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KIDICAL MASS Bike Ride & Community Garden Tour: April 26th

KIDICAL MASS Bike Ride
Park Drive Community Garden
Garden Tours and FUN hands-on KIDS workshop!

First Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, April 26th.
A fun bike ride experience for families with kids of all ages!
Education with Fun, Pizza, Prizes! Wear a costume and you could win a prize!

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DATE:    SATURDAY APRIL 26TH
TIME:    9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
START:  MEMORIAL PARK
– North Parking lot off 14th Street.

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica, SMC Bike Club and Santa Monica Community Gardeners for Santa Monica’s 2nd Kidical Mass Ride. 
We will take a ride around Santa Monica to visit a Community Garden for a special kid friendly event. Pizza Party, Raffle & Prizes at Memorial Park when we return!

Schedule.
9::00am – 10:00am
Check-in, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating
10:00am – 12:00pm 
Ride to Pit Stop visit at PARK DRIVE COMMUNITY GARDEN
KIDS GARDEN TOURS AND WORKSHOP
Pitstop hosts Cynergy Cycles & Santa Monica Community Gardeners
Ride back to Memorial Park
12:00pm – 12:30pm
Return to Memorial Park by noon for Pizza Party, Raffle Drawing and Prizes

        
Don’t have a Kid Carrying Bike?
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) – Just mention Kidical Mass Ride! 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.

Watch last year’s Kidical Mass here:

Another Santa Monica KIDICAL MASS RIDE, April 26th!

Kidcal Mass Santa Monica Returns April 26th 2014

We are pleased to announce the first Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, April 26th
‐ a fun, bike ride experience for families with kids of all ages!
Education with Fun, Pizza, Prizes and a Ladybug! Wear a costume and you could win a prize!

DATE:    SATURDAY APRIL 26TH
TIME:    9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
START:  MEMORIAL PARK – North Parking lot off 14th Street. 

Free: Please RSVP HERE

ScheduleSM Community Gardens .9::00am – 10:00am
Check-in, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating
10:00am – 12:00pm
Ride and Visit Community Garden
12:00pm – 12:30pm
Pizza Party, Raffle Drawing and Prizes

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica, SMC Bike Club and Santa Monica Community Gardeners for Santa Monica’s 2nd Kidical Mass Ride. The theme for the ride?
– you may have guessed it, Community Gardens and Parks!!
We will take a ride around Santa Monica and visit a Community Garden on the way.
Pizza Party, Raffle & Prizes at Memorial Park when we return!

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 tailer or Tag-a-long. Kid carrying rentals available through local retailers, Bike Demos at the event.
For information on bike rentals email here

Watch last year’s Kidical Mass here:

Kidical Mass flyer 4_2014

 

Feeder Ride to CicLAvia from Santa Monica, 4/6/2014

It’s Almost here, CicLAvia April 6 2014: Iconic Wilshire Blvd

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 April 6th. We’ll meet at the top of the Santa Monica Pier at 8:00am and roll out at 8:30am sharp. Ride is aprox 9.7 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!

April 6th, 9am -4pm – Come experience
CicLAvia’s New Route, Iconic Wilshire Blvd

Open streets and the opportunity to explore one of the most legendary boulevards in Los Angeles car free by foot, bike, skates or other non-motorized transport marks the April 6
CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.… the most walkable CicLAvia route ever!


Starting from the Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Spoke
The route here, route 2 here

Stuff to bring:

  • helmet (for feeder ride)
  • sun screen
  • cash
  • spare tube/ patch kit
  • hydration
  • any special tools your bike requires!

For more info visit CicLAvia’s web site

CicLAvia 04_06_2014

Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

Beautiful New Green Bike Lanes in Santa Monica!

City Hall Green Lanes
Santa Monica City Hall Green Lanes, a proud commitment to biking!

New Green Lanes are Beautiful – but are they what was promised? What’s been left out and are there shortcomings?

There is no doubt the new green lane markings going in on Main Street and Broadway in Santa Monica are beautiful – however they are not what we were anticipating based on the Bike Action Plan (BAP) and the subsequent discussions of improved implementations.

First lets applaud the use of Thermoplastic bikeway markings! This is a wonderful more durable marking solution that although more expensive lasts much longer over standard painted road markings and are reflective which help to provide additional visibility at night. Next is the proactive implementations of what is referred to as the low hanging fruit from the BAP in coordination with regular road maintenance. Choreographing the installation or updating bike treatments to take advantage of this cost saving implementation the city has added miles of bike infrastructure since adopting the Bike Acton Plan. Kudos and compliments to staff!

But where are the green carpet lanes that were promised and are outlined in the Bike Action Plan?

Yes indeed Green Carpet Bike Lanes in front of City Hall make a GREAT VISIBLE STATEMENT of the City’s commitment to supporting biking – however those lanes do not extend the length of Main Street as they were outlined in the Bike Action Plan, and the ones on Broadway are the same way. What does that say about the city’s commitment?

What was outlined in the BAP

  • Main Street: Green carpet buffered bike Lanes on Main Street from Colorado Street south to city limits.
  • Broadway Bikeway: From 6th Street to Centinela Avenue green carpet buffered bike Lanes, from Ocean to 6th Street varied treatments with Sharrows

For these implementations the old markings were to be removed and the new revised markings (adding buffers) filled with green were to be installed. NOTE: This process has been quite destructive to the road surface and has created some substantial grooves and uneven road surfaces not conducive to safe and comfortable bike lane conditions. This problem has been identified and acknowledged by engineering department staff and they are looking into it.

What has happened….

  • For this implementation most of the old markings were removed and road space was slightly reallocated to widen bike lanes with a door zone buffer.

— However the new white striping is EXTREMELY thin – to the point that it is actually opaque in many places. This substantially reduces the visibility of the lane markings and we anticipate they will wear off within weeks as have similar markings installed recently, quickly becoming nearly invisible. What is also puzzling is that many of the old white lines were thick and visible but were ground off and remarked in the exact same position with this single thin layer of white paint. Is there a second phase of this white striping that would correct this current situation or is this the intended end result?

  • On Main Street much of the vehicle lane was narrowed or reallocated slightly and new white striping provides a buffer to encourage people on bikes away from the door zone hazard of parked cars.
  • On Broadway it appears that only the parking lane may have been slightly narrowed and a similar buffer looks like it will be applied with some sort of markings?
  • Old bike symbol markings were ground off. Some blocks had two bike symbols within a block. New bike symbol markings are now primarily limited to one per block, at entrance to bike lane only. These new symbols are a further distance from the corner, this reduces the visibility overall but particularly for right turning vehicles which now tend to turn into the bike lanes then merge over into their vehicle lane.

— Extending the green closer to the corner would help mitigate this reduced visible cue for turning vehicles and encourage them to turn into their own travel lane.

  • Overall number of bike symbol markings have now been reduced. This reduces the visual cue and specificity of a bike only lane. The expectation here was that we would standardize to at least 2 symbols per block with additional bike symbol markings on longer blocks.

— Also very key and not (yet) implemented is the addition of bike symbols at alleys so that cars exiting alleys will have an important visual cue they are about to cross a bike lane.

  • On Broadway the “green lanes” were supposed to be extended from 6th Street to 5th Street.
  • Why do we still not have Sharrows in Bus/Bike lanes as approved in the Bike Action Plan and as allowed by state law? They were there for quite sometime, and were removed with no explanation or discussion. This is not a Bus Corridor like the Metro Orange Line but a shared use lane that only extends a max of 2 or 3 blocks contiguously with multiple bus stops per block. In other words it will not slow bus flow. Putting bikes in vehicle lanes in this area where cars are usually backed up to enter parking facilities adds to vehicle/bike conflicts and the potential of being squeezed between stopped vehicles and busses when passing. Bus/Bike lane implementations are in use around the US & Canada for this very reason and were supported in previous conversations with LA DOT.

SRTS at Samohi and MANGo Passed!

SRTS Samohi
Staff recommendations for Safe Routes to School Conceptual Designs passed by unanimous vote this evening by City Council. These improvements will improve all modes of circulation around Samohi and create a safer environment, encourage and prioritize healthy active transportation and help build on the leadership and momentum of the Solar Alliance Students and Bike it! Walk it!

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MANGo, Santa Monica’s first Neighborhood Greenway passed unanimously this evening!
Council set reduced long term goals to 1500 ADT (average daily trips) YEY!
Unfortunately, although traffic diverters remain in the ‘TOOL BOX’ – we will need to return to council for “implementation approval” if diverters are needed to reach ADT goals – adding another layer of “vehicle priority” circulation bureaucracy to healthy, safer streets that should prioritize people and SRTS for future generations of children getting to Samohi.

Media coverage:

Council Approves Two Projects That Prioritize Pedestrian and Bike Safety
Santa Monica Spoke: For MANGo to Work, City Needs Proper Traffic Reduction Goals
Op/Ed: On MANGo, Staff and the Council Need to Believe Their Own Eyes

MANGo & Safe Routes to School at Samohi to City Council Tonight

Best guess on timing for this evening:

© Cynthia Rose

 

Items presented to City Council
Tuesday, February 11th
Any thing can happen –
Watch the meeting http://www.smgov.net/video/

Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street, Rm 213

estimated time 8:00-9:30pm

8-B:    Review and Approve the Conceptual Design of the Samohi Safe Routes to School Project – recommendation that the City Council: approve the conceptual design for the Samohi Safe Routes to School project; and, direct staff  to complete construction drawings and release bids for construction for the Michigan Avenue/7th Street portion of the project. STAFF REPORT  

Support improving muti-modal circulation and safety around Santa Monica High School

estimated time 9:30pm-10:45

8-C:    Adoption of Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Concept Plan –recommendation that the City Council: approve the conceptual design of the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway; and, direct staff to pursue opportunities for priority and phased implementation through grants, community benefits, and capital projects. STAFF REPORT 

Support MANGo, Santa Monica’s and the regions first Neighborhood Greenway

Support Safe Routes to School Improvements at Samohi

SRTS Samohi

Improved Multi-Modal Circulation and Safe Routes to School at Samohi – YES!!

Santa Monica Spoke is excited to support the Conceptual Designs presented for the Samohi Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Project. These improvements will improve all modes of circulation around Samohi and create a safer environment, encourage and prioritize healthy active transportation and help build on the leadership and momentum of the Solar Alliance Students and Bike it! Walk it!  We were pleased to participate in the process with City planners and consultants who worked closely with stakeholders to envision this plan.

After identifying the many conflicts and obstacles in the current  traffic circulation and personal safety conditions at Samohi the plan proposes many improvements in multi-modal circulation and infrastructure to encourage and prioritize walking, biking and public transit while improving vehicle circulation.  Currently the majority of students at Samohi are dropped off and picked up from school by their parents. Statistics suggest these trips are generating 3000-6000 vehicles per day (VPD) around Samohi and creating huge health, safety and traffic burdens as wells as contributing to the larger city wide issues of gridlock . The residents on Michigan Avenue and 7th endure heavy traffic burdens that spill over west of Lincoln onto Michigan Avenue that sees nearly 4300 VPD through to 11th.  This creates chaos and safety concerns for residents and kids with added safety issues for the kids that actively transporting themselves walking and biking.  Without the students who carpool, bus, walk or bike the situation here would certainly be even more untenable. With this SRTS project we can improve vehicle circulation and help prioritize these active kids with improved safety and infrastructure. With this project we will help encourage more students to choose active, healthier more sustainable transportation modes and help mitigate the health, safety and traffic problems.

Currently the closest thing to “bike friendly” access to Samohi is along Michigan Avenue east of Lincoln. But Michigan Avenue carries many of the hundreds and thousands of parents driving kids to school as well as cut-through traffic accessing the freeway. The Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) supports SRTS at Samohi and can help improve the safety of students walking and biking through improved safety along Michigan Avenue west of Lincoln. By calming traffic on MANGo with ambitious traffic reduction goals we will help provide a safe link from Samohi to bike lanes on 11th, 14th and 17th Street and safer conditions for kids walking.  The SRTS plan also identifies needs for improvements on 4th Street, Olympic Boulevard and 7th Court that can be supported by the MANGo project. Outlined in MANGo on this corridor are wider sidewalks and a cycle track that will improve both pedestrian and bike safety and connections to Expo, the Civic Center, downtown and the beach. We will urge staff and council to prioritize these sections of the MANGo project for early implementation. These and other aspects of the SRTS project also build on the synergy of the City’s Bike Action Plan by connecting the bike network from south of Samohi and Pico via 6th and Michigan and 7th to MANGo.  As we we provide for SRTS to Samohi from the south we connect the bike network from Pico to the proposed MANGo and fill in a challenging hole in the current bike network with safe, easy access. The concepts in this plan on Michigan Avenue, 7th Street and Pico Boulevard will not only provide improved safety and encouragement for current and future generation of students walking, biking or taking the bus to school but help mitigate the traffic congestion, improve vehicle circulation, health and safety issues.  These proposed improvements are better for kids, parents, Samohi teachers and staff, nearby residents and the community.

We urge Council to approve staff recommendation and support the exemplary student leadership of the Solar Alliance students and the Bike it! Walk it! momentum they have built by providing our kids with the needed improvements to support healthy, active transportation and the ability to envision a more sustainable future.

You can send a support letter by Click here to email a letter
or

I Support Safe Routes to School at Samohi

This petition is now closed.

End date: Feb 12, 2014

Signatures collected: 5

5 signatures

Pledge YOUR Support for MANGo Today!

Community EventPlease help us Support MANGo
with all the benefits and options!

MANGo will be presented to City Council, February 11th
Send a Letter of Support for MANGo Today!
AND
if you can …. Please come to Council Meeting and voice your support!
Great video on POP-UP MANGo!

Santa Monica City Hall Council Chambers, 1685 Main Street, Rm 213 - More info HERE.

Support Santa Monica’s and the region’s first Neighborhood Greenway: MANGo! with an email to Mayor Pam O’Connor, City Council, Commissioners and staff. Even with this AWESOME PROJECT there is opposition from those who still want vehicles prioritized over people, our health and safety. To help we have created some template letters you can use for inspiration or to cut and paste. We encourage you to customize with your personal comments or please feel free to simply cut and paste and email to the list provided below. You can see more about MANGo in the drop down menu here on our website. “Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway”

Support letters: DON’T FORGET TO ADD YOUR NAME AT END OF LETTERS!
Read Santa Monica Spoke’s letter of support sent to City Council here
Santa Monica Spoke Supports Staff Recommendations letter here
If you live in the Pico Neighborhood we have a specific letter here.
If you have children we have a letter from that perspective here.

Here is the basic MANGo Support letter:

______________________________________________________

Dear Council Members,

I support the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) and urge you to approve the staff recommendations for this regionally important plan. I want a calmer Michigan avenue where it is safe and pleasant to walk and bike, and where this community can simply spend time outside enjoying their neighborhood and their neighbors.

Michigan Avenue has been adversely impacted for years by high levels of cut-through traffic rushing to and from the freeway and Samohi, further adding to the burden caused by the Santa Monica Freeway and the large boulevards that isolate this community. MANGo will create a safer calmer street and an inviting alternative east/west walking and biking connection to numerous destinations along its spine. This includes safe routes to many schools (including SMC & Samohi), Farmers Markets, parks and recreation, the Civic Center, beaches and the new Expo Line stations.

Through a very inclusive process MANGo planners have presented a variety of options to address the traffic and safety issues on Michigan Avenue, included are traffic reduction goals. I support establishing an ambitious project goal of less than 1500 vehicles per day on MANGo along with easy steps that measure if implementations are effective. If we need to do more to reach these goals, let’s make sure we are able to use the full range of traffic calming measures explored and outlined in the project to create safer street on Michigan Avenue, similar to those that have been used in other parts of Santa Monica. I believe this is a prudent course of action and important for the ultimate success of MANGo.

I realize it’s a bold and scary move to make a street that demands slower car traffic, and that there are editorialists and pockets of resistance who think that doing anything to impede auto circulation is a bad idea. We’ve suffered decades of an increasingly car dominant culture that has split the city in half, made the skies smoggy, and hurt and killed too many people. MANGo is a big step toward encouraging a change in that thinking of how we get around and can help set the tone for the next fifty years of the way Santa Monica works. What kind of city do you want? One for cars, or one for people? I hope you will choose the latter and cement your legacy as the city council that said yes to MANGo and everything that will follow.

Please support MANGo and make sure we set an ambitious target for reducing traffic on Michigan Avenue to less than 1500 vehicles per day and assure that we have all the tools at our disposal (including traffic diverters if needed) to achieve safer, healthier more active options for circulating in Santa Monica and regionally.

Sincerely,
Name
Address or neighborhood (optional)

______________________________________________________

Click here to email your letter : Add your content or use one of our letters above. Or you can copy this emails list: pam.oconnor@smgov.net, terry.oday@smgov.net, ted.winterer@smgov.net, kevin@mckeown.net, tony.vazquez@smgov.net, gleam.davis@smgov.net, robert.holbrook@smgov.net, Rod.Gould@smgov.net, David.Martin@smgov.net, Francie.Stefan@smgov.net, Jason.Kligier@smgov.net, Mango@smspoke.org, lucy.dyke@smgov.net, Jim_Ries@hotmail.com, parryj@gte.net, gnewbold@gmail.com, richard@richardmckinnon.com, jenniferfkennedy@gmail.com, suehimmelrich@gmail.com, andersonsmpc@yahoo.com, clerk@smgov.netcouncil@smgov.netplanning@smgov.net

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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

Videos
Pop-Up MANGo Tactical Urbanism                  MANGo Greenway

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