In fact, jumping in to get things on the agenda immediately, councilman McKeown has tacked the Ciclovia proposal onto the end of the agenda for tonight's council meeting. This the same evening that earlier in the day McKinnen will be hosting another meeting, this one specifically to form the committee for the Ciclovia proposal specifically. To work out the various logistics and who will be on board to help manage it. A number of the people behind managing the Santa Monica Independence Day parade have already stepped in to support the idea, and have experience with blocking down Main St. to automobile traffic. The Santa Monica Daily Press has also just put out an article on the brewing Ciclovia idea.
(Temporary event parking with the bike valet has proven Santa Monicans will ride bikes. Concept proven. Now is the time to start seeing permanent facilities for cycling city wide.)
Momentum is building, the more we can keep pressing the issue, the better. I feel Santa Monica has a lot of potential to become a world class cycling city, it certainly has some of the best weather and terrain for cycling on planet earth. When bikes are accomdated, people will ride. At last Thursday's Twilight Dance series event, I saw hundreds if not thousands of bikes crammed into the bike valet corrals. I think we are getting very close to the tipping point beyond which cycling becomes a constant and serious consideration of cross departmental city planning and services. There is still a ton of work to be done to make needed changes, and some changes will be harder to make than others, but I think some of the work put in by advocates is starting to pay off. Let's keep it going.