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Community Conversations: The Future of Downtown Santa Monica

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Be part of the process in planning our city.

City Planning staff is going to be hosting several “Community Conversation” sessions to discuss the future of Downtown Santa Monica with our community.  The events will include facilitated discussions with small groups (8-12 people),zeroing in on some of the Downtown Community Plan’s most challenging issues such as historic preservation, building height, and the need for public spaces and amenities to support a growing population.

Seating is limited so please book your attendance early. Additional group discussions will be added based on demand. The events will take place at the Santa Monica Main Library Community Room located at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. on the 2ndfloor. Parking can be accessed from 7th Street side of the Main Library free of charge for participants.  The Library can also be accessed by Big Blue Bus lines 1, 7, R7, and R10 which provide direct service to this location. Big Blue Bus lines 2, 3, 3M, 5, 8, and 9 also stop within a short walking distance. The Metro Expo line stops within a ten minute walk to the Main Library.

You can book your reservation by following the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-conversations-the-future-of-downtown-santa-monica-tickets-27174122532

If you cannot attend one of the events, you can provide feedback through the online version by clicking on the following link:  https://maptionnaire.com/en/1194   Please also encourage your friends and neighbors to attend one of the sessions or take the survey.  Thanks.

Santa Monica Spoke Community Meeting

SM Spoke Meeting

August 13th, 9:30-11:00am
Serving Coffee & Bagels starting at 9:30am

Meeting promptly begins at 9:45am
Santa Monica HQ, 1640 5th Street

We will be joined by City of Santa Monica’s Mobility Manager Francie Stefan and members of her department to get updates on the #GoSaMo Campaign and why it is important for pedestrians and bikes, staff changes and welcome new staff, projects like Safe Routes to School and why #GoSaMo is important for pedestrians and bikes and healthy active transportation!

Update on Breeze Bike share. We will be recruiting volunteers for our Breeze Outreach Team and diversity campaign. Kyle Kozar, The City’s Bike Share coordinator will join us for updates

Airport2Park update presentation with Michael Brodsky. What is happening with SaMo Airport?

Bike The Vote. As a 501(c)3 non profit we will cannot be involved in candidate endorsements — but you can! Find out more from our guest.

More mar be added as it is firmed up!

Hope to see you Saturday!!! Come early and enjoy the rest of you day!

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Airport2Park: Santa Monica Airport Walk

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Airport2Park will join with Los Angeles Walks who will be sponsoring a walk around the perimeter of the Santa Monica Airport Saturday, August 6th, 2016, at 10am beginning in Clover Park (south west corner).

la_walks_website1– Start location – Clover Park. 2600 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica 90405 
(Meet at the southwest corner of Clover Park at the fence next to Santa Monica Airport runway) 

This will be a moderate 3.5 mile walk around the perimeter of the Santa Monica Airport where participants learn about issues and impacts relating to the airport, experience pedestrian access issues, see progress on the new 12 acre Airport Park Expansion and envision a future grand park at that location.

no_bikes_no_peopleMichael Brodsky, a Professor at Loyola Marymount University, Member Santa Monica Spoke Steering committee, Co-Founder and Board Member of the Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation will be the Ambassador for this walk around the entirety of Santa Monica Airport. This walk promises to present a unique view of parts of Santa Monica that most people rarely see and even fewer pedestrians actually get to walk.

The group will walk the perimeter of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) to see and learn about the current issues and community impacts relating to this facility and to hear about potential creative new proposals to transform and repurpose this property into a future grand park that will be open and accessible to all.

We invite you to come and show your support for Airport2Park with Los Angeles Walks!

The park which is served by Breeze Bike Share and Big Blue Bus Line #8, Free Parking is also available.

Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen and water!

Los Angeles Walks is a pedestrian advocacy group that makes walking safe, accessible and fun for all Angelenos.  The Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation is working to transform Santa Monica Airport into a grand park for everyone.

Click HERE for Facebook event

Save the date: Santa Monica Spoke Update Meeting Event

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Update Meeting & Event
August 13th, (morning)
Stay tuned, agenda & info will follow

KIDICAL MASS: JULY 2ND

Kidical Mass July 2016

KIDICAL MASS: July 4th Theme
Lawn Bowling Demo!

DATE:    SATURDAY July 2nd, 2016
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON

START:  Douglas Park
–  Chelsea side by the Playground.

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 – 12:00pm

– Check-in, Morning Snacks, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating
– FAMILY Ride
– POST RIDE ACTIVITES – LAWN BOWLING DEMO
– Prizes, plus post ride snacks by KIND

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* 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……

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Don’t have a bike –
You can #RideBreeze!

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.

Expo II: Let’s go Multi-Modal with the Whole Family

 

Sunday May 22nd: Let’s go Multi-Modal on a special Expo II Adventure with the Whole Family.

Expo Line Opens to Santa Monica on May 20th. Join us for an family Friendly adventure for the whole family on Sunday!
With funding from our partners at Metro lets take a ride on Expo, Kids Bikes and All!
We start at 17th Expo Station take a short ride on the Expo II Bike Path and then jump on Expo to Exposition Park for a short ride around the Rose Garden, then back to Santa Monica. Fun for the whole family.

Start time planned for 10am,
Receive a FREE Expo II Commemorative t-shirt when you pre-register.
One for each child plus One adult shirt per family., while supplies last!

Registration limited please RSVP today. For registration form and any FINAL UPDATES please visit the event page HERE

LA Metro’s Proposed Transit System

Wow!  LA Metro’s proposed transit system is amazing – check out this map!

We all know that LA County once had one of the world’s most extensive rail transit systems – shutdown by automobile interests, as legend has it.

Well, it is back to the future in November 2016 if voters get a chance to approve a ballot measure that looks like Metro’s Draft Expenditure Plan!  (see below)

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As we have said before, the proposed investment in new, extended or enhanced rail transit system in the Metro Draft Plan is nothing short of incredible!

And there is more:  about 6% of the measure, maybe more, will be spent improving pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.  Other funds will help keep fares low and ensure State of Good Repair for both our highway and transit systems.

CLICK HERE and connect to Metro’s Draft Plan .

Want to know more?  Join Move LA’s 8th Annual Transportation Conversation on Monday May 23.

You will hear from LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, chair of Metro’s Board, as well as LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, and USC’s Dr. Manuel Pastor and other leaders from our diverse coalition of business, labor, environmental and social justice leaders.

REGISTER HERE: MONDAY, MAY 23, at the LA Cathedral’s Conference Center in downtown Los Angeles

Denny Zane for Move LA
http://www.movela.org/

Official May Bike Month Proclamation by SM City Council

Tuesday night The City of Santa Monica Mayor and
City Council formally recognize May as
National Bike Month with Bike Month Proclamation

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Mayor Vasques presents…

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Bike Month Proclamation Santa Monica City Council

The City of Santa Monica will be formally recognizing May as National Bike Month at our next City Council meeting Tuesay May 10th at City Hall

As a Silver Level Bike Friendly Community, this is positive reminder of the important contribution that biking holds for mobility, sustainablilty and the health and well being of our city, its residents and visitors.
We would love for you to join us for the presentation 6:30pm Tuesday at City Hall.

Join us at City Hall to receive the proclamation!
2nd Floor Council Chambers at 6:30pm
event here  on facebook here

City Hall Green Lanes

Need Support for our Local Climate Riders by Friday!

Can you Support our Local Santa Monica Spoke / Team LACBC Climate Riders?

Can you help them to reach their goals and ride for the cause to have a positive impact on climate change and support the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Santa Monica Spoke’s work to make the Local & LA region a healthy, safe and fun place to walk and ride a bike.
Click their names to go to their fundraising pages.

      Nicole Rostoker                                            Joni Yung