Bike it! Walk it! Week is May 5-9, 2014

April 1, 2014

Bike it! Walk it! Week is May 5-9, 2014

Santa Monica and Malibu schools will celebrate Bike it Walk it Week May 5-9. Join the fun by contacting your PTA President or Bike it Walk it Coordinator to find out about how you can participate.


Progress on My Figueroa: Institutions Drop Opposition to Protected Bikeways on Figueroa

March 26, 2014

alisonkendall:

Good news about MyFigueroa, LA’s first protected bikeway and complete street/boulevard downtown.

Originally posted on LA County Bicycle Coalition www.la-bike.org:

Rendering of the proposed My Figueroa complete streets project.

Rendering of the proposed My Figueroa complete streets project.

A groundswell of support for the My Figueroa complete streets project was on display at the Los Angeles City Council PLUM Committee yesterday. All four neighborhood councils that touch the project have voted to support the project and urged the City to begin construction as soon as possible. Thanks to those who attended, wrote in and tweeted their support for moving ahead with the project as designed, a major obstacle has been cleared: the Figueroa/Flower couplet “alternative” is dead. Representatives from USC, the Shammas Auto Group and others voiced their intent to work with city staff to resolve all remaining issues and move the project forward on Figueroa.

How did we get here?

When Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his Great Streets Initiative last October, it was in front of a rendering of the My Figueroa project. Earlier this year, he voiced…

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Council Reviews Safe Routes to Samohi Project Feb 11

February 5, 2014

Council Reviews Safe Routes to Samohi Project Feb 11

Santa Monica’s City Council will consider proposed pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements to Michigan, 7th and Pico at their meeting on February 11th. The improvements are funded by a Safe Routes to School grant, and will improve safety for the hundreds of students who walk, bike or take the bus to school and must cross Pico or Lincoln to reach the main entrance at Michigan and 7th. The Samohi Parent Teacher Student Association voted to support the plan after hearing from students who had been hit or had close calls when biking to school on Michigan. For more information on the project, contact Michelle Glickert, Senior Transportation Planner, at michelle.glickert@smgov.net.


Memorial Park Neighborhood Plan Workshop Th Jan 16th 6:30-9:30pm Civic Center

January 16, 2014

Community Workshop: Memorial Park Neighborhood Plan

The City of Santa Monica invites you to attend COMMUNITY WORKSHOP #2 for the Memorial Park Neighborhood Plan. Share your ideas about the area around the future 17th Street Expo Light Rail Station and Memorial Park. Amount some of the important items that will be discussed are the potential neighborhood uses, open space, parking, circulation.

DATE:        Thursday, January 16tH
TIME:        6:30PM – 9:30PM
WHERE:    Civic Center, East Wing, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica

Participate now by taking a short survey at: click here for survey 
Or copy and paste this linkL  http://www.memorialparkplan.net

Help create great walkable bikeable communities that support active & public transportation
Let’s get ready for the EXPO light rail!

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Final Workshop Jan 7 on Michigan Avenue Greenway (MANGo)

January 6, 2014

You are invited to a MANGo Update Meeting Tuesday, January 7, 7-8:30 p.m. Virginia Park Community Room

REVIEW PLANS
Over the past year, the City of Santa Monica has worked closely with the community to envision the Michigan Avenue Neighbor…See More

Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway – Planning & Community Development – City of Santa Monica
Michigan Avenue Neighborhood GreenwayThe Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway is intended to create an inviting streetscape along Michigan Avenue and adjoining streets. This could be achieved through elements including roadway calming, increased landscaping, sidewalk widening, bike facilities, and

The three-mile Greenway between the Bergamot Arts Center and the beach would provide a safe and comfortable place for neighbors of all ages to walk, bike, recreate, and interact with one another. Additionally, it will be a functional circulation link to connect residents and visitors with many significant community and regional institutions, including schools, parks, job centers, and future Expo stations. The project will make it easier to get around Santa Monica on foot and by bicycle, and is intended to enhance the livability of the Pico Neighborhood and improve environmental quality.Planning efforts for the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway were launched in early 2013 and are generously funded by a Caltrans Environmental Justice Grant.

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Workshops & Milestones

Tue Jan 07, 2014

MANGo Concept Design ReviewOver the course of the past year, the City of Santa Monica has worked closely with the community to envision the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo). Now, we invite you to join the City to review the concept design for MANGo. The project will enhance Michigan Avenue and nearby streets to become places for people to walk their dogs, to comfortably ride a bicycle, to chat with neighbors and for children to play. This may be achieved with traffic calming devices, additional plants and trees, seating, and safety improvements. For more information, please visit http://www.smgov.net/michigan or contact Jason Kligier, AICP at 310-458-8341 or jason.kligier@smgov.net Place: Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Avenue Day: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm *~*~*~* En el transcurso del pasado año, la Ciudad de Santa Mónica ha trabajado con la comunidad para imaginar el Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo). Ahora, le invitamos a que se una a la Ciudad para revisar el diseño de concepto para MANGo. Este proyecto está centrado en la mejoría de la avenida Michigan y las calles cercanas con el objetivo de crear lugares donde pueda pasear con sus mascotas, andar cómodamente en bicicleta, conversar con los vecinos, y donde los niños puedan jugar. Esto se puede lograr con los dispositivos de pacificación del tráfico, las plantas y los árboles adicionales, asientos y mejoras de seguridad. Para obtener más información, por favor visite http://www.smgov.net/michigan o favor de comunicarse con Peter James al número 310-458-8341 o peter.james@smgov.net Lugar: Parque Virginia Avenue, 2200 Virginia Avenue Día: Martes, 7 de enero 2014 Hora: 7 pm a 8:30 pm

Mon Dec 09, 2013

MANGo project update at Virginia Avenue Park (7pm to 8:30 pm)Staff made a presentation to the 41 community members in attendance about the results from the Pop-Up MANGo community festival. Community members shared the results of surveys they conducted and a Q+A session was held.

Sat Sep 21, 2013

Pop-Up MANGo: Temporary Greenway Installation and Community Festival (Workshop #2)On September 21, 2013, 400+ community members attended Pop-Up MANGo, the 2nd interactive community workshop to define and plan the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway. At the event, participants viewed and interacted with temporary installations of potential elements of the project. These included a neighborhood traffic circle and a mini-park. Additionally, food trucks, music, and a children’s art workshop were a part of this exciting event. Community organizations were also present, including Santa Monica Spoke, SantaMonicaWalks!, Meals on Wheels West, and the Santa Monica Police Department. Based on the feedback received, the project team will work toward a preferred design and additional community meetings will be held to obtain input. Click the links below to view the flyer, photos from the event, and an infographic detailing what we heard from the community.



Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) Update Meeting Dec 9

December 4, 2013

Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway

Update Meeting by the City of Santa Monica

 

 

Please join the City of Santa Monica for an update on the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway, including:

·         possible changes to streets in the Pico Neighborhood, including more landscaping, trees, mini-parks, and crosswalks

·         what we’ve heard to date

·         your ideas for improving residential streets

 

The project will enhance Michigan Avenue and nearby streets to become places for people to walk their dogs, to comfortably ride a bicycle, to chat with neighbors and for children to play. This may be achieved with additional plants, trees, seating, and safety improvements.

Place: Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Avenue
Day: Monday, December 9, 2013
Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm

 

Por favor, únase con la Ciudad de Santa Mónica para una actualización de la Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway, incluyendo:

·         posibles cambios de calles en el Pico Neighborhood, incluyendo más áreas verdes, árboles, mini-parques, y paseos transversales

·         lo que hemos escuchado hasta la fecha

·         sus ideas para mejorar las calles residenciales

 

Este proyecto es centrado en la mejoría de la avenida Michigan y las calles cercanas con el objectivo de crear lugares donde pueda pasear con sus mascotas, andar cómodamente en bicicleta, charlar con los vecinos, y donde los niños puedan jugar. Esto se puede lograr con más plantas, árboles, asientos, y mejoramientos de seguridad.

Lugar: Parque Virginia Avenue, 2200 Virginia Avenue
Día: Lunes, 9 de diciembre 2013
Hora: 7 pm a 8:30 pm


Summary of Samohi Bike and Walking Safety Improvements for Dec 10 PTSA Meeting

November 21, 2013

This is a summary from the City of Santa Monica’s website of the proposed improvements around Samohi.  The improvement proposal is expected to go to City Council on Jan 14, 2014, so the PTSA meeting is to comment on the proposal.  Please come and provide your input!

The Safe Routes to School program is about health, safety and transportation improvements to get more students biking and walking. The Santa Monica High School (Samohi) project is to construct improvements that eliminate barriers to biking and walking to school.

Preliminary recommendations to improve Samohi’s major access point at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and 7th Street for all modes, and to improve walking and biking safety at this key destination. Included in the recommendation is a new signal at 7th and Pico (including crosswalk to improve access to major Pico bus stops) that will enable one way southbound traffic on 7th Street to turn left onto Pico Boulevard, and new protected green bike lanes accessing the school on Michigan between Lincoln Boulevard and 7th Street, adjacent to the school on 7th Street between Michigan Avenue and Pico Boulevard, and on Pico Boulevard between 6th and 7th Streets. Construction funding is available through the Safe Routes to School grant. The project team is working on finalizing the recommended design based on this input and ongoing collaboration with the school, and anticipates bringing the recommended design to Council in early 2014.

The major changes include:

  • Making Michigan west of Lincoln one-way westbound and making 7th Street one-way southbound to Pico. Cars will drive west on Michigan and south on 7th.
  • Removing the median on Pico at 7th to allow traffic to turn left and right with dedicated arrows. A traffic light will be installed there, making it safer for kids to cross and allow cars to go east and west onto Pico.
  • All existing street parking will be maintained on both streets as will parking permits and time limits.
  • Bike lanes in both directions will be included in the redesign of 7th and Michigan. This may seem odd but it is safer to allow bikes to flow both directions.
  • Safety features will be included in the Lincoln and Michigan intersection and the 7th and Pico intersection, like curb extensions, enhanced crosswalks, and protected turns for cars.
  • A bike lane will jog west on Pico from 7th street to 6th Street, to extend and protect a major north/south bike route. It will be in the middle of the road protected by concrete and landscaped buffers.
  • Additional bike racks will be included on campus.

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