January Handlebar Happy Hour: Finn McCool’s, January 25th

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Finn McCool’s on Main Street!

End of every month we like to get together for fun, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always family friendly! For this event kids eat for free!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

Don’t forget to pass the new Bike Counter on your way!


This month, we’re excited to visit a new venue for us – Finn McCool’s!
“2015 Irish Woman of the Year” Awarded to Chef Geraldine Gilliland”

We will be there at 5pm — Happy Hour until 7pm
– event info and updates HERE
Live music starting at 8:00pm —  Devil’s Box Bluegrass

Traditional Irish Pub, live music, 200+ whiskeys, traditional Irish food
Yr Established in SM:  2002
Live music & entertainment throughout the week.  Happy Hour specials daily (check website).

  • Traditional Irish Sunday Roast dinner Noon-11pm every Sunday.
  • Kids Eat Free from 4-7pm Mon-Sat.
  • Late Night Bar Menu 11pm-1am.
  • Traditional Irish Food with an extensive vegetarian & vegan menu! — featuring local fresh ingredients. They host parties + cater events.
    *Restrictions apply; specials & promotions may change without notice.

Of course they are Buy Local!  They support other Santa Monica businesses including the Santa Monica Farmers Market, Maggie’s Farm, Weiser Family Farms, Munak Ranch, Lula Cocina Mexicana, One Life & Whole Foods.


Celebrate #BikeLocalSM, our Buy Local SM businesses, happy hour + new friends at these monthly events!  Learn about upcoming local bike events + find out about and connect with us at SM Spoke… as we visit and introduce you to some of our Buy Local SM businesses.  Eat Local, Drink Local, Buy Local AND Bike Local SM!

A Year Later: Countri Bike meets Breeze Bike Share, Finish Line Celebration

A year ago we welcomed Jeffrey Tanenhaus and
Countri Bike to Santa Monica

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…. as he completed his Cross “Countri” epic journey from New York to Santa Monica on a Citi-Bike. Although he paid all the fees and did try to return Countri Bike back to the Citi-Bike Eco-System – ultimately he did end up with the bike.  We’ve kept in touch and got this update from Jeffrey to share with you.


One Year Later: An Update from Countri Bike

What a happy anniversary! After Breeze Bike Share generous shipped Countri Bike east, the trip took a new turn when I rode on stage The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Unfortunately my segment never aired because they overbooked.

With no job or fixed address, I bounced around NYC staying with friends. Countri Bike would’t fit in my storage unit, so a friend kept it in her apartment. Even though I had paid the max overtime fee, I was prepared to re-dock, but Citi Bike corporate never reached out.

However, their mechanics invited me to their maintenance shop to conduct a postmortem, so to speak. The bike’s solid condition amazed them and proved their hypotheses wrong about what made Citi Bikes break down so often. (Rough pavement and rough-riding New Yorkers are largely to blame, not the equipment itself.)

In August, I emptied my storage unit and moved to Tulsa, which was one of my favorite stops despite getting assaulted while biking in Oklahoma. I chose Tulsa for its wonderful (and surprisingly progressive) people, affordable cost of living, and start-up friendly environment. My dream is to create a hyper-local, bike-friendly hospitality concept that blends the best of a hostel with a hotel.

While I’ve made progress fitting into my new home, I’m deciding whether to stay or relocate to make these dreams come true. As for Countri Bike, it’s on exhibit at the Tulsa Historical Society.

I’m also shopping around a book proposal that not only recounts adventures from the road, but also explains the insecurity and failures I faced in New York leading to my departure. I am almost done chronicling my trip, which can be viewed at countribike.com/blog. I think riding through Joshua Tree is one of my best posts.

Being in a landlocked state makes me miss the ocean, so I hope to visit Santa Monica soon. There are direct flights twice a week, but I could always inflate the old tires and meet you on the Pier in three months.

Jeffrey Tanenhaus


We miss you Jeffrey and hope to see you soon!! Looking back over the pictures reminds us of what a great day we had, meeting you, the ride, the finish line ribbon at the top of the Pier, your trek across the sand to the Pacific Ocean and then a wonder social Handlebar Happy Hour at Al Mare. So many wonderful memories!!
Below are just a few more images and a fun video from Jeffrey’s arrival in Santa Monica. Check our the full album and all the fun here  and our contributor gallery here

Countri Bike Meets Breeze!!!

January Bike Ride with Mayor Ted Winterer

Monthly Bike Rides with the Mayor start this month -#GoSaMo!


This month we join our new Mayor Ted Winterer and the California Bicycle Coalition’s Board Members for an easy ride around Santa Monica highlighting green bike lanes and some of our newest infrastructure and future projects.

Sunday, January 29th, 8:00am
Approximate length: 6 miles, 60-80 minutes
Meet us at the new bike counter just north of City Hall on Main Street near the Breeze Bike Share Station.

We meet at 8am (roll at 8:15) Please arrive early enough for pre-ride preparations.

The ride will be on city streets with and without bike lanes, children should be capable of street riding, in an appropriate child seat or trailer.

Please bring your own bike, helmet and water or check out Breeze Bike Share.
Breeze Ambassadors will be there to answer questions.


Please check back here for event updates or changes due to rainy weather.

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Happy #CarFreeFriday

So many options to #GoSaMo

Walking & Biking, Breeze Bike Share, EXPO,
Big Blue Bus & Metro Bus & MORE!

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This month Breeze Bike Share has a special offer – $20 off – valid for new annual memberships only – expires 2/1/2017. Don’t wait join TODAY!

Are you a PayAsYouGo Member who rides more than 60 minutes per month? Start saving with the bike share Annual Membership Plans – you’ll get 90 minutes of free riding time every single day for as little as!

Student Poster Contest: Sustainable Santa Monica!

Sustainable Works, along with the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment is very excited to announce the 9th Annual Sustainable Santa Monica Student Poster Contest!

The Poster Contest is open to all K-12 students who attend school and/or live in Santa Monica. Each year, students use art to investigate a theme of sustainability relevant to Santa Monica. This year’s theme is Saving Energy Today for a Brighter Tomorrow. Sustainable Works will be scheduling 20 minute presentations to share the principles of sustainability in Santa Monica as it relates to this year’s theme.

Bellow is a flyer with the contest rules, selection process and information on submitting posters. To help us continue to grow this wonderful event, we welcome your help in spreading the word to your contacts and encouraging participation! When the community promotes the contest, students participate. Last year over 450 students participated in the contestand this year we’re looking forward to even more.

Prizes for winning posters include $10 – $100 gift cards. The winning posters will be displayed in the of City of Santa Monica, helping to further showcase our budding young artists while raising awareness of the benefits of energy conservation.

Next steps:

  •          March 31st: Deadline for Poster Submissions
  •          Early April: Winning Posters selected
  •          May: Contest awards ceremony and celebration to honor student winners and all participants. Gift bags and raffles for all!

If you have any questions, please contact Gina Garcia at gina.garcia@sustainableworks.org.

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Breeze into your 2017 goals with a Special Bikeshare Offer

 

Start the week off by working toward those 2017 health and fitness goals. This month Breeze Bike Share has a special offer – $20 off – valid for new annual memberships only – expires 2/1/2017. Don’t wait join TODAY!

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Use Breeze to:

  •  help you get to your 2017 goals –  renew or sign up for a new annual membership
  • $.22 per day for 1.5 hours of bike share each day
  • Enjoy the wonderful outdoors while having fun
  • cheaper than the gym!

Are you a PayAsYouGo Member who rides more than 60 minutes per month? Start saving with the Breeze Annual Membership Plan – you’ll get 90 minutes of free riding time every single day for as little as .22 cents per day!

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And YES – you can get $20 off for WeHo Pedals  too!!

Ask an Officer

Ask an Officier

Newly reschedule for January 30th!

Join us for a conversation with LAPD, CHP, and bicycle collision attorney Jim Pocrass about traffic laws, walking, and bicycling in LA. Presented by LACBC, Pocrass & De Los Reyes Bicycle LawLos Angeles Walks, and the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance, we’ll discuss what are some of the new laws we need to know and issues of concern for people walking and biking in LA today? What about Vision Zero and the enforcement components? Each panelist will share their perspective to start the conversation and will be followed by Q&A with the audience.

Attendance is free and open to all.
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served before the panel discussion begins.

Panelists:

  • Jim Pocrass Esq. – Pocrass & de Los Reyes LLP
  • Officer Andrew Cullen – Los Angeles Police Department, Traffic Coordination Section
  • Officer Leland Tang – California Highway Patrol, West Valley Area

6:30 pm – Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Panel discussion

Bicycle parking – use racks out front
Metro stations – Pershing Square, 7th St. & Metro Center
Automobile parking – street parking and off-street lots.

Climate Ride: Team LACBC Training Ride #1

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2017 has arrived and Team LACBC is beginning its Climate Ride training! This will be the first official Team LACBC Training ride where they’ll roll parts of Pasadena. You don’t want to miss this one. So, come on out and roll with Team LACBC as they sets their sights on June.

When: 1/15/17
Where: Union Station
Meet: 8:30am
Roll: 9:00am
Adv/Challenge Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18356379
Beg/Intermediate Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18356376

Climate ride is a rain or shine event and the training rides will mimic that, with caution of course.

The route you choose depends on what shape you’re in and how strong you are on the bike you’re riding. We highly recommend a Road Bike, Fixed (if you’re a strong rider), Hybrid (beginner/intermediate). All training rides are no drop rides. (meaning, unless your bike completely falls apart, we will not leave you).

At the first training ride they’ll have a list items for you to consider riding with at all times.

For now, make sure you have the following:
Extra tube that fits your tire, tire lever, patch kit, water bottle cage, water bottle, helmet.

Happy #CarFreeFriday Santa Monica!

How do you celebrate?

So many options –
Walking & Biking, Breeze Bike Share, EXPO,
Big Blue Bus & Metro Bus & MORE!

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Click images to learn more

Breeze into 2017

This month Breeze Bike Share has a special offer – $20 off – valid for new annual memberships only – expires 2/1/2017. Don’t wait join TODAY!

Are you a PayAsYouGo Member who rides more than 60 minutes per month? Start saving with the bike share Annual Membership Plans – you’ll get 90 minutes of free riding time every single day for as little as!