This Tuesday, 12/19, Santa Monica City Council proposes an opportunity to create funding for Safe Street Infrastructure and Safe Routes to School.
On Tuesday, at the request of safety champions Councilmembers Zwick, Davis, and Torosis, Santa Monica City Council will vote on item 16Dpotentially placing a measure on the November 2024 ballot to increase the parking facility tax while preserving free 90-minute parking in the downtown lots. This measure can help to address traffic congestion and with it the risk of traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Santa Monica.
This measure would generate funding to be used to prioritize today’s youth and future generations by restoring essential resources to Santa Monica’s Safe Routes to Schoolprograms. Resources would fund safety-enhancing street infrastructure to protect children, elderly and disabled residents; add additional school crossing guards and traffic enforcement officers. Additionally funds would be used to address the deferred maintenance needs of the City’s downtown parking structures.
Join us in support of item 16D and help create a significant and positive impact for street safety and climate resiliency in Santa Monica with resources to fund safety-enhancing street infrastructure and protect the most vulnerable in our community, and all who live in or visit Santa Monica.
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Last year, the legislature increased taxes and fees on gasoline and certain vehicles to help maintain our crumbling roads, bridges, and highways. They were smart about it, emphasizing maintaining what we have, and including biking and walking infrastructure to the tune of $100 million per year.
Anti-tax activists have gotten Proposition 6 placed on the November ballot. Prop 6 will eliminate this critical funding and the transportation projects it supports, making it much harder to make our streets safe for biking and walking.
We need your help to fight the repeal. And for the month of August, your donation will be doubled. Our friends at Cohen Law Partners have pledged a $10,000 match for safer streets.
AtÂ the May 9thÂ Council Meeting the Mayor will proclaim May as Bike Month in 2017!
Join us to celebrate our communities dedicationÂ to biking and healthily active transportation.
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“the current epidemic of serious injuries and traffic fatalities is nearing double digits in just the last few weeks”
At the May 9th meeting the City Council will hear from staff and the public on the City’s efforts on pedestrian and biking safety programs, infrastructure improvements and implementation on Vision Zero. Â Here is theÂ Staff Report on Vision Zero, Bike Action Plan, and Pedestrian Action PlanÂ Implementation. The Council’s agenda has the hearing immediately after the consent calendar; we expect it to begin between 6:30 and 7:30 pm this Tuesday.With the 2 year budget soon to be discussed this is our opportunityÂ to tell our city leaders we want true commitment to safety in the form of dedicated funding for improvedÂ safety infrastructure.Â This is ourÂ chance to tell the City that we want them to hire a full-time pedestrian safety coordinator to coordinate Vision Zero and to fund improved safety infrastructure, like buffered bike lanes, better crosswalks, and safer sidewalks.
Without a pedestrian coordinator dedicated to the task of Vision Zero to coordinate between City departments and to shepherdÂ and oversee projects we can neverÂ realize theÂ commitmentÂ Santa MonicaÂ made to reduceÂ preventable traffic fatalities to zero in 10 years. The City must be transparent, coordinatedÂ and data drivenÂ if we ever wish to solve the growing epidemic of serious injuries and fatalities due to traffic collisions!
Santa Monica has demonstrated it’sÂ commitment to the environment andÂ reducingÂ emissions by encouraging residents and visitors towardÂ alternate modes of transportation like walking, biking and public transportation. With that there is also theÂ obligationÂ to keep us safe when we opt for these modes for our health and for the health of our community throughÂ the commitment ofÂ funds for staff and projects. With the current epidemic of serious injuries and traffic fatalities nearing double digits in just the last few weeksÂ in Santa Monica — the time is now to make that commitment! Â One’s life should not be put at risk forÂ walking or riding a bike to get to our dailyÂ destinations.
If you have not yet signed the petition, we invite you to do so now. PLEASE alsoÂ invite yourÂ friends and family to sign before the City Council Meeting May 9th. In addition to the petition you areÂ also invited to send your thoughts and concerns directly to City Council members in advance of the May 9th meeting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youâ€™ve probably heard about how our state transportation bill, which California Bicycle Coalition / CalBikeÂ hasÂ been working on for the past two years, has been poisoned by a last-minute deal with the trucking industry that would exempt large dirty diesel trucks from air pollution regulations.
TheÂ policy team at CalBike isÂ fighting right now in Sacramento for a better deal for people biking and walking, and to protect communities that have suffered decades of crummy transportation policy that has put cars first instead of people.Â We can’tÂ let our state government sell these communitiesâ€™ clean air and healthy lungs to the trucking industry.
With your support, we can stop this deal and get a great transportation bill with more money for biking, walking, and transit, and no dirty trucks loophole.
Â Measure M, known as the â€œLos Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan,â€ Â is a half-cent sales tax ballot measure that L.A. County residents have the opportunity to vote on this November.Â The measure willÂ provide approximatelyÂ $120 billion over 40 yearsÂ for transportation projects. Of that money,Â over $4 billionÂ is set asideÂ for walking and biking.Â Measure M will give Los Angeles CountyÂ its firstÂ sustained source of funding for walking and biking projects.
Make LA County Bikeable, Liveable & Connected!
See what Measure M will bring to Santa Monica!
Pledge to vote YES on Measure M November 8th!