Category Archives: Bike Action Plan

Santa Monica’s Savvy Multimodalism Shows Moxie

Great video of our fair city!

Shot before Expo Light Rail Line arrived – this is a great look at the steps City of Santa Monica  has taken to move us toward a safer, more active, healthy and sustainable community that serves it’s residents and welcomes visitors. If you haven’t been here lately – COME VISIT US!

Lots of events this week and beyond –

Wednesday- Free Screening: Carless in LA, one woman care free trek through Los Angeles
Thursday- HandleBar Happy Hour at Upper West
check SMSpoke.org/events
Now with Expo it is even easier to get west – don’t miss Coast – Santa Monica’s Open Streets Event

From  STREETFILMS

“Santa Monica certainly has a wave of transportation wonders taking flight. Like many cities they seem to be trying out a heaping of everything: bike share, a mix of bike lane treatments, a new rail line, neighborhood greenways, a pedestrian action plan (incorporating Vision Zero), a new people-friendly promenade/protected cycletrack where the Expo line terminates and of course they always have the hard-to-miss Big Blue Bus!

Just in the last six months they have launched both Breeze bike share and opened the Expo rail line to downtown Los Angeles which cuts travel times from an hour and a half by bus to 50 minutes. (Personal note: after spending the day shooting this story I endured a 2 hour and 15 minute bus ride back to L.A.’s Union Station. So at rush hour it can be even more tortuous than that!) The Breeze bike share was my first experience with the smart bike program and it was easy to use and comfortable.

So come see just some of the many options the city has employed to make getting around as easy as possible whatever mode you choose. Thanks much to the wonderful Cynthia Rose from Santa Monica Spoke who made my first visit there a joy by giving me the grand tour.”

Thank you Clarence!

Bike Month Proclamation Santa Monica City Council

The City of Santa Monica will be formally recognizing May as National Bike Month at our next City Council meeting Tuesay May 10th at City Hall

As a Silver Level Bike Friendly Community, this is positive reminder of the important contribution that biking holds for mobility, sustainablilty and the health and well being of our city, its residents and visitors.
We would love for you to join us for the presentation 6:30pm Tuesday at City Hall.

Join us at City Hall to receive the proclamation!
2nd Floor Council Chambers at 6:30pm
event here  on facebook here

City Hall Green Lanes

Breeze SM Community Bike Routes & Expo II Bike Path Tour

Breeze membershipStart Bike Week with a Bike Tour on Breeze Bike Share!
We’ll explore Expo II Bike Path.
Sunday, May 15th, 10am – noon

Breeze SM Community Ride is a monthly group ride for current and prospective Breeze members. The ride meets at 10 at Expo 17th Street Breeze Station. This week we’ll explore the Santa Monica’s bike infrastructure as we point our local bike friendly businesses and attractions. Additionally, we’ll learn helpful tips on how to better use
the Breeze bike share system, including checking out, locking, flexibility of “out of station” and “hold” features, multiple bike check out on one account, and Rules of the Road

Ride Breeze Bike Share or ride your own bike – all are welcome!
It promises to be a day of exploration and fun!

On the ride you’ll experience some of Santa Monica amazing bike infrastructure. Surely to be a day of fun and excitement.

Participants’ ride time will be credited FOR THREE HOURS and first time participants can receive a FREE helmet. You must be 16* or over to participate (*under 18 must accompanied by parent or guardian and wear a helmet).

Registration is FREE but required — Please click here to RSVP today!

May: National Bike Month, National Bike Challenge & More!

MAY: NATIONAL BIKE MONTH IS HERE!!!

TheLEAGUE-BikeMonthMay is 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.bike_month_250x250

Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.

Each year the number and diversity of Bike Month celebrations continues to grow, accelerating the momentum around bicycling nationwide.

Join us for the National Bike Challenge 

The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists — and encouraging countless new riders. In its simplest form it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues and the greater community to ride more. Users compete on a local, state and national level. The year the Challenge aims to unite 75,000 riders to pedal 35 million miles from May 1, 2015 until September 30, 2015. Now in its fourth year, the Challenge is a successful partnership between the PeopleForBikes and Kimberly-Clark’s Scott Natural Brand.

PeopleForBikes owns, operates, and maintains the National Bike Challenge website. PeopleForBikes mission is to making bicycling better for everyone by uniting millions of riders, thousands of businesses and hundreds of communities..

Join the Challenge and ride for team Bike Santa Monica!NBClogo-SCREEN

After you sign up for the National Bike Challenge. and create your account – join team Bike Santa Monica!

The National Bike Challenge officially starts May 1st. We are already warming up in April – don’t wait join now! This year there are 4 apps you can choose from to record your participation. Visit the app gallery here. IT”S EASY!

May 4th: National Walk Bike to School Day
& Bike it Walk it Week Santa Monica

Bike Walk to School

The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia joined together to encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school.

The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October. Many communities and schools have been holding spring walk and bicycle to school events for years. National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the energy of National Bike Month.

Bike it Walk it Week Santa Monica, May 2nd -6th

Santa Monica and Malibu schools celebrate Bike it Walk it Bus it Week May 2nd-6thth. Join the fun by contacting SRTS Coordinator Cory Keen, your PTA President or the Bike it Walk it Bus it coordinator at your school to find out about how you can participate.

SMMUSD Bike it Walk it

  • Lincoln Middle School: May 4th
  • Franklin Elementary: May 5th
  • Will Rogers Learning Community: April 29th
  • Edison Language Academy: May 4th
  • Grant Elementary: May 5h 
  • John Muir Elementary: May 5th
  • SMASH: May 5th
  • McKinley Elementary: May 4th – 6th
  • Roosevelt Elementary: May 3rd
  • John Adams Middle School: May 5th
  • Samohi: May 18th

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Bike Week / Month 2016

Bike Week LA 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. Check Metro website for events all over LA.  In Santa Monica we have you covered, to get connected in your area look up LACBC, or your areas LACBC Local Chapter.

Santa Monica Spoke we will again participate and host rides and events through out the week! More info on these rides and events is coming soon Check out our Event Calendar for the latest. Here is an overview of Metro Events some of what we have planned locally to get you excited!
More are being added – check calendar for updates! 

  • Nation Bike Challenge Begins. Log miles over smiles from May 1st to September 30th. Join Team Bike Santa Monica in this National Competition. More info online.
  • Sunday, May 1st – Gear Up! as we launch Bike Month! Get ready to ride, learn to pedal safely, and win free stuff! 11am-2pm McKinley School, 2401 Santa Monica Blvd
  • May 2nd – 6th – Bike it! Walk it! Bus it! to School – SMMUSD. For more information contact Cory.Keen@smgov.net
  • Sunday, May 1st – Adult Learn to Ride bike class. For more info and to sign up visit smbikecenter.com/services/bike-classes/
  • Every Wednesday Camp Coffee, #CoffeeOutside at Ballona Creek 7:00-8:00am. Bring your camp brew kit or ready made, It’s a great way to start your day. On the jetty at the end of Ballona Creek Bike Path past the bike bridge.
  • Wednesdays in May Bike Maintenance Workshop – 4 part series, Santa Monica Bike Center , more info visit smbikecenter.com/services/repair/
  • Every Thursday in May Handlebar Happy Hour – Celebrate all things bike as we explore our Santa Monica Buy Local, Bike Local business. This month we visit the Most Loved SM Happy Hour Finalists. Areal, The Craftsman, Rusty’s and Upper West.
  • Sunday, May 8th LA Bike Festival: Grand Park, Downton Los Angeles
    CycloFemme Rides
  • Thursday, May 12th, BREEZE BIKE SHARE Handlebar Happy Hour 6 Month Anniversary Celebration at The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen
  • Friday, May 13th Big Blue Bus Buy One Get One stock up on your BBB fare!
  • Saturday, May 14th Expo II Bike Path Ride info as confirmed at SMSpoke.org
  • Sunday, May 15th CicLAvia Southeast Cities 9am-4pm ciclavia.org

Bike LOCAL WEEK Santa Monica 

  • Sunday, May 15 – Breeze Bike Share Community Ride & Bike Route Tour 10am – noon, meet at 17th Street Expo station.
  • Meatless Monday, May 16 – Ride & Fundraiser to the Veggie Grill We meet at Colorado Center Park at 5:30 to ride (or meet us) at Veggie Grill, 2025 Wilshire blvd
  • Tuesday, May 17th Ladies Choice Women and Biking discussions over morning coffee at Sidecar Donuts  — 7:30am to 9am, 631 Wilshire Blvd, SM
    12th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles
  • Wednesday, May 18th Special Edition Bike Week Camp Coffee #CoffeeOutside at Ballona Creek 7:00-8:00am. Bring your camp brew kit or ready made, It’s a great way to start your day. On the jetty at the end of Ballona Creek Bike Path past the bridge.
    Guided SM City Bike Tour. We’ll check out the new Esplanade & cycle track, then ride some of the great bike facilities that earned Santa Monica its Silver Level Bike Friendly City Designation. We ride to a bonus Handlebar Happy Hour, location tbd
  • Thursday, May 19th is Bike to Work Day! Sponsored by Metro Visit our website for a full list of Santa Monica pit stop locations. We will be at City Hall as well as several other locations.
    Bike From Work Handlebar Happy Hour: TWO in Santa Monica! We will be at Areal 2820 Main Street Main St and Public Bikes 2714 Main St is hosting a Bike From Work Handlebar Happy Hour that benefits Santa Monica Spoke. WOOT!! So FUN and so close – you can do BOTH!
    People on bikes Ride Metro and Big Blue Bus for Free today!
    Visit metro.net/bikes/bike-month/ for Bike events all over LA County
    Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share Thursday May 19 to Saturday May 21
  • Friday, May 20th Opening Expo II light rail line and Expo II Bike Path. Festivities are scheduled for noon at 4th Street Terminus station – smgov.net/expo
    Expo Trains are FREE Friday & Saturday, May 20th & 21st
    Bike to the Movies / Date Night at the Laemmle Theater. Meet at the 4th Street Expo Station and ride to the movies at Laemmle Monica Theater. Time tbd
  • Saturday May 21st Expo II Station Parties. Visit all three stations, each is themed differently – we plan to be at all three stations. This historic event is one not to be missed. 10am-4pm all stations.
  • Sunday, May 22nd Santa Monica Spoke Family Bikes on Expo Tour. Let’s go multi-modal with the whole family. 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, final details posted to the website soon.
    Bike + Train Tour SM Learn to connect bikes to transit with PUBLIC Bikes & Sustainable Streets, free Breeze ride and tap card! 10am- 4pm meet at 2714 Main St.
    Intermediate Learn to Ride bike class. For more info and to sign up visit smbikecenter.com/services/bike-classes/

Close out Bike Month with Bike Night at Union Station! 

  • Friday, May 27th Bike Night is more than just bikes: music from Jungle Fire,    raffles and games, awesome prizes from Public Bikes and Tern Bicycles, and the highlight of the evening, a bicycle fashion show!

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

More Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials posted “linked here” soon!

Launch Bike Month at Gear Up! This Sunday May 1st

Get ready to ride all summer at Gear Up!

Gear Up! launches a variety events to help you get ready to ride, learn to pedal safely, and win free stuff during Bike Month!. This collaborative community celebration is brought to you with local partners to help you get a bike, learn to fix a flat, win free stuff, eat good food and have fun.

Our main events are:
BIKE SWAP: Want to be matched you with a new ride? Kids out grown their current bikes? Your cruiser not cutting it?, Seat giving you cramps?

  • Gear Up Final

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    FREE BIKE REPAIR: Pro mechanics getting your bike in cruising condition.

  • BIKE RAFFLE: Participate in activities for the chance to win a FREE bike!
  • FREE CLINICS that teach basic safety, shopping by bicycle, and riding in a skirt.
    Tips and tricks to make bikes a big part of their summer
  • FREE HELMETS (while supply last), sponsored by City of Santa Monica.
  • LOCAL FOOD for sale.
  • BIKE ART: With interactive presentations from local artists.
  • ARTS AND CRAFTS for kids and adults to make their bikes and helmets special and stylish.
  • MUSIC to set the tone with a DJ booth.
  • COMMUNITY COLLABORATION with tables, art, and programs from local organizations.
  • BICYCLE AWARENESS for upcoming events, Metro Expo Line, and local resources.
  • And more to come! Stay tuned and we’ll let you know what other fun things to expect.

Gear Up Line Up Poster

See the Facebook event HERE

SM Spoke Meeting: Saturday, April 2nd

SM Spoke Meeting

Join us Saturday morning for coffee, bagels, lively discussion and FUN!!

Updates & Input: Bike Month, EXPO, Bike Action Plan Implementation, Samohi SRTS / MANGo, Colorado Esplanade, Mobility Initiative, Santa Monica’s 1st Open Street Event!
YOUR INPUT!

•   Francie Stefan, City of Santa Monica Mobility and Transportation Manager will share updates on Santa Monica’s Open Street Event, Pedestrian Action Plan, the City’s Mobility Initiative and the completion of the new Colorado Esplanade and opening of EXPO light Rail and Bike Path.
•   Michelle Glickert, City of Santa Monica’s Bike Coordinator will give us Bike Action Plan updates and request your ideas and input on next steps. Projects: Green Lanes and Bike Technology Demonstrations, MANGo. Brief updates on programs like SRTS and bike ed classes and events.
•   Vision Zero
•   City of Santa Monica Bike Share – stat updates and Breeze Outreach Team opportunities,
Ride Breeze Bikes that we will have there for you to test ride.
•   Be the first to hear about some exciting upcoming events!
•   SMPD Bike Liason sends his regrets for this meeting – we look forward to meeting him at the next one
•   Bike Month: Gear Up May 1st and more events ALL MONTH – NEED VOLUNTEERS
•   You can sign up or renew your SM Spoke / LACBC membership for special perks. Meet and join our lively group of volunteers.

Plus MORE

When:      Saturday
Time:        10am – noon
Where:     Spoke HQ, 1640 5th Street, just south of Expo Station    

Let’s Celebrate our Successes and plan our next steps together!!
And have some fun!!

This Saturday: Learn to #RideBreeze & Community Ride

Breeze membership

Want to learn about bike share? How to use the Breeze Bike Share system or how it can work for you?
Join us for this months Learn to #RideBreeze & Community Ride.

Saturday, February 27th 2016 at 10am. RSVP for FREE registration info.
Class is open to current and prospective Breeze members.

You’ll learn how to use the Breeze bike share system, including checking out, locking, flexibility of “out of station locking” and “hold” features, multiple bike check out on one account and more! We’ll then take a short tour of Santa Monica bike infrastructure to demonstrate how some of these features work and can be used. You’ll also learn basic bike safety tips and Rules of the Road to help reduce conflicts and keep your rides SAFER & FUN — all while enjoying the community and connecting with Bike Local businesses. Surely to be a day of fun and excitement.SM Farmers Market Tomato At this first event we will visit and get a short tour of the Main Street Farmers Market.

Registration is FREE but required — Please click here to RSVP today! Attendees must be 16* or over (*under 18 must accompanied by parent or guardian and wear a helmet) You will be sent registration and event information.

Already a Breeze Member? Plan to BRING A FRIEND and earn bonuses!

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This Sunday: Learn to #RideBreeze & Community Ride

Breeze membership

Want to learn about bike share? How to use the Breeze Bike Share system or how it can work for you?
Join us for this first monthly Learn to #RideBreeze & Community Ride.

Sunday, January 17th 2016 at 10am. RSVP for FREE registration info.
Class is open to current and prospective Breeze members.

You’ll learn how to use the Breeze bike share system, including checking out, locking, flexibility of “out of station locking” and “hold” features, multiple bike check out on one account and more! We’ll then take a short tour of Santa Monica bike infrastructure to demonstrate how some of these features work and can be used. You’ll also learn basic bike safety tips and Rules of the Road to help reduce conflicts and keep your rides SAFER & FUN — all while enjoying the community and connecting with Bike Local businesses. Surely to be a day of fun and excitement.SM Farmers Market Tomato At this first event we will visit and get a short tour of the Main Street Farmers Market.

Registration is FREE but required — Please click here to RSVP today! Attendees must be 16* or over (*under 18 must accompanied by parent or guardian and wear a helmet) You will be sent registration and event information.

Already a Breeze Member? Plan to BRING A FRIEND and earn bonuses!

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Breeze Closes in on 5000 Memberships!

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Monday, January 4th!
Don’t delay, “Gift a Gift” or get Your Own TODAY!

Though not surprised – we are SO EXCITED that Santa Monica’s own Breeze Bike Share now boasts almost 5000 total members and over 1000 Annual Founding Memberships! All in just over a month and a half since launch. Quick calculations put that at a higher per capita than Citi-Bike’s comparatively huge and successful system launch in New York City!! The days are short in the winter and sunsets come early – But luckily for us – Founding Memberships have been extended through the New Years Weekend and won’t sunset until Monday. Don’t miss out — Sign up TODAY!

Buy a Founding Membership or GIFT ONE HERE 
Anyone can become a Founding Member for only $99. Founding Members get a full year of bike share use including 60 minutes of daily riding time, a special gift, and a limited edition Founding Member card. 

Founding Membership                               Gift Membership 


PLUS don’t forget: Vote for SteetsBlogLA 2015 Streestsie Awards Local Leaders!

Hulu, with CycleHop (Breeze operator) is nominated  for 2015 Livable Streets-Friendly Business.
City of Santa Monica’s Strategic Planning and Transportation Manager, Francie Stefan is for Civil Servant of the Year and Assembly Member Richard Bloom Elected Official of the Year!

Voting ends Tuesday January 5th!. See all six 2015 categories HERE including in a familiar category Advocate of the Year – LACBC’s own Tamika Butler is nominated!

thank you hulu breeze

Give a Gift of Breeze Bike Share

Looking for a Gift that is fun, easy, healthy
& environmentally friendly?
Give a Gift of Breeze Bike Share!

You can also get yourself a “gift” by becoming a
Founding Member Today!

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Find out More:
Breeze Bike Share = Activity, Bikes & Business
= #BikeLocal #BuyLocal
#SustainableCommunity #Climate Action