Green Bike Lanes Coming To Main Street, Broadway In Santa Monica

Saturday, 30 Nov 2013, 8:56:00 AM

Parimal M. Rohit

The green bike lanes on Main Street and Broadway will be installed using the same material and color that was used on the Ocean Park Complete Green Street project (pictured).
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The green bike lanes on Main Street and Broadway will be installed using the same material and color that was used on the Ocean Park Complete Green Street project (pictured).

Santa Monica City Council members unanimously approved Tuesday night a contract for the installation of Green Bike Lanes on Main Street and Broadway.

The contract would be between California-based Chrisp Company and City Hall for $523,852.

Once complete, the Green Bike Lane Project would enhance bikeways along Main Street between Colorado Avenue and Ozone Avenue and on Broadway between Sixth Street and Centinela Avenue.

“This project would improve visibility and comfort for bicyclists on Main Street, a popular north/south bikeway and on Broadway, a popular east/west bikeway as part of a prominent bikeway network envisioned in the City’s Bicycle Action Plan,” City staff stated.

City Hall received four bids to construct the Green Bike Lanes. In addition to Chrisp Company, also submitting bids were PCI, Sterndahl Enterprises, Inc., and Alpha 1 Construction.

The Green Bike Lanes spawned from the Bicycle Action Plan, which was approved November 2011. According to City staff, the Bicycle Action Plan called for “infrastructure improvements to create visible, wider, green bikeways on Broadway and Main/2nd Streets, implementing a visible ‘green cross’ of buffered bike lanes along the most heavily used bikeways in the city and providing good links to all other bikeways and destinations.”

“The green bike lanes on Main Street and Broadway will be installed using the same material and color that was used on the Ocean Park Complete Green Street project, which is performing well approximately a year since completion,” City staff stated.

Located in Rialto, CA, Chrisp Company had worked on another green bike lane project at the University of California, Davis. Other projects under the company’s belt include highway striping projects in the Northern California cities of Danville and Hayward as well as roadway striping projects for Contra Costa County and Berkeley, CA.

Work on the Green Bike Lanes is scheduled to begin the week of Jan. 13, 2014. City staff anticipates work would be complete by March 30, 2014.

The Green Bike Lanes agenda item was part of the Council’s consent calendar.

In a separate matter, council members approved another consent calendar item allowing alcohol to be served at the Santa Monica Historical Society Museum for a pair of fundraising events each year. The museum’s insurance would be updated accordingly.

“The Museum’s Board of Directors believes the prohibition of serving alcohol on the Museum’s premise in its lease impedes its fundraising ability and requests an amendment to this term,” City staff stated. “Specifically, the Museum’s Board of Directors wishes to provide special evenings with food and wine to thank donors and attract new donors. The Board views this as a fundamental fundraising tool.”

Alcohol is permitted at certain events at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and other area museums in the Los Angeles area, according to City staff.

City law had prohibited the consumption of alcoholic beverages in public buildings and on public property, except when an occupant is authorized by lease, license, or permit to sell alcohol.

The museum occupies 5,000 square feet within the Santa Monica Main Library.

Mayor Pro Tem Terry O’Day and Council member Ted Winterer were not present at the Nov. 26 meeting.

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