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Beverly Hills Greenway: 62-feet for a World-Class Street

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“62-feet for a World-Class Street”

A world-class Santa Monica Boulevard is possible in Beverly Hills. The boulevard’s future has been the subject of much angst, but Beverly Hills can have it all:

  • A complete street for people driving, taking transit, walking AND biking;
  • A beautiful boulevard with the very best in street design;
  • A safe roadway of uniform width; and
  • A green boulevard that maintains the same amount of green space.

A coalition of Beverly Hills residents, business owners and other stakeholders is supporting the “Beverly Hills Greenway”–a compromise design that achieves all of the project’s objectives without the controversial impacts. Will you join us?

For background on the Santa Monica Boulevard reconstruction project, visit our friends at Better Bike Bevery Hills: SM Blvd Greenway.
Facebook campaign here


Click here to sign the petition

I support a green vision for Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills that both respects Beverly Gardens Park and provides sustainable transportation choices. The Beverly Hills Greenway would maintain the current amount of green space, add bike lanes and keep traffic moving safely–all in a uniform 62-foot roadway.

62 feet for a world-class street!


 

This has been a long campaign – Thank you LACBC, Mark Elliot our friends at Better Bike Beverly Hills for staying on top of this. Here is some of the previous support we’ve posted on the issue.

ACTION ALERT: Santa Monica Blvd Reconstruction Project, Beverly Hills
ACTION ALERT: Support Bike Lanes on Santa Monica Blvd in Beverly Hills, Tuesday March 4th, 2013

short overview, read more here 

About the ‘Beverly Hills Greenway’ Proposal

Developed with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, our proposal envisions a boulevard 62′ wide that exacts no cost to the adjacent park. That’s because today’s corridor is irregular and measures as much as 63′ wide in some sections – wider than we need. So we actually add green space to the boulevard in order to compensate for any that might be used to include bicycle lanes for safer two-wheeled travel along a short Wilshire-Canon segment.

Indeed this proposal is a no-net-loss concept: grass needed to make this street ‘complete’ is replaced by grass where today there is blacktop. That is, two feet is added to boulevard’s width on that single segment while we reduce the width of the boulevard by one foot on two other segments. Voila! No net loss of green space.

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The resulting boulevard profile accommodates the same traffic volume for motorists while bike riders can use state-approved bicycle lanes. On tomorrow’s Santa Monica Boulevard, everybody will benefit! If drivers dread sharing a lane with bicyclists today, the Greenway will separate non-motor traffic to maximize traffic flow while mooting the required three-foot buffer under the state’s new safe-passing law. And bicyclists who ride the corridor will feel safer outside of the vehicle flow. We have found that’s the #1 reason people cite for not biking in Beverly Hills. As we see it, 62 feet is just perfect for a world-class street!

Support the Beverly Hills Greenway!

 

VOTE 2014 STREETSIE AWARDS: Santa Monica Locals Nominated, Cynthia Rose and more!

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streetsie_2014Santa Monica Spoke’s own Cynthia Rose has been nominated for outstanding contributions for advocacy and leadership as a finalist for the Streetsies 2014: Deborah Murphy Award for Excellence in Advocacy. What an incredible line up of finalists they have again this year!

VOTE FOR CYNTHIA!

We are so honored and excited with the nomination. Equally exciting is Santa Monica’s Strategic Planning & Transportation Manager Francie Stefan being nominated in the Civil Servant of the Year category. Francie Stefan has been one of the major motivating forces behind the city’s vision for truly shared streets. Whether it is at the conceptual level, the community planning process, or in the implementation, Stefan has been a strong advocate for complete streets in Santa Monica” 

VOTE FOR FRANCIE!

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[Award for Excellence in Advocacy]…the hardest Streetsie to narrow down the nominees. The hardest Streetsie to vote.
Voting for all categories will close on Friday, January 2, 2015, at noon. Reader voting accounts for one-half of the scoring this year, with one-quarter going to staff voting, and another one-quarter going to a board vote.

Cynthia RosePurple on Brompton – As Director of Santa Monica Spoke, Cynthia has worked tirelessly to make Santa Monica a better place to bike, walk, and live – all in an unpaid volunteer capacity. As a founder, she has built SM Spoke into a highly respected voice for change via numerous local and regional alliances. The organization has become a key partner for the city, credited with playing a key role in the creation of the city’s Bicycle Action Plan. Cynthia has also been at the forefront of forming the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s Local Chapter Program, of which SMSpoke is the inaugural chapter. The Local Chapter Program is key in reaching all 88 municipalities in vast Los Angeles County. Does that sound familiar? It might. This is the text for Rose’s nomination for the Alliance for Walking and Bicycling’s Advocate of the Year Award in 2014.

In another stiff competition, Cynthia Rose was nominated for the Alliance of Biking and Walking National Advocate of the year for 2014.

Additionally – in the Liveable Streets Sustainable Business category is a nomination for the Santa Monica Bike Center.

VOTE FOR BIKE CENTER

 

Help name Santa Monica’s Bike Share Program

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We are so excited Santa Monica will soon offer shared bikes for use by residents and visitors to ride for transit and pleasure. Bike Share will launch in 2015 with 500 bikes located at hub locations throughout Santa Monica. Learn more at SMBikeShare.com

Click here to take this brief survey to help us choose a name. 

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Introducing, the new Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Introducing LACBC’s new Executive Director, Tamika Butler!

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 11.50.10 PMAfter an extensive national search, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is pleased to announce that our Board of Directors has selected Tamika Butler to lead LACBC into the next phase of continued growth as we further our mission to make the Los Angeles region a healthy, safe and fun place to ride a bike.

“I’m really proud of the process and results of the search and couldn’t be more excited about Tamika as our next Executive Director,” says LACBC Board President Steve Boyd. “Tamika is the ideal leader to write LACBC’s next chapter.”

Tamika brings to LACBC a proven track record of sustainably expanding and running programs and organizations, as well as a policy and advocacy background. She spent three years as an employment lawyer at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and most recently comes from Liberty Hill Foundation, where she was the Director of Social Change Strategies. She first made her mark in Los Angeles as the California Director at the startup policy and advocacy organization Young Invincibles, where she managed the west coast regional staff, was the media and policy spokesperson, organized and led coalitions, developed curriculum and trainings, and fundraised to expand the organization’s presence on the west coast. She also developed relationships with community leaders and state and local lawmakers to advance the organization’s policy goals.

“I am thrilled to have the privilege to become the next Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and look forward to continuing the success, growth and cutting edge Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 11.50.27 PMwork of the organization. Biking in Los Angeles County has personally changed my life and deepens my love of the region every time I go for a ride. We’re lucky to live and bike in a county full of diverse communities that motivate this talented staff and me to push towards building a healthier, more vibrant Los Angeles County. I am excited to start pedaling, dig deep, and get to work with our members and partners, within and across sectors, as we race to the front lines of the nationwide movement to create bikeable, safe and sustainable neighborhoods.” One of Tamika’s top priorities is to grow the diversity of LACBC staff and coalition membership.

When Jen Klausner started as Executive Director in 2007, there was only one other employee at headquarters and it was a real struggle to keep doors open. Jen and the organization faced an uphill battle at City Hall to pass the Los Angeles Bicycle Plan and get pavement striped with room for bikes. Seven years later, under her leadership, there are now twelve employees working on your behalf with a LOT of successes! Our growing roster of twelve local chapters will extend that reach even further as we strive to more fully represent the diversity of those who bicycle and want to bicycle in all neighborhoods across Los Angeles County. Tamika brings deep experience in social justice work and looks forward to working with the full range of communities across the county. We couldn’t be more excited.

Jen says, “Our new Executive Director Tamika Butler brings a fresh perspective to the leadership of LACBC, and one that is so relevant to the growth of the bike-ped movement and to important dialogues happening here and in cities across the nation. I am confident in Tamika’s ability to take LACBC to the next level, and I, for one, will be staying tuned and keeping my membership current, because this organization is poised to do great things in the coming years. Please join me in extending a very warm welcome to Tamika!”

Jen Mishory, Executive Director of Young Invincibles, agrees that Tamika will make a great Executive Director: “Tamika is a dynamic, innovative leader who will be a huge asset to the LACBC team. She brought Young Invincibles to new heights and I know that she’ll do the same in her new role!”

We look forward to introducing Tamika to our members, partners and supporters at the first available opportunity in January. Look for announcements of those opportunities in our weekly newsletter, on the website, and through Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget—as part of our end of year campaign, any donation at the $250 level and above will get you an invitation to our January 22nd Donor Thank You Party—an intimate gathering with our brand new Executive Director, Tamika Butler, in attendance. Hope to see you there!

A View in the Rear View Mirror, Santa Monica Spoke

At this year’s LACBC Holiday Open House we had a slide show instead of the vision boards we assembled last year. LACBC and each Local Chapter contributed slides from this year along with a few of our favorite images. Each chapter was asked to contribute 5 slides.

Our 5 slides from the LACBC Open House Slide Show.

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top: Community event SMMoA, right: Community Meeting with city staff & SMPD, bottom: Walk & Bike Audit gathering input for MANGo
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Youth Bike Skills Festival at Mc Kinnley for Bike it Walk it Week
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top: LACBC Sunday Funday Santa Monica up PCH to meet CalBike Surf & Turf Tour, right: Road side assistance at Tour da Arts Bike Event, bottom: Santa Monica Festival at Clover Park
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top: new bike corrals on Main Street, right: Santa Monica’s first greet lanes on Ocean Park Blvd, bottom: Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community national designation by League of American Bicyclist
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Kidical Mass is more than just a bike ride. A city that seeks to build safer streets to encourage families on bikes is safer for all road users.

Feeder Ride to CicLAvia from Santa Monica, 12/7/2014

This Sunday all new CicLAvia Historic South LA!

Whether you ride with us or get there on your own – don’t miss it!
CicLAvia celebrates the streets of Los Angeles for everyone!  Temporarily limiting the access of motor vehicles and opening the streets to all users – walking, wheelchairs, skates, bikes, scooters, skate boards, strollers – you name it!

We will once again lead a feeder ride to CicLAvia this Sunday December 7th. We’ll meet at the top of the Santa Monica Pier at 8:00am and roll out at 8:30am sharp. Ride is aprox 12.2 miles and mostly flat on streets with bike lanes or low traffic volume at our time of travel. We will be traveling at an easy pace but do ask you to “stay with the pace” so we can all get there together.
For feeder ride all young children should be on tag-a-long or in trailers.
Join us Sunday and experience the fun of CicLAvia!

December 7th, 9am -3pm – Come experience
CicLAvia’s New Route, Historic South LA

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Start           Santa Monica Pier, at the Canon
Meet           8:00am   

Roll out      8:30am (sharp)
Route         ROUTE about 12.2 miles
We intend to use the Expo Bike Path and closely the route Expo will soon take into Santa Monica once complete!

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CicLAvia South LA 12:7
Click here to download map

Stuff to bring:

  • helmut (for feeder ride or children under 18)
  • sun screen
  • cash
  • spare tube/ patch kit
  • hydration
  • any special tools your bike requires!
  • SMILES

Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 takes the frwy downtown LA to Santa Monica FAST! 
Light Rail: Connect to the Expo Line Culver City Station (timetable) then 
Big Blue Bus Rapid 20 to DT SM, Rapid 12 (to Westwood) or Route 12 (Westwood and Palms)
Metro 720 route DT Santa Monica south, Venice Blvd
Bike Venice Blvd Bike lane to Expo Bike Path west and then south to Leimert Park Hub.  

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Bikerowave: Monthly Open House is Friday, 12/5

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Looking for something fun and bikey?!

Join us this Friday at Bikerowave‘s monthly Open House.
Celebrate and hear about the excitement of our own Rachel Horn as she embarks of several long trips, abroad and then a bike tour in the US.

BIKEROWAVE
OPEN HOUSE, MIXER, HAPPY HOUR!

Fri, December 5th, 7-10 pm
12255 Venice Blvd. 90066 (east of Centinela)

Bring a dish or a drinks to share.
Please, bring your own mess kit.
This is a zero waste event

#GivingTuesday: Consider donating to Santa Monica Spoke

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#GIVINGTUESDAY‬!
As we gather this holiday season with friends and family, we give thanks for the health and safety of those we hold most dear and look forward to sharing and creating cherished memories with family, friends and neighbors like you!  
We hope you will also take a moment to consider a year end donation to us at Santa Monica Spoke / LACBC! 
With your support we can expand our adult and child education programs and classes, outreach and more! More success and continued work toward more equitable and safer policies and infrastructure for people walking and biking in Santa Monica and the Los Angeles region.

Gift a MEMBERSHIP
50% of
 your membership dollars stay local / 50% help support region efforts through LACBC,
or you can Donate 
via LACBC on our behalf to Santa Monica Spoke
Donations are tax deductible!
Questions? let us know. 


DONTATE TODAY: ONLINE FORM HERE 

Thank you from all of us at Santa Monica Spoke!

LACBC Open House this Thursday! December 4th DTLA!

 

Music, Food, Beverages and CAKE – Plus GREAT COMPANY!
What? Photo Booth too! = Too much fun!
LACBC Open House 2014

You are all invited to join us for our LACBC Annual Open House!
Learn about what LACBC and all it’s Local Chapters and Bike Ambassadors have been up to this year, bid farewell to our totally Awesome executive director Jen Klausner, mingle with your bike buddies, and look forward to 2015.

LACBC is excited to announce that we will have music from DJ Starskee Suave, drinks from Angel City Brewery, appetizers from the Border Grill, cake from Sweet Lady Jane, and a photo booth to capture the night’s merriment!

Please RSVP!
The event is free for LACBC members and $10 for the general public (please pay at the door). Not a current LACBC member? Sign up or renew online and get in for free!

When: Thursday, December 04; 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: LACBC Headquarters, 1st Floor – 634 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014