Category Archives: bicycle event

Team LACBC Pre-Climate Ride Party this Sunday!

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Team LACBC “fun”draising party this Sunday, April 12th from 5 – 8pm at Angel City Brewery (216 S. Alameda St.) Special perk – Alek Bartrosouf will be there!

There will be handcrafted brews, music, and food trucks — including vegan taco maestro Mark Weldon’s 100 Tacos, whose entire operation is done by bike!

There is a raffle. $5/ticket or 5 for $20. Featuring great prizes including the grand prize of a UNO Folding Bicycle courtesy of Tern!
See all the prizes and premiums for donating on our EVENT PAGE!

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT to participate in the raffle.  The main purpose of the event is to help each team member raise funds, so pick team member or two to donate to and get beer and/or raffle tickets.

Team Captain Greg has done an excellent job of rallying the team (and meeting his personal goal) and we are at $71K ALREADY with a stated goal of $100K!  Help us get over the top and be number one for a third year in a row! LACBC is fully represented with board members like Greg and Carrie and staff, Colin and Hyeran.  Support them and come have some fun!

We hope to see you THERE!

Reminder: Santa Monica Spoke Meeting, April 11th at 9:30am

Please Join us this Saturday!

Day:     Saturday
Date:   April 11th
Time:   
9:30am – noon
Location: 1640 5th Street, in the courtyard

Coffee, bagels, input  and updates on biking in Santa Monica. 

Santa Monica Spoke Meeting, family friendly.
BAP, Project & Campaign Updates and a Special Farewell Reception for Lucy! 

Our agenda will include community Input, discussion and updates by city staff on Bike Share, SRTS projects, Kidical Mass, Bike Action Plan Implementations.
Projects updates on MANGo & The Esplanade/Protected Bike Lane. plus info on lots of upcoming events. May is Bike Month and the Santa Monica Festival Bike Exhibition!!

Morning snacks, beverages & special treats will be served!

Hope you can come!!!!
Ride to the meeting and share to #30daysofbiking
Event listing here

Finish the Ride and support SM Spoke!

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Support safe city streets and help end hit and run crimes by taking part in Finish the Ride, Run, Walk ‘N Roll for 2015!!
Join us on April 19th, 2015 for an awesome event that tops last year’s success in every way!
Registration for the 2015 is open NOW here.
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Use registration code SMSPOKE at checkout to receive a 10% discount of which a portion is donated to Santa Monica Spoke.
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FTR 2015 includes:
  • Ride = Four routes ranging from 6 to 50 miles with a 200 to 3,500 foot elevation gain (timing and medals awarded for 22,27 and 50 mile rides)
  • Run = 10K (timing and medals awarded)
  • Walk and Roll = 10K
  • Cool goodie bag and free t-shirt with registration
  • Great live music and dancing
  • Free festival and safety expo with giveaways, raffles, prizes and activities for the kids.  Feel free to bring the whole family!

For details on the FTR 2015 event, click here.
To view and join FTR volunteer opportunities, click here.

Join FTR 2015 not only for yourself, but for those who survived, those who didn’t and the safety of ALL! FINISH THE RIDE 2015: Who are YOU finishing for? #FTR2015

 For more information on the event itself, registration questions or other customer service inquiries, e-mail us at register@FinishTheRide.org or call (844) 884-7233 Ext. 801.

SAVE THE DATE: April 11, SM Spoke Meeting, Bike Action Plan Updates and MORE!

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On the morning of April 11th,

Santa Monica Spoke Meeting,
BAP, Project & Campaign Updates and a Farewell Reception for Lucy!

In the Courtyard at 1640 5th Street

Lots of info on exciting upcoming events, Bike Share, SRTS, Bike Action Plan implementation, Projects: Mango & The Esplanade: Protected Bike Lane & MORE.
Morning snacks, beverages & special treats will be served!

Agenda and Time will be posted soon!

Hope you can come!!!!

What is up at Santa Monica Spoke? FUN EVENTS, Save the Date, BAP Updates and MORE!!

Quick growing list of upcoming events!
More Info coming on all – please check back soon!

Check our Event Calendar for newly added events 

Links will be added to the list below as further info is posted.

  • April: 30 Days of Biking
  • April 5th: Sunset Picnic Ride (intermediate to advanced). Starts at Tongva Park. Meet at 5:15pm roll at 5:45 SHARP. #30DaysofBiking
  • April 9th: Great Ride Series event with Finish The Ride, at Performance Bicycles, VIP’s (that’s means you!) , 5th and Broadway, Downtown Santa Monica
  • April 11th: SAVE THE DATE, Santa Monica Spoke Meeting, BAP updates and reception
  • April 16th, SQA luncheon, SM Bike Center will sponsor the tickets for the 1st 35 that commit to arrive by bike – click register at the bottom of the page.
  • April 18th: Kidical Mass Earth Day Garden Ride, Starts at Memorial Park
  • April 19th: Finish the Ride | It’s Not Just A Ride. It’s A Movement! Ride with us to support the momentum – link to more info soon.
  • April 20th: Cynthia Rose of SM Spoke joins a panel discussion on sustainability at the 3rd Street Promenade Apple Store
  • May 9th, Santa Monica Festival, our 5th Annual Bike Exhibition and expanded Bike Zone!! Clover Park 11am – 6 pm SO MUCH FUN!!!! - last year
  • ALL April: Santa Monica Spoke invites you to join us for #30DaysofBiking in April - pledge here and join the fun events we have planned this month, use social media to blast your joy of riding a bike! #30DaysofBiking #BikeSM @SMSpoke
    – Every Wednesday – Coffee outside  7-8am Link #CoffeeOutside
    – More rides, local and with LACBC all be listed on our event page asap
  • April to July We’ve partnered to support CommuteSM.com, the first-ever Santa Monica Commuter Challenge, a four-month competition for Santa Monica-based businesses and organizations of all sizes to encourage their employees to bike, carpool/vanpool, or ride transit to work, instead of driving alone.
  • All May: National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.
  • May 11th to 17th: Bike Week LA : Santa Monica 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.
  • May to September: National Bike Challenge started with an internal campaign trying to get Kimberly Clark employees to ride in 2009. It went national in 2012 under the guidance of the League of American Bicyclists. Last year, 47,518 people logged 23 million miles. People for Bikes, is now running the Challenge and hopes in 2015 we can collectively ride 35 million miles. Ride for team Bike Santa Monica!

Think and act locally with a global perspective, and ride a bike!

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April: Join us for 30 Days of Biking #30daysofbiking

30daysofbikingSanta Monica Spoke invites you to join us for 30 days of Biking in April.

30 Days of Biking is a pledge to ride your bike every day in April — any distance, any destination — and share your adventures online.  Join the fun events we have planned this month, use social media to blast your own rides and the joys of riding a bike!    #30DaysofBiking #BikeSM #SMSpoke

It’s all about the fun of riding your bike – join in anytime!
Share your 30 Days of Biking experiences using #30DaysofBiking #BikeSM #SMSpoke on Twitter, Instagram, Vine and Facebook.

One Bicycle will be given to a kid in need for every 30 Pledges
Make the Pledge = Free Bikes 4 Kidz

April Events: lets more all month – send us your ride or idea for the list!

Check our Event Calendar for newly added events
Local Santa Monica

  • Every Wednesday – Coffee outside  7-8 am Link #CoffeeOutside
  • April 5th, Sunset Picnic Ride (intermediate / advanced). Tongva Park. Meet at 5:15pm
  • April 11th, Ride toSanta Monica Spoke Meeting, BAP updates and reception – link soon.
  • April 18th, Kidical Mass Earth Day Garden Ride, Starts at Memorial Park, SO FUN!
  • April 19th, Join us for  Finish the Ride | It’s Not Just A Ride. It’s A Movement! Ride with us to support the momentum
  • April 20th, Ride to Earth Day themed Panel Discussion at the SM Apple Store with local leaders including Cynthia Rose – valet at the SM Bike Center 2nd & Colorado 3 hours free

Regional with LACBC

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Two feeder rides from Santa Monica to CicLAvia The Valley, Go MULTIMODAL!

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

This first CicLAvia of 2015 represents the inaugural visit of LA’s renowned open streets event to the San Fernando Valley. For this CicLAvia participants will be able to travel between North Hollywood and Studio City on car-free streets, using foot, pedal and non-motorized wheel power. CicLAvia – The Valley March 22, 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, March 22nd.
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 to RED LINE together
THIS ROUTE WAS UPDATED 3/21 DUE TO EXPO CONSTRUCTION

route-7243818-map-fullThis UPDATED Route is 8.2 miles and mostly 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 or in trailers. Want to ride yourself to Expo here’s a simple route on Venice Blvd

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

(bail out option at Metro Station Hollywood and Highland)

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This Route is for more advance riders – slightly faster paced with more elevation gain (click map).
The group will still stay together with no rider left behind – you do have the option if you choose to jump on the Metro Red Line if you run out of steam or prefer not to ride over the hill on Cahuenga Blvd.

Want to ride to Red Line on your own? Here is that route

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 . 

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 the Valley, March 22nd: Feeder Rides from Santa Monica!

CicLAvia makes its first journey to the San Fernando Valley March 22, from 9am–4pm when Metro Presents CicLAvia – The Valley. This first CicLAvia of 2015 represents the inaugural visit of LA’s renowned open streets event to the San Fernando Valley.
For this CicLAvia participants will be able to travel between North Hollywood and Studio City on car-free streets, using foot, pedal and non-motorized wheel power. YEY!!

This time we will host TWO feeder events to CicLAvia from Santa Monica!!  
Both start at Tongva Park: “Bike it – all the way” or NEW “Multimodal – Bike it to Expo & Train”
click HERE for all the latest updates and routes.

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Click map for larger view or to download

Metro Presents CicLAvia – The Valley runs 5.5 miles along Lankershim Boulevard between the North Hollywood Metro Red Line stop at Chandler Boulevard and the Universal Studio Red Line stop, and along Ventura Boulevard between Campo de Cahuenga and Coldwater Canyon. The route will highlight some of the gems of the East Valley including the North Hollywood Arts District, Universal City, the historic Campo de Cahuenga, Studio City Farmers Market and the famed Sportsmen’s Lodge.

 

Your support is NEEDED to get to National Bike Summit 2015

Help send our Director to the Summit!

We need your support to send our Director Cynthia Rose to National Bike Summit and the 3rd National Forum on Women & Bicycling 2015!
This year’s theme — Bikes+ calls out a time to change the equation for bicycle advocacy. Build a bicycle-friendly America for everyone, expand to serve broader interests. Last year, we pushed for Congress to tell the U.S. Department of Transportation to set a national goal to reduce bicyclist fatalities. Before the end of 2014, they did exactly that. We won, thanks to hundreds of participants at the National Bike Summit. Continuing this momentum US Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox has challenged mayors and local elected officials to take significant action to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages.  The Mayors’ Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets will be in DC at the same time as  the National Bike Summit, Santa Monica’s Mayor McKeown will attend. See more on this in an article on StreetsBlog USA here.

Santa Monica Spoke is led by 100% volunteers, including our full time Director Cynthia Rose. The Summit is the premier national bike conference, gathering advocates from around the country to lobby for bikes on Capitol Hill. We are requesting donations to cover costs to send Cynthia to the Summit 2015.

Our goal is to raise $1500.00 to cover the Women’s Forum, National Bike Summit, and travel expenses. PLEASE PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT Click HERE
or email your 
pledge amount to Donate2@SMSpoke.org  we will reply to complete the pledge. Donations are tax deductible. 

The voice for cycling is growing stronger on Capitol Hill, and with your support, our director can share lessons learned and gain experience in professional advocacy from top experts from all 50 states and bring it home to Santa Monica & LA County.


National Bike Summit 2015: Bikes +

They didn’t choose this year’s theme — Bikes+ — lightly. We agree it’s time to change the equation for bicycle advocacy. To build a bicycle-friendly America for everyone, we can’t stop at bicycling as an end in itself. We must consider how bikes can add value to other movements and how our movement can expand to serve broader interests. The 2015 National Bike Summit will again unite the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill to advance bicycle safety, funding and equity. More than 700 participants from all 50 states will build momentum in Congress for a Bicycle Friendly America

Kidical Mass: Wheel You Be My Valentine? Tomorrow!

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Saturday – February 14th - Clover Park

Kidical Mass Flyer V-day 2015DATE:    SATURDAY February 14th
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Clover Park (2600 Ocean Park Blvd)
– meet (east side of park) 25th Street at Oak Street 

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Free: Please RSVP HERE so we have enough refreshments and activity supplies!

Join Santa Monica Spoke and the City of Santa Monica for the next Kidical Mass Bike Ride.  Special guest is Madi Carlson from Seattle’s Kidical Mass and City Councilwoman Pam O’Connor will again join us to help give away prizes! Drawings and Prize for BEST DRESSED!

Pre-ride snacks, Coffee, beverages for the kids (Please be sustainable and bring your own cups), Helmet Decorating, Prizes, Free Bike Safety Checks, & Check-in
Arrive early and don’t miss the FUN!
We return to Clover Park for FUN and post-ride snacks provided by KIND.
Valentine Cookie Decorating is planned!

* 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……

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.