Santa Monica Boulevard Meetup This Monday

City of Beverly Hills will reconstruct Santa Monica Boulevard in the coming years. Do you believe the boulevard should be made safe for travel by bicycle? Do you agree that this regional backbone route should reflect ‘complete streets’ principles when rebuilt? Join Better Bike, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and local riders in organizing around a proposal to put bike lanes on Santa Monica. Mark your calendar: Monday, December 22nd from 7-9pm at the Beverly Hills Public Library south meeting room. Read on for more details!

Santa Monica Boulevard with bike lanes visualized

Santa Monica Boulevard visualized: bicycle lanes make this street ‘complete.’

We recently recapped the slow progress of the Santa Monica Boulevard reconstruction project. And we talked about how seemingly ‘the fix’ is in for a corridor constructed at too-narrow a width to ever include a bicycle lane. Now we need your help in getting the message to our City Council: the era of prioritizing motor mobility has closed, and those of us who ride a bicycle in Beverly Hills need streets engineered to safeguard us from harm.

The trouble is that City Council is more responsive to its core constituency – north-side residents who will oppose bike lanes wherever at any cost – than the interests of road users at large. Read up on the Santa Monica Boulevard project and catch up with the process to date, and then join us for a lively discussion and your input:

  • How best to reach City Council with our message about access and safety?
  • How to organize for pro-bike improvements citywide, including the city’s long-delayed update to our 1977 Bicycle Master Plan? And,
  • What should truly bike-friendly Beverly Hills might look like once a Metro bikeshare system debuts and eventually the Purple Line extension comes to town?

RSVP and read more about the meeting. Drop us a line with any questions you may have. Make some suggestions that we can offer at the meeting.

Monday December 22, 2014 at 7pm – 9pm at the south meeting room of Beverly Hills Public Library: 444 N. Rexford Drive in Beverly Hills (map)

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Bike Safe Boston Accident Reporting CardWe caught up with Josh Zisson, the Boston-based bike attorney whom we highlighted last week for his new Bicycle Accident Report wallet card. Zisson is a 28-year old attorney who has decided to focus exclusively on bike-related personal injury law, and his new card serves a dual function: to offer guidance concerning state law relevant to cyclists; and to provide a template for noting key collision details that too often get lost in the aftermath. It’s also an ingenious calling card for an attorney with ambitions to establish a national network for bike case referrals.   Continue reading

CalBike & LACBC Bike Summit a Success!

Bike Summit 2011 panel

CBC Executive Director Dave Snyder presides over a morning panel discussion: CBC's Advocacy and Capacity.

Last weekend the California Bicycle Coalition (CBC) and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) organized a ‘bike summit’ for active transportation advocates here in Downtown Los Angeles. And we can call it a success: about 150 attendees filled the Kyoto Grand Hotel ballroom to hear from state-level advocates and nonprofit leaders about the year we’ve left behind, and the year in organizing that lies ahead. Continue reading