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KIDICAL MASS Bike Ride & Community Garden Tour: April 26th

KIDICAL MASS Bike Ride
Park Drive Community Garden
Garden Tours and FUN hands-on KIDS workshop!

First Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, April 26th.
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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DATE:    SATURDAY APRIL 26TH
TIME:    9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
START:  MEMORIAL PARK
– North Parking lot off 14th Street.

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica, SMC Bike Club and Santa Monica Community Gardeners for Santa Monica’s 2nd Kidical Mass Ride. 
We will take a ride around Santa Monica to visit a Community Garden for a special kid friendly event. Pizza Party, Raffle & Prizes at Memorial Park when we return!

Schedule.
9::00am – 10:00am
Check-in, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating
10:00am – 12:00pm 
Ride to Pit Stop visit at PARK DRIVE COMMUNITY GARDEN
KIDS GARDEN TOURS AND WORKSHOP
Pitstop hosts Cynergy Cycles & Santa Monica Community Gardeners
Ride back to Memorial Park
12:00pm – 12:30pm
Return to Memorial Park by noon for Pizza Party, Raffle Drawing and Prizes

        
Don’t have a Kid Carrying Bike?
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) – Just mention Kidical Mass Ride! Reserve early and plan to pick up bikes Saturday morning in time to arrive at the event. 

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:

Another Santa Monica KIDICAL MASS RIDE, April 26th!

Kidcal Mass Santa Monica Returns April 26th 2014

We are pleased to announce the first Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, April 26th
‐ a fun, bike ride experience for families with kids of all ages!
Education with Fun, Pizza, Prizes and a Ladybug! Wear a costume and you could win a prize!

DATE:    SATURDAY APRIL 26TH
TIME:    9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
START:  MEMORIAL PARK – North Parking lot off 14th Street. 

Free: Please RSVP HERE

ScheduleSM Community Gardens .9::00am – 10:00am
Check-in, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating
10:00am – 12:00pm
Ride and Visit Community Garden
12:00pm – 12:30pm
Pizza Party, Raffle Drawing and Prizes

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica, SMC Bike Club and Santa Monica Community Gardeners for Santa Monica’s 2nd Kidical Mass Ride. The theme for the ride?
– you may have guessed it, Community Gardens and Parks!!
We will take a ride around Santa Monica and visit a Community Garden on the way.
Pizza Party, Raffle & Prizes at Memorial Park when we return!

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 tailer or Tag-a-long. Kid carrying rentals available through local retailers, Bike Demos at the event.
For information on bike rentals email here

Watch last year’s Kidical Mass here:

Kidical Mass flyer 4_2014

 

Feeder Ride to CicLAvia from Santa Monica, 4/6/2014

It’s Almost here, CicLAvia April 6 2014: Iconic Wilshire Blvd

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!

We will once again lead a feeder ride to CicLAvia this Sunday April 6th. We’ll meet at the top of the Santa Monica Pier at 8:00am and roll out at 8:30am sharp. Ride is aprox 9.7 miles and mostly flat on streets with bike lanes or low traffic volume at our time of travel. We will be traveling at an easy pace but do ask you to “stay with the pace” so we can all get there together.
For feeder ride all young children should be on tag-a-long or in trailers.
Join us Sunday and experience the fun of CicLAvia!

April 6th, 9am -4pm – Come experience
CicLAvia’s New Route, Iconic Wilshire Blvd

Open streets and the opportunity to explore one of the most legendary boulevards in Los Angeles car free by foot, bike, skates or other non-motorized transport marks the April 6
CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.… the most walkable CicLAvia route ever!


Starting from the Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Spoke
The route here, route 2 here

Stuff to bring:

  • helmet (for feeder ride)
  • sun screen
  • cash
  • spare tube/ patch kit
  • hydration
  • any special tools your bike requires!

For more info visit CicLAvia’s web site

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Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

It’s Almost here, CicLAvia April 6 2014: Iconic Wilshire Blvd

Open streets and the opportunity to explore one of the most legendary boulevards in Los Angeles car free by foot, bike, skates or other non-motorized transport marks the April 6th, 2014 CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.… the most walkable CicLAvia route ever!

SM Spoke, Santa Monica feeder ride information here. As usual we plan to start at the top of the Santa Monica Pier.

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Click here to download a printable map    

CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard transforms one of the legendary thoroughfares of Los Angeles on April 6. CicLAvia is open to the public and free of charge. Registration is not required and there is no starting or ending point along the route.
From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard offers six miles of car-free, open streets and participants can join the fun at any point along the route.

Wilshire Boulevard was first carved out as a long path through a barley field in 1895. While its beginnings were humble, this path has transformed into one of the most notable boulevards in all of the United States. From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on CicLAvia day, participants can stroll through a snapshot of the city’s architectural evolution from Victorian vision to modernist experimentation; massive towers of business to intimate houses of worship; world class museums to working class mercados.

The CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard route will connect One Wilshire in Downtown Los Angeles to Fairfax Avenue along Miracle Mile. These two anchor hubs will feature pedestrian zones with performers, activities sponsored by several fantastic museums, programming by some of our community partners, food trucks and more. Additional hubs along the route include MacArthur Park, Koreatown and Mid-Wilshire.

No matter how you plan your trip, take advantage of CicLAvia’s free downloadable stories on Wilshire Boulevard and “The Modernist’s Guide to Iconic Wilshire Boulevard”, which are sure to enrich your experience as you travel through a snapshot of the city’s architectural evolution.

For info and options on WalkLAvia click here

Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 takes the frwy downtown LA to Santa Monica FAST! See detour info below
Metro 720 route DT Santa Monica south, Venice Blvd to downtown & Union Station
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)
Bike Venice Blvd Bike lane west.  

Metro 733  Wilshire Blvd from downtown LA

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Rapid 10: CicLAvia Detour 4/6

 We encourage riders to participate in the event and to follow BBB’s bicycle guidelines when bringing a bike on board the bus.
Rapid 10 buses will be on detour in Downtown LA and from the first to last trip of the day on Sunday, April 6.
Towards Santa Monica
Regular route to Flower St. at 6th St., then buses will detour and turn left 6th St., right on Grand Ave. and resume regular route. The following bus stops will be missed:
  • Wilshire Blvd. at Hope St.; instead use stop on Flower St. at 5th St.
  • Wilshire Blvd. at Grand Ave.; instead use stop on Grand Ave. at 9th St.
Towards Downtown Los Angeles
Regular route to Olive St. at 7th St., then buses will detour and continue on Olive St., turn left on 5th St., right on Figueroa St. and resume regular route. The following bus stops will be missed:
  • 7th St. at Olive St., Hope St., and Figueroa St.; instead use stops on Olive St. at 9th St. or Figueroa St. at 5th St.
  • Figueroa St. at 6th St.; instead use stop on Figueroa St. at 5th St.
For assistance planning your trip, call Customer Service at 310-451-5444.
Ride Blue. Go Green

Designing a Park by Bike, update from Airport2Park

Airport2Park News & Update: Airport2Park Design by bike

Nine USC graduate landscape architects under the direction of internationally renowned landscape architect Aroussiak Gabrielian (FORGROUND Design) took a practical approach in choosing bicycles for the their site visit to Santa Monica Airport where they started working on a three month project to design a park to replace the controversial facility. They jumped at the chance to ride their bikes to evaluate the site.  Since the site was designed many years ago expressly to exclude pedestrian access, the bicycle turned out to be the right tool to explore the airport site with a four mile ride around the perimeter fence – which someday could be a dedicated bikeway.

USC is a fairly bike friendly campus with a rapidly growing bicycle culture so nearly everyone had a bicycle and were quite completely comfortable on a group ride. The class demographic includes students from across the country and around the world. There was one student from China, who had NEVER been on a bicycle, yet even she didn’t even miss a beat. She took the extra initiative and learned to ride a bicycle just for this visit, though in the end, opted to rent a Tandem from Perry’s just to be sure that she would keep up.

Leading the ride was Michael Brodsky, a Loyola Marymount University Professor and Santa Monica Spoke member. Also in attendance was Mike Salazar, a Santa Monica Architect, member of the Santa Monica Conservancy and an expert in historic preservation. Both are founding members of airport2park.org  which is a group dedicated to creating a grand park to replace the Santa Monica Airport.

Aroussiak Gabrielian is using this opportunity for her USC group of graduate landscape architects to put practice into real life. She has designed a rigorous timeline of environmental, social analysis and needs assessment that will inform the development of the project. Each student has an assigned specialty including the natural environment, history, topography, site mitigation, and community connectivity. All data collected informs the final design proposals which should be completed by May 2014.

During the 3 hour bike ride there were many stops to talk about the role of parks in the social fabric of the community. Discussions ranged from the westside’s regional need for natural habitats, water reclamation, and carbon rejuvenation, to the more local needs for bike paths, sports and playing fields due to the severe lack of parks in Santa Monica.  They also had the opportunity to explore linkages between the south side of the airport site where the Santa Monica College classrooms (and public art galleries) are located, with the north side Ocean Park community by what could be a newly created bicycle and pedestrian access.

While the ride was constantly interrupted but he roar of jet planes and the smell of jet fuel, the participants on their bikes were also able to see the spectacular views of Century City with the Hollywood sign to the east and to the setting sun on the Pacific Ocean in the west. These views are currently reserved for only those privileged to be flying in private planes or jets, yet these coveted vistas could one day invite thousands of hikers and bikers to enjoy what could be a most extraordinary park in Santa Monica.

IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM Airport2Park: The Santa Monica City Council will be meeting on Tuesday, March 25th to consider what to do with Santa Monica Airport after the FAA contract ends in July 2015. For more information on how you can support in this project visit Airport2Park for updates for the latest updates and how you can get involved. If you would like to see this turned into a grand park complete with 150 acres of walking and biking, you may write the city council before the March 25th meeting at council@smgov.net

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Your support is NEEDED to get to National Bike Summit 2014

Help send our Director to the Summit!

We need your support to send Cynthia Rose to Bike Summit 2014.
National funding has a huge impact on local bike projects, and this year the Transportation Bill is up for renewal. It’s time to push our lawmakers to prioritize active transportation funding. The Summit also includes the second annual National Women’s Bicycling Forum, a showcase of great ways to get more women on bikes.

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 2014.

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.

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National Bike Summit 2014
UNITED SPOKES: MOVING BEYOND GRIDLOCK

The 2014 National Bike Summit will 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

Parker Dusseau Launch at Bike Effect: December 10th 2013

FREE BIKE VALET Provided by Santa Monica Spoke
& Bike EffectPD LAUNCH INVITE_SM_INSTAGRAM

Join the Facebook event here
Tuesday, December 10th, 6:30-9:30pm
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COMPANY:
Parker Dusseau is an apparel brand which celebrates the nexus of quality design and an active lifestyle. Named after the Founder’s late uncle, the brand honors Parker Dusseau’s spirit: his love of the outdoors, elegant sense of style and gregarious approach to life.

FOUNDER:
Vaughn Brown grew up watching his uncle, Parker Dusseau, touch the lives of everyone he met with his passion for living. After Parker’s passing in 2005, Vaughn sought a way to honor his memory, ultimately develop- ing a line of performance menswear, in 2012.

Let’s Talk About Health: the Public Health Approach to Walking and Biking

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Planning Committee is at it again, this time in partnership with Los Angeles Walks. This month’s event will focus on the connections between active transportation and public health, and how bike and pedestrian advocates can hone their messages, work with allies in the health field and otherwise leverage the recent surge of interest in healthy communities to maximum effect: hope you can make it.

Please join us

Let’s Talk About Health: the Public Health Approach to Walking and Biking
Panelists:
  • Craig MartinezNeighborhoods Program Manager, Healthy California Program, The California Endowment
  • Jean ArmbrusterDirector, PLACE Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Malcolm CarsonGeneral Counsel and Policy Director for Environmental Health, Community Health Councils

When: Thursday, November 21st, 7 PM – 9 PM
Where: Edison Room, LACBC HQ (634 S. Spring Street, LA, 1st Floor)
Free for LACBC (& Local Chapters) members & 2013 LA Walks donors
$10 general admission

Join Facebook event here
Refreshments courtesy of Angel City Brewery

Spread the word!
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Save the Date: LACBC’s next speaker series event November 21st

SAVE THE DATE :

LACBC and LA Walks are delighted to announce the next Speaker Series event here at LACBC Thursday, November 21st, 7 PM – 9 PM

Let’s Talk About Health: the Public Health Approach to Walking and Biking
Panelists:
Craig MartinezNeighborhoods Program Manager, Healthy California Program, The California Endowment
Jean ArmbrusterDirector, PLACE Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Malcolm CarsonGeneral Counsel and Policy Director for Environmental Health, Community Health Councils

Where: Edison Room, LACBC HQ (634 S. Spring Street, LA, 1st Floor)
Free for LACBC members & 2013 LA Walks donors
$10 general admission

Spread the word!

BlueZaPalooza in Hermosa

We wanted to invite you to BlueZaPalooza, an event that Beach Cities Health District and Blue Zones Project are putting on October 12th from 2-6 PM at the Hermosa Beach Community Center. The event includes a TEDX style speaker series featuring Dan Burden, expert on walkability, bikeability, and livable communities, and Dan Buettner, National Geographic explorer who traveled the world identifyingBlue Zones, hotspots for longevity.  In addition to the speaker series, we have an expo area with family-friendly activities, free food, health resources, etc. There will be a parklet, bike corral, bike decoration station, PlaceIt! Exhibit by James Rojas, and other elements similar to the Living Streets LA demonstration at Ciclavia.

October 12th
2-6pm
Hermosa Beach Community Center
$10.00 (see disc code)
Free bike valet

You can type in BZPVIP for 25% off the speaker series fee, making it only $7.50 to get in. And if you ride your bike, it’s free bike valet!

Please distribute the attached flyer freely and invite anyone you think would be interested.

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