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BIKEROWAVE: OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT!

Looking for something fun and bikey tonight?!

Head to Bikerowave

Fri, Aug 1st, 7-10 pm
12255 Venice Blvd. 90066 (east of Centinela)

MIXER, HAPPY HOUR, OPEN HOUSE!!!
Fun, games, and BICYCLE ICE CREAM!

Bring a dish or a drink to share.
Bring your own mess kit.
This is a zero waste event

Bikerowave is our closest bicycle repair collective, much like the Bicycle KitchenBike Oven, or Valley Bikery.  They provide space, tools, and equipment in order to effectively teach people how to build, repair, and maintain their bicycles. DIY with or without help. They are a not-for-profit all volunteer member run organization. The goal is to empower cyclists with the basic knowledge to maintain their steed, as well as enable them to more easily connect with the cycling community.

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Amoeba Music: Hot August Bikes, benefits to LACBC

HOT AUGUST BIKES AT AMOEBA

Sunday, August 17, 2014, Amoeba Music is holding its first ever Hot August Bikes event, which benefits LACBC!

The event will feature DJs, food and drinks, bicycle-related workshops, a prize wheel, and a raffle with to win a Sole Bicycle, Bern Helmets, and more! We’ll be celebrating bike culture and raising awareness about the Ride Hollywood campaign, which supports proposed bike lanes on Hollywood Blvd. LACBC will provide bike valet service, and you can sign up to become a member onsite!

The event also includes free treats from Hubert’s Lemonade, Roots Hummus, Ice Cream Ian, Hollywood Farmer’s Market, Pure Luck Vegan, and Bicycle Coffee. Plus, get your hands on limited-edition t-shirts from Golden Saddle Cyclery and solar printing from Lumi!

Hot August Bikes at Amoeba!
When:    Sunday, August 17th
Time:      12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where:   Amoeba Music, parking lot (off of Ivar)- 6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood (map)

See Facebook event and Amoeba’s blog post.

Hot August Bikes is sponsorsed by the fine folks at Converse, Sole Bicycles, LA Weekly and KCRW

City of Los Angeles and State of California Partner to End Hit-and-Runs

From LACBC HQ:

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July 23rd, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander, hit-and-run survivor Damian Kevitt and LACBC’s Eric Bruins announced a new partnership between City and State governments to bring an end to hit-and-run in California. Assemblymember Gatto is carrying two bills this year to both increase penalties for hit-and-run drivers (AB 1532) and create a new “yellow alert” (AB 47) that would use existing electronic signs to disseminate vehicle descriptions along state highways. The latter bill was introduced late in the legislative session at the urging of the Los Angeles City Council.

Hit-and-runs continue to plague Los Angeles, with over 20,000 incidents every year, including 4,000 injuries. Pedestrians and bicyclists are most at risk of being killed or seriously injured, which is why LACBC continues to work with partners like Assemblyman Gatto and the California Bicycle Coalition to put an end to these crimes. Thank you to Assemblyman Gatto for his leadership, and to Damian Kevitt and Finish the Ride for his courage and perseverance.

For more, see coverage in the Los Angeles Times.

 

NBC* Handlebar Happy Hour & Special Event at Aika Trading

Special Handlebar Happy Hour &
Pre-grand opening Special Event @ Aika Trading Bike Shop

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DATE:      Wednesday, July 30th
TIME:       5:00pm – 8:00p
WHERE:  Aika Trading:  2300 Lincoln Blvd

Handlebar Happy Hour – adult & non-adult beverages, light snacks and finger food
PLUS Special CRAFT COFFEE Cocktails presented by our friends from LA Coffee Club !!
(combo complementary & no host)

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We invite you to join us this Wednesday for a very special FUN and Social event:
Pre-Grand opening at the newest bike shop in town & Handlebar Happy Hour, Log Miles over Smiles for team BIKE SANTA MONICA! Enjoy beverages and light snacks, talk bikes, bike culture, log miles, and MORE! Get a first look at the beautiful new bikes and accessories at the new Aika Trading!

Join us to welcome Aika Trading to Santa Monica!
Aika imports and distributes the best bicycle products from Europe into North America and recently opened a flagship store in Santa Monica, California. In addition to the Royal Dutch Gazelle bicycles and Yepp child bicycle seats, they carry: the EGG multi-sport kids helmets that will be available as of November – the Erenpreiss handcrafted bicycles from Latvia – the Sandwich bikes, the head-turning build-it-yourself wooden bicycles – Basil accessories, like the colorful bottle baskets.  In their new store they have additional brands such as: the legendary Brompton folding bicycles – Brooks saddles & accessories – Van Moof bicycles and more!
Your invited to view their renewed website and new blog where they intend to keep you updated on the latest urban cycling trends.

Join the fun and help us compete nationally as we continue to build the local momentum in the *National Bike Challenge! We’ll be there to help you enroll or help log your miles.
Giveaways and Prizes!  Join team BIKE SANTA MONICA and help bring together our local biking community, become involved and take part in our growing local bike culture!
Join the Challenge – Ride with us!

The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists — and encouraging countless new riders. The goal is to unite 50k riders and log 30 million miles by September 30th! Current tally is 44k riders for 14,789,541! We can do it!  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. Win prizes from our local partners and great prizes from the National Challenge!

Tour da Arts, vol 6: August 24th FUN & FREE

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Congratulations to Garrett Belmont, winner of SMMoA’s Bike Critter Art Contest! Garret’s drawing was selected by the Museum’s curatorial staff as the Tour da Arts, vol. 6 mascot. Click image to see all of the incredible Bike Critter Art Contest submissions.

 SUNDAY, AUG 24, 2014  12PM–5PM iCAL
Registration is required, and space is limited.
Admission is FREE and open to all ages. RSVP 

Tour da Arts, vol. 6 is the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s sixth annual cultural bike tour and EXPO. Enjoy the creative side of bicycle culture beginning at the Bergamot Art Complex EXPO/ Festival that starts at NOON, then on a casual, nine-mile ride filled with art, music, and theater. 

Explore the creative side of bicycle culture and experience Santa Monica as a car-free community, learning about the City’s bike lanes and other bike-friendly infrastructure from Tour da Arts’ ride leaders. Participation is free and open to all ages. Tour da Arts, vol. 6 runs from noon to 5 pm, with stops at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in the Bergamot Station Arts Center, the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, and John Adams Middle School.  Riders will be dazzled by unique sights and sounds at each stop:

Tour da Arts vol. 6 Schedule

Noon – 2:00 pm: Expo, SMMoA Exhibitions & Tours, Event Partner Booths, live theatre & Ride Check-in, Food and Drink

  • SMMoA Exhibition Tours: Robert Swain: The Form of Color and Nonfictions: Jeremiah Day/Simone Forti/Fred Dewey.
  • Bicycle Advocacy: Learn fun and safe biking tips from C.I.C.L.E., Santa Monica Spoke: Local  Chapter LACBCLA Metro, and City of Santa Monica Transportation. Get a complimentary tune-up from Bikerowave, a volunteer, community-operated bike repair shop.
  • Wiki-Theater: Bike Odyssey LA’s Brian Sonia-Wallace presents a crash course on Homer’s Odyssey, in the form of a live action Wikipedia page.
  • Food and Drink: Enjoy delicious options from Clif Bar, Whole Foods Market Venice, and Peddler’s Creamery.

2:00 pm: Tour da Arts, vol. 6 leaves the Santa Monica Museum of Art

2:30 – 3:00 pm: Second Stop: Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club

  • Anna Oxygen Concert: Artist-composer Anna Oxygen’s electronic music performance engages the Tour da Arts audience in an interactive dance-along. Refreshments and snacks provided by Whole Foods Market Venice and Clif Bar.

3:30 – 4:00 pm: Third Stop: the John Adams Middle School Auditorium

  • Myth and Infrastructure: Myth and Infrastructure is an innovative artwork that combines animated film with live, shadow-play performance. It features original music, natural and urban landscapes, fantastic dreamscapes, and Matreyek’s own shadow as its main character. 

4:30 – 5:00 pm: Final Stop: Return to SMMoA at the Bergamot Station Arts Center

  • Bike Odyssey LAEnjoy an iconic scene from Homer’s Odyssey adapted for contemporary Los Angeles and for two wheels, produced by Brian Sonia-Wallace.
  • Tour da Arts Raffle: Win gifts from Linus Bikes, Lucy Sportswear, and more!

Complimentary bike rentals are available from Perry’s Café and Rentals, and can be reserved during registration (while supplies last).

SMMoA kicked off Tour da Arts, vol. 6 in June with a Bike Critter Art Contest. Artists of all ages and levels were invited to draw and submit an imaginative, cycling creature for use as the vol. 6 logo. Garrett Belmont’s “Rabbit on a Bicycle” was chosen by SMMoA’s curatorial staff as the winning drawing. Click here to see all of the incredible Bike Critter Art Contest submissions.

Participation in Tour da Arts, vol. 6 is FREE thanks to our generous sponsors: the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, the Barnwood Foundation, the Eileen Harris Norton Foundation, and the Santa Monica Bike CenterTo keep Tour da Arts and SMMoA’s other exhibitions and programs free, please visit http://smmoa.org/support/give/overview/.

TdA partners

Special thanks to event partners: Bergamot Station Arts Center, LLC.BikerowaveC.I.C.L.E.City of Santa Monica Water Treatment ProgramCynergy CyclesHelen’s Cycles, John Adams Middle School, LA Metro, the Levi’s® Commuter WorkspaceLinus BikesLucy SportswearPerry’s Café and RentalsSanta Monica Bay Woman’s ClubSanta Monica SPOKE/LACBCYelp

Special thanks also to our in-kind sponsors: Whole Foods Market Venice and Clif Bar and Company.

La Grange Brentwood Grand Prix: Expo Ride

Join us on this FREE family friendly Expo Ride in collaboration with Velo Club La Grange and the race and festivities at the Brentwood Gran Prix

Day:       Sunday, August 3rd
Time:     9:30am – noon (aprox)
Place:    Brentwood Grand Prix (meet near San Vicente/Barrington)
Click HERE to register at active.com or RSVP to us HERE

The Expo Ride is a non-competitive community ride associated with the Brentwood Grand Prix criterium bicycle race. The tour will visit the future Metro EXPO Line Phase 2 Stations in Santa Monica including Bergamot Art Center and the Terminus at 4th and Colorado, We will make a brief stop at the new Tongva Park for refreshment & bathroom break before returning to the Brentwood Grand Prix. Wristbands will be given out to ride participants for rewards back at the Brentwood Grand Prix The goal of the Expo Ride is to get community members to come learn about cycling options on the West side of Los Angeles, and particularly about how the Expo Line train can help get you where you want to go. We “ride down memory lane” as we learn information about the historical RED LINE along our journey.

Join the community and show you support more transit options for Los Angeles, and have a great time along the way!
Updates and addition info will be posted as it is confirmed.

We encourage you to Ride your bicycle to the event.  Bike Valet will be provided by LACBC / car parking is available at the VA Parking Lot, entrance on Wilshire Blvd. Please wear whatever is comfortable and safe, but ALL Participants MUST wear a helmet on the ride. Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Good start at Metro LA: Call for Active Transportation Finance Strategy

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Yeah LA, we made a statement today!

Continue the conversation with your photos, posts and tweets ‪#‎MetroFundBikeWalk‬
See more here

Safe Routes To School National Partnership CA and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition have been leading the broad coalition of engaged advocates urging Metro investment in active transportation of walking and biking. We give a HUGE thanks to the crowd from all over LA County and the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative Partners that attended Metro’s Policy and Programming Committee today. We were heard – undeniable support for a commitment to an active transportation strategy! We give a nod and thanks to the leadership of Metro Directors: Mike Bonin, Pam O’Connor, John Fasana and Mark Ridley Thomas. We now look forward to next Thursday, July 24th when the Metro Board will consider adoption of the motion proposed to:

1. Develop an Active Transportation Finance Strategy for Los Angeles County by January 2015 that:

    • Defines performance metrics to measure improvements for walking and biking, including: access to walking and biking infrastructure, access to education and encouragement programs, rates of Metro customers walking and biking to transit, collision and injury/fatality rates and greenhouse gas reductions from active transportation
    • Sets benchmarks based on the developed performance metrics and identifies what level of annual investment is necessary to meet those goals
    • Inventories available funding sources to meet the investment need
    • Recommends possible changes to Metro, state, and federal policies to increase access to existing funding sources if the need exceeds available funding, including but not limited to an analysis of the funding priorities of Metro’s Call for Projects and the state Active Transportation Program.

2. Report back in October on what steps are necessary to incorporate walking and biking in Metro’s travel demand model, with an assessment of best practices by other regional transportation agencies for accounting for active transportation with interim off-model approaches, and expanding data sets to include all trips not just commute data.
See the full motion here.

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from leadership at Safe Routes to School National Partnership, California

Save the Date: August 24th, SMMoA Tour da Arts, vol. 6

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Beat the pump, cycle the town, and enjoy Santa Monica’s sights and sounds with Tour da Arts, vol. 6. The Santa Monica Museum of Art’s sixth annual event takes you on a ride filled with music, dance, and art.
See Program for Tour da Arts, vol 5

The free all-day event offers art, music, performances, and sustainable transportation advocacy. Tour da Arts begins with a bicycle-themed festival at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Then, the ride takes off for a nine-mile loop with stops at John Adams Middle School for a screening and performance with artist Miwa Matreyek; the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club for interactive music with Anna Oxygen; and back to the Museum for a theater performance of Bike Odyssey LA.

Registration is required and opens July 24. We will remind you!
Admission is FREE and open to all ages.

Santa Monica Spoke again joins our local and region partners: Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.); City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department, City of Santa Monica Transportation and Planning Department, GoMetro LA, Whole Foods, Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, and many more!

Featured exhibitions at SMMoA:
Robert Swain: The Form of Color
Nonfictions: Jeremiah Day / Simone Forti / Fred Dewey

Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2014 – Life after the National Bike Challenge!

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Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2014

Discount code: FIREWORKS
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Regardless of whether you are riding with us in the National Bike Challenge (it’s fun you should!) We have put together another fun and exciting challenge! 
We’ve formed a community team to participate in the 
Santa Monica – Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2014, October 11/12th 2014. Ride one day or both days – Ride 35 miles to 100+ choose many options to participate!
We figured “What a great opportunity?” we want to experience a great ride and help the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change and help people with MS. With Bike MS starting in Santa Monica this year it is a great opportunity to once again unite the biking community and support a worthy cause AND log miles for the National Bike Challenge as we train!

Special discount $17.76 registration (reg $65.00) with the code: FIREWORKS
valid until Sunday, July 13th.

Join HERE
If you have trouble joining the team email us by clicking here
Update and more info posted on SOON

Big Blue Bus Community meetings: Help prepare for EXPO Phase 2 Connections

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Some of you may have participated in meetings earlier this year to help identify priorities for upcoming service changes that are designed to best integrate transit and Expo Rail when Expo Phase 2 stations open in early 2016.

Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus (BBB) has been collecting input on an Expo Integration Study, an evaluation of potential connections to Metro Rail Expo Line Phase 2 stations scheduled to open in 2016. As part of the study, BBB is been hosting a series of community workshops. Our input is important as routes and iterations could impact our current and future proposed bicycle facilities and help inform opportunities that coordinate bicycle and bus route integration with equitable designs that support the most potential users. Safe pedestrian access and Integrating bikes on buses should be an importation part of this equation as it increases our mobility and helps by extending our range at either end of a trip with multi modal connections / options with bikes, busses & Expo light rail.

Big Blue Bus Planning team and consultants at Nelson\Nygaard are pleased to come back with a proposed service plan that they would like to share with you and get your input. As you are already well aware, the expansion of the Expo Line to the Westside will have a significant impact on the BBB service area and will require a new service model with significant changes to many of BBB’s existing routes. The workshops will address bus connections to Expo Line stations as well as the general design of the Big Blue Bus network. Service to Santa Monica, the Westside, UCLA, SMC and other destinations will be discussed.

Tuesday, July 22, 6-8pm
Felicia Mahood Senior Citizen Center,
Community Room 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 90025
Ride BBB Route 1 or 4.Parking available

Wednesday, July 23, 6-8pm
Civic Auditorium, East Wing 1855 Main St.
RideBBB Routes1,2,3 Parking available at Civic Center Lot

Thursday, July 24, 1-3pm
Santa Monica Main Library, Multi-Purpose Room 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Ride BBB Routes 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, Rapid 3, Rapid 7 or Rapid 10. Parking is available in the library garage

The same information will be presented at each meeting. 

The Expo Line is projected to carry 64,000 riders per day by the year 2030, but this can only take place if bus connections to stations are made as useful and convenient as possible.  We need your help – BBB would like to get your input as they begin this important phase of service planning for an exciting new future that will make public transit in and out of Santa Monica more accessible and attractive to residents and visitors throughout Los Angeles County.

You may also view information about the service plan and give feedback at any time on the BBB Expo Planning website

These venues are ADA-accessible. Disability and translation accommodation requests should be made at least three days prior to the meetings by calling BBB Customer Service at (310) 451-5444.

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