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Community Meeting Saturday, Feb 24th – SaMo Safe Streets Alliance

Please join the Santa Monica Safe Streets Alliance team to hear how we will help create Safe Streets in Santa Monica with your input and Vision Zero.


Day:       Saturday, February 24th
Where:  Colorado Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, across from Helen’s
Time:     1:30 – 3:00pm


At this meeting we will hear from City staff on Santa Monica’s Mobility Plan and how the City plans to implement Vision Zero to achieve zero traffic fatalities by 2026. This is a critical time for our community to make sure our streets are safe. There will be opportunity for questions, individual input and ways for you to get involved.


About the Santa Monica Safe Streets Alliance: 

Santa Monica Safe Streets Alliance is a collaboration of local advocacy organizations and community members that together will promote and support implementation of our community’s shared goals of complete streets that are designed to be safe, equitable and welcoming to everyone.


In our home town in 2017, nine people were killed and 25 severely injured in collisions on the streets of Santa Monica, more than two-times the annual average of four fatalities in the years between 2006-2016. These collisions cannot be brushed aside as “accidents”: these crashes are predictable and therefore preventable. No traffic death is acceptable. We need meaningful and true commitment to the goals of safe streets by implementing Vision Zero. Vision Zero focuses on safe mobility for everyone — regardless of whether you walk, bike or drive a car.

It is time for a fresh approach. We can indeed design safe, livable and sustainable streets. To achieve these lofty goals we need a collaborated effort of community and civic stakeholders — including inter-departmental coordination of city divisions, and integration of projects and opportunities — education, transparent and appropriate enforcement, as well as complete street design that prioritizes safety and is engineered to reduce the effects of human error that result in fatalities or severe injuries.

Vision Zero began in Sweden 20 years ago. Since then they have cut traffic deaths in half (fewer that 3/100k compared to 11/100k in the US) while at the same time increasing their population and vehicle miles traveled.  Numerous cities in the US have also adopted Vision Zero. In the three and half years since New York City adopted Vision Zero they have seen 23% fewer road fatalities. Closer to home, Fremont, California adopted Vision Zero in 2015 and has since seen a 25% reduction in traffic fatalities. We can do this!

In Santa Monica we are ahead of many cities leading with a vast array of mobility options. Our City Council adopted “A New Model of Mobility” as one of its five strategic goals in 2015. We have a clear direction to develop a diverse transportation ecosystem that is equitable and encourages walking, biking, public transit, van-pools as well as a variety of shared mobility options.

Our priority is to keep our community safe regardless of ability or mode of travel, mindful of our most vulnerable population.

February Walk with the Mayor!


In February, join Mayor Ted Winterer, Adopt-A-Walk and Santa Monica Spoke on a one-mile walk, through the neighborhood. The loop walk will leave from Reed Park–the corner of California Ave and Lincoln Blvd– at 10 am. This is a great opportunity to meet other walkers, learn about Adopt-A-Walk, Santa Monica Spoke and discuss the community with the Mayor and city staff.

Bring good walking shoes and a water bottle. Children should be in strollers or capable of walking the route, and DOGS ARE WELCOME!

Check out the Calendar event HERE for all the info!

Kidical Mass is this Saturday!

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Saturday – February 10th – Clover Park
Click HERE for flyer and more info

DATE:    SATURDAY February 10th
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Clover Park (2600 Ocean Park Blvd)
– meet (west side of park) 25th Street at Oak Street
Free: Please RSVP HERE so we have enough refreshments and activity supplies!

Join Santa Monica Spoke and the City of Santa Monica for the next Kidical Mass Family Bike Ride.  You never know what special guest could join us. We are happy to have support from Razor at the event. There will be a Razor Booth with Scooters to demo – plus you could win a scooter in a FREE raffle – RSVP and arrive to Check-in for your free raffle ticket!
YEY Prize Drawings!

We’ll also be giving away 2 set of tickets to the Santa Monica Orchestra Concert on February 18th. Check it our HERE for our local partner special on-line discount offer.

Pre-ride snacks, Coffee, and beverages for the kids (Please be sustainable and bring your own cups), Helmet Decorating, Prizes, Free Bike Safety Checks provided by Performance Bicycles, & Check in.
Arrive early and don’t miss the FUN!
We return to Clover Park for FUN and post-ride snacks.
Valentine themed activity are being planned!

 

* 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……

Santa Monica Spoke Update Meeting: Vision Zero

SM Spoke MeetingSunday, November 19th
Doors open at 9:30am with coffee, bagels

Arrive by 10am – get a bonus*

10:15AM – Short discussion style presentation about local projects, BAP update, Volunteer opportunities / Operation Firefly.
– time for input and questions.
– VISION ZERO, what is it? why is it important, Vision Zero Draft Planning Document

Event info HERE
RSVP@SMSpoke.org

*those that arrive by 10am will get the bonus gift bag