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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

CalBike, Senator Scott Wiener Introduce ‘Complete Streets’ Legislation: SB127

CalBike and Senator Scott Wiener Introduce ‘Complete Streets’ Legislation Ensuring State-Owned Roads Prioritize Safety of People Walking and Biking

Each year, thousands of Californians needlessly suffer injury and death on our streets.
Why? Because our streets are designed for cars to move fast, instead of for people to move safely.

That’s why our statewide advocacy organization -the California Bicycle Coalition is joining Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), and coalition partners California Walks, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, and the American Heart Association in introducing Senate Bill 127, “Complete Streets for Active Living,” to make state-owned roads safe for everyone.

State-owned streets are often major surface streets that run through our communities. Unfortunately, Caltrans designers too often treat them like busy highways instead of the main streets they are—places to work, play, shop, and learn. They design them for fast car traffic, not for safety, because they are only required to consider safety improvements when they repair such streets. The Complete Streets for Active Living bill requires them to implement safety improvements. It elevates safety to the top of the priority list when Caltrans is repaving or rehabilitating a street. The difference is that now they’re required to consider safety improvements by internal policy, which means they can and usually consider and reject them. This bill will require them to implement safety improvements unless they have good reason not to.

CalBike’s Senior Policy Advocate Linda Khamoushian said it clearly at the press conference announcing the bill’s introduction: “Every day, poor street design causes hundreds of avoidable injuries and deaths on our roads. Because of this, the lives of our loved ones are altered by injury or cut short by speed. Because of this, we continue to divide communities and ignore our residents who need to or have the ability to walk and bike for their everyday needs. Because of this, we have systematically created barriers to healthy movement and affordable transportation for all Californians.”

Senator Scott Wiener added, “For too long, Caltrans has talked about complete streets as a policy, but hasn’t actually delivered these improvements in its projects. SB 127 ensures that as we rehabilitate state highways that run through the centers of our towns and cities, we prioritize active transportation uses like walking, bicycling, and riding public transportation. Streets designed for all residents create safer, healthier, and more inclusive communities. Ensuring everyone has access to safe streets also encourages alternate modes of transportation, which can help reduce vehicle miles traveled, and help us fight climate change.”

You can help by sharing about the campaign with your community, and if you or anyone you know is interested in highlighting how SB 127 will help conditions in your community, please contact CalBike’s Policy or Communications teams.
Stay up-to-date with this Complete Streets campaign and more at Santa Monica Spoke and at — join the conversation on social media @CalBike.

Kidical Mass: Valentine Feb 9th at Ishihara Park!

DATE:    SATURDAY February 9th
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Ishihara Park (2909 Exposition Blvd)
meet Exposition Blvd between picnic area and playground.

Spanish language flyer below

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

Por favor RSVP AQUÍ así que tenemos suficientes refrigerios y materiales de actividad!

Join Santa Monica Spoke and the City of Santa Monica Safe Routes to School for the next Kidical Mass Family Bike Ride at a new location and route from Ishihara Park and Community Gardens!  We are excited to be joined by the Santa Monica Community Gardeners with fresh pancakes and tours of the Community Learning Garden. You never know what special guest could join us.
RSVP and arrive to Check-in for your free prize ticket! YEY Prize Drawings!

Pre-ride snacks, fresh pancakes, coffee, and beverages for the kids (Please help us reduce waste and be sustainable, bring your own cups), Helmet Decorating, Prizes, Free Bike Safety Checks provided by Performance Bicycles, & Check in.
Arrive early and don’t miss the FUN!
We return to Ishihara Park for FUN and post-ride snacks.
Valentine themed activity are being 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……

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


Don’t have a Kid Carrying Bike? NOT  A PROBLEM !
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.

Un paseo de grupo en bicicleta, divertido y para toda la familia.

Con el tema de Día de San Valentín en Santa Mónica comenzando en Ishihara Park a las 9 am 2/09/19.

Happy Thanksgiving and Best Wishes

Here’s wishing you all a wonderful day of thanks.
Many many thanks for friends, family and bikes!

Enjoy your day – enjoy a ride – see you all soon!

Image Back Alley Bikes 2012, courtesy of

                      Image Back Alley Bikes 2012, courtesy of

Our Hearts are with you this Holiday and our Neighbors Impacted by the California Wildfires

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the Camp and Woolsey fires. That includes those who have lost loved ones and homes, as well as those enduring the smoky air across much of the state.

The California Community Foundation’s Wildlife Relief Fund is a trustworthy place to donate for a wide range of fire relief. They also vet and recommend relief efforts in Northern and Southern CA, and offer general guidance on how best to help during disasters

– Drive Safely –

Cars drivers please GIVE 3FT (or more) for Safety as you pass people on bikes and scooters!
We All Thank You!

Election Results are rolling in …..

Some great news for state transportation funding, but some tough news for housing.

Together we are stronger —
Your votes are the reason we can celebrate this victory that continues the momentum to fix roads with the 2018 state transportation budget. This current state budget has put a greater proportion of funding into transit, walking, and biking —more than any previous state transportation budget. #WIN

Santa Monica Elections Results

California General Election Results

Election results 2018 by state, county and district