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Letter to City Council on Vision Zero Implementation

How will Santa Monica’s leadership commit to this effort over the next two years? These are our asks, Agenda Item 9A.

June 27, 2017

Dear Mayor, City Council, City management and staff

With the number of crashes involving fatalities or serious injuries still climbing at alarming rates — we reaffirm that the time is now to make a strong commitment to Vision Zero and a true and meaningful investment in safer streets.

On May 9th Council gave clear direction they wanted staff to explore the creation of a staff coordinator to implement the City’s commitment to Vision Zero and the need to see real results in reducing serious traffic injuries and fatalities on our streets. Staff’s recommendation appears to be an incomplete response to council’s direction of creating a position to expedite implementation and to coordinate and capitalize on external and interdepartmental opportunities that may otherwise be lost.

In Santa Monica we have a demonstrated history of how talented and dedicated staff have produced undeniable successes and results. We are aiming for, and have achieved, huge environmental and sustainability successes, such as successful water conservation, implemented a nationally-recognized Wellness Project, and increased biking, a healthy active mobility option that contributes to a healthier environment and community. All of these successes have been reached by dedicating staff and money to achieve these results. The ultimate cost for not meeting our Vision Zero goals is loss of life. Money doesn’t have a brain or specific expertise, money cannot make the strategic and tactical decisions to achieve our ultimate commitment to our City’s safety goals and Vision Zero — Only people can, the time to start is now.

Fixing problems is more intensive and costs money. Preventative measures save money and in this case save lives. We are now faced with “fixing” outdated planning policies of an auto centric 50’s that have recently made safety on our streets exponentially worse — we must be proactive in identifying and addressing solutions. Santa Monica must continue to be a catalyst and leader in protecting the lives of our residents and visitors. We heard our City Manager recount how Bill Bratton was laughed at because he wanted to “prevent crimes”. However that didn’t stop him and he made his vision a reality in NY! Let us not laugh off proactive implementation to reach our commitment to a safer Santa Monica and Vision Zero. We must progress beyond words on a page and create a proactive, transparent system with dedicated funding and specific actions toward this effort if we truly want to succeed in reducing preventable traffic injuries and fatalities in 10 years.

We understand there are many tradeoffs as we discuss the very real budgetary and financial issues for running our city. There can be no tradeoffs when it comes to the lives of our community and the epidemic of serious injuries and traffic fatalities we are now facing locally, regionally and nationally — we must not continue to dehumanize these preventable deaths and injuries by making them so abstract that they seem as though they are someone else’s problem. With this two year budget we must demonstrate true leadership and real investment in the safety of our community. We ask that council’s direction be followed and that we expedite necessary changes in practice to institutionalize, catalyze and guide efforts and focus to achieve our goals. We fully support the monetary proposal to jump-start and implement key safety projects. However it is imperative that we use a data-driven process and capable leadership to implement strategies that evaluate our progress and institute adjustments as necessary without collectively diluting the efforts of an already busy staff who continue to implement successes in other related and important roles.

In Santa Monica we lead with initiatives like the Wellbeing Project that prioritizes human health and safety. Let’s continue this legacy and keep our streets safe as we encourage active transportation that must also reflect council’s priority to our Vision Zero Policy and infrastructure that removes safety barriers to make it a viable choice for our community — in addition to the framework to make safety implementation real.

This letter is submitted by Cynthia Rose for Santa Monica Spoke and Cris Gutierrez for Climate Action Santa Monica.


See our previous letter to Santa Monica City Council on Vision Zero HERE

Santa Monica Forward’s shared their values on the budget and Vision Zero HERE

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.

Summer Breeze Community Ride, Ride with the Mayor & Summer Soulstice Festival

Ride Breeze or ride your own bike, but don’t miss this one!

For June we have another 3X the fun event! We combine the Monthly Ride with the Mayor, Summer Breeze Community Ride (includes free 1.5 hours ride time credit*) & a Feeder Ride to the Ribbon Cutting for Santa Monica’s New Main Street Parklets & the 17th Annual Summer Soulstice Festival — all into ONE and all for FREE!

We’ll start the morning at the New California Incline Breeze Station (Ocean Ave & California) at 8:45am.

Santa Monica Spoke is joined by Public Bikes and Main Street Santa Monica to lead this June Community Bike Ride Event that culminates at the New Parkets Ribbon Cutting and the Main Street Summer Soulstace Festival. We’ll be joined by council member Sue Himmelrich riding for the Mayor, City of Santa Monica Mobility Team and of course Breeze Bike Share starting at the new Breeze Station at the top of the California Incline for this 3x’s the FUN EVENT!

Surely to be a day of fun, entertainment and excitement. You’ll get to experience some of Santa Monica’s amazing coastline along the Beach Bike Path, chat with the City Council member(s), City Management and staff on our way to the New Parkets Ribbon Cutting and the all day entertainment at the 17th Annual Summer Soulstice Festival on Main Street!. The ride is under 3 miles. We begin with a ride down the separated Bicycle & Pedestrian Path on the new California Incline, to the Marvin Braud Beach Bike Path and down Main Street for the Ribbon Cutting of the New Parklets (at Holy Guacamole) and the 17th Annual Summer Soulstice Festival. More info HERE

Like all our Breeze Community Rides you will have the opportunity to learn helpful tips on how to use the Breeze Bike Share system, including checking out, locking, flexibility of “out-of-station” and the ”hold” feature, multiple bike check out on one account, along with safety tips and Rules of the Road.

Ride Breeze Bike Share or ride your own bike — all are welcome! 

It promises to be a day filled with fun, exploration, entertainment, NEW PARKLETS plus the 17th Annual Summer Soulstice Festival – all for FREE!!

       

Stay up to date on more events on our Calendar

Insights from Bogota, Colombia in Santa Monica

SPECIAL EVENT:
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.

Thank you to our event sponsors: Pocrass & De Los Reyes, Tern and Sierra Nevada.

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.

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. 

bike_month_web_600x150Full list Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials 2017

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

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note: if you know of other Pit Stops not listed – lets us know and we will add them!
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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.

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.