Monthly Archives: March 2012

Buy Local Festival this Saturday

Originally scheduled on March 17th it was rescheduled due to rain.

Santa Monica Buy Local Festival:
11am to 4pm at the 3rd Street Promenade

We’ll be there sharing a booth with Santa Monica Bike Center near 3rd and Broadway. Come by and say hi!

Unofficial Grand Opening of Santa Monica’s first on street Bike Corrals!

Saturday we celebrated an important and visible piece of the New Bike Action Plan.

SMDP 3/26/12

Since we couldn’t let such a grand event go “un” celebrated we decided that an UNOFFICIAL GRAND OPENING / RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY WAS IN ORDER!

We started the morning at the Santa Monica Bike Center, gathering on bikes we rode down Main Street to Edgemar to join a waiting crowd for the festivities. We had lots of bikes, balloons, cookies, muffins, coffee donated by Peet’s, speeches and a red ribbon to cut. The event was well attended by an enthusiastic crowd and the local press. We were happy to have Santa Monica City Mayor Richard Bloom officially help preside over our “Unofficial Ceremony” along with Planning Commissioner and co-organizing conspirator Richard McKinnon shown here with the traffic cone megaphone.
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Bikes can mean big business, and businesses are beginning to realize it.”

Far and away, the biggest reason business owners resist the addition of bike infrastructure is that they’re afraid it will limit parking. Once they realize they can get 12 bike parking spaces for each car spot, sometimes they begin to change their tune. Even better, they begin to discover that cyclists can be their best customers. “We tend to shop closer to home and shop more often,” said April Economides, a consultant who helped the city of Long Beach, build bicycle-friendly business districts.
quote from DC Streetsblog article, National Bike Summit

These bike corrals represent a wonderful collaboration between the community, the city and local business to provide more secure bike parking at key locations here on Main Street.

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“We at Santa Monica Spoke have strongly advocated the importance of abundant, convenient and safe parking for bicycles.  Good bike parking is an essential feature of a bikeable urban landscape and a crucial component in encouraging and enabling people to ride. It’s an important and valuable investment for cities to make.” Cynthia Rose said to the crowd.

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A typical bike corral uses one car parking space and can accommodate 10 to 14 bikes. In a space one car would park, a bike corral can provide parking for 14 or more customers to patronize local business. The corrals we celebrated Saturday are unique in that they were installed without removing any car parking but instead are utilizing previously red buffer zones that have now been repurposed to provide secure parking for an additional 36 bikes on Main Street.

Parking for an additional 36 bikes without adding congestion to sidewalks or removing any car parking. These corrals will provide parking for visitors who can now enjoy restaurants and shopping, while actively experiencing and connecting with local businesses.

Top ©GaryRidesBikes
SMDP Kibiwot Limo
Flickr stream and all others: ©, ©SantaMonicaSpoke, taken by Bryan Beretta


Grand Unofficial opening of Santa Monica’s first on-street bike corrals

You are cordially invited to the Grand Unofficial opening of Santa Monica’s first on-street bike corrals.

Part of  Santa Monica’s big new Bike Plan the corrals were installed last week. No good turn should ever go unannounced or un-celebrated. Its time the corrals were unofficially opened by bike riders, community representatives, political types and the general public.

So, join in on Saturday morning at the bike corrals between 11 and 12 for coffee, muffins, balloons, music, ribbon cutting, speeches, politicians, drum rolls, bike type activities, media coverage, lights, cameras. And more. Much more! It’s a party! Be there.

Santa Monica Spoke, a sponsor of the Opening will lead a group bike ride from the Bike Center at 10.30am to the event in front of Peet’s Coffee.

Santa Monica Bike Corrals
Grand Unofficial Opening Saturday March 24 
Bike Ride from Bike Center  at 10:30, roll out at 10:45 sharp
(2nd and Colorado)
Ribbion Cutting Ceremony 11 am
2439 Main Street
Outside Peets at the Edgemar Center
(on the Main Street bike lanes)


Tweet your Congress members to Save Cycling TODAY!


As you may have heard (ok, definitely heard!), the League of American Bicyclist  is currently hosting the 2012 National Bike Summit in Washington, DC

You can make your voice heard in DC from here in California or wherever you are. If you weren’t able to make it – but you still want to be involved. Make sure Congress hears bicyclists’ voices loud and clear today.

Find your elected officials’ Twitter handle at, and tell them that you bike and you vote!

Here are some sample tweets you can use:

Hey [@RepresentativeX]: #ibikeivote, Support a clean extension of the transpo bill and Petri amend #nbs12

Hey [@SenatorX]: #ibikeivote, Pls support clean extension of the transportation bill #nbs12

Hey [@RepresentativeX]: Remember the freedom of ur first #bike? Support bike funding in the #transportation bill! #ibikeivote #nbs12

It may feel like one tweet to you, but it makes a big difference. Thank you for your help to Save Cycling!

Expo Line Santa Monica Landscaping Design Meeting


Join us for an overview of the landscape design plan for the Expo Line in Santa Monica!
The Exposition Construction Authority invites you to a community meeting regarding the landscaping elements proposed for the Expo Line in Santa Monica.

The community will have an opportunity to:

  • ·        Hear an overview from the design team on the proposed landscaping
  • ·        Get an update on construction activities and the Colorado streetscape
  • ·        Learn about the tree relocation and replacement plan
  • ·        Provide input and feedback

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Virginia Avenue Park – Thelma Terry Building
2200 Virginia Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404