Give Input: Metro’s Draft Expenditure Plan

Metro Draft Expenditure Plan

 

Today, the Metro Board of Directors approved the release of Metro’s Draft Expenditure Plan (The Plan) for public input.  The Plan outlines how Metro will plan, build, operate, and fund our growing transportation system over the next 40 years to accommodate the additional 2.4 million people and 1.4 million new jobs that are projected for Los Angeles County over the same period.

The foundation of the Plan consists of 36 major highway and transit projects as well as projects designed to improve and enhance mobility and system connectivity; promote bicycling and walking; support Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Paratransit services for the disabled; discounts for students and seniors; investments to fund bus and rail operations; ongoing system maintenance and repair, including repair of bridges and tunnels; and funds for repair and enhancement of local streets and roads.

To fund the Plan, Metro is considering a ballot measure for a new half-cent sales tax and extension of the horizon year for the existing half-cent Measure R sales tax.  If approved, these could generate an estimated $120 billion to pay for the transportation projects and programs over the 40-year horizon of the Plan.

Please go to our website to learn about the Plan, including opportunities for you to share your thoughts with us through any of the following:

  • Use the online comment form on the website
  • Send an email to theplan@metro.net
  • Attend one of our community meetings that will be held around the County in April
  • Participate in our online “virtual” community meeting
  • Participate in one of our telephone town halls to be held in May
  • Share your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter using #MetroPlan

In June 2016, we will provide the Metro Board of Directors with an updated recommendation including a full report on the public input that has been received.  The Board will decide on the details of The Plan including whether to place a measure on the upcoming November ballot.

Thank you for your continuing interest in our region’s mobility.

All the best,
Metro Community Relations

Streetsie Celebration Party: TONIGHT!

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On Thursday, March 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., there will be a party — food and drink! — at Cyclehop’s west coast headquarters to celebrate some of 2015’s Streetsie winners.

Streetsblog California Elected Official of the Year
Assemblymember Richard Bloom (attendance confirmed)

Streetsblog Los Angeles Business of the Year
Cyclehop/hulu for Breeze Bikes

Streetsie2015Bloom, both at the state level and through his work on the Santa Monica City Council (1999-2012), has been a champion of sustainable and active transportation. He was also integral in bringing about Breeze Bike Share (operated by Cyclehop), Los Angeles County’s first public bike-share system. Now, Beverly Hills and Long Beach have begun to follow suit, adopting bike-share systems also run by Cyclehop. And Hulu, located in Santa Monica, is helping to support sustainable transportation by generously supporting Breeze Bike Share to the tune of $675,000 a year. Tickets to Thursday’s party are available here. We hope you can make it.

Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom, would like to invite local advocates to the Streetsie Awards Party & Fundraiser for Santa Monica Next. Bloom’s office has offered to cover the entry for local advocates who may not otherwise be able to afford the ticket price.
Please message if interested.

Tickets to Thursday’s party are available here. We hope you can make it.

WHEN: Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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WHERE: 17th and Colorado, , Santa Monica, CA –
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Expo Update: Start of Pre-Revenue Service

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Expo Line Extension to Santa Monica Notice – Start of Pre-Revenue Service – Monday, March 21, 2016

Starting Monday, March 21, 2016, Metro will be conducting Pre-Revenue Service on the Expo Line Extension to Santa Monica. (No passengers will be on the trains from Culver City to Santa Monica.) Train frequency will be every 12-20 minutes. These activities are necessary as they lead up to full train service starting May 20th 2016.

Daily, 4AM to 2AM; Fridays and Saturdays until 3AM.

It is necessary to obey ALL traffic signs and signals at ALL times.

Safety Tips

  • Please obey all warning signs and traffic signals when crossing the tracks.
  • Always look both ways before crossing any street.
  •  Never walk on railroad tracks.
  •  Watch for trains from both directions.
  • Use the crosswalks. Do not jaywalk across the tracks.
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Community & Transportation Advocates Call for More Funding for Walking & Biking

Investing in Place and Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Release Joint Statement: 

“Community and Transportation Advocates Call for More Funding for Walking, Biking and Safe Routes to School”

In response to Metro’s draft expenditure plan released the morning of March 18th, Investing in Place and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition released the following statement. Stay tuned for complete policy analysis on the draft plan to be shared for discussion at our March 29th partner meeting.

EXCERPT BELOW:
“This morning, Metro released the draft expenditure plan for their potential ballot measure identifying the agency’s funding priorities for over $100 billion in new sales tax revenue over the next 40 years…

Investing in Place and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition appreciate that, for the first time, funding for walking and biking has been included in the ballot measure. However, the need for active transportation is so great in the region that we call on Metro to increase this proposed investment to better match their peer agencies. Walking and biking are the most basic forms of mobility, particularly for low-income communities of color, people with disabilities, youth, and older adults – all of whom are at the greatest risk of being killed on unsafe streets. We encourage Metro to match the needs of Los Angeles County’s most vulnerable residents.”

Full statement is available on the Investing in Place blog.

Please contact Jessica Meaney for any questions.


Created in January 2015 as a new non-profit effort, Investing in Place works to support a constituency for equitable planning and build strategic relationships with agencies and efforts that invest in the built environment in Los Angeles County.

 

Finish the Ride: Griffith Park & Santa Clarita

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Brought To You By Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE) 

Support safe city streets and help end hit and run crimes by taking part in Finish the Ride, Run, Walk ‘N Roll events!! All proceeds will benefit Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE), a non-profit 501c3 that focuses on hit and run crime awareness and increasing the safety of our streets for all users.

Join us on Sunday, April 10th in Griffith Park and/or Saturday, April 30th in Santa Clarita for an awesome event!  Registration is open RIGHT NOW so register TODAY at www.FinishTheRide.org. USE PROMO CODE SMSPOKE20

FTR events include:

 

  • Ride = Beginning/family rides, intermediate to intense Half Century or Metric Century rides
  • Run =  5K, 10K and Half Marathon
  • Walk = 2K ($5, only at Santa Clarita), 5K, 10K
  • Roll = 10K
  • Timing and medals awarded for selected events
  • Cool goodie bag and free t-shirt with registration
  • ONE FREE BEER (for all participants 21+, additional beers available for purchase)
  • Great live music and dancing
  • Free festival and safety expo with giveaways, raffles, prizes and activities for kids and adults alike and much more!  Feel free to bring the whole family!

To register for the FTR Griffith Park event, click here.
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To register for the FTR Santa Clarita event, click here.
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To join the FTR volunteer team, click 
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Join FTR 2016 not only for yourself, but for those who survived, those who didn’t and the safety of ALL!

For more information on the event itself, registration questions or other customer service inquiries, e-mail us at register@FinishTheRide.org or call (844) 884-7233 Ext. 801.

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Cynthia Rose and Mobility Plan 2035 Are LACBC’s National Advocacy Award Winners!

We are thrilled to announce that Cynthia Rose and LACBC have been awarded multiple Advocacy Awards by the Alliance for Biking & Walking at this year’s National Bike Summit & Women’s Forum in Washington DC!

After receiving five nominations, Monday night we took home:

  • Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award – Cynthia Rose, Santa Monica Spoke
  • Winning Campaign of the Year – Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Mobility Plan 2035


Cynthia Rose rides a Breeze Bike Share bike with Countri Bike's Jeffrey Tannenhaus around Santa Monica. Photo: Santa Monica Spoke.

Cynthia Rose rides a Breeze Bike Share bike with Countri Bike’s Jeffrey Tannenhaus around Santa Monica.

Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award

This award commemorates Susie Stephens, one of the Alliance’s founders and an enduring inspiration for many members of the bicycle and pedestrian movement. The honor goes to an individual who carries on Susie’s passion for advocating for bicycling as a fun and economical means of transportation, as well as creating a safe biking and walking environment for all.

  •     Cynthia Rose, Santa Monica Spoke

I feel so incredible honored to have received this award that commemorates the dedication and inspiration of Susie Stephens. I am so grateful to her and her inspirational mother who has carried on her daughters enthusiasm with her own commitment and dedication. With that I must say that like any successful advocacy – there are many to thank. Those that preceded us and make our work and successes possible, those that continue today working with us side by side, and in Santa Monica to our wonderful, talented community and civic partners that help and support us in creating a safer environment that encourages more people to walk and bike. I am deeply appreciative of all these partners every single day. 

Thank you to the Alliance of Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists for their national leadership and support of local advocacy — and to our regional and state partners at LACBC and the California Bicycle Coalition. 

“Together We Lead” our communities to a healthier, safer, more equitable future biking and walking.

Cynthia Rose 

From the Alliance for Biking & Walking: “Cynthia Rose, a co-founder of Santa Monica Spoke, is also known to many in the Los Angeles area as ‘Purple’ (her favorite color) — but her vibrance spans the spectrum of bicycle advocacy. She played a key role in helping launch the first public bike share program in Los Angeles County: Breeze Bike Share, and pioneered the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Local Chapter program. She is an educator, an advocate and a rider leader, but even her actions are outdone by her joyful enthusiasm. Her bright smile and infectious attitude have invited countless new riders into the movement by making bicycling welcoming and fun. As her nominator summed up: ‘Cynthia truly is an inspiration.'”


Winning Campaign of the Year

This award goes to an organization for a winning campaign, in the last year, which has had the biggest impact on walking and biking. Their victory will dramatically increase active transportation in their state/ community or will dramatically shift the way that walking and biking are considered.

  • Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Mobility Plan 2035

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From the Alliance for Biking & Walking: “With 300 miles of protected bike lanes, the adoption of Vision Zero and a central commitment to safety, the Mobility Plan 2035 passed by the Los Angeles City Council in 2015 marked a major transformation for big city transportation. Behind the scenes, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalitionhelped to lead that charge with a thoughtful, strategic and multi-year campaign to increase access and safety for all. Their inside-outside game, rallied the public and LACBC members to engage with their policymakers, brought new partners to table and authentically considered the need of all road users, from bicyclists to bus riders. Read much more about their effort here.”


We would like to thank all of our members, partners, and supporters for making these wins possible! These wins (plus our additional nominations) are recognition of every call to action you’ve responded to, every meeting you’ve attended, every letter or email you’ve written, every public comment you’ve made, every hour of time you’ve volunteered in the office or on the streets, every hashmark recorded for our bike and ped counts, and every bike light installed as a member of Team Firefly, not to mention every mile you’ve pedaled either with us or on our behalf. We hope you’ll to help Santa Monica Spoke, LACBC and all our local chapters continue this work to make Los Angeles County a great place for all people from all communities to ride their bikes everywhere, safely and conveniently, by becoming a member of LACBC and a local chapter or renewing your membership.

Congrats to Cynthia and all the other winners: Living Streets Alliance (Tucson), Fernando Martinez, and Community Cycling Center (Portland). Read more about all the winners on the Alliance for Biking & Walking blog.

Your support is NEEDED to get to National Bike Summit 2016

Santa Monica Spoke’s Cynthia Rose finalist for National Advocacy Award: 

Forget Hollywood. The Oscars may be over, but the best awards show is yet to come. Next week, on the first night of the National Bike Summit & Women’s Forum, the Alliance will open the envelopes for the 2016 Advocacy Awards, honoring excellence in the walking and biking movement.

Help send our Director to the Summit!

We need your support to send our Director Cynthia Rose to National Bike Summit and the 4thNational Forum on Women & Bicycling 2016! To share our local successes and learn from other advocates what exciting successes are building the momentum around the country.
The Summit has shown it’s real impact, leveraging increased investments in bicycling at the federal, state and local levels. This year, with the theme of “Together We Lead,” the Summit will activate and elevate leaders from all areas of the movement. The Summit will propel this unified and diverse voice for change on Capitol Hill and and beyond.

This dynamic event includes keynote addresses from top government officials, members of Congress, and leaders from advocacy and industry; workshops that highlight innovative advocacy ideas and trends from around the country; and an organized Lobby Day to bring our message about the benefits of bicycling to our elected officials on Capitol Hill.

Santa Monica Spoke is led by 100% volunteers, including our full time Director Cynthia Rose. This dynamic event includes keynote addresses from top government officials, members of Congress, and leaders from advocacy and industry; workshops that highlight innovative advocacy ideas and trends from around the country; and an organized Lobby Day to bring our message about the benefits of bicycling to our elected officials on Capitol Hill.
We are requesting donations to cover costs to send Cynthia to the Summit 2015.

Our goal is to raise $1500.00 to cover the Women’s Forum, National Bike Summit, and travel expenses. PLEASE PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT Click HERE
or email your 
pledge amount to Donate2@SMSpoke.org  we will reply to complete the pledge. Donations are tax deductible. 

The voice for cycling is growing stronger on Capitol Hill, and with your support, our director can share lessons learned and gain experience in professional advocacy from top experts from all 50 states and bring it home to Santa Monica & LA County.

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National Bike Summit 2016: Together We Lead

Last year’s theme — Bikes+ –. Launched the conversation to change the equation for bicycle advocacy. To build a bicycle-friendly America for everyone, we can’t stop at bicycling as an end in itself. We must consider how bikes can add value to other movements and how our movement can expand to serve broader interests. The 2016 National Bike Summit will again unite the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill to advance bicycle safety, funding and equity. More than 700 participants from all 50 states will build momentum in Congress for a Bicycle Friendly America

New Urbanism Film Festival in Santa Monica

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This event was rescheduled from Jan 13th to Feb 24th.

BEST OF THE 2015 NEW URBANISM FILM FESTIVAL

See the award-winning films from the 2015 New Urbanism Film Festival.

The New Urbanism Film Festival brings the conversation about urban planning out of the classroom, beyond the council chamber doors and onto the big screen. These short films on topics of urban planning will inspire, encourage, and empower audiences to participate in the urban revitalization happening in Santa Monica. If you missed the festival, held in October 2015 in Los Angeles, now you can see the winners from each category.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Join their email list (Or Join the FaceBook Event.)

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Every Speed – Best Urbanism Sociology Film
Arlington Passages – Best Bicycle Film
The Cerebral City – Best Urban Design Film
The Edge of Memphis – Best Urbanism Economies Film.
Landfill: From Guppies to Yuppies – Honorable Mention
Road to School – Honorable Mention
Artista – Best Urbanism Filmmaking Challenge Film


Special Thanks our friends at the  Laemmle Theatre for hosting the screening.

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Handlebar Happy Hour: Ashland Hill

JOIN US FOR OUR FEBRUARY HANDLEBAR HAPPY HOUR!

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This month we head to the new Craft Beer and Wine Garden, Ashland Hill. Come celebrate all things bike.
Always fun, always family friendly!
Socialize, talk bikes

Ashland Hill

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This Saturday: Learn to #RideBreeze & Community Ride

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Want to learn about bike share? How to use the Breeze Bike Share system or how it can work for you?
Join us for this months Learn to #RideBreeze & Community Ride.

Saturday, February 27th 2016 at 10am. RSVP for FREE registration info.
Class is open to current and prospective Breeze members.

You’ll learn how to use the Breeze bike share system, including checking out, locking, flexibility of “out of station locking” and “hold” features, multiple bike check out on one account and more! We’ll then take a short tour of Santa Monica bike infrastructure to demonstrate how some of these features work and can be used. You’ll also learn basic bike safety tips and Rules of the Road to help reduce conflicts and keep your rides SAFER & FUN — all while enjoying the community and connecting with Bike Local businesses. Surely to be a day of fun and excitement.SM Farmers Market Tomato At this first event we will visit and get a short tour of the Main Street Farmers Market.

Registration is FREE but required — Please click here to RSVP today! Attendees must be 16* or over (*under 18 must accompanied by parent or guardian and wear a helmet) You will be sent registration and event information.

Already a Breeze Member? Plan to BRING A FRIEND and earn bonuses!

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