Monthly Archives: October 2012

Lecture: Promoting Cycling & Walking for Sustainable Cities, 10/31 @UCLA

Join us on Wednesday October 31st for a transportation series lecture at UCLA.
If there is interest we will lead a group ride from Santa Monica leaving about 2:30pm. 

Promoting Cycling & Walking for Sustainable Cities, Lessons from Europe & North America

You are invited to attend this lecture by Prof. John Pucher, one of the nation’s leading researchers on bicycling for transportation. Lecture is free and open to the public, rsvp to

October 31, 2012
3:30 pm
UCLA Public Affairs Bldg. Rm 2355,
3250 School of Public Affairs, Westwood, CA 90095

See map: Google Maps

John Pucher is a professor in the School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Jersey. For over three decades, he has examined differences in travel behavior, and transportation systems and policies in Europe, Canada, the USA, and Australia. Pucher’s more recent research has focused on walking and bicycling, and what we can learn from European cities to improve the safety, convenience, and feasibility of non-motorized modes. Pucher has published three books and over 100 peer-reviewed articles in academic and professional journals. His latest book, City Cycling for MIT Press, provides an international overview of cycling trends and policies:

More info on City Cycling Book

UCLA Lewis Center and UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies

Bike in Movie & Extreme Mountain Bike Ride this Sunday at Cynergy Cycles

Do one or both – this Sunday October 28th at Cynergy Cycles, 2300 Santa Monica Blvd. (at 23rd)
Shuttles for Mountain Bike Ride leave at 4pm – contact Cynergy for more info 
Bike in Movie event starts at 6pm in parking lot at Cynergy Cycles

Santa Monica Pier Open House, 10/27

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Please join us this Saturday at an Open House for the Santa Monica Pier. THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS

Saturday October 27th, 10am -2pm 

° Free Carousel Rides, Food, Music
° Guided Tours of the Pier (every 1/2 hr) 
° History Presentations 10:15,11:15, 12:15, & 1:15
° Opportunity to record your stories & wishes for the Pier
° Focus Groups & Surveys to get opinions (every 1/2 hr)
° Info on City projects around the the Pier and downtown Santa Monica
° Learn about Heal the Bay and it’s Aquarium at the Pier, Pier Business and more
° Complimentary Bike Valet

Presented by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Pier Corporation. You can also let the City know your thoughts about the Pier and it’s future at

Click for Guided Tour Map

Expo Phase II update meeting

Join us for an update on Expo Phase 2!

The Exposition Construction Authority invites you to a construction and design update community meeting for Phase 2 of the Expo Line project. Stakeholders will receive information on upcoming construction activities and timelines. Final design renderings will be available at the meeting.
The format will include a short presentation followed by an Open House session to facilitate dialogue and community input.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
6:30 p.m.
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium East Wing Meeting Room
1855 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Special Event free parking

Planned Agenda for Community Meetings
6:30 – 7:00 p.m.: Formal Presentation
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Open House Session

ADA Language Accommodation: If you require an interpreter, including sign language services, or other accommodations at these community meetings, please contact Expo at least five business days prior to the meeting date at 213-243-5534.

Stories about why you ride, share yours too

To our community of Cyclists from People for bikes: Please check out the stories – they are uplifting and truly an inspiration. If you haven’t – consider sharing your story!

When launched in 2010, they created a place for you to share your story about why you ride. Since then, thousands of you have contributed to the story gallery, telling the world why bicycling matters to you.

Many people think of bicycling as a fun way to get exercise, but these stories show that it is far more than a simple activity. Simply put, bicycling changes lives.

Through bicycling, you’ve conquered life-threatening health problems like diabetes, obesity, and substance abuse. You’ve met the loves of your lives and rekindled broken relationships with close family. You’ve explored new places, near and far, and have seen things you never would have otherwise.

We think bicycling is an amazing and powerful activity that changes lives. If enough of us ride, we can change the world.

How has bicycling changed your life? Share your story here.

Thanks for being a part of our movement,

Bruno Maier
Vice President,

Forums for City Council Candidates

Submit your questions to the candidates for City Council at one or both of these upcoming events.

Santa Monica Mirror will host a 90 minute question and answer debate for all 15 candidates

Wednesday, October 10th
6:30 pm, (event starts 7:pm sharp)
Santa Monica Main Library, MLK Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Blvd
additional info here
submit questions to 

Organized by Santa Monica Daily Press – Squirm Night, Candidate Forum

Monday, October 15th
6:00 – 10:00 pm
Santa Monica Main Library, MLK Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Blvd
additional info here
submit questions to


Feeder ride to CicLAvia from Santa Monica & the Westside

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!

Ride to CicLAvia with us!! New Route

We will once again lead a feeder ride to CicLAvia this Sunday October 7th. We meet at the top of the Santa Monica Pier at 8:00am and roll out at 8:30am sharp. Ride is aprox 14 miles, mostly flat on streets with bike lanes or low traffic volume at our time of travel. See return options on mass transit below. Facebook event here. We will be traveling at an easy pace but do ask you to “stay with the pace” so we can all get there together. Join us Sunday and experience the fun of CicLAvia!

Once again the theme for our feeder ride to CicLAvia with be “Bring CicLAvia to Santa Monica and the Westside!”. We launched our campaign to “Bring CicLAvia to the Sea” on our  last feeder ride to CicLAvia.

Support our campaign to “Bring CicLAvia to Santa Monica and the Westside!”
You can  learn how you can get involved and help bring this great event west by signing up on the email list 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 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
Meet up at Bikerowave at 8:00am, roll out at 8:45. More info here,

Culver City Bicycle Coalition: Meet up at Media Park at 8:30am and join the Bikerowave riders rolling east on Venice at about 9:00am

View Santa Monica Pier to CicLAvia! in a larger map

If you  know of other local rides let us know we will post it.

For more info visit CicLAvia’s web site

Meet           8:00am
Roll out      8:30am (sharp)
Route         Here
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
Bike or Big Blue Bus Rapid 20 from DT SM, Rapid 12 (from Westwood) or Route 12 (Westwood and Palms) to Expo Line Culver City Station (timetable) and light rail right to new Expo Park Hub of CicLAvia!

Stuff to bring:

  • helmet (for feeder ride)
  • sun screen
  • cash
  • spare tube/ patch kit
  • hydration
  • any special tools your bike requires!