Category Archives: Bike Infrastructure

Take Action: Save Biking & Walking Funding for our Communities

Bike League Action

Congress is preparing to take action on a new federal transportation bill.  Given the shortfall of federal transportation dollars, some members of Congress are already questioning why the federal government provides any funding for bicycling and walking.

We need your help to make sure that Congress doesn’t cut funding to help local communities build sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, trails and more. Please Ask your Senator to Co-Sponsor S. 705, The Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act.

The Transportation Alternatives Program provides hundreds of millions of dollars each year to local communities to invest in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. It’s the only federal program specifically focused on local transportation priorities. S. 705, the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act, written by Sens. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), makes changes to the program to  make it more effective and easier for local governments to use.

For decades, our federal transportation system has focused the bulk of its resources on building roads, leaving many of our communities with few transportation options and rising safety risks for people bicycling and walking. More and more Americans want options for bicycling, walking and transit to live healthier and safer lives. More and more cities and towns are clamoring for more facilities for biking and walking to make their communities more attractive to residents and to improve their economies. S. 705 would help make sure that Congress continues to invest a small share of federal transportation dollars in these types of projects.

Ask your Senators to cosponsor S. 705, the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act, to ensure that our federal transportation system continues to provide funding for bicycling and walking.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:

https://www.votervoice.net/Shares/BHd8NA4dACgsJAAqnpM7FAA

Expo Reminder: Olympic Boulevard Street Closures for Roadway Improvements

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These closures can impact people riding bikes with traffic diverted onto streets that would usually be considered more bike friendly by creating additional congestion.

What:   Street Closures for Roadway Improvements
Where: Olympic Boulevard at Cloverfield Boulevard
When:

Location Hours Dates
Full Closure of Westbound Olympic Boulevard between Cloverfield Boulevard and 20th Street 24-Hour Shifts 7:00 a.m. Saturday, March 21 through
5:00 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015
Full Closure of Eastbound Olympic Boulevard between 20th Street and Cloverfield Boulevard 24-Hour Shifts 7:00 a.m. Saturday, March 28  through
5:00 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015         
Daily Partial Lane Closures of Eastbound and Westbound Olympic Boulevard between 20th Street and Cloverfield Boulevard 24-Hour Lane Closures Monday, March 30 through
Friday, April 3, 2015

 Traffic Impacts:

  • During the Westbound Olympic Boulevard Closure:
    Westbound Olympic Boulevard traffic will be detoured at Cloverfield Boulevard. Eastbound Olympic Boulevard will experience intermittent lane closures.
    Local access for the north side of Olympic Boulevard will be maintained via flaggers.
  • During the Eastbound Olympic Boulevard Closure: Eastbound Olympic Boulevard traffic will be detoured at 20th Street. Westbound Olympic Boulevard will experience intermittent lane closures.
  • Electronic message boards will be used to advise of the closures and manage traffic detours to update commuters as necessary.
  • Directional signage and/or flagmen will be used to safely direct vehicles and pedestrians around the construction zone.

Advisories:

  • Local access to businesses and residences will be maintained throughout all construction activities.
  • Noise levels will be monitored to ensure work performed is within the necessary compliance levels.
  • Please obey all posted construction signs and do not enter the construction work zone.
  • For additional information, contact the City of Santa Monica Public Works Department at 310-458-8736.

(Construction schedules are subject to change for various reasons including but not limited to: weather conditions, unforeseen emergencies and other acts of nature.)

To view the construction notice – please click here.

Beverly Hills Greenway: 62-feet for a World-Class Street

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“62-feet for a World-Class Street”

A world-class Santa Monica Boulevard is possible in Beverly Hills. The boulevard’s future has been the subject of much angst, but Beverly Hills can have it all:

  • A complete street for people driving, taking transit, walking AND biking;
  • A beautiful boulevard with the very best in street design;
  • A safe roadway of uniform width; and
  • A green boulevard that maintains the same amount of green space.

A coalition of Beverly Hills residents, business owners and other stakeholders is supporting the “Beverly Hills Greenway”–a compromise design that achieves all of the project’s objectives without the controversial impacts. Will you join us?

For background on the Santa Monica Boulevard reconstruction project, visit our friends at Better Bike Bevery Hills: SM Blvd Greenway.
Facebook campaign here


Click here to sign the petition

I support a green vision for Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills that both respects Beverly Gardens Park and provides sustainable transportation choices. The Beverly Hills Greenway would maintain the current amount of green space, add bike lanes and keep traffic moving safely–all in a uniform 62-foot roadway.

62 feet for a world-class street!


 

This has been a long campaign – Thank you LACBC, Mark Elliot our friends at Better Bike Beverly Hills for staying on top of this. Here is some of the previous support we’ve posted on the issue.

ACTION ALERT: Santa Monica Blvd Reconstruction Project, Beverly Hills
ACTION ALERT: Support Bike Lanes on Santa Monica Blvd in Beverly Hills, Tuesday March 4th, 2013

short overview, read more here 

About the ‘Beverly Hills Greenway’ Proposal

Developed with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, our proposal envisions a boulevard 62′ wide that exacts no cost to the adjacent park. That’s because today’s corridor is irregular and measures as much as 63′ wide in some sections – wider than we need. So we actually add green space to the boulevard in order to compensate for any that might be used to include bicycle lanes for safer two-wheeled travel along a short Wilshire-Canon segment.

Indeed this proposal is a no-net-loss concept: grass needed to make this street ‘complete’ is replaced by grass where today there is blacktop. That is, two feet is added to boulevard’s width on that single segment while we reduce the width of the boulevard by one foot on two other segments. Voila! No net loss of green space.

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The resulting boulevard profile accommodates the same traffic volume for motorists while bike riders can use state-approved bicycle lanes. On tomorrow’s Santa Monica Boulevard, everybody will benefit! If drivers dread sharing a lane with bicyclists today, the Greenway will separate non-motor traffic to maximize traffic flow while mooting the required three-foot buffer under the state’s new safe-passing law. And bicyclists who ride the corridor will feel safer outside of the vehicle flow. We have found that’s the #1 reason people cite for not biking in Beverly Hills. As we see it, 62 feet is just perfect for a world-class street!

Support the Beverly Hills Greenway!

 

Help name Santa Monica’s Bike Share Program

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We are so excited Santa Monica will soon offer shared bikes for use by residents and visitors to ride for transit and pleasure. Bike Share will launch in 2015 with 500 bikes located at hub locations throughout Santa Monica. Learn more at SMBikeShare.com

Click here to take this brief survey to help us choose a name. 

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A View in the Rear View Mirror, Santa Monica Spoke

At this year’s LACBC Holiday Open House we had a slide show instead of the vision boards we assembled last year. LACBC and each Local Chapter contributed slides from this year along with a few of our favorite images. Each chapter was asked to contribute 5 slides.

Our 5 slides from the LACBC Open House Slide Show.

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top: Community event SMMoA, right: Community Meeting with city staff & SMPD, bottom: Walk & Bike Audit gathering input for MANGo
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Youth Bike Skills Festival at Mc Kinnley for Bike it Walk it Week
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top: LACBC Sunday Funday Santa Monica up PCH to meet CalBike Surf & Turf Tour, right: Road side assistance at Tour da Arts Bike Event, bottom: Santa Monica Festival at Clover Park
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top: new bike corrals on Main Street, right: Santa Monica’s first greet lanes on Ocean Park Blvd, bottom: Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community national designation by League of American Bicyclist
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Kidical Mass is more than just a bike ride. A city that seeks to build safer streets to encourage families on bikes is safer for all road users.

#GivingTuesday: Consider donating to Santa Monica Spoke

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#GIVINGTUESDAY‬!
As we gather this holiday season with friends and family, we give thanks for the health and safety of those we hold most dear and look forward to sharing and creating cherished memories with family, friends and neighbors like you!  
We hope you will also take a moment to consider a year end donation to us at Santa Monica Spoke / LACBC! 
With your support we can expand our adult and child education programs and classes, outreach and more! More success and continued work toward more equitable and safer policies and infrastructure for people walking and biking in Santa Monica and the Los Angeles region.

Gift a MEMBERSHIP
50% of
 your membership dollars stay local / 50% help support region efforts through LACBC,
or you can Donate 
via LACBC on our behalf to Santa Monica Spoke
Donations are tax deductible!
Questions? let us know. 


DONTATE TODAY: ONLINE FORM HERE 

Thank you from all of us at Santa Monica Spoke!

Spoke Event Saturday, Bikeshare, Bike Action Plan Updates & PARTY!

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

Please RSVP@SMSpoke.org

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!

Meeting, Updates & Input, BAP is 3

Smart Bike technology for Bike Share vendor to City Council November 11

UPDATE: 11/11 Council voted unanimously to authorize SM Bikeshare contract. With Metro we now move toward building a seamless regionally integrated Bikeshare model!

Bike Share:

Exciting newer “Smart Bike” technology is on its way to Santa Monica!

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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:   council@smgov.net cc:  BikePlan@SMSpoke.org

The bicycles re expected to be available outside City Hall on November 11, throughout the business day, for people who want to come to see and ride them. The staff report is on-line here: http://www.smgov.net/…/agen…/2014/20141111/s2014111108-A.htm

Attachments:

  1. System Equipment and Plans
  2. Proposed Contract Term Sheet
  3. Rate Structure and Revenue Projections
  4. Service Standards (Service Level Agreements)
  5. Sponsor/Advertising Opportunities
  6. Recommended Station Siting Policy and Guidelines
  7. Draft Map of Potential Station Sites
  8. Draft Project Schedule

Join the National Momentum! #IBIKEIVOTE

JOIN US and The League of America Bicyclists:
#IBIKEIVOTE

– Parts of this post are excerpted –LEAGUE PROGRAMS, TAKE ACTION by Liz Murphy

With our election one week away today, we are in the home stretch! We will be deluged with emails, television and flyers, mailers etc etc. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!

For important local ballot measures you could start HERE for what we are supporting. For local and regional races visit Bike the Vote or read what Assemblyman Richard Bloom has this to say..

Please VOTE NOVEMBER 4TH – YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!
More in depth background on important local measure we support Yes on LC & Yes on H & HH

In addition we have our own #VoteLocal CAMPAIGN for the election and Santa Monica’s Next Round as it winds down.

Every time you ride your bicycle, even when you ride alone, you’re part of something bigger. Every time you get on your bike you make your community — your country — better.

“Bikes bring us together, uniting us across political lines for a common bipartisan goal: Building a bicycle friendly America for everyone. Whether or not you bike to your polling place on election day, you are a citizen cyclist — and your values for safer streets makes a difference no matter who’s on the ballot.”

“So declare yourself. Tell your friends, your family, leaders in your community and beyond: I Bike, I Vote.  The League of American Bicyclists has launched a new campaign — I Bike, I Vote — mobilizing Americans around the idea that when we bike and we vote, we advance our vision for safer, healthier, more connected communities.”

As a member of Santa Monica Spoke / LACBC you are an affiliate member of the League of American Bicyclist (LAB).

HERE ARE FIVE WAYS YOU CAN JOIN US & THE LEAGUE Of AMERICAN BICYCLISTS TO GET INVOLVED:

  1. Inspire your friends and family: Download the Facebook timeline cover photo and social media icons here and here.
  2. Show your pride: Purchase an I Bike, I Vote sticker and support bike advocacy.
  3. Get engaged: Join LAB Action Alert list so you can make a difference with the click of your mouse when your voice counts at the local, state and federal level. (We share these with you also)
  4. Join the movement: Learn more about the bike movement and how you can plug into League programs, from Women Bike to Smart Cycling education, through LAB bi-weekly E-news. 
  5. Become a member: The League has been promoting and protecting the rights of bicyclists since 1880. Invest in the future of bicycling by becoming one of the thousands of members of the nation’s oldest bike advocacy organization!

Stay connected, join the momentum: JOIN Santa Monica Spoke / Chapter LACBC today.
Founded in 1998, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) works to build a better, more bike-able Los Angeles County. LACBC is the only membership-based nonprofit organization working exclusively for the millions of people who ride bikes in Los Angeles County. Through advocacy, education and outreach, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition brings together the diverse bicycling community in a united mission to make the entire L.A. region a safe and enjoyable place to ride.