At the September ShopTalk breakfast, attendees heard an exciting presentation from Richard France with ELP Advisors on “How to Become a Bicycle Friendly Business District”. Richard and his team are collaborating with the City of South Pasadena, the Chamber of Commerce and BikeSGV on an initiative to create a Bicycle Friendly Business District in South Pasadena. Richard described what a “Bike Friendly Business District” is and how it works, and shared how it benefits the local businesses and community.
Businesses simply offer some enhancement - incentive, service, education for cyclists, walkers and transit riders. The businesses can receive marketing, promotion and branding opportunities, plus new customers, a healthier and more environmentally friendly community! Recent studies in two very bike-friendly cities (Portland, OR and Davis, CA) show that consumers riding bicycles spend more money on average than consumers who drive. Wes Reutimann, Executive Director of Bike SGV, reviewed the suggested incentives and amenities to be provided by businesses participating in the program. A copy of the presentation is available here.
Councilmember Bob Joe gave a brief update of some of the issues being considered by the City Council:
Public hearings on the District Based Electoral Systems are underway.
We have a new Fire Chief, Paul Riddle – the 7th in South Pasadena Fire Department history.
Selection of the new City Manager is expected within the next few weeks.
Two pieces property have been purchased by the City, they will both become pocket parks.
Pavilions has expressed renewed interest in rebuilding the Pavilions store Fair Oaks & Monterey.
The speaker for the October ShopTalk will be Robert West with Priority One Credit Union. Robert will discuss upcoming changes in HR regulations that may impact your business. In addition, a very brief presentation will be given on the City’s water and sewer rates.
ShopTalk Breakfast is on the first Tuesday of each month at 8:00 am. Mark your calendars – there is always something new to hear or someone new to meet!
Mike & Anne’s
1040 Mission Street
South Pasadena, CA
Full breakfast included!
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Members: $13, non-members: $18