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Two feeder rides from Santa Monica to CicLAvia Pasadena, Bike or Go MULTIMODAL!

This Sunday all new CicLAvia – Pasadena!
Two Feeder Ride options from Santa Monica, Tongva Park

This second CicLAvia of 2015 represents the first visit of LA’s renowned open streets event to the City of Pasadena. For this CicLAvia participants can travel along Colorado Boulevard, and down side streets to parks and historic architecture using foot, pedal and non-motorized wheel power.. CicLAvia – Pasadena May 30, from 9am–4pm

Whether you ride with us or get there on your own – don’t miss it! CicLAvia celebrates the streets of Los Angeles for everyone!  Temporarily limiting the access of motor vehicles and opening the streets to all users – walking, wheelchairs, skates, bikes, scooters, skate boards, strollers – you name it! Helpful suggestion on participation at CicLAvia

We will host two feeder ride options to CicLAvia this Sunday, May 30th.
PLEASE NOTE: NEW MEETNG LOCATION AND TIME FOR SANTA MONCIA FEEDER RIDES. Both Ride options meet in Tongva Park, 7:30am


Start           Tongva Park, center of park grass area near restrooms
Address      1615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Meet           7:30am
Roll out      8:00am (sharp)

Option 1 – Multimodal
Bike it to Culver City and Expo Line / Gold Line as a group

This simple Route is 7.5 miles and nearly completely flat with bike lanes or low traffic volume streets at our time of travel. We will be traveling at an easy pace but do ask you “stay with the pace” so we can all get there together. No rider is left behind.
For feeder ride all young children should be on tag-a-long, child carrier or in trailers.
Group will decide to ride or train to Gold Line Station from 7th Street Station

Option 2 – Advanced
Bike from Santa Monica to CicLAvia – The Valley

(bail out option at DTLA Gold Line)

This ride is 27.9 miles and for more advance riders – faster paced with more elevation gain (click map). This group plans to meet the UCLA Bike Shop Group at Westwood and Santa Monica Blvd at 8:45am.
The group will still stay together with no rider left behind – you do have the option if you choose to jump on the Gold Line if you run out of steam or prefer to ride the train from DTLA.

 

Click here to download map

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

Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 takes the frwy downtown LA from Santa Monica FAST!
Catch the Red Line at the 7th Street Metro Hub, to the Gold Line at Union Station to Pasadena Memorial Park. 

Light Rail: Connect to the Expo Line Culver City Station (timetable) then 
Big Blue Bus Rapid 20 to DT SM, Rapid 12 (to Westwood) or Route 12 (Westwood and Palms)
The Metro trip planner can be found here

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CicLAvia Pasadena, May 30th: Feeder Rides from Santa Monica!

Next we head to a completely new city when CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro takes place on May 31.

Pasadena has played host to parades, bike races and music festivals, and for the first time is opening its streets to the largest car-free open streets event in America. CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro takes place from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31. The city will lend its own charm and flair to CicLAvia as participants travel along Colorado Boulevard, and down side streets to parks and historic architecture using foot, pedal and non-motorized wheel power. Go Metro to CicLAvia, the event route will connect to the Memorial and Del Mar the Metro Gold Line Stations enabling participants to have a car-free or car-lite day.

We will again host TWO feeder events to CicLAvia from Santa Monica!!
Both start at Tongva Park: “Bike it – all the way” or “Multimodal – Bike it to Expo / Gold Line”

CicLAvia Pasadena

Click map for larger view or to download

CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro will be the most walkable CicLAvia to date at 3.5 miles. The cozy distance will offer participants the opportunity to peruse and explore Pasadena’s business gems and cultural treasures. Spurs off the main route on Raymond Avenue and Lake Street will take participants to local parks. And CicLAvia’s new partnership with Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities, Cirque du Soleil’s newest touring Big Top show, coming to Southern California this fall, will give participants young and old a smile-inducing and awe-inspiring entertainment adventure.

Action Alert – Tell your legislators NOW – more ATP funding!

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The state Active Transportation Program (ATP) is the funding source for creating safe streets, sidewalks, and trails so that Californians can bicycle or walk to wherever they want to go. Local demand for ATP funding far outpaces the amount allocated in the budget, and many communities lack safe routes for biking and walking.

On May 14 (Bike to Work Day in LA and the Bay Area), the Governor released his latest budget proposal. We were disappointed to learn that the ATP did not see an increase in funding. Earlier this spring, the California Bicycle Coalition and 120 organizations statewide called for adding $100 million to the Active Transportation Program.

There is a clear need for increased funding. But despite an increase of more than a billion dollars in available revenue, the governor failed to recognize that need.

On Wednesday May 20th our champions in the Assembly budget committee stepped up and proposed a $25 million increase the the ATP. The California Bicycle Coalition and our partners statewide are rallying in support of the Assembly proposal, and pushing for it to be reflected in the final budget, which will be adopted by June 15.

We have one chance to get the entire Legislature to counter Governor Brown’s proposal and increase the ATP. Help us rally behind our champions in the Assembly so that all Californians can enjoy the freedom of walking and bicycling safely in their communities. Here’s how to help:

  1. Pledge your support at bit.ly/IncreaseATP
  2. Call your Senator and Assemblymember and tell them to encourage legislative leadership to adopt the Assembly’s proposal to increase the ATP.
    Our Santa Monica Representatives:
    •  
    State Assembly (District 50) Assembly Member Richard Bloom
    •   State Senate (District 26) Senator Benjamin Allen
    Find your representative here: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov
  3. After you call, email your representatives to follow up, and please be sure to cc increasetheatp@calbike.org

May is Bike Month and Membership Drive!

Happy National Bike Month! Join LACBC or renew your LACBC membership for a chance to ride away with a trip for two to Tour de Fat San Diego on September 26th!

Anyone who becomes an LACBC member or renews a membership between May 1, 2015, and May 31, 2015, will automatically be entered into a drawing for a trip for two to Tour de Fat San Diego. The winner and guest, plus their bicycles, will travel on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train, enjoy two nights at a swanky local hotel, and folly their folly at New Belgium’s Tour de Fat, a bike and beer festival that has no equal.

Join or renew today!

Handlebar Happy Hour at Lago this Thursday, 5/21

We continue celebrating Bike Month and the National Bike Challenge with a Handlebar Happy Hour every Thursday in May!

This week we visit Locanda Del
LAGO Santa Monica!

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LAGO GM and SQA Grand Prize award-winner Megan Heritage practices what she preaches! She rode her bicycle to the SQA awards this year!

Come celebrate all things bike. Happy Hour Specials, socialize, talk bikes, give input, log miles over smiles
join us in the National Bike Challenge ….
Have FUN!

Buy Local, Bike Local, Family Friendly Event!
Day:      Thursday, May 21
When:   5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: 231 Arizona
,  Santa Monica,  CA 90401

FREE BIKE VALET Provided by LAGO

Log miles over smiles and learn how to join the Nation Bike Challenge and ride with us on Team Bike Santa Monica!

HBHH Areal May 2015

Last weeks Bike FROM Work Handlebar Happy Hour at Areal on Main St

Free: Bike Safety Classes, enrollment open

For the summer of 2015, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is offering a series of FREE Bicycle Safety Classes. Funding for this program is provided by Metro through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.bicycle safety2

Three different classes are being offered:

  • Basic Bicycling Skills
  • Street Cycling Skills (TS101-A) – Session A
  • Street Cycling Skills (TS101-B) – Session B

 

All classes are taught by trained League Cycling Instructors (LCIs). The classes are open for adults and youth who are at least 14 years of age. Minors must be accompanied by their parent or an adult guardian.

All three classes will be offered at these locations:

  • Santa Monica
  • Culver City
  • Reseda
  • North Hills
  • Downtown Los Angeles
  • North Long Beach
  • Pacoima (dates pending)
  • Torrance (dates pending)
  • West Covina (dates pending)

For class description and enrollment information click HERE

 Bike Safety Class Sponsors 2015

Governor’s Budget Ignores Active Transportation Program

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Governor’s May revised budget ignores Active Transportation Program

Yesterday, the Governor released his “May revise” budget proposal, and despite over $1 billion in new available revenues, we were disappointed that the Active Transportation Program (ATP) did not see an increase in funding. Earlier this spring, 120 organizations statewide called for an additional $100 million to build out bicycling and walking networks statewide, and high demand for the program at the local level far outpaced available funding in the first grant cycle. A hallmark of Caltrans sustainability efforts, the ATP is California’s statewide competitive grant program dedicated to increasing walking and bicycling, especially in underserved communities.

The May revise includes an expenditure plan for $2.2 billion in Cap-and-Trade revenue from auction proceeds–more than twice the amount in the January budget proposal–which is the most likely source of new ATP dollars. However, most of the Cap-and-Trade revenue is slated to boost funding to the same set of programs in the January expenditure plan, with a small portion directed to a few new programs related to drought management, energy efficiency, and healthy soils.

While walking and bicycling improvements are technically eligible in several of the Cap-and-Trade programs that received a boost in the May revise, these programs primarily focus on public transit and affordable housing development. These programs’ constraints on project financing and development limit their ability to fund meaningful walking and bicycling projects critical for shifting the nearly ⅔ of trips in California under 1 mile that are currently taken by car. Walking and biking must be a core component of the Cap-and-Trade expenditures in order to reduce vehicles miles traveled (VMT) and ultimately, to help the California achieve our ambitious climate change goals.

The ATP continues to be the most effective source for robust bicycling and walking projects that create safe travel corridors, connect people to transit, provide Safe Routes to School, improve intersections, and close key gaps between destinations for people who walk and bicycle. Furthermore, these projects are essential to improving access to transit and regional economic opportunity for California’s rural disadvantaged communities. Our broad coalition–which includes environmental, affordable housing, transit, parks, public health, social equity, and walking and bicycling advocates, among others–will continue to push for $100 million directly into the Active Transportation Program in the final budget.

The Legislature will review the May revise in a second round of budget hearings over the next few weeks, and the final 2015-16 State Budget must be adopted by June 15.

Support the push for more ATP funding by signing the petition at bit.ly/IncreaseATP.
•  Call your Senator and Assemblymember and tell them to encourage legislative leadership to increase the ATP. Find your representative here: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov
•  After you call, email your representatives to follow up, be sure to cc increasetheatp@calbike.org.

Statement issued by the Coalition for Active Transportation Leadership including the California Bicycle Coalition, California Walks, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, California Park and Recreation Society, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, TransForm.

MANGo Ribbon Cutting Event!

Save the Date:
Saturday, May 30th, 10am – 11:30am
Michigan Avenue & 12th Street

You are invited to celebrate the opening of the Michigan Avenue landscape circles and the first phase of implementing MANGo, the areas first Neighborhood Greenway! Streets designed to support equity of all road users.

We join the Pico Neighborhood to celebrate the rich cultural tapestry of many threads, woven on and Michigan Avenue, throughout Santa Monica’s History. Hear from residents, past and present as they share their experiences of everyday life in the neighborhood.

See more on MANGo here and on the City’s website here

MANGo Opening Invitation


The Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway is intended to create an inviting streetscape along Michigan Avenue and adjoining streets. This could be achieved through elements including roadway calming, increased landscaping, sidewalk widening, bike facilities, and enhanced crosswalks. The three-mile Greenway between the Bergamot Arts Center and the beach would provide a safe and comfortable place for neighbors of all ages to walk, bike, recreate, and interact with one another. Additionally, it will be a functional circulation link to connect residents and visitors with many significant community and regional institutions, including schools, parks, job centers, and future Expo stations. The project will make it easier to get around Santa Monica on foot and by bicycle, and is intended to enhance the livability of the Pico Neighborhood and improve environmental quality.

5th Annual Bike FROM Work Handlebar Happy Hour Tonight!

Join us for our 5th Annual Bike FROM Work
Handlebar Happy Hour tonight at
Areal Restaurant, 
2820 Main Street – 5PM-?

Hoppy Hour prices from 5-7pm, 20% off all food when mention you rode your bike today until 11pm. PLUS Free coffee & fountain drinks as well as refilling of water bottles for Bike to Work Day 10am-11pm!

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

Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials

LACBC and some of our Local Chapters are hosting Handlebar Happy Hour events in their areas again this year!

Ride Big Blue Bus for free today with your bike! Extend your commute with your bike on bus!

If your ride is long or a full day at work makes it a challenge to pedal home, go multi-modal:
Big Blue Bus joins Metro (and other transit) to offer FREE rides to bicyclists all day on May 14th. Bring your bike or helmet on board a Big Blue Bus and you ride for free.

BBB Bike Resources 
  • Read our tips for bringing your bike on board Big Blue.
  • BBB encourages bike safety, visit www.bike.smgov.net for additional information.

Bike Week LA: Saturday & Sunday Bike Local Weekend May 16th & 17th!

Click for full list of participating businesses and specials for Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials

Santa Monica Spoke is pleased to partner with Buy Local Santa Monica, the City of Santa Monica and LA County Metro for Bike Week LA.  Here are some great Bike Local Santa Monica Weekend Specials….just ride over on your bike and mention “Bike Local, Buy Local SM!”
Most specials are good all week and some all through the month of May!

Monday-Sunday—Bike Local:  Ride your bike to eat, play or shop, and take advantage of special discounts just for bicyclists! Bicyclists are great for local business. Research shows that people traveling on bicycles spend more money at and make more visits to small establishments than people traveling in cars. Because bicyclists travel at slower speeds, it’s easier for them to stop and smell the coffee!

AO Santa Monica Apartments, 2200 Colorado:  For the duration of the Bike Local Week, we will offer free applicants to anyone who comes in and says “Bike Local” May 9th- May16th.   www.aosantamonica.com

Aussie Pie Kitchen, 2510 Main St:  Present your bike helmet at the shop – or be dressed like a MAMIL (Middle aged man in lycra) and you will get 10% off your order – please ask for this “MATES RATES” discount BEFORE you order – so we can ring it up correctly!http://aussiepiekitchen.com

Cynergy, 2300 Santa Monica Blvd:  Mention Bike Week and receive 15% off accessories (excluding Thule, Oakley, and Garmin)  www.buylocalsantamonica.com/vendors/cynergy-cycles.html

IZIP Store, 2830 Main St:  10% off Accessories and Services. Free Safety Checks (use promo code “RIDE2WORK”), www.buylocalsantamonica.com/vendors/izip-store.html

lo/cal coffee and market, 2214 Pico Blvd:  10% off your total purchase if you are riding a bike,  http://local-coffee.com

Pedego Santa Monica, 214 Pier Ave:  Buy a new Pedego Electric Bicycle and get $195 Off when you say, “Buy Local”.  www.PedegoSantaMonica.com

Salon Tru Santa Monica, 614 Santa Monica Blvd:  20% off services for anyone that rides their bike to their appointment,  http://salontru.com

YogurtLand Santa Monica, 304 Santa Monica Blvd:  Show your bike helmet (or mention “Bike Local Week”) and receive 3 ounces for FREE on your purchase, www.buylocalsantamonica.com/vendors/yogurtland-santa-monica.html

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