Santa Monica Family Bike Festival this Sunday!

We are still looking for volunteers for this event!
Click Volunteer@SMSpoke.org to sign up.

–     Sunday May 21st, 2017
–     11am-3pm
–     Family “Ride with the Mayor” starts at 3pm (ends by 4pm)
–     McKinley School Campus (on Santa Monica Boulevard & Chelsea Avenue).

The Santa Monica community is invited to the free event that will feature, Bike Rodeo & Skills with Santa Monica Spoke, bike demonstrations, FREE raffles, fun prizes, FREE rock climbing wall, FREE Bike Swap, DJ entertainment, games, craft booths, bike vendor booths & test rides, bike accessories, route planning and more information, food and Ice cream vendors


We wind down the event at 3:pm with the May, Family Ride with the Mayor from 3-4pm!

 

Bike to Work Day Pit Stops and …. ICE CREAM?

Santa Monica Bike to Work Day Pit Stops 2017
& our 7th Annual Bike FROM Work HandleBar Happy Hour at Areal Restaurant

Bonus: This year we again have TWO #HBHH’s to visit! Bareburger is hosting HandleBar Happy Hour on BikeToWorkDay and all week for BikeToWorkWeek! Bring in your helmet and get an extra hour of “Happy Hour”, extended from 7 to 8pm M-F, May 15th – 19th when you ride your bike. 

bike_month_web_600x150Full list Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials 2017

2017, Santa Monica Bike to Work Pit Stops:
Metro LA Pit Stop Map

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note: if you know of other Pit Stops not listed – lets us know and we will add them!
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NEW Pit Stop HUB on Man Street Santa Monica! 2804 Main Street, “Pit Stop HUB” in the Parking Lot next to Pink Elephant. Enjoy FREE coffee, snacks and encouragement, tune Ups and check out all your favorite bike shops in one place, including a booth by Santa Monica Spoke 7:30am -10:30am


City of Santa Monica, the grand-daddy of all Bike to Work Pit Stops! 7-9:30am, 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. Organized by City of Santa Monica in partnership with METRO and Santa Monica Spoke.
Local Business partner with this pit stop:
     • The Albright – (258 Santa Monica Pier)  free treats, a photo with Popeye and a chance to win a free lunch or dinner at The Albright!!  http://thealbright.com
     • T Mobile – (1410 3rd Street Promenade) demonstrations new the COBI Connected Bike! http://t-mobile.com

Tradesy, Inc, 6am, 1217 2nd Street (SM) between Arizona and Wilshire

Crossroads School, 7-9am, 1714  21st Street (just south of Olympic Blvd),
Cold drinks, snacks, water, giveaways FUN

Moore Ruble Yudell,  7-9 a.m,  933 Pico Boulevard  Bike to Work Pit Stop on Thursday, .  http://www.moorerubleyudell.com

Colorado Center, 8-10am, 2400 Broadway, Corner of Broadway and Cloverfield – Water and Giveaways!

Santa Monica College, Center for Environmental and Urban Studies, 8am – 10am, 1744 Pearl Street, Across the street from 1744 Pearl Street, in the bike parking corral area, The SMC Bike Club will be providing a pit stop for students and other commuters riding out to or around the West Side. Roll on over forbagels, coffee, parfaits and fruit.

Santa Monica Bike Center, 9:00 am – 11:00 am, 1555 2nd Street (corner of 2nd and Colorado) Visit the Pit Stop on Thursday, Bike To Work Day –  Santa Monica Bike Center with have fresh coffee and a place to relax. Free breakfast taco bar from 9a-11a to feed hungry riders!

Agensys, 3-5pm, 1800 Stewart Ave Bike to Work Day Pit Stop, front curb.

Cross Campus – 929 Colorado Ave

Three Twins Scoop Shop – 2726 Main St –  noon-11pm 
Free topping when you ride your bike! Wear your helmet into Three Twins Scoop Shop and get the choice of any topping. Promotion is available from noon-11pm May 18th, free topping with purchase of a scoop! http://threetwinsicecream.com

Bike Week Santa Monica is HERE!

Our list of participating businesses and specials for Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials!

Bike to Work Day Pit Stops and FROM Work Handlebar Happy Hour

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 Specials….just ride over on your bike or mention “Bike Local, Buy Local SM!”

Some specials are good on Bike to Work Day, all Bike to Work Week and some all through the month of May for Bike Month!

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!

Bareburger2732 Main Street
Bike to Work Week Special: Extended Happy Hour. Bring in your helmet and get an extra hour of HandleBar Happy Hour, HH menu extended from 7 to 8pm M-F, May 15th – 19th when you ride your bike. https://bareburger.com

Three Twins Scoop Shop – 2726 Main St
Free topping when you ride your bike! Wear your helmet into Three Twins Scoop Shop and get the choice of any topping. Promotion is available from noon-11pm May 18th, free topping with purchase of a scoop! http://threetwinsicecream.com

The Albright –258 SM Pier/ City Hall Pit Stop
The Albright is excited to be attending Bike to Work Day at the City Hall on May 18th. Stop by our stand for some free treats, a photo with Popeye and a chance to win a free lunch or dinner at The Albright!  http://thealbright.com/

Breeze Bike Share – 1631 Colorado Ave
Bike Month 2017 Special:  20% off new Monthly or Annual Memberships with Breeze Bike Share!  Apply Promo Code “BIKEMONTH20” at checkout.
*Already a member and want to take advantage of this deal? Turn off your auto-renew and wait until your current plan expires. Then unsubscribe and resubscribe to the Monthly or Annual Plan using the BIKEMONTH20 promo code.  **Offer valid for new monthly or annual memberships. Expires Midnight May 31.    http://BreezeBikeShare.com

Cross Campus – 929 Colorado Ave
Bike Month  2017 Special:  Waived initial fees ($150) value & first month fees waived. http://www.crosscamp.us/

Elyptol Inc. – 2500 Broadway –
For Bike Month we are offering 25% off your online purchase plus free carabiner clips for each 2oz travel size product purchased.  The promo code: BUYLOCALSM http://elyptol.com

T-Mobile USA, Inc. – 1410 3rd Street Promenade
Stop by the T-Mobile 3rd Street Promenade with your bike and/or bike helmet for exclusive offers for during the month of May!   T-Mobile is also excited to be part of Bike to Work Day Pit Stop @ City Hall where we’ll be offering demonstrations of our new COBI Connected Bike!  http://t-mobile.com

Insights from Bogota comes to Santa Monica!

Help close out Bike Month with exciting stories by Chris Morfas on his work in Bogota, Colombia, one of the Americas’ Leading Bike & Transit Cities

What happens when a city builds 200 miles of protected bikeways? How did CicLAvia get its name? Lessons from Bogota, Colombia one of the world’s most interesting cities for bicycling and placemaking boasting 5.5 million transit trips and 600,000 bike trips per day!

We will hear about this and more from Chris Morfas who since 2014 has been Senior Advisor to Despacio, a nonprofit based in Bogota, Colombia, a city with rates of transit and bicycle use that are among the highest in the world. Morfas is a longtime transportation reformer, the founding executive director and former Board Chair of the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike), a senior policy coordinator with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. At CalBike, Morfas directed award-winning successes that launched the nation’s strongest Safe Routes to School program, Complete Streets policy, and the innovative Bicycle Transportation Account that funds bike infrastructure like bikeshare and more.

Don’t miss this evening with delightful snacks, delicious Sierra Nevada beer, sweet raffle prizes and exciting tales of travels and transportation from Chris Morfas.

The tickets are on a sliding scale donation and support Santa Monica Spoke and the California Bicycle Coalition. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.

Stay up to date on the event here

Despacio, is an NGO based in Bogota, Colombia that advances sustainable mobility internationally via research, advocacy, and training; its recent publications include robust studies of bicycle and motorcycle use in Latin America. Chris helps Despacio with organizational structure, program development, and outreach. He will regale you with tales of Ciclovia, TransMilenio, and more while carefully avoiding any bragging regarding his much-improved salsa dancing.

Vision Zero Santa Monica starts NOW: Will you join us?

Beyond our collaborative efforts and the petition with Santa Monica Forward and Santa Monica Walks, today this letter was sent to Santa Monica City Council from Santa Monica Spoke and Climate Action Santa Monica (CASM) supporting Vision Zero Implementation and funding. Join our campaign for safer streets today! You can still click here to Sign the Petition for Safer Streets Today!

More info on City Council Meeting tonight here. Join us, sign up for our email list in the sidebar or click here to email us at  volunteer@SMSpoke.org!

Dear Mayor, City Council, City management and staff

With the number of crashes involving fatalities or serious injuries nearing double digits in just the last few weeks — the time is now to make a strong commitment to Vision Zero and a true meaningful investment in safer streets.

Santa Monica is not suffering alone in the current increasing epidemic of serious injuries and traffic fatalities. Nationally, almost 40,000 people die each year in traffic collisions, numbers are up everywhere including in our neighbor, Los Angeles. Many cities, including Los Angeles, are adopting proactive and aggressive campaigns to address this crisis and have proposed dedicating substantial Measure M money for this purpose. We are a community in Santa Monica and need to work together to keep our residents and visitors safe. We must progress beyond words on a page and create a proactive, transparent system with dedicated funding and actions toward this effort, if we truly want to succeed in reducing preventable traffic fatalities and serious  injuries. One’s life should be not put at risk for walking or riding a bike, especially when we are encouraging people to walk and bike for daily life, our heath, and the environment.

“Managing speed,” a new report from The World Health Organization [1], notes that excessive or inappropriate speed contributes to 1 in 3 road traffic fatalities worldwide. “Measures to address speed prevent road traffic deaths and injuries, make populations healthier, and cities more sustainable.”

Speed increases the severity of injuries and chances of fatality in traffic collisions. The chances of a dying when struck by a vehicle at 20mph = 5% but increases to 45% at 30mph and a chilling 85% at 40mph! Please reflect on that for a moment — consider that although our posted speed limits (attachment 1) should be relatively safe for walking and biking – possible and actual speeds are often at or above 40mph (studies indicate that typically 40–50% of drivers go over posted speed limits).  Add to that distracted, ambivalent and aggressive driving, and it becomes very dangerous for people walking and biking.

This is not just an enforcement problem. Coordinated efforts involving community engagement, safety campaigns, roadway improvements and city policy must work hand-in-hand with sustained equitable enforcement. This epidemic of preventable loss of life extends far beyond the individual victims themselves and forever impacts the lives of family, friends and our community. We must emphasize our value of human life above all other factors.

In the 50’s, traffic deaths, individual and totals were openly published in the daily newspaper. Our current tendency is to bury this data, which dehumanizes these preventable deaths and injuries making them so abstract as though they are someone else’s problem. They are our problem. With collaboration and openness and outreach we can begin to again humanize this growing epidemic and actively begin to implement real solutions.

With the 2 year budget soon to be approved, the time is now to demonstrate true leadership and real investment in the safety for our community with Vision Zero. As we lead the charge to reduce preventable traffic fatalities to zero in 10 years it will require transparency, leadership and real investment in the form of funding for dedicated staffing and coordinated safety infrastructure improvements. Vision Zero must be an inter-agency collaboration that builds sustained leadership between elected leaders, City management, staff, city departments and agencies and the community.

It is essential we hire full-time staff (pedestrian safety coordinator recommended in the adopted Pedestrian Action Plan,) to take lead and coordinate Vision Zero and to fund improved safety infrastructure, like separated bike lanes, better crosswalks, and safer sidewalks. Changes in practice must institutionalize, catalyzed and guided with staff effort and focus. It is imperative that we use a data-driven process to implement strategies, evaluate our progress and institute adjustments as necessary. Los Angeles provides good examples with their recent Vision Zero Website (attachment 2). In addition to dedicated staff, outside consultants will likely be needed to assist in setting targets and identifying inter-departmental practices necessary for achieving meaningful success for Vision Zero.

Safe Routes to School works to encourage students to walk and bike to school – we know activity has been proven to increase overall health and learning. With an engaged active school like McKinley Elementary (top performer during the last 4 BikeIT WalkIT BusIT events) we can target improvements that serve many families. McKinley was identified as one of the most dangerous schools for Pedestrian Safety in California so funding in this corridor should be on the priority list. Let’s create robust and connected safety corridors around all our schools. We must have dedicated staff to coordinate this effort.

In addition to institutionalizing the creation of safer streets we should also be looking to adopt a robust Complete Streets policy and establish the long requested Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory committee that should include input on implementation of  Vision Zero.

In Santa Monica we lead with initiatives like the Wellbeing Project that prioritizes human health and safety. In 1994, Santa Monica led with the Sustainability Plan that followed with the establishment of an Office of Sustainability and Environment and Sustainability Director (now Chief Sustainability Officer). Encouraging active transportation requires a Vision Zero policy and infrastructure that removes safety barriers to make it a viable choice for our community, and a staff framework to make safety real.

Santa Monica has a history of demonstrating leadership with commitment to the environment, reducing green house gas emissions, as the City encourages residents and visitors to use alternate modes of transportation like walking, biking and public transportation. With that there is also the obligation to keep us safe when we opt for these modes, whether out of necessity, for our health or for the planet. The climate benefits of bicycling and walking are significant and essential to confront our climate crisis.  According to the Pacific Institute study, depending on one’s diet, each mile bicycled reduces from 87% to 97% the CO2 emissions of driving. For every mile walked, there is a reduction of 77% to 95% of the CO2 emissions caused by driving. Getting out of the car to move about our community, however, to advance health and climate measures means little or nothing if safety is not also prioritized. As with sustainability, Santa Monica can lead on Vision Zero.

This letter is submitted on behalf of Santa Monica Spoke and Climate Action Santa Monica.
Cynthia Rose, Katherine King and Cris Gutierrez


[1] Speed management key to saving lives, making cities more liveable
Attachment 1 – City of Santa Monica Speed Limit Map
Attachment 2  – LADOT Roadway Fatalities http://visionzero.lacity.org/map/

Attachment 1, Speed Limit Map City of Santa Monica

Attachment 2 Los Angeles Roadway fatalities Map

Sign the Petition for Safer Street TODAY!

We invite you to participate at the May 9th City Council Meeting by joining us, sending your personal input to council, and Signing the Petition for Safer Streets Today!

Will you attend? RSVP@SMSpoke.org

First the Fun !

At the May 9th Council Meeting the Mayor will proclaim May as Bike Month in 2017!
Join us to celebrate our communities dedication to biking and healthily active transportation.

Next ACTION !

“the current epidemic of serious injuries and traffic fatalities is nearing double digits in just the last few weeks”

At the May 9th meeting the City Council will hear from staff and the public on the City’s efforts on pedestrian and biking safety programs, infrastructure improvements and implementation on Vision Zero.  Here is the Staff Report on Vision Zero, Bike Action Plan, and Pedestrian Action Plan Implementation. The Council’s agenda has the hearing immediately after the consent calendar; we expect it to begin between 6:30 and 7:30 pm this Tuesday.With the 2 year budget soon to be discussed this is our opportunity to tell our city leaders we want true commitment to safety in the form of dedicated funding for improved safety infrastructure. This is our chance to tell the City that we want them to hire a full-time pedestrian safety coordinator to coordinate Vision Zero and to fund improved safety infrastructure, like buffered bike lanes, better crosswalks, and safer sidewalks.

Without a pedestrian coordinator dedicated to the task of Vision Zero to coordinate between City departments and to shepherd and oversee projects we can never realize the commitment Santa Monica made to reduce preventable traffic fatalities to zero in 10 years. The City must be transparent, coordinated and data driven if we ever wish to solve the growing epidemic of serious injuries and fatalities due to traffic collisions!

Santa Monica has demonstrated it’s commitment to the environment and reducing emissions by encouraging residents and visitors toward alternate modes of transportation like walking, biking and public transportation. With that there is also the obligation to keep us safe when we opt for these modes for our health and for the health of our community through the commitment of funds for staff and projects. With the current epidemic of serious injuries and traffic fatalities nearing double digits in just the last few weeks in Santa Monica — the time is now to make that commitment!  One’s life should not be put at risk for walking or riding a bike to get to our daily destinations.

If you have not yet signed the petition, we invite you to do so now. PLEASE also invite your friends and family to sign before the City Council Meeting May 9th. In addition to the petition you are also invited to send your thoughts and concerns directly to City Council members in advance of the May 9th meeting by emailing council@smgov.net.

If you have questions please do not hesitate to email us Info@SMSpoke.org

Click here to Sign the Petition for Safer Streets Today!

Presentation: Urban Cycling Institute, Rotterdam May 3rd.

A presentation of research with students from the Urban Cycling Institute in Rotterdam. The event is scheduled for the evening of May 3rd in Santa Monica, Happy Hour reception will follow.
See event info HERE, RSVP HERE

The event is FREE, RSVP TODAY HERE

Join us as we explore research and maybe some myths on how to expand on these simple notions:

  • Build it & they will come
  • Cycling replaces driving
  • Write a plan & follow it
  • Cycling requires icons

A presentation of research with students from the Urban Cycling Institute, Rotterdam.

A presentation of research with students from the Urban Cycling Institute in Rotterdam. The event is scheduled for May 3rd. Details on Santa Monica location are being confirmed and will be announced shortly.

Louis M. Uljee & Pieter Zonneveld & Students, Rotterdam Business School, Netherlands


  • Role of City Hall as HONEST BROKER:: Clean City, Quiet City, Safe City, Healthy City?
  • Bike share
  • Peer to peer bike constructions ( Apps?)
  • Entitlements: cars vs bikes vs pedestrians
  • Public transport + fishbone structure between stations + sharing bikes model
  • Flow theory Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Influence of (solar) e-bikes
  • Myths: Expand not the theories, what do they mean and how can we actually achieve them?
    • Build it and they will come.
    • Cycling replaces driving?
    • Write a plan and follow it.
    • Cycling requires Icons.
  • Swarm theory: The Genius of Swarms. A single ant or bee isn’t smart, but their colonies are. The study of swarm intelligence is providing insights that can help humans manage complex systems, from truck routing to military robots. Applied to bike networks?

May 3rd in Santa Monica, Doors open at 5:30pm
Easy accessible via EXPO, BBB & METRO, Bike Parking.


HandleBar Happy Hour reception will follow
at Bareburger!