Join us Saturday afternoon for an Update & Input Meeting, followed by a family friendly Party to celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of our Bike Action Plan
Please join us DAY /DATE: Saturday, November 22rd TIME: 3:00pm Updates, Input & Discussion immediately followed by BIKE ACTION PLAN PARTY PLACE: 1640 5th Street, SM (south of EXPO) – Private outdoor courtyard - please dress accordingly
We will be joined by special guests, City staff and local leaders to give updates and gather input on recently approved Bikeshare contract, Bike Action Plan Implementations: completed and in the pipeline, KIDICAL MASS, SAMOHI SRTS & MANGo Progress, EXPO & Colorado Esplanade, DTSM Projects, and more! As always YOUR INPUT is most valuable in this process.
SOBI Bikeshare bike will be there for you to check out!
We were excited last week when SM City Council voted unanimously to approve staffs recommendation and move forward with CycleHop for SM Bikeshare. Santa Monica has chosen a cutting edge “smart bike” system manufactured by Social Bicycles (SoBi). This innovative technology, with the electronics on the bikes instead of just at Stations Kiosks seems perfect for Santa Monica, its ease of use, smaller foot print, simple installation and system flexibility is easily scalable to a regional system. With funding in place, regional integration and collaboration prioritized, our compact geography and Expo coming we are the perfect pilot market for LA’s regional Bikeshare System. With regional support and collaboration with METRO our system will surely inform the regions partners and the future regional model.
For Santa Monica bikeshare is an integral step in our city’s progression to a more sustainable, livable city where bicycling is convenient and residents and visitors have added transportation options and don’t need to drive their cars. Data shows that the more people that ride bikes the fewer crashes – as ridership goes up – incidents of bike crashes goes down. With education as a component, bikeshare will provide easy access to encourage more people to ride bikes, which will ultimately translate to safer streets for everyone. More people on bikes for their daily or occasional trips will also help mitigate traffic …. by providing our residents and visitors easy, efficient environmentally friendly options to driving a car. Bikeshare can be one of the transportation solution for many people leaving or arriving on EXPO to extend from stations to and from their destinations in Santa Monica – helping mitigate congestion and traffic.
UPDATE: 11/11 Council voted unanimously to authorize SM Bikeshare contract. With Metro we now move toward building a seamless regionally integrated Bikeshare model!
Exciting newer “Smart Bike” technology is on its way to Santa Monica!
Our City Council will have the opportunity to authorize the contract for bikeshare equipment/operations on November 11. The staff recommendation is for the installation of a “smart bike” system, provided by Social Bicycles and operated by Cycle Hop. It is available on the City web site. Through this competitive procurement, the City has the opportunity to purchase 500 bicycles and 20 kiosks, for a system about the same size as was recently launched in Seattle. The City is hoping to procure a sponsor/sponsors to provide funding in exchange for messaging on the bicycles only, through a separate process.
Send letter to support Bike Share in Santa Monica to: firstname.lastname@example.org cc: BikePlan@SMSpoke.org
Congratulations to Santa Monica Community College (SMC) for being awarded a Bronze Level designation from the League of American Bicyclists, Bike Friendly University℠ program (BFU). You may recall the City of Santa Monica received a Bronze designation in May 2009 and raised it to Silver in 2013. SMC joins thirteen colleges in California that have made the list in the last few years – now totaling 100 nationally in 37 states and Washington DC.
The BFU℠ program has been in place since 2011, and just as the City of Santa Monica and SM City Hall applied, schools or businesses etc. must also apply for the award by filling out a lengthy application. Amelia Neptune, the Bike League’s program manager says of the BFU program “We try to create an application that offers flexibility, so small colleges with few roads can still brag about what they’re doing for bicyclists, even though their needs are very different than large universities.”
“Campus leaders are recognizing the real-time and long term impact that a culture of bicycling can create,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We applaud this new round of colleges and universities for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their staff, students and surrounding communities.”
Genevieve Bertone, Director of Sustainability, Center for Environmental and Urban Studies at SMC had this to say “Receiving this certification was not easy, it took a great deal of effort from many contributors including the Transportation Task Force, the SMC Bike Club, SM Spoke and SM Bike Center and all the many engaged students.” Special congratulations are extended to SMC student and 2013-14 Bike Coordinator, Cade Maldonado who led this effort. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with SMC Bike Club, Cade and all the SMC Bike Coordinators and students over that last few years!
California ranks in the top 10 Bike Friendly States at #9 (up from #19 in 2013) much of that due to state wide efforts of the California Bicycle Coalition, some engaged elected officials, regional campaigns and advocacy like at LACBC and it’s local chapters, i.e. Santa Monica Spoke. Check out the California Report card here. See what we aspire to here in Attributes of a Bicycle Friendly State.
The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America℠ for everyone. The League’s Bicycle Friendly America℠ program provides a roadmap, hands-on assistance and recognition for states, communities, universities and businesses. The BFA℠ program is a tool for states, communities, business and universities to make bicycling a real transportation and recreation option for all people. As leaders, their commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.
I invite you to join us locally to become a part of that momentum for change.
The League sends out a survey to campus users at the schools that apply, in addition to consulting with local cyclists and advocates. Each application is judged on how well it fulfills bicycling needs in five categories:
- Engineering (bike lanes, fix-it stations, showers, bike lockers)
- Education (campaigns, bike maps, classes —academic classes on bike planning, for example, as well as safety/skills classes)
- Encouragement (bike clubs, events, and rides)
- Enforcement (bike registration programs, ways to recover lost or stolen bikes, police training on bike laws and safety, police bike patrols and policies)
- Evaluation and planning (campus bike planning and programming, policies, goals; systems to track the number of bike riders or parking)
To earn the Bronze-level award, a college has to have at least one program in all five categories and excel in one of them. Santa Monica College, with a Bronze-level designation, offers organized rides, education classes, a mentoring program for new riders, information to incoming students, faculty and staff about programs groups and riding on campus, huge new bike corral, and bike valet parking at events. SMC also has a cash incentive program for employees who bike, walk, carpool, or take transit to campus.
To earn a Silver-level award, a school needs to excel in two of the categories; for Gold it would require excelling in three to four categories . To get Platinum, excellence in all five categories is required. California has two Platinum universities, UC Davis and Stanford! As an shining example of Platinum level, UC Davis offers information, bike valet parking, bike tours and rides, car-free days on campus, commuter events, campus-wide traffic calming measures with speed limits of 20 mph or lower on campus streets, bicycle roundabouts and colored bike lanes, and car-free zones on campus. All that helps foster a campus culture where bicycling is the norm. I visited there and took a tour last year during the CalBike Conference – is was AWESOME! Bikes everywhere – and so much more!
As Amelia Neptune explains, the award isn’t just about letting bike-friendly universities gloat. “One of most satisfying things about this program is when a school who didn’t win — who got honorable mention or something — takes our feedback, then reapplies after a few years, and wins,” said Neptune. “They use the feedback we give them on their application to create a plan, to organize a committee, and respond, improving their bike facilities and programs.”
About the Bicycle Friendly America℠ Program: The Bicycle Friendly Community℠, Bicycle Friendly State℠, Bicycle Friendly Business℠ and Bicycle Friendly University℠ programs are generously supported by program partner Trek Bicycle in collaboration with Benchmarking Reports of The Alliance of Biking and Walking. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America℠, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA
I’ll post a follow up on local Bike Friendly designations. For now these are the colleges that have earned designations as Bicycle Friendly Universities in California:
- University of California, Davis
- Stanford University
- University of California, Santa Barbara
- University of La Verne
- University of California, Irvine
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of California, Santa Cruz (new)
- California State University, Long Beach
- University of San Diego
- University of California, Los Angeles
- California Institute of Technology
- Pomona College (new)
- Santa Monica College (new)
This upcoming election is critical for the future of our city, with three City Council seats up for grabs and four important measures on the ballot.
Santa Monica Spoke is a 501c3 and cannot endorse candidates. To find information on what Civic and Community Leaders in the biking community are recommending you can look here:
Bike the Vote (includes local and regional races)
Assemblyman Richard Bloom has this to say..
Important Ballot Measures We Endorse and why:
We endorse YES on LC and NO on D. See our complete write up here
Visit It’sOurLand.org to learn more about Measure LC, to donate or volunteer to the campaign. Measure LC is for “Local Control” and has received overwhelming community support: see the growing list here.
Measure D is deceptive and paid for by outside interests! Measure LC was written at the request of residents, 99% of the funding is from small donations almost entirely from within the local community of Santa Monica.
Measure LC does not close the Airport but will keep Santa Monica residents in Control of Airport Land. It allows us to manage the airport for the health and safety of our community and not special interests.
Operative Texts of Measures LC and D [Infographic] , Side by Side Analysis Measures LC vs D
Santa Monica Spoke Supports
Affordable Housing Ballot Measures
Measure H will generate new local revenue for the City so that its affordable housing stock can be maintained and rehabilitated, and that more affordable housing opportunities for people who live and work in the city can be created. 100% of the money collected through Measure H will stay in Santa Monica. It is our money for our community – Sacramento cannot touch one cent.
Measure HH specifies that voters want the revenue from Measure H to be spent on affordable housing programs.
Read why we support H & HH here.
Kidical Mass Bike Ride
October 25th, Reed Park
Festivities from 9:00am to NOON
The next Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, October 25th. A fun bike ride experience for families with kids of all ages! Education with Fun & Prizes! Wear a costume and you could win a prize!
DATE: SATURDAY October 25th
TIME: 9:00 AM – NOON
START: Reed Park (7th & Wilshire)
– meet north side, California Ave between 7th and Lincoln
Free: Please RSVP HERE
Join Santa Monica Spoke and the City of Santa Monica for our next Kidical Mass Bike Ride. We will take a family friendly ride around the neighborhood, just north of downtown Santa Monica.
Prize drawings plus Prize for BEST COSTUME!
COSTUME SWAP – BRING GENTLY USED COSTUMES TO SWAP / DONATE
Pre-ride snacks, Pumpkin Slalom, Helmet Decorating, Prize, Best Costume, Free Bike Safety Checks, & Check-in
Arrive early and don’t miss the FUN!
Neighborhood Bike Ride*
11:00am (or upon return)
Return to Reed Park around 11-11:15am for FUN and post-ride snacks provided by KIND.
More ideas in the Cauldron – stay tuned…..
Watch our 1st Kidical Mass in 2013 video here:..
* 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……
Don’t have a Kid Carrying Bike? NOT A PROBLEM !
Special 20% discount on Rentals 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 for rentals) – Please reserve online and write “Kidical Mass” in the special requirements section of the reservation – 20% discount will be applied at check out! Reserve early and plan to pick up bikes Saturday morning in time to arrive at the event.