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Fun Events this Weekend

SATURDAY:

Family Cargo Bike Event: TEST RIDES

Test ride a wide variety of electric and traditional cargo bikes, enjoy tasty refreshments, and meet like-minded individuals while your kids enjoy a variety of arts, crafts and fun activities.

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“Go Public” Ice Cream Ride

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!!! It’s been very HOT recently so we thought what better way to cool off than to go on an ice cream bike ride. They’ll be stopping at THREE different creameries, each with their own unique spin

Go Public Ice Cream Ride

SUNDAY:

Stitch N’Bitch

The Bikerowave is seeking women-identified volunteers! Come check out the shop and sew with them — Reflective patches. T-shirt bags. Or bring your own project.

JAZZ ON THE LAWN
Venezuela OMG 5-7pm

Venezuela OMG blends upbeat Caribbean music with exotic folk rhythms from Venezuela, the northernmost tropical region of South America.

Get up and Move with the B. Dunn Movement/Dance and Theatre Company. All ages and levels are invited to join Brigette Dunn-Korpela and her team of dancers to discover your own moves to the beats of Venezuela OMG. Brigette Dunn-Korpela is the artistic director of the Los Angeles based B. Dunn Movement/Dance and Theatre Company and is a dance educator, choreographer and performing artist.

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Kidical Mass(ive) 2016

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Mark your calendar

SANTA MONICA KIDICAL MASS IS MASS(IVE): KIDICAL MASS(IVE): Global Family Bike Ride
Saturday, September 17th
Clover Park, 25th @ Oak (east side of park)
9AM – NOON

THE THEME AGAIN Will BE SWASH BUCKLING PIRATES!
CELEBRATE TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY!
LOTS OF FUN ACTIVITIES PLANNED
PRIZES FOR BEST OUTFITS

Join us for the 2nd Annual Kidical Mass(ive)!  The largest global family bike ride EVER!! Join us as thousands of families around the world go for a bike ride together. We’ll be showing that cities that plan for family biking are more livable, sustainable, profitable, and FUN!

You too can make a ride in your community happen; register your community and start planning your event now.

Community Conversations: The Future of Downtown Santa Monica

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Be part of the process in planning our city.

City Planning staff is going to be hosting several “Community Conversation” sessions to discuss the future of Downtown Santa Monica with our community.  The events will include facilitated discussions with small groups (8-12 people),zeroing in on some of the Downtown Community Plan’s most challenging issues such as historic preservation, building height, and the need for public spaces and amenities to support a growing population.

Seating is limited so please book your attendance early. Additional group discussions will be added based on demand. The events will take place at the Santa Monica Main Library Community Room located at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. on the 2ndfloor. Parking can be accessed from 7th Street side of the Main Library free of charge for participants.  The Library can also be accessed by Big Blue Bus lines 1, 7, R7, and R10 which provide direct service to this location. Big Blue Bus lines 2, 3, 3M, 5, 8, and 9 also stop within a short walking distance. The Metro Expo line stops within a ten minute walk to the Main Library.

You can book your reservation by following the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-conversations-the-future-of-downtown-santa-monica-tickets-27174122532

If you cannot attend one of the events, you can provide feedback through the online version by clicking on the following link:  https://maptionnaire.com/en/1194   Please also encourage your friends and neighbors to attend one of the sessions or take the survey.  Thanks.

Better Bikeways for California

imageIt’s Monday morning and if you’re anything like me, you’re back at work with a list of to-dos to tackle. We have one more very important, yet fun item to add to your list: register for the California Dream Ride.

The California Dream Ride is a scenic, relaxed 285 mile ride from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles October 3rd to 8th. The ride will take you along quiet beach bike paths, skyline ridge roads, and scenic canyons. You’ll make new friends, eat amazing food, and see a whole new side of California.

Half off registration through Saturday, August 20th.

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But don’t delay, spaces are limited!

August “Go Public” Ice Cream Ride

Go Public Ice Cream Ride

August “Go PUBLIC” bike ride is here!
On August 27th, I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!!!

It’s been very HOT recently so we thought what better way to cool off than to go on an ice cream bike ride. We will be stopping at THREE different creameries, each with their own unique spin on everyone’s favorite frozen treat (non-dairy friendly!).

Our first stop will be the Santa Monica staple, Sweet Rose Creamery, located on Pico Blvd. Small batch ice cream made daily with locally sourced ingredients! They also have incredible coffee too. Read more about them here: https://sweetrosecreamery.com/

Our second stop will be the Portland transplant, Salt & Straw Ice Cream! Now open in Venice, located on Abbot Kinney. Salt & Straw features ice cream flavors you never knew were possible and it also showcases a slew of specialty flavors that change every month which are co-created and inspired by local chef’s, restuarants and establishments. Learn more about Salt & Straw here: http://saltandstraw.com/

Our third and final stop will be our fellow neighbors’ down the street, Kippy’s Ice Cream Shop! Kippy’s is unique in that it specializes in organic, non-dairy ice cream; healthy and delicious. Their ice cream is made by hand, daily using fresh raw coconut sweetened with honey. Yum! Check them out here: http://www.kippysicecream.com/

This will be a 5 mile ride round-trip through the streets and neighborhoods of Santa Monica and Venice. Family friendly and fun for all ages (youngsters + toddlers recommended to ride with a parent). The ride will start and end at the PUBLIC Bikes Santa Monica store location.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike) OR hop on a Breeze bike on Ashland Ave, one block from the PUBLIC Bikes store, OR rent a bike with the Santa Monica Bike Center and receive 20% when you mention our bike ride!

Facebook event HERE

Santa Monica Spoke Community Meeting

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August 13th, 9:30-11:00am
Serving Coffee & Bagels starting at 9:30am

Meeting promptly begins at 9:45am
Santa Monica HQ, 1640 5th Street

We will be joined by City of Santa Monica’s Mobility Manager Francie Stefan and members of her department to get updates on the #GoSaMo Campaign and why it is important for pedestrians and bikes, staff changes and welcome new staff, projects like Safe Routes to School and why #GoSaMo is important for pedestrians and bikes and healthy active transportation!

Update on Breeze Bike share. We will be recruiting volunteers for our Breeze Outreach Team and diversity campaign. Kyle Kozar, The City’s Bike Share coordinator will join us for updates

Airport2Park update presentation with Michael Brodsky. What is happening with SaMo Airport?

Bike The Vote. As a 501(c)3 non profit we will cannot be involved in candidate endorsements — but you can! Find out more from our guest.

More mar be added as it is firmed up!

Hope to see you Saturday!!! Come early and enjoy the rest of you day!

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Airport2Park: Santa Monica Airport Walk

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Airport2Park will join with Los Angeles Walks who will be sponsoring a walk around the perimeter of the Santa Monica Airport Saturday, August 6th, 2016, at 10am beginning in Clover Park (south west corner).

la_walks_website1– Start location – Clover Park. 2600 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica 90405 
(Meet at the southwest corner of Clover Park at the fence next to Santa Monica Airport runway) 

This will be a moderate 3.5 mile walk around the perimeter of the Santa Monica Airport where participants learn about issues and impacts relating to the airport, experience pedestrian access issues, see progress on the new 12 acre Airport Park Expansion and envision a future grand park at that location.

no_bikes_no_peopleMichael Brodsky, a Professor at Loyola Marymount University, Member Santa Monica Spoke Steering committee, Co-Founder and Board Member of the Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation will be the Ambassador for this walk around the entirety of Santa Monica Airport. This walk promises to present a unique view of parts of Santa Monica that most people rarely see and even fewer pedestrians actually get to walk.

The group will walk the perimeter of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) to see and learn about the current issues and community impacts relating to this facility and to hear about potential creative new proposals to transform and repurpose this property into a future grand park that will be open and accessible to all.

We invite you to come and show your support for Airport2Park with Los Angeles Walks!

The park which is served by Breeze Bike Share and Big Blue Bus Line #8, Free Parking is also available.

Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen and water!

Los Angeles Walks is a pedestrian advocacy group that makes walking safe, accessible and fun for all Angelenos.  The Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation is working to transform Santa Monica Airport into a grand park for everyone.

Click HERE for Facebook event

CicLAvia: Iconic Wilshire Boulevard

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CicLAvia catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free streets

Feeder Ride? Check event for update.

CicLAvia heads back to Iconic Wilshire Boulevard on August 14 as Koreatown, Westlake, and Downtown Los Angeles will host the country’s largest open streets event! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.

New to CicLAvia? Here are some things you need to know for August 14:

  • CicLAvia is FREE!
  • CicLAvia lasts from 9 AM until 4 PM
  • CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles.
  • CicLAvia is not a race! There’s no starting point or finish line – begin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
  • CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, just like regular traffic. Check out some more safety tips.

Stuff to bring:

  • helmut (for feeder ride or children under 18)
  • sun screen
  • cash –
  • spare tube/ patch kit
  • hydration
  • any special tools your bike requires!
  • SMILES

EXPO to CicLAvia

Light Rail: EXPO (timetable
The Metro trip planner can be found here

Expo More to Explore

Save the date: Santa Monica Spoke Update Meeting Event

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Update Meeting & Event
August 13th, (morning)
Stay tuned, agenda & info will follow

Tour de Laemmle 2016 Scheduled!

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Start your cranks – Tour de Laemmle returns Sunday, August 21, 2016!

Rescheduled from July 24th due to the Santa Clarita Fire

This year, they’ll begin and end at Laemmle’s completely revamped Monica Film Center on 2nd Street in Santa Monica, including a post-ride bash upstairs in the theater’s swanky new mezzanine lounge.  Plus, those who complete all 125+ miles will receive a free pair of official Tour de Laemmle cycling socks!

If you joined them last year, the route will be familiar. However, they’ve made several enhancements including more time on bike paths and lanes. Stay tuned for the official route sheet, but in the meantime, check out the highlights and points of interest.  There’s loads to see along the way, including a cornucopia of good eats!

Laemmle’s involvement with cycling events such as CicLAvia and Climate Ride stems not just from our love of the sport, but as a way to encourage alternative transportation and inspire creative thinking about our traffic and environmental challenges. In 2014, Greg stepped up to the plate by creating their own event, the TOUR DE LAEMMLE, a 125-mile bicycle tour of all their theaters led by their own GREG LAEMMLE.

As an avid cyclist and sustainability advocate, Greg had always dreamed of traveling to each of his venues by bike in a single day.  After researching the route, he soon recognized the cultural and historical import of many of the roads, pathways, and landmarks he discovered along the way.  Realizing the potential value extended far beyond his original vision, he opened up the ride and invited the community to join him “on a 2-wheeled tour of L.A.’s richly diverse neighborhoods.”

As in past years, this 3rd edition of the tour is FREE to all participants. Riders may join Greg for the entire route, which starts at the MONICA FILM CENTER in Santa Monica at 7am, or for one or more of the ensuing legs. The full circuit (which returns to Santa Monica in the early evening) will cover 125+ miles throughout the L.A. region.

Departing at 7:00am from the Monica Film Center, they’ll visit the following venues in succession:

  • Monica Film Center (Santa Monica)
  • Music Hall (Beverly Hills)
  • Ahrya Fine Arts (Beverly Hills)
  • Claremont 5
  • Playhouse 7 (Pasadena)
  • Glendale 5 (under construction)
  • NoHo 7 (North Hollywood)
  • Town Center (Encino)
  • Back to the Monica Film Center around 6 PM (phew!)