Free: Bike Smart, Street Cycling Skills Classes

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For the summer of 2015, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is offering a series of
FREE Bicycle Skills Classes through out Los Angeles County.
Santa Monica Spoke is hosting the full series of classes in Santa Monica.

Three different classes are being offered:

  • Basic Bicycling Skills
  • Street Cycling Skills – Session A
  • Street Cycling Skills – Session B*

FREE HELMET AND LIGHT SET INCLUDED!

Sign up today for free  classes in August

Expo Trains in Santa Monica!!!

SO EXCITING!!

We pulled this from twitter today!

Today City of Santa Monica @santamonicacity tweeted with this image!
“Get excited! We are one step closer to welcoming ‪#‎Expo‬ to ‪#‎SantaMonica‬‪#‎FirstDayofTrainTesting‬ ”

For more on the EXPO Trains:
Here is a link to the 1st reported train in Santa Monica crossing over tracks just east of 26th Street

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click for more on train testing schedule information

July Handlebar Happy Hour: WARSZAWA , July 29th

Come celebrate all things bike.
Log miles over smiles for the National Bike Challenge!!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

At the end of every month we get together for fun, to talk bikes, and LOG MILES OVER SMILES for the National Bike Challenge. Part of Team Bike Santa Monica or not — COME JON US!
All are welcome!! Want to know more about Team Bike Santa Monica? Find our here!

WARSZAWA SM


DAY:    Wednesday
DATE:    July 29th
TIME:    5:30pm -7pm (HH $)
PLACE: WARSZAWA
1414 Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica,

Polish Food & Happy Hour on the Back Patio!
WARSZAWA is a locally-owned business supporting other local business by buying locally and supporting fellow SM businesses! They are a Buy Local Business


 

Specials:  $1 off drinks and 3 featured appetizers for $4-5 ea (great price) for Keilbasa, Latkas or Bacon Wrapped Prunes!
They are a family-owned, family-friendly, community supported, legacy (35+ years old) business, promoting fellowship and an Old World vibe.

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Expo Notice: Expo Phase 2 Train Testing Update

The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled to start train testing activities in Santa Monica next week and will continue for several months. Initially the trains will be pulled along the rail corridor, and then operated on their own power. Testing will be ongoing along the entire alignment in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. The testing activity will test train clearances, the Overhead Catenary System which powers the trains, the crossing gates and traffic signals, and all related systems before the project is turned over to Metro for pre-revenue operations.

What:         Train Testing Activities
When:        Starting July 16 in Santa Monica, and ongoing through fall 2015
Where:       Along the light rail alignment between Venice Blvd in LA & 4th St in Santa Monica
Hours:        Between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.Monday – Friday

What to Expect in Santa Monica:

  • Preliminary testing activities will take place intermittently before the crossing gates are activated at gated crossings and the train signals are coordinated along Colorado Avenue.
  • During this time, testing may result in brief interruptions of street traffic as trains cross the intersections assisted by flaggers and safety personnel.
  • Once the crossing gates are operational and the signals are coordinated, testing will continue on a more regular schedule.
  • The train’s audible devices may be used during testing activities.
  • Throughout the testing period, safety personnel will be available at the crossings to assist the public.

Safety Tips:

  • Please obey all warning signs and traffic signals when crossing the tracks.
  • Always look both ways before crossing any street.
  • Never walk on railroad tracks.
  • Watch for trains from both directions.
  • Use the crosswalks.
  • Do not jaywalk across the tracks.

(Testing schedules are dynamic, and updated information will be provided as necessary)
To view the complete notice, click here.Expo train testing email footer

2nd Annual Tour de Slurp!

Have you recently been suffering from a lack of free Slurpees?
Well then ….  we’ve got just the thing for you!
The 2nd Annual Tour de Slurp 2015!

slurpee daySanta Monica Spoke is joining Spinlister for the 2nd Annual Tour de Slurp 2015.

One of LA’s premier athletic events, the tour is a bicycle ride to five different 7-Elevens on July 11th. At each store, we stop and celebrate 7-Eleven Day (aka Free Slurpee Day) by drinking said beverages.

We will start the approximately 10-mile ride at 1640 5th Street in Santa Monica, CA at 11AM on July 11, 2015. You don’t have to do the entire Tour, and riders of all levels are welcome.  We’ve selected a bike-friendly route that includes some short lengths on larger roads that may not be suitable for small children on their own bikes. The entire route is fine for children in trailers and tag-a-longs.
As always, if you need to rent a bike, Spinlister.com has you covered.
Keeping it Santa Monica sustainable – FREE Spinlister water bottle!

Date:   July 11th
Day:    Saturday
Time:  11am – 12:30pm (aprox)
Start/Finish 1640 5th Street

Spinlister_logo (1)Bonus stuff when you RSVP:
click HERE or email RSVP@SMSpoke.org

View the route map here

Event hashtags #Spinlister #SMSpoke #BikeSM #BikeLocal #Slurpee #7Eleven #seveneleven #freeslurpee #sevenelevenday

SAVE THE DATE: La Grange Brentwood Grand Prix, The Expo Ride 2

The EXPO RIDE_BGPSee last years event HERE
See this years CALENDAR EVENT HERE

Join us on this FREE family friendly Expo Ride in collaboration with Velo Club La Grange and the race and festivities at the Brentwood Gran Prix

Day:       Sunday, August 2nd
Time:     9:30am – noon (aprox)
Place:    Brentwood Grand Prix (meet near San Vicente/Barrington)
Click HERE to register at active.com or RSVP to us HERE

The Expo Ride is a non-competitive community ride associated with the Brentwood Grand Prix Criterium Bicycle Race. The tour will visit the future Metro EXPO Line Phase 2 Stations in Santa Monica including Bergamot Art Center and the Terminus at 4th and Colorado, We will see the progress since last years ride now that the project is nearing completion!

UPDATES WLL BE POSTED AS THEY ARE CONFIRMED

Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2015 – LOWEST REGISTRATION DISC SPECIAL!

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Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2015

Discount code: FIREWORKS
from July 2ND  to the 12TH 

Regardless of whether you are riding with us in the National Bike Challenge (it’s fun you should!) we invite you to join us for another fun and exciting challenge! 
We’re again organizing a community team to participate in the 
Santa Monica – Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2015, October 10/11th 2015. Ride one day or both days – Ride 35 miles to 100+  – you can choose from many options to participate!
We figured “What a great opportunity”? We want to experience a great ride and support the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change and help people with MS. With Bike MS starting in Santa Monica agin this year it is a great opportunity to once again unite the biking community and support a worthy cause AND log miles for the National Bike Challenge as you train!

Special registration discount $17.76 (reg $65.00) with the code: FIREWORKS valid from July 2nd – 12th.

Join HERE
If you have trouble joining the team email us by clicking here 

KIDICAL MASS: June 27th

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We ride from Reed Park 
THEME: Red, White & Blue! 

Festivities from 9:00am to NOON
The next Kidical Mass Ride for 2015, Saturday,  June 27th. A fun bike ride experience for families with kids of all ages! Education with Fun & Prizes! Dress for the theme and you could win a prize!

15 used children’s bikes (14”-16”) will be given out (for FREE) to participants in need

DATE:    SATURDAY June 27th
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Reed Park (7th & Wilshire)
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meet north side, California Ave between 7th and Lincoln

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke and the City of Santa Monica for our next Kidical Mass Bike Ride.  We will take a family friendly ride around the  neighborhood, just north of downtown Santa Monica.
Prize drawings, plus Prize for BEST COSTUME!
9::00am
Pre-ride snacks, Helmet Decorating, Prize, Best Costume, Free Bike Safety Checks, & Check-in
Arrive early and don’t miss the FUN!
11:00am (or upon return)
Return to Reed Park around 11-11:15am for FUN and post-ride snacks provided by KIND and more fun activities – MAKE BUTTONS!

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Watch our 1st Kidical Mass in 2013 video here:..

* 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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CALL TO ACTION: AB 8 (Hit and Run Alert Bill)!!

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A message from S.A.F.E / Finish the Ride

Tuesday, June 30th, Bill Faces “No” Vote in State Senate
 
AB 8 (The Hit and Run “Yellow Alert” Bill) would allow law enforcement to use California’s existing network of changeable message signs to display specific descriptions of vehicles suspected in hit and run crimes.  AB 8 will help catch those who commit these crimes that send nearly 19,000 people in CA to the hospital or grave each year.  
 
THE PROBLEM:

We at SAFE were shocked to recently learn that the California Highway Patrol, an organization that is responsible for “Safety, Service and Security”, strongly opposes this sensible action which has minimal costs and has proven to be effective in dramatically increasing safety in other states, namely Colorado.

The core of their opposition is based on their poorly researched and unsubstantiated statements that hit-and-run crimes occur because of undocumented immigrants. 80% of those who commit hit-and-run crimes are never identified, and their immigration status is unknown.  What we do know is according to LAPD, a large percentage of hit-and-run offenders who do get caught were running because they were driving drunk, not because of the color of their skin.

As a result of the CHP’s opposition, the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, Senator Beall is opposed to AB 8. This could kill the bill in the committee.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1) E-mail, call or fax letter of support to Senator Beall (the Chair of the Transportation Committee) or to your local Senator by Monday, June 29th. The following is a list of names and links to contact information:

Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose)
Chairman of the CA Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing

Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 5066
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4015
Fax: (916) 651-4915

Other Committee members include:
Senator Anthony Cannella (Vice Chair) (Merced, Fresno, Salinas)
 Senator Benjamin Allen (West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, & Beach Cities)
Senator Patricia C. Bates (Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Juan Capistrano)
Senator Ted Gaines (Redding, Rocklin, Folsom, Auburn, Lake Tahoe)
Senator Cathleen Galgiani (Stockton, Modesto, Lodi, Tracy)
Senator Connie M. Leyva (San Bernardino, Ontario, Pomona, Fontana)
Senator Mike McGuire (Eureka, Santa Rosa, San Rafael, Mill Valley)
Senator Tony Mendoza (Downey, Whittier, Cerritos, Buena Park, Pico Rivera, Montebello)
Senator Richard D. Roth (Riverside, Corona, Moreno Valley)
Senator Bob Wieckowski (South / East SF Bay, Hayward, Fremont, San Jose, Santa Clara)

2) The following is a sample letter to e-mail or fax Senator Beall and other committee members in your district:

(DATE)

The Honorable ________
California State Senate
State Capitol, Room _____
Sacramento, CA 95814

Regarding: Support of Assembly Bill 8 (Gatto), the Yellow Alert System

Dear Senator _____________,

According to the California Highway Patrol, hit-and-run crimes seriously injure or kill approximately 19,000 Californians each year.

I was shocked to hear that CHP, an organization that is responsible for “Safety, Service and Security”, would oppose a sensible action that has minimal costs and has proven to be effective in dramatically increasing safety in other states, namely Colorado.

With all due respect to the officers in CHP who put their lives on the line to protect our communities, the arguments presented by them are poorly researched and miss the entire point of this legislation.  What concerned me the most were their unsubstantiated statements that hit-and-run crimes occur because of undocumented immigrants.  80% of those who commit hit-and-run crimes are never identified, and their immigration status is unknown.  What we do know is according to LAPD, a large percentage of hit-and-run offenders who do get caught were running because they were driving drunk, not because of the color of their skin.

Please uphold your duty to protect and serve your constituents regardless of color and creed. Support AB 8.

Sincerely,

X_____________________
[Professional Title]

3) Use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc…) to spread the word and gain support.  Use #PassAB8 and #EndHitandRuns.

Please let the Senate Transportation Committee know that the CHP views on this bill are grossly misinformed and AB8 is an essential part of fighting the epidemic of hit-and-run crimes.