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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.

Stay up to date on the event here

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.

Donate Today: #GivingTuesday

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Support our mission for a more walkable, bikeable Santa Monica with a donation today on #Giving Tuesday.

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SANTA MONICA SPOKE:
As a local affiliate of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, (LACBC) we are dedicated to improving walking & biking in the City of Santa Monica. We are a community based nonprofit working to make Santa Monica more sustainable, and a better place to live, walk, bike, work and play.

Advocating the implementation of Complete Streets Policies that support and protect all users, (pedestrians & people on bikes) and the use of public transit to promote fewer single car trips for a healthier, safer, more sustainable environment for the community at large.

GOALS: 
 Encourage more people to ride bicycles, more often and more safely
  • Educate equitable road use, cyclists rights and responsibilities – both by example & through education and workshops like Bike Smart Cycling Classes
  • Increase the voice and visibility of Santa Monica Spoke, LACBC and the cycling community to improve facilities and the environment for people walking and biking
  • Actively participate with local government to create and implement the Bicycle Action Plan, Pedestrian Acton Plan, Vision Zero and Complete Streets Planning Policies while fulfilling the City’s commitment to the USDOT Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People & Safer Streets
  • Promote the health benefits of cycling
  • Highlight cycling as a sustainable transportation alternative that is good for the environment
  • Promote and support Safe Routes to School
  • Strengthen Santa Monica Spoke and LACBC through membership recruitment and fundraising

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