MOTHERLOAD Panelists and Event Partners

RSVP to view the film MOTHERLOAD
starting May 30th (on demand),
PRIOR to Live Panel Discussion
POSTPONED FROM Sunday, May 31st, 7:30pm
June 7th, 7:30pm (tentative)

In light of current unrest, we will postpone our event – MOTHERLOAD – Live Panel Discussion. With a heavy heart, in deference and solidarity with the peaceful protestors responding to recent national events that weigh heavy on us all we will postpone this evenings live panel. It feels as though it would be really wrong to try and activate and enjoy a great conversation about bikes, equity and MOTHERLOAD with our communities in such a state of unrest and suffering.

Your private link to watch MOTHERLOAD the movie (with RSVP) is still good through the end of today – Sunday, May 31st. We will look forward to gathering same time same place a week from today, next Sunday, June 7th at 7:30pm with our same panelist, . We hope you can join us, today is just not the day for that discussion.

Be safe and be well.
Together l
et us be a model of a nonviolent community and work for all forms of true justice.


Liz Canning, Director/Editor/Writer/Producer 
Liz Canning’s film work has screened internationally and won awards including a Sundance Special Jury Prize (American Blackout – editor/producer). She is a Brown University grad, a lifelong bike commuter and former racer. She has run a film festival, pedaled 200 mountainous miles in a day, birthed 7-pound twins, and finally completed her first feature film.

Ross Evans, Founder and CEO of Xtracycle
In 1995, 19-year-old Ross Evans stowed his Stanford University textbooks and traveled to Nicaragua, carrying with him bike tools, a welder, and a question for his undergraduate thesis: could a different kind of bicycle help lift the poor out of poverty? Alongside a group of war-disabled men, he set out to design an elegant, affordable solution. His passion to empower people with transformational tools continues today at the helm of and Xtracycle—a pioneering manufacturer of electric and lifestyle bicycles. Ross’s two sons believe him to be 3.14 parts dragon. He is constitutionally unemployable.

Cynthia Rose, Director of Santa Monica Spoke and co-founder of the Santa Monica Safe Streets Alliance working to make Santa Monica a safer and better place to live, walk, bike, work and play through community engagement, education and encouragement. Cynthia is a dedicated community advocate focused on collaborations to establish policy and infrastructure for safer walking and biking as a means for creating more environmentally sustainable, equitable and healthy communities. In addition to her local advocacy she is current Board Chair of the California Bicycle Coalition and previous board member of the the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Sustainable Streets. Cynthia is a certified cycling instructor with the League of American Bicyclists.

Ms. Cris Gutierrez
SaMo Safe Streets Alliance Co-Chair Cris Gutierrez lives a voluntary simple life conscious of being a creature of the biosphere. In 1998, Cris gave up her car and since then has gone far by bicycling, walking and using public transit. A co-founder of Climate Action Santa Monica and the CASM Climate Corps Program Director, she leads the Climate Corps, teams of young environmental leaders from high school and college, to engage the community to advance climate resiliency and carbon neutrality. Cris is a Clean Power Alliance Community Advisor and a Santa Monica Community Gardens Advisory Group Member. Over the years, she has helped establish Santa Monica’s Sustainability Rights Ordinance that recognizes the rights of Nature and community rights as fundamental and has advocated for the abolition of nuclear weapons. For decades, she coached, taught or counseled young people from diverse backgrounds.

Cris has a B.A. with honors in Humanities/Renaissance Studies and an M.A. in Education from Stanford University.

Larry Kraemer, PE – Director of Public Infrastructure, Cannon Since 1986,
Mr. Kraemer has developed extensive civil and environmental engineering experience within both the public and private sectors. He has worked on notable multimodal projects throughout California such as 21st Street Green and Complete Street in Paso Robles, the Shell Beach Road Complete Street Improvement project in Pismo Beach, and the 4th Street  Improvement project in Santa Monica. Further, he is passionate about helping local communities achieve their Vision Zero goals along with developing user-friendly approaches to infrastructure design.   As an avid cyclists, he has participated in Cannon’s “Coaster” ride, cycling the entire coast of California; participated in the Death Ride multiple times, and regularly commutes to work on his bike or electric scooter. He is a champion for accessibility for all and is excited to participate in this panel discussion.

Debs Schrimmer – Senior Manager, Future Cities 
Debs Schrimmer is a Senior Manager, Future of Cities at Lyft, where she develops cutting-edge partnerships with public agencies around the country and helps oversee Lyft’s transportation policy initiatives around street design, public transportation, and the built environment. Prior to Lyft, she worked as a digital policy strategist at Code for America and as a transportation planner at the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. Debs received her B.S. from the University of California, Davis in Community and Regional Development, is an honoree of the Women’s Transportation Seminar, and has served on the Board of the California Transportation Foundation.

Cannon: Cyclists who do Engineering
At Cannon, our engineers know road design and are committed to advancing the development of integrated, safe, and enjoyable bicycle infrastructure for riders of all levels. As cyclists, we realize there is more to bike facility design than lines on a plan. To stay at the forefront of cutting edge developments, our designers regularly engage other professionals in the field, attend workshops and specialized training programs, and incorporate the latest multi-modal agency standards as they are released. We also participate in bike advocacy and community planning in addition to sponsoring and hosting several bicycle events annually:
• The Mojave Death Race
• Death Ride – Tour of the California Alps
• America’s Most Beautiful Ride – Lake Tahoe
• San Luis Obispo Triathlon
• Bike to work Day
• Cannon Coaster Ride – an annual tour traversing the length of California’s coastal highways
Our passion for cycling is apparent in the work we do whether it’s designing and constructing a connector trail between cities, safe routes for our children to walk and ride to school, or multi-use pathways to bring functional, alternative transportation modes to users of all abilities. Find out more by visiting our website:


More wheels, more ways. Improving people’s lives with the world’s best transportation requires more than just cars — that’s why we also run the largest bikeshare systems in the country (including Citi Bike, Bay Wheels, Capital Bikeshare, etc.) and offer scooters in the Lyft lineup. Shared bike and scooter networks expand travel options and provide a great first mile, last-mile solution expanding the reach of Santa Monica’s rail and bus networks to get to local destinations — or wherever you’re heading.
Based out of its Stewart Street Santa Monica warehouse, Lyft Scooters is one of only two scooter operators in the City of Santa Monica. As the world shifts away from car ownership, we are at the forefront of this massive societal change. Lyft is committed to sustainability, effecting positive change in our communities, and making cities more livable for everyone through initiatives that bridge transportation gaps and promote transportation equity.
Lyft is a proud supporter of Santa Monica Spoke — please stay tuned for a full schedule of Lyft <> SM Spoke events coming soon!
For information on how to ride, how to sign up for the Lyft Community Pass, and more, check out our website here. 

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