Category Archives: bicycles

Bike Rodeo! Get ready for Bike it Walk it Week at SM Schools!

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Get ready to ride for Bike it Walk it week! and have fun learning and practicing bike handling skills! Helmets required for all riders.
Join the momentum in Santa Monica as we encourage EVERY WEEK to be Bike it Walk it Week!

Saturday, October 4th 
9am – Noon
McKinley Campus, entrance and event Chelsea at Arizona
2401 Santa Monica Blvd

“This training will enable me to have more freedom, power, and less reliance on my parent’s cars, which is very exciting for a young adult.” Naomi, SMASH student

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Preparence para Montar!

Diviertance aprendiendo y demostrando su conocimiento en nuestra pista de obstáculos.
“Este entrenamiento me dara mas libertad, poder, a menos dependencia en el coche de mis padres, lo cual es muy emocionante para un adulto joven.” – Naomi, estuduante de SMASH

Cascos requiridos para todos que montan bicicleta.

Handlebar Happy Hour tonight – Pono Burger

FLASH MOB: Handlebar Happy Hour at PONO BURGER TONIGHT!
9th and Broadway
5:30 until at least 7pm – probably there until 8ish…..

I requested you save the date – we had miscommunication with our collaborators so
I’M CALLIN IT! 

- Just show up and lets enjoy an evening over beverages and snacks and good company!
Log Miles over Smiles in the National Bike Challenge (ends in September 30th!!) ‪#‎NationlBikeChallenge‬ League of American Bicyclists

SEE YOU TONIGHT!!!?

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3 Foot Safe Passing Law goes into effect today, September 16th

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Today, September 16, 2014: Three Feet for Safety Act goes into effect.
The Three Feet for Safety Act legally mandates that motorists give people on bikes at least three feet of space when passing. Existing law requires motorists to pass bicyclists while keeping a “safe distance.” The new law defines “safe distance” as three feet. If enough space is not available, the motorist must slow and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.

One key to making the new law effective is to make sure everyone, specifically the driving public knows about it. LACBC has collaborated with AAAWire Media, and CalBike to create the “I Give 3 Feet” graphic free for use to publicize the new law. This graphic can be downloaded from Wire Media here. We encourage all media outlets (big or small), bicycle groups, and interested parties download and utilize this graphic, along with the associated bullet points about the law.

Key points to include with the Three Foot for Safety Act graphic are:

  • Existing law requires motorists to pass bicyclists while keeping a “safe distance.”
  • This new law defines “safe distance” as at least three feet when passing bicyclists traveling in the same direction. This new law gives an educational tool for motorists. Instead of teaching drivers to give a “safe” amount of space when passing, we teach them to give a specific 3 feet. If they don’t it’s punishable by law.
  • If not enough space is available, the motorist must slow and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.
  • Violators will face a $35 fine, as well as a $220 fine if a collision occurs.
  • Law takes effect September 16, 2014.
  •  It lays the political groundwork for Vulnerable Road User laws, and laws of the like to protect all road users

AAA has printed 10,000 window clings for public distribution utilizing the same graphic. Their roadside assistance will be handing out tip cards with the graphic starting in September. Our partners at CalBike are also offering two sticker designs to help promote the new law. We have a supply of window clings that are available free at any of our local events. LACBC has a supply at the main office downtown LA. If you are interested in a greater supply please contact us. You can request the CalBike stickers and window clings directly from CalBike by following this link: https://calbike.org/bulkgiveme3form

Our work with AAA and CalBike is made possible thanks to the support of LACBC members and donors. Not a member? Become an LACBC member or make a donation today.

UPCOMING EVENTS: LACBC Workshop, Kidical Mass & Tour da Arts v6! Plus Save these Dates!

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Workshop #4 Fundraising 
is scheduled for Thursday, August 21st as part of LACBC’s
Empowering Local Advocates Series.

Join us for the forth workshop of the series –
FUNDRAISING
Please RSVP here
Facebook event here 

DATE:      August 21st 
TIME:      6:30 – 8:00pm
WHERE:  LACBC HQ, 634 Spring Street, Edison Room


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Kidical Mass: Festivities start at 9:00am 

The next Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, August 23rd. We will take a family friendly ride around the Pico Neighborhood, east of Virginia Ave Park along the planned MANGo! Education with Fun & Prizes!

DATE:    SATURDAY August 23rd
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Virginia Ave Park
north side of park along Virginia Ave 

Free: Please RSVP HERE


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SUNDAY, AUG 24, 2014  12PM–5PM iCAL
Tour da Arts, vol. 6 is the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s sixth annual cultural bike tour and EXPO. Enjoy the creative side of bicycle culture beginning at the Bergamot Art Complex EXPO/ Festival that starts at NOON, then on a casual, nine-mile ride filled with art, music, and theater. 


 Save these Dates:

– National Bike Challenge HBHH, last week of August, day tbd
– Sept. 20th, Santa Monica Spoke Local Update & Input Meeting
– STREETSBLOG AND SANTA MONICA NEXT HOST CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM ON 9/22
October 5th CicLAvia & Feeder Ride from Santa Monica
– October 11-12 Team Bike Santa MonicaBike MS Coastal Challenge

3 Foot Law Starts September 16th, help get the word out!

3 FT LAW

One month from today, September 16, 2014 the Three Feet for Safety Act will finally go into effect. The Three Feet for Safety Act legally mandates that motorists give people on bikes at least three feet of space when passing. Existing law requires motorists to pass bicyclists while keeping a “safe distance.” The new law defines “safe distance” as three feet. If enough space is not available, the motorist must slow and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.

One key to making the new law effective is to make sure everyone, specifically the driving public knows about it. LACBC has collaborated with AAAWire Media, and CalBike to create the “I Give 3 Feet” graphic free for use to publicize the new law. This graphic can be downloaded from Wire Media here. We encourage all media outlets (big or small), bicycle groups, and interested parties download and utilize this graphic, along with the associated bullet points about the law.

Key points to include with the Three Foot for Safety Act graphic are:

  • Existing law requires motorists to pass bicyclists while keeping a “safe distance.”
  • This new law defines “safe distance” as at least three feet when passing bicyclists traveling in the same direction. This new law gives an educational tool for motorists. Instead of teaching drivers to give a “safe” amount of space when passing, we teach them to give a specific 3 feet. If they don’t it’s punishable by law.
  • If not enough space is available, the motorist must slow and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.
  • Violators will face a $35 fine, as well as a $220 fine if a collision occurs.
  • Law takes effect September 16, 2014.
  •  It lays the political groundwork for Vulnerable Road User laws, and laws of the like to protect all road users

AAA has printed 10,000 window clings for public distribution utilizing the same graphic. Their roadside assistance will be handing out tip cards with the graphic starting in September. Our partners at CalBike are also offering two sticker designs to help promote the new law. We have a supply of window clings that are available free at any of our local events. LACBC has a supply at the main office downtown LA. If you are interested in a greater supply please contact us. You can request the CalBike stickers and window clings directly from CalBike by following this link: https://calbike.org/bulkgiveme3form

Our work with AAA and CalBike is made possible thanks to the support of LACBC members and donors. Not a member? Become an LACBC member or make a donation today.

5 Directions of BIKE TALK: Live Podcast

Cynthia Rose joins the discussion with Bike Talk hosts Nick Richert  this Friday at the HUB

“5 directions of Bike Talk – LA Leaders Recorded Session at Levi’s Commuter Space”levis communter space- Insightful interviews with progressive thoughtful leaders, advocates and journalists in LA’s bicycling and sustainable urbanism movement on how we can all participate in successfully growing LA’s blooming bike culture.
Livestream on killradio.org for this live Bike Talk recorded session to be streaming here: http://216.240.146.66:8030/
but it may also be on killradio.org

Please see full program with latest updates here. As I understand there are possibly two similar programs happening in the space Friday? – this describes both)

Safe to say I think we can expect a great program! To attend RSVP required.
Levi’s® Commuter Workspace, please visit levis-commuter.com.

 

Empowering Local Advocates: LACBC Workshop Series, Fundraising

Workshop #4 Fundraising is scheduled for Thursday, August 21st as part of LACBC’s Empowering Local Advocates Series. These workshops are designed to empower YOU –  to give us all the tools we need to be stronger advocates and to help fund our mission locally and regionally for LACBC and the Local Chapters! Please joining us on the next segment of Empowering Local Advocates workshop series. Santa Monica Spoke / LACBC is a non-profit organization that relies on raising money to help fund the advocacy we do. We will learn ways to organize local fundraisers and build the support we need to grow. The strongest partnerships can be made by people like you that already have connections. We will learn how to build off of that and fundraise for the cause!

Join us for the fourth workshop of the series –
FUNDRAISING
Please RSVP here
Facebook event here 

DATE:      August 21st 
TIME:      6:30 – 8:00pm
WHERE:  LACBC HQ, 634 Spring Street, Edison Room 

Mingle with bike ambassadors from throughout the city, local chapters, and other passionate volunteers. Hope to see you there!

We have grown as an organization to more than 11 Local Chapters throughout the County of Los Angeles with more in the pipeline and 5 Bike Ambassador programs in City of LA. With so much going on, LACBC HQ wants to help empower YOU to help advocate in our local communities.

Help us extend our reach in a county of 10 million people. Learn how to engage interested stakeholders. HELP US SPREAD THE LOVE OF BIKING AND BIKE CULTURE IN OUR CITY and help us as an organization extend our reach, and grow our membership!

Outreach – March 20th Powerpoint Presentation
Membership – April 29th Powerpoint Presentation - Notes
Winning Campaigns Training – May 31st Stair speech exercise
Ride Marshal Training, July 12th 

3 Foot Law Officially Starts September

TOGETHER: LET’S GET THE WORD OUT!

3 FT LAW

In September 2014 the “Three Feet for Safety” law will go into effect in California. It requires that motorists provide at least three feet of space between their vehicle and a bicyclist, when passing. This is thanks in part to the ongoing efforts of organizations like the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike), and AAA to improve the safety of streets for cyclists as well as driver awareness of the rights and regulations relating to bicyclists.

Good start at Metro LA: Call for Active Transportation Finance Strategy

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Yeah LA, we made a statement today!

Continue the conversation with your photos, posts and tweets ‪#‎MetroFundBikeWalk‬
See more here

Safe Routes To School National Partnership CA and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition have been leading the broad coalition of engaged advocates urging Metro investment in active transportation of walking and biking. We give a HUGE thanks to the crowd from all over LA County and the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative Partners that attended Metro’s Policy and Programming Committee today. We were heard – undeniable support for a commitment to an active transportation strategy! We give a nod and thanks to the leadership of Metro Directors: Mike Bonin, Pam O’Connor, John Fasana and Mark Ridley Thomas. We now look forward to next Thursday, July 24th when the Metro Board will consider adoption of the motion proposed to:

1. Develop an Active Transportation Finance Strategy for Los Angeles County by January 2015 that:

    • Defines performance metrics to measure improvements for walking and biking, including: access to walking and biking infrastructure, access to education and encouragement programs, rates of Metro customers walking and biking to transit, collision and injury/fatality rates and greenhouse gas reductions from active transportation
    • Sets benchmarks based on the developed performance metrics and identifies what level of annual investment is necessary to meet those goals
    • Inventories available funding sources to meet the investment need
    • Recommends possible changes to Metro, state, and federal policies to increase access to existing funding sources if the need exceeds available funding, including but not limited to an analysis of the funding priorities of Metro’s Call for Projects and the state Active Transportation Program.

2. Report back in October on what steps are necessary to incorporate walking and biking in Metro’s travel demand model, with an assessment of best practices by other regional transportation agencies for accounting for active transportation with interim off-model approaches, and expanding data sets to include all trips not just commute data.
See the full motion here.

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from leadership at Safe Routes to School National Partnership, California

Save the Date: August 24th, SMMoA Tour da Arts, vol. 6

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Beat the pump, cycle the town, and enjoy Santa Monica’s sights and sounds with Tour da Arts, vol. 6. The Santa Monica Museum of Art’s sixth annual event takes you on a ride filled with music, dance, and art.
See Program for Tour da Arts, vol 5

The free all-day event offers art, music, performances, and sustainable transportation advocacy. Tour da Arts begins with a bicycle-themed festival at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Then, the ride takes off for a nine-mile loop with stops at John Adams Middle School for a screening and performance with artist Miwa Matreyek; the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club for interactive music with Anna Oxygen; and back to the Museum for a theater performance of Bike Odyssey LA.

Registration is required and opens July 24. We will remind you!
Admission is FREE and open to all ages.

Santa Monica Spoke again joins our local and region partners: Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.); City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department, City of Santa Monica Transportation and Planning Department, GoMetro LA, Whole Foods, Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, and many more!

Featured exhibitions at SMMoA:
Robert Swain: The Form of Color
Nonfictions: Jeremiah Day / Simone Forti / Fred Dewey