Santa Monica’s Savvy Multimodalism (Shows Moxie)

Santa Monica certainly has a wave of transportation wonders taking flight. Like many cities they seem to be trying out a heaping of everything: bike share, a mix of bike lane treatments, a new rail line, neighborhood greenways, a pedestrian action plan (incorporating Vision Zero), a new people-friendly promenade/protected cycletrack where the Expo line terminates and of course they always have the hard-to-miss Big Blue Bus!
Just in the last six months they have launched both Breeze bike share and opened the Expo rail line to downtown Los Angeles which cuts travel times from an hour and a half by bus to 50 minutes. (Personal note: after spending the day shooting this story I endured a 2 hour and 15 minute bus ride back to L.A.'s Union Station. So at rush hour it can be even more tortuous than that!) The Breeze bike share was my first experience with the smart bike program and it was easy to use and comfortable.
So come see just some of the many options the city has employed to make getting around as easy as possible whatever mode you choose. Thanks much to the wonderful Cynthia Rose from Santa Monica Spoke who made my first visit there a joy by giving me the grand tour.

  • Clarence Eckerson
    500+ other Streetfilms
  • Cynthia Rose
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    Santa Monica Spoke (organization)
  • Clarence Eckerson
    500+ Other Streetfilms
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    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 16, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Clarence Eckerson

Clarence is frequently referred to as “the hardest working man in transportation show biz” for his dedication to making difficult, wonky concepts more accessible and entertaining to the general public. He's been documenting advocacy transportation for over ten years and produced over 700 Streetfilms.

With no formal video training or education in an urban planning field, Clarence attributes much of his accumulated knowledge to never holding a driver’s license. 99% of all footage he shoots is by bike, foot, train, or bus, which gives his filmmaking a unique, see-it-as-it-happens feel. He also loves his commute.

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Director Statement

I make films to allow others to learn what I am very privileged and lucky to discover and experience through my profession. My films are not perfect works, but they are ample and I produce as many as I possibly can. Many don't know this, but I personally feel you only as good as your last film, this way you can't ever get too comfortable (and when you decide to retire or stop you better make sure it is a spectacular piece!)