Category Archives: bicycles

LA River Ride: Registration and Packet Pick-up

The 15th Annual River Ride benefiting
the LA County Bicycle Coalition is just around the corner!
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Avoid lines at the event, register and pick up your bib (registration ID) at Performance Bicycle and Incycle this Saturday! Pick up your bib at Performance Bicycle and get PRIZES and 10% off all products! All participants who pick up their packet this Saturday will receive a water bottle, bike bell and goo packet!

Performance Bicycle  is offering a free bike inspection (not full tune-up) for all registered River Riders for FREE until June 27th!
See our event post here

Saturday, June 2010 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– Performance Bicycle Santa Monica – 1314 Wilshire Blvd (Santa Monca Spoke) 
– Performance Bicycle Woodland Hills – 6400 Owensmouth Ave

Sunday, June 2110 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– Performance Bicycle Long Beach – 7611 East Carson St, Long Beach Towne Center
– Incycle Pasadena – 175 S Fair Oaks Ave

If you haven’t registered yet, register 15th LA River Ride by this Thursday or at the Santa Monica Performance Bicycle packet pick up! If you are a Santa Monica Spoke member, use a discount code SMSPOKE for $10 discount, become/renew your membership for $25 ($35 regular) and get member discount for your register and support our work to make Santa Monica a better place to live, walk, bike, work and play.!

We are also still looking for volunteers for LA River Ride at June 28!
All volunteers will get a free t-shirt, be entered to win a bicycle donated by DTLA Bike, and invited to the Volunteer Thank You party!!
Pit stop volunteers
 get a lunch and ONE FREE registration for LA River Ride 2016!

Sign up HERE!

Santa Monica Festival, May 9th starts Bike Week!

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Santa Monica Festival kicks of Bike Week for us here in Santa Monica as it celebrates its 24th year at Clover Park Saturday, May 9th from 11am to 6pm.  The Santa Monica 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. The free festival is an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to come together to connect, create, and celebrate Santa Monica.
Check our Calendar for more upcoming events for Bike Week, BTWD, and so much more added all the time! 

We celebrate this year with an even bigger expanded FAMILY BIKE HUB!
Bikes again play a large roll in the festivities. Santa Monica Spoke is again excited to be participating by putting on our 5th Bike Exhibition, a Youth Skills Course / Bike Rodeo and Bike Demos in the ever expanding BIKE ZONE / Family Bike Hub supported by the City of Santa Monica Planning and Community Development Dept and Safe Routes to School.

The Bike Exhibition demonstrates the wonderful versatility of the bicycle and how it can enhance our lives as a healthy, sustainable part of our city and the environment.  We demonstrate the adaptability of bicycles and how bicycles can be more than just for pleasure – they can get us to work or school, go shopping, get groceries, run errands, and take us on terrific adventures from cruising in the sun to bike touring destinations near and far.

We will have a large variety of bicycles on display from standard cruisers, mountain bikes and road bikes to the increasingly popular cargo bikes and folding bikes.  We will have trailers for hauling all kinds of cargo from your children and pets to trips to your local farmers market, weekly groceries and weekend shopping sprees.  We will also have some nice vintage bikes on display as well, still ready for daily use.
Volunteers needed – email volunteer@SMSpoke.org
Bikes on display are courtesy of Santa Monica Spoke community, and with generous help from our local bike shops.
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Youth Skills Course – Bike Rodeo NOON to 4pm will offer a fun training and skills course for children to learn or improve their riding skills and learn safety precautions. Adults can get instruction, safety tips and learn their rights and responsibilities of smart cycling.

Activities will include helmet decorating, Bike Safety check and bike maintenance workshops with Bikerowave, & REI, Photo Wall , FUN PRIZES AND MORE!

Ride your bike to the festival, Free Bike Valet will be provided by the City of Santa Monica.
Free rides on the Big Blue Bus (line #8 only) will be offered to festival participants. Click to print coupon. Also, Santa Monica Free Ride will offer free shuttle service between Main St. at Ocean Park Blvd. and the Festival. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

We look forward to you visiting our Exhibition and talking with you about bicycling in Santa Monica and the City’s progress on the Bike Action Plan.

The Festival:      Website      On Facebook      Facebook Event       twitter @santamonicafestival

The 24rd annual Santa Monica Festival is presented by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division and Office of Sustainability and the Environment, and is produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS). The festival is free and open to all ages. See you on May 9th!

Each year since 1992, Community Arts Resources, (CARS) who also has produced this event that has grown into Santa Monica’s largest celebration of its civic identity. The Santa Monica Festival expresses the city’s persona through a two-pronged approach: culture and the environment. Now one of the greenest festivals in the Los Angeles area, the event employs solar-powered stages, carbon offsets, waste diversion and product replacement to be as sustainable as possible. The festival, located in Clover Park since 1994, also celebrates the amazing diversity of Santa Monica through programming on two stages, a Town Square of local non-profits and government agencies, a Global Café, and a Marketplace of diverse vendors. The festival is presented by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division as well as the City’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

SANTA MONICA, CA (APRIL 10, 2011) – Commemorating its twentieth year (in 2011), the Santa Monica Festival has evolved into a celebration of the unique intersection of art and the environment.  Festival-goers can celebrate Mother Earth and all moms this Mother’s Day weekend with an eclectic mix of live music and dance, DIY art workshops utilizing recycled and repurposed materials, guilt-free shopping from vendors featuring earth-friendly artistic wares and local resources offered by a variety of City and local non-profit organizations.

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

Bike License Plates in California? – Yes Please :)

The California Bicycle Coalition is pursuing a bicycle-oriented special interest license plate program for motor vehicles in California. License plate programs can make millions of dollars for programs that can help get thousands more people to ride bikes in many states around the country, but we haven’t tried to win one in California yet. We need your help figuring out what the most appealing program is. Will you take this brief survey and let us know what you think people would like most?

Imagine something like this (but a different logo/picture on the left, and a slogan chosen by you) on tens of thousands of cars across California:


Please help us set the vision for the program, and create a popular design, by filling out our survey at calbike.org/licenseplate. Help us get a sense of how many interested Californians will chip in and pre-order a bicycle-themed specialty license plate to get this program off the ground.

TAKE THE SURVEY

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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Action Alert: Support Roll-On Access on Amtrak

Acton Alert: The League of American Bicyclist
Bike League Action

Support Roll-On Access on Amtrak

TODAY the U.S. House of Representatives is voting on an amendment to standardize roll-on service for bicycles, wheelchairs and other devices used for transportation by people with disabilities.

Please act now: Ask your Representative to support the Lipinski Amendment to standardize bicycle roll-on service at Amtrak stations.

Demand for multi-modal transportation options, including the increasingly popular combination of bikes with buses and trains, is growing across the country. Currently, only a handful of Amtrak stations and train services allow convenient roll-on access, and where they do, the service is popular and well-used. The Lipinski Amendment would require Amtrak to report to Congress on what standardized roll-on service would look like and what it would take to get there.

A number of bicycling organizations have been working with Amtrak to improve roll on service. Offering the service will make Amtrak more accessible, increase ridership and give riders more transportation options once they get to their destination.

Click here to take action!

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 (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 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.

A View in the Rear View Mirror, Santa Monica Spoke

At this year’s LACBC Holiday Open House we had a slide show instead of the vision boards we assembled last year. LACBC and each Local Chapter contributed slides from this year along with a few of our favorite images. Each chapter was asked to contribute 5 slides.

Our 5 slides from the LACBC Open House Slide Show.

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top: Community event SMMoA, right: Community Meeting with city staff & SMPD, bottom: Walk & Bike Audit gathering input for MANGo
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Youth Bike Skills Festival at Mc Kinnley for Bike it Walk it Week
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top: LACBC Sunday Funday Santa Monica up PCH to meet CalBike Surf & Turf Tour, right: Road side assistance at Tour da Arts Bike Event, bottom: Santa Monica Festival at Clover Park
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top: new bike corrals on Main Street, right: Santa Monica’s first greet lanes on Ocean Park Blvd, bottom: Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community national designation by League of American Bicyclist
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Kidical Mass is more than just a bike ride. A city that seeks to build safer streets to encourage families on bikes is safer for all road users.