Recap of the November 7th Manhattan Beach City Council Meeting

Recap of the November 7th Manhattan Beach City Council Meeting

We did it!

On November 7th, 2017, the Manhattan Beach City Council passed legislation that will add sharrows to many streets in Manhattan Beach.  The South Bay Bicycle Coalition was instrumental in pushing this legislation through and we are overjoyed that it was passed.

During the meeting, the president of the SBBC, Charlene Dipaola, gave a great speech on the need for sharrows in Manhattan Beach. She referenced the growing need for sharrows for schoolchildren and casual bicyclists.

11 miles of sharrows were approved by the city council, which means that about half of the South Bay Bike Master Plan was implemented.

We also had a lot of residents show up and support the passing of this legislation. Without them, our argument would not have been as convincing as it was, so we thank all of them for coming.

For more information on this event, visit the links below.

Click here for a map of the proposed sharrows.

Click here for a list of roads that will have sharrows added to them.

Click here for a video of the city council meeting. (SBBC Speech at 53:56)

Click here for an easy reader article covering this meeting.

Click here for the SBBC master plan.

 

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November 7th City Council Meeting

November 7th City Council Meeting

In the last 6 years, we have been pushing for different cities in the South Bay to implement safer routes to schools, parks, churches etc. Our goal is that ALL citizens feel safe in our cities with whatever mode of transportation they choose.

 

We are at a turning point with Manhattan Beach as the council is finally considering implementing more sharrows in the city. Based on a study from LA Department of Transportation:
“Sharrows improved the interactions between drivers and bicyclists in a number of ways: drivers passed bicyclists at greater distances, drivers allowed a greater tailing distance when following behind a bicyclist, tailgated a bicyclist far less often, took fewer aggressive actions, and were less abusive towards bicyclists.” — read the study

We need YOUR help to move this initiative forward!
The city staff has recommended community outreach instead of implementation. We have already had community outreach 6 years ago when the Bike Masterplan was approved by Manhattan Beach Council. This will cost more than just putting paint on the street. We want the City Council to know that they should prioritize safer streets NOW!
There are 3 ways you can help:
1. Speak up or show up for the meeting

  • Manhattan Beach City Council Chambers – 1400 Highland Ave
  • Nov 7, 2017
  • 6pm
  • We will have speakers during the public comments and will ask you to stand up to show your support
  • Contact Mike Don to coordinate your attendance

Contact Mike

2. Leave a digital public comment for the council, we suggest the following comments under issue J.11 (Consider Addition of Shared Lane Markings…)

  • This issue was approved 6 years ago after much community outreach and the city has done almost nothing
  • We do not need more public outreach, this is a safety issue
  • Safe routes to schools should be a priority

Leave a Public Comment

3. Write a letter to the City Council, with the same points suggested in (#2)

Write a Letter to Council

We are grateful for your support!

Best,
South Bay Bike Coalition

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Recap of the Manhattan Beach City Council Meeting

Recap of the Manhattan Beach City Council Meeting

Success!

Due to the efforts of the South Bay Bicycle Coalition and our supporters, on October 3rd, the Manhattan Beach City Council approved the staff recommendations that were proposed.

Specifically, sharrows are going to be added near schools, among other locations. Although this was a victory, there will be more!

Stay tuned for more information on what YOU can do to help make the South Bay more bicycle friendly.

Attached is a picture of all the people who came out to support bicycling in the South Bay. We would like to thank all those who took time out of their busy schedules to come support us and we hope you will be able to do the same thing in the future.

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Fiesta Hermosa Bike Corral

Fiesta Hermosa Bike Corral

Above is a picture of the Bike Corral that the South Bay Bicycle Coalition held during Fiesta Hermosa. People came and parked their bicycles in the parking lot and had their bike tires inflated, all for free.

The event was hosted by the South Bay Bicycle Coalition, the Beach Cities Cycling Club, and the Hermosa Cyclery on September 2 – September 4 and a total of 2751 bicyclists used this free service, making this operation a complete success.

It is only with the donations that we receive from all our patrons that we are able to carry out these events. If you would to keep these events going, donate to the SBBC below and help us promote bike safety in the South Bay.

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Recap of SBBC School Events

Recap of SBBC School Events

Attached is a photo of a few “Thank You” packets that the South Bay Bicycle Coalition received from multiple elementary schools. These packets were sent because of events that the SBBC held last December at 186th Street Elementary, Denker Elementary, and Halldale Elementary.

Inside these packets are tokens of appreciation from students who received bicycles and bicycle equipment from the SBBC.

We are only able to carry out these events because of the generous people that donate to the SBBC. Donate now to help keep these events going by visiting the link below.

For more pictures of what’s inside these packets, stay tuned to our Facebook account.

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Manhattan Beach City Council Meeting

Manhattan Beach City Council Meeting

Help the South Bay Bicycle Coalition approve a $100k bike lane plan for the city of Manhattan Beach. This plan would greatly expand the network of bike lanes in Manhattan Beach and help increase accessibility for bicyclists.

Join us on October 3rd from 6pm-8pm at the Manhattan Beach City Hall to show your support on this matter and help push this plan forward. If you plan on coming to the City Council Meeting, please send an email to giancoli_rd@yahoo.com in order to keep this event more organized.

If you are not able to attend this meeting, you can still help us by sending an email of support to CityCouncil@citymb.info. Below is a template you may use/modify and send to the city council.

Dear __________________:

We know that you will be voting to approve bike route infrastructure improvements at your September 5 meeting.  I hope to see you there.  I wanted to let you know that your efforts to make our city safer for riders is one that I personally support.  Many other cities in our area have implemented many more facilities which have gotten cars off the street and more people on bikes.  We would love to see this happen in Manhattan Beach.

We were excited when the Council approved the Bicycle Master Plan in 2011.  We are even more excited to have this Council show its character and leadership in getting it implemented.

Thank you on behalf of me, my family and our community!

Your Name

Your Address

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