Handlebar Happy Hour: Tonight at The Upper West

Celebrate Bike Month! Each week this month we visit Buy Localism Most Loved Santa Monica Happy Hour Finalists.

The Upper WestThis week we visit The Upper West in the Pico Neighborhood.

See Happy Hour food and drink specials on the event page HERE


Day:    Thursday
Date:   May 26th, 2016
Time:  5:30pm – 7:00pm (HH prices)
Place:  The Upper West
3321 Pico Blvd


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Come celebrate all things bike. socialize, talk bikes, give input ….
Have FUN!

Log miles over smiles and learn how to join the Nation Bike Challenge and ride for Team Bike Santa Monica
Learn about all the great events for Bike Month and Bike to Work Week!bike_local_sticker

Bike Local!

Santa Monica’s Savvy Multimodalism Shows Moxie

Great video of our fair city!

Shot before Expo Light Rail Line arrived – this is a great look at the steps City of Santa Monica  has taken to move us toward a safer, more active, healthy and sustainable community that serves it’s residents and welcomes visitors. If you haven’t been here lately – COME VISIT US!

Lots of events this week and beyond –

Wednesday- Free Screening: Carless in LA, one woman care free trek through Los Angeles
Thursday- HandleBar Happy Hour at Upper West
check SMSpoke.org/events
Now with Expo it is even easier to get west – don’t miss Coast – Santa Monica’s Open Streets Event

From  STREETFILMS

“Santa Monica certainly has a wave of transportation wonders taking flight. Like many cities they seem to be trying out a heaping of everything: bike share, a mix of bike lane treatments, a new rail line, neighborhood greenways, a pedestrian action plan (incorporating Vision Zero), a new people-friendly promenade/protected cycletrack where the Expo line terminates and of course they always have the hard-to-miss Big Blue Bus!

Just in the last six months they have launched both Breeze bike share and opened the Expo rail line to downtown Los Angeles which cuts travel times from an hour and a half by bus to 50 minutes. (Personal note: after spending the day shooting this story I endured a 2 hour and 15 minute bus ride back to L.A.’s Union Station. So at rush hour it can be even more tortuous than that!) The Breeze bike share was my first experience with the smart bike program and it was easy to use and comfortable.

So come see just some of the many options the city has employed to make getting around as easy as possible whatever mode you choose. Thanks much to the wonderful Cynthia Rose from Santa Monica Spoke who made my first visit there a joy by giving me the grand tour.”

Thank you Clarence!

Bike Week LA in Santa Monica: Saturday May 21t: Expo II Station Celebrations

Expo More to Explore

Expo II Station Celebrations

More Buy Local Expo Line Celebrations & Special Offers

More celebrating with Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

Visit all three Santa Monica Stations, each is planned to be themed differently – Santa Monica Spoke is planned to be at all three stations. At 4th Street we’ll be moving about with the Big Purple Cargo Bike, at 17th and at 26th St/ Bergamot we will be in the Mobility Hub – Look for #GoSaMo.
This historic event is one not to be missed.

Local Station activities will be hosted at all three Santa Monica stations at 26th St/Bergamot Station (at Olympic and 26 th Street), and 17th St/SMC Station (at Colorado and 17th Street), and Downtown Santa Monica Station (at Colorado and 4th Street) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and fares will be free on May 21 on the Expo Line as well as on Big Blue Bus and Breeze Bike Share. Each of the new stations in Santa Monica will celebrate the opening and various locations will provide information about local transportation options, and encourage attendees to get out and about to enjoy local businesses and activities happening throughout the day.
Updates posted as they are released.

more info at
http://smgov.net/expo/ and http://moreexpo.metro.net

Movie Screening: CARLESS in LA – Laemmle Monica

In celebration of METRO’s new Expo 2 line to Santa Monica + Bike Month You are cordially invited to the premiere of the feature documentary:

Carefree in LA

CARLESS in LA: one woman’s car-free trek thru Los Angeles

Wednesday, May 25th see full event info here here

Panelist and Q&A Discussion to follow featuring Diego Cardoso of METRO; Jonathan Parfrey of CicLAvia; Aaron Paley formerly of CicLAvia; Cynthia Rose Director Santa Monica Spoke and filmmaker Katie Rogers

PLEASE NOTE: This is a private screening with limited seating. RSVP to KatieRogers777@gmail.com with your name and email to ensure your seat.

We are organizing a group ride that will meet at the 4th Street Expo Terminus Station (near corner of 5th and Colorado near the bike racks) and ride to the Laemmle for the show!
– Meet at 6:00pm ROLL AT 6:15pm
– Free Bike Valet: Opens at 6:15pm
– Panel discussion and a reception follow the movie

– all latest info will be updated on EVENT PAGE HERE

Bike Week LA in Santa Monica Friday May 20th

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Expo II Opening Ceremony & tomorrow Expo II Station Celebrations

More Buy Local Expo Line Celebrations & Special Offers

Info posted as it is confirmed also see smgov.net/expo
Ride Expo for FREE today and tomorrow!
More celebrating with Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

An opening ceremony hosted by Metro will kick off service on the Expo Line, which is the first scheduled passenger train in Santa Monica since the Red Car ended service in 1948. There will be a banner break just east of the Downtown Station located at Colorado and 4th Street. Elected officials from Los Angeles, Metro, Expo and Santa Monica will converge to officially open the seven stations that are part of the Expo Line Phase 2 extension. The line is expected to be open to the public in the afternoon and rides will be free.
For more information about opening weekend check back here or go to  metro.net/moreexpo

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Bike to the Movies and the NEW Laemmle Monica Film Center! Specials!

slide21Bike to the Movies / Date Night (no date required) at the Laemmle Monica Film Center.

Discount tickets with your choice of movie.
Reception in the mezzanine from 6:00 to 7:30pm. $3 beer and wine – discounts on some food items more perks being planned.
Group Ride from 4th Street Expo Station (see below) 

To order tickets in advance go to Laemmle Monica Film Center

  • Select Friday May 20th
  • For either or these movies – title/time
    The Meddler (7:40pm)
    Eva Hesse (7:10pm)
  • Enter Pomo Code SMSpoke, your ticket will be $6.00
  • Concession discount – Popcorn & Soda combo = Small Popcorn & Fountain Drink $5
    ($3 off our regular prices)

Laemmle Eva Hesse Movie

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EVA HESSE

Eva Hesse (1936-1970) was one of America’s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dead from a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, was dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization. EVA HESSE, the first feature-length appreciation of her life and work, makes superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals, her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and contemporary as well as archival interviews with fellow artists (among them Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, Dan Graham) who recall her passionate, ambitious, tenacious personality. Art critic Arthur Danto has written that her work is “full of life, of eros, even of comedy…each piece vibrates with originality and mischief.” The documentary captures these qualities, but also the psychic struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the 1960s, was one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously in a field dominated by male pop artists and minimalists.

Rated NR
Genre: Bio-pic, Documentary, History
Runtime: 108 min
Language: English

Director: Marcie Begleiter
Cast: Bob Balaban (voice), Selma Blair (voice) Patrick Kennedy (voice)

For more info or to buy tickets to this movie click here, select 7:10pm and enter code SMSpoke 


Laemmle The Meddler Movie
THE MEDDLER

With a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori, a successful (but still single) screenwriter, and smother her with motherly love. But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits, and conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of others – as well as her own – and find a new purpose in life

Rated PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 100 min
Language: English

Director: Lorene Scafaria
Cast: J.K. Simmons, Rose Byrne, Susan Sarandon

For more info or to buy tickets to this movie click here,
select 7:40pm at Monica Film Center and enter code SMSpoke


Group ride from the 4/5th Street Expo Station (meet near bike lockers/racks on Colorado) and ride to the movies at Laemmle Monica Theater. We will be there at 5:15 and roll out at 5:45 to the theater.
Click here: RSVP@SMSpoke.org

Celebrate with Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

Join the National Bike Challenge: Ride for team BIKE SANTA MONICA

Expo II: Let’s go Multi-Modal with the Whole Family

 

Sunday May 22nd: Let’s go Multi-Modal on a special Expo II Adventure with the Whole Family.

Expo Line Opens to Santa Monica on May 20th. Join us for an family Friendly adventure for the whole family on Sunday!
With funding from our partners at Metro lets take a ride on Expo, Kids Bikes and All!
We start at 17th Expo Station take a short ride on the Expo II Bike Path and then jump on Expo to Exposition Park for a short ride around the Rose Garden, then back to Santa Monica. Fun for the whole family.

Start time planned for 10am,
Receive a FREE Expo II Commemorative t-shirt when you pre-register.
One for each child plus One adult shirt per family., while supplies last!

Registration limited please RSVP today. For registration form and any FINAL UPDATES please visit the event page HERE

Bike Week LA in Santa Monica, Thursday May 19th BTWD

Santa Monica Bike to Work Day Pitstops 2016 & our
6th Annual Bike FROM Work Handlebar Happy Hour at Areal Restaurant

Bonus: This year we have TWO to visit! Public Bikes at 2714 Main Street 90405 is also hosting a Handlebar Happy Hour supporting SM Spoke!
5:30-7:30pm 

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Did you take the pledge? 
If your ride is long or a full day at work makes it a challenge to pedal home, go multi-modal: , Big Blue Bus joins Metro (and other transit) to offer FREE rides to bicyclists all day on May 19th. Bring your bike or helmet on board a Big Blue Bus and you can ride for free.

Full list Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials 2016

Santa Monica Spoke and Local EVENTS Listed 

Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

2016, Santa Monica Bike to Work Pit Stops:
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note: if you know of other Pitstops not listed – lets us know and we will add them!
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City of Santa Monica, the grand-daddy of all Bike to Work Pit Stops! 6-9am, Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street, there will be giveaways, continental breakfast, hot and cold beverages and gift packs for bikers, also lots of bicycling information. Organized by City of Santa Monica in partnership with METRO and Santa Monica Spoke.
Local Business partner with this pit stop:
     • The Albright –  258 Santa Monica Pier  90401 free treats!  http://thealbright.com
     • Yogurtland Santa Monica –  304 Santa Monica Boulevard  90401 –coupons for free
yogurt! Or stop by their store during Bike Week for coupons for 3oz off when you mention
“Bike Local SM!”  http://www.Instagram.com/YogurtlandSM

Santa Monica Spoke 7am -9am 17th and Broadway Bike to Work Pit Stop. Coffee, Juice, breakfast food and healthy snacks!

Santa Monica Spoke  9:30am – 10:30 at 1640 5th Street, south of the Expo Terminus at SM Spoke HQ.

Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom 50th District2600 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405 Bike to Work Day Pit Stop 8:30-10:30am. Stop by on your bike ride to work, Light snacks and refreshments, legislative resources and promotional bike items.

Areal Restaurant, 10am-11pm, 2820 Main Street,
Free coffees & fountain drinks as well as refilling of water bottles. 20% off any food purchase by mentioning that you biked to work

Crossroads School, 7-10am, 1729 21st Street (just south of Olympic Blvd),
Cold drinks, snacks, water, giveaways FUN

GIANT SANTA MONICA –  2411 Main Street 90405
Save 10%-15% off MSRP on select bikes + accessories. Free Bike Safety Checks. Free $40 Helmet with $400 Bike Purchase.  http://www.giantsantamonica.com/en-us/

Moore Ruble Yudell –  933 Pico Boulevard  90405 Bike to Work Pit Stop on Thursday,  from 7-9 a.m.  http://www.moorerubleyudell.com

Next Salon –  2400 Main Street  #C3 90405  Bike to Work Pit Stop from 7-9 a.m.
$20.00 gift card to Main Street Santa Monica bikers to use any time at Next Salon. http://www.nextsalon.com

Natural Resources Defense Council 1314 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Bike to Work Day Pit Stop from 10am-3pm. Water station, bike pump and granola bars

Helens Cycles,  6:30-10AM, 2501 Broadway, 90404 Free bike safety checks, water bottles coupons, information, Bonk Breaker Bars & drinks out in front of the store! http://helenscycles.com

Colorado Center, 8-10am, 2400 Broadway, Corner of Broadway and Cloverfield – Water and Giveaways!

Santa Monica College, Center for Environmental and Urban Studies, 8am – 10am, 1744 Pearl Street, Across the street from 1744 Pearl Street, in the bike parking corral area, The SMC Bike Club will be providing a pit stop for students and other commuters riding out to or around the West Side. Roll on over forbagels, coffee, parfaits and fruit.

Santa Monica Bike Center, 7:00 am – 12:00 pm1555 2nd Street (corner of 2nd and Colorado) Come visit our Pit Stop on Thursday, We will have juice, coffee, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, bike maps, and informational materials!

Cynergy Cycles, 2300 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, 90404
Bike Week:
FREE Safety Checks on all brands of bikes, 20% off Helmets, 10% off all Bike Accessories BOGO on select Road Tires www.cynergycycles.com

Bike Attack SANTA MONICA –  2400 Main Street Thursday May 19th 
15% off MSRP on select bikes & accessories. Free Mini-Tune-up. Free Kali Helmet with $400 Bike Purchase.  www.bikeattack.com

Bike Attack Electric+ –  2904 Main Street Thursday May 19th
15% off MSRP on select electric bikes & accessories. Free Mini-Tune-up. Free Kali Helmet with E-Bike Purchase.  www.electricbikeattack.com

IZIP Store, 9am – 6pm 2830 Main St: (90405) 10% off Accessories and Services. Free Safety Checks (use promo code “RIDE2WORK”) 

Please check back here or the event Calendar for more listings & specials!

Join the National Bike Challenge: Ride for team BIKE SANTA MONICA

LA Metro’s Proposed Transit System

Wow!  LA Metro’s proposed transit system is amazing – check out this map!

We all know that LA County once had one of the world’s most extensive rail transit systems – shutdown by automobile interests, as legend has it.

Well, it is back to the future in November 2016 if voters get a chance to approve a ballot measure that looks like Metro’s Draft Expenditure Plan!  (see below)

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As we have said before, the proposed investment in new, extended or enhanced rail transit system in the Metro Draft Plan is nothing short of incredible!

And there is more:  about 6% of the measure, maybe more, will be spent improving pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.  Other funds will help keep fares low and ensure State of Good Repair for both our highway and transit systems.

CLICK HERE and connect to Metro’s Draft Plan .

Want to know more?  Join Move LA’s 8th Annual Transportation Conversation on Monday May 23.

You will hear from LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, chair of Metro’s Board, as well as LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, and USC’s Dr. Manuel Pastor and other leaders from our diverse coalition of business, labor, environmental and social justice leaders.

REGISTER HERE: MONDAY, MAY 23, at the LA Cathedral’s Conference Center in downtown Los Angeles

Denny Zane for Move LA
http://www.movela.org/

Bike Week LA in Santa Monica Tuesday & Wednesday May 17 & 18

Wednesday: 2 FUN EVENTS

Ballona Creek Camp Coffee – Special Bike Week Edition – BYO coffee & share breakfast outdoors!   7am Coffee Outside

Camp coffee gatherings add adventure to everyday routines! For us it’s #BallonaCreekCampCoffee!
Special Bike Week Edition on the jetty off of Poseur Bridge in between MDR and Playa. Here’s location and our route. We will be cooking breakfast food to share too! Join the Fun. Questions?
Bring the stuff to BYO “brew you own” or just bring a full cup of your morning beverage with you 🙂 Search Instagram for lots of photos,  #‎ballonacreekcampcoffee. If you’re on the east side look up with #‎larivercampcoffee!

Guided Santa Monica City Bike Tour: Esplanade, MANGo, Bike Lanes and More!
Handlebar Happy Hour… 

City Hall Green Lanes
Hard to believe it was three years ago we were celebrating the announcement of our Bike Friendly Community Silver Award from the League of American Bicyclists,  Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC).
Now as we continue our quest for GOLD, join us on a Guided City Tour of some of our newest bike lanes, infrastructure and MANGo. We will start with a visit to the nearly complete Esplanade and our DTSM protected 2 way cycle track and the Expo II 4th Street Station. Give input, ask questions hear about what’s up next –
The ride begins in front of Santa Monica City, 1685 Main Street meet at 5:00pm


Recap Monday:
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We dined Monday at a favorite local eatery, the Veggie Grill!  Veggie Grill will donate 33% of all receipts* for customers that mentioned Santa Monica Spoke all day!

Tuesday morning: Ladies Choice: Women & Biking, discussion and socialize over morning coffee at Sidecar Donuts!

A nice group gathered over coffee and yummy donuts at Sidecar this morning

Full list Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials 2016

Santa Monica Spoke and Local EVENTS Listed 

Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

2016, Santa Monica Bike to Work Pit Stops: Metro LA Pitstop Map

Join the National Bike Challenge: Ride for team BIKE SANTA MONICA

Ask Sec. Foxx to consider bicyclists when evaluating our roads

Bike League Action

We need your help

The Federal Highway Administration once again ignored bicyclists when determining performance measures for our transportation system.  Please ask Secretary Foxx to consider bicyclists when doing performance evaluations of our streets and roads.

  • Even though Congress just instituted a complete streets policy for the National Highway System (Main streets, state highways, and other major roads), FHWA wants to measure performance of our transportation system using a measure for drivers only.
  • It measures congestion by measuring delay for drivers, but gives no credit to states or metropolitan areas that invest in biking, walking or transit facilities that reduce congestion.

If these draft rules are implemented, they will hinder the ability of local governments to implement complete streets, build protected bike lanes, etc.

Read more about the rule and how it will effect  biking.

Please ask Secretary Foxx to consider bicyclists when judging performance of our streets and roads