Category Archives: Bike Infrastructure

Better Bikeways for California

imageIt’s Monday morning and if you’re anything like me, you’re back at work with a list of to-dos to tackle. We have one more very important, yet fun item to add to your list: register for the California Dream Ride.

The California Dream Ride is a scenic, relaxed 285 mile ride from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles October 3rd to 8th. The ride will take you along quiet beach bike paths, skyline ridge roads, and scenic canyons. You’ll make new friends, eat amazing food, and see a whole new side of California.

Half off registration through Saturday, August 20th.

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But don’t delay, spaces are limited!

Santa Monica Spoke Community Meeting

SM Spoke Meeting

August 13th, 9:30-11:00am
Serving Coffee & Bagels starting at 9:30am

Meeting promptly begins at 9:45am
Santa Monica HQ, 1640 5th Street

We will be joined by City of Santa Monica’s Mobility Manager Francie Stefan and members of her department to get updates on the #GoSaMo Campaign and why it is important for pedestrians and bikes, staff changes and welcome new staff, projects like Safe Routes to School and why #GoSaMo is important for pedestrians and bikes and healthy active transportation!

Update on Breeze Bike share. We will be recruiting volunteers for our Breeze Outreach Team and diversity campaign. Kyle Kozar, The City’s Bike Share coordinator will join us for updates

Airport2Park update presentation with Michael Brodsky. What is happening with SaMo Airport?

Bike The Vote. As a 501(c)3 non profit we will cannot be involved in candidate endorsements — but you can! Find out more from our guest.

More mar be added as it is firmed up!

Hope to see you Saturday!!! Come early and enjoy the rest of you day!

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National: Draft rules don’t count bicyclists! We can change them!

Bike League Action

We need your help (again)!

The Federal Highway Administration once again ignored bicyclists when determining performance measures for our transportation system.  These performance measures may affect future funding to these areas- and could be a disincentive for states and communities to build biking and walking networks.

  • Even though Congress just instituted a complete streets policy for the National Highway System (Main streets, arterials and other major roads), FHWA wants to measure performance of the system using a measure for drivers only.
  • It measures congestion by measuring delay for drivers, but gives no credit to states or metropolitan areas that invest in biking, walking or transit facilities that reduce congestion.
  • Finally, the rule sets goals for measuring air pollutants from transportation, but doesn’t include greenhouse gases.

If these draft rules are implemented, they will hinder the ability of local governments to implement complete streets, build protected bike lanes, etc.

We can change these rules! We’ve done it before!
With your help we convinced FHWA to include a safety performance measure for biking and walking. We need your help again.

Send in your own comments here.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/S7VPiw6aRKVgUwigwm1oUg 

Santa Monica’s Savvy Multimodalism Shows Moxie

Great video of our fair city!

Shot before Expo Light Rail Line arrived – this is a great look at the steps City of Santa Monica  has taken to move us toward a safer, more active, healthy and sustainable community that serves it’s residents and welcomes visitors. If you haven’t been here lately – COME VISIT US!

Lots of events this week and beyond –

Wednesday- Free Screening: Carless in LA, one woman care free trek through Los Angeles
Thursday- HandleBar Happy Hour at Upper West
check SMSpoke.org/events
Now with Expo it is even easier to get west – don’t miss Coast – Santa Monica’s Open Streets Event

From  STREETFILMS

“Santa Monica certainly has a wave of transportation wonders taking flight. Like many cities they seem to be trying out a heaping of everything: bike share, a mix of bike lane treatments, a new rail line, neighborhood greenways, a pedestrian action plan (incorporating Vision Zero), a new people-friendly promenade/protected cycletrack where the Expo line terminates and of course they always have the hard-to-miss Big Blue Bus!

Just in the last six months they have launched both Breeze bike share and opened the Expo rail line to downtown Los Angeles which cuts travel times from an hour and a half by bus to 50 minutes. (Personal note: after spending the day shooting this story I endured a 2 hour and 15 minute bus ride back to L.A.’s Union Station. So at rush hour it can be even more tortuous than that!) The Breeze bike share was my first experience with the smart bike program and it was easy to use and comfortable.

So come see just some of the many options the city has employed to make getting around as easy as possible whatever mode you choose. Thanks much to the wonderful Cynthia Rose from Santa Monica Spoke who made my first visit there a joy by giving me the grand tour.”

Thank you Clarence!

Bike Month Proclamation Santa Monica City Council

The City of Santa Monica will be formally recognizing May as National Bike Month at our next City Council meeting Tuesay May 10th at City Hall

As a Silver Level Bike Friendly Community, this is positive reminder of the important contribution that biking holds for mobility, sustainablilty and the health and well being of our city, its residents and visitors.
We would love for you to join us for the presentation 6:30pm Tuesday at City Hall.

Join us at City Hall to receive the proclamation!
2nd Floor Council Chambers at 6:30pm
event here  on facebook here

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Breeze SM Community Bike Routes & Expo II Bike Path Tour

Breeze membershipStart Bike Week with a Bike Tour on Breeze Bike Share!
We’ll explore Expo II Bike Path.
Sunday, May 15th, 10am – noon

Breeze SM Community Ride is a monthly group ride for current and prospective Breeze members. The ride meets at 10 at Expo 17th Street Breeze Station. This week we’ll explore the Santa Monica’s bike infrastructure as we point our local bike friendly businesses and attractions. Additionally, we’ll learn helpful tips on how to better use
the Breeze bike share system, including checking out, locking, flexibility of “out of station” and “hold” features, multiple bike check out on one account, and Rules of the Road

Ride Breeze Bike Share or ride your own bike – all are welcome!
It promises to be a day of exploration and fun!

On the ride you’ll experience some of Santa Monica amazing bike infrastructure. Surely to be a day of fun and excitement.

Participants’ ride time will be credited FOR THREE HOURS and first time participants can receive a FREE helmet. You must be 16* or over to participate (*under 18 must accompanied by parent or guardian and wear a helmet).

Registration is FREE but required — Please click here to RSVP today!

Santa Monica Bike Share Mobility Survey

David Fenn is getting his master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA with a concentration in Transportation. With the roll-out of advanced bike share and upgraded bike and pedestrian infrastructure in Santa Monica and the approaching opening of Expo Line Light Rail a sort of natural experiment presented itself. Bike share is often seen as a potential way to get people the first/last mile between a transit station and their destination. It’s also sometimes criticized as benefiting mostly the rich or serving tourists rather than residents. As a relatively dense, relatively bike-friendly city with lots of local jobs and a variety of destinations as well as new bike infrastructure and bike share, Santa Monica is the sort of best case scenario we might hope for to encourage people to consider bike share as an option to get around. With that in mind I’m interested in finding out who  is using Breeze Bike Share in Santa Monica, (and how) for what kind of trips, and who may be left out. I’m also interested in finding out how that changes after the Expo Line opens and a new high quality option for combined bike share and transit trips becomes available. Results will be shared in the hope that they help inform future improvements to the system and bike infrastructure in Santa Monica to get more people out of cars and onto bikes. Keep Biking!

Thank you for your interest, we and hope you will help us with this survey

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Community & Transportation Advocates Call for More Funding for Walking & Biking

Investing in Place and Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Release Joint Statement: 

“Community and Transportation Advocates Call for More Funding for Walking, Biking and Safe Routes to School”

In response to Metro’s draft expenditure plan released the morning of March 18th, Investing in Place and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition released the following statement. Stay tuned for complete policy analysis on the draft plan to be shared for discussion at our March 29th partner meeting.

EXCERPT BELOW:
“This morning, Metro released the draft expenditure plan for their potential ballot measure identifying the agency’s funding priorities for over $100 billion in new sales tax revenue over the next 40 years…

Investing in Place and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition appreciate that, for the first time, funding for walking and biking has been included in the ballot measure. However, the need for active transportation is so great in the region that we call on Metro to increase this proposed investment to better match their peer agencies. Walking and biking are the most basic forms of mobility, particularly for low-income communities of color, people with disabilities, youth, and older adults – all of whom are at the greatest risk of being killed on unsafe streets. We encourage Metro to match the needs of Los Angeles County’s most vulnerable residents.”

Full statement is available on the Investing in Place blog.

Please contact Jessica Meaney for any questions.


Created in January 2015 as a new non-profit effort, Investing in Place works to support a constituency for equitable planning and build strategic relationships with agencies and efforts that invest in the built environment in Los Angeles County.

 

Election Survey: California Bicycle Coalition

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On June 7th, Californians will vote to elect new members of the state legislature and to choose candidates in the presidential primaries. There are 35 races where the California Bicycle Coalition could endorse a candidate. Locally you can get information and give input via Bike The Vote L.A and follow them on twitter @BIKETHEVOTE.  It’s vital that the bike community speak up and come together to elect bike champions to office. Together we gain the political capital in Sacramento to win the ambitious agenda led by the California Bicycle Coalition. With the right people in office, we can win huge increases in bike funding to complete networks of low-stress bikeways, win complete streets policy with teeth, not just simply disjointed projects with bike lanes here and there.

We invite you to be heard and do your part to help get the right people in office.

1. Register to vote now (especially if you’ve moved in the past year)
2. Fill out this survey so California Bicycle Coalition can learn how best to involve you, politically.

The California Bicycle Coalition enables more people to bicycle for healthier, safer, more prosperous communities for all.

California Bicycle Coalition is a 501(c)(4)
Santa Monica Spoke, LACBC and it’s chapters are all a 501(c)3 that can not and do not endorse political candidates.

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This Sunday: Learn to #RideBreeze & Community Ride

Breeze membership

Want to learn about bike share? How to use the Breeze Bike Share system or how it can work for you?
Join us for this first monthly Learn to #RideBreeze & Community Ride.

Sunday, January 17th 2016 at 10am. RSVP for FREE registration info.
Class is open to current and prospective Breeze members.

You’ll learn how to use the Breeze bike share system, including checking out, locking, flexibility of “out of station locking” and “hold” features, multiple bike check out on one account and more! We’ll then take a short tour of Santa Monica bike infrastructure to demonstrate how some of these features work and can be used. You’ll also learn basic bike safety tips and Rules of the Road to help reduce conflicts and keep your rides SAFER & FUN — all while enjoying the community and connecting with Bike Local businesses. Surely to be a day of fun and excitement.SM Farmers Market Tomato At this first event we will visit and get a short tour of the Main Street Farmers Market.

Registration is FREE but required — Please click here to RSVP today! Attendees must be 16* or over (*under 18 must accompanied by parent or guardian and wear a helmet) You will be sent registration and event information.

Already a Breeze Member? Plan to BRING A FRIEND and earn bonuses!

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