Santa Monica's Safety Revamp Celebrates with a Community Bash, Embracing Pedal Power for the People

Santa Monica's Safety Revamp Celebrates with a Community Bash, Embracing Pedal Power for the PeopleSource: City of Santa Monica
Gabriela Martinez
Published on November 28, 2023

Santa Monica's streets are gearing up for a makeover, with the city ready to unveil 1.5 miles of bike and pedestrian safety improvements, and locals are invited to roll in the celebrations. According to a the City of Santa Monica, the officials are set to cut the ribbon on the project this Saturday, December 2, at the 17th St./SMC Metro E Line parking lot. The festivities, which promise fun for the whole family, will kick off at 9 a.m., complete with performances, workshops, and freebies that have something for everyone.

The project is a stride forward in Santa Monica's ambitious plans to not just spruce up connectivity but also to throw a punch in the battle against climate change. In a statement obtained by Santa Monica Government Press, Mayor Gleam Davis expressed her delight, saying, “I’m thrilled to see such a robust, thoughtful and important multi-modal project come to completion.” She emphasized the project’s role in fostering "healthier communities" by making sustainable choices more accessible.

Attendees of the December 2 bash can expect to jig to the tunes of the Santa Monica High School marching band, marvel at LA Jugglers wooing with vintage bicycles, and dive into cultural depths with the Academia de Danza Ballet Folklorico Flor de Mayo. True bike aficionados can get their wheels spinning in guided rides or get their bikes tuned up courtesy of the Santa Monica College Bike Maintenance Class. And for the creatives, there’s helmet decorating with Santa Monica Spoke and a bike basket and accessories workshop by reDiscover Center. To sweeten the deal, Mayor Gleam Davis, Police Chief Ramon Batista, and Department of Transportation Director Anuj Gupta will all grace the event with their insights on the project and its impact.

In line with the initiative, which also pins its colors to the mast of a Clean and Safe Santa Monica, the city's Vision Zero is targeting a future without severe traffic injuries and fatalities. Project upgrades such as freshly painted crossings, protected intersections, and signal timing adjustments for pedestrian safety are all part of the plan. The project, with elements like a concrete curb-protected bikeway and increased lighting, aims to make Santa Monica's streets safer for all—cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists alike.

Looking down the road, Santa Monica is set to continue revamping its infrastructure with upcoming improvements to Stewart Street, 20th Street and Wilshire Boulevard. Anuj Gupta acknowledged the community's endurance during the construction period, telling Santa Monica Government Press, “Projects such as this make our streets safer and more inviting for all users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike, while fighting climate change by encouraging more people to bike, walk, and connect to transit.”