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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.

Vision Zero Santa Monica starts NOW: Will you join us?

Beyond our collaborative efforts and the petition with Santa Monica Forward and Santa Monica Walks, today this letter was sent to Santa Monica City Council from Santa Monica Spoke and Climate Action Santa Monica (CASM) supporting Vision Zero Implementation and funding. Join our campaign for safer streets today! You can still click here to Sign the Petition for Safer Streets Today!

More info on City Council Meeting tonight here. Join us, sign up for our email list in the sidebar or click here to email us at  volunteer@SMSpoke.org!

Dear Mayor, City Council, City management and staff

With the number of crashes involving fatalities or serious injuries nearing double digits in just the last few weeks — the time is now to make a strong commitment to Vision Zero and a true meaningful investment in safer streets.

Santa Monica is not suffering alone in the current increasing epidemic of serious injuries and traffic fatalities. Nationally, almost 40,000 people die each year in traffic collisions, numbers are up everywhere including in our neighbor, Los Angeles. Many cities, including Los Angeles, are adopting proactive and aggressive campaigns to address this crisis and have proposed dedicating substantial Measure M money for this purpose. We are a community in Santa Monica and need to work together to keep our residents and visitors safe. We must progress beyond words on a page and create a proactive, transparent system with dedicated funding and actions toward this effort, if we truly want to succeed in reducing preventable traffic fatalities and serious  injuries. One’s life should be not put at risk for walking or riding a bike, especially when we are encouraging people to walk and bike for daily life, our heath, and the environment.

“Managing speed,” a new report from The World Health Organization [1], notes that excessive or inappropriate speed contributes to 1 in 3 road traffic fatalities worldwide. “Measures to address speed prevent road traffic deaths and injuries, make populations healthier, and cities more sustainable.”

Speed increases the severity of injuries and chances of fatality in traffic collisions. The chances of a dying when struck by a vehicle at 20mph = 5% but increases to 45% at 30mph and a chilling 85% at 40mph! Please reflect on that for a moment — consider that although our posted speed limits (attachment 1) should be relatively safe for walking and biking – possible and actual speeds are often at or above 40mph (studies indicate that typically 40–50% of drivers go over posted speed limits).  Add to that distracted, ambivalent and aggressive driving, and it becomes very dangerous for people walking and biking.

This is not just an enforcement problem. Coordinated efforts involving community engagement, safety campaigns, roadway improvements and city policy must work hand-in-hand with sustained equitable enforcement. This epidemic of preventable loss of life extends far beyond the individual victims themselves and forever impacts the lives of family, friends and our community. We must emphasize our value of human life above all other factors.

In the 50’s, traffic deaths, individual and totals were openly published in the daily newspaper. Our current tendency is to bury this data, which dehumanizes these preventable deaths and injuries making them so abstract as though they are someone else’s problem. They are our problem. With collaboration and openness and outreach we can begin to again humanize this growing epidemic and actively begin to implement real solutions.

With the 2 year budget soon to be approved, the time is now to demonstrate true leadership and real investment in the safety for our community with Vision Zero. As we lead the charge to reduce preventable traffic fatalities to zero in 10 years it will require transparency, leadership and real investment in the form of funding for dedicated staffing and coordinated safety infrastructure improvements. Vision Zero must be an inter-agency collaboration that builds sustained leadership between elected leaders, City management, staff, city departments and agencies and the community.

It is essential we hire full-time staff (pedestrian safety coordinator recommended in the adopted Pedestrian Action Plan,) to take lead and coordinate Vision Zero and to fund improved safety infrastructure, like separated bike lanes, better crosswalks, and safer sidewalks. Changes in practice must institutionalize, catalyzed and guided with staff effort and focus. It is imperative that we use a data-driven process to implement strategies, evaluate our progress and institute adjustments as necessary. Los Angeles provides good examples with their recent Vision Zero Website (attachment 2). In addition to dedicated staff, outside consultants will likely be needed to assist in setting targets and identifying inter-departmental practices necessary for achieving meaningful success for Vision Zero.

Safe Routes to School works to encourage students to walk and bike to school – we know activity has been proven to increase overall health and learning. With an engaged active school like McKinley Elementary (top performer during the last 4 BikeIT WalkIT BusIT events) we can target improvements that serve many families. McKinley was identified as one of the most dangerous schools for Pedestrian Safety in California so funding in this corridor should be on the priority list. Let’s create robust and connected safety corridors around all our schools. We must have dedicated staff to coordinate this effort.

In addition to institutionalizing the creation of safer streets we should also be looking to adopt a robust Complete Streets policy and establish the long requested Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory committee that should include input on implementation of  Vision Zero.

In Santa Monica we lead with initiatives like the Wellbeing Project that prioritizes human health and safety. In 1994, Santa Monica led with the Sustainability Plan that followed with the establishment of an Office of Sustainability and Environment and Sustainability Director (now Chief Sustainability Officer). Encouraging active transportation requires a Vision Zero policy and infrastructure that removes safety barriers to make it a viable choice for our community, and a staff framework to make safety real.

Santa Monica has a history of demonstrating leadership with commitment to the environment, reducing green house gas emissions, as the City encourages residents and visitors to use 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, whether out of necessity, for our health or for the planet. The climate benefits of bicycling and walking are significant and essential to confront our climate crisis.  According to the Pacific Institute study, depending on one’s diet, each mile bicycled reduces from 87% to 97% the CO2 emissions of driving. For every mile walked, there is a reduction of 77% to 95% of the CO2 emissions caused by driving. Getting out of the car to move about our community, however, to advance health and climate measures means little or nothing if safety is not also prioritized. As with sustainability, Santa Monica can lead on Vision Zero.

This letter is submitted on behalf of Santa Monica Spoke and Climate Action Santa Monica.
Cynthia Rose, Katherine King and Cris Gutierrez


[1] Speed management key to saving lives, making cities more liveable
Attachment 1 – City of Santa Monica Speed Limit Map
Attachment 2  – LADOT Roadway Fatalities http://visionzero.lacity.org/map/

Attachment 1, Speed Limit Map City of Santa Monica

Attachment 2 Los Angeles Roadway fatalities Map

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

Public Meeting: Proposed Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossings on Pico Blvd

The City of Santa Monica invites you to a meeting to discuss improving bicycle and pedestrian crossing on Pico Boulevard at 30th Street / Dorchester Avenue.

When:    Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time:      7PM.
Where:    Community Corporation of Santa Monica, Community Room, 2345 Virginia Ave.

The discussion will focus on different approaches to provide direct and less stressful options for crossing Pico Boulevard at 30th / Dorchester. This meeting is an important opportunity to provide guidance and give input on this segment of the City’s bike and pedestrian network (extension of the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway – MANGo) that connects residents to parks, work, schools, and community destinations.

This crossing on Pico Boulevard would allow direct access to MANGo and destinations on the north side of the 10 Freeway like Expo Light Rail, the Expo pedestrian/bike path and Ishihara Park via the Dorchester Tunnel. It would also provide south connections to Clover Park and destinations on Ocean Park Boulevard as well the continuation of MANGo.

A strong desire to improve bicycle and pedestrian crossing at Pico Boulevard at 30th Street / Dorchester Avenue has been identified by community members during previous Bike Action Plan and Pedestrian Action Plan outreach. Santa Monica Spoke is encouraging the community to give input, get information and provide support for these proposed improvement possibilities at this meting or if you cannot attend by contacting Peter Dzewaltowski with the City of Santa Monica.

Contact Peter Dzewaltowski at 310-458-8292 or Peter.Dzewaltowski@smgov.net with your questions or concerns. More information about the project may be found on the City’s website at HERE

Today is Election Day: PLEASE VOTE!

Today, March 7th, is election day across L.A. County! Remember to bike the vote. #BikeTheVote

Vote today! Find your polling location & look up a sample ballot, and make sure you bike the vote. Polls are open until 8 p.m.

Know your voting rights (from the LA Fed)! Your employer is required by law to give you time off to vote. You can vote if your name isn’t on the list using a provisional ballot. You can vote after polls close, as long as you’re in line. You can change your vote if you make a mistake — just ask for a new ballot. You can take your vote-by-mail ballot to any polling location (and you can trade it for a new one if you make a mistake on it).


Vote No on S, Yes on H

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NO on Measure S (Building Moratorium, L.A. City): Read more about LACBC’s statement here.


YES on Measure H (Homeless Services, L.A. County)



Get more voting resources at la-bike.org/vote!

Movie Screening: LOVE Thy Nature

Movie Screening February 22nd,
CONNECTING TO NATURE IS KEY!

The Film
An award winning film narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature shows how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature and takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. Love Thy Nature shows that a renewed connection with nature is key not only to our well being, but also to solving our environmental and climate crises.


The Event
Aero Theater
7pm
* Please arrive by 6:40 to guarantee you get a seat

Panel Discussion
A Panel discussion will follow the screening moderated by Sheila Laffey, Ph.D., adjunct Professor SMC and award winning producer and director.

Panelists will include:
Sylvie Rokab, Emmy nominated film maker and the writer and director of Love Thy Nature.

FREE Admission for:
Santa Monica Residents, High School and College Students w/valid ID and Sustainable Works Members
Not a Santa Monica resident, High School/College student or Sustainable Works Member? Purchase tickets at Fandango.
Free Bike Valet
Bike Valet courtesy of Santa Monica Dept. of Planning & Community Development.
Zero Waste Event

Enjoy the concessions, but when finished, please discard in a sustainable manner to minimize waste…ideally ZERO!

You can do this by discarding items at the Zero Waste stations we’ll have at the theatre. Sustainable Works staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you sort and place materials into the correct Compostable, Recyclable and Landfill bins at these stations.
Bring a reusable water bottle! Water will be provided by the City of Santa Monica.

REGISTER & Bike The Vote, March 7th

#BikeTheVote on March 7th!

We have another important election coming up in about a month, on Tuesday, March 7th, which will elect more than half of the Los Angeles City Council and the Mayor. There are also important local measures on the ballot that will impact Angelenos. On the Westside, we have two council districts up for an election, CD5 and CD11. Register to vote by February 20th, and make sure to #BikeTheVote on March 7th. There are a number of candidate forum hosted by neighborhood stakeholders. If you can, please attend a forum near you and learn more about which candidate will best improve bicycling conditions in their district.

1. Read the LACBC Election Guide

2. Attend a Los Angeles Council District 5 Forum near you! – West Los Angeles and Encino

  • Feb. 11th 1:00 p.m. (Sat) Mid City West Candidate Forum at El Rey Theatre – 5515 Wilshire Blvd.
  • Feb. 12th 2:00 p.m. (Sun) CD5 Meet the Candidate Forum at Leo Baeck Temple – 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
  • Feb. 14th 7:00 p.m. (Tue) Beverly Wilshire HOA Candidate Forum – 543 N. Fairfax
  • Feb. 16th 6:30 p.m. (Thurs) Westside Village HOA – CD5 Candidate Forum at St. John’s Presbyterian Church – National Blvd. and Military Ave.
  • Feb. 19th 4 p.m. (Sun) Beverlywood HOA Town Hall Meeting with CD5 candidates, Location is TBD
  • Feb. 21st 7 p.m. (Tue) Westwood Neighborhood Council, Chamber of Commerce and HOAs Candidate Forum at St. Paul the Apostle – 10750 Ohio Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

     *Los Angeles Council District 11 has no forum scheduled. 

LACBC / Santa Monica Spoke 501(c)(3)