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More drivers, fewer parkers: Parking in Downtown Santa Monica is more abundant than ever...

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While Santa Monica is as bustling as ever -- just ask the 8.7 million visitors the City hosted in 2017 -- the downtown parking structures are seeing fewer parkers and hundreds more free spaces...

Santa Monica’s In-Street Scooter Corrals Becoming a National Model

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(This story first appeared on Streetsblog Los Angeles) Last week Santa Monica's City Manager Rick Cole tweeted a photo of the city's newly installed first in-street e-scooter drop zone. In-street parking corrals have been recommended as a...

After Successful Season, the 2018 Twilight Concert Series Ends with an Open Streets Party

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This Sunday, two Santa Monica traditions join forces when the Twilight Concert Series and Santa Monica COAST program a full day of car-free outdoor fun. COAST will open streets in Downtown Santa Monica to...

Regulating the Scooters

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I see a lot to like about the scooter trend, but that doesn't mean I don't see that there are valid complaints and points of contention associated with the rapid rise of dockless e-scooters...

City Makes Its Scooter Picks and Goes with Four Providers: Bird, Jump, Lime and...

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Via press release: Today, the City of Santa Monica announced the selection of Lime, Bird, Lyft and Jump as the four operators to participate in the City’s Shared Mobility Pilot Program set to kick off on September...

An Open Letter to Santa Monica Planning Director & Feedback On the Proposed Shared...

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(Reminder: Comments on the City of Santa Monica Scooter Selection Process, Submit your comments via email to kyle.kozar@smgov.net by 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, Friday August 17, with the subject line – Shared Mobility Pilot Program. For more information, click...

Santa Monica to Mobility Companies: Don’t Innovate Here

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Santa Monica’s unique combination of weather, terrain, existing bicycle infrastructure, and affluent population provide the foundation necessary to test and demonstrate the viability of new mobility services like e-scooters, e-bikes, and other zero emissions...

City Proposal Would Leave Dockless Bike and Scooter Operations in Hands of Ride Hail...

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City staff from the Santa Monica Planning and Community Development Department released today its recommendations for granting four exclusive shared mobility permits. The somewhat surprising results, if adopted by the Director of Planning and...

E-Scooters & Micro-Mobility Futures In An Era of Accelerating Climate Change

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Love them or hate, few people in Santa Monica have not formed some kind of opinion about the dockless shared fleet e-scooter wave (as opposed to the "dock" or "hub" based bike share model),...

Make It Count: Santa Monica’s Next Big Investment in Safe Biking, Walking, and Yes...

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Carter Rubin is a Santa Monica resident and serves as an advisory board member of Santa Monica Next. Carter has served as an appointed member on the Santa Monica Housing, Planning and Pier Commissions....

Open Thread: Weigh in on the Great Scooter Debate of 2018

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Anyone that thought the Great Scooter Debate of 2018 was over after the City Council approved a pilot program earlier this year was jolted back to a harsh reality after the SMPD conducted an...

Coast, Santa Monica’s Open Streets Party, Returns on October 7

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Los Angeles has CicLAvia, and Santa Monica has COAST. Los Angeles' next car-free party is this weekend in the Valley. Santa Monicans that aren't looking to travel will have to wait for the fall. COAST,...

Now the State Is Getting Ready to Regulate E-Scooter Rentals

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"Not Exactly One Bill to Rule Them All" first appeared on Streetsblog California. A state bill, A.B. 2989, focuses on defining stand-up electric scooters and safety regulations that apply to them, but does not weigh in...

Santa Monica City Council Unanimously Rejects Hard Cap on E-Scooters, Moves Forward with 16-Month...

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Last night, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously rejected the staff proposal to cap the number of electric rental scooters in the city to 500 per operator and 1500 total. While the scooter cap...

Showdown Over Electric Scooters Tonight at Sundown at City Hall

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Tonight, the Santa Monica City Council is scheduled to vote on a series of regulations for "dockless electronic scooters" at their regularly scheduled 5:30 City Council meeting (item 7B on this agenda). The meeting is...
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