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UPCOMING EVENTS: LACBC Workshop, Kidical Mass & Tour da Arts v6! Plus Save these Dates!

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Workshop #4 Fundraising 
is scheduled for Thursday, August 21st as part of LACBC’s
Empowering Local Advocates Series.

Join us for the forth workshop of the series –
FUNDRAISING
Please RSVP here
Facebook event here 

DATE:      August 21st 
TIME:      6:30 – 8:00pm
WHERE:  LACBC HQ, 634 Spring Street, Edison Room


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Kidical Mass: Festivities start at 9:00am 

The next Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, August 23rd. We will take a family friendly ride around the Pico Neighborhood, east of Virginia Ave Park along the planned MANGo! Education with Fun & Prizes!

DATE:    SATURDAY August 23rd
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Virginia Ave Park
north side of park along Virginia Ave 

Free: Please RSVP HERE


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SUNDAY, AUG 24, 2014  12PM–5PM iCAL
Tour da Arts, vol. 6 is the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s sixth annual cultural bike tour and EXPO. Enjoy the creative side of bicycle culture beginning at the Bergamot Art Complex EXPO/ Festival that starts at NOON, then on a casual, nine-mile ride filled with art, music, and theater. 


 

 

Save these Dates:

– National Bike Challenge HBHH, last week of August, day tbd
– Sept. 20th, Santa Monica Spoke Local Update & Input Meeting
– STREETSBLOG AND SANTA MONICA NEXT HOST CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM ON 9/22
October 5th CicLAvia & Feeder Ride from Santa Monica
– October 11-12 Team Bike Santa MonicaBike MS Coastal Challenge

3 Foot Law Starts September 16th, help get the word out!

3 FT LAW

One month from today, September 16, 2014 the Three Feet for Safety Act will finally go into effect. The Three Feet for Safety Act legally mandates that motorists give people on bikes at least three feet of space when passing. Existing law requires motorists to pass bicyclists while keeping a “safe distance.” The new law defines “safe distance” as three feet. If enough space is not available, the motorist must slow and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.

One key to making the new law effective is to make sure everyone, specifically the driving public knows about it. LACBC has collaborated with AAAWire Media, and CalBike to create the “I Give 3 Feet” graphic free for use to publicize the new law. This graphic can be downloaded from Wire Media here. We encourage all media outlets (big or small), bicycle groups, and interested parties download and utilize this graphic, along with the associated bullet points about the law.

Key points to include with the Three Foot for Safety Act graphic are:

  • Existing law requires motorists to pass bicyclists while keeping a “safe distance.”
  • This new law defines “safe distance” as at least three feet when passing bicyclists traveling in the same direction. This new law gives an educational tool for motorists. Instead of teaching drivers to give a “safe” amount of space when passing, we teach them to give a specific 3 feet. If they don’t it’s punishable by law.
  • If not enough space is available, the motorist must slow and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.
  • Violators will face a $35 fine, as well as a $220 fine if a collision occurs.
  • Law takes effect September 16, 2014.
  •  It lays the political groundwork for Vulnerable Road User laws, and laws of the like to protect all road users

AAA has printed 10,000 window clings for public distribution utilizing the same graphic. Their roadside assistance will be handing out tip cards with the graphic starting in September. Our partners at CalBike are also offering two sticker designs to help promote the new law. We have a supply of window clings that are available free at any of our local events. LACBC has a supply at the main office downtown LA. If you are interested in a greater supply please contact us. You can request the CalBike stickers and window clings directly from CalBike by following this link: https://calbike.org/bulkgiveme3form

Our work with AAA and CalBike is made possible thanks to the support of LACBC members and donors. Not a member? Become an LACBC member or make a donation today.

5 Directions of BIKE TALK: Live Podcast

Cynthia Rose joins the discussion with Bike Talk hosts Nick Richert  this Friday at the HUB

“5 directions of Bike Talk – LA Leaders Recorded Session at Levi’s Commuter Space”levis communter space- Insightful interviews with progressive thoughtful leaders, advocates and journalists in LA’s bicycling and sustainable urbanism movement on how we can all participate in successfully growing LA’s blooming bike culture.
Livestream on killradio.org for this live Bike Talk recorded session to be streaming here: http://216.240.146.66:8030/
but it may also be on killradio.org

Please see full program with latest updates here. As I understand there are possibly two similar programs happening in the space Friday? – this describes both)

Safe to say I think we can expect a great program! To attend RSVP required.
Levi’s® Commuter Workspace, please visit levis-commuter.com.

 

Empowering Local Advocates: LACBC Workshop Series, Fundraising

Workshop #4 Fundraising is scheduled for Thursday, August 21st as part of LACBC’s Empowering Local Advocates Series. These workshops are designed to empower YOU –  to give us all the tools we need to be stronger advocates and to help fund our mission locally and regionally for LACBC and the Local Chapters! Please joining us on the next segment of Empowering Local Advocates workshop series. Santa Monica Spoke / LACBC is a non-profit organization that relies on raising money to help fund the advocacy we do. We will learn ways to organize local fundraisers and build the support we need to grow. The strongest partnerships can be made by people like you that already have connections. We will learn how to build off of that and fundraise for the cause!

Join us for the fourth workshop of the series –
FUNDRAISING
Please RSVP here
Facebook event here 

DATE:      August 21st 
TIME:      6:30 – 8:00pm
WHERE:  LACBC HQ, 634 Spring Street, Edison Room 

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

We have grown as an organization to more than 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 help advocate in our local communities.

Help us extend our reach in a county of 10 million people. Learn how to engage interested stakeholders. 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
Ride Marshal Training, July 12th 

3 Foot Law Officially Starts September

TOGETHER: LET’S GET THE WORD OUT!

3 FT LAW

In September 2014 the “Three Feet for Safety” law will go into effect in California. It requires that motorists provide at least three feet of space between their vehicle and a bicyclist, when passing. This is thanks in part to the ongoing efforts of organizations like the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike), and AAA to improve the safety of streets for cyclists as well as driver awareness of the rights and regulations relating to bicyclists.

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
See more here

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.
See Program for Tour da Arts, vol 5

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

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

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:

We Support AB 1532 Hit & Run License Suspension, Assemblymember Gatto

Supporting Finish The Ride, an organization that is building a movement to raise awareness of hit and runs in California.  Supporting AB 1532 is just one part of Finish the Ride’s larger efforts to stem the rising epidemic of hit and run crimes across California.


 

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A community group dedicated
to walking & biking in Santa Monica.
Working to make the City of Santa Monica a
more sustainable, walkable
bikeable place to live, work and play.

June 10, 2014

The Honorable Mike Gatto
State Assemblymember, 43rd District
State Capitol, Room 2114
Sacramento, CA 94249

RE: AB 1532 (Gatto): Hit-and-Run License Suspension: Support

Dear Assemblymember Gatto,

On behalf of Santa Monica Spoke, a Santa Monica walking and biking advocacy organization, I write in support of AB 1532, which would suspend the driver’s license of persons involved in a misdemeanor hit-and-run when a person has been struck.

With the alarming increase of hit-and-run incidents around the state, LA County and in the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Spoke has been working to increase the safety of people walking and biking in our city as well as awareness to the needs of pedestrians and cyclists up-and-down our state.

AB 1532 would provide a much needed deterrent to those who would strike people walking and biking and drive away, showing no concern for their fellow citizens. It is a measured approach that will help in the work that our group and other pedestrian and cycling groups do every day to make our streets safer.

For these reasons, Santa Monica Spoke is proud to support AB 1532

Sincerely,

Cynthia Rose
Director
Santa Monica Spoke

cc: Members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, Tom Ammiano, Chairman