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SM City Council: Bike Month Proclamation, Vision Zero
May 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
We invite you to participate atÂ theÂ May 9th City Council Meeting by joining us, sending your personal input to council, andÂ Signing the Petition for Safer Streets Today!
Santa Monica City Council Meeting May 9th, scheduled for 7:00pm – arrive 6:30pm
Will you attend?Â RSVP@SMSpoke.org
- Officially Proclamation: May as Bike MonthÂ in Santa Monica
- Discussion: Vision Zero – Action Alert
At the beginning of tonights Council Meeting the Mayor will proclaim May as Bike Month 2017! Â Join us to celebrate our communitiesÂ dedicationÂ to biking and healthily active transportation.
I addition to the Bike Month Proclamation, at thisÂ 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. 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 May 9th meeting. In addition to the petition you canÂ also send your thoughts and concerns to City Council members in advance of the meeting by emailing email@example.com.
The event hours will be adjusted for the expected hearing time once the council agenda is available. The meeting begins at 5:30PM, but the hearing will not be until later in the meeting.