Monthly Archives: July 2011

Eat Real Fest, Avoid Camageddon – go by bike!

The 405 Freeway will be closed. We gave you stuff to do in Santa Monica – But what else is happening on the westside?

Eat Real Fest!

Eat Real Fest is a celebration of all things tasty, fresh and handmade with a focus on street food, local wines, handcrafted beers and traditional craft food – all featuring sustainable, local ingredients. Plus, no dish or drink costs more than $5.
LACBC and local chapter Culver City Bicycle Coalition will be providing free bike valet at the event, and Bikerowave will be offering free bike tuneups and workshops.

Eat Real Festival

When: July 16 & 17; 10:30 AM to 9 PM
Where: Helms Bakery District, Culver City

Bike Ride to Eat Real Festival with LACBC
When: July 16 & 17; meet at 10:30 AM, ride at 11 AM
Where: meet at the corner of Wilshire & Western
Read LACBC event posting. More information on how to get there.

The race is on…. Carmageddon has spawned a new battle!

You’ve all heard of the battles that we face with cars… Well here is something new.  With all the hoopla surrounding “Carmageddon” JetBlue announced $4 fares between Burbank and Long Beach!  (SOLD OUT)

Well it didn’t take long for the cycling community to put in their 2 cents.  Wolfpack Hustle is challenging JetBlue to a race, door to door –  Burbank to Long Beach, who will win?  Get info and follow their updates on twitter
or email

Seems JetBlue has taken on the challenge and has offered @OhaiJoe a seat on a flight from Burbank to Long Beach on Saturday.

The Jet Blue* flight departs from Burbank Airport Saturday July 16 at 12:20 PM. 

From Bike Commuters blog (@ohaijoe)

I’ll be onboard Tweeting, Instaggram-ing, and taking video of the flight, and we’ll have a crew on the ground covering the race from door-to-door.
All riders will depart from the same location, the Burbank Airport, at the same time, and be required to follow all traffic laws.
Who will win?
More details to come as they develop. I hope you’ll be following along!
***If you’d like to help out by Sponsoring the race, and ideally offering a prize for the riders if they win, please get in touch with either me or Roadblock of Wolfpack Hustle asap!




Carmageddon, Great excuse to stay and Buy Local in Santa Monica, info from Metro and City of Santa Monica

405 Freeway to be closed weekend of July 15-18

•Northbound I-405: 10-mile closure between I-10 and U.S. 101
•Southbound I-405: 4-mile closure between U.S. 101 and Getty Center Drive Ramps

All about the project: visit the Metro web site

FAQs for Santa Monica Residents & Visitors

FAQs for Santa Monica Businesses

Buy Local Button

Stay Local – Play Local – Bike Local

So the freeway’s closed – it will be a fantastic mid-summer weekend to stay local and enjoy your town.  Visit for great specials and things to do!

45 things to do in Santa Monica



New bike itineraries:

Wellness tour of Santa Monica PDF Google Map
Sustainable Santa Monica Tour PDF Google Map
Vintage Santa Monica Shopping Tour PDF Google Map
An Artful Cruise through Santa Monica PDF Google Map


Free Bike Valets available during the weekend:

Free, secure, attended bike valet parking in convenient locations.  Valets in bold are available weekly.

Thursday evening, July 14
Twilight Dance Series Concert, Santa Monica Pier (Thursdays through September 8)
North side of the pier, east of the bike path against the pier
6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday evening, July 15
Main Street Business District
2900 block of Main Street, east side
5 to 11 p.m.

Saturday, July 16
Virginia Avenue Park – Pico Farmers Market
Off parking lot near Pico Blvd.
7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Downtown & Downtown Farmers Market
Arizona Ave between Third Street Promenade & 4th Street
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Santa Monica Pier
North side of the Pier, east of the bike path
Noon to 5 p.m.

Main St Business District
2900 block of Main Street, east side
Noon to 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 17
Main Street Farmers Market
2640 Main Street at Heritage Square
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Downtown Santa Monica
Arizona Ave between Third Street Promenade & 4th Street
Noon to 5 p.m.

Santa Monica Pier
North side, east of the bike path against the pier
Noon to 5 p.m.


If you’re heading out of Santa Monica July 15-18, plan your trip carefully! Ride your bike! The 405 Freeway will be closed for 53 hours in both directions between the I-10 and the U.S. 101 for planned demolition work on the Mulholland overpass. The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project, a joint effort between Metro and Caltrans, will add a 10-mile HOV lane and improve supporting infrastructure such as ramps, bridges and sound walls. This project will reduce existing and forecasted traffic congestion.
On Friday, July 15, ramps along the 10 mile closure will begin to shut down as early as 7 p.m., and closure of freeway lanes will begin at 10 p.m. to ensure full freeway closure by midnight. The closure will continue until 5 a.m. Monday morning, July 18. Ramps and connectors will be reopened by 6 a.m. During this closure, the Mulholland Bridge, I-405 freeway and access ramps will be closed.


Have a great weekend – Ride Safe!



Community Forum, Bring Bike Sharing to Santa Monica

Bike Share, A System for Santa Monica?
Community Forum co-hosted by Global Green and the Santa Monica Transportation Department

When:     Wednesday, July 20th
Where:    Santa Monica Civic, 1855 Main Street
Time:       6:00pm – 8:00pm
RSVP:      Carolyn Gibson at


Santa Monica has long defined itself as an environmental leader, in terms of biking, some feel the city is falling behind.  Cities around the world are prioritizing bicycling as a solution to alleviate traffic and gridlock, reduce carbon emissions and foster a healthier population: we want Santa Monica to be doing the same. A bike share program is a highly visible, all-inclusive way to spread awareness and interest in bicycling and to help Santa Monica reach its bicycle goals.

Bike sharing is a system in which numbers of bicycles are made available for shared use.  (A system the city already has in use for its employees)  As a non-profit environmental organization headquartered in Santa Monica, Global Green USA has worked with the city on various environmental endeavors that fits into its organizational goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and foster sustainability in urban environments.  Following in that tradition, Global Green and the Santa Monica Transportation Department will co-host a community forum on July 20th to give the community a chance to learn about bike sharing, test out some of the latest models, and give input on how bike sharing could be right for Santa Monica.

Funding for Bicycling & Walking in Jeopardy

This is Urgent!

Federal funding for bicycling and walking is in jeopardyWe need you to send a short email today to your members of Congress.

Today, Congressman John Mica of Florida, Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, outlined his plans for the new transportation bill and called for the elimination of dedicated funding for biking and walking programs, which he suggested, “do not serve a federal purpose.”

In the Senate, James Inhofe of Oklahoma is leading a similar attack. Inhofe, a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said that one of his top-three priorities for the next multi-year federal transportation bill is to eliminate “frivolous spending for bike trails.”

If Representative Mica and Senator Inhofe get their way, dedicated funding for three crucial programs — Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements, and Recreational Trails — will be eliminated. The cost-effective federal investment in bicycling that is making our nation better will shrink dramatically. We can’t allow this to happen.

That’s why we are asking you to reach out to the two U.S. Senators and the U.S. Representative who represent you in Congress. Ask them to support ongoing, dedicated funding for biking and walking in the next transportation bill. (You can find your representatives and send your note directly from our website. Click here to review clear, basic, suggested text for your email. Feel free to customize it and/or add a personal story.)

Your simple messages will make a difference. You can help refute Representative Mica’s and Senator Inhofe’s unreasonable, counterproductive cuts. You can help assure that progress will continue in all 50 states to make bicycling safer and better for people of all ages.

At, our goal is to unify support for bicycling and celebrate all the great things that happen whenpeople ride bikes. Occasionally, we need to stand strong together to keep bicycling on track. This is one of those times!

Thanks for your support and your quick response to this call to action.

Tim Blumenthal