Monthly Archives: August 2011

Beverly Hills Ad-Hoc Bike Plan meeting THIS MONDAY

Our friends to the east Better Bike Beverly Hills, another of LACBC’s Regional Groups could use our support.

This from Mark Elliot at Better Bike Beverly Hills.

THIS MONDAY the Beverly Hills Ad-Hoc Bike Plan Update Committee meets with bike advocates. This is only the second open meeting of
the ad-hoc, and they want to get the word out to those in and around the city who focus on bike planning and active transportation issues. Let’s remind the Ad-Hoc commissioners that the city must step up now.

Mark your calendar:

Beverly Hills Ad-Hoc Bike Plan Update Committee
Monday, August 29th 5 pm
345 Foothill Rd. Beverly Hills, CA 90210

According to Elliot without collective pressure, the committee’s ambition has slackened and its work program has languished.

You can read more about the first meeting here:
See Marks recent letter to the commissioners here:

Greater challenges lie ahead. Regional connectivity is one of Better Bike’s
key priorities, but on-road, bi-directional bike lanes for SM Blvd is a
heavy political lift (even for sympathetic electeds – and we now have two of
five City Council members working with us). It may come down to only an
additional few inches of pavement for the lanes, but we’ll need to highlight
the virtues and allay the concerns about community backlash.  The SM Bike lane is an issue that Bike Beverly Hills plans to see through at every step of the way.

Bike Beverly Hills folks would like to see you there on Monday or at a City Council meetings beyond.


Want to get involved? They have regular meetings the 1st Monday and a ride on the 2nd Sunday of the month.
Visit their site at for more info.

Community Block Party Saturday 8/27

Santa Monica Spoke will attend to answer questions & taking biking in Santa Monica. We will bring a copy of the Draft Bicycle Action Plan and some of the maps it contains.  We look forward to meeting you.

More info on the BAP here

Library Alehouse benefit for LA.Streetsblog, Aug 30th

Join us at the Library Alehouse on Tuesday, August 30th and benefit LA.Streetsblog. 10% of sales that day will be donated to LA.Streetsblog. They have a pair of amazing auctions and a special luncheon with our own Pam O’Connor, Santa Monica City Council member, Metro Board Member and President of SCAG.  All that and great New Belgium Brewing drink specials and pairings on the special day.
In addition to everything else they are scheduled to have a bike valet for your cycling pleasure!
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED.  Click here to volunteer
(or email
There’s going to be a special free raffle just for bike valet volunteers with prizes from Streetsblog and Santa Monica Spoke.
Here’s a list of the amazing auction items that were all donated for the event:
  • A pair of year-long memberships (auctioned separately,) including stand time and tool rental, at the Bikerowave
  • A month pass for the Big Blue Bus  with a special lanyard and toy bus
  • A one month supply of CLIF Bars for  a family of 3
  • A Streetsblog schwag bag full of fun LASB items
  • A New Belgian Brewery schwag bag
  • A special raffle for the Fat Tire Cruiser!

Join us! Come out, join the fun, eat, drink, volunteer, and all to benefit LA.Streetsblog!!

All day Tuesday, August 30th at the Library Alehouse, 2911 Main St. Santa Monica. 


Tour da Arts, vol. 3 Bike Route

click image for full post with schedule

Don’t miss your last chance to preregister for the Tour da Arts logo by Coco Moon ChilcoteSanta Monica Museum of Art’s third annual Cause for Creativity: Tour da Arts cultural bike event!


Beat the pump, cycle the town, and enjoy Santa Monica’sTour Da Arts Bike Gearsights and sounds. The Santa Monica Museum of Art’s third annual Tour da Arts bike event invites you to participate in a spoke-card workshop and a scenic ride with stops for music, dance, and art along the way. The ride culminates at SMMoA with the Bicycle Bell Ensemble – a tuneful collaborative performance.


FREE admission to Tour da Arts ride and festivities
Spoke card art workshop admission $5
FREE for SMMoA members.
Activities are open to all ages
(some restrictions apply).

Free Bike Gear

All riders receive a FREE bicycle bell and the first 150 riders to register and check-in receive a FREE Tour da Arts bicycle bag!

The ring of your free bicycle bell is an instrumental part of the musical grand finale – the Bicycle Bell Ensemble.


Check out the August issue of Momentum Magazine featuring Tour da Arts



SAVE THE DATE: September 10, 2011

Portland comes to Santa Monica

Dinner & Bikes Tour

   ….. & Cupcakes


with Elly Blue of Taking the Lane ,
Joshua Ploeg –  traveling vegan chef
Cost FREE – Pre-registration info soon.
Santa Monica Spoke is excited to host the evening!
502 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica
Dinner Bell rings at 7pm – but stayed tuned to more fun events in the afternoon.


avatar for Elly Blue  Elly Blue

Elly Blue is a bicycle activist living in Portland, Oregon. She has been the managing editor of, the lead coordinator of the Towards Carfree Cities conference in Portland in 2008, and has been an active bike funnist since 2005. She publishes a feminist bicycle zine called Taking the Lane.