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Vision Zero Santa Monica starts NOW: Will you join us?

Beyond our collaborative efforts and the petition with Santa Monica Forward and Santa Monica Walks, today this letter was sent to Santa Monica City Council from Santa Monica Spoke and Climate Action Santa Monica (CASM) supporting Vision Zero Implementation and funding. Join our campaign for safer streets today! You can still click here to Sign the Petition for Safer Streets Today!

More info on City Council Meeting tonight here. Join us, sign up for our email list in the sidebar or click here to email us at  volunteer@SMSpoke.org!

Dear Mayor, City Council, City management and staff

With the number of crashes involving fatalities or serious injuries nearing double digits in just the last few weeks — the time is now to make a strong commitment to Vision Zero and a true meaningful investment in safer streets.

Santa Monica is not suffering alone in the current increasing epidemic of serious injuries and traffic fatalities. Nationally, almost 40,000 people die each year in traffic collisions, numbers are up everywhere including in our neighbor, Los Angeles. Many cities, including Los Angeles, are adopting proactive and aggressive campaigns to address this crisis and have proposed dedicating substantial Measure M money for this purpose. We are a community in Santa Monica and need to work together to keep our residents and visitors safe. We must progress beyond words on a page and create a proactive, transparent system with dedicated funding and actions toward this effort, if we truly want to succeed in reducing preventable traffic fatalities and serious  injuries. One’s life should be not put at risk for walking or riding a bike, especially when we are encouraging people to walk and bike for daily life, our heath, and the environment.

“Managing speed,” a new report from The World Health Organization [1], notes that excessive or inappropriate speed contributes to 1 in 3 road traffic fatalities worldwide. “Measures to address speed prevent road traffic deaths and injuries, make populations healthier, and cities more sustainable.”

Speed increases the severity of injuries and chances of fatality in traffic collisions. The chances of a dying when struck by a vehicle at 20mph = 5% but increases to 45% at 30mph and a chilling 85% at 40mph! Please reflect on that for a moment — consider that although our posted speed limits (attachment 1) should be relatively safe for walking and biking – possible and actual speeds are often at or above 40mph (studies indicate that typically 40–50% of drivers go over posted speed limits).  Add to that distracted, ambivalent and aggressive driving, and it becomes very dangerous for people walking and biking.

This is not just an enforcement problem. Coordinated efforts involving community engagement, safety campaigns, roadway improvements and city policy must work hand-in-hand with sustained equitable enforcement. This epidemic of preventable loss of life extends far beyond the individual victims themselves and forever impacts the lives of family, friends and our community. We must emphasize our value of human life above all other factors.

In the 50’s, traffic deaths, individual and totals were openly published in the daily newspaper. Our current tendency is to bury this data, which dehumanizes these preventable deaths and injuries making them so abstract as though they are someone else’s problem. They are our problem. With collaboration and openness and outreach we can begin to again humanize this growing epidemic and actively begin to implement real solutions.

With the 2 year budget soon to be approved, the time is now to demonstrate true leadership and real investment in the safety for our community with Vision Zero. As we lead the charge to reduce preventable traffic fatalities to zero in 10 years it will require transparency, leadership and real investment in the form of funding for dedicated staffing and coordinated safety infrastructure improvements. Vision Zero must be an inter-agency collaboration that builds sustained leadership between elected leaders, City management, staff, city departments and agencies and the community.

It is essential we hire full-time staff (pedestrian safety coordinator recommended in the adopted Pedestrian Action Plan,) to take lead and coordinate Vision Zero and to fund improved safety infrastructure, like separated bike lanes, better crosswalks, and safer sidewalks. Changes in practice must institutionalize, catalyzed and guided with staff effort and focus. It is imperative that we use a data-driven process to implement strategies, evaluate our progress and institute adjustments as necessary. Los Angeles provides good examples with their recent Vision Zero Website (attachment 2). In addition to dedicated staff, outside consultants will likely be needed to assist in setting targets and identifying inter-departmental practices necessary for achieving meaningful success for Vision Zero.

Safe Routes to School works to encourage students to walk and bike to school – we know activity has been proven to increase overall health and learning. With an engaged active school like McKinley Elementary (top performer during the last 4 BikeIT WalkIT BusIT events) we can target improvements that serve many families. McKinley was identified as one of the most dangerous schools for Pedestrian Safety in California so funding in this corridor should be on the priority list. Let’s create robust and connected safety corridors around all our schools. We must have dedicated staff to coordinate this effort.

In addition to institutionalizing the creation of safer streets we should also be looking to adopt a robust Complete Streets policy and establish the long requested Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory committee that should include input on implementation of  Vision Zero.

In Santa Monica we lead with initiatives like the Wellbeing Project that prioritizes human health and safety. In 1994, Santa Monica led with the Sustainability Plan that followed with the establishment of an Office of Sustainability and Environment and Sustainability Director (now Chief Sustainability Officer). Encouraging active transportation requires a Vision Zero policy and infrastructure that removes safety barriers to make it a viable choice for our community, and a staff framework to make safety real.

Santa Monica has a history of demonstrating leadership with commitment to the environment, reducing green house gas emissions, as the City encourages residents and visitors to use alternate modes of transportation like walking, biking and public transportation. With that there is also the obligation to keep us safe when we opt for these modes, whether out of necessity, for our health or for the planet. The climate benefits of bicycling and walking are significant and essential to confront our climate crisis.  According to the Pacific Institute study, depending on one’s diet, each mile bicycled reduces from 87% to 97% the CO2 emissions of driving. For every mile walked, there is a reduction of 77% to 95% of the CO2 emissions caused by driving. Getting out of the car to move about our community, however, to advance health and climate measures means little or nothing if safety is not also prioritized. As with sustainability, Santa Monica can lead on Vision Zero.

This letter is submitted on behalf of Santa Monica Spoke and Climate Action Santa Monica.
Cynthia Rose, Katherine King and Cris Gutierrez


[1] Speed management key to saving lives, making cities more liveable
Attachment 1 – City of Santa Monica Speed Limit Map
Attachment 2  – LADOT Roadway Fatalities http://visionzero.lacity.org/map/

Attachment 1, Speed Limit Map City of Santa Monica

Attachment 2 Los Angeles Roadway fatalities Map

Ride with the Mayor, Breeze Community Ride & CicLAvia all in ONE!

Sunday March 26th
FREE: Registration is OPEN click HERE

Ride Breeze or ride your own bike, but don’t miss this one!

For March we combine the Monthly Ride with the Mayor, a Breeze Community Ride celebrating SPRING that includes free 1.5 hours ride time credit* & a Feeder Ride to CicLAvia, Culver City meet Venice all into ONE.

We’ll start the morning at the 17th Street Expo Breeze Station with morning bagels and coffee (bring your own cup) 

Join Santa Monica Spoke, Mayor Ted Winterer, City of Santa Monica Mobility Team and Breeze Bike Share at the 17th Breeze Expo Station at 9am for this 3x’s the FUN EVENT!
— City Manager Rick Cole sends his regrets as he will be out of town for this months ride.

Surely to be a day of fun and excitement, you’ll experience some of Santa Monica’s amazing bike infrastructure, hear about new projects and if you like, chat with the Mayor, City Management and staff on our way to CIcLAvia!. The ride is 5.4 miles mostly on streets with bike lanes. We end our ride at the CicLAvia Venice Hub.

NEW UPDATE: Extending the service area for Breeze Bike Share during CicLAvia. In addtion to the Breeze stations in Venice there will be a POP UP HUB in Mar Vista for CicLAvia! You can pick up or drop of Breeze bikes at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market Pop Up Hub with no out of station or out of system fees! YEY!

CicLAvia is one of the country’s largest open streets events! Streets will be closed to cars and open for use as a recreational space for people walking, biking, running, skating and any other people powered mode.

Also, learn helpful tips on how to use the Breeze Bike Share system, including checking out, locking, flexibility of “out-of-station” and “hold” features, multiple bike check out on one account, along with safety tips and Rules of the Road.

All participants that RSVP will receive a promo code good for 1.5 HOURS of ride time on Breeze Bike Share* and first time Breeze participants can receive a FREE helmet.
Registration to receive Promo Code or helmet is FREE but required.

* All participants will receive a promo code in your registration confirmation email good for 1.5 hours of ride time credit.
To redeem enter the promo code upon sign-up, or if you are already a Breeze member enter the promo code on the membership tab of your account page at Breezebikeshare.com. Promo Code will expire on 03/27/2017. Breeze riders must be 16 or over to participate (under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian AND wear a helmet).

Ride Breeze Bike Share or ride your own bike – all are welcome!

It promises to be a day of exploration and fun – and CicLAvia!!

Event is Free Click here to RSVP on Eventbrite today!

Breeze Bike Share turns ONE TODAY!

And have we got some Awesome Stats to share!

Once year of Breeze, 43,261 Active Subscribers / 274,504 Trip - equaling 630,580 Miles Breezed / 556.057 pounds of Carbon Reduced / 25,233,213 Calories Burned / Savings of $365,735

Breeze Bike Share launched November 12th, 2015 with epic fanfare and an ocean of green – Today we celebrate 1 year of Breeze, LA County’s 1st Bike Share System with a Fun Community Ride and an Open House Handlebar Happy Hour at Breeze HQ! To help celebrate, enjoy FREE RIDE TME* on Breeze Bikes all day today Saturday, November 12th.

If you would like to join us on a community bike tour around Santa Monica, we will experience our cool bike network of buffered and green bike lanes with great company — RSVP below! The bike tour ends at Breeze HQ with an Open House & Handlebar Happy Hour refreshments. We come together to celebrate Breeze Bike Share, and our community joyfully coming together after an election where voters resoundingly came out in support of affordable housing, schools, transit & parks!  Come check out Breeze HQ, meet the crew, and celebrate Breeze! Always family Friendly!

Community Ride

When:   Saturday, November 12th
When:   2:00 pm meet , 2:30 pm roll out
Where:  Ride Leaves from 17th Street Expo Station

Open House: Handlebar Happy Hour

Where:  Breeze HQ, 1631 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica
When:   4:30 – 6:30 pm

Eventbrite - Breeze 1 Year Celebration: Community Ride & Handlebar Happy Hour

Questions about the event email us at: info@SMSpoke.org


Ride time on Breeze Bikes will be free* all day Saturday, November 12th.

  • Monthly, Annual, and Student members will not be charged for riding over their daily ride time amount.
  • Pay-as-you-go members will not be charged for their ride time.

Not a member? Give it a try by signing up for a FREE Pay-as-you-go membership at breezebikeshare.com or download the Social Bicycles app.
Get it on Google Play   Get it on App Store

For more information on Breeze Bike Share visit: breezebikeshare.com or call 310-828-2525

*Out-of-hub and Out-of-System Area fees still apply during the promotional period. 


In the News:
CITY MANAGER CALLS FOR UNITY AND CELEBRATION AT BREEZE’S 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY ON SATURDAY

  #BikeSM  #GoSaMo #BikeLocalSM  #BikeLocal

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Santa Monica Spoke Community Meeting

SM Spoke Meeting

August 13th, 9:30-11:00am
Serving Coffee & Bagels starting at 9:30am

Meeting promptly begins at 9:45am
Santa Monica HQ, 1640 5th Street

We will be joined by City of Santa Monica’s Mobility Manager Francie Stefan and members of her department to get updates on the #GoSaMo Campaign and why it is important for pedestrians and bikes, staff changes and welcome new staff, projects like Safe Routes to School and why #GoSaMo is important for pedestrians and bikes and healthy active transportation!

Update on Breeze Bike share. We will be recruiting volunteers for our Breeze Outreach Team and diversity campaign. Kyle Kozar, The City’s Bike Share coordinator will join us for updates

Airport2Park update presentation with Michael Brodsky. What is happening with SaMo Airport?

Bike The Vote. As a 501(c)3 non profit we will cannot be involved in candidate endorsements — but you can! Find out more from our guest.

More mar be added as it is firmed up!

Hope to see you Saturday!!! Come early and enjoy the rest of you day!

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National: Draft rules don’t count bicyclists! We can change them!

Bike League Action

We need your help (again)!

The Federal Highway Administration once again ignored bicyclists when determining performance measures for our transportation system.  These performance measures may affect future funding to these areas- and could be a disincentive for states and communities to build biking and walking networks.

  • Even though Congress just instituted a complete streets policy for the National Highway System (Main streets, arterials and other major roads), FHWA wants to measure performance of the system using a measure for drivers only.
  • It measures congestion by measuring delay for drivers, but gives no credit to states or metropolitan areas that invest in biking, walking or transit facilities that reduce congestion.
  • Finally, the rule sets goals for measuring air pollutants from transportation, but doesn’t include greenhouse gases.

If these draft rules are implemented, they will hinder the ability of local governments to implement complete streets, build protected bike lanes, etc.

We can change these rules! We’ve done it before!
With your help we convinced FHWA to include a safety performance measure for biking and walking. We need your help again.

Send in your own comments here.

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