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Governor’s Budget Ignores Active Transportation Program

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Governor’s May revised budget ignores Active Transportation Program

Yesterday, the Governor released his “May revise” budget proposal, and despite over $1 billion in new available revenues, we were disappointed that the Active Transportation Program (ATP) did not see an increase in funding. Earlier this spring, 120 organizations statewide called for an additional $100 million to build out bicycling and walking networks statewide, and high demand for the program at the local level far outpaced available funding in the first grant cycle. A hallmark of Caltrans sustainability efforts, the ATP is California’s statewide competitive grant program dedicated to increasing walking and bicycling, especially in underserved communities.

The May revise includes an expenditure plan for $2.2 billion in Cap-and-Trade revenue from auction proceeds–more than twice the amount in the January budget proposal–which is the most likely source of new ATP dollars. However, most of the Cap-and-Trade revenue is slated to boost funding to the same set of programs in the January expenditure plan, with a small portion directed to a few new programs related to drought management, energy efficiency, and healthy soils.

While walking and bicycling improvements are technically eligible in several of the Cap-and-Trade programs that received a boost in the May revise, these programs primarily focus on public transit and affordable housing development. These programs’ constraints on project financing and development limit their ability to fund meaningful walking and bicycling projects critical for shifting the nearly ⅔ of trips in California under 1 mile that are currently taken by car. Walking and biking must be a core component of the Cap-and-Trade expenditures in order to reduce vehicles miles traveled (VMT) and ultimately, to help the California achieve our ambitious climate change goals.

The ATP continues to be the most effective source for robust bicycling and walking projects that create safe travel corridors, connect people to transit, provide Safe Routes to School, improve intersections, and close key gaps between destinations for people who walk and bicycle. Furthermore, these projects are essential to improving access to transit and regional economic opportunity for California’s rural disadvantaged communities. Our broad coalition–which includes environmental, affordable housing, transit, parks, public health, social equity, and walking and bicycling advocates, among others–will continue to push for $100 million directly into the Active Transportation Program in the final budget.

The Legislature will review the May revise in a second round of budget hearings over the next few weeks, and the final 2015-16 State Budget must be adopted by June 15.

Support the push for more ATP funding by signing the petition at bit.ly/IncreaseATP.

Statement issued by the Coalition for Active Transportation Leadership including the California Bicycle Coalition, California Walks, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, California Park and Recreation Society, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, TransForm.

MANGo Ribbon Cutting Event!

Save the Date:
Saturday, May 30th, 10am – 11:30am
Michigan Avenue & 12th Street

You are invited to celebrate the opening of the Michigan Avenue landscape circles and the first phase of implementing MANGo, the areas first Neighborhood Greenway! Streets designed to support equity of all road users.

We join the Pico Neighborhood to celebrate the rich cultural tapestry of many threads, woven on and Michigan Avenue, throughout Santa Monica’s History. Hear from residents, past and present as they share their experiences of everyday life in the neighborhood.

See more on MANGo here and on the City’s website here

MANGo Opening Invitation


The Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway is intended to create an inviting streetscape along Michigan Avenue and adjoining streets. This could be achieved through elements including roadway calming, increased landscaping, sidewalk widening, bike facilities, and enhanced crosswalks. The three-mile Greenway between the Bergamot Arts Center and the beach would provide a safe and comfortable place for neighbors of all ages to walk, bike, recreate, and interact with one another. Additionally, it will be a functional circulation link to connect residents and visitors with many significant community and regional institutions, including schools, parks, job centers, and future Expo stations. The project will make it easier to get around Santa Monica on foot and by bicycle, and is intended to enhance the livability of the Pico Neighborhood and improve environmental quality.

Bike Week LA: Tuesday, May 12th

Blessing of the Bicycles and Ladies Choice Morning / Coffee Talk Ride.

Good Samaritan Hospital’s 12th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles.

 

Santa Monica, morning – Lady’s Choice – Chat, ask questions, share stores – over coffee, tea. We can explore the benefits, challenges and shared experiences as women on bikes. Non-gender specific – all are invited  – but lady’s choice on ride and topics. Meet up location for morning beverage and conversation
18th Street Coffee House 7:30am, 1725 Broadway St, Santa Monica, CA 90404

 

Bike Movie Night at Performance Bicycles American Flyers 7pm
Celebrate Bike Month at Bike themed Movies every Tuesday in May at the new Performance Store – admission is FREE and includes POPCORN!Ameican Flyer
Everyone is invited  to bring a camp chair or blanket to sit on during the movie.

Tonight: American Flyers Sports physician Marcus persuades his unstable brother David to come with him and train for a bicycle race across the Rocky Mountains. He doesn’t tell him that he has a brain aneurysm which could render him paralyzed or dead at any given moment. While David powerfully heads for the victory, Marcus has to realize that the contest is now beyond his capabilities. / Features great views of the Rockies and an insight in the tactics of bicycle races.

  • Tuesday, 5/19 Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
  • Tuesday, 5/26 The Bicycle Thief

All movies will begin at 7PM on the specified nights. (tonight and every Tuesday in May!)

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

Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials

BIKE WEEK LA! Santa Monica Events and More!

Bike Week LA 2015

Bike Week LA is an annual week of community events sponsored by Metro and local advocates all over the County of Los Angeles to promote bicycling as a sustainable and practical mode of transportation. Did you take the pledge? Pledge here to ride your bike on Bike to Work Day and you could win cool prizes!

Santa Monica Spoke hosts rides and events all week – (and all of MAY)! Check out our Event Calendar for the latest.

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

Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials

2015 BIKE WEEK LA! List of Santa Monica Events


Click the bullets for complete info. Please check back for added links and new additions!
Check out our Event Calendar for the latest.

Check Metro website for events all over LA. In Santa Monica we have you covered, to get connected in your area check out LACBC or your areas LACBC chapter or Bike Ambassadors.

National: Build it, bike it, Be A Part of it!

A note from our one of our national partnership organizations!

Build it. Bike It. Be a Part of it.Donate Today
Happy National Bicycle Month! we am proud to announce the kickoff of Adventure Cycling’s 6th Annual Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign to raise awareness and support for the U.S. Bicycle Route System. Thanks to our passionate supporters, nearly 10,000 miles of USBR’s have been designated so far, with thousands more to come.By donating today, you can help us reach 10,000 miles of officially approved U.S. Bicycle Routes and, better yet, designate the next 10,000 miles of routes on America’s best roads and trails for bicycling.Build it. Bike It. Be a Part of it. Please join the Campaign to reach 10,000 miles and beyond by donating at adventurecycling.org/beapartofit.During the month of May, you have a very special opportunity to have your gift matched 1:1 by an anonymous donor, up to $25,000. Your gift will travel twice as far in supporting the effort to designate and map U.S. Bicycle Routes in 2015 and beyond.Whether you’re planning overnight adventures from your front door, weekend outings to a state park or a cross country summer trip, the USBRS is your atlas to adventure. And we need your support to complete this monumental project!And don’t forget, your donation is doubled if you donate before May 31st. Take a look at the amazing giveaways we’ll send you with a gift of $100 or more!

With thanks,

Jim Sayer

Jim Sayer
Executive Director

Adventure Cycling Association
Inspiring and empowering people to travel by bicycle
www.adventurecycling.org
Phone: 800-755-2453

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National Bike Month Giveaway – Donate $25 or $50National Bike Month Giveaway – Donate $25 or $50

Donate $25 to the USBRS Campaign through May 31st and we’ll enter your name into a month-long drawing to win a spot on a Danube Bike Path 7-day bike tour with Bike Tours Direct. Donate $50 and you’ll also be entered to win this Revolt 1 bicycle from Giant. Learn more>>

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Santa Monica Festival, May 9th starts Bike Week!

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Santa Monica Festival kicks of Bike Week for us here in Santa Monica as it celebrates its 24th year at Clover Park Saturday, May 9th from 11am to 6pm.  The Santa Monica Festival showcases sustainable living and culture through an array of free, family-friendly activities and performances, including art workshops, music and dance performances, cooking demonstrations, fitness classes, and more that reflect the culture and diversity of this unique beach City. The free festival is an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to come together to connect, create, and celebrate Santa Monica.
Check our Calendar for more upcoming events for Bike Week, BTWD, and so much more added all the time! 

We celebrate this year with an even bigger expanded FAMILY BIKE HUB!
Bikes again play a large roll in the festivities. Santa Monica Spoke is again excited to be participating by putting on our 5th Bike Exhibition, a Youth Skills Course / Bike Rodeo and Bike Demos in the ever expanding BIKE ZONE / Family Bike Hub supported by the City of Santa Monica Planning and Community Development Dept and Safe Routes to School.

The Bike Exhibition demonstrates the wonderful versatility of the bicycle and how it can enhance our lives as a healthy, sustainable part of our city and the environment.  We demonstrate the adaptability of bicycles and how bicycles can be more than just for pleasure – they can get us to work or school, go shopping, get groceries, run errands, and take us on terrific adventures from cruising in the sun to bike touring destinations near and far.

We will have a large variety of bicycles on display from standard cruisers, mountain bikes and road bikes to the increasingly popular cargo bikes and folding bikes.  We will have trailers for hauling all kinds of cargo from your children and pets to trips to your local farmers market, weekly groceries and weekend shopping sprees.  We will also have some nice vintage bikes on display as well, still ready for daily use.
Volunteers needed – email volunteer@SMSpoke.org
Bikes on display are courtesy of Santa Monica Spoke community, and with generous help from our local bike shops.
Family Bike Hub

Youth Skills Course – Bike Rodeo NOON to 4pm will offer a fun training and skills course for children to learn or improve their riding skills and learn safety precautions. Adults can get instruction, safety tips and learn their rights and responsibilities of smart cycling.

Activities will include helmet decorating, Bike Safety check and bike maintenance workshops with Bikerowave, & REI, Photo Wall , FUN PRIZES AND MORE!

Ride your bike to the festival, Free Bike Valet will be provided by the City of Santa Monica.
Free rides on the Big Blue Bus (line #8 only) will be offered to festival participants. Click to print coupon. Also, Santa Monica Free Ride will offer free shuttle service between Main St. at Ocean Park Blvd. and the Festival. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

We look forward to you visiting our Exhibition and talking with you about bicycling in Santa Monica and the City’s progress on the Bike Action Plan.

The Festival:      Website      On Facebook      Facebook Event       twitter @santamonicafestival

The 24rd annual Santa Monica Festival is presented by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division and Office of Sustainability and the Environment, and is produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS). The festival is free and open to all ages. See you on May 9th!

Each year since 1992, Community Arts Resources, (CARS) who also has produced this event that has grown into Santa Monica’s largest celebration of its civic identity. The Santa Monica Festival expresses the city’s persona through a two-pronged approach: culture and the environment. Now one of the greenest festivals in the Los Angeles area, the event employs solar-powered stages, carbon offsets, waste diversion and product replacement to be as sustainable as possible. The festival, located in Clover Park since 1994, also celebrates the amazing diversity of Santa Monica through programming on two stages, a Town Square of local non-profits and government agencies, a Global Café, and a Marketplace of diverse vendors. The festival is presented by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division as well as the City’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

SANTA MONICA, CA (APRIL 10, 2011) – Commemorating its twentieth year (in 2011), the Santa Monica Festival has evolved into a celebration of the unique intersection of art and the environment.  Festival-goers can celebrate Mother Earth and all moms this Mother’s Day weekend with an eclectic mix of live music and dance, DIY art workshops utilizing recycled and repurposed materials, guilt-free shopping from vendors featuring earth-friendly artistic wares and local resources offered by a variety of City and local non-profit organizations.

Reminder: Santa Monica Spoke Meeting, April 11th at 9:30am

Please Join us this Saturday!

Day:     Saturday
Date:   April 11th
Time:   
9:30am – noon
Location: 1640 5th Street, in the courtyard

Coffee, bagels, input  and updates on biking in Santa Monica. 

Santa Monica Spoke Meeting, family friendly.
BAP, Project & Campaign Updates and a Special Farewell Reception for Lucy! 

Our agenda will include community Input, discussion and updates by city staff on Bike Share, SRTS projects, Kidical Mass, Bike Action Plan Implementations.
Projects updates on MANGo & The Esplanade/Protected Bike Lane. plus info on lots of upcoming events. May is Bike Month and the Santa Monica Festival Bike Exhibition!!

Morning snacks, beverages & special treats will be served!

Hope you can come!!!!
Ride to the meeting and share to #30daysofbiking
Event listing here

Bike License Plates in California? – Yes Please :)

The California Bicycle Coalition is pursuing a bicycle-oriented special interest license plate program for motor vehicles in California. License plate programs can make millions of dollars for programs that can help get thousands more people to ride bikes in many states around the country, but we haven’t tried to win one in California yet. We need your help figuring out what the most appealing program is. Will you take this brief survey and let us know what you think people would like most?

Imagine something like this (but a different logo/picture on the left, and a slogan chosen by you) on tens of thousands of cars across California:


Please help us set the vision for the program, and create a popular design, by filling out our survey at calbike.org/licenseplate. Help us get a sense of how many interested Californians will chip in and pre-order a bicycle-themed specialty license plate to get this program off the ground.

TAKE THE SURVEY

Kidical Mass: Garden Ride & Community Garden Tour, April 18, 2015

KIDICAL MASS Earth Day Bike Ride
Tour Park Drive Community Garden
FUN hands-on KIDS Workshop

DATE:    SATURDAY APRIL 18TH
TIME:    9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
START:  MEMORIAL PARK
–  Parking lot off 14th Street.

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica Community Gardeners for Santa Monica’s Kidical Mass Ride. 
We will take a family friendly ride in Santa Monica to visit Park Drive Community Garden for a special kid friendly event. Prizes and giveaways at Memorial Park when we return!

Schedule.
9::00am – 12:30pmSM Community Gardens
– Check-in, Morning Snacks, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating
– Ride to Pit Stop visit at PARK DRIVE COMMUNITY GARDEN
– KIDS GARDEN TOURS AND WORKSHOP
– Pitstop hosts Cynergy Cycles & Santa Monica Community Gardeners
– Ride back to Memorial Park by noon for fun activities, Prizes and post ride snacks by KIND
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Watch our 1st Kidical Mass in 2013 video here

Don’t have a Kid Carrying Bike?   NOT A PROBLEM !sm_bike_center
Special 20% discount on Rental 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  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.

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 – younger children should be in a child seat, trailer or on a Tag-a-long.

SAVE THE DATE: April 11, SM Spoke Meeting, Bike Action Plan Updates and MORE!

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On the morning of April 11th,

Santa Monica Spoke Meeting,
BAP, Project & Campaign Updates and a Farewell Reception for Lucy!

In the Courtyard at 1640 5th Street

Lots of info on exciting upcoming events, Bike Share, SRTS, Bike Action Plan implementation, Projects: Mango & The Esplanade: Protected Bike Lane & MORE.
Morning snacks, beverages & special treats will be served!

Agenda and Time will be posted soon!

Hope you can come!!!!