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Santa Monica’s Leadership

Congratulations to our own Francie Stefan selected as a 2019 Leadership Fellow.

Santa Monica is a member city of National Association of City Transportation Officials – NACTO

For the last ten years we have appreciated the leadership in Santa Monica and working with the talented and enthusiastic mobility, planning team. Francie Stefan has been there all along and is now the Acting Chief Mobility Officer/Assistant Director of Planning & Community Development for the City of Santa Monica.

For many of us Santa Monica is special – we give more as a community and expect more from our city. In Santa Monica – we lead, however despite Santa Monica’s leadership, cutting edge implementations, engaged and talented staff – we are still often overshadowed by our huge neighbors to the east. Just like environmental sustainability, mobility must also be a regional effort – it is wonderful to see our local talent nationally appreciated and empowered to lead us into a more equitable future that includes better options for muti-mobility and street design that prioritize safety, people, and place over machines.


City transportation is about more than managing traffic congestion and maintaining pothole-free streets.

It’s about more than movement for movement’s sake; today, city transportation is about creating a safe and pleasant walking experience and vibrant public spaces that anchor livable neighborhoods and economically strong cities. City transportation is about flexible mobility and access to opportunities. It’s about creating choices for travel, from quick and reliable transit service, to convenient and enjoyable bike share trips, to dynamic, technology-enabled mobility innovations like ride-hailing and automated vehicles. City transportation is about meaningful community engagement, public-private partnerships, and creative design approaches to do more with our most valuable public assets: city streets.

At a time when we are asking more of our city streets, we are also asking more of our city leaders. Today’s most successful transportation leaders have more than technical competency—they have the ability to articulate and implement a bold vision for how we move and live in cities.

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Congratulations to this year’s roster of impressive leaders!

Ariel Espiritu Santo, Oakland DOT
Francie Stefan, City of Santa Monica
Hannah McIntosh, King County Metro Transit
Jamie Parks, SFMTA
Jessica Zenk, San José DOT
Kathleen Mayell, City of Minneapolis
Keith Benjamin, City of Charleston
Kim Lucas, DDOT
Laura Dierenfield, Austin Transportation Department
Monique Earl, LADOT
Stefanie Seskin, Boston Transportation Department
Suchitra Sanagavarapu, NYC DO

REI – Miles of Portraits: How the Bicycle Brings People Together

Friday, March 15, 2019
6:30 PM  –  8:30 PM

Santa Monica REI

  • Member price: Free • Non-member price: Free

Join us in welcoming Annalisa van den Bergh & Erik Douds to the Santa Monica REI for this special Free event.

When Annalisa and Erik ride their nearly 100-pound loaded bicycles, people ask them questions. A lot of questions. Across America and around Alaska, their bicycles have become the ultimate conversation starter and have introduced them to hundreds of people. Miles of Portraits is a magazine and film that captures their stories and celebrates kindness in a time when all we seem to hear about is bad news. Starting in mid-March, they’ll cycle from LA to Santa Fe, NM, stopping at REIs along the way to tell their story. Come watch the film and hear Annalisa and Erik, both type 1 diabetics, talk about these kind souls they’ve met across on their bike travels as well as their deeper reasons for riding their bicycles really, really far.

March HandleBar Happy Hour at El Cholo, March 28th

Every month we gather for great fun, beverages and AWESOME company! Come join us – all are welcome!

This month we heading back to El Cholo for our monthly HandleBar Happy Hour! Local Mexican chain serving classic dishes & margaritas in a traditional setting since the 1920s!
They are a Buy Local Business and VOTED MOST LOVED SANTA MONICA RESTAURANT (2018)

Day ……… Thursday
Date …….. March 28th
Time ……. 5:30pm – ? – 7:30pm – HH prices end,
Where …. El Cholo, 1025 Wilshire Boulevard

We get a special veggie version of the cantina tacos (see HH menu below), as well as extended happy hour pricing for our group until 7:30pm.

#HBHH #BikeLocalSM #BikeSM #SMSpoke #DrinkLocalSM #EatLocalSM

Our Happy Hours support local businesses and BuyLocalSM like El Cholo.


End of every month we like to get together for fun, support local businesses, and to celebrate all things bike.
Always fun, always family friendly!

Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

If it’s on your way don’t forget to pass the Bike Counter!

Big thank you to our Bonus February #BuyLocalSM #BikeLocalSM #HBHH venue The Curious Palate and our February Host The Gallery Food Hall at Tap Take Over with Santa Monica Brew Works, Azule, Paperboy and VoltaggioBrothers’ SRTFSH — WE HAD SO MUCH FUN!

We had a GREAT GROUP – FUN was had by all!

Celebrate #BikeLocalSM, our Buy Local SM businesses, happy hour + new friends at our monthly events!  Learn about upcoming local bike events + find out about and connect with us at SM Spoke… as we visit and introduce you to some of our Buy Local SM businesses.  Eat Local, Drink Local, Buy Local AND Bike Local SM!

We will get the option of vegetarian/vegan Cantina Tacos and extended HH prices until 7:30pm for the entire group.

Action Alert: Venice Blvd Great Street under attack AGAIN

>>>>>>> JOIN US IN TAKING ACTION >>>>>>>

No matter where you live, we ask you to take action to protect the Vision Zero project in Mar Vista. We can’t let misinformation and impatience stop us from building safer streets and more vibrant communities.

We wanted to reach out to all of you who support the roadway safety project implemented on Venice Blvd in Mar Vista.

Today (02/27), the City Council Transportation Committee will vote on whether to make the project’s changes permanent. Restore Venice will be there in force to oppose the project – AGAIN – and have also filed a lawsuit to try to get the city to reverse it. This small but vocal group of opponents continues to organize to get the project removed. Let the Council know that these improvements are important to you by sending a letter. It can be as simple as a couple of sentences or you can express more of your personal opinions. You may also use the letter template below, please customize this email where you see it highlighted. The important thing is that you include the Council File # and email it to both the City Clerk and Hannah Levien from Mikes Bonin’s office. They need to receive it before the meeting at 2:00 pm – the earlier the better.

Thank you for continuing to support safe streets and livable communities!
The letters help enormously! 

One Click to send email HERE – please customize text


SAMPLE EMAIL: please personalize

RE: Council File 19-0092, Venice Blvd Great Street

Dear Councilmembers Bonin, Koretz, and Martinez,

I am a community member who (lives/bikes/walks/drives/shops) on Venice Blvd, and I am writing to support making the Mar Vista street safety improvements permanent and ask the committee to deny the CEQA appeal.

The Great Streets improvements have made Venice Blvd. a more vibrant corridor by increasing walking, biking, and scooting by 11%. At the same time, it has significantly increased the number of new storefronts and added $3 million in business revenue to the sector. Most importantly, Venice Blvd. is undeniably safer: no fatalities or serious injuries have occurred in its first year of implementation. 

Traffic violence is the number one killer of children aged 14 and younger in America. In 2017 alone, 270 people died walking and biking in the streets of Los Angeles. This is part of why I’m working with an active community of neighbors pushing to make our streets safer.

Thank you for supporting this project and denying the CEQA appeal. The new Venice Blvd. increases our safety, decreases our environmental impacts, and makes Venice Blvd. more easy to travel and a more people-centered place. 

Your neighbor,
[Your name]
[Your address]

CicLAvia returns to the Westside March 3rd!

In just over a week CicLAvia will kick off their 2019 season with Culver City Meets Mar Vista + Palms!

New to CicLAvia? Here are some things you need to know for March 3rd:

  • CicLAvia is FREE!
  • CicLAvia lasts from 9 AM until 4 PM
  • CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles County.
  • CicLAvia is not a race! There’s no starting point or finish line – begin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
  • CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, just like regular traffic. Check out some more safety tips here.
  • To download a copy of the route map, click here.


Slow, Safe + Steady

Help keep CicLAvia safe and enjoyable by getting to know the rules of the route.

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