Kidical Mass: Garden Ride & Community Garden Tour, April 18, 2015

KIDICAL MASS Earth Day Bike Ride
Tour Park Drive Community Garden
FUN hands-on KIDS Workshop

DATE:    SATURDAY APRIL 18TH
TIME:    9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
START:  MEMORIAL PARK
–  Parking lot off 14th Street.

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica Community Gardeners for Santa Monica’s Kidical Mass Ride. 
We will take a family friendly ride in Santa Monica to visit Park Drive Community Garden for a special kid friendly event. Prizes and giveaways at Memorial Park when we return!

Schedule.
9::00am – 12:30pmSM Community Gardens
– Check-in, Morning Snacks, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating
– Ride to Pit Stop visit at PARK DRIVE COMMUNITY GARDEN
– KIDS GARDEN TOURS AND WORKSHOP
– Pitstop hosts Cynergy Cycles & Santa Monica Community Gardeners
– Ride back to Memorial Park by noon for fun activities, Prizes and post ride snacks by KIND
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Watch our 1st Kidical Mass in 2013 video here

Don’t have a Kid Carrying Bike?   NOT A PROBLEM !sm_bike_center
Special 20% discount on Rental 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  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.

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 – younger children should be in a child seat, trailer or on a Tag-a-long.

Team LACBC Pre-Climate Ride Party this Sunday!

Climate Ride LACBC

Team LACBC “fun”draising party this Sunday, April 12th from 5 – 8pm at Angel City Brewery (216 S. Alameda St.) Special perk – Alek Bartrosouf will be there!

There will be handcrafted brews, music, and food trucks — including vegan taco maestro Mark Weldon’s 100 Tacos, whose entire operation is done by bike!

There is a raffle. $5/ticket or 5 for $20. Featuring great prizes including the grand prize of a UNO Folding Bicycle courtesy of Tern!
See all the prizes and premiums for donating on our EVENT PAGE!

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT to participate in the raffle.  The main purpose of the event is to help each team member raise funds, so pick team member or two to donate to and get beer and/or raffle tickets.

Team Captain Greg has done an excellent job of rallying the team (and meeting his personal goal) and we are at $71K ALREADY with a stated goal of $100K!  Help us get over the top and be number one for a third year in a row! LACBC is fully represented with board members like Greg and Carrie and staff, Colin and Hyeran.  Support them and come have some fun!

We hope to see you THERE!

Reminder: Santa Monica Spoke Meeting, April 11th at 9:30am

Please Join us this Saturday!

Day:     Saturday
Date:   April 11th
Time:   
9:30am – noon
Location: 1640 5th Street, in the courtyard

Coffee, bagels, input  and updates on biking in Santa Monica. 

Santa Monica Spoke Meeting, family friendly.
BAP, Project & Campaign Updates and a Special Farewell Reception for Lucy! 

Our agenda will include community Input, discussion and updates by city staff on Bike Share, SRTS projects, Kidical Mass, Bike Action Plan Implementations.
Projects updates on MANGo & The Esplanade/Protected Bike Lane. plus info on lots of upcoming events. May is Bike Month and the Santa Monica Festival Bike Exhibition!!

Morning snacks, beverages & special treats will be served!

Hope you can come!!!!
Ride to the meeting and share to #30daysofbiking
Event listing here

Finish the Ride and support SM Spoke!

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Who are YOU finishing for?Finish the ride group
 
Support safe city streets and help end hit and run crimes by taking part in Finish the Ride, Run, Walk ‘N Roll for 2015!!
Join us on April 19th, 2015 for an awesome event that tops last year’s success in every way!
Registration for the 2015 is open NOW here.
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Use registration code SMSPOKE at checkout to receive a 10% discount of which a portion is donated to Santa Monica Spoke.
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FTR 2015 includes:
  • Ride = Four routes ranging from 6 to 50 miles with a 200 to 3,500 foot elevation gain (timing and medals awarded for 22,27 and 50 mile rides)
  • Run = 10K (timing and medals awarded)
  • Walk and Roll = 10K
  • Cool goodie bag and free t-shirt with registration
  • Great live music and dancing
  • Free festival and safety expo with giveaways, raffles, prizes and activities for the kids.  Feel free to bring the whole family!

For details on the FTR 2015 event, click here.
To view and join FTR volunteer opportunities, click here.

Join FTR 2015 not only for yourself, but for those who survived, those who didn’t and the safety of ALL! FINISH THE RIDE 2015: Who are YOU finishing for? #FTR2015

 For more information on the event itself, registration questions or other customer service inquiries, e-mail us at register@FinishTheRide.org or call (844) 884-7233 Ext. 801.

Bike License Plates in California? – Yes Please :)

The California Bicycle Coalition is pursuing a bicycle-oriented special interest license plate program for motor vehicles in California. License plate programs can make millions of dollars for programs that can help get thousands more people to ride bikes in many states around the country, but we haven’t tried to win one in California yet. We need your help figuring out what the most appealing program is. Will you take this brief survey and let us know what you think people would like most?

Imagine something like this (but a different logo/picture on the left, and a slogan chosen by you) on tens of thousands of cars across California:


Please help us set the vision for the program, and create a popular design, by filling out our survey at calbike.org/licenseplate. Help us get a sense of how many interested Californians will chip in and pre-order a bicycle-themed specialty license plate to get this program off the ground.

TAKE THE SURVEY

Sunset Picnic Ride

Tongva Park imagesMeet up at Tonga Park for a ride to a beautiful overlook of the Santa Monica Bay. Participants pack a picnic to enjoy together at sunset.
BYO food to eat at the stopping/overlook point.
Please note there are not a lot of places to sit other than on the ground. Unless this doesn’t bother youIt is suggested you bring something that is easy to eat while standing.
THE RIDE: Intermediate to advanced, aprox. 11 miles with about 700 feet of climbing.
Proposed route here

REQUIRED: Helmets and Lights are required for all riders. Please bring your own flat repair equipment and a set of good lights as we will be riding after dark. Bring a lock if you’d like to join us for post ride beverages.

MEET: Tongva Park, center of the park above the restrooms.

TIME: 5:15p roll on at 5:45p SHARP. Ride time will be approximately 2.5hrs.

Click for event info

SAVE THE DATE: April 11, SM Spoke Meeting, Bike Action Plan Updates and MORE!

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On the morning of April 11th,

Santa Monica Spoke Meeting,
BAP, Project & Campaign Updates and a Farewell Reception for Lucy!

In the Courtyard at 1640 5th Street

Lots of info on exciting upcoming events, Bike Share, SRTS, Bike Action Plan implementation, Projects: Mango & The Esplanade: Protected Bike Lane & MORE.
Morning snacks, beverages & special treats will be served!

Agenda and Time will be posted soon!

Hope you can come!!!!

What is up at Santa Monica Spoke? FUN EVENTS, Save the Date, BAP Updates and MORE!!

Quick growing list of upcoming events!
More Info coming on all – please check back soon!

Check our Event Calendar for newly added events 

Links will be added to the list below as further info is posted.

  • April: 30 Days of Biking
  • April 5th: Sunset Picnic Ride (intermediate to advanced). Starts at Tongva Park. Meet at 5:15pm roll at 5:45 SHARP. #30DaysofBiking
  • April 9th: Great Ride Series event with Finish The Ride, at Performance Bicycles, VIP’s (that’s means you!) , 5th and Broadway, Downtown Santa Monica
  • April 11th: SAVE THE DATE, Santa Monica Spoke Meeting, BAP updates and reception
  • April 16th, SQA luncheon, SM Bike Center will sponsor the tickets for the 1st 35 that commit to arrive by bike – click register at the bottom of the page.
  • April 18th: Kidical Mass Earth Day Garden Ride, Starts at Memorial Park
  • April 19th: Finish the Ride | It’s Not Just A Ride. It’s A Movement! Ride with us to support the momentum – link to more info soon.
  • April 20th: Cynthia Rose of SM Spoke joins a panel discussion on sustainability at the 3rd Street Promenade Apple Store
  • May 9th, Santa Monica Festival, our 5th Annual Bike Exhibition and expanded Bike Zone!! Clover Park 11am – 6 pm SO MUCH FUN!!!! - last year
  • ALL April: Santa Monica Spoke invites you to join us for #30DaysofBiking in April - pledge here and join the fun events we have planned this month, use social media to blast your joy of riding a bike! #30DaysofBiking #BikeSM @SMSpoke
    – Every Wednesday – Coffee outside  7-8am Link #CoffeeOutside
    – More rides, local and with LACBC all be listed on our event page asap
  • April to July We’ve partnered to support CommuteSM.com, the first-ever Santa Monica Commuter Challenge, a four-month competition for Santa Monica-based businesses and organizations of all sizes to encourage their employees to bike, carpool/vanpool, or ride transit to work, instead of driving alone.
  • All May: National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.
  • May 11th to 17th: Bike Week LA : Santa Monica is an annual week of community events sponsored by Metro and local advocates all over the County of Los Angeles to promote bicycling as a sustainable and practical mode of transportation.
  • May to September: National Bike Challenge started with an internal campaign trying to get Kimberly Clark employees to ride in 2009. It went national in 2012 under the guidance of the League of American Bicyclists. Last year, 47,518 people logged 23 million miles. People for Bikes, is now running the Challenge and hopes in 2015 we can collectively ride 35 million miles. Ride for team Bike Santa Monica!

Think and act locally with a global perspective, and ride a bike!

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April: Join us for 30 Days of Biking #30daysofbiking

30daysofbikingSanta Monica Spoke invites you to join us for 30 days of Biking in April.

30 Days of Biking is a pledge to ride your bike every day in April — any distance, any destination — and share your adventures online.  Join the fun events we have planned this month, use social media to blast your own rides and the joys of riding a bike!    #30DaysofBiking #BikeSM #SMSpoke

It’s all about the fun of riding your bike – join in anytime!
Share your 30 Days of Biking experiences using #30DaysofBiking #BikeSM #SMSpoke on Twitter, Instagram, Vine and Facebook.

One Bicycle will be given to a kid in need for every 30 Pledges
Make the Pledge = Free Bikes 4 Kidz

April Events: lets more all month – send us your ride or idea for the list!

Check our Event Calendar for newly added events
Local Santa Monica

  • Every Wednesday – Coffee outside  7-8 am Link #CoffeeOutside
  • April 5th, Sunset Picnic Ride (intermediate / advanced). Tongva Park. Meet at 5:15pm
  • April 11th, Ride toSanta Monica Spoke Meeting, BAP updates and reception – link soon.
  • April 18th, Kidical Mass Earth Day Garden Ride, Starts at Memorial Park, SO FUN!
  • April 19th, Join us for  Finish the Ride | It’s Not Just A Ride. It’s A Movement! Ride with us to support the momentum
  • April 20th, Ride to Earth Day themed Panel Discussion at the SM Apple Store with local leaders including Cynthia Rose – valet at the SM Bike Center 2nd & Colorado 3 hours free

Regional with LACBC

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Take Action: Save Biking & Walking Funding for our Communities

Bike League Action

Congress is preparing to take action on a new federal transportation bill.  Given the shortfall of federal transportation dollars, some members of Congress are already questioning why the federal government provides any funding for bicycling and walking.

We need your help to make sure that Congress doesn’t cut funding to help local communities build sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, trails and more. Please Ask your Senator to Co-Sponsor S. 705, The Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act.

The Transportation Alternatives Program provides hundreds of millions of dollars each year to local communities to invest in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. It’s the only federal program specifically focused on local transportation priorities. S. 705, the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act, written by Sens. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), makes changes to the program to  make it more effective and easier for local governments to use.

For decades, our federal transportation system has focused the bulk of its resources on building roads, leaving many of our communities with few transportation options and rising safety risks for people bicycling and walking. More and more Americans want options for bicycling, walking and transit to live healthier and safer lives. More and more cities and towns are clamoring for more facilities for biking and walking to make their communities more attractive to residents and to improve their economies. S. 705 would help make sure that Congress continues to invest a small share of federal transportation dollars in these types of projects.

Ask your Senators to cosponsor S. 705, the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act, to ensure that our federal transportation system continues to provide funding for bicycling and walking.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:

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