Author Archives: Cynthia Rose

Action Alert: Ask Your Senators to Support Bicycling

People for Bikes
Write a letter to your senators in support of bicycle infrastructure funding.
Did you know that your senators are making decisions that will affect the future of bicycle infrastructure in California?
Use this easy letter-writing tool to reach out to your senators and ask them to continue their support of bike funding.

The U.S. Senate is currently working on a proposal for TIGER grants, an important source of federal transportation funding for projects to build roads, transit, ports, and bicycle infrastructure. The House has proposed $100 million in funding for next year, far less than the $500 million that TIGER was funded at this year. Let your senators know that you support full funding of the program and the bicycle projects it helps make possible.

Thanks for taking action!

— The PeopleForBikes Team

Big Blue Bus Route Updates Integrate with Expo Start Today

Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 5.27.55 PMMajor route, stop and schedule updates.

In anticipation of the opening of the Expo Light Rail Line in Spring 2016, BBB’s August 23, 2015 Service Change marks the beginning of a major redesign of Big Blue Bus routes. Including the publics input their goal is to provide greater service, better connectivity and more convenient transportation options for customers throughout the region. BBB will phase the implementation of changes and new service additions over the course of the next 12 months.

BBB’s upcoming Service Change is in the news! Here’s what the local media are saying:

  • Watch an interview with Ed King, BBB’s Director of Transit Services, about the upcoming Service Change.
  • Big Blue Bus Begins Expo Integration Service Overhaul This Month (Santa Monica Next)

View the complete Little Blue Book (Effective August 23, 2015)

Select your favorite route for additional details:

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August Handlebar Happy Hour: El Cholo, Aug 26th

Come celebrate all things bike.
Log miles over smiles for the National Bike Challenge!!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

At the end of every month we get together for fun, to talk bikes, and LOG MILES OVER SMILES for the National Bike Challenge. Part of Team Bike Santa Monica or not — COME JOIN US!
All are welcome!! Want to know more about Team Bike Santa Monica? Find out here!

DAY:    Wednesday
DATE:    August 26th
TIME:    5:30pm -7pm (HH $)
PLACE: El Cholo
1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica,
Local Mexican chain serving classic dishes & margaritas in a traditional setting since the 1920s!
They are a Buy Local Business

El Cholo HH menu



Happy Hour Special Menu
Beverages and Yummy Food

NBC Team Bike SM

Expo Trains in Santa Monica!!!


We pulled this from twitter today!

Today City of Santa Monica @santamonicacity tweeted with this image!
“Get excited! We are one step closer to welcoming ‪#‎Expo‬ to ‪#‎SantaMonica‬‪#‎FirstDayofTrainTesting‬ ”

For more on the EXPO Trains:
Here is a link to the 1st reported train in Santa Monica crossing over tracks just east of 26th Street


Expo train testing 1

click for more on train testing schedule information

Free: Bike Smart, Street Cycling Skills Classes

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Click image for info and full SM Schedule

For the summer of 2015, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is offering a series of
FREE Bicycle Skills Classes through out Los Angeles County.
Santa Monica Spoke is hosting the full series of classes in Santa Monica.

Three different classes are being offered:

  • Basic Bicycling Skills
  • Street Cycling Skills – Session A
  • Street Cycling Skills – Session B*


Spaces still open for this weekend and some upcoming classes in Santa Monica!
This Saturday, August 29th
     Bike Smart: Street Cycling Skills, Session A — 9am – 1pm

  • Online Registration Closed:
    Email us for Walk-in registration info

Sunday, September 13th
Bike Smart: 2 hour Basic 

*must have already taken Part A
For classes in other areas around LA County check listing here

July Handlebar Happy Hour: WARSZAWA , July 29th

Come celebrate all things bike.
Log miles over smiles for the National Bike Challenge!!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

At the end of every month we get together for fun, to talk bikes, and LOG MILES OVER SMILES for the National Bike Challenge. Part of Team Bike Santa Monica or not — COME JOIN US!
All are welcome!! Want to know more about Team Bike Santa Monica? Find our here!


DAY:    Wednesday
DATE:    July 29th
TIME:    5:30pm -7pm (HH $)
1414 Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica,

Polish Food & Happy Hour on the Back Patio!
WARSZAWA is a locally-owned business supporting other local business by buying locally and supporting fellow SM businesses! They are a Buy Local Business


Specials:  $1 off drinks and 3 featured appetizers for $4-5 ea (great price) for Keilbasa, Latkas or Bacon Wrapped Prunes!
They are a family-owned, family-friendly, community supported, legacy (35+ years old) business, promoting fellowship and an Old World vibe.

NBC Team Bike SM

Expo Notice: Expo Phase 2 Train Testing Update

The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled to start train testing activities in Santa Monica next week and will continue for several months. Initially the trains will be pulled along the rail corridor, and then operated on their own power. Testing will be ongoing along the entire alignment in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. The testing activity will test train clearances, the Overhead Catenary System which powers the trains, the crossing gates and traffic signals, and all related systems before the project is turned over to Metro for pre-revenue operations.

What:         Train Testing Activities
When:        Starting July 16 in Santa Monica, and ongoing through fall 2015
Where:       Along the light rail alignment between Venice Blvd in LA & 4th St in Santa Monica
Hours:        Between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.Monday – Friday

What to Expect in Santa Monica:

  • Preliminary testing activities will take place intermittently before the crossing gates are activated at gated crossings and the train signals are coordinated along Colorado Avenue.
  • During this time, testing may result in brief interruptions of street traffic as trains cross the intersections assisted by flaggers and safety personnel.
  • Once the crossing gates are operational and the signals are coordinated, testing will continue on a more regular schedule.
  • The train’s audible devices may be used during testing activities.
  • Throughout the testing period, safety personnel will be available at the crossings to assist the public.

Safety Tips:

  • Please obey all warning signs and traffic signals when crossing the tracks.
  • Always look both ways before crossing any street.
  • Never walk on railroad tracks.
  • Watch for trains from both directions.
  • Use the crosswalks.
  • Do not jaywalk across the tracks.

(Testing schedules are dynamic, and updated information will be provided as necessary)
To view the complete notice, click here.Expo train testing email footer

2nd Annual Tour de Slurp!

Have you recently been suffering from a lack of free Slurpees?
Well then ….  we’ve got just the thing for you!
The 2nd Annual Tour de Slurp 2015!

slurpee daySanta Monica Spoke is joining Spinlister for the 2nd Annual Tour de Slurp 2015.

One of LA’s premier athletic events, the tour is a bicycle ride to five different 7-Elevens on July 11th. At each store, we stop and celebrate 7-Eleven Day (aka Free Slurpee Day) by drinking said beverages.

We will start the approximately 10-mile ride at 1640 5th Street in Santa Monica, CA at 11AM on July 11, 2015. You don’t have to do the entire Tour, and riders of all levels are welcome.  We’ve selected a bike-friendly route that includes some short lengths on larger roads that may not be suitable for small children on their own bikes. The entire route is fine for children in trailers and tag-a-longs.
As always, if you need to rent a bike, has you covered.
Keeping it Santa Monica sustainable – FREE Spinlister water bottle!

Date:   July 11th
Day:    Saturday
Time:  11am – 12:30pm (aprox)
Start/Finish 1640 5th Street

Spinlister_logo (1)Bonus stuff when you RSVP:
click HERE or email

View the route map here

Event hashtags #Spinlister #SMSpoke #BikeSM #BikeLocal #Slurpee #7Eleven #seveneleven #freeslurpee #sevenelevenday