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!
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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 Roadto 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. 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!
Though not surprised – we are SO EXCITED that Santa Monica’s own Breeze Bike Share now boasts almost 5000 total members and over 1000 Annual Founding Memberships! All in just over a month and a half since launch. Quick calculations put that at a higher per capita than Citi-Bike’s comparatively huge and successful system launch in New York City!! The days are short in the winter and sunsets come early – But luckily for us – Founding Memberships have been extended through the New Years Weekend and won’t sunset until Monday. Don’t miss out — Sign up TODAY!
Buy a Founding Membership or GIFT ONE HERE – Anyone can become a Founding Member for only $99. Founding Members get a full year of bike share use including 60 minutes of daily riding time, a special gift, and a limited edition Founding Member card.
Join us Saturday morning for coffee, bagels and lively discussion and FUN!!
Updates & Input: Bike share Launch and Equity Grant application, Bike Action Plan Implementation, SAMOHI SRTS / MANGo, EXPO, Colorado Esplanade, DTSM Projects,
• Michelle Glickert from the City of Santa Monica will give us Bike Action Plan updates and request your ideas on next steps.
• Meet our new City of Santa Monica Bike Share Coordinator and talk about the Bike Share equity grant we’re applying for.
• Ride Breeze Bikes that we will have there for you to test ride. You can still sign up at the Special Founding Member price!
• You can sign up or renew your SM Spoke / LACBC membership for special perks. Meet and join our lively group of volunteers.
• Be the first to hear about some exciting upcoming events!
Pretty exciting It’s our 4Year Anniversary adopting the Bike Action Plan
When: Saturday Time: 10am – noon
Where: Spoke HQ, 1640 5th Street, just south of Expo Station
Let’s Celebrate our Successes and plan our next steps together!!
And have some fun!!
Join hundreds of supporters on Thursday, November 12th on Main Street in front of Santa Monica City Hall for a celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch Breeze Bike Share presented by Hulu—LA County’s first public bike share system, Grant funding from LA Metro.
Sign up in advance online or download the app for a FREE 1-Day Pass for Launch Day November 12th. After the ribbon-cutting we roll-out on Breeze Bikes to any Santa Monica location. All participants in the Bike Roll-Out will receive a commemorative Breeze launch T-shirt, sunglasses, and helmet.
For the Early Birds who are not camera shy! We are looking for 50 people to help us welcome the KTLA Morning Show and CBS This Morning at 6:00 am during their live shots. Everyone who checks in by 6:15 am will be entered in a raffle to win a one-year Breeze Founding Membership
Don’t miss this historic event!
When: Thursday, November 12th 6:00 am – onward: Coffee & refreshments and KTLA Morning Show and CBS This Morning 9:00 am: Ribbon Cutting and Roll-out #RideBreeze all day with FREE on a One Day Pass!
The Santa Monica City Council approved a Bike Share System using Social Bicycle “smart bikes” onNovember 11, 2014, and one year later, almost to the day, Breeze is scheduled to launch November 12th all 500 of its 8-speed bicycles at 75 stations citywide. Several stations in Venice are expected to follow soon thereafter.
Breeze will provide a new active transportation alternative for short hops around Santa Monica to local destinations, connecting residents and visitors to buses and soon the City’s three Expo Light Rail stations.
Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Ribbon Cutting
Saturday, May 30th, 10am – 11:30am
Michigan Avenue & 12th Street
You are invited to celebrate the opening of the Michigan Avenue landscape circles and the first phase of implementing the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway – MANGo, the areas first Neighborhood Greenway! Streets designed to support equity of all road users.
We join the Pico Neighborhood to celebrate the rich cultural tapestry of many threads, woven on Michigan Avenue, throughout Santa Monica’s History. Hear from residents, past and present as they share their experiences of everyday life in the neighborhood.
See more on MANGo here and on the City’s website here
The Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway is intended to create an inviting streetscape along Michigan Avenue and adjoining streets. This could be achieved through elements including roadway calming, increased landscaping, sidewalk widening, bike facilities, and enhanced crosswalks. The three-mile Greenway between the Bergamot Arts Center and the beach will provide a safe and comfortable place for neighbors of all ages to walk, bike, recreate, and interact with one another. Additionally, it will be a functional circulation link to connect residents and visitors with many significant community and regional destinations, including schools, parks, job centers, and soon to open Expo stations. The project will make it easier to get around Santa Monica on foot and by bicycle, and is intended to enhance the livability of the Pico Neighborhood and improve environmental quality.
The state Active Transportation Program (ATP) is the funding source for creating safe streets, sidewalks, and trails so that Californians can bicycle or walk to wherever they want to go. Local demand for ATP funding far outpaces the amount allocated in the budget, and many communities lack safe routes for biking and walking.
On May 14 (Bike to Work Day in LA and the Bay Area), the Governor released his latest budget proposal. We were disappointed to learn that the ATP did not see an increase in funding. Earlier this spring, the California Bicycle Coalition and 120 organizations statewide called for adding $100 million to the Active Transportation Program.
There is a clear need for increased funding. But despite an increase of more than a billion dollars in available revenue, the governor failed to recognize that need.
On Wednesday May 20th our champions in the Assembly budget committee stepped up and proposed a $25 million increase the the ATP. The California Bicycle Coalition and our partners statewide are rallying in support of the Assembly proposal, and pushing for it to be reflected in the final budget, which will be adopted by June 15.
We have one chance to get the entire Legislature to counter Governor Brown’s proposal and increase the ATP. Help us rally behind our champions in the Assembly so that all Californians can enjoy the freedom of walking and bicycling safely in their communities. Here’s how to help: