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Pledge YOUR Support for MANGo Today!

Community EventPlease help us Support MANGo
with all the benefits and options!

MANGo will be presented to City Council, February 11th
Send a Letter of Support for MANGo Today!
AND
if you can …. Please come to Council Meeting and voice your support!
Great video on POP-UP MANGo!

Santa Monica City Hall Council Chambers, 1685 Main Street, Rm 213 - More info HERE.

Support Santa Monica’s and the region’s first Neighborhood Greenway: MANGo! with an email to Mayor Pam O’Connor, City Council, Commissioners and staff. Even with this AWESOME PROJECT there is opposition from those who still want vehicles prioritized over people, our health and safety. To help we have created some template letters you can use for inspiration or to cut and paste. We encourage you to customize with your personal comments or please feel free to simply cut and paste and email to the list provided below. You can see more about MANGo in the drop down menu here on our website. “Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway”

Support letters: DON’T FORGET TO ADD YOUR NAME AT END OF LETTERS!
Read Santa Monica Spoke’s letter of support sent to City Council here
Santa Monica Spoke Supports Staff Recommendations letter here
If you live in the Pico Neighborhood we have a specific letter here.
If you have children we have a letter from that perspective here.

Here is the basic MANGo Support letter:

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Dear Council Members,

I support the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) and urge you to approve the staff recommendations for this regionally important plan. I want a calmer Michigan avenue where it is safe and pleasant to walk and bike, and where this community can simply spend time outside enjoying their neighborhood and their neighbors.

Michigan Avenue has been adversely impacted for years by high levels of cut-through traffic rushing to and from the freeway and Samohi, further adding to the burden caused by the Santa Monica Freeway and the large boulevards that isolate this community. MANGo will create a safer calmer street and an inviting alternative east/west walking and biking connection to numerous destinations along its spine. This includes safe routes to many schools (including SMC & Samohi), Farmers Markets, parks and recreation, the Civic Center, beaches and the new Expo Line stations.

Through a very inclusive process MANGo planners have presented a variety of options to address the traffic and safety issues on Michigan Avenue, included are traffic reduction goals. I support establishing an ambitious project goal of less than 1500 vehicles per day on MANGo along with easy steps that measure if implementations are effective. If we need to do more to reach these goals, let’s make sure we are able to use the full range of traffic calming measures explored and outlined in the project to create safer street on Michigan Avenue, similar to those that have been used in other parts of Santa Monica. I believe this is a prudent course of action and important for the ultimate success of MANGo.

I realize it’s a bold and scary move to make a street that demands slower car traffic, and that there are editorialists and pockets of resistance who think that doing anything to impede auto circulation is a bad idea. We’ve suffered decades of an increasingly car dominant culture that has split the city in half, made the skies smoggy, and hurt and killed too many people. MANGo is a big step toward encouraging a change in that thinking of how we get around and can help set the tone for the next fifty years of the way Santa Monica works. What kind of city do you want? One for cars, or one for people? I hope you will choose the latter and cement your legacy as the city council that said yes to MANGo and everything that will follow.

Please support MANGo and make sure we set an ambitious target for reducing traffic on Michigan Avenue to less than 1500 vehicles per day and assure that we have all the tools at our disposal (including traffic diverters if needed) to achieve safer, healthier more active options for circulating in Santa Monica and regionally.

Sincerely,
Name
Address or neighborhood (optional)

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Click here to email your letter : Add your content or use one of our letters above. Or you can copy this emails list: pam.oconnor@smgov.net, terry.oday@smgov.net, ted.winterer@smgov.net, kevin@mckeown.net, tony.vazquez@smgov.net, gleam.davis@smgov.net, robert.holbrook@smgov.net, Rod.Gould@smgov.net, David.Martin@smgov.net, Francie.Stefan@smgov.net, Jason.Kligier@smgov.net, Mango@smspoke.org, lucy.dyke@smgov.net, Jim_Ries@hotmail.com, parryj@gte.net, gnewbold@gmail.com, richard@richardmckinnon.com, jenniferfkennedy@gmail.com, suehimmelrich@gmail.com, andersonsmpc@yahoo.com, clerk@smgov.netcouncil@smgov.netplanning@smgov.net

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MANGo to City Council February 11th

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Save the date: February 11th
& get your typing fingers ready to Support MANGo.

MANGo is due to be presented to Santa Monica City Council a week from today, Tuesday February 11th. We are looking forward to seeing the Final Project Report & Presentation to Council on this major improvement to the Santa Monica Bike network and a long overdue investment in the Pico Neighborhood.

MANGo will create a safer calmer street and an inviting alternative east/west walking and biking connection to numerous destinations along its spine. This includes safe routes to many schools (SRTS, including SMC & Samohi), Farmers Markets, parks and recreation, the Civic Center, beaches and the new Expo Line stations.

Through a very inclusive process MANGo planners presented a variety of options to address the traffic and safety issues on Michigan Avenue, including reduced traffic goals. We are advocating for establishing an ambitious project goal of less than 1500 vehicles per day* on MANGo along with easy steps that measure if project implementations are effective, and a tiered implementation approach over time to meet goals.

You could say it is a bold and scary move to create a street that demands slower car traffic. There are editorials and pockets of resistance who think that doing anything to impede auto circulation is a bad idea. We have suffered decades of increasingly car dominant culture that has divided cities, created smoggy skies, and hurt and killed too many people. MANGo is a big step toward encouraging a change in that thinking of how we get around and can help set the tone for the next fifty years of the way Santa Monica works. What kind of city do you want? One for cars, or one for people? We hope our decision makers will choose the latter and cement their legacy as the City Council that said yes to MANGo and everything that will follow.

More on what you can do and how coming soon..

*Design guidelines from National Association of City and Transportation Officials (NACTO)

Oct 6th CICLAVIA – HEART OF LA: Tips on “How to Participate!”

OCTOBER 6th  CICLAVIA – HEART OF LA
CicLAvia offers some tips on “How to Participate!” 

So… No Cars on the Street. Now What?

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CicLAvia - Heart of LA will have 7.5 miles of car-free streets ready to roam in downtown Los Angeles on October 6. Shoes will hit the pavement, tires will roll down the road, music will fill the air and food… oh all the food!

Bring out some skates, bike, skateboard or walk the route? Ride your bike with us from the Santa Monica Pier feeder ride, drive to a nearby parking structure or take public transit? (More on those options in our next post) Wear a fluffy pink boa, orange cape, purple tutu (oh wait that’s for me) or something from your CicLAvia t-shirt collection? The choices are endless!

But, how does one begin to plan their CicLAvia Day? The folks at CicLAvia have gathered some tips!

The folks at CicLAvia want to make your day easy. That’s why they’ve created a fabulous How to Participate at CicLAvia page. Here you will find all you need to know about individual and group participation, ways to enjoy the route, suggestions for businesses and for shoppers, ideas for families, and guidelines for disabled participants and soooo much more! I was also happy to see included on the page Rules of the Road  that outlines tips how we can all share the open road  space to ensure we are all safe and courteous to everyone – not matter what the mode they have chosen to participate.

CicLAvia Presents: Charles Phoenix and His Fantastical Chinatown Field Trips

CicLAvia is proud to partner with Los Angeles pop culture expert and humorist Charles Phoenix for an up-close, enthusiastic and entertaining tour of Chinatown. Three one-hour Chinatown walking tours will be offered during CicLAvia – Heart of LA on October 6. Space is limited for these special tours. Proceeds benefit CicLAvia.
Experience the charm of LA’s legendary Old Chinatown as your tour guide, Charles Phoenix, shares his keen eye for oddball detail and the stories, and glories, of one of LA’s most exotic themed environments and precious pop cultural resources. You will never see Old Chinatown the same way again.

You can also participate in CicLAvia by making a donation to help fund the logistics of putting on the best free community event in LA. Click here to make a donation or text SMILE to 85944 to donate $10.
Make sure to RSVP on Facebook to be kept up-to-date on allCicLAvia - Heart of LA news and share the event with your friends.

Santa Monica poised to lead on Regional Bike Share

Update: Resolution passed 5-1 to move forward, more after October regional planning forum coordinated by State Assemblyman Richard Bloom.

The Santa Monica City Council included bikeshare in the Bike Action Plan recommendations adopted on November 22, 2011 and designated bikeshare as one of the highest priority projects for Bike Action Plan implementation.

PRELIMINARY Bike Share locationsTonight the next step in the process comes before the City Council, item 8A on the agenda – How will we move the process forward?

Last Spring when then LA Mayor Villaraigosa unexpectedly announced Los Angeles had partnered with Bike Nation to provide Bike Share and thus derailed much of the preliminary work being done in Santa Monica, and the WSCOG to create a regional Bike Share NETWORK. Chair of that committee was then SM Mayor now 50th districts State Assemblyman Richard Bloom (and SM Councilman Kevin McKewon), also actively participating in this process with the WSCOG were City staff from WSCOG City’s (Beverly Hills, Culver City, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and County of Los Angeles) bike advocates, Santa Monica Spoke, WeHoBC and LACBC on a bicycle advisory committee. To put it lightly we were all pretty stunned by the Mayors announcement and the manner the choice was made to say nothing of the then nearly unknown provider.
However – Santa Monica continued moving forward with a close eye on what was happening in Los Angeles. Through the City’s efforts we have secured available grant funds to initiate a bikeshare system totaling $2,764,000. Each granting agency has required steps and timing for grant funds and staff has been coordinating with the agencies. One such hurdle is selecting a provider by this December! Although we do want to move forward – we also want to collaborate and coordinate with Los Angeles and the region so that we establish a truly regional bike share network. Jason at the SM Lookout outlines more on that here

Bike Nation has failed to materialize for a variety of reasons and now we are at a similar point before “LA’s announcement” – making the choice of what operator, and what revenue structure to move forward with.  Assemblyman Richard Bloom sent an invitation to re-convene the discussion on Bike Share with the WSCOG, City Staff, LA Metro and members of our bike advisory committee to meet in October. “To be successful, we have to all be partners” he says in his invitation. Santa Monica is leading the way as they are the only city that currently has money to move forward on a bike share program including stations outside our city limits. In the spirit of collaboration and creating a network that works regionally the City has petitioned an extension for awarding a operator contract so we can include other stake holders in the operator selection and the potential revenue models chosen. In the interim “staff recommends that the Council require any operator bidding for Santa Monica’s bike share program to be able to explain how they would ensure that their system will be interoperable with any future system to be deployed in a neighboring jurisdiction”.
With EXPO coming Bike Share is one way we can support and provide options to reduce auto traffic and congestion. We are excited it is finally getting closer.

Click to view comprehensive Staff Report
You can attend tonights City Council meeting to give input, watch live on CityTV or comment via email

Look for a report on the regional meeting in mid October.

Help improve safety on Pacific Coast Highway

The City of Malibu in collaboration with Southern California Association of Governments is preparing a safety study with recommended improvements along PCH. During Phase 2 of this online tool, we are asking that you take a moment to provide input on the corridorwide issues as well as the study area specific recommended solutions identified.
One of the issues is to prioritize and create action items to address Pedestrian Safety & Bicycle Accommodations. This is a simple survey that can help us add safety and equity for all road users on PCH. You need not fill in all topics.

This corridor is highly utilized for all kinds of people on bikes. Your input can help create a safer PCH.

Click HERE or on the image below to get to the survey.
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Silver Level Bike Friendly Community designation!

Santa Monica moves up to Silver Level in Bike Friendly Communities
and named 5th Most Bikeable City in U.S

During all the celebrations of National Bike Month and to kick off Bike to Work Week, the League of American Bicyclists announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC). The City of Santa Monica has been awarded national recognition of our local efforts by raising our ranking from Bronze to Silver level. At the same time Walk Score, a national organization devoted to promoting walkable neighborhoods, ranked Santa Monica at #5 on its Bike Score list of Top 100 most bikeable cities.

The Bicycle Friendly Community “Silver” award will be presented to Mayor Pam O’Connor by our own Jennifer Klausner, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition on Wednesday, May 15th at 5pm in the courtyard behind Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica.  Before the award presentation you are invited to join us and SM City staff on a bicycle tour highlighting new bicycle facilities during Bike Week. Cyclists are invited to gather for the ride at 3:30pm in the courtyard behind City Hall.  We roll out at 4pm to return by 5pm for the award ceremony. After the ceremony you are in invited to join us for a Handlebar Happy Hour Celebration at West 4th & Jane.

“The Bicycle Friendly Community Silver award is presented only to communities with remarkable commitments to bicycling. You should be very proud of this accomplishment,” wrote Nicole Wynands, Program Manager for the League of American Bicyclists.

The City earned an impressive 83 Bike Score from Walk Score. This rating is derived from a data set that includes infrastructure, hilly terrain, numbers of bikers on streets and more.

“Santa Monica has embraced bicycling as one of the most important strategies to help achieve its environmental, economic and quality of life goals and adopted an award-winning Bike Action Plan in November 2011.  Since then, the City has invested heavily in bicycling, in both programs: education, events, awareness, enforcement, –and facilities: parking, lanes, sharrows, and signal detection” quoted the press release by Lucy Dyke, Planning & Community Development.

For more information on Bike Week Events and bicycling in Santa Monica:
Bike Month Santa Monica, SM Spoke
Bike Santa Monica, SM City

For more information on Bicycle Friendly Communities:
http://www.bikeleague.org/

For more information on Bike Score:
http://blog.walkscore.com/2013/05/bike-score-expands-to-100-cities/

 

Monday Events: Free Bike Checks

Fix your bike day events

Helen’s Cycles, 26th and Broadway
Bicycle safety checks from 7:30AM – 10AM, coupon good for $25 off a basic tune-up. Same free safety checks and coupons on Thursday Bike to Work Day.

Cynergy – Santa Monica Blvd at Cloverfield
special deals and discounts for bike month

Santa Monica Bike Center, 2nd and Colorado
Free bike safety checks all week and $10 off tune ups, not including parts

Team Bike Attack, Main Street
Free Air and Oil, Free Quick Inspections from 10am – 7pm

Performance Bicycles – 5th and Broadway
Free safety checks through Monday 5?13 plus special deals and discounts for bike month

Zone3 Multisport, 3216 Santa Monica Blvd.,
Free inspections 1-5pm

 

 

May is BIKE MONTH!

Still basking in the afterglow of CicLAvia? While we wait for the next one in June …

May is National BIKE MONTH!!

TheLEAGUE-BikeMonth

Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclist, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, get involved in Bike Month in your city or state — and help get more people in your community out riding too!

 

We have a Bike Month Tab here on SM Spoke to keep you updated on the local events here in Santa Monica as well as in and around LA. There are lots of events and rides planned for Bike Week sponsored by Metro here in Los Angeles County, and LOTS of special events planned here in Santa Monica!

More on Bike Month Bingo and 2013 National Bike Challenge (join Santa Monica Bike Center team), and many more local events, links to resources and specials!
If you have an event let us know and we will post it.

CicLAvia: Feeder Rides from Santa Monica & the Westside UPDATED

CicLAvia is THIS SUNDAY, April 21st. 3 Feeder rides

Whether you ride with us or get there on your own – don’t miss it!
CicLAvia celebrates the streets of Los Angeles for everyone!  Temporarily limiting the access of motor vehicles and opening the streets to all users – walking, wheelchairs, skates, bikes, scooters, skate boards, strollers – you name it!
For more info visit CicLAvia’s web site, CicLAvia to the Sea on Facebook

Santa Monica Spoke: Meet at the Colorado Center Park,
Entrance at corner of Broadway & 26th Street
Pre-CicLAvia Kick off party Coffee and breakfast,
8:00am party, roll out 9:15am. 

We are SUPER excited about this CicLAvia to the Sea! Instead of starting our usual feeder ride at the Santa Monica Pier Canon, this time we will start further east at the Colorado Center Park at Broadway and 26th (across from Helen’s Cycles). We will partner with our friends at Helen’s to host a Morning Pre-CicLAvia kick-off party! We’ll serve coffee and snacks, and we will have PRIZES! Helen’s is sponsoring a special CicLAvia prize raffle as a fund raiser for Santa Monica Spoke. YUP! you can have your coffee, snacks, win prizes, enjoy a day of Open Streets at CicLAvia and help Santa Monica Spoke all on the same day! SUPER RIGHT???
Our route will travel west on Broadway and go by the Santa Monica Bike Center, the Canon at the top of the Santa Monica Pier, and the Santa Monica Beach Bike Campus. You can meet us at any of those locations if you miss the kick off party. We would love to have a GREAT BIG GROUP as we travel to the Windward Circle Hub where we join the
CicLAvia Route!
facebook event here
Question? Email us here

Bike it Walk it: Meet at the Santa Monica Beach Bike Campus
9:30am – roll out 9:45am

This group will gather to bike together to CicLAvia at the Santa Monica Bike Campus, 1 Ocean Park Blvd (across from Perry’s). Family/Cyclist can park at Beach lot 5 South (usual fee). They will decide the route based on the skill level of the group. (Beach Path or Main Street bike lane)
This group will also lead a return ride that meets at the Windward Circle Hub at 12:30pm. They will ride back to the Beach Bike Campus together from there.
Please click here to RSVP for this ride

UCLA Bike Coalition: Meet at the Bruin Bear
9:15am roll out 9:30am

The UCLA Bicycle Coalition is collaborating with LACBC to do a feeder ride from UCLA through Westwood to Venice. They meet at the Bruin Bear at 9:15 and roll out at 9:30. They’ll ride down Westwood Blvd to pick up folks from nearby neighborhoods. Everyone is welcome, please spread the word! facebook event here

If you know of other local rides let us know we will post it.
Also CicLAvia has a TRIP PLANNER PAGE with all kinds of info on the many ways to connect to the event. 

Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 takes the frwy downtown LA to Santa Monica FAST!
Metro 720 route DT Santa Monica south, Venice Blvd to downtown & Union Station
Light Rail: Connect to the Expo Line Culver City Station (timetable) then 
Big Blue Bus Rapid 20 to DT SM, Rapid 12 (to Westwood) or Route 12 (Westwood and Palms)
Bike Venice Blvd Bike lane west.  

Metro 733 route to Santa Monica on Wilshire Blvd from downtown LA

Stuff to bring:

  • helmut (for feeder ride or children under 18)
  • sun screen
  • cash
  • spare tube/ patch kit
  • hydration
  • any special tools your bike requires!

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CicLAvia: Feeder Rides from Santa Monica the Westside

CicLAvia is NEXT SUNDAY, April 21st!!

We are last minute planning and collecting info for CicLAvia to the Sea feeder rides from SM and WLA. Full details and updates will be posted here SOON!

Santa Monica Spoke will this time start our traditional feeder ride from the western edge of Santa Monica near Helen’s Cycles. We’ll start there with morning coffee and snack and a prize Raffle sponsored by our friends at Helen’s.
On-route meet up points will be – the Canon at the top of the Santa Monica Pier/ SM Bike Center and the Santa Monica Bike Campus.

Bike It Walk it will lead a family themed ride that starts at the Santa Monica Bike Campus. This group will also lead an informal return ride to Santa Monica from Ciclavia back to Santa Monica Bike Campus at 12:30pm.

UCLA Bike Coalition will lead a feeder ride from Westwood that will head straight south to the CicLAvia Palms Hub.

Specifics and more info including options how to get back home to Santa Monica and the Westside if you are mid route or DT when CicLAvia ends…..

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