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National: Build it, bike it, Be A Part of it!

A note from our one of our national partnership organizations!

Build it. Bike It. Be a Part of it.Donate Today
Happy National Bicycle Month! we am proud to announce the kickoff of Adventure Cycling’s 6th Annual Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign to raise awareness and support for the U.S. Bicycle Route System. Thanks to our passionate supporters, nearly 10,000 miles of USBR’s have been designated so far, with thousands more to come.By donating today, you can help us reach 10,000 miles of officially approved U.S. Bicycle Routes and, better yet, designate the next 10,000 miles of routes on America’s best roads and trails for bicycling.Build it. Bike It. Be a Part of it. Please join the Campaign to reach 10,000 miles and beyond by donating at adventurecycling.org/beapartofit.During the month of May, you have a very special opportunity to have your gift matched 1:1 by an anonymous donor, up to $25,000. Your gift will travel twice as far in supporting the effort to designate and map U.S. Bicycle Routes in 2015 and beyond.Whether you’re planning overnight adventures from your front door, weekend outings to a state park or a cross country summer trip, the USBRS is your atlas to adventure. And we need your support to complete this monumental project!

And don’t forget, your donation is doubled if you donate before May 31st. Take a look at the amazing giveaways we’ll send you with a gift of $100 or more!

With thanks,

Jim Sayer

Jim Sayer
Executive Director

Adventure Cycling Association
Inspiring and empowering people to travel by bicycle
www.adventurecycling.org
Phone: 800-755-2453

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National Bike Month Giveaway – Donate $25 or $50National Bike Month Giveaway – Donate $25 or $50

Donate $25 to the USBRS Campaign through May 31st and we’ll enter your name into a month-long drawing to win a spot on a Danube Bike Path 7-day bike tour with Bike Tours Direct. Donate $50 and you’ll also be entered to win this Revolt 1 bicycle from Giant. Learn more>>

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Santa Monica Festival, May 9th starts Bike Week!

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Santa Monica Festival kicks of Bike Week for us here in Santa Monica as it celebrates its 24th year at Clover Park Saturday, May 9th from 11am to 6pm.  The Santa Monica Festival showcases sustainable living and culture through an array of free, family-friendly activities and performances, including art workshops, music and dance performances, cooking demonstrations, fitness classes, and more that reflect the culture and diversity of this unique beach City. The free festival is an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to come together to connect, create, and celebrate Santa Monica.
Check our Calendar for more upcoming events for Bike Week, BTWD, and so much more added all the time! 

We celebrate this year with an even bigger expanded FAMILY BIKE HUB!
Bikes again play a large roll in the festivities. Santa Monica Spoke is again excited to be participating by putting on our 5th Bike Exhibition, a Youth Skills Course / Bike Rodeo and Bike Demos in the ever expanding BIKE ZONE / Family Bike Hub supported by the City of Santa Monica Planning and Community Development Dept and Safe Routes to School.

The Bike Exhibition demonstrates the wonderful versatility of the bicycle and how it can enhance our lives as a healthy, sustainable part of our city and the environment.  We demonstrate the adaptability of bicycles and how bicycles can be more than just for pleasure – they can get us to work or school, go shopping, get groceries, run errands, and take us on terrific adventures from cruising in the sun to bike touring destinations near and far.

We will have a large variety of bicycles on display from standard cruisers, mountain bikes and road bikes to the increasingly popular cargo bikes and folding bikes.  We will have trailers for hauling all kinds of cargo from your children and pets to trips to your local farmers market, weekly groceries and weekend shopping sprees.  We will also have some nice vintage bikes on display as well, still ready for daily use.
Volunteers needed – email volunteer@SMSpoke.org
Bikes on display are courtesy of Santa Monica Spoke community, and with generous help from our local bike shops.
Family Bike Hub

Youth Skills Course – Bike Rodeo NOON to 4pm will offer a fun training and skills course for children to learn or improve their riding skills and learn safety precautions. Adults can get instruction, safety tips and learn their rights and responsibilities of smart cycling.

Activities will include helmet decorating, Bike Safety check and bike maintenance workshops with Bikerowave, & REI, Photo Wall , FUN PRIZES AND MORE!

Ride your bike to the festival, Free Bike Valet will be provided by the City of Santa Monica.
Free rides on the Big Blue Bus (line #8 only) will be offered to festival participants. Click to print coupon. Also, Santa Monica Free Ride will offer free shuttle service between Main St. at Ocean Park Blvd. and the Festival. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

We look forward to you visiting our Exhibition and talking with you about bicycling in Santa Monica and the City’s progress on the Bike Action Plan.

The Festival:      Website      On Facebook      Facebook Event       twitter @santamonicafestival

The 24rd annual Santa Monica Festival is presented by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division and Office of Sustainability and the Environment, and is produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS). The festival is free and open to all ages. See you on May 9th!

Each year since 1992, Community Arts Resources, (CARS) who also has produced this event that has grown into Santa Monica’s largest celebration of its civic identity. The Santa Monica Festival expresses the city’s persona through a two-pronged approach: culture and the environment. Now one of the greenest festivals in the Los Angeles area, the event employs solar-powered stages, carbon offsets, waste diversion and product replacement to be as sustainable as possible. The festival, located in Clover Park since 1994, also celebrates the amazing diversity of Santa Monica through programming on two stages, a Town Square of local non-profits and government agencies, a Global Café, and a Marketplace of diverse vendors. The festival is presented by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division as well as the City’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

SANTA MONICA, CA (APRIL 10, 2011) – Commemorating its twentieth year (in 2011), the Santa Monica Festival has evolved into a celebration of the unique intersection of art and the environment.  Festival-goers can celebrate Mother Earth and all moms this Mother’s Day weekend with an eclectic mix of live music and dance, DIY art workshops utilizing recycled and repurposed materials, guilt-free shopping from vendors featuring earth-friendly artistic wares and local resources offered by a variety of City and local non-profit organizations.

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It’s Here: May is Bike Month!! Bike Week and SO MUCH MORE

MAY: NATIONAL BIKE MONTH!!!

TheLEAGUE-BikeMonthMay is National Bike Month, sponsored by the  League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.bike_month_250x250

Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.

Join us for the National Bike Challenge 

The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists — and encouraging countless new riders. The year the Challenge aims to unite 75,000 riders to pedal 35 million miles from May 1, 2015 until September 30, 2015. Now in its fourth year, the Challenge is a successful partnership between the PeopleForBikes and Kimberly-Clark’s Scott Natural Brand.

Join the Challenge and ride for team Bike Santa Monica!NBClogo-SCREEN

The National Bike Challenge officially starts May 1st! Sign up for the National Bike Challenge, after you create your account – join team Bike Santa Monica! This year there are 4 apps you can choose from to record your participation. Visit the app gallery here. IT”S EASY!

May 6th: National Walk Bike to School Day
& Bike it Walk it Week Santa Monica

Bike Walk to School

The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October. National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the energy of National Bike Month.

Bike it Walk it Week Santa Monica, BIWI_main_v2May 4th -8th

Santa Monica and Malibu Schools celebrate Bike it Walk it Week May 4th-8th. Join the fun by contacting SRTS Coordinator Cory Keen, your PTA President or the Bike it Walk it coordinator at your school to find out about how you can participate.

List of SMMUSD participation Bike it Walk it event here

Santa Monica Festival, Saturday May 9th,11am to 6pm

CARS-0002_SM_festival_digital_ad_546x280_v2Santa Monica Festival kicks off our Bike Week in Santa Monica as it celebrates its 24rd year at Clover Park Saturday. We will have an even BIGGER Family Bike Hub, a Skills Course and the 5th Santa Monica Spoke Bike Exhibition! The festival showcases sustainable living and culture through an array of free, family-friendly activities and performances, including art workshops, music and dance performances, cooking demonstrations, fitness classes, and more that reflect the culture and diversity of this unique beach City.

Bike Week LA 2015

Bike Week LA is an annual week of community events sponsored by Metro and local advocates all over the County of Los Angeles to promote bicycling as a sustainable and practical mode of transportation. Check Metro website for events all over LA.  In Santa Monica we have you covered, to get connected in your area look up LACBC, or your areas LACBC Local Chapter or Bike Ambassadors.

Santa Monica Spoke we will again participate and host rides and events through out the week! More info on these rides and events WILL BE POSTED SOON!! Keep checking our Event Calendar for ours and all the latest events for Bike Week SM.

Join the National Bike Challenge: Ride for team BIKE SANTA MONICA

Bike Month & Bike Local SM Week Specials – link coming soon

The National Bike Challenge starts May 1st

Join the Challenge and ride for team Bike Santa Monica!NBClogo-SCREEN

Riders, start your engines! The National Bike Challenge kicks off this Friday, May 1. If you haven’t already, start tracking your rides for the opportunity to win bike gear (and a year’s supply of toilet paper!). Get ready at NationalBikeChallenge.org.

After you sign up for the National Bike Challenge. and create your account – join team Bike Santa Monica!

The National Bike Challenge officially starts May 1st. We’ve already started warming up in April – don’t wait join now! This year there are 4 apps you can choose from to record your participation. Visit the app gallery here. IT”S EASY!

The Challenge starts May 1

2015 Commuter Challenge – Beyond just bikes?

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 marks the start of Santa Monica’s 2015 Commuter Challenge Bike Month.

From May 1st to May 31st, folks working or living in Santa Monica can compete on a team or individual basis to save the most CO2 and/or obtain the highest rates of participation by logging their commute trips on CommuteSM.com.
At the end of the month, individuals, teams, and companies with the greatest CO2 reductions and participation rates will be awarded numerous prizes from local businesses.
Santa Monica’s 2015 Commuter Challenge is sponsored by RideAmigos, Urban Trans, Paradise Consulting, the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Spoke, Laemmle Theaters, McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Magicopolis, American Cinematheque, Lemonade, Dethrone Basecamp, Caffe Luxxe, IZIP Store, the Santa Monica Bike Center, Bike Attack, Pedego Santa Monica, Cynergy Cycles, Zone 3 Multisport, Helen’s Cycles, SM Spoke, and Downtown LA Bikes.

Individuals can participate in the Bike Month Challenge by visiting www.commuteSM.com, and registering with their employer network. Santa Monica residents employed outside of the city can join the SM Residents Employed Outside of City network..

Happy Commuting!
Ma’ayan DemboAnd to all those people on bikes – don’t forget to join us in the National Bike Challenge! Find out more here – join the team here!
For more information on the Commuter Challenge, visit www.commuteSM.com

May: National Bike Month, The National Bike Challenge & MORE!

MAY: NATIONAL BIKE MONTH IS ALMOST HERE!!!

TheLEAGUE-BikeMonthMay is National Bike Month, sponsored by the  League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.bike_month_250x250

Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.

Each year the number and diversity of Bike Month celebrations continues to grow, accelerating the momentum around bicycling nationwide.

 

Join us for the National Bike Challenge 

The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists — and encouraging countless new riders. In its simplest form it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues and the greater community to ride more. Users compete on a local, state and national level. The year the Challenge aims to unite 75,000 riders to pedal 35 million miles from May 1, 2015 until September 30, 2015. Now in its fourth year, the Challenge is a successful partnership between the PeopleForBikes and Kimberly-Clark’s Scott Natural Brand.

PeopleForBikes owns, operates, and maintains the National Bike Challenge website. PeopleForBikes mission is to making bicycling better for everyone by uniting millions of riders, thousands of businesses and hundreds of communities..

Join the Challenge and ride for team Bike Santa Monica!NBClogo-SCREEN

After you sign up for the National Bike Challenge. and create your account – join team Bike Santa Monica!

The National Bike Challenge officially starts May 1st. We are already warming up in April – don’t wait join now! This year there are 4 apps you can choose from to record your participation. Visit the app gallery here. IT”S EASY!

May 6th: National Walk Bike to School Day
& Bike it Walk it Week Santa Monica

Bike Walk to School

The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia joined together to encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school.

The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October. Many communities and schools have been holding spring walk and bicycle to school events for years. National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the energy of National Bike Month.

Bike it Walk it Week Santa Monica, May 4th -8th

Santa Monica and Malibu schools celebrate Bike it Walk it Week May 4th-8th. Join the fun by contacting SRTS Coordinator Cory Keen, your PTA President or the Bike it Walk it coordinator at your school to find out about how you can participate.BIWI_main_v2

SMMUSD Bike it Walk it

  • Lincoln Middle School: Tuesday May 5th
  • Franklin Elementary: Wednesday May 6th
  • Will Rogers Learning Community: Friday May 8th
  • Edison Language Academy: Friday May 8th
  • Grant Elementary: Friday May 8th
  • John Muir Elementary: Friday May 8th
  • MASH: Friday May 8th
  • McKinley Elementary: Friday May 8th
  • Roosevelt Elementary: Friday May 8th
  • John Adams Middle School: Friday May 8th

Bike Week LA 2015

Bike Week LA is an annual week of community events sponsored by Metro and local advocates all over the County of Los Angeles to promote bicycling as a sustainable and practical mode of transportation. Check Metro website for events all over LA.  In Santa Monica we have you covered, to get connected in your area look up LACBC, or your areas LACBC Local Chapter or Bike Ambassadors.

Santa Monica Spoke we will again participate and host rides and events through out the week! More info on these rides and events is coming soon Check out our Event Calendar for the latest. Here is an overview of Metro Events some of what we have planned locally to get you excited!

  • Saturday May 9th
    Santa Monica Festival
    , with a BIGGER Family Bike Hub, Skills Course and the 6h Santa Monica Spoke Bike Exhibition!
  • Sunday May 10th
    Get ready with fix your bike day.
    CycloFemme Rides
  • Monday May 11th
    Metro Bike Week Kick off at El Monte Bike Hub
    Metro Evening Speaker Panel
    Local – Santa Monica Spoke: Meatless Monday Ride and Fundraiser at Veggie Grill
  • Tuesday May 12th
    12th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles
    Local – Santa Monica Spoke, Ladies Coffee Chat meet up
    Bike in Movie at Performance Bicycles (tonight and every Tuesday in May!)
  • Wednesday
    BALLONA CREEK CAMP COFFEE
    City Ride: Santa Monica Spoke local ride and Free Movie Screening of Dogtown and Z-Boys, with snacks and beverage!
    Metro: Bike in Movie – Marsh Park along the LA River
  • Thursday
    Bike to Work Day Pit Stops, lots in Santa Monica
    Bike FROM Work: Handlebar Happy Hour at Areal on Main Street – more LACBC & Chapter HBHH’s here
    Pledge to ride to work
    Don’t forget: RIDE FREE on BBB, Metro and many municipal transit carriers all day Thursday if you board with a bike!
    Color Wheels: Bicycle Community Art Show at CalTrans details here. 
  • Friday
    Metro Hosts Bike Night at Union Station, LACBC After Party at Angel City Brewery
  • Saturday & Sunday – and all week 
    Bike Locally! Ride your bike to eat, play or shop, take advantage of special discounts just for bicyclists! Locally Buy Local is now also Bike Local – Because bicyclists are great for local business!

Join the National Bike Challenge: Ride for team BIKE SANTA MONICA

Bike Month & Bike Local SM Week Specials – link coming soon

 

Help Support Funding for Walking & Biking: PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW

 

Join us and support the action by the League of American Bicyclist Bike League Action
Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/V_KKbI2AWj9HLziyVsLuFQ

Last week, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said they are “nearly done” drafting the transportation bill.  This is our BEST chance to get the Transportation Alternatives Program we want in the bill. Please ask your Senators to co-sponsor the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act. Adding their name to the bill will tell Chairman Inhofe and Ranking Member Boxer know there is broad support for a robust program to fund bike lanes, trails, sidewalks  and bike share.

We need your help to make sure that Congress doesn’t cut funding to help local communities build sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, trails and more. Please ask your Senator to Co-Sponsor S. 705, The Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act.

The Transportation Alternatives Program provides hundreds of millions of dollars each year to local communities to invest in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. It’s the only federal program specifically focused on local transportation priorities. S. 705, the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act, written by Sens. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), makes changes to the program to  make it more effective and easier for local governments to use.

For decades, our federal transportation system has focused the bulk of its resources on building roads, leaving many of our communities with few transportation options and rising safety risks for people bicycling and walking. More and more Americans want options for bicycling, walking and transit to live healthier and safer lives. More and more cities and towns are clamoring for more facilities for biking and walking to make their communities more attractive to residents and to improve their economies. S. 705 would help make sure that Congress continues to invest a small share of federal transportation dollars in these types of projects.

Ask your Senators to cosponsor S. 705, the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act, to ensure that our federal transportation system continues to provide funding for bicycling and walking.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/V_KKbI2AWj9HLziyVsLuFQ

Our New Event Calendar is LIVE! What do you think?

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Thank you to Modern Tribe for providing a free non-profit copy of Events Calendar PRO to Santa Monica Spoke. If you need a calendar on your site, check out their great stable of plugins at https://theeventscalendar.com. We are enjoying how customizable and easy-to-use their plugins are!

Let us know what you think of the new calendar and all the events we are adding daily! If you have an event you want added – please send it our way. Update on how to add community bikey events will be posted soon coming

Team LACBC Pre-Climate Ride Party this Sunday!

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Team LACBC “fun”draising party this Sunday, April 12th from 5 – 8pm at Angel City Brewery (216 S. Alameda St.) Special perk – Alek Bartrosouf will be there!

There will be handcrafted brews, music, and food trucks — including vegan taco maestro Mark Weldon’s 100 Tacos, whose entire operation is done by bike!

There is a raffle. $5/ticket or 5 for $20. Featuring great prizes including the grand prize of a UNO Folding Bicycle courtesy of Tern!
See all the prizes and premiums for donating on our EVENT PAGE!

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT to participate in the raffle.  The main purpose of the event is to help each team member raise funds, so pick team member or two to donate to and get beer and/or raffle tickets.

Team Captain Greg has done an excellent job of rallying the team (and meeting his personal goal) and we are at $71K ALREADY with a stated goal of $100K!  Help us get over the top and be number one for a third year in a row! LACBC is fully represented with board members like Greg and Carrie and staff, Colin and Hyeran.  Support them and come have some fun!

We hope to see you THERE!

Reminder: Santa Monica Spoke Meeting, April 11th at 9:30am

Please Join us this Saturday!

Day:     Saturday
Date:   April 11th
Time:   
9:30am – noon
Location: 1640 5th Street, in the courtyard

Coffee, bagels, input  and updates on biking in Santa Monica. 

Santa Monica Spoke Meeting, family friendly.
BAP, Project & Campaign Updates and a Special Farewell Reception for Lucy! 

Our agenda will include community Input, discussion and updates by city staff on Bike Share, SRTS projects, Kidical Mass, Bike Action Plan Implementations.
Projects updates on MANGo & The Esplanade/Protected Bike Lane. plus info on lots of upcoming events. May is Bike Month and the Santa Monica Festival Bike Exhibition!!

Morning snacks, beverages & special treats will be served!

Hope you can come!!!!
Ride to the meeting and share to #30daysofbiking
Event listing here