Category Archives: bicycle event

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!

lago GM SQA

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


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

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 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.

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!

Cynergy, 2300 Santa Monica Blvd:  Mention Bike Week and receive 15% off accessories (excluding Thule, Oakley, and Garmin)

IZIP Store, 2830 Main St:  10% off Accessories and Services. Free Safety Checks (use promo code “RIDE2WORK”),

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

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

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

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,

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

Bike Week LA: Friday, May 15th

Metro Bike Night Union Station

Metro Bike Night at Union Station &
Bike Date Night!

Metro and their LA County partners will host a BIKE WEEK LA Wrap-up evening event at the Old Ticketing Room Union Station (SO COOL!). RSVP!

You are invited to this free event of FUN hosted by Metro. This is Bike Week LA’s second annual Bike Night held at Union Station.  They have planned a fantastic line up of food, music, crafts, contests, partners and a party.  The Lions will be setting the musical vibes!


Come celebrate the accomplishments of cyclists and unwind into your weekend. After Bike Night at Union Station you are invited to head over to Angel City Brewery for the Bicycle after party!
How about a group ride to Union Station from Santa Monica?

Bike Date Night!

Find a friend and go out on a Bike Date – with friends or a that special someone!`Take some photos send them to us and we will have a drawing for some prizes?

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

Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials

Bike Week LA: Thursday, May 14th 2015

Santa Monica Bike to Work Day Pitstops 2015 &
our 5th Annual Bike FROM Work Handlebar Happy Hour!

Did you take the pledge? Pledge here to ride your bike on Bike to Work Day and you could cool prizes!
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 can ride for free.

Join the National Bike Challenge: Ride for team BIKE SANTA MONICA
Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials

2015, Santa Monica Bike to Work Pit Stops:
Metro LA Pitstop Map

note: if you know of other Pitstops not listed – lets us know and we will add them!
Gray type is not yet confirmedBike to Work Day

Santa Monica Spoke 7am -9am 17th and Broadway (updated location) Bike to Work Pit Stop. Coffee, Juice, breakfast food and healthy snacks!
Santa Monica Spoke & Spinlister Co Host 9am – 10:30 at 1640 5th Street, south of the Expo Terminus at SM Spoke HQ. Bike to Work Pit Stop coffee, Juice, breakfast food and healthy snacks!

Don’t forget  to join us for 5th Annual BIKE FROM WORK Handlebar Happy Hour Mixer,
 Areal Restaurant, 2820 Main Street

City of Santa Monica, 6-9am, Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street, there will be giveaways, continental breakfast, hot and cold beverages and gift packs for bikers, also lots of bicycling information. Santa Monica Spoke will be here too!

Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom 50th District, 8-10am Stop by on your bike ride to work, they will have beverages, snacks and provide State Resource brochures.

Crossroads School, 7-10am, 1729 21st Street (just south of Olympic Blvd), 
Cold drinks, snacks, water, giveaways FUN

Helens Cycles,  7:30-10AM, 2501 Broadway, Free
Bike safety checks, coupons, information, snacks

Colorado Center, 8-10am, 2401 Broadway, Corner of Broadway and Cloverfield – Southeast Water and giveaways. 

Water Garden Commuter Center 8-10am, 2450 Colorado
We will have water, snacks, and giveaways!

Caffe Bellagio 8-10am & 4-6pm 1400 3rd Street Promenade Free drip coffee and water bottles for bikers! Plus 10% off any other item.

Santa Monica College, Center for Environmental and Urban Studies, 9am – 1pm, 1744 Pearl Street, In the bike parking corral area, The Santa Monica College Bicycle Club and Bike SMC Campaign will be providing a pit stop for students and other commuters riding out to or around the West Side. They will be giving away free breakfast and lunch items in the bike park. Such as bagels, yogurt, bananas, etc.

Santa Monica Bike Center, 8am-1pm, 1555 2nd Street (corner of 2nd and Colorado)
Free Safety Checks,  ‘Juice Girl’ fresh pressed juices and gourmet peanut butter + ‘your favorite topping’ sandwiches will be available for bike commuters!

IZIP Store, 9am – 6pm 2830 Main St: (90405) 10% off Accessories and Services. Free Safety Checks (use promo code “RIDE2WORK”)

Cynergy Cycles, 10am -7pm, 2300 Santa Monica Blvd. Cynergy will be a pit stop for anyone commuting or biking all day. They will supply Free cold water, Cliff Bars, and safety checks through out the day for any riders that stop in and Mention Bike Week – plus Bike Local discounts all week. 

Moore Ruble Yudell, 8-10am 933 Pico Blvd,
Bottles of water as well as a larger container of water to refill bottles/thermos and fruit & granola bar.

DTLA Bicycles 10am -7pm, 700 Wilshire Blvd.
Free safety checks and 10% off there entire purchase by mentioning “I Ride LA”

Areal Restaurant, 10am-11pm, 2820 Main Street,
Free coffees & fountain drinks as well as refilling of water bottles. 20% off any food purchase by mentioning that you biked to work Thursday May 16th.

O’Brien’s Irish 2226 Wilshire Blvd 11:30am-11pm, 2226 Wilshire Blvd
Two for one burgers for Cyclists

Metro LA Pitstop Map

Golden Pedal Awards

It’s time again for the Golden Pedal Awards, Metro’s annual bicycle story competition! Do you or someone you know have a great story to tell about your bicycle commute? What do you love about bicycling to school or work? Tell them about your victories—whether it be the hills you conquer every morning, bicycling to school with your children, or your clever shortcut that lets you zip past traffic.
No matter your age or ability level, Metro wants to hear about your cycling success story, you define what is a bicycling success story and they are interested in hearing about it.
Nominate yourself or someone else for an award. Winners will receive a number of fun prizes and will be featured on The Source!
Tell your story here

Bike Week LA: Wednesday, May 13th

Ballona Creek Camp Coffee – Special Bike Week Edition – BYO coffee & share breakfast outdoors!   7am Coffee Outside

Camp coffee gatherings add adventure to everyday routines! For us it’s #BallonaCreekCampCoffee!

The best part of waking up… Is #‎coffeeoutside in your cup! Join us for #‎ballonacreekcampcoffee Special Bike Week Edition on the jetty off of Poseur Bridge in between MDR and Playa. Here’s location and our route. We will be cooking breakfast food to share too! Join the Fun. Questions?

Bring the stuff to BYO “brew you own” or just bring a full cup of your morning beverage with you :) Search Instagram for lots of photos,  #‎ballonacreekcampcoffee. If you’re on the east side look up with #‎larivercampcoffee!

Santa Monica City Ride: MANGo, Bike Lanes and More!

City Hall Green Lanes
Two years ago we were celebrating the announcement of our Bike Friendly Community Silver Award from the League of American Bicyclists,  Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC).
Now on a quest for GOLD, join us on a City Ride of some of our newest bike lanes and infrastructure and MANGo. Give input, ask questions hear about what’s up next –

The ride begins in front of Santa Monica City, 1685 Main Street at 4:45pm – ROLL 5:00pm
We end our tour at Vidiots, for a free movie screening.

Join us and our partners Santa Monica Next for a screening of Dogtown and Z-Boys the 2001 award-winning documentary that takes a look back at the Santa Monica and Venice of the 1970s where skateboarding was invented. There will be snacks and drinks. Maybe a HBHH after the movie for more socializing and discussion on Santa Monica of the 70’s.

You are also welcome to join us at 6:30 just for the Movie, see that event here.

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

Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials

Bike Week LA: Tuesday, May 12th

Blessing of the Bicycles and Ladies Choice Morning / Coffee Talk Ride.

Good Samaritan Hospital’s 12th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles.


Santa Monica, morning – Lady’s Choice – Chat, ask questions, share stores – over coffee, tea. We can explore the benefits, challenges and shared experiences as women on bikes. Non-gender specific – all are invited  – but lady’s choice on ride and topics. Meet up location for morning beverage and conversation
18th Street Coffee House 7:30am, 1725 Broadway St, Santa Monica, CA 90404


Bike Movie Night at Performance Bicycles American Flyers 7pm
Celebrate Bike Month at Bike themed Movies every Tuesday in May at the new Performance Store – admission is FREE and includes POPCORN!Ameican Flyer
Everyone is invited  to bring a camp chair or blanket to sit on during the movie.

Tonight: American Flyers Sports physician Marcus persuades his unstable brother David to come with him and train for a bicycle race across the Rocky Mountains. He doesn’t tell him that he has a brain aneurysm which could render him paralyzed or dead at any given moment. While David powerfully heads for the victory, Marcus has to realize that the contest is now beyond his capabilities. / Features great views of the Rockies and an insight in the tactics of bicycle races.

  • Tuesday, 5/19 Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
  • Tuesday, 5/26 The Bicycle Thief

All movies will begin at 7PM on the specified nights. (tonight and every Tuesday in May!)

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

Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials

Bike Week LA: Monday, May 11th

Metro Kicks-off Bike Week LA at Grand Park 

Grand Park at Hill & Temple St., next to the Metro Grand Park/Civic Center Station.
10-11am Speakers from Metro, local council offices, and bicycle advocacy groups discuss the benefits of cycling in LA at Grand Park.

Santa Monica!
2nd Annual Bike Week Meatless Monday Fundraiser at the Veggie Grill SM,
Go anytime during the day – or Ride with us to Dinner & Beverages!
Veggie Grill Donates 50% of receipts* when you mention Bike Week LA or SANTA MONICA SPOKE when ordering!!

logoEat anytime during the day Monday or join SM Spoke for a ride to dinner at a favorite local eatery, the Veggie Grill! Lock up at the great sidewalk bike corral out front and enjoy a meal and yummy treats. Veggie Grill will donate 50% of all receipts* when customers mention Bike Week LA or Santa Monica Spoke all day!
We’ll also be there to help you join the Nation Bike Challenge or log your miles! We’ll start at 5pm at the Colorado Center Park (the park at the SW corner of 26th and Broadway, across from Helen’s Cycles). Short ride to work up an appetite over to the Veggie Grill2025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica. Ride with us or join us there!

Show the flyer or mention us when you order!

*50% of receipts is calculated before tax

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

Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials

BIKE WEEK LA! Santa Monica Events and More!

Bike Week LA 2015

Bike Week LA is an annual week of community events sponsored by Metro and local advocates all over the County of Los Angeles to promote bicycling as a sustainable and practical mode of transportation. Did you take the pledge? Pledge here to ride your bike on Bike to Work Day and you could win cool prizes!

Santa Monica Spoke hosts rides and events all week – (and all of MAY)! Check out our Event Calendar for the latest.

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

Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials

2015 BIKE WEEK LA! List of Santa Monica Events

Click the bullets for complete info. Please check back for added links and new additions!
Check out our Event Calendar for the latest.

Check Metro website for events all over LA. In Santa Monica we have you covered, to get connected in your area check out LACBC or your areas LACBC chapter or Bike Ambassadors.

Santa Monica Festival, May 9th starts Bike Week!


Santa Monica Festival kicks of Bike Week for us here in Santa Monica as it celebrates its 24th year at Clover Park Saturday, May 9th from 11am to 6pm.  The Santa Monica Festival showcases sustainable living and culture through an array of free, family-friendly activities and performances, including art workshops, music and dance performances, cooking demonstrations, fitness classes, and more that reflect the culture and diversity of this unique beach City. The free festival is an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to come together to connect, create, and celebrate Santa Monica.
Check our Calendar for more upcoming events for Bike Week, BTWD, and so much more added all the time! 

We celebrate this year with an even bigger expanded FAMILY BIKE HUB!
Bikes again play a large roll in the festivities. Santa Monica Spoke is again excited to be participating by putting on our 5th Bike Exhibition, a Youth Skills Course / Bike Rodeo and Bike Demos in the ever expanding BIKE ZONE / Family Bike Hub supported by the City of Santa Monica Planning and Community Development Dept and Safe Routes to School.

The Bike Exhibition demonstrates the wonderful versatility of the bicycle and how it can enhance our lives as a healthy, sustainable part of our city and the environment.  We demonstrate the adaptability of bicycles and how bicycles can be more than just for pleasure – they can get us to work or school, go shopping, get groceries, run errands, and take us on terrific adventures from cruising in the sun to bike touring destinations near and far.

We will have a large variety of bicycles on display from standard cruisers, mountain bikes and road bikes to the increasingly popular cargo bikes and folding bikes.  We will have trailers for hauling all kinds of cargo from your children and pets to trips to your local farmers market, weekly groceries and weekend shopping sprees.  We will also have some nice vintage bikes on display as well, still ready for daily use.
Volunteers needed – email
Bikes on display are courtesy of Santa Monica Spoke community, and with generous help from our local bike shops.
Family Bike Hub

Youth Skills Course – Bike Rodeo NOON to 4pm will offer a fun training and skills course for children to learn or improve their riding skills and learn safety precautions. Adults can get instruction, safety tips and learn their rights and responsibilities of smart cycling.

Activities will include helmet decorating, Bike Safety check and bike maintenance workshops with Bikerowave, & REI, Photo Wall , FUN PRIZES AND MORE!

Ride your bike to the festival, Free Bike Valet will be provided by the City of Santa Monica.
Free rides on the Big Blue Bus (line #8 only) will be offered to festival participants. Click to print coupon. Also, Santa Monica Free Ride will offer free shuttle service between Main St. at Ocean Park Blvd. and the Festival. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

We look forward to you visiting our Exhibition and talking with you about bicycling in Santa Monica and the City’s progress on the Bike Action Plan.

The Festival:      Website      On Facebook      Facebook Event       twitter @santamonicafestival

The 24rd annual Santa Monica Festival is presented by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division and Office of Sustainability and the Environment, and is produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS). The festival is free and open to all ages. See you on May 9th!

Each year since 1992, Community Arts Resources, (CARS) who also has produced this event that has grown into Santa Monica’s largest celebration of its civic identity. The Santa Monica Festival expresses the city’s persona through a two-pronged approach: culture and the environment. Now one of the greenest festivals in the Los Angeles area, the event employs solar-powered stages, carbon offsets, waste diversion and product replacement to be as sustainable as possible. The festival, located in Clover Park since 1994, also celebrates the amazing diversity of Santa Monica through programming on two stages, a Town Square of local non-profits and government agencies, a Global Café, and a Marketplace of diverse vendors. The festival is presented by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division as well as the City’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

SANTA MONICA, CA (APRIL 10, 2011) – Commemorating its twentieth year (in 2011), the Santa Monica Festival has evolved into a celebration of the unique intersection of art and the environment.  Festival-goers can celebrate Mother Earth and all moms this Mother’s Day weekend with an eclectic mix of live music and dance, DIY art workshops utilizing recycled and repurposed materials, guilt-free shopping from vendors featuring earth-friendly artistic wares and local resources offered by a variety of City and local non-profit organizations.