Manhattan Beach City Council Meeting

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...
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Attention City Officials – Adding Bike Lanes REDUCES traffic delays

According to New York City's Department of Transportation. From the article:  "Smart street design can eliminate many of the traffic problems anticipated by alternative mode elements like bike lanes. A new report on protected bike lanes released by the New York City Department of Transportation offers a great example of how rider safety can be increased even while car speed is maintained." http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2014/09/when-adding-bike-lanes-actually-reduces-traffic-delays/379623/...
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Just the facts – What Federal and County research says about Sharrows

It was a full house at a town hall meeting last night in Manhattan Beach as both City Staff and Police Chief Irvine educated the residents about Sharrows.  As over 50 cities have already proven, the painting of inexpensive Sharrows create a safer city for bike riders, pedestrians, as well as drivers.  These Sharrows have been painted on busy roads, residential streets, narrow streets, wide streets, and even streets with small hills. While both sides agreed that Manhattan Beach is deficient in safe streets for riding bicycles as well as a desire to improved enforcement for both drivers and motorists to follow the rules, most of those in support expressed the very real opportunity that the Master Bicycle Plan presents - a desire to see more children and residents choosing to ride their bikes around town once the recommendations could be implemented. For further reference, here are two reports, one Federal, and one by LA County...
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What a Sharrow does not do!

While Sharrows are becoming more and more popular throughout the United States as a way to create safer communities by reducing accidents, Sharrows, or "shared roads" sometimes it is easier to explain what Sharrows do not do: Sharrows effectively do not create anything new as the painted markings on the street only mean to reinforce existing law. Sharrows do not create any new laws or rights-of-way for bike riders. ...
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Guess what Newport Beach City Council did within 30 days of two bicycle deaths?

After back to back bicycle deaths last year, Mayor Gardner led the Newport City Council to authorize the painting of sharrows as a first step to prevent further fatalities.  Why sharrows? Because it is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to make our streets safer for all riders whether they are going to school,  going to work, or recreational riding. "There are things we can control such as education and making basic road improvements," Gardner said. "Painting these sharrows in Corona del Mar is a part of that effort." The irony here is that Newport Beach, similar to Manhattan Beach and six other local cities that are part of the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan already had these recommendations years earlier.  Unfortunately, it required blood on the pavement before the city responded. Closer to home, Hermosa Beach had also installed sharrows as well and has reported fewer bike collisions. The benefits of encouraging residents to ride their bikes more are numerous.  Not only...
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Just what the heck is a Sharrow?

Sharrows have now been in use for years in Southern California. You can see them throughout the City of LA, Hermosa Beach, Long Beach, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and there are even Sharrows on Sepulveda in Culver City. What are Sharrows? Sharrows are simply asphalt markings that remind cars and bikers alike to comply with existing law. They do not change the rules of the road one. However they have been proven to increase drivers and cyclists compliance with the rules of the road.  What most people forget is that people already can legally ride their bikes on America's roads - Sharrows simply makes riding safer.                                            Sharrows are also intended to alert drivers of the presence of bicyclists in the roadway and encourage caution. The benefits of the use of Sharrows are to: Assist bicyclists with positioning in a shared lane with on-street parallel parking in order to reduce the chance of a bicyclist’s impacting the open door of a parked vehicle. Assist bicyclists with positioning in...
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