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VOTE 2014 STREETSIE AWARDS: Santa Monica Locals Nominated, Cynthia Rose and more!

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streetsie_2014Santa Monica Spoke’s own Cynthia Rose has been nominated for outstanding contributions for advocacy and leadership as a finalist for the Streetsies 2014: Deborah Murphy Award for Excellence in Advocacy. What an incredible line up of finalists they have again this year!

VOTE FOR CYNTHIA!

We are so honored and excited with the nomination. Equally exciting is Santa Monica’s Strategic Planning & Transportation Manager Francie Stefan being nominated in the Civil Servant of the Year category. Francie Stefan has been one of the major motivating forces behind the city’s vision for truly shared streets. Whether it is at the conceptual level, the community planning process, or in the implementation, Stefan has been a strong advocate for complete streets in Santa Monica” 

VOTE FOR FRANCIE!

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[Award for Excellence in Advocacy]…the hardest Streetsie to narrow down the nominees. The hardest Streetsie to vote.
Voting for all categories will close on Friday, January 2, 2015, at noon. Reader voting accounts for one-half of the scoring this year, with one-quarter going to staff voting, and another one-quarter going to a board vote.

Cynthia RosePurple on Brompton – As Director of Santa Monica Spoke, Cynthia has worked tirelessly to make Santa Monica a better place to bike, walk, and live – all in an unpaid volunteer capacity. As a founder, she has built SM Spoke into a highly respected voice for change via numerous local and regional alliances. The organization has become a key partner for the city, credited with playing a key role in the creation of the city’s Bicycle Action Plan. Cynthia has also been at the forefront of forming the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s Local Chapter Program, of which SMSpoke is the inaugural chapter. The Local Chapter Program is key in reaching all 88 municipalities in vast Los Angeles County. Does that sound familiar? It might. This is the text for Rose’s nomination for the Alliance for Walking and Bicycling’s Advocate of the Year Award in 2014.

In another stiff competition, Cynthia Rose was nominated for the Alliance of Biking and Walking National Advocate of the year for 2014.

Additionally – in the Liveable Streets Sustainable Business category is a nomination for the Santa Monica Bike Center.

VOTE FOR BIKE CENTER

 

A View in the Rear View Mirror, Santa Monica Spoke

At this year’s LACBC Holiday Open House we had a slide show instead of the vision boards we assembled last year. LACBC and each Local Chapter contributed slides from this year along with a few of our favorite images. Each chapter was asked to contribute 5 slides.

Our 5 slides from the LACBC Open House Slide Show.

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top: Community event SMMoA, right: Community Meeting with city staff & SMPD, bottom: Walk & Bike Audit gathering input for MANGo
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Youth Bike Skills Festival at Mc Kinnley for Bike it Walk it Week
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top: LACBC Sunday Funday Santa Monica up PCH to meet CalBike Surf & Turf Tour, right: Road side assistance at Tour da Arts Bike Event, bottom: Santa Monica Festival at Clover Park
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top: new bike corrals on Main Street, right: Santa Monica’s first greet lanes on Ocean Park Blvd, bottom: Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community national designation by League of American Bicyclist
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Kidical Mass is more than just a bike ride. A city that seeks to build safer streets to encourage families on bikes is safer for all road users.

Feeder Ride to CicLAvia from Santa Monica, 12/7/2014

This Sunday all new CicLAvia Historic South LA!

Whether you ride with us or get there on your own – don’t miss it!
CicLAvia celebrates the streets of Los Angeles for everyone!  Temporarily limiting the access of motor vehicles and opening the streets to all users – walking, wheelchairs, skates, bikes, scooters, skate boards, strollers – you name it!

We will once again lead a feeder ride to CicLAvia this Sunday December 7th. We’ll meet at the top of the Santa Monica Pier at 8:00am and roll out at 8:30am sharp. Ride is aprox 12.2 miles and mostly flat on streets with bike lanes or low traffic volume at our time of travel. We will be traveling at an easy pace but do ask you to “stay with the pace” so we can all get there together.
For feeder ride all young children should be on tag-a-long or in trailers.
Join us Sunday and experience the fun of CicLAvia!

December 7th, 9am -3pm – Come experience
CicLAvia’s New Route, Historic South LA

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Start           Santa Monica Pier, at the Canon
Meet           8:00am   

Roll out      8:30am (sharp)
Route         ROUTE about 12.2 miles
We intend to use the Expo Bike Path and closely the route Expo will soon take into Santa Monica once complete!

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CicLAvia South LA 12:7
Click here to download map

Stuff to bring:

  • helmut (for feeder ride or children under 18)
  • sun screen
  • cash
  • spare tube/ patch kit
  • hydration
  • any special tools your bike requires!
  • SMILES

Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 takes the frwy downtown LA to Santa Monica FAST! 
Light Rail: Connect to the Expo Line Culver City Station (timetable) then 
Big Blue Bus Rapid 20 to DT SM, Rapid 12 (to Westwood) or Route 12 (Westwood and Palms)
Metro 720 route DT Santa Monica south, Venice Blvd
Bike Venice Blvd Bike lane to Expo Bike Path west and then south to Leimert Park Hub.  

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#GivingTuesday: Consider donating to Santa Monica Spoke

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#GIVINGTUESDAY‬!
As we gather this holiday season with friends and family, we give thanks for the health and safety of those we hold most dear and look forward to sharing and creating cherished memories with family, friends and neighbors like you!  
We hope you will also take a moment to consider a year end donation to us at Santa Monica Spoke / LACBC! 
With your support we can expand our adult and child education programs and classes, outreach and more! More success and continued work toward more equitable and safer policies and infrastructure for people walking and biking in Santa Monica and the Los Angeles region.

Gift a MEMBERSHIP
50% of
 your membership dollars stay local / 50% help support region efforts through LACBC,
or you can Donate 
via LACBC on our behalf to Santa Monica Spoke
Donations are tax deductible!
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Thank you from all of us at Santa Monica Spoke!

LACBC Open House this Thursday! December 4th DTLA!

 

Music, Food, Beverages and CAKE – Plus GREAT COMPANY!
What? Photo Booth too! = Too much fun!
LACBC Open House 2014

You are all invited to join us for our LACBC Annual Open House!
Learn about what LACBC and all it’s Local Chapters and Bike Ambassadors have been up to this year, bid farewell to our totally Awesome executive director Jen Klausner, mingle with your bike buddies, and look forward to 2015.

LACBC is excited to announce that we will have music from DJ Starskee Suave, drinks from Angel City Brewery, appetizers from the Border Grill, cake from Sweet Lady Jane, and a photo booth to capture the night’s merriment!

Please RSVP!
The event is free for LACBC members and $10 for the general public (please pay at the door). Not a current LACBC member? Sign up or renew online and get in for free!

When: Thursday, December 04; 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: LACBC Headquarters, 1st Floor – 634 S Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014

Next CicLAvia December 7, 2014: All New South LA Route!

CicLAvia makes its first journey to South LA for an all new route on December 7th from 9:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.. Open streets and the opportunity to explore more of Los Angeles car free by foot, bike, skates or other non-motorized transport. The South LA route will connect beautiful Leimert Park with historic Central Avenue, traveling along Martin Luther King Boulevard. Participants will be able to enjoy the sights, music, food and culture that makes South LA such a vibrant part of Los Angeles.

YES We will RIDE FROM SANTA MONICA to CicLAvia as always!
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Check out this cool video on the new route! CicLAvia SouthLA!

Click here to download map “CicLAvia catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free streets. CicLAvia engages with people to positively transform our relationship with our communities and with each other.”

All Hubs will offer CicLAvia information, merchandise, free water, restrooms and first aid stations.

The route will feature a pedestrian zones in the Leimert Park and Jazz Park Hub. For info and options on WalkLAvia click here See full program HERE ALONG THE ROUTE:

  • The Los Angeles Carnival (www.losangelescarnival.com) will lead a festive parade down part of the route featuring costumed dancers. They will start assembling costumes at King Boulevard and Vermont Avenue at 8am and leave the assembly point at 11am. Estimated arrival in Leimert Park is between 1:30pm and 2pm. People interested in participating can visit the website for information about renting a costume.

LEIMERT PARK HUB

  • Maverick’s Flat programs an outdoor stage with DJs and bands playing neo-soul, Caribbean, house and hip hop:
  • More live music at local Leimert Park venues:
  • Check out community groups in Leimert Plaza Park and arts and crafts vendors on Degnan Blvd.
  • Food Trucks: Grilled Cheese Truck / King Kone / Luckdish Curry / No Jodas Cuban Kitchen / Surfer Taco

EXPOSITION PARK HUB

  • Expo Center will host their annual Winter Festival in collaboration with the California African American Museum (CAAM) which will hold its annual Kwanzaa celebration (http://www.caamuseum.org/web_pages/target_sundays.htm). The hub will feature musical programming, pictures with Santa Claus, snow on the Soboroff Sports Field and food demos from the CSU Expo mini-farm
  • Free bike valet
  • Food trucks and food carts programmed by CAAM

JAZZ PARK HUB

  • Pedestrian Zone and free bike valet
  • Kick-off ceremony featuring Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Curren Price, LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds, Jaime Ortiz (co-founder of the ciclovia open streets movement) and CicLAvia Executive Director Aaron Paley
  • Los Angeles City Council District 9 Constituent Center and Community Health Councils will host a health expo with cooking demos, fitness classes, free health screenings, community organization booths and a bilingual bike rodeo
  • Fresh produce from the Central Ave Farmers Market and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Farmers Market booths
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Curren Price will host #TechLA where there will be free sessions on everything from web design and Photoshop to film editing and coding
  • CRCD hosts tours of the Dunbar Hotel at 10am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm
  • Live music in the park programmed by the Coalition for Responsible Community Development and K-JAZZ
  • Food Trucks: Farmer’s Belly / India Jones / Waffles de Liege / Yalla Truck
  • NEAR THE HUB: Dismount and dance with DanceLAvia volunteers. Help them keep the tunes going by pedaling the Movable Parts stationary bike-powered DJ.

CENTRAL AVENUE HUB

  • Kids Zone featuring a bike safety skills course and painting on the Mobile Mural Lab. If a child doesn’t have 
a helmet, complete the skills course and get a free kid’s bike helmet (while supplies last). Also a chance to win a kid’s bike!
  • Food Trucks: Don Cho Tacos / The Greasy Wiener / Mandoline Grill / Vchos Truck / Zugo Liquitarian
  • NEAR THE HUB: Listen to live DJs and enjoy smoothies at A Place Called Home (2830 S Central Ave). Aztec dancers perform at 10am.

Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 takes the frwy downtown LA to Santa Monica FAST!  Light Rail: Connect to the Expo Line Culver City Station (timetable) then  Big Blue Bus Rapid 20 to DT SM, Rapid 12 (to Westwood) or Route 12 (Westwood and Palms) Bike Venice Blvd Bike lane to Expo Bike Path west and then south to Leimert Park Hub.   Big Blue Bus -<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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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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