Monthly Archives: May 2012

LA River Ride, June 10th

Win a Free LA River Ride registration!
Courtesy of Santa Monica Spoke, donated by member Scott Sing

Join or Renew your Santa Monica Spoke membership and be entered to win a FREE registration for the LA River Ride! ($65 value)
For each year you join or renew your membership you’ll receive a ticket for a chance to win.
1 year = 1 ticket, 2 years = 2 tickets, SIMPLE RIGHT?
Join the momentum,  support the change in Santa Monica and LA County by joining our local chapter of LACBC. One membership gets you both! and a free chance at a free LA River Ride registration. You will have your choice of any of the 7 great rides listed below. Plus remember kids always ride for FREE.

Join or renew online (choose Santa Monica Spoke in the local chapter drop down menu), with us at REI Santa Monica Pkg Pick up on June 3rd or email us directly to process your form.


Sunday June 10th, 2012

Join over 2000 other riders, and enjoy a great day of cycling fun, an Eco Expo, raffle, live music and an International Food Faire.


Santa Monica REI pre-registration and package pick up is Sunday June 3rd. We’ll be there!

You can pre- register LA River Ride, renew or join LACBC and our local chapter – Or just come on by and say HI!

Picking up your packet at REI has special benefits!  Not only will you avoid long lines on Ride Day, you will get free swag courtesy of REI and be entered into a special raffle to win a bike commuter package.

Other REI Locations
Saturday June 2nd 10am-2pm
Manhattan Beach and Northridge

Sunday June 3rd 10am-2pm
Huntington Beach, Santa Monica and Arcadia


Ride the River Ride in Reverse! Start and finish in beautiful Shoreline Aquatic Park in Long Beach. You will turn around at the Autry National Center. Registration will open at 6:30 a.m. and the ride will begin at 7:30 a.m.
Also in Long Beach is the Kids Festival and Bike Rodeo!!


Bike Night at the HAMMER Museum: Group Ride with us!

Bike Night at the HAMMER!
A bike-centric evening of food, film, and fun
Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Free admission

The Hammer Museum presents the fourth annual Bike Night at the HAMMER!
Join us on a group ride* to the event or grab some friends and pedal on over for an evening celebrating all things bicyclistic!

We were so disappointed we missed it last year because we really had a BLAST in 2010 – So don’t be sad -come with us!

– Enjoy free admission to the Hammer’s biennial exhibition Made in L.A. 2012
– Pose for a free portrait with your bike (see last year’s portraits)
– Race in the Gold Balloon Sprints
– Make reflector crafts
– Strut your stuff down the bicycle runway
– Check out Bespoke Spokes
– Cafe Hammer will be open & cash bars will serve beer and wine
– Watch bike messenger thriller Quicksilver starring Kevin Bacon, who called the film “the absolute lowest point of my career”!

Guest hosted by artist Lisa Anne Auerbach.

*Group Ride:
We will meet at the Santa Monica Bike Center (2nd & Colorado) at 6:15pm and roll out around 6:30pm. Once we finalize the route it will be posted here if you want to join us on route instead. It will be an easy paced ride. We will coordinate a time for folks who want to ride back as a group or – if need we can make route slips for folks that want to ride back on their own.

— Please wear your hemet and bring lights!

Cyclists should enter the museum via Lindbrook Drive and will then be able to sashay down the bicycle runway with their bikes for everyone to see.

BAP update: New Buffered Bike Lanes going in on Montana Ave!

Yes it’s True!

If you have been on Montana in the last few days you may have noticed some of the lane markings on the new pavement for bike lanes. Not just bike lanes, but Buffered Bike Lanes like the ones that went in on Bicknell Ave, east of Main Street this past March.

Bicknell Buffered Lanes, East off Main St. (So. of Pico)

Chalk lines went in to line out the markings, and although they might not be exciting to some – I think this group may find them an exciting and beautiful sight indeed! Unlike the lanes on Bicknell Ave that connect a two block stretch between Main St. and 4th, the lanes on Montana will ultimately go from Ocean Ave to 17th Street and intersect with several north/south bike facilities now in place. Coupled with the current repaving project on Montana we should see paint laid down for the buffered lanes on Montana Ave. from 7th to 17th sometime middle of next week, current schedule is for Tuesday night.


The lane configuration between 7th and 17th Streets will be:
7′ parking lane,
7’ buffered bike lane (3’ door zone buffer like Bicknell),
11’ vehicle lane,
10’ center left turn lane.



For the segment between Ocean Ave and 7th we are told to ignore the current chalk markings the city put in last December as they have adopted a better course of action in the following design configuration:
7’ parking lane,
7’ buffered bike lane, (as above)
10’ vehicle lane.

Although the city is attempting to coordinate the striping of this portion between Ocean Ave and 7th with the repaving and striping from 7th to 17th it is not likely that this portion will happen next week.

With this project there are a few trouble spots. One is at 7th St. where there are left turn pockets on Montana Ave.  The remaining available road area narrows so there is no room at 7th Street to continue the buffered lanes up to and through this intersection. The challenge here will be how to direct cyclist through this intersection clearly and safely. Sharrows? The city is currently working on design configurations to get through the “pinch” at 7th where the road narrows with the addition of the left turn pockets. The second is east of 17th where the road is currently too narrow for bike lanes. We have suggested and heard discussion of sharrows from 17th to 26th but currently do not know if that is the final plan.

We look forward to updating you with paint on the street, what designs the engineers are concidering at the intersection at 7th – and what will be done at the east end of Montana, east of 17th.

Happy Riding!!

Remember you can still send your ideas and suggestions for Bike Action Plan implementation, for this or any areas of the city to


Bike FROM Work Event, Thursday May 17th!

Handle Bar Happy Hour at West 4th and Jane 

This year we are so pleased to host our second annual Bike FROM Work Event at West 4th and Jane! With support from the Santa Monica Bike Center. As we celebrate everything and all things bike this month, we would love to mingle with our friends after work this Thursday. There are city bike racks out front on 4th Street, but the SM Bike Center will valet your bikes, and waive the after 2 hour fee – so bike valet is FREE as long as you stay (location 2nd & Colorado). Our friends at West 4th and Jane will give us special Handle Bar Happy Hour pricing, and Spoke will kick in a few snacks! They have GREAT food – so you may want to plan on dinner as well.

We invite you to join us for our Bike FROM Work Event at
Location :    West 4th and Jane
Address:      1432A 4th Street (between Broadway & Santa Monica Blvd)
Time:           5pm till ……when ever
Date:           May 17th – BTWD!

As always, please enjoy the event and ride responsibly