EXPO LINE SERVICE ALERT Feb 10th-12th

Expo Line Maintenance This Weekend

Beginning Friday (2/10) at 9:00 PM, through close of service on Sunday (2/12), there will be no train service to the following Metro Expo Line stations, 

  • Palms
  • Westwood/Rancho Park
  • Expo/Sepulveda

— in order for crews to begin one-year warranty repairs and upgrades. This will be the first of two weekends in February that work will be conducted on stretches of the Expo Line.

While this weekend’s work is in effect, local and express Metro Bus shuttles will replace train service between Culver City and Expo/Bundy Station. This means all westbound trains will stop at Culver City and turn back towards downtown Los Angeles. Metro shuttles will be available at Culver City for continued westbound service. Trains from Santa Monica will travel as far as Expo/Bundy Station. From there, customers may board shuttles for continued eastbound service. Shuttle service is free if transferring from the Expo Line.

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Expo Line trains are slated to arrive every 12 minutes during the day and every 20 minutes at night throughout the weekend. Bus shuttles will match Expo Line service levels as best as possible. However, trips are expected to take about 20 minutes longer than usual, so please allow extra time and plan accordingly.

On Friday, Feb. 10, the last complete eastbound trips depart Santa Monica at approximately: 7:42 p.m., 7:56, 8:08, 8:21 and 8:36. The last complete westbound trips depart 7th/Metro at approximately: 7:55 p.m., 8:01, 8:07, 8:13 and 8:19. All times are subject to work related delays.

Finally, Metro is thanking customers for their patience and understanding as they get this weekend’s work completed. These repairs and upgrades will result in safer and more reliable Expo Line service.

For more transit news and real-time service updates, follow us on Twitter at @metrolosangeles or @metrolaalerts.

Movie Screening: LOVE Thy Nature

Movie Screening February 22nd,
CONNECTING TO NATURE IS KEY!

The Film
An award winning film narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature shows how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature and takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. Love Thy Nature shows that a renewed connection with nature is key not only to our well being, but also to solving our environmental and climate crises.


The Event
Aero Theater
7pm
* Please arrive by 6:40 to guarantee you get a seat

Panel Discussion
A Panel discussion will follow the screening moderated by Sheila Laffey, Ph.D., adjunct Professor SMC and award winning producer and director.

Panelists will include:
Sylvie Rokab, Emmy nominated film maker and the writer and director of Love Thy Nature.

FREE Admission for:
Santa Monica Residents, High School and College Students w/valid ID and Sustainable Works Members
Not a Santa Monica resident, High School/College student or Sustainable Works Member? Purchase tickets at Fandango.
Free Bike Valet
Bike Valet courtesy of Santa Monica Dept. of Planning & Community Development.
Zero Waste Event

Enjoy the concessions, but when finished, please discard in a sustainable manner to minimize waste…ideally ZERO!

You can do this by discarding items at the Zero Waste stations we’ll have at the theatre. Sustainable Works staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you sort and place materials into the correct Compostable, Recyclable and Landfill bins at these stations.
Bring a reusable water bottle! Water will be provided by the City of Santa Monica.

REGISTER & Bike The Vote, March 7th

#BikeTheVote on March 7th!

We have another important election coming up in about a month, on Tuesday, March 7th, which will elect more than half of the Los Angeles City Council and the Mayor. There are also important local measures on the ballot that will impact Angelenos. On the Westside, we have two council districts up for an election, CD5 and CD11. Register to vote by February 20th, and make sure to #BikeTheVote on March 7th. There are a number of candidate forum hosted by neighborhood stakeholders. If you can, please attend a forum near you and learn more about which candidate will best improve bicycling conditions in their district.

1. Read the LACBC Election Guide

2. Attend a Los Angeles Council District 5 Forum near you! – West Los Angeles and Encino

  • Feb. 11th 1:00 p.m. (Sat) Mid City West Candidate Forum at El Rey Theatre – 5515 Wilshire Blvd.
  • Feb. 12th 2:00 p.m. (Sun) CD5 Meet the Candidate Forum at Leo Baeck Temple – 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
  • Feb. 14th 7:00 p.m. (Tue) Beverly Wilshire HOA Candidate Forum – 543 N. Fairfax
  • Feb. 16th 6:30 p.m. (Thurs) Westside Village HOA – CD5 Candidate Forum at St. John’s Presbyterian Church – National Blvd. and Military Ave.
  • Feb. 19th 4 p.m. (Sun) Beverlywood HOA Town Hall Meeting with CD5 candidates, Location is TBD
  • Feb. 21st 7 p.m. (Tue) Westwood Neighborhood Council, Chamber of Commerce and HOAs Candidate Forum at St. Paul the Apostle – 10750 Ohio Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

     *Los Angeles Council District 11 has no forum scheduled. 

LACBC / Santa Monica Spoke 501(c)(3)

Save the Date: February Handlebar Happy Hour

We return to a local favorite!


DAY:      Thursday
DATE:   February 23rd
TIME:    5pm -7pm (HH $)
PLACE:  INGO’S TASTY DINER, 1213 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica


They have a pretty exciting Happy Hour for our group of hungry, thirsty bicyclists to enjoy

Happy Hour from 4 to 7 pm everyday
Enjoy well drinks, signature cocktails, draft beer, and selected glasses of wine

Check out this vintage shot of the diner!

Check out this vintage shot of the diner!


Menu, cocktails and wine list are available on the website.
This has become one or our local favorites! 

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Kidical Mass: Valentine, February 11th at Virginia Park

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Saturday – February 11th – Virginia Avenue Park

We are a GO for the Ride! Arrive early and don’t miss the fun!

DATE:    SATURDAY February 11th
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Virginia Avenue Park (2200 Virginia Avenue – north side of the park)
– meet north side of park at 22nd Street 

Free: Please RSVP HERE so we have enough refreshments and activity supplies!

Join Santa Monica Spoke and the City of Santa Monica for the next Kidical Mass Family Bike Ride.  You never know what special guest could join us – last year we were joined by Madi Carlson from Seattle’s Kidical Mass and City Councilwoman Pam O’Connor – Maybe the Mayor?!.
Drawings and Prize for BEST DRESSED!

Pre-ride snacks, Coffee, and beverages for the kids (Please be sustainable and bring your own cups), Helmet Decorating, Prizes, Free Bike Safety Checks provided by TBD, & Check-in
Arrive early and don’t miss the FUN
We return to Clover Park for FUN and post-ride snacks provided by KIND.
Valentine Cookie Decorating is planned!


* 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……

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Don’t have a bike –
You can #RideBreeze!

Don’t have a Kid Carrying Bike? NOT  A PROBLEM !sm_bike_center
Special 20% discount on Rentals 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 for rentals) – Please reserve online and write “Kidical Mass” in the special requirements section of the reservation – 20% discount will be applied at check out! Reserve early and plan to pick up bikes Saturday morning in time to arrive at the event.


Info at the event on Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway, MANGo Phase II and Safe Routes to Edison Language Academy.

Protest/Rally Against Santa Monica Airport’s Extreme Negative Impacts

RALLY FOR SATURDAY IS STILL ON



North Side of Douglas Loop North
(between 28th St. and 31st St. – near the Business Park off of Ocean Park Blvd)

You are invited, along with friends, family and neighbors to come out and show support and unity to stop the continuation of the extreme harmful impacts from Santa Monica Airport (SMO).

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS will include: Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer, Congressman Ted Lieu,  Los Angeles Council Member Mike Bonin and other political representatives, as well as community activists from Santa Monica, Ocean Park, Venice, West Los Angeles and Mar Vista.

While the settlement agreement of the law suit with the FAA has been announced, allowing The City of Santa Monica to close SMO December 31st 2028 (still 12 years away)  – The urgency for this protest is because due to start February 2017, JetSuite – funded by JetBlue is scheduled to begin offering commercial jet service of 30 seat jets out of Santa Monica Airport. SMO has short 5000′ runway that is not designed for jets and has no safety runway area to protect immediately adjacent neighborhoods and homes.

UPDATE: JetSuiteX Delays Service to Santa Monica Airport
IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 1, 2017 JetSuiteX announced today that they have entered into a Standstill Agreement with the city of Santa Monica concerning JetSuiteX’s planned operations at Santa Monica Airport. The agreement is designed to give the parties time to come to a final agreement. 
Flights to Santa Monica Airport were originally scheduled to launch on February 6th, with destinations including Carlsbad, San Jose and Las Vegas. In the interim, JetSuiteX has agreed not to operate at Santa Monica prior to February 15th, 2017. To avoid uncertainty and confusion, JetSuiteX has cancelled all flights to/from or connecting through Santa Monica from February 6th through February 24(th) and will issue full refunds for all affected customers.
CEO Alex Wilcox said, “Given the uncertainty surrounding the status of the airport we have entered into this standstill agreement to provide time for an orderly process to negotiate with the city. We apologize to our clients…”

This new service was scheduled prior to the recent settlement and at a time when the Santa Monica City Council has moved to evict Atlantic Aviation the jet service provider. The Council has voted unanimously to protect our community and neighbors and reduce the harmful impacts of the airport by closing it as soon as legally possible. Santa Monica has committed to a vision to replace SMO with a healthy and sustainable park that would be open to all and accessible to everyone.

According to SMO records, in recent months jet flights out of the airport have increased dramatically to where the city is now pumping over 3 million gallons of aviation fuel and generating up to 60 million lbs. of C02 annually. Currently at this shocking 15% annual rate of increase – jet flights, noise and pollution would increase by a massive 100% by 2023 presuming existing airport configuration. In the City’s announcement of the settlement with the FAA it was stated the City of Santa Monica is within its legal rights to immediately plan and reduce of the current length of the runway to 3500′. This length of runway is too short and would prevent flights of many (current) jet aircraft under FAA rules. Find our more at the rally this Saturday.

The it of Santa Monica has been making progressive strides toward protecting the environment and continuing its leadership by making Santa Monica a more sustainable place to live, work and play.  This is exemplified with the launch of Breeze, LA first public bike share, opening of Metro’s new Expo Line and updated Big Blue Bus service connections. The aviation industry (without regards to the safety and against the wishes of the community or the City) want to transform the existing, small general aviation airport into a major – unsafe commercial airport.

We join groups that are supporting this Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution event. These include: No Jets – Santa Monica, Airport2Park Foundation, Friends of Sunset Park, Venice Residents Against SMO, North Westdale Neighborhood Association, Mar Vista Community Association, CASMAT and SMO Future.

For more information – contact: Martin Rubin, (310) 479-2529 – martinrubin@earthlink.net

Any updates will be posted HERE

Los Angeles Vision Zero Action Plan

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Last Thursday, the Los Angeles Vision Zero Action Plan was released, LACBC’s statement on the plan is on their blog and below.


LACBC Statement on Vision Zero Action Plan

On Thursday, January 26th, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) released the Vision Zero Action Plan. The plan outlines the city’s strategy to reduce traffic fatalities by 20 percent by the end of 2017, with the ultimate goal of eliminating traffic deaths by 2025. In 2015, Mayor Garcetti signed an executive order making Los Angeles a Vision Zero city with safety as L.A. streets’ highest priority.

Building on the four E’s of the Vision Zero model—engineering, education, enforcement, and evaluation—the Action Plan outlines four key outcomes that it aims to achieve by focusing on priority corridors and intersections. The outcomes include: safe streets for all, a culture of safety, new policies and legislation to strengthen safety, and the incorporation of relevant data.

The release of the Action Plan marks a significant milestone for the Vision Zero initiative. The plan represents an important step in the City’s commitment to delivering on its promise to protect the safety of all road users—especially people who bike and people who walk. It also serves as a baseline for evaluation and a critical component to cultivating transparency and accountability.

“The City of Los Angeles now has a plan of action for achieving safer streets,” says Tamika Butler, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC). “We applaud the City and LADOT for releasing this plan for all to see.”

However, LACBC has some serious concerns with the Action Plan. First, while the plan refers to High Injury Network project examples and benchmarks, it lacks a clear vision for making the streets safer for people who ride bicycles. Bike lane installation in the City of L.A. has slowed over the years, but the Action Plan does not deliver bold goals for expanding the bicycle network, except to identify bike network gaps, develop a system for repairs, and repair existing bikeway facilities. The plan also mentions adding cycle tracks to priority corridors, but nothing of implementation.

“Studies show that quality bike infrastructure, like protected bike lanes, improve the safety for all road users,” says Butler. “The Action Plan misses a key opportunity to describe and set benchmarks for how the City of Los Angeles will improve street safety for all by not committing to innovative bike projects. City leaders and elected officials must pledge to implement quality bike projects to improve street safety if they truly hope to achieve Vision Zero.”

Moreover, the Action Plan incorporates enforcement as an essential pillar for achieving the goals of Vision Zero. LACBC cannot support such a strategy so long as the language to describe enforcement and policing remains ambiguous. Echoing the perspective of the national Vision Zero Network, LACBC strongly believes that word choice matters, both in terms of building public support and trust for the initiative and in terms of holding agencies such as the Los Angeles Police Department accountable for their implementation of a critical aspect of the plan. If the plan prioritizes enforcement, the City cannot claim to be committed to equity unless it is willing to explicitly address race, racial profiling, and enforcement without racial profiling.

“The City’s commitment to unbiased policing falls short in explicitly addressing racial profiling in policing and fails to acknowledge the disproportionate enforcement that is presently aimed at communities of color,” says Butler. “The City and LAPD need to acknowledge that there is a problem with racial bias in policing before they are able to find a solution to something they won’t name. There is a sentence in the plan that says race ‘may’ play a role in the safety of people of color. But people of color know that race does in fact play a role in our safety as we move about our communities. An action plan that fails to explicitly, affirmatively, and positively state this is a plan without true vision, honesty, and an ability to take into account the very real realities that people of color in this country face.”

LACBC looks forward to continuing to work with the City and LADOT as a member of the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance to improve upon this plan. Together, our streets can be safer for all Angelenos.

Last Chance to get $20 off BREEZE Bike Share

Offer ends February 1, 2017

Get going on those 2017 health and fitness goals. This month’s Breeze Bike Share special offer is almost over. You still have a time to get $20 off – valid for new annual memberships only. – expires 2/1/2017. Don’t wait join TODAY!

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Use Breeze to:

  •  help you get to your 2017 goals –  renew or sign up for a new annual membership
  • $.21 per day for 1.5 hours of bike share each day
  • Enjoy the wonderful outdoors while having fun
  • cheaper than the gym!

Are you a PayAsYouGo Member who rides more than 60 minutes per month? Start saving with the Breeze Annual Membership Plan – you’ll get 90 minutes of free riding time every single day for as little as .22¢ cents per day!

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And YES – you can get $20 off for WeHo Pedals  too!!

Tomorrow: Ask an Officer Event at LACBC HQ

MONDAY, January 30th downtown Los Angeles. Stay tuned for info on local Ask an Officer event in the planning.

Ask an Officier

Newly reschedule for January 30th!

Join us for a conversation with LAPD, CHP, and bicycle collision attorney Jim Pocrass about traffic laws, walking, and bicycling in LA. Presented by LACBC, Pocrass & De Los Reyes Bicycle LawLos Angeles Walks, and the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance, we’ll discuss what are some of the new laws we need to know and issues of concern for people walking and biking in LA today? What about Vision Zero and the enforcement components? Each panelist will share their perspective to start the conversation and will be followed by Q&A with the audience.

Attendance is free and open to all.
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served before the panel discussion begins.

Panelists:

  • Jim Pocrass Esq. – Pocrass & de Los Reyes LLP
  • Officer Andrew Cullen – Los Angeles Police Department, Traffic Coordination Section
  • Officer Leland Tang – California Highway Patrol, West Valley Area

6:30 pm – Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Panel discussion

Bicycle parking – use racks out front
Metro stations – Pershing Square, 7th St. & Metro Center
Automobile parking – street parking and off-street lots.

Happy #CarFreeFriday

So many options to #GoSaMo

Walking & Biking, Breeze Bike Share, EXPO,
Big Blue Bus & Metro Bus & MORE!

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This month Breeze Bike Share has a special offer – $20 off – valid for new annual memberships only – expires 2/1/2017. Don’t wait join TODAY!

Are you a PayAsYouGo Member who rides more than 60 minutes per month? Start saving with the bike share Annual Membership Plans – you’ll get 90 minutes of free riding time every single day for as little as 21¢ per day!