Category Archives: Santa Monica Walks

Public Meeting: Proposed Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossings on Pico Blvd

The City of Santa Monica invites you to a meeting to discuss improving bicycle and pedestrian crossing on Pico Boulevard at 30th Street / Dorchester Avenue.

When:    Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time:      7PM.
Where:    Community Corporation of Santa Monica, Community Room, 2345 Virginia Ave.

The discussion will focus on different approaches to provide direct and less stressful options for crossing Pico Boulevard at 30th / Dorchester. This meeting is an important opportunity to provide guidance and give input on this segment of the City’s bike and pedestrian network (extension of the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway – MANGo) that connects residents to parks, work, schools, and community destinations.

This crossing on Pico Boulevard would allow direct access to MANGo and destinations on the north side of the 10 Freeway like Expo Light Rail, the Expo pedestrian/bike path and Ishihara Park via the Dorchester Tunnel. It would also provide south connections to Clover Park and destinations on Ocean Park Boulevard as well the continuation of MANGo.

A strong desire to improve bicycle and pedestrian crossing at Pico Boulevard at 30th Street / Dorchester Avenue has been identified by community members during previous Bike Action Plan and Pedestrian Action Plan outreach. Santa Monica Spoke is encouraging the community to give input, get information and provide support for these proposed improvement possibilities at this meting or if you cannot attend by contacting Peter Dzewaltowski with the City of Santa Monica.

Contact Peter Dzewaltowski at 310-458-8292 or Peter.Dzewaltowski@smgov.net with your questions or concerns. More information about the project may be found on the City’s website at HERE

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.

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

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Santa Monica Malibu School Students Get READY TO ROLL for BIKE IT! WALK IT! Week

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One again Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) students and staff are getting out their bikes, scooters, skateboards and walking shoes in preparation for Bike It! Walk It! Week, October 7th -10th 2014.  

This year’s motto is “Bike It! Walk It! Every Week!”

Approximately 30 percent of District students at 14 different schools participate in the event, avoiding approximately 12,000 car trips.

The community is invited to join us this Saturday, October 4th for a Free Bike Rodeo (hosted at McKinley) to help prepare students to Get READY TO RIDE this week and every week! We love this year’s motto “Bike It! Walk It! Every Week!”  that encourages students, staff and parents to walk, bike, scoot, skate or take the bus at least one “car-free” day per week. Beautiful!

Bike It! Walk It! and Safe Routes to School programs have been a collaboration and partnership between the City of Santa Monica, the District, Parent Teacher Association and supported by Santa Monica Spoke and other great community leaders. These efforts are to promote health, safety, environmental, and community benefits and improve safety by reduce traffic congestion near schools.
Bike It! Walk It! supports community engagement through environmentally friendly programing.

This year’s motto is “Bike It! Walk It! Every Week!”  Roosevelt Elementary will begin the week with a Bike It Walk It Day on Tuesday, October 7.  Schools celebrating Bike it! Walk it! Day on Wednesday, October 8 include Lincoln Middle School, Olympic High School, Franklin Elementary and Santa Monica High School.  The remaining SMMUSD schools will participate on Friday, October 10, including Will Rogers Learning Community, Edison Language Academy, Grant Elementary, John Muir Elementary/Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH), Franklin Elementary, Juan Cabrillo Elementary, Point Dume Marine Science School, John Adams Middle School, and Malibu High School.

Big Blue Bus Community meetings: Help prepare for EXPO Phase 2 Connections

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Some of you may have participated in meetings earlier this year to help identify priorities for upcoming service changes that are designed to best integrate transit and Expo Rail when Expo Phase 2 stations open in early 2016.

Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus (BBB) has been collecting input on an Expo Integration Study, an evaluation of potential connections to Metro Rail Expo Line Phase 2 stations scheduled to open in 2016. As part of the study, BBB is been hosting a series of community workshops. Our input is important as routes and iterations could impact our current and future proposed bicycle facilities and help inform opportunities that coordinate bicycle and bus route integration with equitable designs that support the most potential users. Safe pedestrian access and Integrating bikes on buses should be an importation part of this equation as it increases our mobility and helps by extending our range at either end of a trip with multi modal connections / options with bikes, busses & Expo light rail.

Big Blue Bus Planning team and consultants at Nelson\Nygaard are pleased to come back with a proposed service plan that they would like to share with you and get your input. As you are already well aware, the expansion of the Expo Line to the Westside will have a significant impact on the BBB service area and will require a new service model with significant changes to many of BBB’s existing routes. The workshops will address bus connections to Expo Line stations as well as the general design of the Big Blue Bus network. Service to Santa Monica, the Westside, UCLA, SMC and other destinations will be discussed.

Tuesday, July 22, 6-8pm
Felicia Mahood Senior Citizen Center,
Community Room 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 90025
Ride BBB Route 1 or 4.Parking available

Wednesday, July 23, 6-8pm
Civic Auditorium, East Wing 1855 Main St.
RideBBB Routes1,2,3 Parking available at Civic Center Lot

Thursday, July 24, 1-3pm
Santa Monica Main Library, Multi-Purpose Room 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Ride BBB Routes 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, Rapid 3, Rapid 7 or Rapid 10. Parking is available in the library garage

The same information will be presented at each meeting. 

The Expo Line is projected to carry 64,000 riders per day by the year 2030, but this can only take place if bus connections to stations are made as useful and convenient as possible.  We need your help – BBB would like to get your input as they begin this important phase of service planning for an exciting new future that will make public transit in and out of Santa Monica more accessible and attractive to residents and visitors throughout Los Angeles County.

You may also view information about the service plan and give feedback at any time on the BBB Expo Planning website

These venues are ADA-accessible. Disability and translation accommodation requests should be made at least three days prior to the meetings by calling BBB Customer Service at (310) 451-5444.

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Join LACBC at Metro on 7/16 to Ask for More Funding for Walking & Biking

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For over two years, LACBC has worked alongside the Safe Routes to School National Partnership to call attention to the critical lack of funding for walking and biking in Los Angeles County. Despite pedestrians and bicyclists making up 19% of all trips and 39% of roadway fatalities in LA County, less than 1% of transportation funding is spent on these two modes. On July 16th, Metro’s Planning and Programming Committee will consider adopting a 10-year Short Range Transportation Plan that again gives short shrift to walking and biking.

 TWO WAYS TO PARTICIPATE and SUPPORT:

Join us July 16th at Metro:

We’re mobilizing our countywide coalition to turn out to a Metro committee meeting next Wednesday (we meet at 2:15 pm to coordinate). Please join us on July 16th to show your support for increasing funding for walking and biking.  Metro Board Room: Planning and Programming Committee considering $88B plan with only 0.6% for walk/bike

Where:    Metro HQ, Metro Board Room, One Gateway Plaza, 3rd floor
Day:         Wednesday, July 16th
Time:       2:15 pm to coordinate* –  You do not have to speak. Easy access from Santa Monica on the #10 Big Blue Bus. * we’ll notify those who rsvp of any time adjustment

Please RSVP Eric at LACBC. (email eric@la-bike.org) 

Social Media Participation!

There is also an opportunity to use social media to express your support.  Using the hashtag #metrofundwalkbike. Please join the conversation online by posting to Twitter and Facebook:

  • Answering the question: “Why should #metrofundwalkbike?”
  • Add pictures!! Write your answer on a piece of paper – (green if possible) and share the picture in tweets and on Facebook. Get your friends and family to do it too!
  • For social media tag our local Metro Board Members, Westside is Pam O’Connorr @PamOConnorMetro, Zev Yaroslavsky @ZevYaroslavsky and Mike Bonin @mikebonin and @metrolosangeles
  • Not on Twitter or Facebook? – comment on this post or email us your comment and/or picture – We’ll post it!

Together we can get the funding we need to make LA County walkable and bikeable, but we need the whole choir singing. This week it gets real. Please help get the word out to your networks so we can get diverse turnout next Wednesday and a full representation online.

Metro’s reluctance to plan for and invest in active transportation stands in the way of our region meeting its mobility, environmental and public health goals. In Metro’s view, walking and biking are the purview of individual cities and not a regional transportation priority. As a result, Metro has a fragmented approach to walking and biking that does not ensure that all of the parts add up to a region that is in fact multimodal, safe and serves the needs of all travelers and all trips. (JM, SRTSNP)

Metro’s staff report  addressing  these concerns dismissed the value of walking and bicycling as “regionally significant” modes of transportation and continues to discount the importance of non-commute trips. For more info and additional links, please see full post at SRTS National Partnership  

Volunteers Needed for Santa Monica Festival

Come join us at the Santa Monica Festival !
Saturday June 14th, 11-6pm
Clover Park, 2500 Ocean Park Blvd

Volunteers needed for the BIKE ZONE, Bike Exhibition, security (watching the bikes) and enthusiasm as we talk about and share the love of bikes and biking.
Sign up for 2hour or longer shifts! Set up or break down also.

volunteer@SMSpoke.org

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IMPORTANT Community Meeting MANGo: SAVE THE DATE JANUARY 7, 2014

Community EventSAVE THE DATE: January 7th 2014, evening IMPORTANT
MANGo Meeting

The City and Consultant Team will host this last Community Meeting to go over the concepts and plans for the Michigan Ave Neighborhood Greenway: MANGo!
Whether you have participated in the past or this is your first view of the project – we urge you join us to provide needed support for the project with your attendance and input.

This is the last public community meeting scheduled on the project before it is presented to Council on February 11. We would like to invite you to join us in support of this major community investment and hear first hand the benefits and concepts it proposes for the Pico Neighborhood, place making for people, connectivity for bikes and the Community at large.

For more information, please visit http://www.smgov.net/michigan or contact Jason Kligier, AICP at 310-458-8341 or jason.kligier@smgov.net

Place: Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Avenue
Day: Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm

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Local Update Meeting, December 7, 2013: MANGo, BIKE SHARE, BAP & MORE

Updates on MANGo, BIKE SHARE, Bike Action Plan (BAP),
Esplanade & MORE

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Regional Bike Share Stakeholder Meeting
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We invite you to join us, City Staff and our special guest, Santa Monica’s former Mayor, Assemblyman Richard Bloom who will give an update about regional Bike Share, Santa Monica’s leading roll and his commitment and leadership for a successful and truly regional system. Also we will get a peek at initial results from MANGo Pop Up Greenway, first event of its kind in the region (Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway project).

Presentations on projects aimed to create more  livable streets and improve the environment for pedestrians and bikes. Get inofrmed and give your input on prioritizing and projects that are important to you at anytime during the meeting via post it and written ballots.

LOCATION:
Fairview Branch Library,  2101 Ocean Park Blvd
DATE:
Saturday, December 7th, 2013
TIME:
10:30-12:30pm

Doors Open at 10:30am for refreshments
We will start the morning with coffee and bagels

11:00 am Presentations will start  (order may change slightly)

  • Bike Share, Assemblyman Richard Bloom
  • MANGo results, Jason Kligier
  • Samohi Safe Routes to School SRTS, plus integration to MANGo, Francie Stefan
  • Bike Action Plan, implementation, prioritization, GREEN LANES, Lucy Dyke
  • Esplanade, Cycle tracks, intersection improvements,  Joanna Hankamer
  • Pedestrian Action Plan Community outreach survey, Santa Monica Walks, Grace Phillips

We will invite the SMPD bike liaison to attend who can address questions and clarification you may have regarding enforcement and ticketing.

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Santa Monica Walking Train: Santa Monica Walks! October 26th, 2013

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Santa Monica Walking Train with Santa Monica Walks! & Santa Monica Next

Saturday, October 26
Meet: 3:30 p.m in front of the new library in Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Walk: Three miles, checking out Expo Line construction, Pico Neighborhood and the brand-new Tongva Park with Grace Philips & Gary Kavanagh (you can take the Big Blue Bus #7 back to the start, or vice versa)
Beers: 6:30 p.m. at Chez Jay, 1657 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
See who’s coming and invite friends on Facebook

Los Angeles Walks promoted the month of “Walktober” with a series of events. Los Angeles Walks joins Santa Monica Walks and Santa Monica Next who are co-hosting an event here in our own fair city.
Beginning at Virginia Park the group will take a walking tour along construction of phase II Expo Line light rail and along Michigan Ave. in the Pico neighborhood where the “Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Project (MANGo) is proposed. Enjoy hearing about MANGo and a bit of history on the neighborhood which had rail service back in the day, and how the building of the 10 freeway divided not only one of our most diverse neighborhoods but is still a source of disruptive devision in our city today despite it’s benefits.

The walk will conclude at the BEAUTIFUL new Tongva Park overlooking Ocean Ave., with the arrival planned around sunset when the park truly shines. Stick around for drinks after at Chez Jay.

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