Category Archives: parking

Ride your bike – get a free peach! June 22nd

With over 400 people arriving at this month’s Santa Monica Festival by bike, Santa Monica’s popular bike valet program has now parked over 150,000 bikes since the program was started in 2006.  This popular service is provided at many City events including the Sunday Main Street Farmers’ Market and the Twilight Concert Series and has just been added to the Saturday Downtown Farmers’ Market. Bike Valet will be located on Arizona just west of 4th Street. To celebrate this milestone and encourage participation at the Saturday market bicyclists that show their bike valet ticket at the Farmers’ Market information booth on Saturday, June 22nd will get a free peach! 

SM Democrats to Discuss Parking & Traffic Concerns

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica,CA
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The Santa Monica Democratic Club will present an interactive panel discussion on parking and traffic concerns in Santa Monica, particularly related to future residential and commercial development.

Ranked highest in community concerns, these quality of life issues have many facets. While some solutions sound simple, the complexites will be discussed and debated by former and current Planning Commissioners: Jennifer Kennedy, Richard McKinnon and Jay Johnson and neighborhood activist Mary Marlow.

Audience participation is encouraged. As people on bikes I believe we are at the very least part of the solutions to many of the congestion problems. BUT we must stop development that only prioritizes single occupancy vehicles if we expect it to work. As we envision our future and alternate modes for daily trips (walking, biking, public transit) we must support development that will accommodate these users. We cannot continue to prioritize and subsidize car parking if we expect modes to shift.  There is a lot of misinformation circulating on how this can be accomplished.

Free. Refreshments. Free “car” Parking.
(no word on bike parking)

Park(ing) Day is almost here! Friday 9/16

We has such a blast last year!! Spoke is planning another “park” at Swinger’s this year too!
Also this year our friends at Global Green are also planning a spot over on Main Street.

Any other “parks” in Santa Monica you know of?



Community Meeting Saint John’s Health Center

Community Meeting for Proposed Saint John’s Health Center
Development Agreement Amendment
1328 22nd Street, Santa Monica


When:     Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Where:    Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard,
Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd Floor

You are invited to attend a community meeting to learn more about and provide feedback on the pending Saint John’s Health Center Development Agreement Amendment.

Saint John’s Health Center proposes to amend its approved Development Agreement with the City of Santa Monica for the Saint John’s Hospital and Health Center Project.  In lieu of constructing an on-site parking structure and the Entry Plaza as proposed by the original project approved in 1998, the Amendment would authorize a modified Entry Plaza and parking program to meet the peak parking demand of SJHC’s various user groups, and ensure that parking that is functionally equivalent to the previously-approved North Subterranean Parking Garage is provided.  The proposed Amendment would allow for the coordinated planning and design of two adjacent Phase II sites approved for health care facilities and subterranean parking.

The parking program and modified Entry Plaza would consist of the following key components:

  • Provide approx. 1,540 parking spaces on Saint John’s property and at leased, off-site facilities.
  • Provide a full-service parking valet at the hospital’s main entrance on Santa Monica Boulevard for visitors, patients, and physicians.
  • Provide a modified Entry Plaza at the hospital’s main entrance on Santa Monica Boulevard (signalized u-shaped drive with new landscape/hardscape design).
  • Implement a new Transportation Demand Management Program to reduce vehicle trips to the facility.

Community comments from this meeting will be provided to the Planning Commission and City Council in advance of their review of the pending Development Agreement Amendment.  For more information, please contact Roxanne Tanemori, AICP, Senior Planner, at (310) 458-8341, or by e-mail at RSVP appreciated to (310) 458-8341.


The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please contact (310) 458-8341 or (310) 458-8696 TTY at least 72 hours in advance. Every attempt will made to provide the requested accommodation. The Main Library is served by the following Big Blue Bus Lines: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Esto es una noticia de una reunión de la comunidad para revisar el diseño de la applicaciónes proponiendo desarrollo en Santa Monica.  Si deseas más información, favor de llamar a Carmen Gutierrez en la División de Planificación al número (310) 458-8341.



L.A. Marathon in Santa Monica
– ride your bike!

The LA Marathon is this Sunday, March 20 and if it’s anything like last year traffic here in Santa Monica will be a MESS.  One solution to getting around this weekend, whether enjoying the festivities or just going about your normal weekend activities is on your trusty 2 wheeled vehicle – your bicycle.

We were happy to get an email from the city detailing the extra bike parking that will be available on race day.  On Sunday the city will be operating 2 free bike valets downtown as well as the regular valet at the Main Street Farmers Market .


2 Downtown locations 7am to 5pm
Broadway at Ocean
In front of City Hall – 1685 Main Street

Main Street Farmers Market, 9am to 1pm (on Main St. south of Ocean Park)



Additionally note the following bike access

  • Main St between Pico Blvd. and Colorado will be open to bikes (but closed to cars
  • Bikes can cross the Intersection on Ocean Ave. at Pico

For more info on street access recommendations by the city see LA Marathon Biking


Cyclist ride the LA Marathon route.  Meet at 3am ride starts at 4am under starry skies (we hope) on roads closed to traffic.  More info at Midnightridazz