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Your support is NEEDED to get to National Bike Summit 2016

Santa Monica Spoke’s Cynthia Rose finalist for National Advocacy Award: 

Forget Hollywood. The Oscars may be over, but the best awards show is yet to come. Next week, on the first night of the National Bike Summit & Women’s Forum, the Alliance will open the envelopes for the 2016 Advocacy Awards, honoring excellence in the walking and biking movement.

Help send our Director to the Summit!

We need your support to send our Director Cynthia Rose to National Bike Summit and the 4thNational Forum on Women & Bicycling 2016! To share our local successes and learn from other advocates what exciting successes are building the momentum around the country.
The Summit has shown it’s real impact, leveraging increased investments in bicycling at the federal, state and local levels. This year, with the theme of “Together We Lead,” the Summit will activate and elevate leaders from all areas of the movement. The Summit will propel this unified and diverse voice for change on Capitol Hill and and beyond.

Santa Monica Spoke is led by 100% volunteers, including our full time Director Cynthia Rose. This dynamic event includes keynote addresses from top government officials, members of Congress, and leaders from advocacy and industry; workshops that highlight innovative advocacy ideas and trends from around the country; and an organized Lobby Day to bring our message about the benefits of bicycling to our elected officials on Capitol Hill.
We are requesting donations to cover costs to send Cynthia to the Summit 2016.

Our goal is to raise $1500.00 to cover the Women’s Forum, National Bike Summit, and travel expenses. PLEASE PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT Click HERE
or email your 
pledge amount to Donate2@SMSpoke.org  we will reply to complete the pledge. Donations are tax deductible. 

The voice for cycling is growing stronger on Capitol Hill, and with your support, our director can share lessons learned and gain experience in professional advocacy from top experts from all 50 states and bring it home to Santa Monica & LA County.

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National Bike Summit 2016: Together We Lead

Last year’s theme — Bikes+ –. Launched the conversation to change the equation for bicycle advocacy. To build a bicycle-friendly America for everyone, we can’t stop at bicycling as an end in itself. We must consider how bikes can add value to other movements and how our movement can expand to serve broader interests. The 2016 National Bike Summit will again unite the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill to advance bicycle safety, funding and equity. More than 700 participants from all 50 states will build momentum in Congress for a Bicycle Friendly America

Update: LA Mobility Plan 2035

Planning Commission Keeps Westwood & Central in
LA Mobility Plan 2035


At today’s L.A. Planning Commission hearing, Planning Commissioners unanimously adopted staff recommendations for Mobility Plan 2035 (with minor clarifications) to keep Central Avenue and Westwood Blvd bike lanes in the plan! We are glad that Mobility Plan 2035 will foster conversation and commitment by the City to engage with communities before making decisions.Thank you to all who went to today’s hearing or emailed the Planning Commission to voice your support. The next step is expected concurrence by Mayor Garcetti, followed by consideration by the Los Angeles Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM) and Transportation Committees. We will continue to keep you updated.You can catch up on the hearing highlights by following @lacbc and the #LA2B hashtag on Twitter.

Tell NHTSA to test new cars for bicyclist safety

Bike League Action

NHTSA recently announced an update to its 5-Star Safety Rating for new cars. This is a key means by which the federal government promotes consumer awareness of safety technologies. According to the proposed update, the 5-Star Safety Rating will for the first time include an assessment of crash avoidance technologies and pedestrian protection. While this is a great step forward for promoting the safety of people outside of cars it is not clear how or whether the safety of bicyclists will be included in these assessments.

The League of American Bicyclists has submitted comments asking NHTSA to:

  • Consider the completeness of crash avoidance technologies and whether they are effective at avoiding crashes with all road users when assigning a crash avoidance rating;
  • Include all non-occupants, including bicyclists, in the pedestrian protection rating; and
  • Develop appropriate tests and procedures if the lack of appropriate testing and procedures means that bicyclist crash avoidance and protection cannot be included in the 5-Star Rating System at this time.

Join us and endorse the League’s comments calling for an assessment that includes the safety of all people, including bicyclists, or submit your own comments to ensure that bicyclists are considered when crash avoidance and other new vehicle technologies are assessed by Clicking Here. This comment period will end on February 16th.

Save Westwood and Central in LA Mobility Plan 2035

ACTION ITEM:
Support LA Mobility Plan 2035 with Bike Lanes on Westwood
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With all “consensus” amendments now adopted in Mobility Plan 2035, two new amendments that directly undermine the balanced network approach by cutting out two critical segments of the bike network are left. The entire Mobility Plan is premised on the idea that all modes deserve complete, functional networks so that people have a range of good mobility options. That principle is under attack with these two remaining amendments:

  • Councilmember Koretz’s amendment would remove Westwood Blvd from the Bicycle Enhanced Network, which provides direct access to UCLA for hundreds of students, faculty, and staff who ride this route every day. This segment has approximately 800 bike riders on an average weekday.
  • Councilmember Price’s amendment would remove Central Ave from the Bicycle Enhanced Network, which runs through the heart of historic South Central, serving businesses, youth centers, schools, and the Constituent Services Center (CD9’s district office). This segment had approximately 60 bike riders per hour during our 2013 bike count.

Because these amendments are not consistent with the overall goals of Mobility Plan 2035, LA city staff is recommending against them. However, each council office is expected to lobby vigorously for the removal of these bike lanes from the plan.

We need your support to uphold the LA Mobility Plan’s balanced approach and to avoid piecemealing the carefully designed networks. You can show your support by:

1.) Coming to the Los Angeles City Planning Commission public hearing on these amendments, where a final decision on whether to keep these critical bike lanes in Mobility Plan 2035 will be made.

Los Angeles City Planning Commission Public Hearing
When: Thursday, February 11, 2016, at approximately 8:30 a.m. or soon thereafter
Where: Los Angeles City Hall, Public Works Board Room 350 (3rd Floor) – 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, 90012

2.) Sharing your support by email. Can’t make the meeting? You can still support bike lanes on Westwood Blvd and Central Ave by emailing james.k.williams@lacity.org (and bcc us at hyeran@la-bike.org). A sample email is available on LACBC’s blog.

3.) Spreading the word. Share the blog post with your networks. On Monday, we’ll be having another #MobilityMondayLA.

Read the LACBC blog for more details on these amendments, and come to the Planning Commission Public Hearing on Thursday!

Call to Action: Bills to transform how California funds bikeways

Calbike FundingOur 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.

Action Alert: Ask Your Senators to Support Bicycling

People for Bikes
Write a letter to your senators in support of bicycle infrastructure funding.
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Did you know that your senators are making decisions that will affect the future of bicycle infrastructure in California?
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Use this easy letter-writing tool to reach out to your senators and ask them to continue their support of bike funding.

The U.S. Senate is currently working on a proposal for TIGER grants, an important source of federal transportation funding for projects to build roads, transit, ports, and bicycle infrastructure. The House has proposed $100 million in funding for next year, far less than the $500 million that TIGER was funded at this year. Let your senators know that you support full funding of the program and the bicycle projects it helps make possible.

Thanks for taking action!

— The PeopleForBikes Team

CALL TO ACTION: AB 8 (Hit and Run Alert Bill)!!

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A message from S.A.F.E / Finish the Ride

Tuesday, June 30th, Bill Faces “No” Vote in State Senate
 
AB 8 (The Hit and Run “Yellow Alert” Bill) would allow law enforcement to use California’s existing network of changeable message signs to display specific descriptions of vehicles suspected in hit and run crimes.  AB 8 will help catch those who commit these crimes that send nearly 19,000 people in CA to the hospital or grave each year.  
 
THE PROBLEM:

We at SAFE were shocked to recently learn that the California Highway Patrol, an organization that is responsible for “Safety, Service and Security”, strongly opposes this sensible action which has minimal costs and has proven to be effective in dramatically increasing safety in other states, namely Colorado.

The core of their opposition is based on their poorly researched and unsubstantiated statements that hit-and-run crimes occur because of undocumented immigrants. 80% of those who commit hit-and-run crimes are never identified, and their immigration status is unknown.  What we do know is according to LAPD, a large percentage of hit-and-run offenders who do get caught were running because they were driving drunk, not because of the color of their skin.

As a result of the CHP’s opposition, the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, Senator Beall is opposed to AB 8. This could kill the bill in the committee.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1) E-mail, call or fax letter of support to Senator Beall (the Chair of the Transportation Committee) or to your local Senator by Monday, June 29th. The following is a list of names and links to contact information:

Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose)
Chairman of the CA Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing

Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 5066
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4015
Fax: (916) 651-4915

Other Committee members include:
Senator Anthony Cannella (Vice Chair) (Merced, Fresno, Salinas)
 Senator Benjamin Allen (West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, & Beach Cities)
Senator Patricia C. Bates (Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Juan Capistrano)
Senator Ted Gaines (Redding, Rocklin, Folsom, Auburn, Lake Tahoe)
Senator Cathleen Galgiani (Stockton, Modesto, Lodi, Tracy)
Senator Connie M. Leyva (San Bernardino, Ontario, Pomona, Fontana)
Senator Mike McGuire (Eureka, Santa Rosa, San Rafael, Mill Valley)
Senator Tony Mendoza (Downey, Whittier, Cerritos, Buena Park, Pico Rivera, Montebello)
Senator Richard D. Roth (Riverside, Corona, Moreno Valley)
Senator Bob Wieckowski (South / East SF Bay, Hayward, Fremont, San Jose, Santa Clara)

2) The following is a sample letter to e-mail or fax Senator Beall and other committee members in your district:

(DATE)

The Honorable ________
California State Senate
State Capitol, Room _____
Sacramento, CA 95814

Regarding: Support of Assembly Bill 8 (Gatto), the Yellow Alert System

Dear Senator _____________,

According to the California Highway Patrol, hit-and-run crimes seriously injure or kill approximately 19,000 Californians each year.

I was shocked to hear that CHP, an organization that is responsible for “Safety, Service and Security”, would oppose a sensible action that has minimal costs and has proven to be effective in dramatically increasing safety in other states, namely Colorado.

With all due respect to the officers in CHP who put their lives on the line to protect our communities, the arguments presented by them are poorly researched and miss the entire point of this legislation.  What concerned me the most were their unsubstantiated statements that hit-and-run crimes occur because of undocumented immigrants.  80% of those who commit hit-and-run crimes are never identified, and their immigration status is unknown.  What we do know is according to LAPD, a large percentage of hit-and-run offenders who do get caught were running because they were driving drunk, not because of the color of their skin.

Please uphold your duty to protect and serve your constituents regardless of color and creed. Support AB 8.

Sincerely,

X_____________________
[Professional Title]

3) Use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc…) to spread the word and gain support.  Use #PassAB8 and #EndHitandRuns.

Please let the Senate Transportation Committee know that the CHP views on this bill are grossly misinformed and AB8 is an essential part of fighting the epidemic of hit-and-run crimes.

Help us Fix the DRIVE Act

 

Bike League Action

On Monday morning, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced The Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act,or DRIVE Act.  As the acronym suggests, the bill focuses on freight and highways.

While we did get some important changes to the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), there are still several more ways we can make this bill more inclusive of people who bike. You can read the League analysis of the bill here.

Tomorrow the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will debate the bill and vote on a number of amendments to improve safety, promote safety innovations, and support multimodal transportation. The bill is 270 pages long and there are inevitably a lot of amendments, including several that we believe are essential to make the bill more balanced, multi-modal and supportive of local control.

Your Senator is on this Committee. Please help us by asking them to support these amendments.

We have less than a day to show support for a bill that’s a transportation bill — and not just a driving bill.

Below are the amendments we hope your lawmaker will support during tomorrow’shearing.

Cardin Amendments on the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

  • To restore funding to 2009 levels
  • To ensure states can’t transfer funding that has been allocated to local governments

Gillibrand Amendment on Vision Zero

  • To create an incentive program to reward local innovations in traffic safety

Markey Amendment on Safe Streets

  • To ensure states adopt a Complete Streets policy

Merkley Amendments on equity and access

  • To establish  a national goal of achieving a transportation system that connects people to economic opportunities through multiple modes of transportation
  • To establish a pilot project to study connectivity of transportation options to economic opportunities

Cardin Amendment on flexibility in overall funding levels

  • Stating that if more funding for transportation is found through tax reform or another measure, the committee won’t be limited by the funding numbers in this bill.

Thank you for helping us build a more bicycle-friendly America for everyone!

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/cjjRyOF6yz6oHjmNl2RYRw

Action Alert – Tell your legislators NOW – more ATP funding!

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The state Active Transportation Program (ATP) is the funding source for creating safe streets, sidewalks, and trails so that Californians can bicycle or walk to wherever they want to go. Local demand for ATP funding far outpaces the amount allocated in the budget, and many communities lack safe routes for biking and walking.

On May 14 (Bike to Work Day in LA and the Bay Area), the Governor released his latest budget proposal. We were disappointed to learn that the ATP did not see an increase in funding. Earlier this spring, the California Bicycle Coalition and 120 organizations statewide called for adding $100 million to the Active Transportation Program.

There is a clear need for increased funding. But despite an increase of more than a billion dollars in available revenue, the governor failed to recognize that need.

On Wednesday May 20th our champions in the Assembly budget committee stepped up and proposed a $25 million increase the the ATP. The California Bicycle Coalition and our partners statewide are rallying in support of the Assembly proposal, and pushing for it to be reflected in the final budget, which will be adopted by June 15.

We have one chance to get the entire Legislature to counter Governor Brown’s proposal and increase the ATP. Help us rally behind our champions in the Assembly so that all Californians can enjoy the freedom of walking and bicycling safely in their communities. Here’s how to help:

  1. Pledge your support at bit.ly/IncreaseATP
  2. Call your Senator and Assemblymember and tell them to encourage legislative leadership to adopt the Assembly’s proposal to increase the ATP.
    Our Santa Monica Representatives:
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    State Assembly (District 50) Assembly Member Richard Bloom
    •   State Senate (District 26) Senator Benjamin Allen
    Find your representative here: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov
  3. After you call, email your representatives to follow up, and please be sure to cc increasetheatp@calbike.org

Governor’s Budget Ignores Active Transportation Program

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Governor’s May revised budget ignores Active Transportation Program

Yesterday, the Governor released his “May revise” budget proposal, and despite over $1 billion in new available revenues, we were disappointed that the Active Transportation Program (ATP) did not see an increase in funding. Earlier this spring, 120 organizations statewide called for an additional $100 million to build out bicycling and walking networks statewide, and high demand for the program at the local level far outpaced available funding in the first grant cycle. A hallmark of Caltrans sustainability efforts, the ATP is California’s statewide competitive grant program dedicated to increasing walking and bicycling, especially in underserved communities.

The May revise includes an expenditure plan for $2.2 billion in Cap-and-Trade revenue from auction proceeds–more than twice the amount in the January budget proposal–which is the most likely source of new ATP dollars. However, most of the Cap-and-Trade revenue is slated to boost funding to the same set of programs in the January expenditure plan, with a small portion directed to a few new programs related to drought management, energy efficiency, and healthy soils.

While walking and bicycling improvements are technically eligible in several of the Cap-and-Trade programs that received a boost in the May revise, these programs primarily focus on public transit and affordable housing development. These programs’ constraints on project financing and development limit their ability to fund meaningful walking and bicycling projects critical for shifting the nearly ⅔ of trips in California under 1 mile that are currently taken by car. Walking and biking must be a core component of the Cap-and-Trade expenditures in order to reduce vehicles miles traveled (VMT) and ultimately, to help the California achieve our ambitious climate change goals.

The ATP continues to be the most effective source for robust bicycling and walking projects that create safe travel corridors, connect people to transit, provide Safe Routes to School, improve intersections, and close key gaps between destinations for people who walk and bicycle. Furthermore, these projects are essential to improving access to transit and regional economic opportunity for California’s rural disadvantaged communities. Our broad coalition–which includes environmental, affordable housing, transit, parks, public health, social equity, and walking and bicycling advocates, among others–will continue to push for $100 million directly into the Active Transportation Program in the final budget.

The Legislature will review the May revise in a second round of budget hearings over the next few weeks, and the final 2015-16 State Budget must be adopted by June 15.

Support the push for more ATP funding by signing the petition at bit.ly/IncreaseATP.
•  Call your Senator and Assemblymember and tell them to encourage legislative leadership to increase the ATP. Find your representative here: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov
•  After you call, email your representatives to follow up, be sure to cc increasetheatp@calbike.org.

Statement issued by the Coalition for Active Transportation Leadership including the California Bicycle Coalition, California Walks, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, California Park and Recreation Society, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, TransForm.