Action Alert: New Manhattan Beach Mobility Plan Deletes Bikeway Implementation Specifics


The safety of cyclists in the South Bay needs your help! Please act now to preserve the progress that community members like you have worked toward for the last 7 years of the SBBC.

 The City of Manhattan Beach spent about 3 years and $150,000 towards a mobility plan aimed at moving all methods of transportation forward. The SBBC applauds the idea of a holistic approach to transportation, however the latest version has a critical flaw– it deletes actual streets and specific phases for new bikeways that were in the previous version.

In addition, all maps drawn to show new planned BIKEWAYS have been DELETED. This would be a huge step BACKWARD for a city that recently implemented two new bikeways (Rosecrans and Manhattan Ave)

3 Ways You Can Take Action:

  1. Attend the joint City Council/Planning Commission meeting this Thursday at 6pm Sharp. The city council only lets the public talk at the beginning of the meeting, make your voice heard as there is no chance to comment afterwards

  2. Email Council Members and Planning Commission who will be attending the meeting. Click Here our for suggested format.

  3. eComment on the meeting by 6pm November 18, Wednesday

Let city leaders know you are outraged that the City of Manhattan Beach would invest so much time and effort in a plan with no teeth, no streets named, and no firm commitments for new bikeways and pedestrian improvements. The city needs to show leadership, stop the cycle of endless studies, and take action like other cities on the South Bay and Los Angeles.

We need make our streets safer now!  ASK the council to commit to specific projects and timelines so that we can ride our bikes more safely..

Manhattan Beach is relying on you! #BikewaysNow

Download the Manhattan Beach mobility plan versions: June 2014November 2015

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Monterey & Longfellow Ave Bikeways are going up for approval – Hermosa City Council

OCT 13| Hermosa City Council (1315 Valley Dr.) | 7pm

Some talking points that could help.

  • MONTEREY Blvd provides intercity bikeway connection from Redondo thru Hermosa to Manhattan
  • Every city that aspires to carbon neutrality has an active bikeway implementation program
  • It has been 5 1/2 years since we implemented the sharrows on Hermosa Ave.  It is time.
  • The Monterey bikeway will reduce congestion on the Strand
  • Feel free to add your own to the comments below!

These bikeways might not be approved if you don’t show your support.

Longfellow Ave and Monterey Proposed Bikeways
Hermosa City Council Meeting Agenda
Staff Report

We would really love to see you there, however if you are unable to come it will still be helpful if you write an email to any of the City Council members before the meeting talking about your support especially if you are a Hermosa resident.

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Tuesday, August 4th: We need your support!

Supporters of bicycling in the South Bay,

We would appreciate your attendance at either the Manhattan Beach City Council meeting (6:00 PM) or El Segundo City council meeting (5:00 PM), both taking place this Tuesday, August 4th.

We need your help in supporting a cooperative agreement between Chevron and the cities of Manhattan Beach and El Segundo. This agreement would permit:

  •  a portion of the westbound bike lane on Rosecrans Ave to be routed onto Chevron property
  • installation of a bike lane on the westbound side of Rosecrans from Sepulveda to Alma.  

In addition, we want the city councils to hear from as many community members as possible about supporting the timely implementation of the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan, adopted by both cities back in 2011.

If you are unable to attend, please take a moment to send an email to your council members expressing your support in writing. Thank you in advance for your support in making biking in the South Bay a safer mode of transportation for all!

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Are Helmets Enough?







As bicyclists, we’ve all heard of other riders who were involved in an accident with a vehicle. Perhaps you’ve even had experience with aggressive drivers or a dangerous road condition first-hand. Because these incidents are all too common, we know how important it is to wear helmets.

However, rarely do we hear about
an equally important need;
the need to be adequately insured.

Most people are unaware that many of the coverages on your automobile policy extend to provide you protection while you’re on your bicycle. Hard to imagine? Let’s look at an example. Tom was an extremely cautious bicycle rider, always wearing a helmet and obeying all the traffic laws. However, one day, he was involved in an accident with a hit and run driver. Tom had extensive injuries that required a several months stay in the hospital and extensive physical therapy. Due to his injuries, he was also unable to work for a year and a half. Fortunately for Tom (and his wife and two children who depended upon him for support), he had just reviewed his insurance coverage a month earlier and increased his Uninsured Motorist limits. This coverage paid for his medical costs, rehabilitation, and his lost wages while he was out of work.

While Tom’s accident involved a hit and run driver, even if an accident occurs where the driver is identified, adequate Uninsured Motorist coverage is important because many drivers carry inadequate liability coverage. In this case, the coverage protects you from “underinsured” motorists.

It’s dangerous out on the road and it’s bad enough that bicyclists have to contend with speeding 4,000 pound vehicles. While there’s not a whole lot we can do to make others drive more safely, we do have the power to protect ourselves and our families in the event of an accident.

Now that you know helmets aren’t enough, consult with an insurance agent to ensure that your insurance covers you while you’re on your bicycle and that your coverage is adequate.

Tim Goodrich is a Torrance Councilmember, an Insurance Broker, and a member of the South Bay Bicycle Coalition. He can be reached at or at 310-414-9409.

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Support the first bikeway in Hermosa in 5+ years!

Hermosa Beach Public Works Commission 
Wednesday, July 15
7pm at City Hall | 1315 Valley Drive

Show your support for the first bikeway in Hermosa in over 5 years! The Public Works Commission wants to hear your thoughts on the bikeway on 22nd St./Monterey Blvd & Longfellow Ave. We need voices like yours to help make an impact & make our roads in the South Bay more bike-friendly!


If  you’d like to read the agenda, visit the City of Hermosa Beach website

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Q & A with Julian Katz, SBBC Board Member

We sat down with Julian Katz, SBBC Board Member and dubbed as the “cycling king of Hermosa Beach”  for a Q & A on his thoughts on safe cycling.

Julian Katz

Q: What are some fundamentals about bike safety that every cyclist should know?

A: Bike safety fundamentals include wearing a helmet, checking your bike before riding, riding to the right or in bikeways if available, being respectful of drivers and other cyclists and pedestrians.  We’ll have to get you a copy of our “Share the Road” pamphlet.

Q: What motivates your passion for cycling and why was it important for you to be involved in the cycling community?

A: I’ve been dedicated to giving back to the community in the form of getting bikeways put on the streets so that others can enjoy cycling as I have.  That’s true for all of us in the SBBC.

Q: If there’s one thing you could encourage other cyclists to do, what would it be?

A: Get involved. As my answer to the previous question, participate in bicycle education programs, advocate, advocate and of course ride safely and courteously.

Q: Can you tell us about your most memorable cycling experience?

A: I had not made long bike rides (over 25 miles) for most of these years but a few years ago I joined Jim Hannon and a group from the Beach Cities Cycle Club on a 54 mile ride to Long Beach and return.  I was pleased and I admit surprised that I was able to pull that off.  Lots of encouragement along the way.

Would you like to help? By donating, you can help raise funds to promote safe cycling. Get involved.  Join our movement for safe cycling in the South Bay.


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