Sustainable & Connected: Celebrate Bike Month with activities in May

May 1, 2024 11:33 AM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 1, 2024) — The city of Santa Monica celebrates Bike Month this May with a slate of fun community events and educational activities to raise awareness about safety and important infrastructure.

Bike Month activities advance the city’s key strategic priority of Sustainable & Connected and support the city’s goals in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.

According to the 2022 Greenhouse Gas Inventory, transportation emissions account for 69 percent of citywide emissions. Every bicycle trip is another step towards meeting the city’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan goal of reducing emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

Bike-centered activities are planned in various locations in the city throughout May, including:

To ensure that biking in Santa Monica is safe and fun for riders of all ages and abilities, the city has installed over 120 lane-miles of bike facilities and made huge strides in creating a core network of protected bikeways since the adoption of the Bike Action Plan in 2011 and Bike Action Plan Amendment in 2020.

Recent safety upgrades include:

In addition, several more protected bikeways will finish or begin construction in the coming year, including:

“Santa Monica’s growing network of protected bike lanes provides the foundation to build a healthier, more sustainable city by reducing emissions,” said Department of Transportation Director Anuj Gupta. “We are known for our strong biking community, and I’m looking forward to seeing cyclists of all ages exploring our city this Bike Month.”

Utilizing the city’s bike lanes also means being vigilant about roadway safety. The city reminds cyclists to follow the rules of the road for their own safety and the safety of all roadway users. Being predictable is important. Be sure to ride in bike lanes or with traffic, and do not ride on the sidewalk or against traffic. It is helpful to use turn signals when turning or merging to communicate your intentions. In California, helmets are required for minors and strongly recommended for all users.

To drivers, be sure to look out for cyclists in Santa Monica all year long, especially during Bike Month, when you should expect to see even more cyclists than usual, including youth and others who may be new to cycling. Ensuring the safety of all starts with each of us and the best way to do that is to slow down, eliminate distractions and be predictable.

For more information about Bike Month, click here.
For more information about Santa Monica’s bicycle network, click here.

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