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How San Luis Obispo Established the Most Powerful Bike Funding Policy in the Nation

News from the Alliance for Biking and Walking too good not to share! We agree an excellent model how revenue splits should reflect desired mode share goals. I hope this gives you all ideas! How can we shape our local communities.

How San Luis Obispo Established the Most Powerful Bike Funding Policy in the Nation

by Eric Meyer and Dan Rivoire on February 10, 2015. Posted on Alliance for Biking and Walking

Eric Meyer is a former board member of the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Coalition, a former Planning Commissioner for the City of San Luis Obispo, and the former Chairman of the San Luis Obispo Land Use and Circulation Element Update Task Force. In his regular life he is a footwear designer. 

Dan Rivoire is the Executive Director of the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition and the newest member of the San Luis Obispo City Council.

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Eight years of careful planning — and a bit of luck — just paid off in a big way for the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Coalition. The central California city recently amended its transportation plan (known as the “Circulation Element” of the general plan) in three very innovative ways.

First, the city revised its transportation mode objectives, dramatically increasing the bike and pedestrian trip goals. 

The new mode split goal:

50 percent motor vehicles
12 percent transit
20 percent bicycles
18 percent walking, car pools, and other forms

This is one of the most pedestrian- and bike-centric modal split objectives in the United States.

Second, the city changed its roadway analysis from Level of Service to Multi-Modal Level of Service. 

San Luis Obispo rejected Level of Service — an outdated standard that measures transportation projects only on the basis of automobile delay — in favor of Multi-Modal Level of Service. MMLOS puts all modes on a level playing field so that the needs of one mode may only trump the needs of another in a manner designated by the modal hierarchy given to that location.

With this MMLOS objective in mind, the city re-prioritized the modal hierarchy of all of its streets. Some high-traffic arterials are automobile-focused, then transit, then bikes, then peds. Other streets have different hierarchies. Residential neighborhood streets are prioritized for pedestrians first. Major arterials are prioritized for transit first. It is a complex “complete streets” effort that will balance the needs of all modes in the city over time as streets are rebuilt or modified.

Third (and most important!): The city created a policy that allocates general fund transportation spending by mode to match the mode share percentage goals desired. 

If you remember only one thing from this article, this is it.

This policy mandates that our city must allocate general fund transportation spending at the same ratio as the mode share goal desired. Meaning 20 percent of funding needs to go to bicycling.

This is a huge shift from business as usual in America.

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These changes didn’t happen all at once. They happened over the course of about eight years under the guidance of many minds at the Bicycle Coalition and with the help of many hundreds of citizens. If we had tried to make this all happen at once during a Circulation Element update, we would have failed.

It happened because we focused on the smallest relevant plans first. San Luis Obispo’s first opportunity for meaningful policy change came when the City Planning Commission was approving a Climate Action Plan, with the aim of reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. One of the suggested strategies in this plan was to decrease single occupancy vehicle trips. One way to do that is to encourage an increase in the mode share of alternative modes such as biking and walking. Eric pitched the idea of pushing the bike mode share goal to 20 percent, thinking that we might get 15 percent as a compromise. But in a surprise vote, the entire planning commission agreed to the new 20 percent bike mode share goal.

In the context of the Climate Action Plan this bike mode share increase didn’t seem that controversial, and the audience in the Planning Commission chamber that night was very enthusiastic. The City Council later easily approved the new Climate Action Plan.

The trouble was that other older city plans, like the Bicycle Master Plan and the city Circulation Element, still had the old 10 percent bike goal. (Note that the current bike mode share is only about 6 percent.) So a year or two later, when the Bicycle Master Plan came up for review, it was modified to match the Climate Action Plan. Since city staff were able to explain that they were merely updating the bike plan to match the more recent climate action plan, it went through without a hitch.

A few years later, the city’s transportation and land use plan, known as LUCE (for “Land Use Element and Circulation Element”) came up for review and updating. Eric was appointed chairman of the citizen task force dedicated to overseeing the update. The task force again debated increasing the modal goal over what was in the old LUCE, but what ultimately led to them to approve it was the simple fact that the Planning Commission and City Council had already approved that figure in the two other plans years before.

In addition to this new modal split objective, the new MMLOS policy and the requirement to allocate transportation funding in the same ratio as the desired modal split were also incorporated into the transportation and land use update.

This 20 percent mode bike mode share goal would never have been approved in the LUCE had it not already been part of the two smaller plans.

This is a key point and may be a pathway that others can follow to create similar changes in other jurisdictions.

Meanwhile, Dan was elected to City Council shortly after the City Planning Commission approved the LUCE update, so when it came before the council, his was the deciding vote that approved it and he is now in a position to help shepherd the new prioritization of funding. Our work to get a place on city boards, as bike advocates, paid off.

Together these new policies create one of the strongest funding mechanisms for bicycle infrastructure in the nation. We hope that other cities might be able to learn from our efforts.

None of this would have been possible without the efforts of hundreds of members of the public and the tireless efforts of many Bicycle Coalition Advocates who showed up at City Planning and City Council meetings to voice their concerns and desires. It is the public that creates the demand and the advocate’s job is simply to help the public and the city find the way forward.

Photos: Top: New Green Lane markings at California Blvd. and the Northbound 101 Freeway offramp. Below: A new bike bridge being installed on the Bob Jones Trail at the south end of the city. Photos: City of San Luis Obispo from 2014.

Exhibition UCLA Fowler Museum “Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891″

We are woking on planning a group ride to the exhibitor early 2015.

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Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891—on display at the Fowler Museum from Dec. 14, 2014–Apr. 5, 2015—features forty-two circular black-and-white photographs taken by the cyclists and reproduced from recently scanned negatives held by the UCLA Library Special Collections. The images track a year on the road between Athens, Greece, and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and their accompanying captions are based on Sachtleben’s meticulous notes, written on the envelopes that contained each original negative.

In the summer of 1890, two young Americans, William Sachtleben and Thomas Allen, Jr., set off to circle the globe on new-fangled “safety” bicycles. Three years later, after pedaling some 18,000 miles across three continents, their harrowing tales of adventure made them international celebrities. Their timely championing of the bicycle helped spark the great bike boom of the mid-1890s, which transformed cycling from an elitist, male-dominated pastime into a wildly popular means of recreation and transportation for all. Along the way, Sachtleben and Allen chronicled their adventures with two novel compact Kodak film cameras, heralding a new “democratic” era for photography, as well.

The photographs vividly convey what the two adventurers experienced as they pedaled across barren dirt roads, river crossings, mountain passes, and volcanic terrains, encountering peoples and cultures entirely foreign to them. The scenes of everyday life also reflect how the locals—many of whom had never before seen a Westerner or a bicycle—reacted to them and to the marvelous technologies that were destined to change ancient ways of life.

During their three-year journey, Sachtleben and Allen traversed Europe, Asia, and North America and recorded some 1,200 circular images on 3.5-inch nitrate negatives. Only about a third of the negatives are known to have survived, and these are now part of the Sachtleben Collection kept since 1984 by UCLA Special Collections. The negatives were scanned in 2013—a complicated process, given their fragile and combustible state.

The exhibition features four of the countries Sachtleben and Allen toured in 1891, arranged chronologically: Greece, Turkey, Persia (Iran), and the Russian Empire (Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). Approximately ten images have been selected from each country, and enlarged to 20” in diameter.


Exhibition Credits:
Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891 
is organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA and co-sponsored by the UCLA Library Special Collections. The guest-curator is David V. Herlihy, historian and author of Bicycle: The History and Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance.

Additional Information
The Fowler Museum at UCLA is one of the country’s most respected institutions devoted to exploring the arts and cultures of Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Americas. The Fowler is open Wednesdays through Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m.; and on Thursdays, from noon until 8 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The Fowler Museum, part of UCLA Arts, is located in the north part of the UCLA campus. Admission is free. Parking is available for a maximum of $12 in Lot 4. For more information, the public may call 310 825-4361 or visit fowler.ucla.edu.

Santa Monica Talks, Learn what’s happening in our City

Santa Monica Talks 2014

From the City of Santa Monica

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We invite you to you get involved. Find out what is happening and what is planned in our vibrant city. If you have questions, here is where you can get them answered!
Protected bike lanes? Equitable enforcement policies? Adopt Complete Street policy? What do you want to see?

Santa Monica Talks is for people who live and work in Santa Monica and want to learn about the city and our community. The same information is presented at each event  and all events are free so you can pick the date most convenient for you. Local restaurants will provide delicious food and drinks for you to enjoy as you learn about city initiatives and mingle and meet  your neighbors City staff and management.

Retiring City Manager Rod Gould will talk about city services and Santa Monica’s future. City staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Information is the same at each of the three events. Come to whichever event works best for you.  


View Santa Monica Talks events: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/city-managers-office-7495597451
Have questions about Santa Monica Talks? Contact City Manager’s Office

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!

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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!

Last Weeks of the National Bike Challenge! You can still JOIN US!

Hello Team Bike Santa Monica!
This is it, we’re nearing the end of the 5 month long National Bike Challenge!
You can still join the team. Currently our Community Team Bike Santa Monica

  • Ranking 13th Nationally
  • We have accumulated 215,937 Points 
  • Together we have ridden over 87,597 miles

SAVE THESE DATES:
Handlebar Happy Hour next Wednesday
Closing Handlebar Happy Hour Party September 30th
Details coming asap!

NATIONALLY —

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Get your miles logged by the end of the month to be eligible for a September prize. If you reach the Diamond or Platinum level you’ll be entered to win the grand prize: A 4-Day North American Trek Travel trip!
Join team Bike Santa Monica and Log your September miles here  to Make Every Mile Count!

Tuesday, September 30, at midnight CT will be the last time you can record your miles for the month and have them count for the prize drawing. Anything after that will go into the overall tally.

A couple key things to remember when logging miles:1. Miles MUST be assigned to the day you rode them. (No logging one large monthly total. Why?  Because the point system considers the number of days ridden for a given month, as well.)

2. To log miles from past days:

  • Login to your account at nationalbikechallenge.org
  • Click on the red “Log Miles” banner on the home page
  • Click on the calendar view in the right hand corner of the logging window
  • Click on the day you want to add miles
  • Enter your total miles for that day in Transport or Sport/Fun
  • Click “Update Miles”
  • Repeat for the other days you rode

And with over 650 prizes already awarded, we’re upping the ante for the final month of the Challenge. We’ll have more  National Bike Challenge socks, Aero Tech Designs bike shorts, 3M sunglasses, Luna BarsBellwether gloves, Resource Revival key chains,  Planet Bike bike lights, Cat-EarsCanari clothing and more!Click here to see all of the great stuff you can win just by logging your miles.

Click here to share the fun of the National Bike Challenge with family and friends.

NBC* Handlebar Happy Hour at Pono Burger this Monday!

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Handlebar Happy Hour:
Logging Miles over Smiles –
Everyone welcome!!

Monday, June 30th
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Pono Burger: 829 Broadway

Join us, team BIKE SANTA MONICA and our fabulous community partners for a fun social evening and log miles over smiles! All are invited!
Our friends at Pono Burger are supporting us with complimentary organic russet and sweet potato fries, and delicious lemonade!
Also available – order from their gourmet burger (veggie options) and salad menu, plus draft beer selections – YUM!

You can log miles for all this month up until the last day of June!

Join the fun and help us compete nationally as we continue to build the local momentum in the *National Bike Challenge! We’ll be there along with team members from Santa Monica Bike Center and SM City staff to answer question, help you enroll or help log your miles.
Giveaways and Prizes!

At this June Handlebar Happy Hour we will have a prize giveaway for all who attend. In addition, 4 randomly selected team riders* will win 4 awesome prizes (*minimum Bronze Level, 250 pts logged)! Winners can choose a $25 gift card to Pono Burger, Areal Restaurant, The Misfit Restaurant, or Co-opportunity! Team prize winners names will be drawn and sent out Monday! You don’t need to be present to win, but first to arrive get first choice from the team drawing prizes!  Must be present to win random prizes!
We will have a computer available for you to join and log miles! You have until the end of June to log miles ridden retroactive back to the 1st of the month!! Every mile counts!

Join team BIKE SANTA MONICA and help bring together our local biking community, become involved and take part in our growing local bike culture!
Join the Challenge – Ride with us!

May Handlebar Happy Hour Areal on Main Street
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The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists — and encouraging countless new riders. The goal is to unite 50k riders and log 30 million miles by September 30th! Current tally is 41k riders for 8,742,762! We can do it!  In its simplest form it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues and the greater community to ride more. Win prizes from our local partners and great prizes from the National Challenge!

Memorial Park Neighborhood Plan Workshop

Community Workshop: Memorial Park Neighborhood Plan

The City of Santa Monica invites you to attend COMMUNITY WORKSHOP #2 for the Memorial Park Neighborhood Plan. Share your ideas about the area around the future 17th Street Expo Light Rail Station and Memorial Park. Amount some of the important items that will be discussed are the potential neighborhood uses, open space, parking, circulation.

DATE:        Thursday, January 16tH
TIME:        6:30PM – 9:30PM
WHERE:    Civic Center, East Wing, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica

Participate now by taking a short survey at: click here for survey 
Or copy and paste this linkL  http://www.memorialparkplan.net

Help create great walkable bikeable communities that support active & public transportation
Let’s get ready for the EXPO light rail!

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Tonight: Parker Dusseau Launch at Bike Effect

Tuesday December 10th, 6:30-9:30pm
Bike Effect, 910 Broadway, Santa Monica

Join us tonight!

FREE BIKE VALET Provided by Santa Monica Spoke & Bike Effect
FREE Parker Dusseau gift for first 50 that arrive by bike
Percentage of proceeds benefit Santa Monica Spoke

Event Partners:
Bike Effect, Parker DusseauHubert’s Lemonade, Lagunitas Brewing Co & Santa Monica Spoke

Join the Facebook event here

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Presentation and Feedback on MANGo, Meeting Dec 9th, 7pm

Community EventSecond opportunity on a presentation of the initial results from the MANGo POP-UP Greenway!

Additionally your support and input is needed to balance efforts of a small yet vocal group from within the Pico Neighborhood Assoc. who are attempting to derail efforts to any experiment of traffic diversion. The input collected from mostly residents during MANGo supports traffic diversion by 55%. It would seem inappropriate to not even entertain this option that received so much support. Traffic diversion is widely accepted as a excellent tool to reduce traffic volumes, congestion and pollution on neighborhood streets and can be accomplished with minimal disruption to those that live in the area. If the neighborhood is willing to accept diversion as a tool (as is indicated in the MANGo results) to help eliminate cut through traffic and move toward having safer healthier streets with less traffic it should at minimum be allowed to be implemented as a test.

Place: Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Avenue
Day: Monday, December 9, 2013
Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm
host: Jason Kligier, AICP | Transportation Planning Associate

Diverters restrict auto access in order to reduce cut-through traffic. They can allow bicyclists full access. Diversion may be necessary if we are to lower traffic counts on Michigan, between 11th and Lincoln, from an outrageous 4200+ cars per day to the more neighborhood scaled 1,000 or less cars per day. With less than 1,000 cars per day, pedestrians, most people on bicycles, including children, can comfortably share the road and result in a quieter, safer and healthier neighborhood.

Santa Monica city staff will present an update on the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway. The project will enhance Michigan Avenue and nearby streets to become a safe walk/bike route to the beach for this neighborhood and the community.

Community Event   Community Event

Films from the Sept. 21 MANGo Pop-Up Street event:

http://youtu.be/2EQo7iW0NEU
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