May is National Bike Month
May is National Bike Month, where each year the focus is to get more people out on bikes as a mode of transportation. This is good for everyone's health, the environment, and a way to make more out of your trip to school or work. There are a couple of special days during the month to really encourage leaving your car in the garage and biking or walking to your destinations. The first is Bike To School Day, which is May 7 this year - http://walkbiketoschool.org. Students are encouraged to go to school car-free that day. The second event on Friday, May 16 is San Diego's Bike To Work Day. There will be several pit stops throughout the county, where commuting cyclists can stop for refreshment, nourishment, and other goodies. Full pit stop details will be provided here when available. Enjoy commuting to work and remember: "Every day is a bike to work day."
Solana Beach Active Transportation Program Application
The City of Solana Beach is applying for a grant through the State of California's Active Transportation Program (ATP) application process. This is the first year that Federal and State money have been pooled together and there is $360M to be awarded (3 years of funding on the table right now). The statewide competition will award $180M of the total and applications are due to Caltrans before May 21.
The purpose of ATP is to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation here in California by achieving the following goals:
- Increase the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking
- Increase safety and mobility for non-motorized users
- Advance the active transportation efforts of regional agencies to achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals
- Enhance public health
- Ensure that disadvantaged communities fully share in the benefits of the program
- Provide a broad spectrum of projects to benefit many types of active transportation users
For more information, please go to http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/atp/
We are pleased that the City of Solana Beach’s ATP application includes as its main component an infrastructure project for Stevens Avenue. This project will greatly improve this widely used transportation corridor enhancing the area for the many school children walking and biking to and from school, La Colonia Park, and the Boys and Girls Club. It will also benefit other members of the community traveling to and from work, shopping, and other areas of our City. BikeWalkSolana would also like the City to include improvements to Lomas Santa Fe Drive, with school routes specifically in mind.
A second component of the City of Solana Beach’s ATP grant supports educational and encouragement projects. Specifically, BikeWalkSolana has asked the City to include a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program to complement the planned infrastructure improvements in the City’s grant application. The mission of SRTS “is to advance safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.” (http://saferoutespartnership.org/about)
Letters of Support Request
BikeWalkSolana is reaching out to members of the Solana Beach community to request important letters of support backing the City of Solana Beach’s grant application for the State of California’s Active Transportation Program (ATP) funding. Your letter of support will enhance the ATP application and improve the probability of an award to the City. This funding will provide a huge benefit to our wonderful community. Make your voice heard!
Comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy (CATS) Workshop February 20
The City of Solana Beach was recently awarded a SANDAG grant to prepare its first Comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy (CATS). The goal of this active transportation strategy is to provide people of all ages and gender the ability to travel freely by walking and bicycling to all destinations within Solana Beach and surrounding areas. The CATS will identify opportunities to improve both bicycle and pedestrian networks by increasing connectivity and enhancing safety for all users. When complete, the CATS will serve as the latest updates to the City's Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans.
The success of the CATS will, in part, depend on how well the outcomes reflect and address the concerns and suggestions raised by Solana Beach residents, business interests, and stakeholders. The first CATS Community Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, February 20th, 2014 at the La Colonia Community Center from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Please see the CATS Workshop Flyer and CATS Project Fact Sheet for more information. Further information about the CATS program can also be found at http://sbcats.info.
BikeWalkSolana Awarded Community Grant
At the December 11 Solana Beach City Council Meeting, the City Council approved BikeWalkSolana's request for continuing our efforts to educate parents and their children on safe cycling through our Bike Safety Rodeos. Many thanks to the City Council for providing the funding, via its Community Grant Award Program, to support these events! We look forward to serving more members of our wonderful community in 2014.
Sharrows In Use
The new green background sharrows recommend to cyclists the safest position for cycling southbound in Solana Beach. In the photo, the cyclists are riding directly over the sharrow and cars behind are changing lanes to pass on the left. Motorists are discovering this is not an inconvenience and the cyclists, due to their lane position and their naturally increased visibility in the lane feel much safer, as indicated by the smiles on their faces.