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Launch Bike Month at Gear Up! This Sunday May 1st

Get ready to ride all summer at Gear Up!

Gear Up! launches a variety events to help you get ready to ride, learn to pedal safely, and win free stuff during Bike Month!. This collaborative community celebration is brought to you with local partners to help you get a bike, learn to fix a flat, win free stuff, eat good food and have fun.

Our main events are:
BIKE SWAP: Want to be matched you with a new ride? Kids out grown their current bikes? Your cruiser not cutting it?, Seat giving you cramps?

  • Gear Up Final

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    FREE BIKE REPAIR: Pro mechanics getting your bike in cruising condition.

  • BIKE RAFFLE: Participate in activities for the chance to win a FREE bike!
  • FREE CLINICS that teach basic safety, shopping by bicycle, and riding in a skirt.
    Tips and tricks to make bikes a big part of their summer
  • FREE HELMETS (while supply last), sponsored by City of Santa Monica.
  • LOCAL FOOD for sale.
  • BIKE ART: With interactive presentations from local artists.
  • ARTS AND CRAFTS for kids and adults to make their bikes and helmets special and stylish.
  • MUSIC to set the tone with a DJ booth.
  • COMMUNITY COLLABORATION with tables, art, and programs from local organizations.
  • BICYCLE AWARENESS for upcoming events, Metro Expo Line, and local resources.
  • And more to come! Stay tuned and we’ll let you know what other fun things to expect.

Gear Up Line Up Poster

See the Facebook event HERE

Brompton Urban Challenge: April 30th register today!

The Brompton Urban Challenge (BUC) is a two-wheeled scavenger hunt! It starts with a light breakfast, afterwhich you’ll spend the first part of the day riding around the city, and interpreting various clues with your team. We’ll break for a late lunch, then spend the remainder of the day engaging in fun Brompton challenges amidst the beautiful backdrop of Santa Monica. Each clue and challenge will be recorded by photograph, which you’ll upload to social media (#BUCSM). Everyone will have the chance to win some GREAT prizes at the end of the day – where we’ll rally to celebrate our accomplishments with drinks and merriment at AIKA!

The Brompton Urban Challenge is a world-wide event, AIKA couldn’t be more excited to host our first BUC in Santa Monica!

Here are the registration details:

  • The fee is $25 per person – all proceeds will be donated to local advocacy group Santa Monica Spoke.
  • Cyclists can either register as a team or will be placed into a team on the day of the event.
    — Start a team or join one as a great way to meet new friends!
  • The minimum team size is 2 participants, and the maximum team size is 4 participants.
  • All bikes are welcome, but there must be at least one Brompton bicycle per team.
  • We’ll have a limited number of Brompton bicycles available to borrow at the event, so indicate in your registration if you’d like to reserve one!

To learn more, check out this video here.

Can’t wait to see all you Bromptoneers and cyclists at AIKA on the 30th! #BUCSM

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE

Brompton Urban Challenge

Breeze SM Community Ride

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Saturday, April 23rd, 10am – noon

SM Farmers Market TomatoBreeze SM Community Ride is a monthly group ride for current and prospective Breeze members. The ride meets at 10 at the 17th Street Station Expo station and explores the community with visits to local farmers markets and businesses. Additionally, we’ll learn helpful tips on how to better use the Breeze bike share system, including checking out, locking, flexibility of “out of station” and “hold” features, multiple bike check out on one account, and Rules of the Road!

On the ride you’ll experience some of Santa Monica amazing bike infrastructure. Surely to be a day of fun and excitement. At this month’s event we will visit and get a short tour of the Downtown Santa Monica Farmer’s Market.

Participants’ ride time will be credited FOR THREE HOURS and first time participants can receive a FREE helmet. You must be 16* or over to participate (*under 18 must accompanied by parent or guardian and wear a helmet).

Registration is FREE but required — Please click here to RSVP today!

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Orchestra Santa Monica

Orchestra Santa Monica “The Flamenco Guitar”

Special: Arrive by bike* and save up to 33% this Sunday!

*or bring a selfie of you on a bike
Adults $20  (instead of $30)

College $10 (instead of $15)
K-12 $5   (instead of $10)

Who can resist the Flamenco Guitar? Adam del Monte plays two concertos with flamenco evocations – Rodrigo’s ever-popular “Concierto de Aranjuez” and Del Monte’s own flamenco concerto “Paisajes” which also features the reknowned cajon player Diego Alvarez Muñoz. Bizet’s “Carmen Suite” sets the stage!

Adam Del Monte (guitar) and Diego Alvarez Muñoz (cajon)
Bizet: Carmen Suite
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Del Monte: Paisajes, concerto for Flamenco guitar

Sunday, April 24, 2016 @ 2:30 pm (*Please note new time*)

Moss Theater (see Moss Theater location)

The Herb Alpert Educational Village, New Roads School
3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404

(Entrance to parking lot on Olympic, just west of Centinela)

*or bring a selfie of you on a bike
Adults $20  (instead of $30)

College $10 (instead of $15)
K-12 $5   (instead of $10)

Climate Ride: Team LACBC

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Team LACBC returns for the fourth year to tackle hills and climate change on Climate Ride California North Coast this May! Sign up as part of Team LACBC, and you’ll ride in support of LACBC and other environmental causes.

Joni and Nicole: Two local riders participating to benefit LACBC and Local Chapter Santa Monica Spoke!

Here are 10 reasons why you should join Team LACBC on Climate Ride!

About Climate Ride California North Coast Ride:

Climate Ride California North Coast is a gorgeous cycling adventure that begins in California’s historic Redwood Empire near Eureka, travels along the scenic coast, and ventures into the famed Russian River Valley before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. Climate Ride California is more than a bike trip—it’s an inspiring journey with like-minded people who are united by their passion for sustainability, renewable energy, and bicycles—the ultimate carbon-free form of transportation.

This 5-day journey has riders covering 40-70 miles per day of carefully planned routes on scenic back roads. The ride is fully supported, with Climate Ride staff taking care of meals, snacks, mechanical support, luggage transport, and other logistics. The dates for 2016 are May 22 to May 26.

About Team LACBC at Climate Ride:

Now in our fourth year of participating in Climate Ride, Team LACBC first formed in 2012 and has been the top fundraising team for the past three years. This year’s co-captains are returning riders Greg Laemmle and Nora Hipolito. Read about our history here.

How It Works:

When you join Team LACBC and choose LACBC as your sole beneficiary, a portion of the money you raise will support LACBC’s work to make L.A. County a healthy, safe, and fun place to ride a bike. It is important to note that the only thing that is required of your participation on Team LACBC is that you select Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition as your SOLE beneficiary. This is because beneficiaries receive a percentage of the amount raised. After you finish registering, you are provided a personal fundraising page to begin collecting donations.

Each rider has to raise a minimum of $2,800. If that sounds intimidating, don’t worry! We have lots of experience in this area and can help reach your fundraising goals. Climate Ride offers many tools that make raising money easier than you might think. LACBC also offers incentives to Team LACBC riders for reaching fundraising milestones, as well as incentives you can offer to the individuals and companies who contribute to your ride. Trust us, you can do it.

Join Team LACBC:

Sign up for Team LACBC here!

Connect with Team LACBC:

Email Marc Horwitz at climateride@la-bike.org if you have questions. Also, check out Team LACBC’s Climate Ride FAQ section, as well as Climate Ride’s FAQ section.

Follow the Team on Facebook at facebook.com/TeamLACBC2016. Check our FB page for all the latest news and the scoop on Training Rides!

Training Rides:

Ride with the team! Most of our training rides are open to the public. Whether you’re considering signing up for the team, want to support the team, or just looking for a good weekend ride, you’re more than welcome to join us on the road!
Ride details will be posted in advance each week via our Facebook Page. Note, these are not supported rides and participants are expected to keep pace with the group. Pace changes weekly, according to rider levels.

Resources:

More resources here:

April Handlebar Happy Hour: Solidarity

April Handlebar Happy Hour goes international with a visit to Solidarity!!

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End of every month we get together for fun, to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always family friendly!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….
Next month we launch the National Bike Challenge for 2016!


DAY:    Wednesday
DATE:   April 20th
TIME:    5:30pm -7pm (HH $)
PLACE: SOLIDARITY
1414 Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica,


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

Kidical Mass: Garden Ride & Community Garden Tour, April 16th 2016

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

DATE:    SATURDAY APRIL 16th, 2016Kidical Mass Earth Day 2016 Flyer
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON

START:  MEMORIAL PARK
–  By Parking lot off 14th Street.

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica Community Gardeners for Santa Monica’s Kidical Mass Ride. 
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 at Memorial Park when we return!

Schedule.
9::00am – 12:30pmSM Community Gardens
– Check-in, Morning Snacks, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating
– Ride to Pit Stop visit at PARK DRIVE COMMUNITY GARDEN
– KIDS GARDEN TOURS AND WORKSHOP
– Pitstop host Santa Monica Community Gardeners
– Ride back to Memorial Park by noon for fun activities, Prizes and post ride snacks by KIND

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* 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!

Don’t have a Kid Carrying Bike? NOT  A PROBLEM !sm_bike_center
Special 20% discount on Rentals at the Santa Monica Bike Center. You can find special Kid carrying cargo bikes, kid seats, trailers, tandems, tag-a-longs!! Anything you could need at a 20% discount for rentals) – Please reserve online and write “Kidical Mass” in the special requirements section of the reservation – 20% discount will be applied at check out! Reserve early and plan to pick up bikes Saturday morning in time to arrive at the event.

SM Spoke Meeting: Saturday, April 2nd

SM Spoke Meeting

Join us Saturday morning for coffee, bagels, lively discussion and FUN!!

Updates & Input: Bike Month, EXPO, Bike Action Plan Implementation, Samohi SRTS / MANGo, Colorado Esplanade, Mobility Initiative, Santa Monica’s 1st Open Street Event!
YOUR INPUT!

•   Francie Stefan, City of Santa Monica Mobility and Transportation Manager will share updates on Santa Monica’s Open Street Event, Pedestrian Action Plan, the City’s Mobility Initiative and the completion of the new Colorado Esplanade and opening of EXPO light Rail and Bike Path.
•   Michelle Glickert, City of Santa Monica’s Bike Coordinator will give us Bike Action Plan updates and request your ideas and input on next steps. Projects: Green Lanes and Bike Technology Demonstrations, MANGo. Brief updates on programs like SRTS and bike ed classes and events.
•   Vision Zero
•   City of Santa Monica Bike Share – stat updates and Breeze Outreach Team opportunities,
Ride Breeze Bikes that we will have there for you to test ride.
•   Be the first to hear about some exciting upcoming events!
•   SMPD Bike Liason sends his regrets for this meeting – we look forward to meeting him at the next one
•   Bike Month: Gear Up May 1st and more events ALL MONTH – NEED VOLUNTEERS
•   You can sign up or renew your SM Spoke / LACBC membership for special perks. Meet and join our lively group of volunteers.

Plus MORE

When:      Saturday
Time:        10am – noon
Where:     Spoke HQ, 1640 5th Street, just south of Expo Station    

Let’s Celebrate our Successes and plan our next steps together!!
And have some fun!!

March Handlebar Happy Hour Thursday!

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For March we visit The Brixton for Handlebar Happy Hour!

This month we are very excited to visit The Brixton in the Pico Neighborhood.
Come celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always family friendly!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

5-7PM
March 31st
The Brixton
2827 Pico Blvd

See the calendar for more details

Give Input: Metro’s Draft Expenditure Plan

Metro Draft Expenditure Plan

 

Today, the Metro Board of Directors approved the release of Metro’s Draft Expenditure Plan (The Plan) for public input.  The Plan outlines how Metro will plan, build, operate, and fund our growing transportation system over the next 40 years to accommodate the additional 2.4 million people and 1.4 million new jobs that are projected for Los Angeles County over the same period.

The foundation of the Plan consists of 36 major highway and transit projects as well as projects designed to improve and enhance mobility and system connectivity; promote bicycling and walking; support Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Paratransit services for the disabled; discounts for students and seniors; investments to fund bus and rail operations; ongoing system maintenance and repair, including repair of bridges and tunnels; and funds for repair and enhancement of local streets and roads.

To fund the Plan, Metro is considering a ballot measure for a new half-cent sales tax and extension of the horizon year for the existing half-cent Measure R sales tax.  If approved, these could generate an estimated $120 billion to pay for the transportation projects and programs over the 40-year horizon of the Plan.

Please go to our website to learn about the Plan, including opportunities for you to share your thoughts with us through any of the following:

  • Use the online comment form on the website
  • Send an email to theplan@metro.net
  • Attend one of our community meetings that will be held around the County in April
  • Participate in our online “virtual” community meeting
  • Participate in one of our telephone town halls to be held in May
  • Share your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter using #MetroPlan

In June 2016, we will provide the Metro Board of Directors with an updated recommendation including a full report on the public input that has been received.  The Board will decide on the details of The Plan including whether to place a measure on the upcoming November ballot.

Thank you for your continuing interest in our region’s mobility.

All the best,
Metro Community Relations