Category Archives: bicycles

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 (east 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.

Exhibition UCLA Fowler Museum “Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891″

We are woking on planning a group ride to the exhibitor early 2015.

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Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891—on display at the Fowler Museum from Dec. 14, 2014–Apr. 5, 2015—features forty-two circular black-and-white photographs taken by the cyclists and reproduced from recently scanned negatives held by the UCLA Library Special Collections. The images track a year on the road between Athens, Greece, and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and their accompanying captions are based on Sachtleben’s meticulous notes, written on the envelopes that contained each original negative.

In the summer of 1890, two young Americans, William Sachtleben and Thomas Allen, Jr., set off to circle the globe on new-fangled “safety” bicycles. Three years later, after pedaling some 18,000 miles across three continents, their harrowing tales of adventure made them international celebrities. Their timely championing of the bicycle helped spark the great bike boom of the mid-1890s, which transformed cycling from an elitist, male-dominated pastime into a wildly popular means of recreation and transportation for all. Along the way, Sachtleben and Allen chronicled their adventures with two novel compact Kodak film cameras, heralding a new “democratic” era for photography, as well.

The photographs vividly convey what the two adventurers experienced as they pedaled across barren dirt roads, river crossings, mountain passes, and volcanic terrains, encountering peoples and cultures entirely foreign to them. The scenes of everyday life also reflect how the locals—many of whom had never before seen a Westerner or a bicycle—reacted to them and to the marvelous technologies that were destined to change ancient ways of life.

During their three-year journey, Sachtleben and Allen traversed Europe, Asia, and North America and recorded some 1,200 circular images on 3.5-inch nitrate negatives. Only about a third of the negatives are known to have survived, and these are now part of the Sachtleben Collection kept since 1984 by UCLA Special Collections. The negatives were scanned in 2013—a complicated process, given their fragile and combustible state.

The exhibition features four of the countries Sachtleben and Allen toured in 1891, arranged chronologically: Greece, Turkey, Persia (Iran), and the Russian Empire (Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). Approximately ten images have been selected from each country, and enlarged to 20” in diameter.


Exhibition Credits:
Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891 
is organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA and co-sponsored by the UCLA Library Special Collections. The guest-curator is David V. Herlihy, historian and author of Bicycle: The History and Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance.

Additional Information
The Fowler Museum at UCLA is one of the country’s most respected institutions devoted to exploring the arts and cultures of Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Americas. The Fowler is open Wednesdays through Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m.; and on Thursdays, from noon until 8 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The Fowler Museum, part of UCLA Arts, is located in the north part of the UCLA campus. Admission is free. Parking is available for a maximum of $12 in Lot 4. For more information, the public may call 310 825-4361 or visit fowler.ucla.edu.

Feeder Ride to CicLAvia from Santa Monica, 12/7/2014

This Sunday all new CicLAvia Historic South LA!

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 December 7th. We’ll meet at the top of the Santa Monica Pier at 8:00am and roll out at 8:30am sharp. Ride is aprox 12.2 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!

December 7th, 9am -3pm – Come experience
CicLAvia’s New Route, Historic South LA


Start           Santa Monica Pier, at the Canon
Meet           8:00am   

Roll out      8:30am (sharp)
Route         ROUTE about 12.2 miles
We intend to use the Expo Bike Path and closely the route Expo will soon take into Santa Monica once complete!

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CicLAvia South LA 12:7
Click here to download map

Stuff to bring:

  • helmut (for feeder ride or children under 18)
  • sun screen
  • cash
  • spare tube/ patch kit
  • hydration
  • any special tools your bike requires!
  • SMILES

Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 takes the frwy downtown LA to Santa Monica FAST! 
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)
Metro 720 route DT Santa Monica south, Venice Blvd
Bike Venice Blvd Bike lane to Expo Bike Path west and then south to Leimert Park Hub.  

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