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On #CarFreeFriday Santa Monica – Community Voices: Why Is Everyone Else Traffic?

By: Community Voices, re-posted with the permission.

This post originally appeared on the blog of local community activist and organizer Luke Klipp. It was republished on Santa Monica Next and their sister site, Longbeachize. Klipp serves as a Metro Board Deputy to Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and he is the President of the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council. He is also the founder of online organizing efforts “Greater LA” and “Happy Urbanists.” The opinions expressed here are his own

Mis-an-thro-py (noun): A dislike of mankind
Mis-an-thrope (noun): A person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society
Mis-an-thro-pic (adjective): Disliking humankind and avoiding human society

Why is everyone else traffic?

It’s a simple question, really, but it belies a much bigger challenge in a culture that relies so heavily on the most inefficient means of transportation: cars.

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Go to any community meeting discussing a possible new park or creative space or commercial venture or new housing, and the chief concern will be traffic and parking. Watch the local news about a big event coming to town, and the primary areas of focus will be traffic and parking. Traffic reports are as frequently provided on every radio station and every television station as reports of the weather, and more frequently than anything else.

So, again, why is everyone else traffic?

I reflected on this as I sat in the window at our bed and breakfast in Copenhagen, overlooking a street filled with patrons of the bakery downstairs, enjoying their baguettes and pastries while jazz music filtered up the street and a violin could be heard playing in the distance.

There was not a car in sight or in sound, and there were people everywhere. And it was delightful. Oh, and we got to our bed and breakfast from the airport with ease; no congestion, no honking, no exhaust fumes, and no brake lights.

I reflect on this today as I sit at my Los Angeles home, listening to cars roaring past, hearing nary a human voice or instrumental sound.

Engines purr and growl, and an occasional bus makes its presence known with an automated announcement whenever it pauses at the stop across the street. Handfuls of humans churn past in their climate-controlled, self-contained pods, and not one of them can be heard except for the sounds of their engines.

And I reflected on this at a recent community meeting, where the possibility of an outdoor patio at a restaurant was enough to turn out several neighbors in opposition, even though the adjacent street sees tens of thousands of cars, motorcycles, and buses churning past 24/7, creating much louder noise.

Somehow the much-louder sounds of engines barely registered, while the possibility of people audibly enjoying themselves was enough to motivate people to come to community meetings and express their opposition. Recent research has shown that the sound of cars and trucks burdens life, leading to negative health outcomes, and yet that never registers a single comment, despite people’s clear sensitivity to sound.

Misanthropy: A Dislike of Humankind

Our reliance on our cars makes us into misanthropes. But then, every single day, the vast majority of us step into isolated rolling rooms.

When you see this, do you think about everyone else you’re doing this trip with? Or do you just want to get out of this as soon as possible?

By our nature, we are social beings. Yes, some portion of us are naturally more introverted, meaning we recharge when we have space to ourselves; ultimately, however, we know from myriad studies that even just a few days of social isolation will inflict lifelong, permanent emotional and mental trauma upon a person.

  • We see only the backs of others’ heads and we are terrified to look directly into the eyes of another person, because it means that we are headed straight for each other.
  • We communicate through turn signals and brake lights, and almost the only time we hear each others’ voices is on the occasion that we’re yelling a crude remark or expressing frustration (and certainly almost never joy).
  • We are never physically close to each other, needing to leave lots of room to avoid a possible collision that would result in thousands of dollars in damage.
  • We don’t see faces and human interactions; we see brands and driving patterns, learning things like how BMWs and Benzs tend to be reckless, and getting restless when other drivers take time to be thoughtful and careful.
  • We get upset at the inconvenience of someone walking across a street or biking ahead of us, even as their choices mean fewer cars traveling on the street.
  • We want wider streets and faster speeds, with as much space between us and others as possible.

If you were to create a technology with the intention of turning a socially-inclined species against itself, you could hardly do better than the automobile. Neighbors get upset at the prospect of a new local attraction. Shipping interests support efforts that displace thousands from their homes. And people just going to and from work feel empowered to organize in opposition to any effort to save lives and spare many others from a lifetime of medical bills and bankruptcy.

Early in its infancy, the automobile was viewed as an affront to humanity.

But as the technology was promoted by an industry determined to defeat the odds, and as more and more people adopted it, the rules that had once been created to save human lives were co-opted by rules intended to give the automobile industry supremacy, even as that shift has meant the loss of millions of human lives.

We have widened lanes, widened roads, obliterated our street trees, pushed out residences and businesses in droves, and sacrificed untold numbers of human lives, all in obeisance to the great automobile. And where has it gotten us? To hear many people say it, we’ve apparently not done nearly enough, given how much more parking/roadways/et cetera we need.

Finding Our Humanity Again

Rather than not enough, we have already done way, way too much to accommodate cars.

Rather than recognize the value and importance of our neighborhoods, we have turned them into drive-thrus, even banning things like kids’ street games to facilitate faster driving.

Rather than focus on the safety of our most vulnerable street users who travel on foot or on bikes, we have turned them into obstacles that must be minimized.

Rather than confronting and addressing the daily carnage that would be considered horrifying statistics for any other industry, we have and continue to turn a blind eye – over and over – even going so far as to claim that any efforts to stop the bloodshed is “exploitation” of those whose lives and livelihoods it claims.

Yes, our automobiles turn otherwise rational human beings into misanthropes. The question is whether we understand and recognize this and are ready and willing to reassert our humanity.

Which do we value more: our speed or our safety? Which do we recognize as giving back more to the community: our local businesses or our big-box and chain shops? Which do we see more as representing our neighborhoods better: our local, walkable streets or our freeways? What is more meaningful to us: space for our cars or space for our lives?

It’s time for everyone else to stop being traffic and to just be, well, everyone else.

Multiracial Group of Friends with Hands in Stack, Teamwork

Upcoming events: Kidical Mass and Ride with the Mayor!

Mark your calendar for the upcoming two Saturday events:
Kidical Mass & Ride with the Mayor!

Kidical Mass: July 4th Theme:
Saturday, July 8th

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Celebrate July Parks Month on a Bike Tour with Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer!
Saturday, July 15th

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Breeze Bike Share is about to Hit One Million Miles!

Yes! You heard that right! Breeze is about to hit One Million Miles ridden!

And you can help us promote and celebrate with a chance to win a free annual membership!

Winner will be selected at random after One Million Miles are ridden.

Santa Monica Family Bike Festival this Sunday!

We are still looking for volunteers for this event!
Click Volunteer@SMSpoke.org to sign up.

–     Sunday May 21st, 2017
–     11am-3pm
–     Family “Ride with the Mayor” starts at 3pm (ends by 4pm)
–     McKinley School Campus (on Santa Monica Boulevard & Chelsea Avenue).

The Santa Monica community is invited to the free event that will feature, Bike Rodeo & Skills with Santa Monica Spoke, bike demonstrations, FREE raffles, fun prizes, FREE rock climbing wall, FREE Bike Swap, DJ entertainment, games, craft booths, bike vendor booths & test rides, bike accessories, route planning and more information, food and Ice cream vendors


We wind down the event at 3:pm with the May, Family Ride with the Mayor from 3-4pm!

 

Bike to Work Day Pit Stops and …. ICE CREAM?

Santa Monica Bike to Work Day Pit Stops 2017
& our 7th Annual Bike FROM Work HandleBar Happy Hour at Areal Restaurant

Bonus: This year we again have TWO #HBHH’s to visit! Bareburger is hosting HandleBar Happy Hour on BikeToWorkDay and all week for BikeToWorkWeek! Bring in your helmet and get an extra hour of “Happy Hour”, extended from 7 to 8pm M-F, May 15th – 19th when you ride your bike. 

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2017, Santa Monica Bike to Work Pit Stops:
Metro LA Pit Stop Map

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NEW Pit Stop HUB on Man Street Santa Monica! 2804 Main Street, “Pit Stop HUB” in the Parking Lot next to Pink Elephant. Enjoy FREE coffee, snacks and encouragement, tune Ups and check out all your favorite bike shops in one place, including a booth by Santa Monica Spoke 7:30am -10:30am


City of Santa Monica, the grand-daddy of all Bike to Work Pit Stops! 7-9:30am, Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street, there will be giveaways, continental breakfast, hot and cold beverages and gift packs for bikers, also lots of bicycling information. Organized by City of Santa Monica in partnership with METRO and Santa Monica Spoke.
Local Business partner with this pit stop:
     • The Albright – (258 Santa Monica Pier)  free treats, a photo with Popeye and a chance to win a free lunch or dinner at The Albright!!  http://thealbright.com
     • T Mobile – (1410 3rd Street Promenade) demonstrations new the COBI Connected Bike! http://t-mobile.com

Tradesy, Inc, 6am, 1217 2nd Street (SM) between Arizona and Wilshire

Crossroads School, 7-9am, 1714  21st Street (just south of Olympic Blvd),
Cold drinks, snacks, water, giveaways FUN

Moore Ruble Yudell,  7-9 a.m,  933 Pico Boulevard  Bike to Work Pit Stop on Thursday, .  http://www.moorerubleyudell.com

Colorado Center, 8-10am, 2400 Broadway, Corner of Broadway and Cloverfield – Water and Giveaways!

Santa Monica College, Center for Environmental and Urban Studies, 8am – 10am, 1744 Pearl Street, Across the street from 1744 Pearl Street, in the bike parking corral area, The SMC Bike Club will be providing a pit stop for students and other commuters riding out to or around the West Side. Roll on over forbagels, coffee, parfaits and fruit.

Santa Monica Bike Center, 9:00 am – 11:00 am, 1555 2nd Street (corner of 2nd and Colorado) Visit the Pit Stop on Thursday, Bike To Work Day –  Santa Monica Bike Center with have fresh coffee and a place to relax. Free breakfast taco bar from 9a-11a to feed hungry riders!

Agensys, 3-5pm, 1800 Stewart Ave Bike to Work Day Pit Stop, front curb.

Cross Campus – 929 Colorado Ave

Three Twins Scoop Shop – 2726 Main St –  noon-11pm 
Free topping when you ride your bike! Wear your helmet into Three Twins Scoop Shop and get the choice of any topping. Promotion is available from noon-11pm May 18th, free topping with purchase of a scoop! http://threetwinsicecream.com

Bike Week Santa Monica is HERE!

Our list of participating businesses and specials for Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials!

Bike to Work Day Pit Stops and FROM Work Handlebar Happy Hour

Santa Monica Spoke is pleased to partner with Buy Local Santa Monica, the City of Santa Monica and LA County Metro for Bike Week LA. Here are some great Bike Local Santa Monica Specials….just ride over on your bike or mention “Bike Local, Buy Local SM!”

Some specials are good on Bike to Work Day, all Bike to Work Week and some all through the month of May for Bike Month!

Monday-Sunday—Bike Local:  Ride your bike to eat, play or shop, and take advantage of special discounts just for bicyclists! Bicyclists are great for local business. Research shows that people traveling on bicycles spend more money at and make more visits to small establishments than people traveling in cars. Because bicyclists travel at slower speeds, it’s easier for them to stop and smell the coffee!

Bareburger2732 Main Street
Bike to Work Week Special: Extended Happy Hour. Bring in your helmet and get an extra hour of HandleBar Happy Hour, HH menu extended from 7 to 8pm M-F, May 15th – 19th when you ride your bike. https://bareburger.com

Three Twins Scoop Shop – 2726 Main St
Free topping when you ride your bike! Wear your helmet into Three Twins Scoop Shop and get the choice of any topping. Promotion is available from noon-11pm May 18th, free topping with purchase of a scoop! http://threetwinsicecream.com

The Albright –258 SM Pier/ City Hall Pit Stop
The Albright is excited to be attending Bike to Work Day at the City Hall on May 18th. Stop by our stand for some free treats, a photo with Popeye and a chance to win a free lunch or dinner at The Albright!  http://thealbright.com/

Breeze Bike Share – 1631 Colorado Ave
Bike Month 2017 Special:  20% off new Monthly or Annual Memberships with Breeze Bike Share!  Apply Promo Code “BIKEMONTH20” at checkout.
*Already a member and want to take advantage of this deal? Turn off your auto-renew and wait until your current plan expires. Then unsubscribe and resubscribe to the Monthly or Annual Plan using the BIKEMONTH20 promo code.  **Offer valid for new monthly or annual memberships. Expires Midnight May 31.    http://BreezeBikeShare.com

Cross Campus – 929 Colorado Ave
Bike Month  2017 Special:  Waived initial fees ($150) value & first month fees waived. http://www.crosscamp.us/

Elyptol Inc. – 2500 Broadway –
For Bike Month we are offering 25% off your online purchase plus free carabiner clips for each 2oz travel size product purchased.  The promo code: BUYLOCALSM http://elyptol.com

T-Mobile USA, Inc. – 1410 3rd Street Promenade
Stop by the T-Mobile 3rd Street Promenade with your bike and/or bike helmet for exclusive offers for during the month of May!   T-Mobile is also excited to be part of Bike to Work Day Pit Stop @ City Hall where we’ll be offering demonstrations of our new COBI Connected Bike!  http://t-mobile.com

Insights from Bogota comes to Santa Monica!

Help close out Bike Month with exciting stories by Chris Morfas on his work in Bogota, Colombia, one of the Americas’ Leading Bike & Transit Cities

What happens when a city builds 200 miles of protected bikeways? How did CicLAvia get its name? Lessons from Bogota, Colombia one of the world’s most interesting cities for bicycling and placemaking boasting 5.5 million transit trips and 600,000 bike trips per day!

We will hear about this and more from Chris Morfas who since 2014 has been Senior Advisor to Despacio, a nonprofit based in Bogota, Colombia, a city with rates of transit and bicycle use that are among the highest in the world. Morfas is a longtime transportation reformer, the founding executive director and former Board Chair of the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike), a senior policy coordinator with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. At CalBike, Morfas directed award-winning successes that launched the nation’s strongest Safe Routes to School program, Complete Streets policy, and the innovative Bicycle Transportation Account that funds bike infrastructure like bikeshare and more.

Don’t miss this evening with delightful snacks, delicious Sierra Nevada beer, sweet raffle prizes and exciting tales of travels and transportation from Chris Morfas.

The tickets are on a sliding scale donation and support Santa Monica Spoke and the California Bicycle Coalition. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.

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Despacio, is an NGO based in Bogota, Colombia that advances sustainable mobility internationally via research, advocacy, and training; its recent publications include robust studies of bicycle and motorcycle use in Latin America. Chris helps Despacio with organizational structure, program development, and outreach. He will regale you with tales of Ciclovia, TransMilenio, and more while carefully avoiding any bragging regarding his much-improved salsa dancing.

Sign the Petition for Safer Street TODAY!

We invite you to participate at the May 9th City Council Meeting by joining us, sending your personal input to council, and Signing the Petition for Safer Streets Today!

Will you attend? RSVP@SMSpoke.org

First the Fun !

At the May 9th Council Meeting the Mayor will proclaim May as Bike Month in 2017!
Join us to celebrate our communities dedication to biking and healthily active transportation.

Next ACTION !

“the current epidemic of serious injuries and traffic fatalities is nearing double digits in just the last few weeks”

At the May 9th meeting the City Council will hear from staff and the public on the City’s efforts on pedestrian and biking safety programs, infrastructure improvements and implementation on Vision Zero.  Here is the Staff Report on Vision Zero, Bike Action Plan, and Pedestrian Action Plan Implementation. The Council’s agenda has the hearing immediately after the consent calendar; we expect it to begin between 6:30 and 7:30 pm this Tuesday.With the 2 year budget soon to be discussed this is our opportunity to tell our city leaders we want true commitment to safety in the form of dedicated funding for improved safety infrastructure. This is our chance to tell the City that we want them to hire a full-time pedestrian safety coordinator to coordinate Vision Zero and to fund improved safety infrastructure, like buffered bike lanes, better crosswalks, and safer sidewalks.

Without a pedestrian coordinator dedicated to the task of Vision Zero to coordinate between City departments and to shepherd and oversee projects we can never realize the commitment Santa Monica made to reduce preventable traffic fatalities to zero in 10 years. The City must be transparent, coordinated and data driven if we ever wish to solve the growing epidemic of serious injuries and fatalities due to traffic collisions!

Santa Monica has demonstrated it’s commitment to the environment and reducing emissions by encouraging residents and visitors toward alternate modes of transportation like walking, biking and public transportation. With that there is also the obligation to keep us safe when we opt for these modes for our health and for the health of our community through the commitment of funds for staff and projects. With the current epidemic of serious injuries and traffic fatalities nearing double digits in just the last few weeks in Santa Monica — the time is now to make that commitment!  One’s life should not be put at risk for walking or riding a bike to get to our daily destinations.

If you have not yet signed the petition, we invite you to do so now. PLEASE also invite your friends and family to sign before the City Council Meeting May 9th. In addition to the petition you are also invited to send your thoughts and concerns directly to City Council members in advance of the May 9th meeting by emailing council@smgov.net.

If you have questions please do not hesitate to email us Info@SMSpoke.org

Click here to Sign the Petition for Safer Streets Today!