Category Archives: bicycle event

National Bike Challenge begins May 1st!

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: the National Bike Challenge starts this Sunday
Sign up today and start tracking your rides. (It’s free, fun and easy.)

In its simplest form, the Challenge is an easy logging center for you to record the miles you ride while competing with other riders all over the country. But the National Bike Challenge is so much more than that. It is a community of people who all share a love of riding bikes. With competition possibilities on the local, state and national level, it is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues and the greater community to ride more. The Challenge aims to unite 100,000 riders to pedal 75 million miles from May 1, 2016 until September 30, 2016. Now in its fifth year, the Challenge is a successful partnership between PeopleForBikes and Kimberly-Clark’s Cottonelle Products brand.

Compete with your friends, co-workers and neighbors for a chance to win new prizes each month. It doesn’t matter if you’re riding hundreds of miles a week or just getting back in the saddle, you are welcome in the National Bike Challenge. Now get rolling!

Join the Challenge and ride with us on team
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After you sign up for the National Bike Challenge. and create your account – join team Bike Santa Monica!

The National Bike Challenge officially starts May 1st. We are already warming up in April – don’t wait join now! This year there are 4 apps you can choose from to record your participation. Visit the app gallery here. IT”S EASY!

Santa Monica Spoke is the local community host – Our TEAM Bike Santa Monica is a collaboration with City of Santa Monica, Bike Local,  and the Santa Monica Bike Center. Together we host lots of events like our Handlebar Happy Hours throughout the challenge!

Launch Bike Month at Gear Up! This Sunday May 1st

Get ready to ride all summer at Gear Up!

Gear Up! launches a variety events to help you get ready to ride, learn to pedal safely, and win free stuff during Bike Month!. This collaborative community celebration is brought to you with local partners to help you get a bike, learn to fix a flat, win free stuff, eat good food and have fun.

Our main events are:
BIKE SWAP: Want to be matched you with a new ride? Kids out grown their current bikes? Your cruiser not cutting it?, Seat giving you cramps?

  • Gear Up Final

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    FREE BIKE REPAIR: Pro mechanics getting your bike in cruising condition.

  • BIKE RAFFLE: Participate in activities for the chance to win a FREE bike!
  • FREE CLINICS that teach basic safety, shopping by bicycle, and riding in a skirt.
    Tips and tricks to make bikes a big part of their summer
  • FREE HELMETS (while supply last), sponsored by City of Santa Monica.
  • LOCAL FOOD for sale.
  • BIKE ART: With interactive presentations from local artists.
  • ARTS AND CRAFTS for kids and adults to make their bikes and helmets special and stylish.
  • MUSIC to set the tone with a DJ booth.
  • COMMUNITY COLLABORATION with tables, art, and programs from local organizations.
  • BICYCLE AWARENESS for upcoming events, Metro Expo Line, and local resources.
  • And more to come! Stay tuned and we’ll let you know what other fun things to expect.

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See the Facebook event HERE

Brompton Urban Challenge: April 30th register today!

The Brompton Urban Challenge (BUC) is a two-wheeled scavenger hunt! It starts with a light breakfast, afterwhich you’ll spend the first part of the day riding around the city, and interpreting various clues with your team. We’ll break for a late lunch, then spend the remainder of the day engaging in fun Brompton challenges amidst the beautiful backdrop of Santa Monica. Each clue and challenge will be recorded by photograph, which you’ll upload to social media (#BUCSM). Everyone will have the chance to win some GREAT prizes at the end of the day – where we’ll rally to celebrate our accomplishments with drinks and merriment at AIKA!

The Brompton Urban Challenge is a world-wide event, AIKA couldn’t be more excited to host our first BUC in Santa Monica!

Here are the registration details:

  • The fee is $25 per person – all proceeds will be donated to local advocacy group Santa Monica Spoke.
  • Cyclists can either register as a team or will be placed into a team on the day of the event.
    — Start a team or join one as a great way to meet new friends!
  • The minimum team size is 2 participants, and the maximum team size is 4 participants.
  • All bikes are welcome, but there must be at least one Brompton bicycle per team.
  • We’ll have a limited number of Brompton bicycles available to borrow at the event, so indicate in your registration if you’d like to reserve one!

To learn more, check out this video here.

Can’t wait to see all you Bromptoneers and cyclists at AIKA on the 30th! #BUCSM

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE

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Breeze SM Community Ride

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Saturday, April 23rd, 10am – noon

SM Farmers Market TomatoBreeze SM Community Ride is a monthly group ride for current and prospective Breeze members. The ride meets at 10 at the 17th Street Station Expo station and explores the community with visits to local farmers markets and businesses. Additionally, we’ll learn helpful tips on how to better 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!

On the ride you’ll experience some of Santa Monica amazing bike infrastructure. Surely to be a day of fun and excitement. At this month’s event we will visit and get a short tour of the Downtown Santa Monica Farmer’s Market.

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 accompanied by parent or guardian and wear a helmet).

Registration is FREE but required — Please click here to RSVP today!

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Climate Ride: Team LACBC

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Team LACBC returns for the fourth year to tackle hills and climate change on Climate Ride California North Coast this May! Sign up as part of Team LACBC, and you’ll ride in support of LACBC and other environmental causes.

Joni and Nicole: Two local riders participating to benefit LACBC and Local Chapter Santa Monica Spoke!

Here are 10 reasons why you should join Team LACBC on Climate Ride!

About Climate Ride California North Coast Ride:

Climate Ride California North Coast is a gorgeous cycling adventure that begins in California’s historic Redwood Empire near Eureka, travels along the scenic coast, and ventures into the famed Russian River Valley before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. Climate Ride California is more than a bike trip—it’s an inspiring journey with like-minded people who are united by their passion for sustainability, renewable energy, and bicycles—the ultimate carbon-free form of transportation.

This 5-day journey has riders covering 40-70 miles per day of carefully planned routes on scenic back roads. The ride is fully supported, with Climate Ride staff taking care of meals, snacks, mechanical support, luggage transport, and other logistics. The dates for 2016 are May 22 to May 26.

About Team LACBC at Climate Ride:

Now in our fourth year of participating in Climate Ride, Team LACBC first formed in 2012 and has been the top fundraising team for the past three years. This year’s co-captains are returning riders Greg Laemmle and Nora Hipolito. Read about our history here.

How It Works:

When you join Team LACBC and choose LACBC as your sole beneficiary, a portion of the money you raise will support LACBC’s work to make L.A. County a healthy, safe, and fun place to ride a bike. It is important to note that the only thing that is required of your participation on Team LACBC is that you select Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition as your SOLE beneficiary. This is because beneficiaries receive a percentage of the amount raised. After you finish registering, you are provided a personal fundraising page to begin collecting donations.

Each rider has to raise a minimum of $2,800. If that sounds intimidating, don’t worry! We have lots of experience in this area and can help reach your fundraising goals. Climate Ride offers many tools that make raising money easier than you might think. LACBC also offers incentives to Team LACBC riders for reaching fundraising milestones, as well as incentives you can offer to the individuals and companies who contribute to your ride. Trust us, you can do it.

Join Team LACBC:

Sign up for Team LACBC here!

Connect with Team LACBC:

Email Marc Horwitz at climateride@la-bike.org if you have questions. Also, check out Team LACBC’s Climate Ride FAQ section, as well as Climate Ride’s FAQ section.

Follow the Team on Facebook at facebook.com/TeamLACBC2016. Check our FB page for all the latest news and the scoop on Training Rides!

Training Rides:

Ride with the team! Most of our training rides are open to the public. Whether you’re considering signing up for the team, want to support the team, or just looking for a good weekend ride, you’re more than welcome to join us on the road!
Ride details will be posted in advance each week via our Facebook Page. Note, these are not supported rides and participants are expected to keep pace with the group. Pace changes weekly, according to rider levels.

Resources:

More resources here:

Kidical Mass: Garden Ride & Community Garden Tour, April 16th 2016

KIDICAL MASS Earth Day Bike Ride
Tour Park Drive Community Garden
FUN hands-on KIDS Workshop

DATE:    SATURDAY APRIL 16th, 2016Kidical Mass Earth Day 2016 Flyer
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON

START:  MEMORIAL PARK
–  By Parking lot off 14th Street.

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 – 12:30pmSM Community Gardens
– Check-in, Morning Snacks, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating
– Ride to Pit Stop visit at PARK DRIVE COMMUNITY GARDEN
– KIDS GARDEN TOURS AND WORKSHOP
– Pitstop host Santa Monica Community Gardeners
– Ride back to Memorial Park by noon for fun activities, Prizes and 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.

Finish the Ride: Griffith Park & Santa Clarita

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Griffith Park & Santa Clarita!

Brought To You By Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE) 

Support safe city streets and help end hit and run crimes by taking part in Finish the Ride, Run, Walk ‘N Roll events!! All proceeds will benefit Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE), a non-profit 501c3 that focuses on hit and run crime awareness and increasing the safety of our streets for all users.

Join us on Sunday, April 10th in Griffith Park and/or Saturday, April 30th in Santa Clarita for an awesome event!  Registration is open RIGHT NOW so register TODAY at www.FinishTheRide.org. USE PROMO CODE SMSPOKE20

FTR events include:

 

  • Ride = Beginning/family rides, intermediate to intense Half Century or Metric Century rides
  • Run =  5K, 10K and Half Marathon
  • Walk = 2K ($5, only at Santa Clarita), 5K, 10K
  • Roll = 10K
  • Timing and medals awarded for selected events
  • Cool goodie bag and free t-shirt with registration
  • ONE FREE BEER (for all participants 21+, additional beers available for purchase)
  • Great live music and dancing
  • Free festival and safety expo with giveaways, raffles, prizes and activities for kids and adults alike and much more!  Feel free to bring the whole family!

To register for the FTR Griffith Park event, click here.
USE PROMO CODE SMSPOKE20

To register for the FTR Santa Clarita event, click here.
USE PROMO CODE SMSPOKE20

December registration not yet open
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To join the FTR volunteer team, click 
here.

Join FTR 2016 not only for yourself, but for those who survived, those who didn’t and the safety of ALL!

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.

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This Saturday: Learn to #RideBreeze & Community Ride

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Want to learn about bike share? How to use the Breeze Bike Share system or how it can work for you?
Join us for this months Learn to #RideBreeze & Community Ride.

Saturday, February 27th 2016 at 10am. RSVP for FREE registration info.
Class is open to current and prospective Breeze members.

You’ll learn how to use the Breeze bike share system, including checking out, locking, flexibility of “out of station locking” and “hold” features, multiple bike check out on one account and more! We’ll then take a short tour of Santa Monica bike infrastructure to demonstrate how some of these features work and can be used. You’ll also learn basic bike safety tips and Rules of the Road to help reduce conflicts and keep your rides SAFER & FUN — all while enjoying the community and connecting with Bike Local businesses. Surely to be a day of fun and excitement.SM Farmers Market Tomato At this first event we will visit and get a short tour of the Main Street Farmers Market.

Registration is FREE but required — Please click here to RSVP today! Attendees must be 16* or over (*under 18 must accompanied by parent or guardian and wear a helmet) You will be sent registration and event information.

Already a Breeze Member? Plan to BRING A FRIEND and earn bonuses!

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Kidical Mass: Valentine, this Saturday!

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Saturday – February 13th – Clover Park

DATE:    SATURDAY February 13th
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Clover Park (2600 Ocean Park Blvd)
– meet (west 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 Family Bike Ride.  You never know what special guest could join us – last year we were joined by Madi Carlson from Seattle’s Kidical Mass and City Councilwoman Pam O’Connor.
Drawings and Prize for BEST DRESSED!

Pre-ride snacks, Coffee, and beverages for the kids (Please be sustainable and bring your own cups), Helmet Decorating, Prizes, Free Bike Safety Checks provided by GIANT, & 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!

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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……

Breeze-Hulu-Logo
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.

KIDICAL MASS BIKE RIDE & FAMILY EVENT: February 13th, Clover Park

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KIDICAL MASS BIKE RIDE: Wheel you be my Valentine? 
Saturday February 13th
Clover Park

Festivities from 9:00am to NOON
Don’t miss the early festivities stating at 9:00am! The first Kidical Mass Ride for 2016 is Saturday, February 13th. A fun bike ride event for the whole family! Education with Fun & Prizes!
Dress up and you could win a prize!
The theme ……?wheelyoube


DATE:    SATURDAY February 13th
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Clover Park (2600 Ocean Park Blvd)
– meet (west side of park) 25th Street at Oak Street
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Free: Please RSVP HERE so we have enough refreshments and giveaways

Join Santa Monica Spoke and the City of Santa Monica for the next Kidical Mass Bike Ride. 
We’ll enjoy a family friendly ride through the Sunset Park neighborhood.
Drawings and Prize for BEST COSTUME!

Schedule
9::00am
CHECK IN! Pre-ride snacks, Coffee and beverages for the kids (Please be sustainable and bring your own cups), Helmet Decorating, Prizes, Free Bike Safety Checks provided by Giant Bicycles.
Arrive early and don’t miss the FUN! 
10:00am (approximate)
Neighborhood Bike Ride*
11:00am (or upon return from ride)
Return to Clover Park around 11-11:15am for FUN and post-ride snacks provided by KIND. Valentine Cookie Decorating is planned!

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Watch our 1st Kidical Mass in 2013 video here ..

* 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……

Breeze-Hulu-Logo
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.