Category Archives: Santa Monica

Spoke Event Saturday, Bikeshare, Bike Action Plan Updates & PARTY!

Join us Saturday afternoon for an Update & Input Meeting,
followed by a family friendly Party to celebrate
the 3rd Anniversary of our Bike Action Plan

Please join us
DAY /DATE:    Saturday, November 22rd
TIME:              3:00pm Updates, Input & Discussion
                         immediately followed by BIKE ACTION PLAN PARTY
PLACE:            1640 5th Street, SM (south of EXPO)
- Private outdoor courtyard 
- please dress accordingly

Please RSVP@SMSpoke.org

We will be joined by special guests, City staff and local leaders to give updates and gather input on recently approved Bikeshare contract, Bike Action Plan Implementations: completed and in the pipeline, KIDICAL MASS, SAMOHI SRTS & MANGo Progress, EXPO & Colorado Esplanade, DTSM Projects, and more! As always YOUR INPUT is most valuable in this process.

SOBI Bikeshare bike will be there for you to check out!

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Santa Monica Bikeshare: Vote for Hub Locations

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We were excited last week when SM City Council voted unanimously to approve staffs recommendation and move forward with CycleHop for SM Bikeshare. Santa Monica has chosen a cutting edge “smart bike” system manufactured by Social Bicycles (SoBi). This innovative technology, with the electronics on the bikes instead of just at Stations Kiosks seems perfect for Santa Monica, its ease of use, smaller foot print, simple installation and system flexibility is easily scalable to a regional system. With funding in place, regional integration and collaboration prioritized, our compact geography and Expo coming we are the perfect pilot market for LA’s regional Bikeshare System. With regional support and collaboration with METRO our system will surely inform the regions partners and the future regional model.

For Santa Monica bikeshare is an integral step in our city’s progression to a more sustainable, livable city where bicycling is convenient and residents and visitors have added transportation options and don’t need to drive their cars. Data shows that the more people that ride bikes the fewer crashes – as ridership goes up – incidents of bike crashes goes down. With education as a component, bikeshare will provide easy access to encourage more people to ride bikes, which will ultimately translate to safer streets for everyone. More people on bikes for their daily or occasional trips will also help mitigate traffic …. by providing our residents and visitors easy, efficient environmentally friendly options to driving a car. Bikeshare can be one of the transportation solution for many people leaving or arriving on EXPO to extend from stations to and from their destinations in Santa Monica – helping mitigate congestion and traffic.

Dare we image creating a vibrant city where all people can feel safer walking, riding bikes or driving cars? YES WE CAN!
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Save the Date: November 22nd SM Spoke Meeting and BAP PARTY

SAVE the DATE: Saturday, November 22nd
Santa Monica Spoke Update Meeting  including BAP & Bike Share and
It’s our 3 year anniversary of passing the Bike Action Plan! Let’s have a party too!
Program will follow. All ages welcome.

Smart Bike technology for Bike Share vendor to City Council November 11

UPDATE: 11/11 Council voted unanimously to authorize SM Bikeshare contract. With Metro we now move toward building a seamless regionally integrated Bikeshare model!

Bike Share:

Exciting newer “Smart Bike” technology is on its way to Santa Monica!

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Our City Council will have the opportunity to authorize the contract for bikeshare equipment/operations on November 11. The staff recommendation is for the installation of a “smart bike” system, provided by Social Bicycles and operated by Cycle Hop. It is available on the City web site. Through this competitive procurement, the City has the opportunity to purchase 500 bicycles and 20 kiosks, for a system about the same size as was recently launched in Seattle. The City is hoping to procure a sponsor/sponsors to provide funding in exchange for messaging on the bicycles only, through a separate process.

Send letter to support Bike Share in Santa Monica to:   council@smgov.net cc:  BikePlan@SMSpoke.org

The bicycles re expected to be available outside City Hall on November 11, throughout the business day, for people who want to come to see and ride them. The staff report is on-line here: http://www.smgov.net/…/agen…/2014/20141111/s2014111108-A.htm

Attachments:

  1. System Equipment and Plans
  2. Proposed Contract Term Sheet
  3. Rate Structure and Revenue Projections
  4. Service Standards (Service Level Agreements)
  5. Sponsor/Advertising Opportunities
  6. Recommended Station Siting Policy and Guidelines
  7. Draft Map of Potential Station Sites
  8. Draft Project Schedule

Local Election Results, Santa Monica City Council …. & more

Victory LC _NO_D   click image for SM full election results

The results are in,
Some incredible wins and unfortunate outcomes too.

Over all local results are written up here at Santa Monica Next.
A big win on Measure LC, visit It’sOurLand for a letter from the Chair John Fairweather. Disappointment with measures H & HH.

Full list of Santa Monica outcomes can be found here
Regional and beyond election results here

NOVEMBER 4TH: Please VOTE Today! #VoteLocal #BikeTheVote #IBikeIVote

Santa Monica Spoke is a 501c3 and cannot endorse candidates. To see what candidate endorsements Civic and Community Leaders in the biking community are recommending you can look here:

Bike the Vote (includes local SM and regional races)
Assemblyman Richard Bloom has this to say..

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CalBike Handlebar Happy Hour Sunday November 2nd!

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Handlebar Happy Hour
to welcome California Bicycle Coalition Surf ‘n Turf ride to Santa Monica, and to highlight and honor our local leaders and superstars.

Event is free but please RSVP,
Donations are welcomed!

Handlebar Happy Hour

Day:      Sunday
Date:    November 2nd
Time:   4:00PM – 6:30:pm
Place:   Private courtyard at 1640 5th Street
RSVP: HERE

Local Chapter Santa Monica Spoke leads this months LACBC Sunday Funday Ride that will begin at the top of the Santa Monica Pier early Sunday morning. They will roll out at 9am to ride north on PCH to meet up with the CalBike Surf ‘n Turf tour at Nicolas Canyon Beach Park for lunch. After which the whole group will ride back to Santa Monica together!CalBike-surf-n-turf-Trace-alternate-w-tagline-259x300

Surf ‘n Turf is California Bicycle Coalition’s inaugural fundraising bike tour. It will embark this Saturday morning to raise awareness and funds for the Better Bikeways Campaign, increased funding and improved design for bikeways in California, and the Give Me 3 campaign. As the tour bikes down the coast they will meet up with affiliate organizations along the way to highlight local advocates, campaigns and successes with a variety of events celebrating those leading the momentum.

The tour leaves from Santa Barbara Saturday, November 1st and arrives in San Diego Wednesday, November 5th. Sunday afternoon, November 2nd the group arrives and stays in Santa Monica for the night! In collaboration with local partners, Santa Monica Spoke will host a Handlebar Happy Hour for Calbike to welcome the tour and introduce them to some of LACBC’s local and countywide victories and campaigns, and to honor bicycle and sustainable transportation advocates and superstars!

Join the National Momentum! #IBIKEIVOTE

JOIN US and The League of America Bicyclists:
#IBIKEIVOTE

– Parts of this post are excerpted –LEAGUE PROGRAMS, TAKE ACTION by Liz Murphy

With our election one week away today, we are in the home stretch! We will be deluged with emails, television and flyers, mailers etc etc. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!

For important local ballot measures you could start HERE for what we are supporting. For local and regional races visit Bike the Vote or read what Assemblyman Richard Bloom has this to say..

Please VOTE NOVEMBER 4TH – YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!
More in depth background on important local measure we support Yes on LC & Yes on H & HH

In addition we have our own #VoteLocal CAMPAIGN for the election and Santa Monica’s Next Round as it winds down.

Every time you ride your bicycle, even when you ride alone, you’re part of something bigger. Every time you get on your bike you make your community — your country — better.

“Bikes bring us together, uniting us across political lines for a common bipartisan goal: Building a bicycle friendly America for everyone. Whether or not you bike to your polling place on election day, you are a citizen cyclist — and your values for safer streets makes a difference no matter who’s on the ballot.”

“So declare yourself. Tell your friends, your family, leaders in your community and beyond: I Bike, I Vote.  The League of American Bicyclists has launched a new campaign — I Bike, I Vote — mobilizing Americans around the idea that when we bike and we vote, we advance our vision for safer, healthier, more connected communities.”

As a member of Santa Monica Spoke / LACBC you are an affiliate member of the League of American Bicyclist (LAB).

HERE ARE FIVE WAYS YOU CAN JOIN US & THE LEAGUE Of AMERICAN BICYCLISTS TO GET INVOLVED:

  1. Inspire your friends and family: Download the Facebook timeline cover photo and social media icons here and here.
  2. Show your pride: Purchase an I Bike, I Vote sticker and support bike advocacy.
  3. Get engaged: Join LAB Action Alert list so you can make a difference with the click of your mouse when your voice counts at the local, state and federal level. (We share these with you also)
  4. Join the movement: Learn more about the bike movement and how you can plug into League programs, from Women Bike to Smart Cycling education, through LAB bi-weekly E-news. 
  5. Become a member: The League has been promoting and protecting the rights of bicyclists since 1880. Invest in the future of bicycling by becoming one of the thousands of members of the nation’s oldest bike advocacy organization!

Stay connected, join the momentum: JOIN Santa Monica Spoke / Chapter LACBC today.
Founded in 1998, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) works to build a better, more bike-able Los Angeles County. LACBC is the only membership-based nonprofit organization working exclusively for the millions of people who ride bikes in Los Angeles County. Through advocacy, education and outreach, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition brings together the diverse bicycling community in a united mission to make the entire L.A. region a safe and enjoyable place to ride.

LACBC: November Sunday Funday Ride Starts in Santa Monica!

Remember – Time Change is Saturday night!

NOTE: Content on this page has been updated with new information!

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SUNDAY FUNDAY Ride
November 2nd
Starts at Santa Monica Pier!

Organized by Santa Monica Spoke, LACBC & CalBike Board member Cynthia Rose. This will be a bit different from usual more family friendly rides (we’ll make it up to you with another Santa Monica family friendly ride SOON) as we will be riding up Pacific Coast Highway to meet up the CalBike‘s California by Bike Tour “Surf N Turf“. We’ll ride to Nicolas Canyon Beach Park where we will join CalBike for lunch ($10 catered lunch or bring your own) Snacks will be provided.
After lunch we will ride as a group back to the Santa Monica Pier where you are invited to join us for a Handlebar Happy Hour nearby!

November 2nd, 2014
Santa Monica Pier, Top by the Cannon
8:30 AM, Roll at 9:00 AMplease arrive on time for pre-ride shenanigans, ride organizing etc.
Ride is 26.7 Miles in each direction (53.4) ROUTE 

Please RSVP HERE  – with option to purchase lunch 

This is not a roadie race, we will travel at an easy pace, but ask riders to stay focused and make the effort to keep the group together. Use your judgement about whether you can make this trip. Please do no hesitate to inquire if you have questions or concerns. There is the option to return on Metro 534 from Trancas (4.3 miles from south of Nicolas Canyon Beach Park lunch stop). Because of the route – children cannot participate unless they are attached to an adult rider bike and that rider is capable of keeping up a reasonable pace.

Handlebar Happy Hour is scheduled for to start a 4 pm. Please see invitation and rsvp link here

Santa Monica Community College earns Bronze Level!

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Congratulations to Santa Monica Community College (SMC) for being awarded a Bronze Level designation from the League of American Bicyclists, Bike Friendly University℠ program (BFU). You may recall the City of Santa Monica received a Bronze designation in May 2009 and raised it to Silver in 2013. SMC joins thirteen colleges in California that have made the list in the last few years – now totaling 100 nationally in 37 states and Washington DC.

The BFU℠ program has been in place since 2011, and just as the City of Santa Monica and SM City Hall applied, schools or businesses etc. must also apply for the award by filling out a lengthy application. Amelia Neptune, the Bike League’s program manager says of the BFU program “We try to create an application that offers flexibility, so small colleges with few roads can still brag about what they’re doing for bicyclists, even though their needs are very different than large universities.”

“Campus leaders are recognizing the real-time and long term impact that a culture of bicycling can create,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We applaud this new round of colleges and universities for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their staff, students and surrounding communities.”

Genevieve Bertone, Director of Sustainability, Center for Environmental and Urban Studies at SMC had this to say “Receiving this certification was not easy, it took a great deal of effort from many contributors including the Transportation Task Force, the SMC Bike Club, SM Spoke and SM Bike Center and all the many engaged students.” Special congratulations are extended to SMC student and 2013-14 Bike Coordinator, Cade Maldonado who led this effort. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with SMC Bike Club, Cade and all the SMC Bike Coordinators and students over that last few years!

California ranks in the top 10 Bike Friendly States at #9 (up from #19 in 2013) much of that due to state wide efforts of the California Bicycle Coalition, some engaged elected officials, regional campaigns and advocacy like at LACBC and it’s local chapters, i.e. Santa Monica Spoke. Check out the California Report card here. See what we aspire to here in Attributes of a Bicycle Friendly State.

The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. The League’s Bicycle Friendly America℠ program provides a roadmap, hands-on assistance and recognition for states, communities, universities and businesses. The BFA℠ program is a tool for states, communities, business and universities to make bicycling a real transportation and recreation option for all people. As leaders, their commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.

I invite you to join us locally to become a part of that momentum for change.

The League sends out a survey to campus users at the schools that apply, in addition to consulting with local cyclists and advocates. Each application is judged on how well it fulfills bicycling needs in five categories:

  • Engineering (bike lanes, fix-it stations, showers, bike lockers)
  • Education (campaigns, bike maps, classes —academic classes on bike planning, for example, as well as safety/skills classes)
  • Encouragement (bike clubs, events, and rides)
  • Enforcement (bike registration programs, ways to recover lost or stolen bikes, police training on bike laws and safety, police bike patrols and policies)
  • Evaluation and planning (campus bike planning and programming, policies, goals; systems to track the number of bike riders or parking)

To earn the Bronze-level award, a college has to have at least one program in all five categories and excel in one of them. Santa Monica College, with a Bronze-level designation, offers organized rides, education classes, a mentoring program for new riders, information to incoming students, faculty and staff about programs groups and riding on campus, huge new bike corral, and bike valet parking at events. SMC also has a cash incentive program for employees who bike, walk, carpool, or take transit to campus.

To earn a Silver-level award, a school needs to excel in two of the categories; for Gold it would require excelling in three to four categories . To get Platinum, excellence in all five categories is required. California has two Platinum universities, UC Davis and Stanford! As an shining example of Platinum level, UC Davis offers information, bike valet parking, bike tours and rides, car-free days on campus, commuter events, campus-wide traffic calming measures with speed limits of 20 mph or lower on campus streets, bicycle roundabouts and colored bike lanes, and car-free zones on campus. All that helps foster a campus culture where bicycling is the norm. I visited there and took a tour last year during the CalBike Conference – is was AWESOME! Bikes everywhere – and so much more!

As Amelia Neptune explains, the award isn’t just about letting bike-friendly universities gloat. “One of most satisfying things about this program is when a school who didn’t win — who got honorable mention or something — takes our feedback, then reapplies after a few years, and wins,” said Neptune. “They use the feedback we give them on their application to create a plan, to organize a committee, and respond, improving their bike facilities and programs.”

About the Bicycle Friendly America℠ Program: The Bicycle Friendly Community℠, Bicycle Friendly State℠, Bicycle Friendly Business℠ and Bicycle Friendly University℠ programs are generously supported by program partner Trek Bicycle in collaboration with Benchmarking Reports of The Alliance of Biking and Walking. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America℠, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA

I’ll post a follow up on local Bike Friendly designations. For now these are the colleges that have earned designations as Bicycle Friendly Universities in California:

Platinum

  • University of California, Davis
  • Stanford University

Gold

  • University of California, Santa Barbara

Silver

  • University of La Verne
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (new)
  • California State University, Long Beach

Bronze

  • University of San Diego
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Pomona College (new)
  • Santa Monica College (new)