Caltrans is seeking community input for a proposed bike lane project on Santa Monica Blvd (SR-2) â€“ in the West LA neighborhood of Los Angeles â€“ between Ohio Ave and Westgate Ave. Various alternatives are currently being studied to determine the best multimodal improvement for communities along this corridor. Colloquially known as the â€˜Ohio to Ohioâ€™ project, the objective of this project is to close an existing bicycle route gap that is bisected by SR-2. The intended purpose is to create a continuous path for active commuters who utilize the existing facilities for work, school, or for recreational purposes. By connecting a bike route, users will have fewer conflict points with vehicles and will be able to travel in a safer and more accessible manner.
Caltrans has reached out to collect as much feedback as possible for the local community. See the fact sheet with project information. Included in the informational document are links to an online survey and a virtual meeting that will be held Wednesday, May 24th, from 7:00 â€“ 8:30PM.
Engaging with the community is an important part of the Caltrans planning process.Â With your help, we will canÂ increase theÂ outreach efforts and help support Caltrans efforts to better connect with the public.
If you would like more detailed information about this project, please visit the Caltrans website.
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.