December: Ugly Sweater Holiday Ride with the Mayor!

December Ride with the Mayor Holiday Ride and Ugly Sweaters!

For December, put on your ugliest sweater and join us, Mayor Ted Winterer and City staff for holiday ride from the Main Street Holiday Tree to the Trio of Holiday Celebrations on Pico Boulevard at the Virginia Avenue Park Farmers Market. The 4-mile ride will meet at  The Victorian (2640 Main Street) 9:30am and plan to roll at 10am – the ride  will be about 45 minutes long.

Don’t have the right sweater? Our Buy Local partners at Make Believe Costumes have Ugly Sweaters and will give you a 25% discount when you mention BIKE LOCAL! Just tell the clerk at the register.

Make Believe Costumes
3240 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
310.396.6785
http://www.makebelieveinccostumes.com
Sales Dept. Hours:   12-6 Tuesday-Sunday


Bring your ugliest sweater (or not), your own bike, helmet, lock & water bottle. Children should be capable of street riding or in an appropriate child seat or trailer. There is no cost to participate.

No bike? No problem! Just grab a Breeze Bike Share Bike.

About the Mayor’s Ride:
Biking (AND WALKING) is better with friends! The monthly Mayor Ride was born last year at the Breeze One year Anniversary Event with a proclamation from our City Manager Rick Cole. We led the 1st Ride with the Mayor which was joined by the California Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors in January 2017 – This free local event has continued with monthly community bike rides and walks with Mayor Ted Winterer and City Staff since January with a different theme monthly. Come meet the Mayor, City staff, and your neighbors while enjoying the Santa Monica sunshine!

About the Trio of Holiday Celebrations on Pico Boulevard:
Celebration of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa – 3 holidays featuring foods, music, library readings and crafts. Along with Buy Local Holiday Shopping Ideas from our Santa Monica Farmers Market, Pico Boulevard merchants + Buy Local Santa Monica. Grab bag of giveaways to stores + Photos with Santa! For more information contact Pico Improvement Organization.

Stay up to date on events all over Santa Monica and the Westside at SMSpoke.org, and on our calendar. You can also check out Santa Monica City Planning on Facebook

We look forward to seeing you there!

November 30th, HandleBar Happy Hour: TRiP

For November our #HandleBarHappyHour will be at TRiP  This venue takes pride in that they strongly support local music and prides themselves in assisting up and coming artists.  They book 30 to 40 acts a week, most of which are local.  So… just like we say “buy local and support local” — including music!  Places like this are indeed what make our community a great place to live, work and play.

5:30-8pm & onward
TRiP: 2101 Lincoln Blvd, SM, 90405 
Calendar Event HERE

Since 2013:  TRiP’s wine list has been comprised of ONLY wines grown locally in the Malibu region. Niiiice!


This months HBHH ties into a Movember fundraising event with one of our own – RideShare Jeff!

The show at TRiP begins at 8pm. Facebook event HERE
This event is to raise money and awareness for men’s health related isses. Featuring Rideshare Jeff, CeyJay, Keith and Scorpion Wolf Shark. $5/door, $4 goes to Movember Foundation, 21+


End of every month we like to get together for fun, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always friendly!
This months venue may not be family friendly.

Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

If it’s on your way don’t forget to pass the Bike Counter!


Big thank you to last months host El Texate – we had great food and GREAT FUN!

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!

 

Santa Monica Spoke Update Meeting: Vision Zero

SM Spoke MeetingSunday, November 19th
Doors open at 9:30am with coffee, bagels

Arrive by 10am – get a bonus*

10:15AM – Short discussion style presentation about local projects, BAP update, Volunteer opportunities / Operation Firefly.
– time for input and questions.
– VISION ZERO, what is it? why is it important, Vision Zero Draft Planning Document

Event info HERE
RSVP@SMSpoke.org

*those that arrive by 10am will get the bonus gift bag

 

Memorial Ride: Jeff Knopp this Saturday November 18th

All registrations are FREE: Click HERE

Join Finish The Ride in a celebration of Jeff’s life by finishing the ride he started that day and never finished. Help us demand safer streets for ALL road users in Sunland-Tujunga and across Southern California as part of the 24th Annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

All those who register for this FREE memorial ride/walk and join us for a celebration of Jeff’s life and the lives of others killed on California streets will receive a discounted registration for the next Finish The Ride event.

Meet-up at 7:30am-8:30am
Special Speakers: 8:30am
Roll at 8:45am
Walk at 9:00am
The route will be an easy 14 mile loop around Hanson Dam, stopping at Jeff’s ghost bike site for a moment of silence in memory of Jeff and all those lost in tragic road collisions.
After the ride, join us back at Sunland Foursquare Church for live music, food and more!

Facebook event is HERE

Progress Report: Airport 2 Park

Santa Monica is moving forward with two positive projects which should improve the quality of life for our community.

1st the City is currently shortening the Airport runway by 1500′ so that it will become safety compliant and to exclude larger jets. This runway shortening project might also provide the opportunity for additional new park access space at the ends of the runway.
SMO is now closed to all air traffic from 9pm-7am and will close ENTIRELY for two weeks at the end of the year until the runway shortening project is completed.
2nd the 12 acres of the Airport Park Expansion currently being designed by noted park designer Mark Rios, has moved forward to the important Environmental Impact Report stage. The park design will include full size playing fields, pickle ball courts, community gardens, playgrounds, walking paths and will provide much needed new recreational resources and opportunities for our community.

GREAT NEWS!

Meanwhile the six acres of “Interim Open Space” is now open for everybody to use! And it is getting used!

This new public space is located adjacent to the current Dog Park on the future site of the Santa Monica Airport Park Expansion while it is being planned. It is the perfect place to walk, jog, ride a bike, skateboard or push a scooter without any obstruction or traffic. It is especially perfect for kids learning to ride a bike. The 6 acres are open sunset to sunrise. Enter from the lot behind the playing fields. Check it out!


The Environmental Impact Report is now available for you to review:
Your comments are invited and may be submitted, in writing, by 5:30 PM on Monday Dec 11, 2017 to:
Rachel Kwok
Environmental Planner City Planning Division
1685 Main Street
Room 212 Santa Monica, CA 90401

Happy 2nd Birthday Breeze Bike Share!

LA’s first bike share system — Breeze turns two on Sunday November 12th!
Cheers to Breeze’s two years and more than 79,000 active subscribers, over 630,570 trips taken and 1,326,097 miles ridden.

Thank you to Breeze riders, supporters and to the sponsor Hulu.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

More info here:
Two Years of Breeze Bike Share with 1.3 Million Miles Covered

Bike it Walk it Bus it Results!

City of Santa Monica Safe Routs to School Thanks everyone and your volunteers for making this Fall’s Bike It! Walk It! Bus It! events grand successes — and a great time for the students!

Participation rates break down as follows:  

 

1st       McKinley: 84%
 2nd       Franklin: 72%
 3rd       Grant: 69%
 4th       Edison: 65%
5th       Rogers: 60%
6th       Muir: 53%
7th       Roosevelt: 51%
8th       SMASH: 50%
9th       Lincoln: 34%
10th   JAMS: 21%

Congratulations to McKinley Elementary… now the 6-time reigning champ!
Way to go Stephan! (parent BIWIBI volunteer for McKinley)

Furthermore, great job Franklin for coming in 2nd as well as Grant Elementary for 3rd. Stay tuned for National Bike to School day in May 2018!

Please share if you have any feedback, stories, photos, etc. to share. Next Bike It Walk It Bus it is in May.

In the mean time – encourage your school’s administration and PTA to establish a car-free day (i.e. “Walking Wednesdays” “Car-Free Fridays”) once a week or organize a walking school bus or bike train… if you’d like assistance in coordination, please contact us at Santa Monica Spoke or Cory Keen, Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Cory Keen, Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Transportation Management Specialist
City of Santa Monica, Mobility Division
1685 Main Street, Room 115 Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-2201; ext. 2120 | cory.keen@smgov.net

LACBC OPEN HOUSE 2017

Celebrate LACBC as we reflect back and look forward to the 20th anniversary in 2018!

Join your fellow cyclists from all over LA County for a great evening with food, drinks, music, and fun! Every attendee will be entered into a free drawing for a chance at great prizes!

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Entry is free for all LACBC & Chapter members. Not a member?  Purchase a membership at the door.

No one will be turned away at the door!


Thank you to our Open House Sponsors!

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