Category Archives: bicycles

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
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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

Santa Monica Festival BIKE ZONE: Bike Exhibition, Family Bike Hub, Schedule HERE

Santa Monica Festival,
Saturday, June 14th, 11am – 6pm

Santa Monica Festival celebrates its 23rd year at Clover Park.  The festival showcases sustainable living and culture through an array of free, family-friendly activities and performances, including art workshops, music and dance performances, cooking demonstrations, fitness classes, and more that reflect the culture and diversity of this unique beach City.
4th Bike Exhibition and NEW Youth Skills Couse Bike Rodeo in expanded BIKE ZONE
Volunteers needed – email volunteer@SMSpoke.org
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Volunteers Needed for Santa Monica Festival

Come join us at the Santa Monica Festival !
Saturday June 14th, 11-6pm
Clover Park, 2500 Ocean Park Blvd

Volunteers needed for the BIKE ZONE, Bike Exhibition, security (watching the bikes) and enthusiasm as we talk about and share the love of bikes and biking.
Sign up for 2hour or longer shifts! Set up or break down also.

volunteer@SMSpoke.org

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Bike Week LA: Friday, May 16th

Metro Bike Night Union Station

Metro Bike Night at Union Station &
Bike Date Night!

Metro and their LA County partners will host a BIKE WEEK LA Wrap-up evening event at the Fred Harvey Room and courtyard at Union Station. This free event will feature special guests, live music, food trucks, outdoor booths, free bike valet, bike shorts, trivia, bike portraits and a fashion show. There will also be a raffle for great prizes!
How about a group ride to Union Station from Santa Monica?

Bike Date Night!

Check back – more  on this will be posted here

Join the National Bike Challenge: Ride for team BIKE SANTA MONICA

Bike Month & Bike Local SM Week Specials

 

 

LACBC’s Empowering Local Advocates Series, Workshop 2 MEMBERSHIP

Empowing Local AdvocatesWorkshop #2 (MEMBERSHIP) is scheduled for next week, Tuesday April 29th 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! 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!

Refreshments will be provided - 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 and 5 Bike Ambassador programs in City of LA. With so much going on, LACBC HQ wants to help empower YOU to advocate in your local capacity.

Join us for the second workshop of the series – MEMBERSHIP
DATE:      April 29th 
TIME:      6:30 – 8:OOPM
WHERE:  LACBC HQ, 634 Spring Street, Edison Room 

Help us extend our reach in a county of 10 million people. Learn how to engage interested stakeholders about what we do as an organization and help grow our membership base.

At this workshop you will learn:

- Why we are membership-based
- What membership benefits are
- How this advances advocacy locally
- How to sell membership
- What our Bike Month and Membership Drive opportunities are

The website has been updated to include March’s “OUTREACH” workshop presentation for those who were not able to attend. Also you can refer to this page to get updates on the presentations and updated event flyers for each future workshop.

Please RSVP here and spread the word!! Please contact Alek@la-bike.org with any questions Facebook event.

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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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