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Santa Monica Spoke Local Update Community Meeting Saturday, Sept 20th

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502 Colorado Green Building

We asked you to save the date … I hope you can join us this Saturday.
The format for the meeting is MIXERUPDATES, Q & A, INPUT & DISCUSSION

DATE:    Saturday, September 20th
TIME:     9am – noon 

PLACE:  502 Colorado Avenue (south east corner 5th and Colorado) 

Program:
-     9 am -10am   - Mixer: Li
ght food and beverages, City Staff & SM Spoke
-    10 am -11am  - Updates, City Staff & SM Spoke
-    11 am - NOON - Q&A, Group Input & Discussion

- UPDATES will include short presentations by city staff on MANGo, SRTS, BAP implementation progress (incl. green lanes on 2nd St), Pedestrian Action Plan, Down
town Plan, Esplanade & Cycle Track, EXPO, Bikeshare. Support for Vulnerable Road Users Initiatives, Cyclist Bill of Rights & VISION ZERO, Upcoming Projects!
- INPUT & DISCUSSION items include: green lane standards, BAP prioritization, Enforcement, Broadway, Bike Access to EXPO, Bike Corrals, Bike Counts, Event ideas, Create on going Survey for community input.

WE NEED YOUR VOICE – We hope you can join us! 

MORE UPCOMING EVENTS:
– Monday, SEPTEMBER 22ND – 2 events at SM Main Library
Pedestrian Action Plan Community Open House 5-8pm
- The League of Women Voters Santa Monica & Santa Monica Next host a City Council Candidates Forum
– Wednesday, September 24th Buy Local Week Handlebar Happy Hour fundraiser benefits Santa Monica Spoke
– Tuesday, September 30th, National Bike Challenge Closing HandlebarHappy Hour
– Friday October 3rd, Monthly Open House Potluck at the Bikerowave 7-10pm
– Saturday, October 4th, Bike it, Walk it KIDS Workshop
– Sunday, October 5th, CicLAvia & Feeder Ride from Santa Monica
– Sat/Sun October 11-12, Team Bike Santa Monica - Bike MS Coastal Challenge 
– Saturday, October 18th Well Being Festival, Buy Local SM, Bike Skills Course
– Thursday, October 30th, LACBC Firefly Ball

3 Foot Safe Passing Law goes into effect today, September 16th

3 FT LAW

Today, September 16, 2014: Three Feet for Safety Act goes into effect.
The Three Feet for Safety Act legally mandates that motorists give people on bikes at least three feet of space when passing. Existing law requires motorists to pass bicyclists while keeping a “safe distance.” The new law defines “safe distance” as three feet. If enough space is not available, the motorist must slow and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.

One key to making the new law effective is to make sure everyone, specifically the driving public knows about it. LACBC has collaborated with AAAWire Media, and CalBike to create the “I Give 3 Feet” graphic free for use to publicize the new law. This graphic can be downloaded from Wire Media here. We encourage all media outlets (big or small), bicycle groups, and interested parties download and utilize this graphic, along with the associated bullet points about the law.

Key points to include with the Three Foot for Safety Act graphic are:

  • Existing law requires motorists to pass bicyclists while keeping a “safe distance.”
  • This new law defines “safe distance” as at least three feet when passing bicyclists traveling in the same direction. This new law gives an educational tool for motorists. Instead of teaching drivers to give a “safe” amount of space when passing, we teach them to give a specific 3 feet. If they don’t it’s punishable by law.
  • If not enough space is available, the motorist must slow and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.
  • Violators will face a $35 fine, as well as a $220 fine if a collision occurs.
  • Law takes effect September 16, 2014.
  •  It lays the political groundwork for Vulnerable Road User laws, and laws of the like to protect all road users

AAA has printed 10,000 window clings for public distribution utilizing the same graphic. Their roadside assistance will be handing out tip cards with the graphic starting in September. Our partners at CalBike are also offering two sticker designs to help promote the new law. We have a supply of window clings that are available free at any of our local events. LACBC has a supply at the main office downtown LA. If you are interested in a greater supply please contact us. You can request the CalBike stickers and window clings directly from CalBike by following this link: https://calbike.org/bulkgiveme3form

Our work with AAA and CalBike is made possible thanks to the support of LACBC members and donors. Not a member? Become an LACBC member or make a donation today.

Pedestrian Action Plan Community Open House: Sept 22nd

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Communities designed for the comfort and safety of people walking are more livable and safer for all users, including people on bikes. Please join the Planning and Community Development Department for a special meeting with the Planning Commission at a COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE to discuss Santa Monica’s first Pedestrian Action Plan and learn important facts about walking in the city today.
At this event, help us shape priorities for improvements to create a world-class walking environment.

WHEN: MONDAY, SEPT. 22 2014 at 5:30-8PM
WHERE: SANTA MONICA MAIN LIBRARY MULTIPURPOSE ROOM, 2nd FLOOR
601 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD

Please join us to discuss:

  • PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: preview ways the Pedestrian Action Plan seeks to improve crosswalks and sidewalks.
  • COMFORT AND HEALTH: learn about how walking supports a sustainable lifestyle and enhances community well-being.
  • EDUCATION: help staff refine proposed programs to educate drivers, cyclists and pedestrians on sharing streets.

Your input will inform this innovative Plan focused on making walking safer and more enjoyable in Santa Monica! 

Valet bike parking provided. Car parking available on-site. Directly served by the Big Blue Bus lines 7 & 10; lines 1, 2, 3, 8, and 9 also stop within a short walking distance.

http://smgov.net/Departments/PCD/Plans/Pedestrian-Action-Plan/

A new chapter will begin: We send our very best wishes as our fearless leader moves on!

It is with a heavy heart I share some important news. 

Jen KOur fearless leader for the last 7 years, Jen Klausner is resigning as Executive Director of LACBC. She shared it yesterday with her staff and today she wanted to make sure all of you got the news. Below is her personal letter which says it all! 

We owe a huge debt to Jen, for her leadership – LACBC is what it is today in a very large part because of Jen, her tireless dedication. leadership and unbridled commitment to LACBC and it’s mission. Though she will be sorely missed she remains committed to LACBC’s mission and will continue to participate in this pivotal time with the organization. 

LACBC is at an important and new evolutional chapter in it’s growth, we are so grateful Jen will stay on until the end of 2014 to ensure a smooth transition for the new Executive Director – Again we are thankful Jen will also participate on the search committee for her successor who will indeed have some hefty shoes to fill.

I believe you will all join me as we thank Jen for all she has accomplished for the biking movement in Los Angeles and for LACBC in her tenure.  Jen is truly a REAL CLASS ACT! We wish her the very very best as she moves on to “getting some dirt under her wheels” and embarks on this next phase in her life. I certainly look forward to continuing to work with her through this transition and in her new participation with LACBC – what ever that may be.

My very best to you my friend – THANK YOU for all you have done and will surely continue to do!

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UPCOMING EVENTS: LACBC Workshop, Kidical Mass & Tour da Arts v6! Plus Save these Dates!

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Workshop #4 Fundraising 
is scheduled for Thursday, August 21st as part of LACBC’s
Empowering Local Advocates Series.

Join us for the forth workshop of the series –
FUNDRAISING
Please RSVP here
Facebook event here 

DATE:      August 21st 
TIME:      6:30 – 8:00pm
WHERE:  LACBC HQ, 634 Spring Street, Edison Room


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Kidical Mass: Festivities start at 9:00am 

The next Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, August 23rd. We will take a family friendly ride around the Pico Neighborhood, east of Virginia Ave Park along the planned MANGo! Education with Fun & Prizes!

DATE:    SATURDAY August 23rd
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Virginia Ave Park
north side of park along Virginia Ave 

Free: Please RSVP HERE


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SUNDAY, AUG 24, 2014  12PM–5PM iCAL
Tour da Arts, vol. 6 is the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s sixth annual cultural bike tour and EXPO. Enjoy the creative side of bicycle culture beginning at the Bergamot Art Complex EXPO/ Festival that starts at NOON, then on a casual, nine-mile ride filled with art, music, and theater. 


 Save these Dates:

– National Bike Challenge HBHH, last week of August, day tbd
– Sept. 20th, Santa Monica Spoke Local Update & Input Meeting
– STREETSBLOG AND SANTA MONICA NEXT HOST CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM ON 9/22
October 5th CicLAvia & Feeder Ride from Santa Monica
– October 11-12 Team Bike Santa MonicaBike MS Coastal Challenge

3 Foot Law Starts September 16th, help get the word out!

3 FT LAW

One month from today, September 16, 2014 the Three Feet for Safety Act will finally go into effect. The Three Feet for Safety Act legally mandates that motorists give people on bikes at least three feet of space when passing. Existing law requires motorists to pass bicyclists while keeping a “safe distance.” The new law defines “safe distance” as three feet. If enough space is not available, the motorist must slow and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.

One key to making the new law effective is to make sure everyone, specifically the driving public knows about it. LACBC has collaborated with AAAWire Media, and CalBike to create the “I Give 3 Feet” graphic free for use to publicize the new law. This graphic can be downloaded from Wire Media here. We encourage all media outlets (big or small), bicycle groups, and interested parties download and utilize this graphic, along with the associated bullet points about the law.

Key points to include with the Three Foot for Safety Act graphic are:

  • Existing law requires motorists to pass bicyclists while keeping a “safe distance.”
  • This new law defines “safe distance” as at least three feet when passing bicyclists traveling in the same direction. This new law gives an educational tool for motorists. Instead of teaching drivers to give a “safe” amount of space when passing, we teach them to give a specific 3 feet. If they don’t it’s punishable by law.
  • If not enough space is available, the motorist must slow and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.
  • Violators will face a $35 fine, as well as a $220 fine if a collision occurs.
  • Law takes effect September 16, 2014.
  •  It lays the political groundwork for Vulnerable Road User laws, and laws of the like to protect all road users

AAA has printed 10,000 window clings for public distribution utilizing the same graphic. Their roadside assistance will be handing out tip cards with the graphic starting in September. Our partners at CalBike are also offering two sticker designs to help promote the new law. We have a supply of window clings that are available free at any of our local events. LACBC has a supply at the main office downtown LA. If you are interested in a greater supply please contact us. You can request the CalBike stickers and window clings directly from CalBike by following this link: https://calbike.org/bulkgiveme3form

Our work with AAA and CalBike is made possible thanks to the support of LACBC members and donors. Not a member? Become an LACBC member or make a donation today.

5 Directions of BIKE TALK: Live Podcast

Cynthia Rose joins the discussion with Bike Talk hosts Nick Richert  this Friday at the HUB

“5 directions of Bike Talk – LA Leaders Recorded Session at Levi’s Commuter Space”levis communter space- Insightful interviews with progressive thoughtful leaders, advocates and journalists in LA’s bicycling and sustainable urbanism movement on how we can all participate in successfully growing LA’s blooming bike culture.
Livestream on killradio.org for this live Bike Talk recorded session to be streaming here: http://216.240.146.66:8030/
but it may also be on killradio.org

Please see full program with latest updates here. As I understand there are possibly two similar programs happening in the space Friday? – this describes both)

Safe to say I think we can expect a great program! To attend RSVP required.
Levi’s® Commuter Workspace, please visit levis-commuter.com.

 

Empowering Local Advocates: LACBC Workshop Series, Fundraising

Workshop #4 Fundraising is scheduled for Thursday, August 21st as part of LACBC’s Empowering Local Advocates Series. These workshops are designed to empower YOU –  to give us all the tools we need to be stronger advocates and to help fund our mission locally and regionally for LACBC and the Local Chapters! Please joining us on the next segment of Empowering Local Advocates workshop series. Santa Monica Spoke / LACBC is a non-profit organization that relies on raising money to help fund the advocacy we do. We will learn ways to organize local fundraisers and build the support we need to grow. The strongest partnerships can be made by people like you that already have connections. We will learn how to build off of that and fundraise for the cause!

Join us for the fourth workshop of the series –
FUNDRAISING
Please RSVP here
Facebook event here 

DATE:      August 21st 
TIME:      6:30 – 8:00pm
WHERE:  LACBC HQ, 634 Spring Street, Edison Room 

Mingle with bike ambassadors from throughout the city, local chapters, and other passionate volunteers. Hope to see you there!

We have grown as an organization to more than 11 Local Chapters throughout the County of Los Angeles with more in the pipeline and 5 Bike Ambassador programs in City of LA. With so much going on, LACBC HQ wants to help empower YOU to help advocate in our local communities.

Help us extend our reach in a county of 10 million people. Learn how to engage interested stakeholders. HELP US SPREAD THE LOVE OF BIKING AND BIKE CULTURE IN OUR CITY and help us as an organization extend our reach, and grow our membership!

Outreach – March 20th Powerpoint Presentation
Membership – April 29th Powerpoint Presentation - Notes
Winning Campaigns Training – May 31st Stair speech exercise
Ride Marshal Training, July 12th 

3 Foot Law Officially Starts September

TOGETHER: LET’S GET THE WORD OUT!

3 FT LAW

In September 2014 the “Three Feet for Safety” law will go into effect in California. It requires that motorists provide at least three feet of space between their vehicle and a bicyclist, when passing. This is thanks in part to the ongoing efforts of organizations like the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike), and AAA to improve the safety of streets for cyclists as well as driver awareness of the rights and regulations relating to bicyclists.

KIDICAL MASS Bike Ride: August 23rd, Virginia Ave Park

SAVE THE DATE: Kidical Mass Bike Ride
August 23rd, Virginia Ave Park
Theme: SUPERHEROS!

Festivities from 9:00am to NOON
The next Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, August 23rd. A fun bike ride experience for families with kids of all ages! Education with Fun & Prizes! Wear a costume and you could win a prize!Kidical Mass flyer_Aug2014 Letter Size

DATE:    SATURDAY August 23rd
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Virginia Ave Park
north side of park along Virginia Ave 

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica for Santa Monica’s next Kidical Mass Bike Ride.  We will take a family friendly ride around the Santa Monica neighborhood, east of Virginia Ave Park along the planned Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway. Prize drawings plus Prize for BEST DRESSED!

Schedule.
9::00am
Pre-ride snacks, Face painting, Helmet Decorating, Prize Drawings, Best Dressed Prize, Free Bike Safety Checks, & Check-in
Arrive early and don’t miss the FUN!
10:00am 
Neighborhood Bike Ride
11:00am (or upon return)
Return to Virginia Ave Park around 11-11:15am for FUN and post-ride snacks provided by KIND,  Farmers Market scavenger hunt, and help celebrate the new Virginia Park Library!

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