Category Archives: bicycle event

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!

Santa Monica – Santa Barbara
Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2014

Discount code: FIREWORKS
ends on Sunday

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.

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

SMMoA Bike Critter Art Contest – Enter Today!

Image: Tour da Arts, vol. 5 Bike Critter Art Contest winner David Chernoblysky

An exciting opportunity for artists of all ages! Draw and submit a “bike critter” to be used as the logo for SMMoA’s 6th annual Tour da Arts cultural bike event (returning August 24, 2014 – SAVE THE DATE)

Submissions must be in black and white. They will be reviewed by a jury of artists and professionals along with SMMoA’s Director of Education and Public Programs, Asuka Hisa. The winner will be announced July 25, 2014. All submissions will be featured in an online slideshow, and participation is free and open to all ages.
Submit your bike critter image by Monday, June 30 at midnight. Click below for detailed instructions:
Questions and submissions should be sent to
Click here to view a slide show of last year’s submissions.

Tour da Arts vol. 5
  Tour da Arts returns on
  Sunday, August 24!

Kidical Mass ride: June 28th, Douglas Park

Kidical Mass Ride:
June 28th, Douglas Park
Theme: 4th of July

Festivities from 9:00am to 12:30pm

The next Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, June 28th. A fun bike ride experience for families with kids of all ages! Education with Fun, Pizza, Prizes! Wear a costume and you could win a prize!

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TIME:    9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
START:  Douglas Park – buy the playground.

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica for Santa Monica’s next Kidical Mass Ride.  We will take a family friendly ride around the Santa Monica neighborhood east of Douglas Park. Raffle & Prizes at Douglas Park when we return!

Check-in, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating, Snacks
Neighborhood Bike Ride
Return to Douglas Park by noon for FUN, Raffle Drawing and Prizes!


Don’t have a Kid Carrying Bike?sm_bike_center
Special 20% discount on Rental 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  rentals) – Please CALL IN* and mention Kidical Mass Ride! Reserve early and plan to pick up bikes Saturday morning in time to arrive at the event.
* Please call in as bikes are set aside for Kidical Mass and cannot be reserved online.

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.

Watch last year’s Kidical Mass here:

Santa Monica Festival BIKE ZONE: Bike Exhibition, Family Bike Hub, Schedule HERE

Santa Monica Festival,
Saturday, June 14th, 11am – 6pm

Santa Monica Festival celebrates its 23rd year at Clover Park.  The 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.
4th Bike Exhibition and NEW Youth Skills Couse Bike Rodeo in expanded BIKE ZONE
Volunteers needed – email

Volunteers Needed for Santa Monica Festival

Come join us at the Santa Monica Festival !
Saturday June 14th, 11-6pm
Clover Park, 2500 Ocean Park Blvd

Volunteers needed for the BIKE ZONE, Bike Exhibition, security (watching the bikes) and enthusiasm as we talk about and share the love of bikes and biking.
Sign up for 2hour or longer shifts! Set up or break down also.

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4th Annual Bike FROM Work Handlebar Happy Hour Tonight!

Join us tonight for our 4th Annual Bike FROM Work
Handlebar Happy Hour!!

NEW VENUE Areal Restaurant, 2820 Main Street – 5-9PM

Hoppy Hour prices from 5-7pm, 20% off all food when mention you rode your bike today until 11pm!

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

Bike Month & Bike Local SM Week Specials

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

Handlebar Happy Hour Bike Week LA 2014


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

If the heat or 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 15th. Bring your bike or helmet on board a Big Blue Bus and you can 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.

National Bike Challenge: Kick off Happy Hour!


Areal Restaurant
hosts the first National Bike Challenge
Happy Hour!

Address: 2820 Main Street, Santa Monica

Join us Thursday May 8th, 2014 from 5-7pm and recognize the efforts of Santa Monica’s newest Bike Friendly Businesses as we build momentum for the National Bike Challenge!
May is National Bike Month - It’s time to celebrate! We have so many awesome bike events happening in Santa Monica and all over LA County, this is a great way to bring together our local biking community to share how you can become involved or take part in our growing local bike culture!!  We will be there to answer questions, help you sign up, “how to” log you miles….
And just catch up and have FUN!

The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists — and encouraging countless new riders. 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.Stay tuned for more BIKE MONTH & NATIONAL BIKE CHALLENGE events and Happy Hours! 
When you sign up for the National Bike Challenge – the next step is to: Join us on team BiKE SANTA MONICA! You can ride for your community and for our team!





More info posted soon to a “National Bike Challenge Page here on

Bike Week LA: Saturday & Sunday, May 17th and 18th


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

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!

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

Bike Week LA: Thursday May 15th, BIKE TO WORK DAY

Santa Monica Bike to Work Day Pitstops &
4th 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 win a new folding bike from REI and other great 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 15th. Bring your bike or helmet on board a Big Blue Bus and you can ride for free.

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

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

Bike Month & Bike Local SM Week Specials

Santa Monica Bike to Work Pit Stops:

note: if you know of other Pitstops not listed – lets us know and we will add them!
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Santa Monica Spoke & Co-Opportunity  6:30am -9am 16th and Broadway Co -host a Bike to Work Pit Stop. Coffee, Juice, breakfast food and healthy snacks!

You are also invited to join us for 4th Annual BIKE FROM WORK Handlebar Happy Hour Mixer, 5-9pm

NEW VENUE 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!

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

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

Santa Monica Bike Center, 6:30-10am, 1555 2nd Street (corner of 2nd and Colorado)
Free Safety Checks, and made to order gourmet peanut butter and ‘your favorite topping’ sandwiches and coffee will be available for bike commuters! 

Santa Monica College, 8am-12pm, 1744 Pearl Street, Check out the new bike parking corral, 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 out patch kits, have a free mini tune up service, serving a continental breakfast and Cliff Bars, as well as assisting with routes and provide any information a commuter needs or wants.
Pearl Street Bike Park on Santa Monica College’s campus

Crossroads School, 7:15-9:30am, 1729 21st Street (just south of Olympic Blvd), 
Cold drinks, snacks, giveaways

Colorado Center, 8-10am, 2401 Broadway, Corner of Broadway and Cloverfield – Northeast Corner. Fruit, water and snacks

Water Garden Commuter Center 8-10am, 2450 Colorado
Water, snacks and fruit

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.

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