On Tuesday, October 13th, Santa Monica City Council unanimously adopted the Bike Action Plan Amendment adding protected bike lanes to the Current 2011 Bike Action Plan. We were humbled and grateful for the youth that spoke so passionately and articulately at the online meeting — despite the late hour — in support of expanding protected bike lanes and safety for our community, workers, students and visitors.
We’d like to thank City Staff for their meticulous work preparing the Draft Plan and the Santa Monica City Council for their continued direction and support to expand healthy active transportation options in Santa Monica along with necessary infrastructure and safety improvements for people walking, biking, scooting or driving cars. Together – with commitments like this – we can and must continue to prioritize improving safety for all, particularly our most vulnerable road users.
SAVE the DATE: Saturday, November 22nd
Santa Monica Spoke Update Meeting including BAP & Bike Share and
It’s our 3 year anniversary of passing the Bike Action Plan! Let’s have a party too!
Program will follow. All ages welcome.
Click image for Operative Text of Measures LC and D [Infographic]
We endorse YES on LC and NO on D. See our complete write up here
Visit It’sOurLand.org to learn more about Measure LC, to donate or volunteer to the campaign. Measure LC is for “Local Control” and has received overwhelming community support: see the growing list here. Measure D is deceptive and paid for by outside interests! Measure LC was written at the request of residents, 99% of the funding is from small donations almost entirely from within the local community of Santa Monica. Measure LC does not close the Airport but will keep Santa Monica residents in Control of Airport Land. It allows us to manage the airport for the health and safety of our community and not special interests. Operative Texts of Measures LC and D [Infographic] , Side by Side Analysis Measures LC vs D
Santa Monica Spoke Supports
Affordable Housing Ballot Measures
Measure H will generate new local revenue for the City so that its affordable housing stock can be maintained and rehabilitated, and that more affordable housing opportunities for people who live and work in the city can be created. 100% of the money collected through Measure H will stay in Santa Monica. It is our money for our community – Sacramento cannot touch one cent. Measure HH specifies that voters want the revenue from Measure H to be spent on affordable housing programs.
Read why we support H & HH here.
You are invited to join Airport 2 Park for the exhibition
“Reimagining Santa Monica Airport – Part 1″
– for one night only
When: Thursday October 23rd
Where: Writers Boot Camp Gallery, Bergamot Station #1,
2525 Michigan Avenue, for one night only.
*Car pooling is encouraged bicycle valet will be provided by Santa Monica Spoke.
The Exhibition will feature the work of USC graduate landscape architect students, Christopher Sison, Chen Liu, Zeek Magallanes and Yongdan Chunyu who under the direction of internationally renowned landscape architect Aroussiak Gabrielian (FORGROUND Design) took a practical approach in choosing bicycles for the their site visit to Santa Monica Airport where they started working on a three month project to design a park to replace the controversial facility. The tour was lead by Airport2Park.org, a coalition of community groups and neighbors that formed to promote the creation of a great park on the land that is currently Santa Monica Airport. The exhibition is curated by Professor Michael Brodsky of Loyola Marymount University, Founding member of Airport2Park.
Professor Brodsky says this about the exhibition, “Very few people have actually seen the potential beauty and space that is currently fenced and covered with asphalt on the Santa Monica airport property. This site has such great potential for a park with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Hollywood Hills and the Santa Monica Mountains that are currently only seen by the very few people that use it now.
“I feel that once people see this exhibition of talented graduate landscape architecture students, they will view the Santa Monica Airport site in an entirely new context; as one that can serve many more people in a variety of creative, healthy and sustainable ways than is currently served by the present industrial use.”
Communities designed for the comfort and safety of people walking are more livable and safer for all users, including people on bikes. Please join the Planning and Community Development Department for a special meeting with the Planning Commission at a COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE to discuss Santa Monica’s first Pedestrian Action Plan and learn important facts about walking in the city today.
At this event, help us shape priorities for improvements to create a world-class walking environment.
WHEN: MONDAY, SEPT. 22 2014 at 5:30-8PM WHERE: SANTA MONICA MAIN LIBRARY MULTIPURPOSE ROOM, 2nd FLOOR
601 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD
Please join us to discuss:
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: preview ways the Pedestrian Action Plan seeks to improve crosswalks and sidewalks.
COMFORT AND HEALTH: learn about how walking supports a sustainable lifestyle and enhances community well-being.
EDUCATION: help staff refine proposed programs to educate drivers, cyclists and pedestrians on sharing streets.
Your input will inform this innovative Plan focused on making walking safer and more enjoyable in Santa Monica!
Valet bike parking provided. Car parking available on-site. Directly served by the Big Blue Bus lines 7 & 10; lines 1, 2, 3, 8, and 9 also stop within a short walking distance.