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Better Bikeways for California

imageIt’s Monday morning and if you’re anything like me, you’re back at work with a list of to-dos to tackle. We have one more very important, yet fun item to add to your list: register for the California Dream Ride.

The California Dream Ride is a scenic, relaxed 285 mile ride from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles October 3rd to 8th. The ride will take you along quiet beach bike paths, skyline ridge roads, and scenic canyons. You’ll make new friends, eat amazing food, and see a whole new side of California.

Half off registration through Saturday, August 20th.

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But don’t delay, spaces are limited!

August “Go Public” Ice Cream Ride

Go Public Ice Cream Ride

August “Go PUBLIC” bike ride is here!
On August 27th, I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!!!

It’s been very HOT recently so we thought what better way to cool off than to go on an ice cream bike ride. We will be stopping at THREE different creameries, each with their own unique spin on everyone’s favorite frozen treat (non-dairy friendly!).

Our first stop will be the Santa Monica staple, Sweet Rose Creamery, located on Pico Blvd. Small batch ice cream made daily with locally sourced ingredients! They also have incredible coffee too. Read more about them here: https://sweetrosecreamery.com/

Our second stop will be the Portland transplant, Salt & Straw Ice Cream! Now open in Venice, located on Abbot Kinney. Salt & Straw features ice cream flavors you never knew were possible and it also showcases a slew of specialty flavors that change every month which are co-created and inspired by local chef’s, restuarants and establishments. Learn more about Salt & Straw here: http://saltandstraw.com/

Our third and final stop will be our fellow neighbors’ down the street, Kippy’s Ice Cream Shop! Kippy’s is unique in that it specializes in organic, non-dairy ice cream; healthy and delicious. Their ice cream is made by hand, daily using fresh raw coconut sweetened with honey. Yum! Check them out here: http://www.kippysicecream.com/

This will be a 5 mile ride round-trip through the streets and neighborhoods of Santa Monica and Venice. Family friendly and fun for all ages (youngsters + toddlers recommended to ride with a parent). The ride will start and end at the PUBLIC Bikes Santa Monica store location.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike) OR hop on a Breeze bike on Ashland Ave, one block from the PUBLIC Bikes store, OR rent a bike with the Santa Monica Bike Center and receive 20% when you mention our bike ride!

Facebook event HERE

Service Alert: Twilight Concert BBB Detours in Downtown SM

Free Bike Valet at Pier Concerts and Virtual Breeze Hub!

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Twilight Concert Detours Begin this Evening at 5:00pm

The Twilight Concert Series is back this week at the Santa Monica Pier. This highly popular concert series means thousands of concert goers descending on Santa Monica this evening.

In order to keep service moving throughout the system, Routes 2, 3, Rapid 3, 5, 7, Rapid 7, 8 and 9 will be on detour this evening from 5pm until approximately 9pm. Please allow extra time for all your trips.

Major highlights include:
  • Routes 2 and 9 will begin/end service on Arizona Ave. and 5th St.
  • Route 7 and Rapid 7 will begin/end service on Broadway and 6th St.
  • Route 8 will not serve Ocean Ave. between Pico Blvd. and Broadway, northbound and southbound buses will travel along 4th St. instead.
  • Big Blue Bus will offer a complimentary shuttle along 4th St. for Routes 2, 3, Rapid 3 and 9 customers traveling on northbound and southbound 4th St. to keep you moving through Downtown Santa Monica.

For more details, including stop closures and alternate boarding locations, click here.

Please note that real-time information systems may be subject to inaccuracies due to heavy traffic and planned detours.

 

POSTPONTED Tour de Laemmle 2016

Tour de Laemmle 2016

POSTPONED DUE TO AIR QUALITY / FIRE
New Date announced soon

UPDATE: Tour de Laemmle Cancellation Consolation Ride July 24th


Start your cranks – Tour de Laemmle returns Sunday, July 24, 2016!

This year, they’ll begin and end at Laemmle’s completely revamped Monica Film Center on 2nd Street in Santa Monica, including a post-ride bash upstairs in the theater’s swanky new mezzanine lounge.  Plus, those who complete all 125+ miles will receive a free pair of official Tour de Laemmle cycling socks!

If you joined them last year, the route will be familiar. However, they’ve made several enhancements including more time on bike paths and lanes. Stay tuned for the official route sheet, but in the meantime, check out the highlights and points of interest.  There’s loads to see along the way, including a cornucopia of good eats!

Laemmle’s involvement with cycling events such as CicLAvia and Climate Ride stems not just from our love of the sport, but as a way to encourage alternative transportation and inspire creative thinking about our traffic and environmental challenges. In 2014, Greg stepped up to the plate by creating their own event, the TOUR DE LAEMMLE, a 125-mile bicycle tour of all their theaters led by their own GREG LAEMMLE.

As an avid cyclist and sustainability advocate, Greg had always dreamed of traveling to each of his venues by bike in a single day.  After researching the route, he soon recognized the cultural and historical import of many of the roads, pathways, and landmarks he discovered along the way.  Realizing the potential value extended far beyond his original vision, he opened up the ride and invited the community to join him “on a 2-wheeled tour of L.A.’s richly diverse neighborhoods.”

As in past years, this 3rd edition of the tour is FREE to all participants. Riders may join Greg for the entire route, which starts at the MONICA FILM CENTER in Santa Monica at 7am, or for one or more of the ensuing legs. The full circuit (which returns to Santa Monica in the early evening) will cover 125+ miles throughout the L.A. region.

Departing at 7:00am from the Monica Film Center, they’ll visit the following venues in succession:

  • Monica Film Center (Santa Monica)
  • Music Hall (Beverly Hills)
  • Ahrya Fine Arts (Beverly Hills)
  • Claremont 5
  • Playhouse 7 (Pasadena)
  • Glendale 5 (under construction)
  • NoHo 7 (North Hollywood)
  • Town Center (Encino)
  • Back to the Monica Film Center around 6 PM (phew!)

BIKEROWAVE POTLUCK & MOVIE NIGHT!

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Looking for something fun and bikey?!

Join our Local Bike Coop Bikerowave for a Potluck & Movie Night.
SATURDAY June 25th, 7-10pm at The BIKEROWAVE
details here

Bring a dish or a drinks to share.
Please, bring your own mess kit.

  • [bring something delicious]
  • [or bring something to BBQ]
  • [bring a bowl n spoon]
  • [BYOB]
  • This is a zero waste event

There will be a musical guest! The incredibly talented Olivia Lynn (Olive Mugalian) will delight with her music.

Dinner, Bikes & Cupcakes days away!

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 12.12.54 AMWe are so excited to host Elly, Joshua and Joe for Dinner, Bikes & Cupcakes 2016 Tour! We are planning a ZERO WASTE EVENT with some great sponsors and cool prizes!

We have some REALLY COOL STUFF planned! 
We’ll give you a preview early next week..
More Info and to register see the event HERE
Check out the tour in 
this video

To volunteer for this event email: Volunteer@SMSpoke.org

• ZERO WASTE EVENT, RSVP and get a folding stainless steel SPORK!*
• VEGAN CUPCAKES* by Cynthia Rose
• Commemorative Pint Glasses!* and beer from FIRESTONE BREWING
• RAFFLES: Win one of two CRUISER BIKES & more cool stuff added daily!
*while supply lasts

You’ll be treated to chef Joshua Ploeg’s seven-course gourmet buffet spread. Elly Blue and Joe Biel co-present a new interactive discussion and presentation that includes eight short films about groundswell movements where people have demanded better neighborhood conditions and successfully implemented them. Throughout the evening there are plenty of opportunities for discussion, questions, and browsing the Microcosm pop-up book and t-shirt store.

See the Event for all the latest details HERE!

Expo II: Let’s go Multi-Modal with the Whole Family

 

Sunday May 22nd: Let’s go Multi-Modal on a special Expo II Adventure with the Whole Family.

Expo Line Opens to Santa Monica on May 20th. Join us for an family Friendly adventure for the whole family on Sunday!
With funding from our partners at Metro lets take a ride on Expo, Kids Bikes and All!
We start at 17th Expo Station take a short ride on the Expo II Bike Path and then jump on Expo to Exposition Park for a short ride around the Rose Garden, then back to Santa Monica. Fun for the whole family.

Start time planned for 10am,
Receive a FREE Expo II Commemorative t-shirt when you pre-register.
One for each child plus One adult shirt per family., while supplies last!

Registration limited please RSVP today. For registration form and any FINAL UPDATES please visit the event page HERE

Bike Week LA in Santa Monica: Monday, May 16th

3rd Annual Bike Week Meatless Monday Fundraiser at the Veggie Grill SM,
Go anytime during the day – or Ride with us to Dinner & Beverages!
ALL DAY: Veggie Grill Donates 33% of receipts* when you mention SANTA MONICA SPOKE when ordering!!

logoEat anytime during the day Monday the 19th 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 33% of all receipts* when customers mention Santa Monica Spoke all day!
We’ll also be there to help you join the Nation Bike Challenge or log your miles!

FEEDER RIDE; We’ll meet at 5:30 and roll out at 6pm from 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!

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

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Show the flyer or mention us when you order!

*33% of receipts is calculated before tax

Bike Week LA: Friday May 20th

Expo More to Explore

Expo II Opening Ceremony &
Expo II Station Celebrations

More Buy Local Expo Line Celebrations & Special Offers

Info posted as it is confirmed also see smgov.net/expo
Ride Expo for FREE today and tomorrow!
More celebrating with Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

An opening ceremony hosted by Metro will kick off service on the Expo Line, which is the first scheduled passenger train in Santa Monica since the Red Car ended service in 1948. There will be a banner break just east of the Downtown Station located at Colorado and 4th Street. Elected officials from Los Angeles, Metro, Expo and Santa Monica will converge to officially open the seven stations that are part of the Expo Line Phase 2 extension. The line is expected to be open to the public in the afternoon and rides will be free.
For more information about opening weekend check back here or go to  metro.net/moreexpo

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Bike to the Movies and the NEW Laemmle Monica Film Center! Specials!

slide21Bike to the Movies / Date Night (no date required) at the Laemmle Monica Film Center.

Discount tickets with your choice of movie.
Reception in the mezzanine from 6:00 to 7:30pm. $3 beer and wine – discounts on some food items more perks being planned.
Group Ride from 4th Street Expo Station (see below) 

To order tickets in advance go to Laemmle Monica Film Center

  • Select Friday May 20th
  • For either or these movies – title/time
    The Meddler (7:40pm)
    Eva Hesse (7:10pm)
  • Enter Pomo Code SMSpoke, your ticket will be $6.00
  • Concession discount – Popcorn & Soda combo = Small Popcorn & Fountain Drink $5
    ($3 off our regular prices)

Laemmle Eva Hesse Movie

Just Opened
EVA HESSE

Eva Hesse (1936-1970) was one of America’s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dead from a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, was dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization. EVA HESSE, the first feature-length appreciation of her life and work, makes superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals, her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and contemporary as well as archival interviews with fellow artists (among them Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, Dan Graham) who recall her passionate, ambitious, tenacious personality. Art critic Arthur Danto has written that her work is “full of life, of eros, even of comedy…each piece vibrates with originality and mischief.” The documentary captures these qualities, but also the psychic struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the 1960s, was one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously in a field dominated by male pop artists and minimalists.

Rated NR
Genre: Bio-pic, Documentary, History
Runtime: 108 min
Language: English

Director: Marcie Begleiter
Cast: Bob Balaban (voice), Selma Blair (voice) Patrick Kennedy (voice)

For more info or to buy tickets to this movie click here, select 7:10pm and enter code SMSpoke 


Laemmle The Meddler Movie
THE MEDDLER

With a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori, a successful (but still single) screenwriter, and smother her with motherly love. But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits, and conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of others – as well as her own – and find a new purpose in life

Rated PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 100 min
Language: English

Director: Lorene Scafaria
Cast: J.K. Simmons, Rose Byrne, Susan Sarandon

For more info or to buy tickets to this movie click here,
select 7:40pm at Monica Film Center and enter code SMSpoke


Group ride from the 4/5th Street Expo Station (meet near bike lockers/racks on Colorado) and ride to the movies at Laemmle Monica Theater. We will be there at 5:15 and roll out at 5:45 to the theater.
Click here: RSVP@SMSpoke.org

Celebrate with Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

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

Bike Week LA: Wednesday May 18th

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!

Guided Santa Monica City Bike Tour: MANGo, Bike Lanes and More!
Handlebar Happy Hour… 

City Hall Green Lanes
Hard to believe it was three 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 as we continue our quest for GOLD, join us on a Guided City Tour of some of our newest bike lanes, infrastructure and MANGo. We will start with a visit to the nearly complete Esplanade with our DTSM protected 2 way cycle track and the Expo II 4th Street Station. Give input, ask questions hear about what’s up next –

We are confirming a venue for a Handlebar Happy Hour after our ride!

The ride begins in front of Santa Monica City, 1685 Main Street at 5:00pm

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