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

LA Bike Week 2012 Events, May 14 – 18

Bike Week LA Events 2012

For the 18th straight year, Metro will partner with community organizations to celebrate all things bike. Several events are planned throughout the region, including Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 17.
For an update on events check Metro’s Bike Week Events page – or subscribe to be automatically notified of page updates by email.

Bike Week Events in LA 2012 Events:

  • Monday, May 14 – Kick-off Event at Expo Park/USC Station, 10 am – SMSpoke will be there
  • Tuesday, May 15 – 9th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles at Good Samaritan Hospital, 8 am
  • Wednesday, May 16 – Expo/Mid-City Bike Ride – starts at Exposition Park, across from Expo Park/USC Station, 8 am –  Flyer
  • Thursday, May 17 Bike to Work Day – Free rides, pit stops and more!
  • Friday, May 18 Bike to School Day – Support your local school!

Share your pedal power! Bike Week LA 2012 poster (English / Spanish) available for download and printing.

Safety is essential for successful bike mobility. This year, Metro will emphasize safety and offer many opportunities for new riders to learn road safety.

Grab a snack and pick up a Metro Bike Map at one of the many Pit Stops – throughout LA County on Bike to Work Day.

Bike Week May 14-18th!

Show that bikes count! Pledge to ride on Bike to Work Day, May 17th in LA

See the current list of Santa Monica Bike to Work Day Pit Stops & upcoming info on our Bike FROM Work Handle Bar Happy Hour, at West 4th and Jane – both on Thursday May 17th.

On Friday we will also be celebrating “National Bike to Work Day” May 18th (No one seems to know why they differ) with a Pit Stop on FRIDAY at Helen’s Cycles on Broadway at 26th.

Then to cap off the week –  join us Saturday May 19th for our Bike Exhibition at the Santa Monica Festival.

Happy 1st National Bike to School Day!

When you see the “bike trains” and “walking school buses” as neighborhood kids and parents come together on the way to and from school, it’s also clear that walking and biking to school strengthens communities.

That’s why the National Center for Safe Routes to School is so important. Through the Center’s efforts,more than 12,000 school communities have worked to make bicycling and walking to school safer and more appealing.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School, in partnership with the League of American Bicyclists, is pleased to be organizing the first-ever National Bike to School Day on May 9, 2012. Let the bike bells ring!

The inaugural National Bike to School Day will be the first opportunity for communities across the country to join together to bicycle to school on the same day. The event builds on the excitement surrounding National Bike Month, as well as the popularity of Walk to School Day, coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School every October.

The event is coordinated by the Federal Highway Administration’s National Center for Safe Routes to School, and they’ve done a terrific job because–although it’s just the first year–more than 700 schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia are participating.  As Safe Routes director Lauren Marchetti said, “We knew there was support for a spring bike to school day. We couldn’t be more pleased with how many communities and families are coming together to promote biking to school on this one day.”

Bike to School Day event registration was free and available to individuals and/or organizations planning a 2012 Bike to School Day event in the United States. Events that registered at appear on the site as “Bike to School Day Pioneers.”

The success of this first-ever National Bike to School Day illustrates that communities across the country understand the need to provide students with healthy options for getting to and from school.

Of course, the rest of us can help by being good “Roll Models,” which means demonstrating safe behavior whether we’re walking, biking, or driving. You can learn more about NHTSA’s Roll Model partnership with AAA at NHTSA’s Parents’ Central website.

Many thanks to the local Safe Routes coordinators across the country. I look forward to seeing this terrific program expand to even more schools next year and in the years to come.

In a press release we received today from Bike It /Walk it you can see the dates on more events in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Festival, 2nd Annual Bike Exhibition

Santa Monica Spoke Bike Exhibition at Santa Monica Festival
May 19th, 11am -6pm, Clover Park

Don’t miss it! We are looking forward to once again hosting a Bike Exhibition at the Santa Monica Festival. As if Bike Month and Bike Week weren’t enough to get excited about. We will cap off bike week with all kinds of bikey events at this years Santa Monica Festival.
Like last year it will be a fun, full day of music, workshops and so much more! FREE admission and bike valet!
Look for more posts on Bike Week and the SM Festival soon.

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