17th Street & Michigan Avenue Ribbon Cutting
Where: 17th and Colorado (Metro lot)
Please join us to celebrate the completion of the newest addition to the Santa Monica protected bike network with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a morning full of free, family-friendly activities. Enjoy donuts, local musicians and performers, remarks from the Mayor, giveaways, and bike rides along the project.
Hope to see you there!
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9 a.m. Donuts, coffee and hot chocolate (while supplies last)
9:30 a.m. Ribbon cutting ceremony
- Mayor Gleam Davis
- Director of Transportation Anuj Gupta
- Chief of Police Ramon Batista
- Santa Monica Spoke Director Cynthia Rose
10 a.m. Santa Monica High School Marching Band
11:15 a.m. Academia de Danza Ballet Folklorico Flor de Mayo
10 a.m. – noon Guided bike tours
Keystone projects like this improve bike and pedestrian safety and promote sustainability to help combat climate change. The completion of the Safe Streets for 17th Street and Michigan Avenue project marks a milestone step towards advancing the city’s key strategic priority of fostering a Sustainable & Connected Community. In addition to promoting sustainability and multi-modal transportation, Safe Streets for 17th Street and Michigan Avenue advances the City’s commitment to a Clean and Safe Santa Monica, including the Vision Zero initiative, which is the goal of eliminating severe traffic injuries and deaths on city streets. This critical project builds upon community engagement and feedback including the adopted Bike Action Plan Amendment, Pedestrian Action Plan, the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) Plan, as well as the city’s Land Use and Circulation Element.
Our safety champion leaders have been key to safety projects like these. “I’m thrilled to see such a robust, thoughtful and important multi-modal project come to completion,” Mayor Gleam Davis said. “By increasing separation from moving traffic and connecting neighborhoods, this project helps make walking and biking easier, encouraging sustainable practices that lead to healthier communities.”
The event will feature music, performances and workshops, including:
- Santa Monica High School marching band
- LA Jugglers performing with vintage bicycles
- Academia de Danza Ballet Folklorico Flor de Mayo
- Guided bike rides
- Free bike repair and tune ups from Santa Monica College Bike Maintenance Class
- Helmet decorating with Santa Monica Spoke
- Bike basket and accessories workshop with reDiscover Center
- Remarks from Mayor Gleam Davis, Police Chief Ramon Batista, and Department of Transportation Director Anuj Gupta
- Remarks from Cynthia Rose of Santa Monica Spoke
- Free donuts, coffee and hot cocoa
Please stop by and say hi!
Santa Monica Spoke, SaMo Safe Streets Alliance and our Youth Leadership Collective will all be there!
Project elements that promote safety include:
- A concrete curb protected bikeway
- Increased lighting to better illuminate sidewalks and bike lanes
- Curb extensions and upgraded accessible curb ramps
- Freshly painted crossings to better define space for bicyclists and pedestrians and increase yielding compliance
- Protected intersections to reduce crossing distances, slow vehicles and turns, and facilitate left turns for bikes and scooters without needing to merge into traffic
- Curb extensions and new curb ramps at 14th and 15th Streets
- Mini traffic circles on 16th and 18th Streets, bringing a calm and predictable flow with landscaping and new trees
- Signal timing adjustments to give pedestrians a head start when crossing the street