Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Santa Monica Recreation and Parks Commission Bike Committee Meeting Tonight & Bergamot Area Plan Workshop Tomorrow Night

A quick update on the budget discussion last posted about. I didn't have time for a full report, but several members of the public myself included advocated for spending on bike improvements, and Kevin McKeown and Terry O'Day voiced support for bicycling in their comments. O'Day made a point which I wish I had gotten to in my own brief comments, that investing in bicycling transportation can result in potential cost savings by shifting some trips from modes which are more costly to support.

There are two meetings this week of interest for cyclists. Tonight at 7:00pm at the Ken Edwards Center the Santa Monica Recreation and Parks Commission Bike Committee will be discussing bike and ped safety, the Bikeside Life Before License campaign to target hit and run driving, and the role of cycling in the proposed Palisades Garden Walk park.

Tomorrow will be a public workshop at hosted at Pier 59 Studios at 6:30pm, to discuss the area plan for the Bergamot Transit Village proposed development around the coming expo-line stop. Since some new streets are going to be created as part of this plan, I think it's important to voice support for these new streets to be complete streets, designed for comfortable travel of all modes including bicycling. How the community will connect with the new bike path and train will be important, and I imagine the demand for bike parking will be quite high in that environment. As it is the Bergamot Station galleries have almost nothing for bike parking and yet many people bike out to art shows and attach to hand railing and benches. The train and bike path will likely exponentially increase the amount of bike traffic in the area, and I would prefer we design for that ahead of time instead of constantly playing catch up.

More details on both meetings can be found on Santa Monica Spoke. [Bike Committee] [ Bergamot Area Plan]

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Important Santa Monica City Council Meeting Tonight - Budget Priorities

Santa Monica City Council MeetingTonight the budget priorities for the next 2 years will be discussed by the Santa Monica Council. For cyclists it is important we continue our presence and advocate for some real money. Bicyclists receiving the cracked off chips fallen from the edges of bread crumbs doesn't cut it anymore. Bike parking is still lacking almost everywhere, bike routes are still fragmented, education is still lacking and programs like Bike It Day at the schools operate on shoe string budgets led by volunteers without much city support. I know we can do better, but it's not going to come free, we need to invest in the future.

Sorry for the short notice, but if you can come out and speak tonight, it would be greatly appreciated and could make a real difference. Hopefully some different voices than the usual suspects. 

Santa Monica City Hall, meeting starts at 6:00pm, agenda item is 8B, and will likely come on closer to 8. More details at Santa Monica Spoke.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Presentation Tommorow At REI: Touring The California Central Coast

On The Road

My wife Meghan is doing another presentation at REI, this time to talk about bicycle touring, highlighting routes and tips for riding along the Central Coast of California. As part of AIDs LifeCycle we traveled from San Fransisco to Los Angeles, and on our own we toured with camping gear from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara. These experiences and others we have had traveling by bike will inform the talk. If you are new to bike touring and have been wanting to try getting into it, I highly recommend coming out.

7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Santa Monica REI [map]. [Facebook Event Page]