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Action Alert: July 5th

Safe street projects on the Westside are under attack from vocal opponents who prefer the status quo over safety.

>>>>>>> JOIN US IN TAKING ACTION >>>>>>>

No matter where you live, we need you to take action to protect Vision Zero projects in Mar Vista and Playa del Rey.

The LA Department of Transportation used internationally proven and evidence-based methods to design new street safety improvements in Mar Vista and Playa del Rey that was informed by community input.

We can’t let misinformation and impatience stop us from building safer streets and more vibrant communities. Some drivers using these corridors have grown impatient because they are unable to travel at the same unsafe high speeds as they previously could.

Despite the great public benefit, these projects have unfortunately come under attack amid a flurry of misinformation being circulated about the projects. There is some concern that they will be removed, thus potentially setting a troubling precedent for Vision Zero projects all across LA County.

For more information on these important projects see HERE

TODAY — Please email Venice and Mar Vista Neighborhood Councils
– Template letter and email addresses below. 

Volunteer to phone bank 

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) will host phone banking (anytime) between 4pm-8pm at thier Headquaters DTLA. We will be calling members and allies to take action in support of Vision Zero and the new safety improvements! Local phone banking at Santa Monica Spoke HQ is being planned if we have volunteers interested. RSVP

ATTEND  Venice Neighborhood Council

the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC)meeting at the Canal Club at 7:00pm! The VNC Parking & Transportation Committee and Board of Directors Meeting will be discussing Venice Blvd, and there will be an opportunity to provide public comment and vote. Don’t forget to share on social media if you show up!

ONGOING

SHARE on social media! Tweet and post your support or photos of your ride through Venice, Jefferson, and Culver Boulevards, and Pershing Drive in the new bike lanes! Use #SaferVeniceBlvd, #SaferJeffersonBlvd#SaferCulverBlvd, and #SaferPershingDr or #SaferVistaDelMar, to build momentum and share your message with fellow safe streets advocates.

EMAIL the Mar Vista Community Council and Venice Neighborhood Council TODAY to show your support for street safety improvements on Venice Blvd.

SAMPLE EMAIL: Please personalize.


To: MVCC@EmpowerLA.org, VeniceNC@EmpowerLA.org
CC: councilmember.bonin@lacity.org
BCC: lyndsey@la-bike.org, Cynthia.Rose@SMSpoke.org

RE: Support for Venice Blvd Great Streets Safety Improvements

Dear Members of the Mar Vista Community Council and the Venice Neighborhood Council:

I strongly encourage the Mar Vista Community Council and the Venice Neighborhood Council to continue supporting the project on Venice Blvd. as part of the Mar Vista Great Streets Initiative. This recently installed project has come under attack, much of it being fueled by misinformation. Impatience of drivers shouldn’t stop the community  from building safer streets and more vibrant neighborhoods. These safety improvements will prevent future injuries and can save lives.

As a [student, older adult, mom, cyclist, person with a disability, business owner, etc], I firmly support the street safety improvements on Venice Blvd. This project was designed through community dialogue throughout a yearlong open process and is meant to make all residents and visitors safer. Similar to how the farmers market has improved our community, we believe the “small town feel” of this Great Streets initiative will do the same for Mar Vista and will further improve community culture.

We must continue to improve our streets with rigorous and informed evaluations, and I urge you to remain committed to creating vibrant and safer streets in Mar Vista.

Sincerely,

[Your name]
[Your address]

Sunday Funday: TOUR of the WESTSIDE

Safe street projects on the Westside are under attack from vocal opponents who prefer the status quo over safety.

For July,  LACBC’s Sunday Funday Ride we will tour the westside safety improvements in Playa del Rey and Mar Vista. We will also visit the Mar Vista Farmers Market for a buy-in to show local support for businesses and share fact sheets.

This ride will be approximately 13 miles at an easy-moderate pace.

You have two options to join!

We will be leading a feeder ride from Clover Park in Santa Monica to the Sunday Funday ride start at Culver Slauson Park.

— Feeder ride from Santa Monica will meet at Clover Park (NW corner of the park at 25th)
Where: Corner of Ocean Park Blvd and 25th
Time:    9am, roll — 9:15 sharp. 
We will ride to meet up with the group at Culver Slauson Park that rolls at 10am
Please rsvp@SMSpoke.org for the feeder ride from Santa Monica 

— Meet the group at Culver Slauson Park, 5072 S Slauson Ave at 9:30am – ride rolls at 10am. See full info for LACBC’s Sunday Funday event here.

>>>>>>> JOIN US IN TAKING ACTION >>>>>>>

SHARE on social media! Tweet and post photos of your ride through Venice, Jefferson, and Culver Boulevards, and Pershing Drive in the new bike lanes! Use #SaferVeniceBlvd, #SaferJeffersonBlvd#SaferCulverBlvd, and #SaferPershingDr or #SaferVistaDelMar, to build momentum and share your message with fellow safe streets advocates.

Action Alert: Support Safe Streets

Safe street projects on the Westside are under attack from vocal opponents who prefer the status quo over safety.

In Santa Monica we know that even the best drivers can make mistakes on dangerous streets. Los Angeles is one of the deadliest cities in our country for all road users — especially the most vulnerable such as children, older adults, pedestrians, cyclists, low-income commuters, and commuters of color. Street safety improvements are critical strategies to solve this public health crisis.

No matter where you live, we need you to take action to protect Vision Zero projects in Mar Vista and Playa del Rey.

The LA Department of Transportation used internationally proven and evidence-based methods to design new street safety improvements in Mar Vista and Playa del Rey that was informed by community input.

We can’t let misinformation and impatience stop us from building safer streets and more vibrant communities. Some drivers using these corridors have grown impatient because they are unable to travel at the same unsafe high speeds as they previously could. LA Department of Transportation continues working to improve the synchronization of signal lights to help improve traffic flow, while also keeping streets safe for all who use the corridor throughout their day — including motor vehicle drivers.

Despite the great public benefit, these projects have unfortunately come under attack amid a flurry of misinformation being circulated about the projects. There is some concern that they will be removed, thus potentially setting a troubling precedent for Vision Zero projects all across LA County.

However, there are actions you can take to make sure that the streets are safer for the communities of Mar Vista, Playa Del Rey, and everywhere by supporting roadway redesigns that improve walking and biking. You can help to end this public health crisis by supporting these Great Streets, Complete Streets and Vision Zero projects whether they are in your backyard or way across town.

Mar Vista Great Streets Initiative

The Mar Vista Great Streets Initiative began in 2015 with an extensive community outreach process facilitated by Councilmember Mike Bonin and the city-wide Great Streets Initiative. The primary goal is to make Venice Blvd. safer for all road users who travel the corridor, as well as to support local businesses.

Venice Blvd. is part of LA’s Vision Zero High Injury Network (HIN), meaning the street has a higher rate of injuries and deaths compared to others in L.A. Since 2011, there have been 48 cyclists and pedestrians injured from crashes in this particular corridor.

In May the City installed four new pedestrian crossings, protected and buffered bike lanes, and improvements at existing signalized intersections–all with the goal of reducing injuries and deaths. The project runs about .8 miles from Inglewood Blvd. to Beethoven St.

Playa Del Rey Street Safety Initiative

The Playa Del Rey projects came from community interest in improving street safety and making Playa del Rey a more livable beach community for all of its residents. After two and a half years of community outreach and engagement, the community opted to install lane restriping as a pilot project, which it will continue to evaluate over the next year. According to LADOT, from 2003 – 2016, Culver Blvd. had 84 serious injury crashes and 6 deaths; Jefferson Blvd. had 96 serious injury crashes and 2 deaths; and Pershing Dr had 64 serious injury crashes.

The boundaries of each project are Culver Blvd. between Vista Del Mar and Jefferson Blvd.; Jefferson Blvd. between Culver Blvd. and Lincoln Blvd.; and Pershing Dr. between Cabora Dr. and Westchester Pkwy. Each of these streets were re-striped to calm traffic and slow vehicle speeds as cars drive through the Playa del Rey neighborhood. Each also includes added buffered bicycle lanes that will create safe routes for people on bikes to connect to destinations on Westchester Pkwy., Lincoln Blvd., and Dockweiler State Beach bike path.



Vista Del Mar

A separate but related Vision Zero project on Vista Del Mar was developed urgently with an unfortunately rushed community outreach process because these are some of the most dangerous intersections and streets in the City of Los Angeles. Playa Del Rey Safe Streets Initiative was in response to dangerous levels of speeding, a pattern of tragic crashes that resulted in serious injuries and death, and a $9.5 million wrongful death lawsuit that was settled in April of this year. The suit came in response to the tragic death of 16-year old Naomi Larsen, who was fatally struck by a car while trying to cross the street after attending a bonfire at Dockweiler with her friends.

From 2003 – 2016, there were 210 traffic collisions on Vista Del Mar, including 5 deaths. To address the dangerous design of this street before the summer beach crowds started flooding in, LADOT began working on May 21 to move all parking to the west side of the street only (parking had to remain on the street due to California Coastal Commission regulations), create U-turn pockets, and narrow the road to one lane in each direction. This project does not include a bike lane. The project runs from Imperial Hwy. to Culver Blvd.


What can you do to lend your support and help make sure these street projects are a success?

>>>>>>> JOIN US IN TAKING ACTION >>>>>>>

July 2nd Sunday Funday Ride on the Westside.

The ride will tour the safety improvements in Playa del Rey and Mar Vista and will visit the Mar Vista Farmers Market for a buy-in to show local support for businesses and share fact sheets.Ride will be approximately 13 miles at an easy-moderate pace.

Two ways to join:
Feeder ride from Santa Monica to Sunday Funday. Meet at Clover Park (NW corner at 25th) 9am, roll at 9:15 sharp to meet up with the group that rolls at 10am from Culver Slauson Park.
Please rsvp@SMSpoke.org
— Meet at Culver Slauson Park, 5072 S Slauson Ave at 9:30am – ride rolls at 10am
See full info for LACBC’s Sunday Funday event here.

SHARE on social media! Tweet and post photos of your ride through Venice, Jefferson, and Culver Boulevards, and Pershing Drive in the new bike lanes! Use #SaferVeniceBlvd, #SaferJeffersonBlvd#SaferCulverBlvd, and #SaferPershingDr or #SaferVistaDelMar, to build momentum and share your message with fellow safe streets advocates.

July 5th, Wednesday: Volunteer to phone bank,

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) will host phone banking (anytime) between 4pm-8pm at thier Headquaters DTLA. We will be calling members and allies to take action in support of Vision Zero and the new safety improvements! Local phone banking at Santa Monica Spoke HQ is being planned if we have volunteers interested. RSVP

July 5th, Wednesday: ATTEND

the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC)meeting at the Canal Club at 7:00pm! The VNC Parking & Transportation Committee and Board of Directors Meeting will be discussing Venice Blvd, and there will be an opportunity to provide public comment and vote. Don’t forget to share on social media if you show up!

July 11th, Tuesday: ATTEND

the Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC) meeting at the Mar Vista Recreation Center at 7:00pm! The MVCC will be taking action on the bike lanes and it’s critical for us to show up and let them know these lanes are essential for safe Westside streets. If you plan to attend, please let us know by signing in here so we can keep you up to date and help prepare you for public comment. Don’t forget to share on social media if you show up!

EMAIL the Mar Vista Community Council and Venice Neighborhood Council TODAY to show your support for street safety improvements on Venice Blvd. See sample email.

SAMPLE EMAIL: Please personalize.

To: MVCC@EmpowerLA.org, VeniceNC@EmpowerLA.org
CC: councilmember.bonin@lacity.org
BCC: lyndsey@la-bike.org, Cynthia.Rose@SMSpoke.org

RE: Support for Venice Blvd Great Streets Safety Improvements

Dear Members of the Mar Vista Community Council and the Venice Neighborhood Council:

I strongly encourage the Mar Vista Community Council and the Venice Neighborhood Council to continue supporting the project on Venice Blvd. as part of the Mar Vista Great Streets Initiative. This recently installed project has come under attack, much of it being fueled by misinformation. Impatience of drivers shouldn’t stop the community  from building safer streets and more vibrant neighborhoods. These safety improvements will prevent future injuries and can save lives.

As a [student, older adult, mom, cyclist, person with a disability, business owner, etc], I firmly support the street safety improvements on Venice Blvd. This project was designed through community dialogue throughout a yearlong open process and is meant to make all residents and visitors safer. Similar to how the farmers market has improved our community, we believe the “small town feel” of this Great Streets initiative will do the same for Mar Vista and will further improve community culture.

We must continue to improve our streets with rigorous and informed evaluations, and I urge you to remain committed to creating vibrant and safer streets in Mar Vista.

Sincerely,

[Your name]
[Your address]


This article was produced in collaboration with Dayna Galbreath from Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE) and other engaged community groups and partners.


Op-Ed Hey, Manhattan Beach, preventing pedestrian deaths is more important than your speedy morning commute

North Beach Trail Improvements – Take the Survey / Volunteer this weekend

Survey now open

North Beach Trail Improvements

The City of Santa Monica is planning to make improvements to the Santa Monica Beach Trail between Bay Street and the north city limits to make it safer and easier for walking and biking. Community Outreach is now underway and they need to hear from you! 

  • Please take the online survey by April 23, 2017 to provide your input
  • Visit the project website for more information and updates about the project
  • Walk or bike to the Beach Trail on April 9 to take an in-person survey 

More info here

Better Bikeways for California

imageIt’s Monday morning and if you’re anything like me, you’re back at work with a list of to-dos to tackle. We have one more very important, yet fun item to add to your list: register for the California Dream Ride.

The California Dream Ride is a scenic, relaxed 285 mile ride from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles October 3rd to 8th. The ride will take you along quiet beach bike paths, skyline ridge roads, and scenic canyons. You’ll make new friends, eat amazing food, and see a whole new side of California.

Half off registration through Saturday, August 20th.

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But don’t delay, spaces are limited!

Breeze Community Ride: July

Breeze membership

Community Bike Ride with Breeze Bike Share!

Saturday, July 23rd, 10am – noon

Breeze SM Community Ride is a group ride for current and prospective Breeze members. The ride meets at 1640 5th Street just south of the 4/5th Street Expo Terminus. This month we’ll explore the benefits of the new rate structure along with Santa Monica’s growing bike network, connections to transit and MORE!

We highlight our local bike friendly businesses and attractions, additionally we’ll learn helpful tips on how to use the Breeze bike share system, including checking out, locking, flexibility of “out of station” and “hold” features, multiple bike check out on one account, and Rules of the Road

Ride Breeze Bike Share or ride your own bike – all are welcome! It promises to be a day of exploration and fun!

On the ride you’ll experience some of Santa Monica amazing bike infrastructure. Surely to be a day of fun and excitement.
Participants’ ride time will be credited FOR THREE HOURS and first time participants can receive a FREE helmet. You must be 16* or over to participate (*under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian AND wear a helmet).
Registration is FREE but required — Please click here to RSVP today!

National: Draft rules don’t count bicyclists! We can change them!

Bike League Action

We need your help (again)!

The Federal Highway Administration once again ignored bicyclists when determining performance measures for our transportation system.  These performance measures may affect future funding to these areas- and could be a disincentive for states and communities to build biking and walking networks.

  • Even though Congress just instituted a complete streets policy for the National Highway System (Main streets, arterials and other major roads), FHWA wants to measure performance of the system using a measure for drivers only.
  • It measures congestion by measuring delay for drivers, but gives no credit to states or metropolitan areas that invest in biking, walking or transit facilities that reduce congestion.
  • Finally, the rule sets goals for measuring air pollutants from transportation, but doesn’t include greenhouse gases.

If these draft rules are implemented, they will hinder the ability of local governments to implement complete streets, build protected bike lanes, etc.

We can change these rules! We’ve done it before!
With your help we convinced FHWA to include a safety performance measure for biking and walking. We need your help again.

Send in your own comments here.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/S7VPiw6aRKVgUwigwm1oUg 

Bike Week LA: Wednesday May 18th

Ballona Creek Camp Coffee – Special Bike Week Edition – BYO coffee & share breakfast outdoors!   7am Coffee Outside

Camp coffee gatherings add adventure to everyday routines! For us it’s #BallonaCreekCampCoffee!

The best part of waking up… Is #‎coffeeoutside in your cup! Join us for #‎ballonacreekcampcoffee Special Bike Week Edition on the jetty off of Poseur Bridge in between MDR and Playa. Here’s location and our route. We will be cooking breakfast food to share too! Join the Fun. Questions?

Bring the stuff to BYO “brew you own” or just bring a full cup of your morning beverage with you 🙂 Search Instagram for lots of photos,  #‎ballonacreekcampcoffee. If you’re on the east side look up with #‎larivercampcoffee!

Guided Santa Monica City Bike Tour: MANGo, Bike Lanes and More!
Handlebar Happy Hour… 

City Hall Green Lanes
Hard to believe it was three years ago we were celebrating the announcement of our Bike Friendly Community Silver Award from the League of American Bicyclists,  Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC).
Now as we continue our quest for GOLD, join us on a Guided City Tour of some of our newest bike lanes, infrastructure and MANGo. We will start with a visit to the nearly complete Esplanade with our DTSM protected 2 way cycle track and the Expo II 4th Street Station. Give input, ask questions hear about what’s up next –

We are confirming a venue for a Handlebar Happy Hour after our ride!

The ride begins in front of Santa Monica City, 1685 Main Street at 5:00pm

Join the National Bike Challenge: Ride for team BIKE SANTA MONICA

Breeze Closes in on 5000 Memberships!

JPEG image-DB24AEAD808A-1EXTENDED: Breeze Founding Memberships Sunset
Monday, January 4th!
Don’t delay, “Gift a Gift” or get Your Own TODAY!

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. 

Founding Membership                               Gift Membership 


PLUS don’t forget: Vote for SteetsBlogLA 2015 Streestsie Awards Local Leaders!

Hulu, with CycleHop (Breeze operator) is nominated  for 2015 Livable Streets-Friendly Business.
City of Santa Monica’s Strategic Planning and Transportation Manager, Francie Stefan is for Civil Servant of the Year and Assembly Member Richard Bloom Elected Official of the Year!

Voting ends Tuesday January 5th!. See all six 2015 categories HERE including in a familiar category Advocate of the Year – LACBC’s own Tamika Butler is nominated!

thank you hulu breeze

SM Spoke Meeting and 4 year BAP Party!

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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,
YOUR INPUT!

•   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 4 Year 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!!