CalBike Handlebar Happy Hour Sunday November 2nd!

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Handlebar Happy Hour
to welcome California Bicycle Coalition Surf ‘n Turf ride to Santa Monica, and to highlight and honor our local leaders and superstars.

Event is free but please RSVP,
Donations are welcomed!

Handlebar Happy Hour

Day:      Sunday
Date:    November 2nd
Time:   4:00PM – 6:30:pm
Place:   Private courtyard at 1640 5th Street
RSVP: HERE

Local Chapter Santa Monica Spoke leads this months LACBC Sunday Funday Ride that will begin at the top of the Santa Monica Pier early Sunday morning. They will roll out at 9am to ride north on PCH to meet up with the CalBike Surf ‘n Turf tour at Nicolas Canyon Beach Park for lunch. After which the whole group will ride back to Santa Monica together!CalBike-surf-n-turf-Trace-alternate-w-tagline-259x300

Surf ‘n Turf is California Bicycle Coalition’s inaugural fundraising bike tour. It will embark this Saturday morning to raise awareness and funds for the Better Bikeways Campaign, increased funding and improved design for bikeways in California, and the Give Me 3 campaign. As the tour bikes down the coast they will meet up with affiliate organizations along the way to highlight local advocates, campaigns and successes with a variety of events celebrating those leading the momentum.

The tour leaves from Santa Barbara Saturday, November 1st and arrives in San Diego Wednesday, November 5th. Sunday afternoon, November 2nd the group arrives and stays in Santa Monica for the night! In collaboration with local partners, Santa Monica Spoke will host a Handlebar Happy Hour for Calbike to welcome the tour and introduce them to some of LACBC’s local and countywide victories and campaigns, and to honor bicycle and sustainable transportation advocates and superstars!

VOTE: Be Engaged, Ballot Measures We Support & Why

This upcoming election is critical for the future of our city, with three City Council seats up for grabs and four important measures on the ballot.

Santa Monica Spoke is a 501c3 and cannot endorse candidates. To find information on what Civic and Community Leaders in the biking community are recommending you can look here:
Bike the Vote (includes local and regional races)
Assemblyman Richard Bloom has this to say..

Important Ballot Measures We Endorse and why:

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Click image for Operative Text of Measures LC and D [Infographic]

We endorse YES on LC and NO on D. See our complete write up here
Visit It’sOurLand.org to learn more about Measure LC, to donate or volunteer to the campaign. Measure LC is for “Local Control” and has received overwhelming community support: see the growing list here.
Measure D is deceptive and paid for by outside interests!  Measure LC was written at the request of residents, 99% of the funding is from small donations almost entirely from within the local community of Santa Monica.
Measure LC does not close the Airport but will keep Santa Monica residents in Control of Airport Land. It allows us to manage the airport for the health and safety of our community and not special interests.
Operative Texts of Measures LC and D [Infographic] ,   Side by Side Analysis Measures LC vs D

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Santa Monica Spoke Supports
Affordable Housing Ballot Measures
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Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 12.40.49 PM Measure H will generate new local revenue for the City so that its affordable housing stock can be maintained and rehabilitated, and that more affordable housing opportunities for people who live and work in the city can be created. 100% of the money collected through Measure H will stay in Santa Monica. It is our money for our community – Sacramento cannot touch one cent.
Measure HH specifies that voters want the revenue from Measure H to be spent on affordable housing programs.
Read why we support H & HH here.

Frequently Asked Questions About Measures H and H

Join the National Momentum! #IBIKEIVOTE

JOIN US and The League of America Bicyclists:
#IBIKEIVOTE

– Parts of this post are excerpted –LEAGUE PROGRAMS, TAKE ACTION by Liz Murphy

With our election one week away today, we are in the home stretch! We will be deluged with emails, television and flyers, mailers etc etc. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!

For important local ballot measures you could start HERE for what we are supporting. For local and regional races visit Bike the Vote or read what Assemblyman Richard Bloom has this to say..

Please VOTE NOVEMBER 4TH – YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!
More in depth background on important local measure we support Yes on LC & Yes on H & HH

In addition we have our own #VoteLocal CAMPAIGN for the election and Santa Monica’s Next Round as it winds down.

Every time you ride your bicycle, even when you ride alone, you’re part of something bigger. Every time you get on your bike you make your community — your country — better.

“Bikes bring us together, uniting us across political lines for a common bipartisan goal: Building a bicycle friendly America for everyone. Whether or not you bike to your polling place on election day, you are a citizen cyclist — and your values for safer streets makes a difference no matter who’s on the ballot.”

“So declare yourself. Tell your friends, your family, leaders in your community and beyond: I Bike, I Vote.  The League of American Bicyclists has launched a new campaign — I Bike, I Vote — mobilizing Americans around the idea that when we bike and we vote, we advance our vision for safer, healthier, more connected communities.”

As a member of Santa Monica Spoke / LACBC you are an affiliate member of the League of American Bicyclist (LAB).

HERE ARE FIVE WAYS YOU CAN JOIN US & THE LEAGUE Of AMERICAN BICYCLISTS TO GET INVOLVED:

  1. Inspire your friends and family: Download the Facebook timeline cover photo and social media icons here and here.
  2. Show your pride: Purchase an I Bike, I Vote sticker and support bike advocacy.
  3. Get engaged: Join LAB Action Alert list so you can make a difference with the click of your mouse when your voice counts at the local, state and federal level. (We share these with you also)
  4. Join the movement: Learn more about the bike movement and how you can plug into League programs, from Women Bike to Smart Cycling education, through LAB bi-weekly E-news. 
  5. Become a member: The League has been promoting and protecting the rights of bicyclists since 1880. Invest in the future of bicycling by becoming one of the thousands of members of the nation’s oldest bike advocacy organization!

Stay connected, join the momentum: JOIN Santa Monica Spoke / Chapter LACBC today.
Founded in 1998, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) works to build a better, more bike-able Los Angeles County. LACBC is the only membership-based nonprofit organization working exclusively for the millions of people who ride bikes in Los Angeles County. Through advocacy, education and outreach, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition brings together the diverse bicycling community in a united mission to make the entire L.A. region a safe and enjoyable place to ride.

LACBC: November Sunday Funday Ride Starts in Santa Monica!

Remember – Time Change is Saturday night!

NOTE: Content on this page has been updated with new information!

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SUNDAY FUNDAY Ride
November 2nd
Starts at Santa Monica Pier!

Organized by Santa Monica Spoke, LACBC & CalBike Board member Cynthia Rose. This will be a bit different from usual more family friendly rides (we’ll make it up to you with another Santa Monica family friendly ride SOON) as we will be riding up Pacific Coast Highway to meet up the CalBike‘s California by Bike Tour “Surf N Turf“. We’ll ride to Nicolas Canyon Beach Park where we will join CalBike for lunch ($10 catered lunch or bring your own) Snacks will be provided.
After lunch we will ride as a group back to the Santa Monica Pier where you are invited to join us for a Handlebar Happy Hour nearby!

November 2nd, 2014
Santa Monica Pier, Top by the Cannon
8:30 AM, Roll at 9:00 AMplease arrive on time for pre-ride shenanigans, ride organizing etc.
Ride is 26.7 Miles in each direction (53.4) ROUTE 

Please RSVP HERE  – with option to purchase lunch 

This is not a roadie race, we will travel at an easy pace, but ask riders to stay focused and make the effort to keep the group together. Use your judgement about whether you can make this trip. Please do no hesitate to inquire if you have questions or concerns. There is the option to return on Metro 534 from Trancas (4.3 miles from south of Nicolas Canyon Beach Park lunch stop). Because of the route – children cannot participate unless they are attached to an adult rider bike and that rider is capable of keeping up a reasonable pace.

Handlebar Happy Hour is scheduled for to start a 4 pm. Please see invitation and rsvp link here

Santa Monica Community College earns Bronze Level!

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Congratulations to Santa Monica Community College (SMC) for being awarded a Bronze Level designation from the League of American Bicyclists, Bike Friendly University℠ program (BFU). You may recall the City of Santa Monica received a Bronze designation in May 2009 and raised it to Silver in 2013. SMC joins thirteen colleges in California that have made the list in the last few years – now totaling 100 nationally in 37 states and Washington DC.

The BFU℠ program has been in place since 2011, and just as the City of Santa Monica and SM City Hall applied, schools or businesses etc. must also apply for the award by filling out a lengthy application. Amelia Neptune, the Bike League’s program manager says of the BFU program “We try to create an application that offers flexibility, so small colleges with few roads can still brag about what they’re doing for bicyclists, even though their needs are very different than large universities.”

“Campus leaders are recognizing the real-time and long term impact that a culture of bicycling can create,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We applaud this new round of colleges and universities for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their staff, students and surrounding communities.”

Genevieve Bertone, Director of Sustainability, Center for Environmental and Urban Studies at SMC had this to say “Receiving this certification was not easy, it took a great deal of effort from many contributors including the Transportation Task Force, the SMC Bike Club, SM Spoke and SM Bike Center and all the many engaged students.” Special congratulations are extended to SMC student and 2013-14 Bike Coordinator, Cade Maldonado who led this effort. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with SMC Bike Club, Cade and all the SMC Bike Coordinators and students over that last few years!

California ranks in the top 10 Bike Friendly States at #9 (up from #19 in 2013) much of that due to state wide efforts of the California Bicycle Coalition, some engaged elected officials, regional campaigns and advocacy like at LACBC and it’s local chapters, i.e. Santa Monica Spoke. Check out the California Report card here. See what we aspire to here in Attributes of a Bicycle Friendly State.

The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. The League’s Bicycle Friendly America℠ program provides a roadmap, hands-on assistance and recognition for states, communities, universities and businesses. The BFA℠ program is a tool for states, communities, business and universities to make bicycling a real transportation and recreation option for all people. As leaders, their commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.

I invite you to join us locally to become a part of that momentum for change.

The League sends out a survey to campus users at the schools that apply, in addition to consulting with local cyclists and advocates. Each application is judged on how well it fulfills bicycling needs in five categories:

  • Engineering (bike lanes, fix-it stations, showers, bike lockers)
  • Education (campaigns, bike maps, classes —academic classes on bike planning, for example, as well as safety/skills classes)
  • Encouragement (bike clubs, events, and rides)
  • Enforcement (bike registration programs, ways to recover lost or stolen bikes, police training on bike laws and safety, police bike patrols and policies)
  • Evaluation and planning (campus bike planning and programming, policies, goals; systems to track the number of bike riders or parking)

To earn the Bronze-level award, a college has to have at least one program in all five categories and excel in one of them. Santa Monica College, with a Bronze-level designation, offers organized rides, education classes, a mentoring program for new riders, information to incoming students, faculty and staff about programs groups and riding on campus, huge new bike corral, and bike valet parking at events. SMC also has a cash incentive program for employees who bike, walk, carpool, or take transit to campus.

To earn a Silver-level award, a school needs to excel in two of the categories; for Gold it would require excelling in three to four categories . To get Platinum, excellence in all five categories is required. California has two Platinum universities, UC Davis and Stanford! As an shining example of Platinum level, UC Davis offers information, bike valet parking, bike tours and rides, car-free days on campus, commuter events, campus-wide traffic calming measures with speed limits of 20 mph or lower on campus streets, bicycle roundabouts and colored bike lanes, and car-free zones on campus. All that helps foster a campus culture where bicycling is the norm. I visited there and took a tour last year during the CalBike Conference – is was AWESOME! Bikes everywhere – and so much more!

As Amelia Neptune explains, the award isn’t just about letting bike-friendly universities gloat. “One of most satisfying things about this program is when a school who didn’t win — who got honorable mention or something — takes our feedback, then reapplies after a few years, and wins,” said Neptune. “They use the feedback we give them on their application to create a plan, to organize a committee, and respond, improving their bike facilities and programs.”

About the Bicycle Friendly America℠ Program: The Bicycle Friendly Community℠, Bicycle Friendly State℠, Bicycle Friendly Business℠ and Bicycle Friendly University℠ programs are generously supported by program partner Trek Bicycle in collaboration with Benchmarking Reports of The Alliance of Biking and Walking. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America℠, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA

I’ll post a follow up on local Bike Friendly designations. For now these are the colleges that have earned designations as Bicycle Friendly Universities in California:

Platinum

  • University of California, Davis
  • Stanford University

Gold

  • University of California, Santa Barbara

Silver

  • University of La Verne
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (new)
  • California State University, Long Beach

Bronze

  • University of San Diego
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Pomona College (new)
  • Santa Monica College (new)

KIDICAL MASS Bike Ride: October 25th, Reed Park

Kidical Mass Bike Ride
October 25th, Reed Park
Theme: HALLOWEEN!

Festivities from 9:00am to NOON
The next Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, October 25th. A fun bike ride experience for families with kids of all ages! Education with Fun & Prizes! Wear a costume and you could win a prize!

DATE:    SATURDAY October 25th
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Reed Park (7th & Wilshire)
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!

COSTUME SWAP – BRING GENTLY USED COSTUMES TO SWAP / DONATE

Schedule
9::00am
Pre-ride snacks, Pumpkin Slalom, Helmet Decorating, Prize, Best Costume, Free Bike Safety Checks, & Check-in
Arrive early and don’t miss the FUN!
10:00am 
Neighborhood Bike Ride*
11:00am (or upon return)
Return to Reed Park around 11-11:15am for FUN and post-ride snacks provided by KIND.
More ideas in the Cauldron – stay tuned…..

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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……

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.

Candidates speak about bikes & Santa Monica’s Next Round

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Informative article on City Council Candidates and bikes, Santa Monica’s Next Round Mixer

City Council Candidates on bikes: Santa Monica Next invited all 14 City Council Candidates to describe their bicycle platform in 250 words or less my Monday afternoon (10/13). All responses, provided they were within the word limit, were published unedited and without comment on Tuesday (10/14), in the order received. Nine of the fourteen candidates responded, you can read their responses here:

Santa Monica’s Next Round: This Friday, October 17th, 5:30 – 7:30pm Join an informal meet up at Wokcano Santa Monica for “Happy Hour Apps and Beverages” for people who live and work in Santa Monica and who want to see their community thrive with sustainable progress and more livable neighborhoods. Next Round is casual and unstructured but you never know what ideas, collaborations or moments of serendipity might spring up.
More info here: Facebook event here.
Wokcano – Santa Monica, 1413 5th St
Santa Monica’s Next Round picks up where #VoteLocal winds down after the November 4th election.

Can’t make this round? Get in the loop for the next round at santamonicanation.nationbuilder.com

Wellbeing Festival, Buy Local, BIKE LOCAL! Saturday October 18th!

Santa Monica Spoke will be hosting a BIKE SKILLS COURSE at the Wellbeing festival this Saturday! Come join the FUN!!

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Wellbeing Festival featuring Buy Local Marketplace
FREE 

Saturday, October 18, 2014
11:00am to 5:00pm
Santa Monica Civic Center,
1855 Main Street, (outdoor Surface Lot)

We are excited to participate in the popular Wellbeing Festival to be held at the Santa Monica Civic this year!

Santa Monica Spoke joins Buy Local / Bike Local to build momentum and support Bike Santa Monica, sharing tips to encourage and empower people to ride bikes for everyday transportation and have FUN in a healthier and safer environment.

Santa Monica Spoke will be hosting a BIKE SKILLS COURSE at the festival with generous support from Perrys’ at the beach and our sponsor Pocrass & De Los Reyes LLP, who have demonstrated a strong commitment to serving the bike community with education and legal services., Come join us, learn tips - test your skills – HAVE FUN!
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Join the growing bike culture being created in Santa Monica with Santa Monica Spoke and our community partners!

The Wellbeing Festival celebrates Santa Monica by showcasing the services and products of Santa Monica businesses to over 4000 locals and visitors at the Civic Center outdoor area The festival brings together local businesses and non-profits to provide expertise, advice, and product samples promoting a healthy and happy lifestyle for all the visitors and the entire Santa Monica Community. Stores and restaurants from every neighborhood will have food and vendor booths. Look for the new BIKE ZONE!

There will be musiccooking demos and interactive classes on stages and lots of opportunities to get free resources and screenings.

And there will also be a GIVE LOCAL clothing donation drive in support of 2014 Westside Thanksgiving so please be sure to bring any gently used clothes to help support to those in need! 

Clothing Drive Email

This event is free to the public and draws thousands of people every year.

For up-to-date event info on Facebook: Wellbeing & Buy Local Festival  #LocalWellbeingFest 

Organized by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce & the City of Santa Monica in partnership with the Buy Local SM Campaign, SM UCLA Hospital + Medical Group, St John’s Health Center, American Red Cross, Revolution Fitness, 220Fitness, Wholefoods Santa Monica + many more of our local businesses!

For more http://smchamber.com/wellbeingbuylocal
exhibitor forms + sponsorship opportunities:

Exhibition: “Reimagining Santa Monica Airport – Part 1″

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You are invited to join Airport 2 Park for the exhibition
“Reimagining Santa Monica Airport – Part 1″
- for one night only

When:    Thursday October 23rd
Time:      6-9pm
Where:   Writers Boot Camp Gallery, Bergamot Station #1,
2525 Michigan Avenue, for one night only.
*Car pooling is encouraged bicycle valet will be provided by Santa Monica Spoke.

The Exhibition will feature the work of USC graduate landscape architect students, Christopher Sison, Chen Liu, Zeek Magallanes and Yongdan Chunyu who under the direction of internationally renowned landscape architect Aroussiak Gabrielian (FORGROUND Design) took a practical approach in choosing bicycles for the their site visit to Santa Monica Airport where they started working on a three month project to design a park to replace the controversial facility. The tour was lead by Airport2Park.org, a coalition of community groups and neighbors that formed to promote the creation of a great park on the land that is currently Santa Monica Airport. The exhibition is curated by Professor Michael Brodsky of Loyola Marymount University, Founding member of Airport2Park.

Professor Brodsky says this about the exhibition, “Very few people have actually seen the potential beauty and space that is currently fenced and covered with asphalt on the Santa Monica airport property. This site has such great potential for a park with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Hollywood Hills and the Santa Monica Mountains that are currently only seen by the very few people that use it now.

“I feel that once people see this exhibition of talented graduate landscape architecture students, they will view the Santa Monica Airport site in an entirely new context; as one that can serve many more people in a variety of creative, healthy and sustainable ways than is currently served by the present industrial use.”

For additional information go to Airport 2 Park