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Extra $500K Given to Santa Monica for it Bike Share Program

City wins new grant to expand its program into neighboring Westside cities. Launch is scheduled by the end of 2013.

More stations and bicycles will be added to Santa Monica's planned bike share program with a new $500,000 grant approved Friday by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Bike sharing—the short-term rental of bicycles for one-way or round-trip trips—is popular in Europe, and has recently gained traction in major cities across the country.

The grant brings funding to more than $2.8 million for Santa Monica's program, set to launch by the end of 2013.

Initially, officials planned to place 250 bikes in up to 25 locations across the city. Now, they're anticipating 35 stations with about 350 bikes. Five of the stations will likely be outside the city of Santa Monica in neighboring Westside cities, according to Global Green USA, a nonprofit headquartered in Santa Monica and that partnered with the city in applying for the grant.

Global Green's Policy and Legislative Affairs Director Mary Luevano called the grant a "victory" for Santa Monica and the Westside.

"By expanding the stations to the Westside, we’re creating a system that will allow cross-city transportation in a sustainable, visionary way," she said in a statement. 

In addition to funding from the air quality management district, the bulk of the funding comes from a separate Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority grant. The city is matching the $1.54 million Metro grant with $721,000 to get the program rolling ahead of schedule. It was initially scheduled for completion by the end of 2017.

City planners are working with local businesses and community members to identify the best locations for the bike stations. A Bike Action Plan adopted by the Santa Monica City Council in November 2011 proposes stations at each of the three future Expo Light Rail stops, major bus stops, , , hospitals, and shopping districts, among other locations.

"We expect this program to complement the , allowing anyone to bicycle to and from the Santa Monica stations and provide the essential first and last mile link,” David Martin, Santa Monica's director of Planning and Community Development, said in a statement.

The number of people commuting to work on bicycles has increased about 29 percent between 2007 and 2010, according to Global Green.

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Chris Wright September 11, 2012 at 03:07 AM
There are many new grants for the environment posted on Grantwatch.com http://www.grantwatch.com/ Nonprofits may be interested in applying for this grant: Grants to Create a Healthy and Safe Environment for Californians Deadline: Ongoing Funding of $1 billion is available over the next ten years in order to improve the quality of life for residents of California. Programs should address the needs of school age children as well as adult citizens. LINK: http://www.grantwatch.com/grant/126346/grants+to+create+a+healthy+and+safe+environment+for+californians.html Best of Luck in finding grants, Chris Wright
Glenn E Grab October 23, 2012 at 04:26 PM
there are going to be a lot of homeless riding around on stolen bikes, more work for the cops...this is a really stupid idea.....a lawyer's dream.....what happens the first time a kid steals a bike and runs over a 75 year old woman?....or a bike has a mecanical failure and some gets killed?.....
Brenda Barnes December 02, 2012 at 07:14 AM
Not only is it a stupid idea, $2.5 million is $71,000 per bike. Just give away bikes and you'd be doing better than paying all kinds of administrative costs the way this City does everything. If you are a City that already has 1 employee for every about 35 residents, that's the way you set up any program--bureaucracy-heavy, inefficient, unworkable. In Paris the bikes are out on the street like parking meters, not in a building and with double rows the way the picture shows it. I wish no one would give Santa Monica any money for anything until they stop approving every development that anyone suggests. That is the cause of all our environmental problems and the destruction of our quality of life. 350 bikes are not going to make a dent in anything as long as we have a corrupt City Council of developers' lapdogs. I'm hoping the new Council will be better, but since all of them but Vasquez were endorsed by developers, and we have two DLs holding over, O'Connort and Holbrook, it's unlikely anything except legal challenges will stop them.
Glenn E Grab December 02, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Brenda, here's the way it will work.....Walmart sells bikes for 70 bucks, but the City will buy the from somebody's brother in law for 500 bucks each, then hire people for $100,000 bucks a year apiece to fix flat tires and tighten nuts and bolts....then hire an administrator to oversee everything for $250,000 per year...then the whole program will go under when there's a bad accident and someone gets killed and his family hires a lawyer and settles out of court for ten million bucks...

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