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Santa Monica Community College earns Bronze Level!

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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 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 at 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 Center, SM Spoke and many 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 Cade and all the SMC 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 and be 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:

Platinum

  • University of California, Davis
  • Stanford University

Gold

  • University of California, Santa Barbara

Silver

  • University of La Verne
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (new)
  • California State University, Long Beach

Bronze

  • University of San Diego
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Pomona College (new)
  • Santa Monica College (new)

VOTE: Be Engaged, Ballot Measures We Support & Why

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:

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Click image for Operative Text of Measures LC and D [Infographic]

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

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Santa Monica Spoke Supports
Affordable Housing Ballot Measures
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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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Measures H and H

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

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

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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Santa Monica Festival June 14th, 4 Annual Bike Exhibition & FREE Bike Rodeo

SMF 2014 imageSanta Monica Festival celebrates its 23rd year at Clover Park Saturday, June 14th from 11am to 6pm.  The Santa Monica 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. New to 2014 is a pop-up playground, which allows children to create their own worlds out of everyday items. The free festival is an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to come together to connect, create, and celebrate Santa Monica.

Bikes will again play a large roll in the festivities this year.  Santa Monica Spoke is excited to be participating by putting on our 4th Bike Exhibition and NEW Youth Skills Course / Bike Rodeo in expanded BIKE ZONE and Family Bike HUB supported by the City of Santa Monica Planning and Community Development Dept.

The Bike Exhibition will demonstrate the wonderful versatility of the bicycle and how it can enhance our lives as a healthy, sustainable part of our city and the environment.  We demonstrate the adaptability of bicycles and how bicycles can be more than just for pleasure – they can get us to work or school, go shopping, get groceries, run errands, and take us on terrific adventures from cruising in the sun to bike touring destinations near and far.

We will have a large variety of bicycles on display from standard cruisers, mountain bikes and road bikes to the newly popular cargo bikes and folding bikes.  We will have trailers for hauling all kinds of cargo from your children and pets to trips to your local farmers market, weekly groceries and weekend shopping sprees.  We will also have some nice vintage bikes on display as well, still ready for daily use.
Volunteers needed – email volunteer@SMSpoke.org
Bikes on display are courtesy of Santa Monica Spoke, along with generous help from local bike shops.

Youth Skills Course – Bike Rodeo NOON to 4pm will offer a fun training and skills course for children to learn or improve their riding skills and learn safety precautions. Adults can get instruction, safety tips and learn their rights and responsibilities of smart cycling.

Activities will include helmet decorating, bike maintenance workshops with REI bike mechanic, Snap-a-Photo and a bike parade, FUN PRIZES AND MORE!

Ride your bike to the festival, Free Bike Valet will be provided by the City of Santa Monica.
Free rides on the Big Blue Bus Route 8 only will be offered to festival participants. Click to print coupon. Also, Santa Monica Free Ride will offer free shuttle service between Main St. at Ocean Park Blvd. and the Festival. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

We look forward to you visiting our exhibition and talking with you about bicycling in Santa Monica and the city’s progress on the Bike Action Plan.

Festival Website
Festival on Facebook
Facebook Event Page
twitter @santamonicafest

The 23rd annual Santa Monica Festival is presented by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division and Office of Sustainability and the Environment, and is produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS). The festival is free and open to all ages. See you on June 14th!

Each year since 1992, Community Arts Resources, (CARS) who also has produced this event that has grown into Santa Monica’s largest celebration of its civic identity. The Santa Monica Festival expresses the city’s persona through a two-pronged approach: culture and the environment. Now one of the greenest festivals in the Los Angeles area, the event employs solar-powered stages, carbon offsets, waste diversion and product replacement to be as sustainable as possible. The festival, located in Clover Park since 1994, also celebrates the amazing diversity of Santa Monica through programming on two stages, a Town Square of local non-profits and government agencies, a Global Café, and a Marketplace of diverse vendors. The festival is presented by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division as well as the City’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

SANTA MONICA, CA (APRIL 10, 2011) – Commemorating its twentieth year (in 2011), the Santa Monica Festival has evolved into a celebration of the unique intersection of art and the environment.  Festival-goers can celebrate Mother Earth and all moms this Mother’s Day weekend with an eclectic mix of live music and dance, DIY art workshops utilizing recycled and repurposed materials, guilt-free shopping from vendors featuring earth-friendly artistic wares and local resources offered by a variety of City and local non-profit organizations.

Bike Week LA: Wednesday, May 14th

Santa Monica Guided Tour Ride: Bike Lanes and More!
Handlebar Happy Hour at the Wine Expo!
City Hall Green Lanes

Just last year we were celebrating the announcement of our Bike Friendly Community Silver Award from the League of American Bicyclists,  Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC).
This year as we aim for GOLD, Join us on a Guided Tour of some of our best and newest bike lanes and infrastructure. Give input, ask questions hear about what’s up next – We finish the tour at Wine Expo for Handlebar Happy Hour Mixer, with snack and beverage specials just for us!

The tour begins  in front of Santa Monica City, 1685 Main Street at 5:00pm - ROLL 5:15pm
We will end up at Wine Expo 2933 Santa Monica Blvd, around 6:00pm

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Take the tour or join us at the Handlebar Happy Hour

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

Bike Month & Bike Local SM Week Specials

BIKE WEEK LA! Santa Monica events and more!

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Bike Week LA is an annual week of community events sponsored by Metro and local advocates all over the County of Los Angeles to promote bicycling as a sustainable and practical mode of transportation. BIKE WEEK LA! starts Saturday, May 10th and runs through Sunday, May 18th. Did you take the pledge? Pledge here to ride your bike on Bike to Work Day and you could win a new bike from REI and other great prizes!

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

Bike Month & Bike Local SM Week Specials

BIKE WEEK LA! List of Santa Monica Events Click the bullets for complete info. Please check back for added links and new additions!

  • Saturday, May 10th – Get ready / Fix your bike day! Get ready with fix your bike day. Local shops will host safety checks to help get your bike in good running order.
  • Sunday, May 11th – Bicycling is for Everyone!
    What better plans for Mother’s Day?  Go on a bike ride with the whole family. Getting out on you bicycling is the perfect family-friendly activity for a leisurely Sunday.
  • Monday, May 12th, Kick-Off Bike Week LA  Metro Kick-off Bike Week at Union Station - South Patio. Local and regional transportation agencies, bicycle advocacy groups and more will participate. Meatless Monday Fundraiser Ride in Santa Monica,  Veggie Grill will donate 50% of all receipts* when customers mention Bike Week LA or Santa Monica Spoke! We start at 5pm at the Park at Colorado Center.
  • Tuesday, May 13th – Blessing of the Bicycles and Ladies Choice Ladies Choice / Coffee Talk / Ride. Chat, ask questions, share stores – over coffee, tea. We can explore the benefits, challenges and shared experiences as women on bikes. Non-gender specific – all are invited  - but lady’s choice on ride and topics. Meet up location for morning beverage and conversation Cafe Bello Good Samaritan Hospital’s 11th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles, 8am
  • Wednesday, May 14th - Guided Ride Day: Bike Lanes and More! Guided Tour of some of our best and newest local Bike Infrastructure. Give input, ask questions hear about what’s up next – We finish the tour at Wine Expo for a Handlebar Happy Hour, with snack and beverage specials just for us!
  • Thursday, May 15th – Bike to Work Day & Bike FROM Work Handlebar Happy Hour! Bike to Work Day Pit Stops, we again join City of Santa Monica at City Hall on Main Street and again also Co-Host a Bike Commuter Pitstop with Co-Opportunity at 16th & Broadway 6:30-9am. 4th Annual Bike FROM Work Handlebar Happy Hour, NEW VENUE Areal Restaurant, 2820 Main Street – 5-9PM
    Ride Big Blue Bus for free today with your bike! Extend your commute with your bike on bus!
  • Friday, May 16th, – BIKE DATE NIGHT! & Metro Bike Night at Union Station 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?
  • Saturday & Sunday, May 17th & 18th – Buy Local / BIKE LOCAL Weekend!  Bike Locally! Ride your bike to eat, play or shop, take advantage of special discounts just for bicyclists! Santa Monica Spoke and Buy Local Santa Monica have been coordinating to launch BIKE LOCAL Santa Monica. We and our partners have been hard at work signing up business to participate. Buy Local is now also Bike Local – Because bicyclists are great for local business!

Check Metro website for events all over LA. In Santa Monica we have you covered, to get connected in your area check out LACBC or your areas LACBC chapter or Bike Ambassadors.

Caltrans Adopts NACTO’s Street Design Guide!

NACTO GUIDE ENDORSEMENT, CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COULD BE CHANGING ….. FAST

In an announcement Thursday night at the NACTO Road Show in Oakland, Malcolm Dougherty announced that Caltrans will be the third state to endorse the NACTO guide! Reported on Twitter by the National Association of City Transportation Officials and on Facebook by Fremont Public Works Director Bryan Jones, the head of the country’s largest highway department said his agency will officially endorse NACTO Urban Streets Design Guide, a document that tracks the best practices for adding protected bike lanes and other human-oriented infrastructure to U.S. streets. More, they issued a memo to every “manual holder” (i.e., engineer who abides by the Highway Design Manual) reminding them of the importance of being flexible with design. California became the third state to endorse the NACTO Urban Streets Design Guide in this dramatic announcement in Oakland last Thursday.

Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty (right), CalBike Executive Director Dave Snyder. Photo: Robert Prinz, Bike East Bay.
Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty (right), CalBike Executive Director Dave Snyder. Photo: Robert Prinz, Bike East Bay.

“It’s a permission slip for cities, for engineers and planners, to do the good, well-vetted, proven work that we know we can do to make our street safer,” said Ed Reiskin, president of NACTO and director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. “It’s only a first step — ultimately, we’d like to see the changes in the Highway Design Manual to see it actually integrated into Caltrans documents. But this is a huge step forward, and great leadership from Malcolm, Secretary [Brian] Kelly, and Governor [Jerry] Brown,” who commissioned a report that recommended Caltrans adopt the NACTO guide.

Received with enthusiastic applause from the crowd of bike advocates, city officials, and planners, Dougherty is quoted saying: “We’re trying to change the mentality of the department of transportation, of our engineers, and of those that are doing work in and around the state highway system. Many cities around California are trying to be forward thinking in terms of alternative modes, such as bike and pedestrian, as well as the safety of the entire system, and the very least we can do as the department of transportation for the state is to follow that lead, to get out of the way, and to figure out how to carry that into regional travel.”

This move sets the stage for a decisive victory in the “better design” prong of the CalBike’s Better Bikeways campaign. The next step is to amend AB 1193, The Protected Bikeways Act, to include a provision explicitly freeing local agencies to rely on the best available guidance from around the world, not just Caltrans guidance. With this free and official endorsement of the NACTO guide, protected bikeways, bike boxes, and other innovative treatments expected to be included in the frequently updated NACTO guide will soon be in the toolbox of local planners and engineers across the state.

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CalBike’s members made this happen. Two key factors were the pressure of The Protected Bikeways Act and the persistent professional education of Caltrans officials and other stakeholders in the Governor’s administration. The “Better design” prong of the two-pronged Better Bikeways campaign is close to victory. After we win The Protected Bikeways Act, the work will shift to focusing on promoting the benefits of protected bikeways and other innovations to spread them across the state. Sign CalBike petition to show your support for protected bikeways today. “More funding” is the next prong. CalBike is looking forward to working with the more bike-friendly Caltrans in finding innovative ways to provide the funding for bike infrastructure that’s necessary to triple biking by 2020.

Join the conversation. Join CalBike’s social media blast supporting protected bikeways set to go out May 8th, many of the state’s bike to work day. In Los Angeles it is different – more on that later.

More here on StreetsblogLA Caltrans Endorses the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide
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It remains to be seen how this endorsement will shape our cities and streets, but Caltrans certainly earns points for its effort to adopt reforms recommended by the State Smart Transportation Initiative. In the short time since the SSTI issued its report in February, Caltrans has already acted on several of its most urgent recommendations:

  1. Develop a new mission statement: Check.
  2. Modernize state transportation design guidance by endorsing the NACTO urban design guidelines: Check.
  3. Work to ensure success of S.B. 743, which calls for Automobile Level of Service to be replaced with transportation planning metrics that better accommodate the needs of all street users: Dougherty says meetings on this effort are currently in progress.
  4. Organize teams to develop action plans and performance measures: eight teams have been formed and are in the process of being staffed and readjusted.

For social media coverage of California’s statewide transportation issues, follow Melanie @currymel on Twitter or like the Streetsblog California Facebook page.