September Handlebar Happy Hour: Border Grill

boarder-grillThis Month Handlebar Happy Hour : Border Grill!

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!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….
We’ll be treated to some specials


DAY:     Thursday
DATE:   September 29th
TIME:    5:30pm -7pm (HH $)
PLACE:  Boarder Grill Santa Monica
1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401


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!

This month, we’re excited to visit our “Too Hot Tamales” and Master Chef Champions + to celebrate a Buy Local SM institution.  To view the Happy Hour specials >

As always our Handlebar Happy Hours are a Family Friendly Events. Come one and all!

#HBHH #BikeLocalSM #BikeSM #SMSpoke #DrinkLocalSM #EatLocalSM

Virginia Avenue Park FALL FESTIVAL

Please join us at the Virginia Avenue Park FALL FESTIVAL

Interactive Activities (3:00 – 6:00 pm)

  • Pumpkin Carving, provided by Santa Monica Farmers Market and Parent Connection Group
  • Hay Bale Maze
  • Fall Games Area with Santa Monica Police Department
  • Santa Monica College Glass Pumpkin Sale
  • Bike Rodeo with Kids Skills Course with, SM Spoke, & City of SM SRTS
  • Family Bike Test Rides – SM Bike Center
  • No Flame Campfire Storytelling Teepees, Santa Monica Public Library
  • Scarecrow Making with reDiscover Center
  • Harvest Corn Drawing with Pastel by KidZone artist in residence, Deborah Reilly
  • Dia de los Muertos Picture Frames presented by Familias Latinas Unidas
  • Trick or Treat Bag Decorating sponsored by Pico Improvement Organization
  • Haunted House Booth, by VAP Teen Leadership
  • Costume Swap presented by Resource, Recovery and Recycling and SMPL, Annex

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Kidical Mass(ive) Global Family Ride THIS SATURDAY!

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Please let us know if you are coming. RSVP@SMSpoke.org

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER FOR THIS EVENT:
Help us keep our ride safe and fun!
Volunteer@SMSpoke.org

Saturday, September 17th
Clover Park, 25th @ Oak (west side of park)
9AM – NOON

THE THEME IS SWASH BUCKLING PIRATES!
CELEBRATE TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY!
LOTS OF FUN ACTIVITIES PLANNED

Join us for the 2nd Annual Kidical Mass(ive)!  The largest global family bike ride EVER!! Join us as thousands of families around the world go for a bike ride together. We’ll be showing that cities that plan for family biking are more livable, sustainable, profitable, and FUN!

Schedule.
9::00am – 12:00pm

– Check-in, Morning Snacks, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating
– FAMILY Ride
– PRIZES FOR BEST OUTFITS
– FIRST 50 KIDS THAT CHECK IN RECEIVE A SMALL TREASURE

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Futuristic Look at Sea Level Rise

Owl on the PierSanta Monica Pier’s Newest Viewfinder to Offer a Futuristic Look at Sea Level Rise

Launching September 19, the City will be deploying a virtual reality viewfinder on the north side of the pier (west of Bubba Gump). This device, known as Owl, will provide viewers an opportunity to experience Santa Monica’s beach under future scenarios with sea level rise and coastal flooding.

The installation, led by the Office of Sustainability and the Environment and the Planning & Community Development Department, will be available for two months.

For more information, please visit sustainablesm.org/climate

Go Public – Ice Cream Ride: Part Deux!

Go Public Ice Cream Ride

They’re doing it again, because WHY NOT!?!

The first stop will be the Portland transplant, Salt & Straw Ice Cream! Now open in Venice, located on Abbot Kinney. Salt & Straw features ice cream flavors you never knew were possible and it also showcases a slew of specialty flavors that change every month which are co-created and inspired by local chef’s, restaurants and establishments. Salt & Straw will be giving every rider a FREE kids scoop! Learn more about Salt & Straw here: http://saltandstraw.com/

The final stop will be their neighbors’ down the street, Kippy’s Ice Cream Shop! Kippy’s is unique in that it specializes in organic, non-dairy ice cream; healthy and delicious. Their ice cream is made by hand, daily using fresh raw coconut sweetened with honey. Yum! Kippy’s has been kind enough to offer every one on the ride a “yogi” sized scoop of ice cream ON THE HOUSE!! Check them out here: http://www.kippysicecream.com/

*This will be a 3-4 mile ride round-trip through the streets and neighborhoods of Santa Monica and Venice. Family friendly and fun for all ages (youngsters + toddlers recommended to ride with a parent). The ride will start and end at the PUBLIC Bikes Santa Monica store location.

**BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike) OR hop on a Breeze Bike Share bike on Ashland Ave, one block from the PUBLIC Bikes store, OR rent a bike with the Santa Monica Bike Center and receive 20% when you mention the bike ride!

Eventbrite link (RSVP Here): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/go-public-ice-cream-bike-ride-part-2-tickets-27448710833

Kidical Mass(ive) Global Family Bike Ride: September 17th!

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SANTA MONICA KIDICAL MASS IS MASS(IVE)!
2nd Annual KIDICAL MASS(IVE): Global Family Bike Ride

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SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER FOR THIS EVENT:
Help us keep our ride safe and fun!
Volunteer@SMSpoke.org
Please let us know you are coming. RSVP@SMSpoke.org

Saturday, September 17th
Clover Park, 25th @ Oak (west side of park)
9AM – NOON

THE THEME IS SWASH BUCKLING PIRATES!
CELEBRATE TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY!
LOTS OF FUN ACTIVITIES PLANNED

Join us for the 2nd Annual Kidical Mass(ive)!  The largest global family bike ride EVER!! Join us as thousands of families around the world go for a bike ride together. We’ll be showing that cities that plan for family biking are more livable, sustainable, profitable, and FUN!

You too can make a ride in your community happen; register your community and start planning your event now.

Schedule.
9::00am – 12:00pm

– Check-in, Morning Snacks, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating
– FAMILY Ride
– PRIZES FOR BEST OUTFITS
– FIRST 50 KIDS THAT CHECK IN RECEIVE A SMALL TREASURE

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* Children must be accompanied and are the responsibility of their parents. Bikes should be in good working condition. Free Safety Checks on site for minor adjustments/repairs. Please use good judgement – ride is on city streets – smaller children should be in a child seat, in a trailer or Tag-a-long……

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Don’t have a bike –
You can #RideBreeze!

Don’t have a Kid Carrying Bike? NOT  A PROBLEM !sm_bike_center
Special 20% discount on Rentals at the Santa Monica Bike Center. You can find special Kid carrying cargo bikes, kid seats, trailers, tandems, tag-a-longs!! Anything you could need at a 20% discount for rentals) – Please reserve online and write “Kidical Mass” in the special requirements section of the reservation – 20% discount will be applied at check out! Reserve early and plan to pick up bikes Saturday morning in time to arrive at the event.

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BUY LOCAL Health & Fitness FESTIVAL 2016

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The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce presents the BUY LOCAL Health & Fitness FESTIVAL 2016 on Saturday, September 10th from 11:00am-4:00pm celebrating the services and products of Santa Monica businesses locals and visitors at the Civic Center Surface Area. Local businesses and non-profits gather at the festival to provide expertise, advice, and product samples promoting a healthy and happy lifestyle for the entire Santa Monica community. Stores and restaurants from every neighborhood will have food and vendor booths.

Kids Bike Skills Course and win a Cruiser Bike!

We will again host a Bike Rodeo – Kids Skills course with our City partners / Safe Routes to School. Additionally we will be giving away a few Beach Cruisers – enter to win by signing the Buy Local #BikeLocal Challenge to “Shop Local by Bike”!
The BIKE area will also have some super cool new special attendees: Warbler Coffee Bike Cart and maybe even Moma’s Pops!

Enjoy food and all kinds of vendors, lots of give-a-ways and meet your neighbors. Visit interactive booths featuring friendly therapy dogs and take charge of improving your total health with blood pressure screenings, health education and body mass index readings. Build your own disaster kit with the Santa Monica Red Cross and learn about CPR and pet First Aid.

This free event brings together our local businesses, services and non-profits for a fun filled day while raising awareness about the economic, environmental and community benefits of thinking local first.

Event cost/ tickets: Free to the public
Parking Info : Lots of Parking at Civic Center Lots

California Dream Ride: Final Deadline alert

Support this intimate fundraising tour to help make California more bike-friendly. Proceeds benefit the California Bicycle Coalition, enabling more people bicycle, for health, safety, and prosperity of all.  

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California Dream Ride | October 3rd-8th


Final deadline alert!
Tomorrow, September 7 at 3 p.m.

Tomorrow is the final day to sign up for the California Dream Ride. Secure your spot by 3 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, September 7th and take part in the best bike ride in the state.

Register Now

What is the California Dream Ride?

The California Dream Ride is a scenic 285 mile ride from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles, October 3rd to 8th. The ride will take you along quiet beach bike paths, skyline ridge roads, and beautiful canyons. You’ll make new friends, eat amazing food, and see a whole new side of California.

Plus, it’s a ride suited for all ages and abilities—seasoned roadies and relaxed weekend riders alike.

Fundraising Info

The California Dream Ride is a fundraising ride, which means we do have fundraising minimums, but that money doesn’t have to come from you. Friends, family, coworkers, and other community members can sponsor you to ride, which means all you would have to pay is $100 to register!

We have a wealth of resources available on our website to help you reach your fundraising commitments.
Also, your donors can rest assured that 100% of the proceeds go toward making California a better, safer place to ride a bike, meaning their donations work to help keep people like you safe on California streets!

Register Now

Debbie Brubaker
http://www.calbike.org/

California Bicycle Coalition · 1017 L St, #288, Sacramento, CA 95814, United States

Bike Friendly Community Status Update: Survey

Santa Monica – A Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community –
Let’s aim for Platinum!

If you’re like so many of us in Santa Monica, you ride your bike around town for commuting to work or school, heading out for a meal, shopping and daily errands, or just to enjoy a great day in the sun experiencing and engaging with our community. Santa Monica is ranked as a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. With our support the City has recently re-applied to earn a higher ranking highlighting the improvements and just how far we’ve come in the past few years. We celebrate the continued build-out of our bike network and the Michigan Avenue Greenway MANGo, the launch of Breeze – LA County’s first Bike Share system, the arrival of Expo light rail, the Expo line bike path and the opening of the Colorado Esplanade protected bike lanes, MORE GREEN LANES, new protected bike lane on the California Incline offering yet another new bike connection to the beach, and so much more!

With the adoption of broader community input and as part of the vetting process, the League is soliciting comments about biking in Santa Monica via this online survey:  Please join us and take a moment and fill it out! The survey closes on September 15, 2016 at Midnight Pacific Time.

#GoSaMo

unnamed-1The City of Santa Monica received its first designation in May of 2010 with Bronze Level and a Silver Level Bike Friendly Community designation in May 2013. REPORT CARD from 2016. We  have TWELVE Bike Friendly Businesses out of 97 for the entire state, plus Santa Monica College one of only 14 Bike Friendly Universities in the state.  Bike League BFS /BFC

Let’s aim for Platinum. Give your input and help us continue the momentum for an even more bikeable, walkable community!

See how California ranks HERE