Recap of the Guided Strand Tour by Bike

  Recap of Guided Strand Tour by Bike On July 12, the South Bay Bicycle Coalition held a guided tour of the strand by bike, led by long time locals Chris Miller and Jan Dennis. We had a great turnout of over 50 people, and the tour went along smoothly. Some of the stops included the Bottle Inn and the Lighthouse Cafe, both locations with a rich history. We learned about the early history of both Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach, along with a few interesting facts. If you missed this event, stayed tuned to our Facebook and website to learn about other future events hosted by the SBBC....
Read More

Bike To School Events For May 2017 in the South Bay

May is national bike month. In celebration, the South Bay Bike Coalition is working with different local organizations on different events that encourage safe cycling! May 3: Bike To School Day, Manhattan Beach Middle School We are excited to officially partner with MBMS for a bike to school day! We will have a welcome table in the morning with a bike safety check, we will give helmets and a chance to win a NEW bike for kids who participate. Get more information about Manhattan Beach Middle School Bike To School Day. May 4: TEDx Redondo Beach Library: Wheels of Change Be involved in the discussion about the future of transportation reserve your spot here May 5: Makmo Mobile Makerspace, Hermosa Beach Library 3:30pm Kids - Make an LED license plate for your bike and experiment with moving bicycle gears made from K’NEX. May 10: National Bike To School Day Parents and children across the country are gearing up to participate in National Bike to School Day on May 10 th ....
Read More

The 5 best beach destinations on a bicycle

  Wind blowing. Sun Streaming. Cyclists are the happiest beings on the road, next to dogs hanging their heads out of a moving car window.  Add the sound of the salty seashore waves with a rest stop to refuel and it’s heaven on earth for the Southern Californian cyclist. Here are the top 5 beach destinations on a bicycle. Balboa Island -- try the frozen banana on a stick, dipped in chocolate and a variety of toppings.  Then stroll onto the ferry.  Bicycle and Adult fee is only $1.25.   Point Vicente Interpretive Center – lots to see in this cliff side park setting.  Take in the panoramic ocean vista of Catalina Island and the lighthouse to the left.  Depending on the season, get a glimpse of the Pacific gray whale migration while pelicans and paragliders soar overhead.  Explore the museum and stroll along the hiking trails.   Fiesta Hermosa – it’s a party and everyone’s invited.  The Hermosa Beach Labor Day and Memorial Day is the...
Read More

Speak Up To get 2 New Bikeways in Manhattan Beach

2013 was another banner year for the SBBC. We partnered with local cities and police to distribute educational packets and implemented our first grade school targeted safe cycling course. We helped over 10,000 people bike to events like Fiesta Hermosa instead of drive with our bike valet. 2014 is going to be even bigger!  We have a huge opportunity lined up to kick it off. On Jan 7 in Manhattan Beach, council will be deciding on, not 1, but 2 new bikeways-- (1) a bikelane along Rosecrans as well as(2) sharrows through Manhattan Ave downtown. As we have learned repeatedly over the past few years, the only way to get new bikeways implemented is to show up and speak our minds about safer bike facilities to those in power. There are 2 ways to help get this passed in our city: 1. Speak In Front of City Council with Us! January 7 @ 6:30pm Manhattan Beach City Hall 2. Help Our Email Brigade please send an email ASAP about your support of...
Read More

Success in Commission…Now Comes the Final Push with City Councils

Last Tuesday marked a monumental milestone for the South Bay Initiative; we made it through the eleven different Commissions across all seven cities! With the exception of one, all of the Commissions unanimously recommended that their City Council approve the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan. And even that one exception still gave us a majority vote to approve the plan; but one of the Commissioners didn’t seem to understand the importance of a bike friendly future for their city...can't win them all, I suppose.  The Commissions all had various questions, concerns and considerations that were heavily weighed and discussed before they moved to recommend plan approval. Among the most commonly approached topics are the following: Question: How will this remain a coordinated regional effort? Answer: Once the plan is adopted, it becomes a city document. This means that each city is in charge of its own implementation. The plan outlines several proposed policies that outline different mechanisms for continued regional coordination. One of the...
Read More

Torrance Transportation Commission votes to move the plan forward. Let’s keep the momentum going!

Last week the South Bay Bicycle Coalition announced, with great excitement, that we had received the support of three Manhattan Beach Commissions, Parks and Recreation, Planning and Parking and Public Improvement, who came together and UNANIMOUSLY voted to recommend the Bicycle Master Plan to the city council.  Feeling encouraged, we went into our next commission meeting hopeful that we would be met in Torrance with similar excitement.  Today, we are happy to report that the Torrance Transportation Commission also unanimously voted to move the plan forward City Council’s Transportation Subcommittee.   The plan will be presented to the subcommittee on Tuesday, September 13th, and ultimately to the entire city council, whose vote is the last step in the city’s process of adopting the plan.   Torrance is the largest South Bay city affected by the plan and the support of their Transportation Commission is very significant as 76.9 of the 213 proposed miles of bikeway will be implemented in the city of...
Read More