Samohi Safe Routes Improvements

Green Bike Lanes on Pico  SAMOHI Bike Education Class


The City received a Safe Routes to School grant to construct improvements that eliminate barriers to biking and walking to Santa Monica High School (Samohi). The Safe Routes to School program is about health, safety, and transportation improvements to get more students biking and walking. The grant also included outreach to students on the best routes to get to school and education on safe riding and walking. Over 800 students attended a session during their regularly scheduled Physical Education class in April 2016.

In February 2015, Council approved recommendations to construct bicyclist and pedestrian improvements. Construction was completed early 2016. The major changes included:

  • Making Michigan one-way westbound and 7th Street one-way southbound; cars travel west on Michigan and south on 7th between Lincoln and Pico.
  • Removing the median on Pico at 7th to allow cars to turn left and right.
  • Installing a traffic light at the 7th/Pico intersection to make it safer for kids to cross and allow cars to go east and west onto Pico.
  • Installing bike lanes in both directions along 7th between Michigan and Pico, Michigan between Lincoln and 7th, and Pico between 7th and 6th.
  • Including safety features at the Lincoln/Michigan and 7th/Pico intersections, like curb extensions, enhanced crosswalks, and protected turns for cars.
  • Installing additional bike racks on campus.

In June 2016, Council approved a contract with Alta Planning and Design to revisit the design of the unprotected bike lane along 7th Street and Michigan Avenue. Construction was completed in summer 2017. Refinements to the bikeway and roadway included:

  • Shifting the eastbound Michigan bike lane adjacent to the south curb for improved safety and separation and installation delineators along the north edge of the bike lane for added protection.
  • Removing the double yellow along 7th and replacing with a single dashed-yellow.
  • Refining on-street parking and pick-up/drop-off along Michigan and 7th.

Workshops & Milestones

Tue Jun 28, 2016

City Council Hearing

City Council Approved: 1. Award RFP# 79 to Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, a California-based company for complete streets and mobility planning policy and implementation services; 2. Authorize the City Manager to negotiate and execute an agreement with Nelson/Nygaard subconsultant ALTA Planning + Design, in an amount not to exceed $85,000 (including a $13,000 contingency) for project tasks of the Samohi Safe Routes to School design adjustments and construction documents; and, 3. Authorize the City Manager to negotiate and execute an agreement with Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, in an amount not to exceed $390,000 (including a $40,000 contingency) for project tasks related to complete streets policy, Downtown Community Plan, protected bikeway strategy, and 17th Street initial design services.

Tue May 12, 2015

City Council Hearing

Staff recommends that the City Council: 1) Award Bid #SP2354 to All American Asphalt, a California-based company, for the Safe Routes to Santa Monica High School Project. 2) Authorize the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with All American Asphalt a California-based company, in an amount not to exceed $1,002,160 (including a 10% contingency) 3) Authorize the Director of Public Works to issue any necessary change orders to complete additional work within contract authority. 4) Authorize budget changes as outlined in the Financial Impacts and Budget Actions section of this report.

Tue Feb 11, 2014

City Council Hearing

Staff recommends to Council: 1) Approve the conceptual design for the Samohi Safe Routes to School project; 2) Direct staff to complete construction drawings and release bids for construction for the Michigan Avenue/7th Street portion of the project. Staff report and attachments will be available 2/5/14 or 2/6/2014.


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