Monthly Archives: May 2011

Sustainable Streets & Grand Masters Cycling Fundraiser and Raffle

May 24th, 11:30am – 12am at the Library Alehouse

Santa Monica Spoke joins non-profits Sustainable Streets and Grand Masters Cycling for a springtime celebration featuring bikes, beer, food, fabulous raffle prizes and complimentary bicycle valet.

Bike month is still in full swing. Meet your cycling friends at the Library Alehouse on May 24th for lunch, appetizers, dinner and/or drinks. The Alehouse will donate 10% of your purchase to support their work.

Between 3 and 5 pm Patrick Brady, author of No-Drop Zone, will sign his book “in the library.” Stay into the evening for a fabulous raffle that includes two KHS bicycles, gear from REI and Patagonia, helmets from Nutcase, haircuts from Luxelab, lunch from Joe’s Restaurant, Bar Pintxo, Real Food Daily, Alehouse gift certificates, books, videos and much more!

Free bike valet from 5 PM to 11:30 PM.

Please bring your friends and join us for a fun time with bikes on Main Street.
See Facebook event here and more info about the fantastic raffle.

Hope to see you there!

SMMoA Cycle Chic Ride this Saturday

The first ride scheduled back in March was rained out. It  has been rescheduled for this Saturday!

SMMoA Hearts Bikes

Please note this ride is on Saturday 5/21

Cycle Chic


When:      Saturday, May 21, 2011
Time:        10am-1-pm
Where:     SMMoA at Bergamot

Join us for a day of culture, style, and cycling! This half-day bike excursion includes:

A tour of SMMoA’s current exhibitions

-Marco Brambilla: The Dark Lining
Simmons and Burke: In Media(s) Res, Media(s) In Res
Park Studio: State of Mind

Studio visits with artist Blue McRight and architect Warren Wagner of W3 Architects. Preview McRight’s recent work and Wagner’s exciting green living projects.

Rest stop at the Frank Gehry-designed Edgemar Center to learn about the Buy Local Program with the Main Street Merchants Assocation. Receive information, coupons, and free samples!

Participation fee: $10 Click here to purchase ticket
FREE for SMMoA members: RSVP to

Join SMMoA today and receive free admission to Cycle Chic and many other exclusive member benefits!

FELT Bicycles will lend bikes to individuals on a first come, fist serve basis. Sizes and styles vary.

Please contact:

Riders are welcome to stay on Main Street for a guided walking tour or return to SMMoA. Ride leadership provided by Santa Monica SPOKE.

About Cycle Chic™: Sparked in Copenhagen, Denmark to celebrate the cycling capital’s perennial style and sensibility, Cycle Chic™ inspires sartorial riding in urban cities all over the world.

About Santa Monica’s Buy Local Program: This is a campaign created by representatives of the Santa Monica business community and the City of Santa Monica to support the economic and environmental benefits of choosing local first.


rain drop

In the case of rain, this event will be canceled.



Event Partners: Cycle Chic™, Blue McRight, W3 Architects/Warren Wagner, FELT Bicycles, Buy Local Santa Monica, Main Street Merchants Association, Santa Monica SPOKE

In-kind snacks and refreshments generously provided by Clif Bar and O.N.E. Coconut Water.

Cycle Chic Logo Banner

Bike to Work event at Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar

Celebrate Bike to Work Day with us at Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar.
Pourtal will be donating 15% of all tasting sales to LACBC and Santa Monica Spoke all night with Happy Hour food and wine specials offered 4 to 7pm. Plus there will be a chance to win some other cool prizes, including free wine!

Free Bike Valet hosted by Santa Monica Spoke 4-7pm

Bike to Work Day

Thursday, May 19th
– 4-7pm Free Bike Valet
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar, 104 Santa Monica Blvd


also Pourtal will be donating to LACBC through it’s Angel Share Program

Angel Shares Happy Hour

$6 Glasses, $6 Appetizers & 15% of all Tasting Sales to Charity.

Monday All Night • Tuesday through Friday 4pm to 7pm

Our Angel Shares Happy Hour is a chance to enjoy some fine wines with friends while giving back to your favorite non-profit organization.  The term describes the portion of wine that evaporates from the barrel during fermentation.  Winemakers have long called this the “Angel’s Share”.

Pourtal will donate 15% of all Enomatic tasting sales during Happy Hour to LACBC  from May 15th to the 31st.



Join us in the Park on Sunday

Bring your beach chair or a blanket and join us in the park on Sunday for a meeting to hear what Spoke is doing, talk about bikes, the City’s Bike Action Plan or just come hang out to say hi!

We’ll meet at Broadway Park around 3:00 to soak up some of that beautiful Santa Monica weather and to chat and get acquainted before the meeting scheduled to begin at 3:30.

Time      3:30-5:00pm
Date       Sunday, May 15th
Place     Broadway Park, 2500 Broadway, (1 block west of Helen’s Cycles)

Please bring any questions or comments you have or just kick back and listed to what going on.  Among other things we will be sharing information on the current status of the Bicycle Action Plan for Santa Monica and talking about the community meeting the city is hosting on Monday the 16th.  This Monday is an important meeting where we’ll get another look at the progress of Santa Monica’s bike plan and have the opportunity contribute and give input.  Next week is Bike to Work Week.  If you like you can also sign up to volunteer for some of the events planned.

We look forward to seeing you!



Bicycle Action Plan Community Meeting

The next important step in the process to formulate Santa Monica’s Bicycle Action Plan is Monday, May 16th when the city will host a workshop for community input. Community input is essential for creating a Bicycle Acton Plan that will be effective and useful for residents and visitors to Santa Monica.

Free Bike Valet will be provided by the city.

Please spread the word, we look forward to seeing you there!

When:    May 16th
Time:      6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where:   Santa Monica Civic (east wing), 1855 Main Street

Ride your bike – bike valet will be provided.
The Civic Center is accessible by Big Blue Bus lines 2, 3, Rapid 3, 4, 7, 8, and 9.

Update: the meeting time has been corrected and will begin at 6:30pm


May is Bicycle Month


May 7th, Santa Monica Festival

To kick it off we had a great day at the Santa Monica Festival with a Bicycle Exhibition.  We had 33 bikes along with assor

ted accessories to illustrate the wonderful variety and versatility of the bicycle.  We had cargo bikes and folding bikes, and almost everything in between.  We had bags, baskets and panniers along with trailers for kids and cargo. We’ll have some pictures up to show you soon.

I’d like to take a minute to give a very special thanks to all who participated and contributed to making this event such a success.

Thanks to our Spoke committee members who brought the bikes to the show and volunteered their time- with a special thanks to Barbara Filet, Kent Strumpell, Gary Kavanagh and Bryan Beretta who along with me spent the entire day there talking about bikes and the cities upcoming Bicycle Action Plan while answering questions and providing information to festival attendees. It was a long day but we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

To Steven Carre from Bike Effect who gave a great talk on Bike Fit to a captured audience.

To our friends at the local bike shops, Bike Effect, Cynergy and Helen’s Cycles who lent us bikes.  Thank you for your support!!  You all truly help make this event great.

Thank you Colleen, Gilbert and Steve for letting us display your bikes once you arrived at the festival.

And to Asuka and Lumo thank you so much for your help shuffling bikes to and from the festival – it was such a help!!!


Still to Come

May 16th, Important Community Meeting for Santa Monica’s upcoming Bicycle Action Plan

When:    May 16thTime:      7:00pm
Where:   Santa Monica Civic (east wing), 1855 Main Street



May 19th, Bike to work Day – fundraiser event at Pourtal

Pourtal will donate a percentage of their sales to LACBC and Santa Monica Spoke on May 19th as well as 15% of happy hour sales to LACBC from May 16th to the 31st!

Detail to follow and will be update here.


Santa Monica Museum of Art Cycle Chic Ride

The first date in March was rained out but has now been rescheduled

May 21 st

Detail to follow and will be update here.







Santa Monica Festival, May 7th – Bike Exhibition

This year’s festival has a special emphasis on bikes, bikers and bicycle culture

Santa Monica Festival celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary at Clover Park this Saturday, May 7th from 11am to 6pm.  It gives us great pleasure to report that “Bikes” will play a large roll in the festivities this year.  Santa Monica Spoke is excited to be participating by putting on a “Bike Exhibition”.  The concept will demonstrate the wonderful versatility of the bicycle and how it can enhance our lives as a healthy, sustainable part of our city and the environment.  We will demonstrate the adaptability of bicycles and how bicycles can be more than just for pleasure – they can get us to work or school, go shopping, get groceries, run errands, and take us on terrific adventures from cruising in the sun to bike touring destinations near and far.

We will have a large variety of bicycles on display from standard cruisers, mountain bikes and road bikes to the newly popular cargo bikes and folding bikes.  We will have trailers for hauling all kinds of cargo from your children and pets to trips to your local farmers market, weekly groceries and weekend shopping sprees.  We will also have some nice vintage bikes on display as well, still ready for daily use.

Bikes on display are courtesy of Santa Monica Spoke, along with generous help from local bike shops.

Santa Monica Spoke will also be hosting a special guest, Steven Carre – fit expert from Bike Effect who will give a talk on how to “fit your bike” and be there to answer questions about bike fit, saddle choices, shoes, what size bike is right for you.  Steven is scheduled to be with us from 1 – 3 pm.  He will give an informational talk about the importance of a proper bike fit at 1:00pm and be there afterwards to answer your questions.

Have a bike collecting dust in a corner somewhere?  Get it out and bring it down; the folks at Bikrowave will be there to help you get that bike back on the road.  You can learn to “do-it yourself” bicycle repair, get maintenance advice and safe riding tips.  The City of Santa Monica’s Planning and Community Development Bike Learning Area will be there for you to practice defensive riding techniques and how to ride safely in the street.  The Santa Monica Museum of Art presents “Ticket to Ride” for you to track your trek by filling in a scrapbook preloaded with inspiring bike quotes, illustrations, cycling tips and rules of the road.

Ride your bike to the festival, Free Bike Valet will be provided by the City of Santa Monica.

We look forward to you visiting our exhibition and talking with you about bicycling in Santa Monica and the city’s progress on the Bike Action Plan.

Festival Website
Festival on Facebook
Facebook Event Page
twitter @santamonicafest

Each year since 1992, Community Arts Resources, (CARS) who also has produced this event that has grown into Santa Monica’s largest celebration of its civic identity. The Santa Monica Festival expresses the city’s persona through a two-pronged approach: culture and the environment. Now one of the greenest festivals in the Los Angeles area, the event employs solar-powered stages, carbon offsets, waste diversion and product replacement to be as sustainable as possible. The festival, located in Clover Park since 1994, also celebrates the amazing diversity of Santa Monica through programming on two stages, a Town Square of local non-profits and government agencies, a Global Café, and a Marketplace of diverse vendors. The festival is presented by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division as well as the City’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

SANTA MONICA, CA (APRIL 10, 2011) – Commemorating its twentieth year, the Santa Monica Festival has evolved into a celebration of the unique intersection of art and the environment.  Festival-goers can celebrate Mother Earth and all moms this Mother’s Day weekend with an eclectic mix of live music and dance, DIY art workshops utilizing recycled and repurposed materials, guilt-free shopping from vendors featuring earth-friendly artistic wares and local resources offered by a variety of City and local non-profit organizations.