May your Holidays be Bikey and Bright!!
Ride in this Sunday’s LA RIVER RIDE FOR FREE: 6 rides to choose from & kids are always FREE!
Yes it’s True!
If you have been on Montana in the last few days you may have noticed some of the lane markings on the new pavement for bike lanes. Not just bike lanes, but Buffered Bike Lanes like the ones that went in on Bicknell Ave, east of Main Street this past March.
Chalk lines went in to line out the markings, and although they might not be exciting to some – I think this group may find them an exciting and beautiful sight indeed! Unlike the lanes on Bicknell Ave that connect a two block stretch between Main St. and 4th, the lanes on Montana will ultimately go from Ocean Ave to 17th Street and intersect with several north/south bike facilities now in place. Coupled with the current repaving project on Montana we should see paint laid down for the buffered lanes on Montana Ave. from 7th to 17th sometime middle of next week, current schedule is for Tuesday night.
The lane configuration between 7th and 17th Streets will be:
7′ parking lane,
7’ buffered bike lane (3’ door zone buffer like Bicknell),
11’ vehicle lane,
10’ center left turn lane.
For the segment between Ocean Ave and 7th we are told to ignore the current chalk markings the city put in last December as they have adopted a better course of action in the following design configuration:
7’ parking lane,
7’ buffered bike lane, (as above)
10’ vehicle lane.
Although the city is attempting to coordinate the striping of this portion between Ocean Ave and 7th with the repaving and striping from 7th to 17th it is not likely that this portion will happen next week.
With this project there are a few trouble spots. One is at 7th St. where there are left turn pockets on Montana Ave. The remaining available road area narrows so there is no room at 7th Street to continue the buffered lanes up to and through this intersection. The challenge here will be how to direct cyclist through this intersection clearly and safely. Sharrows? The city is currently working on design configurations to get through the “pinch” at 7th where the road narrows with the addition of the left turn pockets. The second is east of 17th where the road is currently too narrow for bike lanes. We have suggested and heard discussion of sharrows from 17th to 26th but currently do not know if that is the final plan.
We look forward to updating you with paint on the street, what designs the engineers are concidering at the intersection at 7th – and what will be done at the east end of Montana, east of 17th.
Remember you can still send your ideas and suggestions for Bike Action Plan implementation, for this or any areas of the city to BikePlan@SMSpoke.org
When you see the “bike trains” and “walking school buses” as neighborhood kids and parents come together on the way to and from school, it’s also clear that walking and biking to school strengthens communities.
That’s why the National Center for Safe Routes to School is so important. Through the Center’s efforts,more than 12,000 school communities have worked to make bicycling and walking to school safer and more appealing.
The National Center for Safe Routes to School, in partnership with the League of American Bicyclists, is pleased to be organizing the first-ever National Bike to School Day on May 9, 2012. Let the bike bells ring!
The inaugural National Bike to School Day will be the first opportunity for communities across the country to join together to bicycle to school on the same day. The event builds on the excitement surrounding National Bike Month, as well as the popularity of Walk to School Day, coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School every October.
The event is coordinated by the Federal Highway Administration’s National Center for Safe Routes to School, and they’ve done a terrific job because–although it’s just the first year–more than 700 schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia are participating. As Safe Routes director Lauren Marchetti said, “We knew there was support for a spring bike to school day. We couldn’t be more pleased with how many communities and families are coming together to promote biking to school on this one day.”
Bike to School Day event registration was free and available to individuals and/or organizations planning a 2012 Bike to School Day event in the United States. Events that registered at www.walkbiketoschool.org appear on the site as “Bike to School Day Pioneers.”
The success of this first-ever National Bike to School Day illustrates that communities across the country understand the need to provide students with healthy options for getting to and from school.
Of course, the rest of us can help by being good “Roll Models,” which means demonstrating safe behavior whether we’re walking, biking, or driving. You can learn more about NHTSA’s Roll Model partnership with AAA at NHTSA’s Parents’ Central website.
Many thanks to the local Safe Routes coordinators across the country. I look forward to seeing this terrific program expand to even more schools next year and in the years to come.
An enthusiastic mayor, council and City staff were all pleased when last night council voted unanimously to approve the Bike Action Plan with all the amendments recommended by the planning commission and supported by the bike community.
Amendments suggested by Planning Commission, supported by Spoke and adopted by council:
Also the last of the 7 cities to vote for the South Bay Bike Master Plan, Torrance also passed that plan unanimously last night. Now we have West Hollywood on the December 5th and work on the LA County Bike Plan.
Happy Thanksgiving !
Monday, Spokes Barbara Filet witnessed the groundbreaking of the Expo line, Phase II, at its terminus in Santa Monica. Both she and Kent Strumpell have been pushing for this since about 1990, with the organization, Friends for Expo. “It is very gratifying to see it actually happening” says Barbara, but she reminds us there is still much work that needs to be done on the station area designs and the bike route.
Council Bill Rosendal thanked Santa Monica’s Councilwoman Pam O’Connor for her “tenacious, constant and very effective” dedication on this project. O’Connor in turn gave thanks the “dozens of Santa Monica mayors” (many whom were present) who played such a huge roll in making sure this project made it as far as the beach.
The first ride scheduled back in March was rained out. It has been rescheduled for this Saturday!
When: Saturday, May 21, 2011
Where: SMMoA at Bergamot
Join us for a day of culture, style, and cycling! This half-day bike excursion includes:
A tour of SMMoA’s current exhibitions
-Marco Brambilla: The Dark Lining
-Simmons and Burke: In Media(s) Res, Media(s) In Res
-Park Studio: State of Mind
Join SMMoA today and receive free admission to Cycle Chic and many other exclusive member benefits!
FELT Bicycles will lend bikes to individuals on a first come, fist serve basis. Sizes and styles vary.
Please contact: email@example.com
Riders are welcome to stay on Main Street for a guided walking tour or return to SMMoA. Ride leadership provided by Santa Monica SPOKE.
About Cycle Chic™: Sparked in Copenhagen, Denmark to celebrate the cycling capital’s perennial style and sensibility, Cycle Chic™ inspires sartorial riding in urban cities all over the world.
About Santa Monica’s Buy Local Program: This is a campaign created by representatives of the Santa Monica business community and the City of Santa Monica to support the economic and environmental benefits of choosing local first.
In the case of rain, this event will be canceled.
Event Partners: Cycle Chic™, Blue McRight, W3 Architects/Warren Wagner, FELT Bicycles, Buy Local Santa Monica, Main Street Merchants Association, Santa Monica SPOKE
In-kind snacks and refreshments generously provided by Clif Bar and O.N.E. Coconut Water.
The next important step in the process to formulate Santa Monica’s Bicycle Action Plan is Monday, May 16th when the city will host a workshop for community input. Community input is essential for creating a Bicycle Acton Plan that will be effective and useful for residents and visitors to Santa Monica.
Free Bike Valet will be provided by the city.
Please spread the word, we look forward to seeing you there!
When: May 16th
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Santa Monica Civic (east wing), 1855 Main Street
Ride your bike – bike valet will be provided.
The Civic Center is accessible by Big Blue Bus lines 2, 3, Rapid 3, 4, 7, 8, and 9.
Community Meeting for Proposed Saint John’s Health Center
Development Agreement Amendment
1328 22nd Street, Santa Monica
When: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Where: Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard,
Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd Floor
You are invited to attend a community meeting to learn more about and provide feedback on the pending Saint John’s Health Center Development Agreement Amendment.
Saint John’s Health Center proposes to amend its approved Development Agreement with the City of Santa Monica for the Saint John’s Hospital and Health Center Project. In lieu of constructing an on-site parking structure and the Entry Plaza as proposed by the original project approved in 1998, the Amendment would authorize a modified Entry Plaza and parking program to meet the peak parking demand of SJHC’s various user groups, and ensure that parking that is functionally equivalent to the previously-approved North Subterranean Parking Garage is provided. The proposed Amendment would allow for the coordinated planning and design of two adjacent Phase II sites approved for health care facilities and subterranean parking.
The parking program and modified Entry Plaza would consist of the following key components:
Community comments from this meeting will be provided to the Planning Commission and City Council in advance of their review of the pending Development Agreement Amendment. For more information, please contact Roxanne Tanemori, AICP, Senior Planner, at (310) 458-8341, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP appreciated to (310) 458-8341.
The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please contact (310) 458-8341 or (310) 458-8696 TTY at least 72 hours in advance. Every attempt will made to provide the requested accommodation. The Main Library is served by the following Big Blue Bus Lines: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
Esto es una noticia de una reunión de la comunidad para revisar el diseño de la applicaciónes proponiendo desarrollo en Santa Monica. Si deseas más información, favor de llamar a Carmen Gutierrez en la División de Planificación al número (310) 458-8341.