Expo Phase 2 Update Meetings

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Join us for an update on Expo Phase 2!
As construction on Phase 2 of the Expo Line nears completion, the Expo Construction Authority invites you to a final construction update meeting. Stakeholders will receive an overview of remaining construction work and train testing activities, and will also hear from Metro staff regarding plans for system startup and transit safety education.
Santa Monica Construction Update
Wednesday, June 24,  2015
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Crossroads School – Community Room
1715 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Entrance off 18th St. – Parking available on campus and surrounding streets.
Los Angeles Construction Update
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services – Gymnasium
3200 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Parking available on campusThe format will include a short presentation followed by a question and answer session regarding the train testing schedule, safety education program and light rail operations.ADA Language Accommodation: If you require an interpreter, including sign language services, or other accommodations at these community meetings, please contact Expo at least five business days prior to the meeting date at 213-243-5534.

For more information about the Expo Line project, visit our updated website at BuildExpo.org
or call 213-922-EXPO (3976).
Find them on  www.Facebook.com/ExpoLine and follow us on  @ExpoLine

Free Bike Safety Classes: Enrollment Open

Free: Bike Safety Classes – spaces still open for this weekend!

For the summer of 2015, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is offering a series of FREE Bicycle Safety Classes in Santa Monica and throughout Los Angeles County. Funding for this program is provided by Metro through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.bicycle safety2

Three different classes are being offered:

  • Basic Bicycling Skills
  • Street Cycling Skills (classroom – Session A
  • Street Cycling Skills (on bike) – Session B

All classes are taught by trained League Cycling Instructors (LCIs). The classes are open for adults and youth who are at least 14 years of age. Minors must be accompanied by their parent or an adult guardian.

All three classes will be offered at these locations:

  • Santa Monica
  • Culver City
  • Reseda
  • North Hills
  • Downtown Los Angeles
  • North Long Beach
  • Pacoima (dates pending)
  • Claremont
  • West Covina (dates pending)

For location, class description and enrollment information click HERE

BEACH STREETS, UPTOWN

BEACH STREETS UPTOWN

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June 6th, 2015 – 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Beach Streets Uptown opens streets up for walking, bicycling, and socializing by temporarily closing thoroughfares to automobile traffic. Known more generally as Open Streets events, similar events are now occurring across the world, and are a common way of pursuing innovative strategies to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals. The City of Long Beach, with funding from Metro, will use Beach Streets Uptown to showcase local neighborhoods, businesses, and parks, as well as local transit, health, and recreation options. The route will feature Atlantic Ave., from Wardlow Rd. to Houghton Park, and is an invitation to reimagine how we use our streets.

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FEEDER RIDE FROM SANTA MONICA

Do you want a California Bicycle License Plate?

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The California Bicycle Coalition is pursuing a bicycle-oriented special interest license plate program for motor vehicles in California. Will you please take our brief survey and let us know what you would like most?

Please help set the vision for the bicycle-themed specialty license plate program, and create a popular design, by filling out the survey at calbike.org/licenseplate. Help the California Bicycle Coalition get a sense of how many interested Californians will help us win the license plate campaign.

TAKE THE SURVEY

 

MANGo Ribbon Cutting This Saturday!

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Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Ribbon Cutting
Saturday, May 30th, 10am – 11:30am
Michigan Avenue & 12th Street

You are invited to celebrate the opening of the Michigan Avenue landscape circles and the first phase of implementing the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway – MANGo, the areas first Neighborhood Greenway! Streets designed to support equity of all road users.

We join the Pico Neighborhood to celebrate the rich cultural tapestry of many threads, woven on Michigan Avenue, throughout Santa Monica’s History. Hear from residents, past and present as they share their experiences of everyday life in the neighborhood.

See more on MANGo here and on the City’s website here

MANGo Opening Invitation
The Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway is intended to create an inviting streetscape along Michigan Avenue and adjoining streets. This could be achieved through elements including roadway calming, increased landscaping, sidewalk widening, bike facilities, and enhanced crosswalks. The three-mile Greenway between the Bergamot Arts Center and the beach will provide a safe and comfortable place for neighbors of all ages to walk, bike, recreate, and interact with one another. Additionally, it will be a functional circulation link to connect residents and visitors with many significant community and regional destinations, including schools, parks, job centers, and soon to open Expo stations. The project will make it easier to get around Santa Monica on foot and by bicycle, and is intended to enhance the livability of the Pico Neighborhood and improve environmental quality.

Two feeder rides from Santa Monica to CicLAvia Pasadena, Bike or Go MULTIMODAL!

This Sunday all new CicLAvia – Pasadena!
Two Feeder Ride options from Santa Monica, Tongva Park

This second CicLAvia of 2015 represents the first visit of LA’s renowned open streets event to the City of Pasadena. For this CicLAvia participants can travel along Colorado Boulevard, and down side streets to parks and historic architecture using foot, pedal and non-motorized wheel power.. CicLAvia – Pasadena May 30, from 9am–4pm

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! Helpful suggestion on participation at CicLAvia

We will host two feeder ride options to CicLAvia this Sunday, May 30th.
PLEASE NOTE: NEW MEETNG LOCATION AND TIME FOR SANTA MONCIA FEEDER RIDES. Both Ride options meet in Tongva Park, 7:30am


Start           Tongva Park, center of park grass area near restrooms
Address      1615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Meet           7:30am
Roll out      8:00am (sharp)

Option 1 – Multimodal
Bike it to Culver City and Expo Line / Gold Line as a group

This simple Route is 7.5 miles and nearly completely flat with bike lanes or low traffic volume streets at our time of travel. We will be traveling at an easy pace but do ask you “stay with the pace” so we can all get there together. No rider is left behind.
For feeder ride all young children should be on tag-a-long, child carrier or in trailers.
Group will decide to ride or train to Gold Line Station from 7th Street Station

Option 2 – Advanced
Bike from Santa Monica to CicLAvia – The Valley

(bail out option at DTLA Gold Line)

This ride is 27.9 miles and for more advance riders – faster paced with more elevation gain (click map). This group plans to meet the UCLA Bike Shop Group at Westwood and Santa Monica Blvd at 8:45am.
The group will still stay together with no rider left behind – you do have the option if you choose to jump on the Gold Line if you run out of steam or prefer to ride the train from DTLA.

Want to take public transit all the way from Santa Monica?

Easy, relaxing, and quicker than you may think!
Big Blue Bus Rapid 10  or Metro to DTLA Union Station,
catch the Gold Line at Union Station
to Pasadena Memorial Park!

Click here to download map

Stuff to bring:

  • helmet (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 from Santa Monica FAST!
Catch the Red Line at the 7th Street Metro Hub, to the Gold Line at Union Station to Pasadena Memorial Park. 

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)
The Metro trip planner can be found here

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CicLAvia Pasadena, May 30th: Feeder Rides from Santa Monica!

Next we head to a completely new city when CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro takes place on May 31.

Pasadena has played host to parades, bike races and music festivals, and for the first time is opening its streets to the largest car-free open streets event in America. CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro takes place from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31. The city will lend its own charm and flair to CicLAvia as participants travel along Colorado Boulevard, and down side streets to parks and historic architecture using foot, pedal and non-motorized wheel power. Go Metro to CicLAvia, the event route will connect to the Memorial and Del Mar the Metro Gold Line Stations enabling participants to have a car-free or car-lite day.

We will again host TWO feeder events to CicLAvia from Santa Monica!!
Both start at Tongva Park: “Bike it – all the way” or “Multimodal – Bike it to Expo / Gold Line”

CicLAvia Pasadena

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CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro will be the most walkable CicLAvia to date at 3.5 miles. The cozy distance will offer participants the opportunity to peruse and explore Pasadena’s business gems and cultural treasures. Spurs off the main route on Raymond Avenue and Lake Street will take participants to local parks. And CicLAvia’s new partnership with Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities, Cirque du Soleil’s newest touring Big Top show, coming to Southern California this fall, will give participants young and old a smile-inducing and awe-inspiring entertainment adventure.

Action Alert – Tell your legislators NOW – more ATP funding!

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The state Active Transportation Program (ATP) is the funding source for creating safe streets, sidewalks, and trails so that Californians can bicycle or walk to wherever they want to go. Local demand for ATP funding far outpaces the amount allocated in the budget, and many communities lack safe routes for biking and walking.

On May 14 (Bike to Work Day in LA and the Bay Area), the Governor released his latest budget proposal. We were disappointed to learn that the ATP did not see an increase in funding. Earlier this spring, the California Bicycle Coalition and 120 organizations statewide called for adding $100 million to the Active Transportation Program.

There is a clear need for increased funding. But despite an increase of more than a billion dollars in available revenue, the governor failed to recognize that need.

On Wednesday May 20th our champions in the Assembly budget committee stepped up and proposed a $25 million increase the the ATP. The California Bicycle Coalition and our partners statewide are rallying in support of the Assembly proposal, and pushing for it to be reflected in the final budget, which will be adopted by June 15.

We have one chance to get the entire Legislature to counter Governor Brown’s proposal and increase the ATP. Help us rally behind our champions in the Assembly so that all Californians can enjoy the freedom of walking and bicycling safely in their communities. Here’s how to help:

  1. Pledge your support at bit.ly/IncreaseATP
  2. Call your Senator and Assemblymember and tell them to encourage legislative leadership to adopt the Assembly’s proposal to increase the ATP.
    Our Santa Monica Representatives:
    •  
    State Assembly (District 50) Assembly Member Richard Bloom
    •   State Senate (District 26) Senator Benjamin Allen
    Find your representative here: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov
  3. After you call, email your representatives to follow up, and please be sure to cc increasetheatp@calbike.org