walk with the Mayor

For the month of September, we join Mayor Ted Winterer and Adopt-A-Walk for a two mile walking adventure that explores one of three neighborhood walking routes.

The walk on September 9th will leave from Reed Park — at the corner of California Ave. and Lincoln Blvd — at 10 am and loop back to Reed Park just in time for all the festivities of the Buy Local Health and Fitness Festival. See our calendar for more information on the event here or learn more on the event website here.

All you need are good walking shoes and your water bottle. The walk will be a delightful 2 mile loop through the neighborhood with the mayor, staff and the YOU!

Dogs, children and strollers are ALL WELCOME!

About the Mayor’s Ride:
Biking (AND WALKING) is better with friends! The monthly Mayor Ride was born at the Breeze One year Anniversary Event with a proclamation from our City Manager Rick Cole. We led the 1st Ride with the Mayor which was joined by the California Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors in January 2017 – This free local event has continued with monthly community bike rides with Mayor Ted Winterer and City Staff since in January with a different theme monthly. This month we are mixing it up with a walk to get a fresh and different perspective of our community. Come meet the Mayor, City staff, and your neighbors while enjoying the Santa Monica sunshine on this conversation paced, lovely walk!

Stay up to date on events all over Santa Monica and the Westside at SMSpoke.org, and here on our calendar. You can also check out Santa Monica City Planning on Facebook

About Adopt A Walk:
Adopt A Walk is a health advocacy organization passionate about creating and promoting walking friendly communities to improve the health of the people in the community in a fun and easy way. Adding walking paths can lead more adults to become active. Adopt A Walk works with city planners to establish permanently marked walking paths easily accessible. Learn more: https://www.adoptawalk.org/

Samohi Biking Vikings: It’s Bike to School time!

Samohi classes start next week, so it’s time to help the community figure out to best bike to campus. Biking to Samohi is can be easy, is green and healthy for you and the planet. This event is free and open to Samohi students and their parents.

* Free helmets for the first 50 students!

Meet at 9:30 am at one of the following locations for donuts and refreshments.
Each group will then ride together to Samohi campus and back. Bring your own bike, helmet and lock.

Two meet up starting points:

Southside: Fairview Branch Library
2101 Ocean Park Boulevard

-OR-

Northside: Montana Branch Library
1704 Montana Avenue

Today! August Ride with the Mayor Community Gardens Tour

August Ride with the Mayor, Community Gardens Bike Tour
followed by HandleBar Happy Hour at Bareburger!

  • Wednesday, August 16th

    ROUTE: Click for more

  • 5:30pm roll 
  • Ride begins at Santa Monica City Hall 
    1685 Main Street
    end at Bareburger, 2732 Main Street 

This month, Join us for another Ride with Mayor on a tour of Santa Monica’s Community Gardens.  We’ll wind up at one of our #BikeLocalSM favorites, Bareburger on Main Street for an extended HandleBar Happy Hour #HBHH.

 


Come meet us, Mayor Ted Winterer, City staff, and your neighbors while enjoying a fun bike ride in the breezy Santa Monica sunshine! The ride will be about 7 miles and should take about 1.5 hours. The plan is to leave from City Hall just after 5:30pm. Ride route is HERE

Bring your own bike, helmet, lock & water bottle. Family friendly – however children should be capable of street riding or in an appropriate child seat or trailer.

No bike? No problem! Just grab a Breeze Bike Share!

Survey: Who rides for transportation?

And what should that mean to local businesses?

Bike mean business and those who ride benefit local economies. Locally, for every $10 spent at a Santa Monica business, as much as $7 stays in the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditure (Civic Economics, 2008). People riding bikes shop local, but do our local business know this?

A project called Pedal Perks is looking to build a platform that encourages mutual support between local business and people who ride bikes. We all know the shops we love, but do these shops know who is arriving to their location by bicycle?  We invite you to take the attached survey to help local businesses learn who we are as cycling consumers.

Click the image to take the survey

The goal is to introduce local retailers to everyday consumers who also like to move around town by bike. This data will allow Pedal Perks to determine the best products and services to offer the cycling community from local businesses.

The survey will be a success if:

  • There is a better picture of who cyclists are
  • It is clear where the platform should be launched first
  • We develop a sense of the type of businesses riders want to be supported by and you want to support

Thanks in advance for your participation!



Link to survey:
http://surveys.benchmarkemail.com/Survey/Start?id=860557&s=334386