Author Archives: Cynthia Rose

Save the Date: Climate Fest 2018, May 19th

We join at Climate Fest 2018!

There will be a Bike Hub at the event with a Bike Swap, free safety checks, Youth Skills course led by Santa Monica Spoke and lots and lots more fun activities and engagement!!

To follow up last year’s successful Community Climate Action Summit, the City of Santa Monica is pleased to announce that Climate Fest will take place on May 19, 2018.

Join your neighbors for a community day of action, education and fun! Learn about what your community is doing to reduce carbon emissions and how you can reduce your own carbon footprint! This year’s Climate Fest will show how anyone, regardless of age, gender, or income, can become a climate champion!

ClimateFest is a free community event that will celebrate and inspire climate action, co-produced by the City of Santa Monica and Climate Action Santa Monica

Información y registro gratis En Español

April Ride with the Mayor and HandleBar Happy Hour at The Curious Palate

HandleBar Happy Hour April 26th at The Curious Palate in the Santa Monica Place
– Joined again by the monthly Ride with the Mayor
JOIN us for either or both!


This month we visit The Curious Palate, a Bike Local, Buy Local Business. A comfortable dining room and spacious patio on the dining deck of Santa Monica Place. There’s plenty of room for families, dogs, and groups of friends to gather. For The Curious Palate, cooking is all about connecting with people – and with the earth. This means they’re always exploring new ways of supporting artisans and local producers who can provide them with fresh, sustainable, natural ingredients to share with their patrons. They sell house made jams and jellies and source much of their fruit and produce locally through Farmers Markets.  Plus both their restaurants are built and furnished with Douglas Fir sourced from tear downs  — including one from a house here in Santa Monica – that’s cool!

HandleBar Happy Hour Special:
HH drink menu will be extended for entire duration of our visit, PLUS we’ll get 10% off on all remaining menu food and drinks (excluding the happy hour drinks).


End of every month we like to get together for fun, support local businesses, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always family friendly!

Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

If it’s on your way don’t forget to pass the Bike Counter!


Big thank you to last month’s host Margo’s –  We had a GREAT GROUP – FUN was had by all!

Celebrate #BikeLocalSM, our Buy Local SM businesses, happy hour + new friends at these monthly events!  Learn about upcoming local bike events + find out about and connect with us at SM Spoke… as we visit and introduce you to some of our Buy Local SM businesses.  Eat Local, Drink Local, Buy Local AND Bike Local SM!

Kidical Mass: The Lorax Garden Tour & Earth Day Family Ride

KIDICAL MASS The Lorax Earth Day Bike Ride
Tour Park Drive Community Garden
FUN hands-on KIDS Workshop

Free: Please RSVP HERE

DATE:    SATURDAY APRIL 21st, 2018

TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  MEMORIAL PARK
–  By playground enter on 14th Street.
PITSTOP Activities at Park Drive
– Broadway between 24th & Park Dr

Our Earth Day theme this year is Dr Seuss’ The Lorax.
We will spend more time at the Park Drive Park and Community Gardens with more fun activities!!

The Lorax was Dr. Seuss‘ personal favorite of his children’s book. It chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the Once-ler. As in most Dr. Seuss works, most of the creatures mentioned are original to the book. What costume will you dream up?

The book is commonly recognized as a fable and a story Dr Seuss was able to create addressing economic and environmental issues without it being dull. “The Lorax,” he once explained, “came out of me being angry. In The Lorax I was out to attack what I think are evil things and let the chips fall where they might.”

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica Community Gardeners for Santa Monica’s Kidical Mass: The Lorax Family Ride and Garden Tour 2018. 
We will take a family friendly ride in Santa Monica to visit Park Drive Community Garden for a special kid friendly event. Prizes and giveaways!

SM Community Gardens     

Schedule.
9::00am – 12:30pm

– Check-in, Morning Snacks (coffee and juice), Bike Safety Checks by Performance Bicycles Santa Monica, Helmet Decorating.
We ride to Park Drive Park and Community Gardens for extended pitstop activities!
– Pitstop host Santa Monica Community Gardeners
– Ride to Pit Stop visit at PARK DRIVE COMMUNITY GARDEN extended activities
– Family Garden tours and Community Garden Workshop for the kids, seed planting, the life of soil!
– Face Painting at Park Drive Park
– Pancakes cooked right at the park, kids can create their own gummy worm dirt cups
– Ride back to Memorial Park by noon,

* Children must be accompanied and are the responsibility of their parents. Bikes should be in good working condition. Free Safety Checks on site for minor adjustments/repairs. Please use good judgement – ride is on city streets – smaller children should be in a child seat, in a trailer or Tag-a-long……

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Don’t have a bike –You can #RideBreeze!

Open House Saturday: Safe Streets for 17th Street & Michigan Avenue

Safe Streets for 17th Street & Michigan Avenue


Calles Seguras para la calle17 Y La Avenida Michigan

Walk or ride on over with your friends, neighbors, and family to enjoy a public open house and learn about the safety enhancements coming soon to 17th Street & Michigan Avenue.
 Sat. April 7 10a-12p


Camine o paseé con sus amigos, vecinos y familiares para disfrutar una cita de puertas abiertas para aprender acerca de los mejoramientos de seguridad que vienen pronto a la calle 17 y la avenida Michigan.
Sab. 7 Abril 10a-12p

The City of Santa Monica Mobility Division invites you to an open house to introduce the preliminary designs for the Safe Streets for 17th Street & Michigan Avenue project. The open house will have on display pedestrian improvements and bicycle enhancements proposed for the project. Come review and share your thoughts about the proposed enhancements! For more information: www.smgov.net/17thStreet Or contact Carlos Morales, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Santa Monica, 310-458-2670, carlos.morales@smgov.net.

When: Tuesday April 3, 2018, 6p-8p &
Saturday April 7, 2018, 10a-12p
Where: 2200 Virginia Avenue Virginia Avenue Park
Thelma Terry Multipurpose Room


La División de Movilidad de la Ciudad de Santa Mónica los invita a una cita de puertas abiertas para presentar diseños conceptuales preliminares de seguridad para la calle 17 y la avenida Michigan. La casa abierta tendrá en exhibición de los propuestos mejoramientos para peatones y ciclistas. ¡Venga a revisar y comparta sus opiniones sobre el proyecto! Para más información: www. smgov.net/17thStreet O comuníquese con Carlos Morales, Plani cador de Transporte para la Ciudad de Santa Mónica, 310-458-2670, carlos.morales@smgov.net.

Cuando: Martes, 3 de Abril 2018, 6p-8p Y
Sábado 7 de Abril 2018, 10a-12p
Dónde: 2200 Virginia Avenue Virginia Avenue Park

Thelma Terry Multipurpose Room


To request diasbility-related accomodations for this event, please contact
Para acomodaciones relacionadas con la diasbilidad para este evento, favor llame
310-458-2201 Ext 2379

April Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Thousands have died in vehicle crashes because drivers are distracted by cell phone conversations, emails, text messages and social media. Do not become a statistic. Here are some tips to keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel and your mind on the drive.

  • First and foremost, turn off your cell phone. Put it in the glove compartment, in your purse or in your trunk. There is no safe way to make a call while driving – not even hands-free.
  • Send and read text messages and emails before you start driving.
  • If you’re going on a longer drive, schedule breaks to stop, park safely, and respond to messages.
  • Using voice features in your car’s infotainment system is also distracting. Take care of communications before you start driving.
  • Know where you’re going before you put the car in “drive.” Put your destination into your GPS so you do not need to touch it while the car is moving.
  • Social media can wait. No update, tweet or video is worth a life.
  • Park in a safe area if you must take a call, return a text or check email.

Do not call or text friends or family if you know they are driving.

Distracted driving is an epidemic.
Be part of the solution, Just Drive.