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Photo credit: Julie Leopo julieleopo.com

Photo credit: Julie Leopo julieleopo.com

Photo credit: Julie Leopo julieleopo.com

Photo credit: Julie Leopo julieleopo.com

Campaign trains residents to be safe mobility ambassadors

Campaign trains residents to be safe mobility ambassadors

When Gloria Diaz was asked whether it was the way a street was designed, or the fault of a person when conflicts between pedestrians and motorists happen, she didn’t mince words. “No siguen las reglas/They don’t follow the rules,” Diaz said. “Pienso es la responsabilidad de la persona, varias veces has visto eso/I think it’s the responsibility of the person, various times I’ve seen this.” This is a common perception of bicyclists and pedestrians, yet those perceptions are what a team of advocates is working on changing. A team of residents will be using grassroots tactics to try and change the bad habits of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Latino Health Access (LHA), a local community-based health organization in Santa Ana, is leading the safe mobility campaign that aims to train local residents, specifically teenagers, in safe traffic behaviors and sharing the knowledge in their community. “The lessons have to start at the basics,” said Rosario Perez, the safe mobility campaign coordinator and LHA staff member. “The point is to have them share with others.” The pilot project is expected to reach to 2,000 residents. LHA staff have already trained 15 adults, youth and seniors, and the team will started doing door-to-door and intersection outreach in late September and October. Latino Health Access received a $25,000 grant from State Farm Insurance for the yearlong traffic safety campaign. The team will conduct an audit of bicyclists, pedestrian, and motorist behaviors in the project area, educate at least 500 people on safe mobility behaviors and rules, and organize pop-up demos that model safe walking, biking and driving in areas with high collision...
Bienvenido to our new bike/pedestrian safety program coordinator!

Bienvenido to our new bike/pedestrian safety program coordinator!

(Para español, hace clique aqui) Edgar Arellano is the newest member of the SAAS family. He is this year’s Bicycle Safety Campaign coordinator and will be leading efforts in our Luces Vivas! bike light giveaway events, Bicycle Safety skills classes, and bicycle/pedestrian community events. Edgar has been growing in Orange County for 27 years. He and his family have roots in Guerrero, Mexico, specifically Tierra Caliente. In 2013, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Urban Studies from California State University, Long Beach. During his studies, he mentored students at Rosie the Riveter Charter School, helped the Chestnut Garden maintain their community garden and presented to the City of Oakland’s Housing Authority when completing the City Planning, IN[CITY], program at UCBerkeley. People power and a trusty bicycle included. After ending his higher education programs, Arellano focused on Southern California and begun working and volunteering with nonprofit and civic projects in the area. Arellano has volunteered at The Bicycle Tree bicycle co-op in Santa Ana, fundraised for Foundation For Second Chances, Inc., and completed school garden projects for EnrichLA in the city of Los Angeles In all, through recreation and commuting, Edgar has ridden more than 3 thousand miles on his bicycle. He’s also traveled throughout the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico, and has summited at least 10 peaks. “I want to listen well to the solutions applied elsewhere, to understand the limitations of my ideas and solutions,” said Arellano. “That way I can continue learning all my life. “It is obvious that SAAS wants to create projects through community power,” Arellano added. “I am proud to join...

¡Saluda a nuestro nuevo coordinador de campaña de seguridad en bicicletas!

Edgar Arellano es el nuevo miembro de la familia SAAS. Arellano es el coordinador de la Campaña de Seguridad en Bicicletas de este año y estará encabezando los esfuerzos en nuestras Luces Vivas! Eventos de la luz de la bici de la entrega, clases de las habilidades de la seguridad de la bicicleta, y acontecimientos de la comunidad de la bicicleta / peatonal. Edgar ha estado viviendo en el Condado de Orange durante 27 años. Él y su familia tienen raíces en Guerrero, México, específicamente Tierra Caliente. En 2013, obtuvo su licenciatura en Ciencias Políticas y Estudios Urbanos de la Universidad Estatal de California en Long Beach. Durante sus estudios, orientó a los estudiantes en Rosie the Riveter Charter School, ayudó al Jardín Chestnut a mantener su jardín comunitario y lo presentó a la Autoridad de Vivienda de la Ciudad de Oakland al completar el programa City Planning, IN [CITY] en UC Berkeley. Poder de la gente y una bicicleta de confianza incluido. Después de terminar sus programas de educación superior, Arellano se centró en el sur de California y comenzó a trabajar y ser voluntario con proyectos sin fines de lucro y cívicos en la zona. Arellano se ha ofrecido como voluntario en la cooperativa de bicicletas The Bicycle Tree en Santa Ana, fundada para la fundación para segundas oportunidades, Inc., y completó proyectos de jardín escolar para Enrich LA en la ciudad de Los Ángeles. En total, a través de la recreación y los desplazamientos, Edgar ha montado más de 3 mil kilómetros en su bicicleta. También viajó por los Estados Unidos, Costa Rica y México, y...
#sastreetsforall: On June 18, Decide Top Street Corridors for Central Santa Ana Complete Streets Plan

#sastreetsforall: On June 18, Decide Top Street Corridors for Central Santa Ana Complete Streets Plan

After four-days of community input about how to better our street network in Central Santa Ana, the City and consultants will be bringing the first round of ideas back to the community on Saturday, June 18 for your further input and consideration. More than 50 residents and community members attended at least one community design workshop between June 2-5, with many attendees returning multiple times. The ideas extracted from the attendees are the building blocks to creating the Central Santa Ana Complete Streets plan, which, once completed, will be a guide for the City to establish a network of bicycle and pedestrian corridors that connect destinations within Central Santa Ana. (For a recap of the four-day Community Design Workshops, check out KTU+A’s post about it here.) Community Design Workshop Findings and Recommendations Southwest Senior Center at Jerome Park 2201 West McFadden Avenue Saturday, June 18, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm This Saturday’s workshop is intended to pare down the 14 that were selected on Sunday, June 5 and choose the top recommendations of each of their priorities. If there are still street corridors that weren’t identified, the meeting will be another chance for the public to propose them. We hope by the end of Saturday’s workshops to nail down a ranked list of corridors that will be included with our original five focus areas – Bishop Street, St. Andrew Place, Orange Avenue, Fifth Street, Raitt Street. Just as we asked for four days of the community, bring your passions and your dreams to help make a safer, more connected Santa Ana! We hope to see you there. Let us know if you’re coming on our...
#SAstreetsforall: Riding, Walking  to Make Santa Ana Streets Safer, Better

#SAstreetsforall: Riding, Walking to Make Santa Ana Streets Safer, Better

The heat poured down on Santa Ana yesterday, but it didn’t deter residents from coming out to give their thoughts and ideas on how to better our city streets. Residents and community members walked and bike with city staff, KTU+A and staff and had the chance to not just describe how they feel about certain streets, but also to hit the pavement go out for the afternoon to show and describe how they feel on the street. Santa Ana residents and community members have gathered for the past two days to share their ideas with City staff and design professionals on how to make the City’s streets safer and more connected for all users, especially bicyclists and pedestrians. More than 50 community members poured over maps Thursday evening at Jerome Park and described things like their top destinations, the routes they take, and how these routes could be improved. You’ll get your chance again today to have your voice heard. We’ll be doing another round of walks and bike rides, this time the area south of Mcfadden Avenue. We hope to see you there! Fact Sheet (English & Spanish) Invitation Flyer (English & Spanish) Where to meet:  Southwest Senior Center at Jerome Park 2201 West McFadden Avenue (Map) When: Saturday, June 4, 2016 (Day 3) 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Sign-In and Introduction 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Walk and Bicycle Tours 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Workshop Sunday, June 5, 2016 (Day 4) 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm Open House To follow along with the workshops, visit our Facebook event, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @saactivestreets, or follow the hashtag #SAstreetsforall. From Day 1:       From...

Day of the Dead Group Bike Ride in Santa Ana on Nov. 1

RSVP at our Facebook Event page. Join us on November 1 in Santa Ana for our Day of the Dead bike ride! Santa Ana has made huge improvements in making streets safer for bicyclists, but many still have lost their lives riding on the city’s streets. This ride is aimed at commemorating those that have lost their lives in fatal bicycle collisions in the city and surrounding areas. This is a family friendly ride; all ages are welcome. We will be offering face painting, snacks and other goodies. — Meetup location: The Bicycle Tree, 811 N. Main Street, Santa Ana Meetup time: 1 p.m. Roll out time: 3 p.m. — History of Day of the Dead Day of the Dead is traditionally a Mexican holiday and acknowledged around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember their loved ones who have died. Typically, folks gather goods and sweets and hold a little memorial for those they have lost and leave it at their gravesite. People also paint their faces in unique bright colors and designs. RSVP at our Facebook Event page....

From City to State: The Complete Active Transportation Process October 8th, 2015, 6pm – 8pm

The next Active Transportation Leadership Program workshop will be help on October 8th, from 6pm – 8pm at KidWorks in Santa Ana. Join us in a discussion with representatives from various levels of government to learn how active transportation projects are funded and how YOU can be be part of the process. Where does the money come from to build bike lanes? What do government agencies do to improve active transportation? How can I be sure my voice is heard?   Guest Speakers: Marlon Regisford Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator California Department of Transportation Stephen Patchan Senior Regional Planner Southern California Association of Governments Cory Wilkerson Active Transportation Coordinator City of Santa Ana Paul Martin Active Transportation Coordinator Orange County Transportation Authority Date: October 8th, 2015; 6pm – 8pm ( add to my calendar ) Location: KidWorks, 1902 W. Chestnut, Santa Ana, CA ( view map ) Event flyer: English | Español...
Who’s on Third: Bicycle Boulevard and Pedestrian Enhancements

Who’s on Third: Bicycle Boulevard and Pedestrian Enhancements

Late last year the city hosted a series of workshops to gather input from the community on how to improve active transportation in downtown Santa Ana. These workshops, referred to as the Downtown Active Transportation Community Advisory Committee or Downtown CAC resulted in identifying 10 projects in total. Funding for the top 5 projects began at the conclusion of the series this past February. Who’s on Third: Bicycle boulevard and pedestrian enhancements started getting installed this week with city staff painting green paint on Third Street. Completion is expected early next year and funded by the OC Partnerships to Improve Community Health (OC PICH). The next phase of the Active Transportation Community Advisory Committee will kickoff early next year. Please sign up to receive updates on future Community Advisory Committee meeting....
BikeIt! Santa Ana Youth Written Grant Recommended for Approval by State

BikeIt! Santa Ana Youth Written Grant Recommended for Approval by State

Congratulations to the youth from Bike It! Santa Ana at KidWorks! The youth and city staff joined forces to submit a grant application to install protected bike lanes on Edinger Avenue from the Santa Ana River Trail to Bristol Street. Their project proposal has been recommended for approval by the California Traffic Commission (CTC) as part of the Active Transportation Program (ATP) cycle 2 grants. Approval of the $2.3 million dollar project is expected to happen at the October 21-22 CTC meeting. ATP serves as a major funding source for active transportation projects in the state of California. The Active Transportation Program – How Projects are Funded Local city governments apply for funding through the Active Transportation Program (ATP)  through a series annual grant cycles. This current recommendation is part of the second cycle for 2015. The grant applications are reviewed by the California Traffic Commission and recommendations are made for approval. Once the projects are approved, cities will then go to their City Council to accept the funds and start implementation. This includes final design, construction plans, the awarding of a contractor and finally, construction. Exceprt from CalTrans about ATP: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/atp/ “On September 26, 2013, Governor Brown signed legislation creating the Active Transportation Program (ATP) in the Department of Transportation (Senate Bill 99, Chapter 359 and Assembly Bill 101, Chapter 354). The ATP consolidates existing federal and state transportation programs, including the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA), and State Safe Routes to School (SR2S), into a single program with a focus to make California a national leader in active transportation. The ATP administered by the...

Let’s Talk Active Transportation with the City of Santa Ana!

We hope you all enjoyed the Wellness District history and art tour that happened a couple weeks ago. We had a great turnout with more than 80 people joining by bicycle or on foot! Coming up next week, we will be hosting a panel with City of Santa Ana staff and employees who have an impact on transportation in the city. What: Active Transportation Leadership Program: City of Santa Ana Transportation Leaders When: April 25, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00p.m. Location: Latino Health Access – 450 W Fourth St., Santa Ana, CA 92701 We look forward to seeing you at our next event. Keep on walking and rolling! – The Santa Ana Active Streets team ABOUT ATLP The Active Transportation Leadership Program (ATLP) is a yearlong program where residents and local stakeholders are given the tools to help them make their streets safer and healthier. Interested in joining our Active Transportation Leadership Program? Contact us at atlp@saascoalition.org. This program is made possible through the support of the Alliance for a Healthy Orange County and The California Endowment....