Monthly Archives: April 2012

Spoke Meeting tonight: Tuesday, April 24th, 6:30-8:30pm

What:     Santa Monica Spoke Community Meeting
When:    Tuesday , April 24th
Where:   Colorado Community Room, 502 Colorado Ave (corner of 5th & Colorado)
Time:      6:30pm – 8:30pm

Agenda Discussions:
– Update on Metro Light Rail Bicycle Advisory Committee by Barbara Filet & Kent Strumpell.
– New and up coming bike infrastructure and the Bike Action Plan with Lucy Dyke, City of Santa Monia.
– Traffic diversion plan for cyclist and Q&A on current policies with Sgt. Thomas McLaughlin SMPD.
– New campaign “Bring CicLAvia to SM & the Westside”.
Plenty of bike parking on the patio.

Siemens Sustainable Community Awards


Congratulations Santa Monica!

Our Bike Action Plan stands out as “cutting edge”.

Thanks to our biking community and the input that helped to make it all happen!

Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica is being honored for its integrated planning efforts based on its Sustainable City Plan (SCP). Sustainability strategies developed through the SCP are woven into all of the city’s planning documents, particularly the 2010 Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), which integrates land use and transportation planning activities. Santa Monica has been on the forefront of adopting a Green Building Ordinance and has recently adopted a cutting-edge Bicycle Action Plan.

Integrated Planning

Other initiatives pursued by Santa Monica include:

  • Creative Capital — arts and cultural retention and development
  • Consolidated Plan — affordable housing development
  • The 2008-2014 Housing Element
  • The Historic Preservation Element
  • and many specific plans for all parts of the City, all promoting sustainable development and multi-modal strategies.

Santa Monica also partners with the business community in programs such as “Buy Local,” “Business Greening,” and an effort called the Santa Monica Alliance, which promotes sustainability in terms of maintaining healthy businesses.

Meeting tonight: BERGAMOT Designing the Districts

Monday, April 23rd – tonight! Bergamot Design the Districts, Open house 6-7pm, Workshop 7-9pm
Tuesday, April 24th.  Santa Monica Spoke Meeting, 6:30-8:30pm, 5th a& Colorado, info to follow 

BERGAMOT, Designing the Districts

The City of Santa Monica invites you to the fifth Bergamot Area Plan workshop, where you can help design a district-wide concept that merges previous community input to transition the former industrial areas into a creative and sustainable mixed-use destination.

Please join us tonight, April 23rd starting at 6PM at the Civic Auditorium, East Wing, (1855 Main Street) to discuss:

·         STREETS: craft street design concepts that unify the area by incorporating new amenities for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles, as well as a variety of public open spaces.
·         URBAN FORM: provide input on the shape and scale of the built environment. Define areas for conservation as well as reinvention to complement the districts’ unique character.
·         GROUND LEVEL EXPERIENCE: weigh-in on urban design principles that create an engaging and successful pedestrian atmosphere.

Your input, specifically on bicycle circulation and design is needed for this important Santa Monica planning effort.  Staff will host an OPEN HOUSE starting at 6PM to provide a preview of planning concepts and ideas. The COMMUNITY WORKSHOP portion of the evening, which includes a presentation and small-group discussion tables, begins at 7PM.

We hope to see you there!

To learn more about the project, please visit the website at

Santa Monica Bike Learning Campus Opens Sunday 4/22

Sunday 4/22 Bike Campus Opening Event

This Sunday we will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Santa Monica Bike Campus. This bike campus facility is an off street facility that is to be used by cycling instructors and the community to practice street cycling skills in a car free environment.

We will celebrate the opening of the Bike Campus on Earth Day with lots of fun, festivities and education. There will be a Beach Bike Rodeo* aimed at middle school students and their parents, food, and raffle prizes. A coordinated collaboration with the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Bike Center and Santa Monica Spoke we will have bike safety checks with LCI’s (League of American Bicyclist Certified Instructors) at the different stations to teach safe bike traffic skills and obstacle avoidance techniques and to demonstrate how the community can use this great benefit to practice and improve their cycling skills on their own. You can bring your own bike or borrow one of ours.

Ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:30 with Mayor Richard Bloom
Bike Rodeo Classes, raffles, food and festivities from 1:00-3:00pm
Information on how we can  “Bring CicLAvia to Santa Monica and the westside”
At 3:00pm  Santa Monica Spoke will host another “Ride the BAP” to see and discuss more of the recent and upcoming bike infrastructure implementations.
We also hope to have our SMPD Bike Liaison Sgt McLaughlin in attendance.

The Santa Monica Bike Campus is located on a section of roadway no longer used that connected two parking lots just east of the beach bike path at Dorothy Green Park where Ocean Park Boulevard ends at Barnard way. The campus is painted with road markings and obstacle courses for teaching bike education classes and includes signage with instructions for self guided learning. It is painted with simulated vehicle lanes, street signage like stop signs, sharrows, crosswalks and bike lanes. It is used to teach lane positioning and obstacle avoidance as part of the curriculum of the League of American Bicycling’s Smart Cycling.

The facility is the first of its kind in Los Angeles. It is a dedicated space used to teach the road portion of the Confident City Cycling Skills by LCI’s (League Certified Instructors), as well as by the community with the self guided instruction signage and online videos. The area can also be used by local schools to teach bike skills in a safe space before introducing students to real traffic. This campus has long been envisioned by bike advocates in Santa Monica, Ron Durgin, GM of the Santa Monica Bike Center and Planning Commissioner Richard McKinnon, (BikeIt Day ) as well as us at Santa Monica Spoke. Last Year the City demonstrated its commitment to education by hosting a three day instructor training for League of American Bicyclist Instructors Certification. Santa Monica Spoke’s Director Cynthia Rose, Bryan Beretta and Mihai Piteu were certified as instructors along with a few members of the local community and 4 members from the City. We believe having an engaged City staff knowledgeable in cyclist rights and responsibilities as well as the many other skills learned in this training was a catalyst that helped us create a great Bike Action Plan that will serve the community well into the future. The City now offers monthly bike skills classes paid for by a safety grant coordinated by SM Bike Center’s Ron Durgin. The Confident City Cycling Classes, free for participants are taught here in Santa Monica, and also in West Hollywood and Burbank.

With the opening of this bike campus we can also hope to facilitate a traffic diversion program advocated by Santa Monica Spoke. This campus could now be used for bike education diversion program like Portland, OR or in Huntington Beach for bicyclists cited for moving violations like running stop signs and red lights to riding on sidewalks. In these programs, not unlike traffic school – a traffic safety class for cyclist is offered as a less expensive alternative to higher punitive penalties. But more importantly it offers offenders education instead of fees to help correct their behavior. Spoke had been working with former Cheif Jackman, exploring the implementation of such a program here in Santa Monica. We look forward to seeing this continue with the new Chief of Police Jacqueline Seabrooks.

“Bring CicLAvia to Santa Monica and the Westside”
We will launch the campaign to bring this hugely successful Los Angeles event west. You will be able to sign up to get involved or just stay informed.  We will have a map for you to help us in suggesting a route.

We are looking forward to a wonderful event this Sunday and hope you can join us to celebrate this next piece in the puzzle as we create a safer, more bikeable and walkable community.

*co-sponsored by Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District PTA Council


Triple Bike Rack Legislation – we need your support

A February Action Alert push to get legislation introduced in Sacramento to make it possible for transit agencies across the state to install triple bike racks on buses of all sizes. Unfortunately legislation was not introduced, but we are not giving up hope. LACBC is working with the Transit Coalition to draw attention to how important this issue is to people who bicycle and use transit in Los Angeles County.

We need your help! Please email Assemblymembers Bonnie Lowenthal and Bob Blumenfield with this simple form. They both represent communities is LA County and are on the Assembly Transportation Committee. Take a moment to contact them today and let’s increase bike capacity on our buses!

Background: Bike racks on buses are filling up, but current state law prohibits objects that extend too far from the front of a bus. Although several bus agencies already have triple bike racks, these are technically in violation of the law. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the California Highway Patrol have come up with a legislative solution that would maintain safety while allowing triple bike racks on buses. Now is the time our elected representatives need to step up and introduce Metro’s bill so that stakeholders can discuss it and enable it to get passed.

CicLAvia Feeder Rides & “Bring CicLAvia to SM & the Westside”

YES!! Let’s bring CicLAvia to Santa Monica and the Westside!

That will be our theme for our feeder ride to CicLAvia. We will launch our campaign to “Bring CicLAvia to the Santa Monica and the Westside” on our ride this Sunday. You can become some of the first to learn how you can get involved and bring this great event west!

Be among the first to sign up to receive updates or get involved  here,

Here is a list of some of the Feeder Rides starting from the westside.


Starting from the Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Spoke
The route and more info here,  Facebook event here


The UCLA Bike Club & UCLA Bicycle Coalitions will join us in Beverly Hills, (where Santa Monica Blvd crosses Wilshire, at Starbuck’s)
more on their ride that starts at UCLA here

Ride hosted and starting at the Bikerowave
More info here,  Facebook event here

Culver City Bicycle Coalition’s ride starts at Media ParkFind info on CCBC ride here, Facebook event here

If you  know of other local rides let us know we will post it.
For more info visit CicLAvia’s web site

Save the dates: Bike Campus Opening 4/22 & Spoke meeting 4/24

Please save the date. Sunday April 22nd & * New meeting date Tuesday 4/24

Monday, April 23rd

*Monday meeting date conflicts with Bergamot Transit Village Design Workshop see below

On Sunday April 22nd we join the City of Santa Monica to celebrate the opening of the New Bike Campus where Ocean Park meets the beach.We will celebrate the opening of Santa Monica’s New Bike Campus with festivities and education.  There will be a Beach Bike Rodeo aimed at middle school students and their parents. Bring your bike or borrow one of ours. We will do bike safety checks and have instructors at the different stations to teach bike skills and demonstrate how the community can use this great benefit to improve their cycling skills on their own.  Santa Monica Spoke will host another “Ride the BAP” to see and discuss more of the recent and upcoming bike infrastructure implementations.
More on the Bike Campus and this event will be posted soon.

On New date Tuesday, April 24 Monday April 23rd we invite you to join us for a Spoke meeting to be held in the evening (6:30) . We will catch up on what’s up in Santa Monica, the BAP and future campaigns like “Bring CicLAvia to Santa Monica and the West-side”. As we confirm our location it will be posted here.
 update to follow

See you soon!

Bike Fest, this Saturday April 14th at REI

Santa Monica Spoke joins REI for a day of cycling education and fun.  In addition to all the great stuff outlined below representatives from Santa Monica Spoke will be there to ask questions and get information about the new Bike Action Plan and all the new bike infrastructure in our city. Also JJ Hoffman, LACBC River Ride coordinator will be there so you can register for the River Ride on June 10th and get info on LACBC’s projects around LA county.

Just one more way you can prepare for CicLAvia on SUNDAY, April 15th.

WHAT: During a free Bike Fest on Saturday, April 14th from 11 am – 3 pm, REI will host the local cycling community.  REI’s Bike Fest is a fun day of events for everyone whether you are a commuter, a first-time rider or weekend warrior! Get educated and inspired as you meet vendors, community bike clubs and non-profits. REI will help you maximize your ride, teach you how to plan your route, and let you test ride some of their newest bikes. Come join us as we celebrate how much fun it is to be on two wheels!  REI Expert Staff will teach a variety of 30 minute classes to meet the needs of all levels of cyclists.

        • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Getting your Family Cycling.
          We’ll help you navigate the variety of choice of child carriers and safety equipment to find what’s right for you and your family
        • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm – Maximize your Ride with GPS.
          GPS is everywhere, from bike computers to your phone.  Learn how to maximize this tool in your rides.
        • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Learn how to Fix a Flat.
          Bring your own wheel and learn how to fix a flat tire and ride with confidence.
        • 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Using the Internet to Connect.
          We’ll help you map your ride and plan your route using the latest internet tools.

WHO:        All cyclists are encouraged to attend free of charge.

WHERE:   Santa Monica REI, 402 Santa Monica Blvd.

WHEN:      Saturday, April 14th, 11 am – 3 pm

HOW:         To register for the event or for information on other upcoming classes, visit


REI is a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Founded in 1938 by a group of Pacific Northwest mountaineers seeking quality equipment, REI is committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions.

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1st CicLAvia 2012 is on April 15th, come with us!

Whether you ride down with us or get there on your own – don’t miss it!
CicLAvia celebrates the streets of Los Angeles for everyone!  Temporarily limiting the access of motor vehicles and opening the streets to all users – walking, wheelchairs, skates, bikes, scooters, skate boards, strollers – you name it!
CicLAvia is coming on Sunday, April 15th, and we know you’re all excited for the fourth event that opens up 10 miles of Los Angles streets to people. We’re excited too (you can read more about the beginnings of CicLAvia)! Below we have a few resources up for you to prepare for the big event and more as they become available.

Ride to CicLAvia with us!!

We will once again do a feeder ride to CicLAvia this Sunday. We meet at the top of the Santa Monica Pier at 8:00am and roll out at 8:30am sharp. Ride is 13.6 miles, mostly flat on streets with bike lanes or low traffic volume at our time of travel. Facebook event here

Meet           8:00am
Roll out      8:30am (sharp)
Route         Here     (link repaired)
Join us anywhere on the route but be early as we will only stop to regroup. No riders left behind.

More info on bus routes to or from CicLAvia
Bus Info:
Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 (my favorite) takes the frwy and gets you downtown FAST!
Metro 733 travels from Santa Monica on Wilshire Blvd to downtown
Metro 720 travels from DT Santa Monica south, Venice Blvd to downtown Union Station

Stuff to bring:

  • helmut (for feeder ride)
  • sun screen
  • cash
  • spare tube/ patch kit
  • hydration
  • AND A BIG SMILE – Because you are going to have FUN!
CicLAvia 10/10/10

Check Your Bike
Before you hop on your bike and head for the CicLAvia route, we recommends you check your bike to make sure it’s in good working condition before the big day. With less than a week to go, now is the perfect time. Here’s a few things you can do. Read about it on the LACBC blog.

Find a Bike
Don’t have a bike? Don’t fret. You can walk, roller skate, scooter, segway, jump rope, pogo stick, or just dance during CicLAvia. But if you really want a bike, the first 100 people to sign up can rent a bike from Bike Nation USA for free.

Did you know that over 700 volunteers are needed to make each CicLAvia possible? Be one of them as we gear up for the next CicLAvia on April 15, 2012.

LACBC is assisting with the volunteer coordination this time around, and we’d love for you to join us both on the April 15th and for volunteer opporunties beforehand.
Check out the schedule at and email Martin Lopez-Iu at to volunteer!

Adopt an Intersection
Looking for a fun new way to volunteer with your friends for CicLAvia 4.15.12? Get a group together and adopt an intersection (like LA Walks is doing)! Dress up, make signs, let people know about your group: the possibilities are endless. This opportunity is great for organizations. Learn more on the CicLAvia website.

For more information about the event you can go to