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Service Alert: Twilight Concert BBB Detours in Downtown SM

Free Bike Valet at Pier Concerts and Virtual Breeze Hub!

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Twilight Concert Detours Begin this Evening at 5:00pm

The Twilight Concert Series is back this week at the Santa Monica Pier. This highly popular concert series means thousands of concert goers descending on Santa Monica this evening.

In order to keep service moving throughout the system, Routes 2, 3, Rapid 3, 5, 7, Rapid 7, 8 and 9 will be on detour this evening from 5pm until approximately 9pm. Please allow extra time for all your trips.

Major highlights include:
  • Routes 2 and 9 will begin/end service on Arizona Ave. and 5th St.
  • Route 7 and Rapid 7 will begin/end service on Broadway and 6th St.
  • Route 8 will not serve Ocean Ave. between Pico Blvd. and Broadway, northbound and southbound buses will travel along 4th St. instead.
  • Big Blue Bus will offer a complimentary shuttle along 4th St. for Routes 2, 3, Rapid 3 and 9 customers traveling on northbound and southbound 4th St. to keep you moving through Downtown Santa Monica.

For more details, including stop closures and alternate boarding locations, click here.

Please note that real-time information systems may be subject to inaccuracies due to heavy traffic and planned detours.

 

New Belgium 25 Year Birthday Fundraiser

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New Belgium Brewing in celebration of 25 year Birthday is hosting a party at the Surly Goat in West Hollywood.

We are honored they have chosen Santa Monica Spoke / LACBC as the beneficiary of the event!

Event is 6pm to 2am. Percentage of New Belgium Brewing sales donated to Santa Monica Spoke.

Learn About Downtown’s History To Guide its Future

SM conservancy walking tours

Join Santa Monica Conservancy docents and City Planners in an exploration of more than 130 years of Santa Monica history. This approximately two-and-a-half-hour tour will cover several blocks within Downtown, where participants will learn about Santa Monica from its Wild West frontier beginnings to the sophisticated metropolis of today.

Take a closer look at the civic leaders, whose vision built the growing city, and experience downtown’s diverse architectural heritage, while pondering its future as it evolves into a more established mixed-use neighborhood.

Tours will begin at the Rapp Saloon, located at 1438 2nd Street (right next to the Youth Hostel).

Three tour dates are available (30 people per tour max):
Saturday, July 23rd at 9:30AM
Saturday, July 30th at 9:30AM
Saturday, July 30th at 5:30PM

WHERE
Rapp Saloon – 1438 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

RSVP here. Hurry, spots are filling up quickly.

. This approximately two-and-a-half-hour tour will cover several blocks within Downtown, where participants will learn about Santa Monica from its Wild West frontier beginnings to the sophisticated metropolis of today.

Take a closer look at the civic leaders, whose vision built the growing city, and experience downtown’s diverse architectural heritage, while pondering its future as it evolves into a more established mixed-use neighborhood.

Tours will begin at the Rapp Saloon, located at 1438 2nd Street (right next to the Youth Hostel).

Three tour dates are available (30 people per tour max):
Saturday, July 23rd at 9:30AM
Saturday, July 30th at 9:30AM
Saturday, July 30th at 5:30PM

WHERE
Rapp Saloon – 1438 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

RSVP here. Hurry, spots are filling up quickly.

Breeze Community Ride: July

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Community Bike Ride with Breeze Bike Share!

Saturday, July 23rd, 10am – noon

Breeze SM Community Ride is a group ride for current and prospective Breeze members. The ride meets at 1640 5th Street just south of the 4/5th Street Expo Terminus. This month we’ll explore the benefits of the new rate structure along with Santa Monica’s growing bike network, connections to transit and MORE!

We highlight our local bike friendly businesses and attractions, additionally we’ll learn helpful tips on how to 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

Ride Breeze Bike Share or ride your own bike – all are welcome! It promises to be a day of exploration and fun!

On the ride you’ll experience some of Santa Monica amazing bike infrastructure. Surely to be a day of fun and excitement.
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 be accompanied by parent or guardian AND wear a helmet).
Registration is FREE but required — Please click here to RSVP today!

POSTPONTED Tour de Laemmle 2016

Tour de Laemmle 2016

POSTPONED DUE TO AIR QUALITY / FIRE
New Date announced soon

UPDATE: Tour de Laemmle Cancellation Consolation Ride July 24th


Start your cranks – Tour de Laemmle returns Sunday, July 24, 2016!

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!)

Blue at Night: Another Late Night Connection to Expo

Because we don’t always ride bikes —
Blue at night

Beginning Friday, June 17, Big Blue Bus started offering “Blue at Night,” a late night, on-demand service that provides connections to/from Expo, every Friday and Saturday from 8pm to 3am. To request a ride from Blue at Night during service hours, simply dial 877-611-8294.

For those late nights…Blue at Night is just a call away. Late night connections to/from Expo in 3 easy steps.

Step 1
Dial 877-611-8294. Request a Blue at Night cab to pick you up during service hours. Service every Friday and Saturday from 8pm to 3am.

Step 2
From the 17th Street/SMC Station to any location within the designated Santa Monica service area (see map). Wait at the Blue at Night pickup location at the 17th Street/SMC Station located on eastbound Colorado Ave. and 17th St. by the Breeze Bikeshare Station.
OR
From any location within the Santa Monica service area (see map) to the 17th Street/SMC Station. Wait at your desired pickup location. Please keep in mind, Blue at Night cabs will only wait 5 minutes from time of arrival.

Step 3
Arrive at your final destination. Pay the Operator $3 with cash or credit card.

We hope you enjoy the ride!

Blue at night map

Riders departing from 17th Street/SMC Station should wait by the clearly marked Blue at Night Kiosk (near the Breeze Bikeshare Station), located on eastbound Colorado Avenue and 17th Street. All others must depart from within the Santa Monica service area (see map above).

Please keep in mind that Blue at Night cabs will only wait 5 minutes from the time of arrival. Upon arriving at your final destination, please pay the operator $3 with cash or credit card.
To learn more, visit online at www.bigbluebus.com/blueatnight.

 

KIDICAL MASS: JULY 2ND

Kidical Mass July 2016

KIDICAL MASS: July 4th Theme
Lawn Bowling Demo!

DATE:    SATURDAY July 2nd, 2016
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON

START:  Douglas Park
–  Chelsea side by the Playground.

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 – 12:00pm

– Check-in, Morning Snacks, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating
– FAMILY Ride
– POST RIDE ACTIVITES – LAWN BOWLING DEMO
– Prizes, plus 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.

National: Draft rules don’t count bicyclists! We can change them!

Bike League Action

We need your help (again)!

The Federal Highway Administration once again ignored bicyclists when determining performance measures for our transportation system.  These performance measures may affect future funding to these areas- and could be a disincentive for states and communities to build biking and walking networks.

  • Even though Congress just instituted a complete streets policy for the National Highway System (Main streets, arterials and other major roads), FHWA wants to measure performance of the system using a measure for drivers only.
  • It measures congestion by measuring delay for drivers, but gives no credit to states or metropolitan areas that invest in biking, walking or transit facilities that reduce congestion.
  • Finally, the rule sets goals for measuring air pollutants from transportation, but doesn’t include greenhouse gases.

If these draft rules are implemented, they will hinder the ability of local governments to implement complete streets, build protected bike lanes, etc.

We can change these rules! We’ve done it before!
With your help we convinced FHWA to include a safety performance measure for biking and walking. We need your help again.

Send in your own comments here.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/S7VPiw6aRKVgUwigwm1oUg 

Local: Santa Monica Talks & City Manger Rick Cole

The Long View: Rick Cole blog

The Long View is Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole’s blog. It’s a place to share his thoughts on the future of Santa Monica. It explores the complexities of our times and promotes the wellbeing of this remarkable community.

Be excited to engage in shaping the future of our city in new and exciting ways with Santa Monica Talks, the City’s Blog. Make sure your voice is heard – stay tuned for opportunities.

Back in August 2015, the Santa Monica City Council in a town hall type meeting considered a host of possible policy and project initiatives with pubic input.  This culminated in the adoption of five priorities that are expected to have the greatest affirmative effect on our communities safety, wellbeing, prosperity, quality of life and sustainability.

Most were pretty excited the five Strategic Goals that will inform the work of our city government over the coming years are categorized as follows: Mobility, Inclusive + Diverse Community, The Airport, Homelessness, Learn + Thrive.

With equity in how we plan our streets and sidewalks for the safety of all users as our core mission, the commitment to “Equitable Mobility” and “VISION ZERO” are important to see in our cities strategic plan. It will be important that we be engaged with our city partners as we shape the policy and programs that will determine how we move into the future.

We are already seeing the “Future” arrive in Santa Monica!

MOBILITY: 2016 will be a year of new choices for mobility in Santa Monica—Expo Light Rail to Downtown Santa Monica, Breeze bike share, direct bus routes with real-time information, car share, expanded shared-ride services, and safer walking and biking. This strategic goal pulls all these options together into a new model for mobility and attractive and convenient choices for people to get where they are going, while helping to reduce vehicle congestion and climate change. Learn more about Mobility

Become part of the momentum in Santa Monica’s growing bike culture and support multimodal, healthy active transportation in walking, biking and public transportation and so much more!

#GoSaMo

BIKEROWAVE POTLUCK & MOVIE NIGHT!

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Looking for something fun and bikey?!

Join our Local Bike Coop Bikerowave for a Potluck & Movie Night.
SATURDAY June 25th, 7-10pm at The BIKEROWAVE
details here

Bring a dish or a drinks to share.
Please, bring your own mess kit.

  • [bring something delicious]
  • [or bring something to BBQ]
  • [bring a bowl n spoon]
  • [BYOB]
  • This is a zero waste event

There will be a musical guest! The incredibly talented Olivia Lynn (Olive Mugalian) will delight with her music.