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Action Alert: Stewart / Pennsylvania Bike & Pedestrian Project

Your input is needed!

Hello friends, interested in road safety?
We invite you to take this short survey now on the much needed and innovative improvements proposed for Stewart Street & Pennsylvania Avenue. The project is under attack for some of the needed safety improvements.

• You will be prompted to click on each icon in the navigation on the left.
• At the bottom of each element, there is a + with the name of the project.
• Click to take survey.
• Fill in comments, then submit. You only get once chance, so make it count.
• Move down the list to the next of the 4 element of the project to give your opinion.

City planners have designed a very innovative project and clearly worked extremely hard to design the best possible project incorporating community and local business input and feedback for the fewest tradeoffs and losses to parking. In addition to two Community Open Houses, local business and stakeholders have been engaged for input during the design process. This project is also identified as part of the Land Use and Circulation Element, the Bike Action Plan, the Bergamot Area Plan, and the Pedestrian Action Plan

It appears the project is being attacked by one of the local businesses that has taken a dislike to the project due to a (minimal) loss of on street metered parking, and a median that restricts left turns. These changes mitigate the current rather serious traffic conflicts and congestion by improving traffic flow and safety for all road users. The business has chosen to use a hot button issue to solicit push back on this safety improvement project – THIS PROJECT IS ABOUT SAFE AND EQUITABLE ACESS and IMPROVING OVERALL STREET SAFETY FOR EVERYONE! We love and support our local businesses, but we are extremely disappointed in this one for this smear campaign. Parking must NEVER, EVER outweigh safety improvements. 

This project exceeded our hopes for Stewart & Pennsylvania as it was identified in the Bike Action Plan and the Pedestrian Action Plan. WE LOVE IT. It will finally provide a needed north/south bike connection, pedestrian improvements, improved – safer north/south connections to EXPO and improved safe routes to schools, parks and local businesses! There are almost always tradeoffs when streets are reimagined to incorporate and improve equity and safety as a priority. Please join us in support of this project by taking the short survey – it really only takes a few minutes. 

About:

Stewart & Pennsylvania Safety Enhancement

The City of Santa Monica’s Stewart & Pennsylvania Safety Enhancement Project will enhance safety and access to/from the Expo 26th Street/Bergamot Station, and address safety issues identified as part of the City’s Take the Friendly Road campaign. The project seeks to enhance the safety and comfort for pedestrians and bicyclists along Stewart Street between Colorado and Kansas, and Pennsylvania Avenue between 26th Street and Stewart Street The safety enhancements include:

  • Enhancement of the existing bikelane to a protected bikeway along Stewart Street from Kansas to Colorado/Yale. 
  • Intersection safety enhancements at Stewart Street/Colorado/Yale and Stewart/Nebraska making crossings easier to navigate for pedestrian/bicyclists 
  • Add new sidewalks and pedestrian scale lighting along Pennsylvania Avenue, between 26th Street and Stewart Street
  • Add Curb Extension and new curb ramps

This project is part of an on-going citywide effort to enhance safety for people that walk, bike, or take transit. 

Please do let us know if you have any questions. Stay tuned for future updates and Action Alerts!
Thank you in advance!

Open House: Stewart / Pennsylvania Bike & Pedestrian Project

Please join us at an Open House hosted by City of Santa Monica for the Stewart and Pennsylvania Avenue Bike and Pedestrian Improvement project. There are two dates you can attend, December 14th or December 18th. There is also an interactive map to review and provide comments online. We were excited to give input to help shape the project to date and look forward to community input to help further build a project that will best serve equitable mobility in a safer, healthy and active Santa Monica. Together we can create a safe and friendly community for everyone.

Project Goal:
Walk & Bike Pedestrian improvements for Stewart and Pennsylvania Avenues

This project aims to make improvements that will connect local neighborhoods to transit facilities, bikeways, schools, parks, and employment opportunities. The Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), Bicycle Action Plan (BAP), Bergamot Area Plan, and Pedestrian Action Plan all identify Stewart Street and Pennsylvania Avenue to include safety enhancements for pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages and abilities. This project plans to implement those improvements.

Project Elements:
•  Add new sidewalks, and pedestrian scale lighting on Pennsylvania Avenue between 26th Street and Stewart Street.
•  Enhance bike facility to a protected bikeway on Stewart Street between Colorado Avenue and Kansas Avenue to accommodate riders of all ages and abilities.
•  Enhance intersections at Stewart/Nebraska and Colorado/Yale.

We encourage you to check out the interactive map to review the project and provide comment.
Upcoming open house information session flyers:
•  Virginia Avenue Park Library Annex Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
•  Edison Language Academy Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Tomorrow: Bike Ride with City Manager to Celebrate Green Lanes!

Thursday AND Friday #BikeToWorkDay pit stops in Santa Monica…… but the celebrating continues tomorrow May 18th with a Bike Ride to celebrate #BikeMonthSM and our newest Green Lanes!

Join us May 18th on a Ride with City Manager and staff to celebrate our newest green lanes – click image to go to the event page.

Grab your bicycles or get and head to City Hall, 1685 Main St., at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019 as we join City Manager Rick Cole for a bike ride on the newly painted lanes. All are welcome.
• Children should be capable of street riding or in a bike seat or trailer.
• No bike? or Want to give Breeze a try? – for this event you can get 
FREE RIDE TIME on BREEZE! Limited to supplies on hand.


RSVP HERE to reserve a Breeze bike with free ride time for the event.


Installation of the green lanes advances the mode shift and Vision Zero components of the City’s Mobility Strategic Goal by further implementing the Bike Action Plan, which was developed with extensive community outreach and support. Santa Monica Spoke is partnering with City of Santa Monica to organize a fun bike ride to highlight some of our newest green lanes.
For more background on the green lanes click HERE

See the facebook event HERE

Celebrate Bike Month with Local Special Promotions!

Celebrate bike month and get some special deals at these #BikeMonthSM #BikeLocalSM businesses – all during May for Bike Month!

Pilatesmith is new Pilates studio in Santa Monica and is excited to participate in Bike Month this year! Along with a pit stop they are hosting on Bike to Work Day May 16th, all month long you can get $10 off a monthly membership or pack of workouts when you bike to Pilatesmith and purchase! Pilatesmith is a big believer of getting out of your car and on your feet – they encourage their Smiths to walk or bike to workout with a “Scoot, Spin, or Stroll” loyalty program. 2110 Main Street, #100, Santa Monica, CA 90405 http://pilatesmithstudio.com

Gallery Food Hall: All of May for Bike Month our friends at The Gallery Food Hall are offering 10% off when you mention #BikeMonthSM, #BikeLocal! Specials are available at AzulePaperboy and Voltaggio Brothers’ STRFSH! We will also close out the month at our last #BikeLocalSM #BikeMonthSM #HBHH Friday, May 31st with an extended HandelBar Happy Hour.

Breeze Bike Share, Bike Share Connectis offering special pricing all of May in addition to FREE RIDE TME all day on Bike to Work Day, May 16th!
No need to do anything special to access the promotional rate. Just sign up as usual! (Web buttons may read regular price but will charge promo rate)
Promo rates good until end of May only.
• Annual membership is now $54.75 (15¢/day)
• Monthly is $6.20 (20¢/day) 
• Bike Share For All is $4.65 (15¢/day
• Student is $4.65 (15¢/day) 
https://www.santamonicabikeshare.com

Check out all the events being added on our Bike Month Map and the May Calendar of Events!

HBHH tomorrow, SM Spoke meeting Saturday and May is Bike Month!

This Thursday April 25th striating at 5:30pm – all are welcome! Click image to see all the info in the calendar event.
Join us Saturday starting at 9:30 with coffee, bagels, meeting begins at 10am with and lots and lots up updates on bike, pedestrian and safety projects like Safe Streets for 17th, Take the Friendly Road Campaign with the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities by 2026, Santa Monica Safe Streets Alliance and more! We will be joined by City staff working these projects. Agenda posted as confirmed. Click image for the latest info and agenda.
Get ready – get info on events, volunteering and bike to work day pitstops and happy hours!! Updates begin shortly!! Check all the tabs in the Bike Month drop down tab from any page for the latest.