Action Alert – Tell your legislators NOW – more ATP funding!

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The state Active Transportation Program (ATP) is the funding source for creating safe streets, sidewalks, and trails so that Californians can bicycle or walk to wherever they want to go. Local demand for ATP funding far outpaces the amount allocated in the budget, and many communities lack safe routes for biking and walking.

On May 14 (Bike to Work Day in LA and the Bay Area), the Governor released his latest budget proposal. We were disappointed to learn that the ATP did not see an increase in funding. Earlier this spring, the California Bicycle Coalition and 120 organizations statewide called for adding $100 million to the Active Transportation Program.

There is a clear need for increased funding. But despite an increase of more than a billion dollars in available revenue, the governor failed to recognize that need.

On Wednesday May 20th our champions in the Assembly budget committee stepped up and proposed a $25 million increase the the ATP. The California Bicycle Coalition and our partners statewide are rallying in support of the Assembly proposal, and pushing for it to be reflected in the final budget, which will be adopted by June 15.

We have one chance to get the entire Legislature to counter Governor Brown’s proposal and increase the ATP. Help us rally behind our champions in the Assembly so that all Californians can enjoy the freedom of walking and bicycling safely in their communities. Here’s how to help:

  1. Pledge your support at bit.ly/IncreaseATP
  2. Call your Senator and Assemblymember and tell them to encourage legislative leadership to adopt the Assembly’s proposal to increase the ATP.
    Our Santa Monica Representatives:
    •  
    State Assembly (District 50) Assembly Member Richard Bloom
    •   State Senate (District 26) Senator Benjamin Allen
    Find your representative here: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov
  3. After you call, email your representatives to follow up, and please be sure to cc increasetheatp@calbike.org

May is Bike Month and Membership Drive!

Happy National Bike Month! Join LACBC or renew your LACBC membership for a chance to ride away with a trip for two to Tour de Fat San Diego on September 26th!

Anyone who becomes an LACBC member or renews a membership between May 1, 2015, and May 31, 2015, will automatically be entered into a drawing for a trip for two to Tour de Fat San Diego. The winner and guest, plus their bicycles, will travel on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train, enjoy two nights at a swanky local hotel, and folly their folly at New Belgium’s Tour de Fat, a bike and beer festival that has no equal.

Join or renew today!

Handlebar Happy Hour at Lago this Thursday, 5/21

We continue celebrating Bike Month and the National Bike Challenge with a Handlebar Happy Hour every Thursday in May!

This week we visit Locanda Del
LAGO Santa Monica!

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LAGO GM and SQA Grand Prize award-winner Megan Heritage practices what she preaches! She rode her bicycle to the SQA awards this year!

Come celebrate all things bike. Happy Hour Specials, socialize, talk bikes, give input, log miles over smiles
join us in the National Bike Challenge ….
Have FUN!

Buy Local, Bike Local, Family Friendly Event!
Day:      Thursday, May 21
When:   5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: 231 Arizona
,  Santa Monica,  CA 90401

FREE BIKE VALET Provided by LAGO

Log miles over smiles and learn how to join the Nation Bike Challenge and ride with us on Team Bike Santa Monica!

HBHH Areal May 2015

Last weeks Bike FROM Work Handlebar Happy Hour at Areal on Main St

Free: Bike Safety Classes, enrollment open

For the summer of 2015, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is offering a series of FREE Bicycle Safety Classes. Funding for this program is provided by Metro through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.bicycle safety2

Three different classes are being offered:

  • Basic Bicycling Skills
  • Street Cycling Skills (TS101-A) – Session A
  • Street Cycling Skills (TS101-B) – Session B

 

All classes are taught by trained League Cycling Instructors (LCIs). The classes are open for adults and youth who are at least 14 years of age. Minors must be accompanied by their parent or an adult guardian.

All three classes will be offered at these locations:

  • Santa Monica
  • Culver City
  • Reseda
  • North Hills
  • Downtown Los Angeles
  • North Long Beach
  • Pacoima (dates pending)
  • Torrance (dates pending)
  • West Covina (dates pending)

For class description and enrollment information click HERE

 Bike Safety Class Sponsors 2015

Governor’s Budget Ignores Active Transportation Program

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Governor’s May revised budget ignores Active Transportation Program

Yesterday, the Governor released his “May revise” budget proposal, and despite over $1 billion in new available revenues, we were disappointed that the Active Transportation Program (ATP) did not see an increase in funding. Earlier this spring, 120 organizations statewide called for an additional $100 million to build out bicycling and walking networks statewide, and high demand for the program at the local level far outpaced available funding in the first grant cycle. A hallmark of Caltrans sustainability efforts, the ATP is California’s statewide competitive grant program dedicated to increasing walking and bicycling, especially in underserved communities.

The May revise includes an expenditure plan for $2.2 billion in Cap-and-Trade revenue from auction proceeds–more than twice the amount in the January budget proposal–which is the most likely source of new ATP dollars. However, most of the Cap-and-Trade revenue is slated to boost funding to the same set of programs in the January expenditure plan, with a small portion directed to a few new programs related to drought management, energy efficiency, and healthy soils.

While walking and bicycling improvements are technically eligible in several of the Cap-and-Trade programs that received a boost in the May revise, these programs primarily focus on public transit and affordable housing development. These programs’ constraints on project financing and development limit their ability to fund meaningful walking and bicycling projects critical for shifting the nearly ⅔ of trips in California under 1 mile that are currently taken by car. Walking and biking must be a core component of the Cap-and-Trade expenditures in order to reduce vehicles miles traveled (VMT) and ultimately, to help the California achieve our ambitious climate change goals.

The ATP continues to be the most effective source for robust bicycling and walking projects that create safe travel corridors, connect people to transit, provide Safe Routes to School, improve intersections, and close key gaps between destinations for people who walk and bicycle. Furthermore, these projects are essential to improving access to transit and regional economic opportunity for California’s rural disadvantaged communities. Our broad coalition–which includes environmental, affordable housing, transit, parks, public health, social equity, and walking and bicycling advocates, among others–will continue to push for $100 million directly into the Active Transportation Program in the final budget.

The Legislature will review the May revise in a second round of budget hearings over the next few weeks, and the final 2015-16 State Budget must be adopted by June 15.

Support the push for more ATP funding by signing the petition at bit.ly/IncreaseATP.
•  Call your Senator and Assemblymember and tell them to encourage legislative leadership to increase the ATP. Find your representative here: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov
•  After you call, email your representatives to follow up, be sure to cc increasetheatp@calbike.org.

Statement issued by the Coalition for Active Transportation Leadership including the California Bicycle Coalition, California Walks, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, California Park and Recreation Society, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, TransForm.

MANGo Ribbon Cutting Event!

Save the Date:
Saturday, May 30th, 10am – 11:30am
Michigan Avenue & 12th Street

You are invited to celebrate the opening of the Michigan Avenue landscape circles and the first phase of implementing MANGo, the areas first Neighborhood Greenway! Streets designed to support equity of all road users.

We join the Pico Neighborhood to celebrate the rich cultural tapestry of many threads, woven on and Michigan Avenue, throughout Santa Monica’s History. Hear from residents, past and present as they share their experiences of everyday life in the neighborhood.

See more on MANGo here and on the City’s website here

MANGo Opening Invitation


The Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway is intended to create an inviting streetscape along Michigan Avenue and adjoining streets. This could be achieved through elements including roadway calming, increased landscaping, sidewalk widening, bike facilities, and enhanced crosswalks. The three-mile Greenway between the Bergamot Arts Center and the beach would provide a safe and comfortable place for neighbors of all ages to walk, bike, recreate, and interact with one another. Additionally, it will be a functional circulation link to connect residents and visitors with many significant community and regional institutions, including schools, parks, job centers, and future Expo stations. The project will make it easier to get around Santa Monica on foot and by bicycle, and is intended to enhance the livability of the Pico Neighborhood and improve environmental quality.

5th Annual Bike FROM Work Handlebar Happy Hour Tonight!

Join us for our 5th Annual Bike FROM Work
Handlebar Happy Hour tonight at
Areal Restaurant, 
2820 Main Street – 5PM-?

Hoppy Hour prices from 5-7pm, 20% off all food when mention you rode your bike today until 11pm. PLUS Free coffee & fountain drinks as well as refilling of water bottles for Bike to Work Day 10am-11pm!

Join the National Bike Challenge: Ride for team BIKE SANTA MONICA

Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials

LACBC and some of our Local Chapters are hosting Handlebar Happy Hour events in their areas again this year!

Ride Big Blue Bus for free today with your bike! Extend your commute with your bike on bus!

If your ride is long or a full day at work makes it a challenge to pedal home, go multi-modal:
Big Blue Bus joins Metro (and other transit) to offer FREE rides to bicyclists all day on May 14th. Bring your bike or helmet on board a Big Blue Bus and you ride for free.

BBB Bike Resources 
  • Read our tips for bringing your bike on board Big Blue.
  • BBB encourages bike safety, visit www.bike.smgov.net for additional information.

Bike Week LA: Saturday & Sunday Bike Local Weekend May 16th & 17th!

Click for full list of participating businesses and specials for Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials

Santa Monica Spoke is pleased to partner with Buy Local Santa Monica, the City of Santa Monica and LA County Metro for Bike Week LA.  Here are some great Bike Local Santa Monica Weekend Specials….just ride over on your bike and mention “Bike Local, Buy Local SM!”
Most specials are good all week and some all through the month of May!

Monday-Sunday—Bike Local:  Ride your bike to eat, play or shop, and take advantage of special discounts just for bicyclists! Bicyclists are great for local business. Research shows that people traveling on bicycles spend more money at and make more visits to small establishments than people traveling in cars. Because bicyclists travel at slower speeds, it’s easier for them to stop and smell the coffee!

AO Santa Monica Apartments, 2200 Colorado:  For the duration of the Bike Local Week, we will offer free applicants to anyone who comes in and says “Bike Local” May 9th- May16th.   www.aosantamonica.com

Aussie Pie Kitchen, 2510 Main St:  Present your bike helmet at the shop – or be dressed like a MAMIL (Middle aged man in lycra) and you will get 10% off your order – please ask for this “MATES RATES” discount BEFORE you order – so we can ring it up correctly!http://aussiepiekitchen.com

Cynergy, 2300 Santa Monica Blvd:  Mention Bike Week and receive 15% off accessories (excluding Thule, Oakley, and Garmin)  www.buylocalsantamonica.com/vendors/cynergy-cycles.html

IZIP Store, 2830 Main St:  10% off Accessories and Services. Free Safety Checks (use promo code “RIDE2WORK”), www.buylocalsantamonica.com/vendors/izip-store.html

lo/cal coffee and market, 2214 Pico Blvd:  10% off your total purchase if you are riding a bike,  http://local-coffee.com

Pedego Santa Monica, 214 Pier Ave:  Buy a new Pedego Electric Bicycle and get $195 Off when you say, “Buy Local”.  www.PedegoSantaMonica.com

Salon Tru Santa Monica, 614 Santa Monica Blvd:  20% off services for anyone that rides their bike to their appointment,  http://salontru.com

YogurtLand Santa Monica, 304 Santa Monica Blvd:  Show your bike helmet (or mention “Bike Local Week”) and receive 3 ounces for FREE on your purchase, www.buylocalsantamonica.com/vendors/yogurtland-santa-monica.html

Join the National Bike Challenge: Ride for team BIKE SANTA MONICA

Bike Week LA: Friday, May 15th

Metro Bike Night Union Station

Metro Bike Night at Union Station &
Bike Date Night!

Metro and their LA County partners will host a BIKE WEEK LA Wrap-up evening event at the Old Ticketing Room Union Station (SO COOL!). RSVP!

You are invited to this free event of FUN hosted by Metro. This is Bike Week LA’s second annual Bike Night held at Union Station.  They have planned a fantastic line up of food, music, crafts, contests, partners and a party.  The Lions will be setting the musical vibes!

FREE BIKE GIVEAWAYS, TAP CARDS, T SHIRTS, BIKE LIGHTS, REFLECTORS, PATCH KITS, REPAIR and MORE!

Come celebrate the accomplishments of cyclists and unwind into your weekend. After Bike Night at Union Station you are invited to head over to Angel City Brewery for the Bicycle after party!
How about a group ride to Union Station from Santa Monica?

Bike Date Night!

Find a friend and go out on a Bike Date – with friends or a that special someone!`Take some photos send them to us and we will have a drawing for some prizes?

Join the National Bike Challenge: Ride for team BIKE SANTA MONICA

Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials

Bike Week LA: Thursday, May 14th 2015

Santa Monica Bike to Work Day Pitstops 2015 &
our 5th Annual Bike FROM Work Handlebar Happy Hour!

Did you take the pledge? Pledge here to ride your bike on Bike to Work Day and you could cool prizes!
If your ride is long or a full day at work makes it a challenge to pedal home, go multi-modal:
Big Blue Bus joins Metro (and other transit) to offer FREE rides to bicyclists all day on May 14th. Bring your bike or helmet on board a Big Blue Bus and you can ride for free.

Join the National Bike Challenge: Ride for team BIKE SANTA MONICA
Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials

2015, Santa Monica Bike to Work Pit Stops:
Metro LA Pitstop Map

note: if you know of other Pitstops not listed – lets us know and we will add them!
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Santa Monica Spoke 7am -9am 17th and Broadway (updated location) Bike to Work Pit Stop. Coffee, Juice, breakfast food and healthy snacks!
Santa Monica Spoke & Spinlister Co Host 9am – 10:30 at 1640 5th Street, south of the Expo Terminus at SM Spoke HQ. Bike to Work Pit Stop coffee, Juice, breakfast food and healthy snacks!

Don’t forget  to join us for 5th Annual BIKE FROM WORK Handlebar Happy Hour Mixer,
5-9pm
 Areal Restaurant, 2820 Main Street

City of Santa Monica, 6-9am, Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street, there will be giveaways, continental breakfast, hot and cold beverages and gift packs for bikers, also lots of bicycling information. Santa Monica Spoke will be here too!

Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom 50th District, 8-10am Stop by on your bike ride to work, they will have beverages, snacks and provide State Resource brochures.

Crossroads School, 7-10am, 1729 21st Street (just south of Olympic Blvd), 
Cold drinks, snacks, water, giveaways FUN

Helens Cycles,  7:30-10AM, 2501 Broadway, Free
Bike safety checks, coupons, information, snacks

Colorado Center, 8-10am, 2401 Broadway, Corner of Broadway and Cloverfield – Southeast Water and giveaways. 

Water Garden Commuter Center 8-10am, 2450 Colorado
We will have water, snacks, and giveaways!

Caffe Bellagio 8-10am & 4-6pm 1400 3rd Street Promenade Free drip coffee and water bottles for bikers! Plus 10% off any other item.

Santa Monica College, Center for Environmental and Urban Studies, 9am – 1pm, 1744 Pearl Street, In the bike parking corral area, The Santa Monica College Bicycle Club and Bike SMC Campaign will be providing a pit stop for students and other commuters riding out to or around the West Side. They will be giving away free breakfast and lunch items in the bike park. Such as bagels, yogurt, bananas, etc.

Santa Monica Bike Center, 8am-1pm, 1555 2nd Street (corner of 2nd and Colorado)
Free Safety Checks,  ‘Juice Girl’ fresh pressed juices and gourmet peanut butter + ‘your favorite topping’ sandwiches will be available for bike commuters!

IZIP Store, 9am – 6pm 2830 Main St: (90405) 10% off Accessories and Services. Free Safety Checks (use promo code “RIDE2WORK”)

Cynergy Cycles, 10am -7pm, 2300 Santa Monica Blvd. Cynergy will be a pit stop for anyone commuting or biking all day. They will supply Free cold water, Cliff Bars, and safety checks through out the day for any riders that stop in and Mention Bike Week – plus Bike Local discounts all week. 

Moore Ruble Yudell, 8-10am 933 Pico Blvd,
Bottles of water as well as a larger container of water to refill bottles/thermos and fruit & granola bar.

DTLA Bicycles 10am -7pm, 700 Wilshire Blvd.
Free safety checks and 10% off there entire purchase by mentioning “I Ride LA”

Areal Restaurant, 10am-11pm, 2820 Main Street,
Free coffees & fountain drinks as well as refilling of water bottles. 20% off any food purchase by mentioning that you biked to work Thursday May 16th.

O’Brien’s Irish 2226 Wilshire Blvd 11:30am-11pm, 2226 Wilshire Blvd
Two for one burgers for Cyclists

Metro LA Pitstop Map

Golden Pedal Awards

It’s time again for the Golden Pedal Awards, Metro’s annual bicycle story competition! Do you or someone you know have a great story to tell about your bicycle commute? What do you love about bicycling to school or work? Tell them about your victories—whether it be the hills you conquer every morning, bicycling to school with your children, or your clever shortcut that lets you zip past traffic.
No matter your age or ability level, Metro wants to hear about your cycling success story, you define what is a bicycling success story and they are interested in hearing about it.
Nominate yourself or someone else for an award. Winners will receive a number of fun prizes and will be featured on The Source!
Tell your story here