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Take Action: Save Biking & Walking Funding for our Communities

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Congress is preparing to take action on a new federal transportation bill.  Given the shortfall of federal transportation dollars, some members of Congress are already questioning why the federal government provides any funding for bicycling and walking.

We need your help to make sure that Congress doesn’t cut funding to help local communities build sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, trails and more. Please Ask your Senator to Co-Sponsor S. 705, The Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act.

The Transportation Alternatives Program provides hundreds of millions of dollars each year to local communities to invest in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. It’s the only federal program specifically focused on local transportation priorities. S. 705, the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act, written by Sens. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), makes changes to the program to  make it more effective and easier for local governments to use.

For decades, our federal transportation system has focused the bulk of its resources on building roads, leaving many of our communities with few transportation options and rising safety risks for people bicycling and walking. More and more Americans want options for bicycling, walking and transit to live healthier and safer lives. More and more cities and towns are clamoring for more facilities for biking and walking to make their communities more attractive to residents and to improve their economies. S. 705 would help make sure that Congress continues to invest a small share of federal transportation dollars in these types of projects.

Ask your Senators to cosponsor S. 705, the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act, to ensure that our federal transportation system continues to provide funding for bicycling and walking.

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Two feeder rides from Santa Monica to CicLAvia The Valley, Go MULTIMODAL!

This Sunday all new CicLAvia – The Valley!
Two Feeder Ride options from Santa Monica, Tongva Park

This first CicLAvia of 2015 represents the inaugural visit of LA’s renowned open streets event to the San Fernando Valley. For this CicLAvia participants will be able to travel between North Hollywood and Studio City on car-free streets, using foot, pedal and non-motorized wheel power. CicLAvia – The Valley March 22, from 9am–4pm

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! Helpful suggestion on participation at CicLAvia

We will host two feeder ride options to CicLAvia this Sunday, March 22nd.
PLEASE NOTE: NEW MEETNG LOCATION AND TIME FOR SANTA MONCIA FEEDER RIDES. Both Ride options meet in Tongva Park, 7:30am

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Start           Tongva Park, center of park grass area near restrooms
Address      1615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Meet           7:30am
Roll out      8:00am (sharp)

Option 1 – Multimodal
Bike it to Culver City and EXPO LINE to RED LINE together
THIS ROUTE WAS UPDATED 3/21 DUE TO EXPO CONSTRUCTION

route-7243818-map-fullThis UPDATED Route is 8.2 miles and mostly flat with bike lanes or low traffic volume streets at our time of travel. We will be traveling at an easy pace but do ask you “stay with the pace” so we can all get there together. No rider is left behind.
For feeder ride all young children should be on tag-a-long or in trailers. Want to ride yourself to Expo here’s a simple route on Venice Blvd

Option 2 – Advanced
Bike from Santa Monica to CicLAvia – The Valley

(bail out option at Metro Station Hollywood and Highland)

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This Route is for more advance riders – slightly faster paced with more elevation gain (click map).
The group will still stay together with no rider left behind – you do have the option if you choose to jump on the Metro Red Line if you run out of steam or prefer not to ride over the hill on Cahuenga Blvd.

Want to ride to Red Line on your own? Here is that route

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 from Santa Monica FAST!
Catch the Red Line at the 7th Street Metro Hub . 

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)
The Metro trip planner can be found here

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CicLAvia the Valley, March 22nd: Feeder Rides from Santa Monica!

CicLAvia makes its first journey to the San Fernando Valley March 22, from 9am–4pm when Metro Presents CicLAvia – The Valley. This first CicLAvia of 2015 represents the inaugural visit of LA’s renowned open streets event to the San Fernando Valley.
For this CicLAvia participants will be able to travel between North Hollywood and Studio City on car-free streets, using foot, pedal and non-motorized wheel power. YEY!!

This time we will host TWO feeder events to CicLAvia from Santa Monica!!  
Both start at Tongva Park: “Bike it – all the way” or NEW “Multimodal – Bike it to Expo & Train”
click HERE for all the latest updates and routes.

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Click map for larger view or to download

Metro Presents CicLAvia – The Valley runs 5.5 miles along Lankershim Boulevard between the North Hollywood Metro Red Line stop at Chandler Boulevard and the Universal Studio Red Line stop, and along Ventura Boulevard between Campo de Cahuenga and Coldwater Canyon. The route will highlight some of the gems of the East Valley including the North Hollywood Arts District, Universal City, the historic Campo de Cahuenga, Studio City Farmers Market and the famed Sportsmen’s Lodge.

 

TAKE ACTION: Support Safer People, Safer Streets at Council Tuesday 3/17

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Tell Santa Monica City Council you support SAFER STREETS for EVERYONE with an email now!

You are invited to attend the meeting and speak!

This Tuesday, March 17th Santa Monica City Council will consider the official adoption of US
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx’s challenge of mayors and local elected officials to take significant action to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities over the next year.

With pedestrian and cyclist deaths accounting for a rising share of U.S. traffic fatalities and Congress not exactly raring to take action, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is issuing a direct challenge to America’s mayors to improve street safety. Foxx unveiled the “Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets” at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Transportation Committee meeting in Washington.

Mayor McKeown and Councilmember O’Connor have submitted a request to Santa Monica City Council to authorize Santa Monica’s participation in the US Department of Transportation’s “Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets” (see agenda item request below)

Mayor McKeown attended the Mayors’ Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets last week in Washington DC, where cities have join together to commit to spend the next year helping their communities undertake seven activities to improve safety. The challenge is based on the 2010 USDOT Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation. Click here for an executive summary of the Mayors’ Challenge.

March 17th City Council Agenda Item13-E:
Request of Mayor McKeown and Councilmember O’Connor that the Council authorize Santa Monica’s participation in the United States Department of Transportation’s “Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets,” and reaffirm that pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety are of the utmost importance by pursuing a multi-departmental approach to complete streets and safety. The goal of complete streets is to make streets safe and convenient for all road uses and for people of all ages and abilities. Santa Monica’s Bicycle Action Plan and Pedestrian Action Plan should incorporate best practices from complementary initiatives such as Vision Zero (no loss of life acceptable), and 8-80 Cities (if a city works for persons who are 8 years old and 80 years old, it will be good for all).

Use this template or email directly to send your support – please feel free to add your personal comments.

Send email directly to: Council@SMGov.net, Clerk@SMGov.net, BikePlan@SMSpoke.org

I support SM City Councils' commitment to the Mayors' Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets

Dear City Council, Manager & Staff,

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Your support is NEEDED to get to National Bike Summit 2015

Help send our Director to the Summit!

We need your support to send our Director Cynthia Rose to National Bike Summit and the 3rd National Forum on Women & Bicycling 2015!
This year’s theme — Bikes+ calls out a time to change the equation for bicycle advocacy. Build a bicycle-friendly America for everyone, expand to serve broader interests. Last year, we pushed for Congress to tell the U.S. Department of Transportation to set a national goal to reduce bicyclist fatalities. Before the end of 2014, they did exactly that. We won, thanks to hundreds of participants at the National Bike Summit. Continuing this momentum US Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox has challenged mayors and local elected officials to take significant action to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages.  The Mayors’ Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets will be in DC at the same time as  the National Bike Summit, Santa Monica’s Mayor McKeown will attend. See more on this in an article on StreetsBlog USA here.

Santa Monica Spoke is led by 100% volunteers, including our full time Director Cynthia Rose. The Summit is the premier national bike conference, gathering advocates from around the country to lobby for bikes on Capitol Hill. We are requesting donations to cover costs to send Cynthia to the Summit 2015.

Our goal is to raise $1500.00 to cover the Women’s Forum, National Bike Summit, and travel expenses. PLEASE PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT Click HERE
or email your 
pledge amount to Donate2@SMSpoke.org  we will reply to complete the pledge. Donations are tax deductible. 

The voice for cycling is growing stronger on Capitol Hill, and with your support, our director can share lessons learned and gain experience in professional advocacy from top experts from all 50 states and bring it home to Santa Monica & LA County.


National Bike Summit 2015: Bikes +

They didn’t choose this year’s theme — Bikes+ — lightly. We agree it’s time to change the equation for bicycle advocacy. To build a bicycle-friendly America for everyone, we can’t stop at bicycling as an end in itself. We must consider how bikes can add value to other movements and how our movement can expand to serve broader interests. The 2015 National Bike Summit will again unite the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill to advance bicycle safety, funding and equity. More than 700 participants from all 50 states will build momentum in Congress for a Bicycle Friendly America

KIDICAL MASS BIKE RIDE AND FAMILY EVENT: February 14th, Clover Park

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KIDICAL MASS BIKE RIDE: Wheel you be my Valentine? 
Saturday February 14th
Clover Park

Festivities from 9:00am to NOON
Don’t miss the early festivities stating at 9:00am! The first Kidical Mass Ride for 2015 is Saturday, February 14th. A fun bike ride event for the whole family! Education with Fun & Prizes!
Dress up and you could win a prize!
The theme ……?wheelyoube

Kidical Mass Flyer V-day 2015
DATE:    SATURDAY February 14th
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Clover Park (2600 Ocean Park Blvd)
– meet (east side of park) 25th Street at Oak Street 

Free: Please RSVP HERE so we have enough refreshments and giveaways

Join Santa Monica Spoke and the City of Santa Monica for the next Kidical Mass Bike Ride.  We will take a family friendly ride in the Sunset Park neighborhood.
Drawings and Prize for BEST COSTUME!

Schedule
9::00am
Pre-ride snacks, Coffee and beverages for the kids (Please be sustainable and bring your own cups), Helmet Decorating, Prizes, Free Bike Safety Checks, & Check-in
Arrive early and don’t miss the FUN!
10:00am (approximate)
Neighborhood Bike Ride*
11:00am (or upon return from ride)
Return to Clover Park around 11-11:15am for FUN and post-ride snacks provided by KIND. Valentine Cookie Decorating is planned!

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Watch our 1st Kidical Mass in 2013 video here ..

* Children must be accompanied and are the responsibility of their parents. Bikes should be in good working condition. Free Safety Checks on site for minor adjustments/repairs. Please use good judgement – ride is on city streets – smaller children should be in a child seat, in a trailer or Tag-a-long……

Don’t have a Kid Carrying Bike? NOT  A PROBLEM !sm_bike_center
Special 20% discount on Rentals at the Santa Monica Bike Center. You can find special Kid carrying cargo bikes, kid seats, trailers, tandems, tag-a-longs!! Anything you could need at a 20% discount for rentals) – Please reserve online and write “Kidical Mass” in the special requirements section of the reservation – 20% discount will be applied at check out! Reserve early and plan to pick up bikes Saturday morning in time to arrive at the event.

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!

 Vote for Your 2014 Streetsies
Then Donate to Streetsblog!

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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