Category Archives: #BikeSM

Ride with the Mayor: multi-modal for March

Ride with the Mayor is going multi-modal with two great options in March –
Plus, HandleBar Happy Hour #HBHH at Lunetta All Day
– Everyone Welcome!

Mark your calendars for March 29th, 5:30pm, then choose your mode.
• Ride with the Mayor from Santa Monica City Hall
• Walk with Mayor Pro Tem from Ishihara Park

Both events will end at Lunetta All Day for a social gathering and our March, Bike Local HandleBar Happy Hour to celebrate Meatless in March--the effort to raise awareness and grow the movement toward plant-rich foods and the many healthy, environmentally sustainable and delicious plant based food options.  Join Mayor Ted Winterer, Mayor Pro Tempore Gleam Davis, City of Santa Monica and all our community partners: Santa Monica Spoke, Adopt-A-Walk, Buy Local Santa Monica, and the Santa Monica Safe Streets Alliance for another 3x’s the FUN CELEBRATION!

Get more info HERE

Join the walk, or the ride, or meet us on the back patio at Lunetta All Day for HBHH – we look forward to seeing you!

Meet your community and neighbors in a fun social atmosphere – we’ll share our enthusiasm for active transportation, everyone is welcome, regardless of travel mode.

HandleBar Happy Hour is tonight at Margo’s

This month HandleBar Happy Hour will be at Margo’s on Montana before heading to the AERO for a Free Movie Screening of WASTED
JOIN us for either or both!

See event info HERE

City Council discusses Strategic Mobility goals tonight.

Tonight, Santa Monica City Council will have a study session on the City’s Strategic Mobility Goals and the Big Blue Bus. We believe investments in safety must be a key component of our City’s mobility strategy. Together with community partners we have formed the Santa Monica Safe Streets Alliance to promote 10 principles condensed here:

  • No traffic fatalities are acceptable. Traffic collisions must not be brushed aside as “accidents”: collisions are predictable and therefore preventable.
  • Invest resources to improve equity. Our mobility and transportation systems should be safe and ensure commitment to serve as a model of 21st Century constitutional policing.
  • All students and children have a right to walk, bike or scoot safely to school.
  • Our mobility and transportation systems should equitably serve Santa Monica residents and all those who study, work or visit in our community
  • Our transportation system should generate zero emissions. To reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and to help strengthen our community, we need a Big Blue Bus (BBB) system to be popular, efficient and financially sound.
  • Streets are our largest public space. Street planning should integrate mobility and place-making to enhance social, economic and cultural opportunities, as well as our well-being needs.
  • Streets are essential environmental systems. We need to design our streets as critical components of our environmental and natural ecosystems so they contribute to safeguarding water, air quality and climate resilience.
  • Community co-creation is essential to enduring change. Diverse community voices are critical for identifying core values and the vision for transformative change, community stakeholders must be engaged from inception to completion of all projects.
  • Data drives decisions. We need to invest in robust, transparent collection and analysis of data which is essential for understanding what the tradeoffs are and to help provide transparency when challenging decisions are made.
  • Plan our city and mobility together. Policies on housing, open space, community facilities, commercial development, public spaces, and other land use policies should give priority to clean, affordable and sustainable mobility as it has a profound impact on our mobility options and choices.

We need safe streets, designed with infrastructure that supports sustainable environmental eco systems that are safe, livable and welcoming to all. That’s the commitment of the Santa Monica Safe Streets Alliance and is outlined in our Principles for Safe, Livable and Sustainable Streets in Santa Monica.

Email City Council at: to tell them you support strong commitments to safety and environmental sustainability listed in the Santa Monica Safe Streets Alliance – Principles for Safe, Livable and Sustainable Streets in Santa Monica. 

Most Loved Santa Monica Contest: Vote for Santa Monica Spoke

Voting for your Most Loved Santa Monica Businesses of 2018 starts Feburary 1st!

Buy Local, Support Local – It keeps dollars in Santa Monica’s economy, supporting our schools, parks and vital community services.

We’d LOVE to have you VOTE for Santa Monica Spoke
Category #20, advocacy/non-profit! 



View last year’s Most Loved Santa Monica Business Winners + Runner-Ups (2017)
click here. 

Buy Local for our Schools
:  Did you know that any purchase you make at a Santa Monica business directly helps support our schools?  Last year, we collectively raised $8 Million for the SMMUSD just by buying local!

SUPPORT Buy Local.  If you are a Santa Monica business, click here to JOIN this free campaign.  If you are a resident, local employees, business owner or frequent local visitor, show your support for our community by signing the pledge.  If you live in Santa Monica, we’d also be greatful if you could take 3 minutes to complete the Buy Local SM Resident Survey to help inform Buy Local Santa Monica of the goods and services you need in town!

 Bike Local, Buy Local – Eat/shop/play local by bicycle!  It’s fun, healthy and good for the environment…and it’s easy to do, thanks to all our great bike shops and Breeze Bike Share program.  Join us for our monthly #BikeLocalSM Handlebar Happy Hour events (last week of the month, check our Calendar for details!).  Organized in partnership with Buy Local Santa Monica to help showcase participating #BuyLocalSM businesses & the joy of bicycling!

January HandleBar Happy Hour: Truxton’s

January HandleBar Happy Hour will be at Truxton’s American Bistro

DAY:      Wednesday
DATE:    January 31th
TIME:    5:30pm -7pm
PLACE:  Truxton’s, 1329 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA  90404

This month we visit Truxton’s, a Bike Local, Buy Local Business. They offer dine in service with a full bar, in addition to patio seating if you’d like to bring your four-legged friend(s). Their menu features a selection of seasonal specials that change every 3-4 months and specialize in take out and home/corporate delivery and catering.

For last months #HBHH we joined our friends at Bareburger supporting a food drive for the victims of the Ventura County Fire and a special Happy Hour Menu.  

End of every month we like to get together for fun, support local businesses, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always family friendly!

Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

If it’s on your way don’t forget to pass the Bike Counter!

Big thank you to last months host Bareburger  –  GREAT FUN was had by all!

Celebrate #BikeLocalSM, our Buy Local SM businesses, happy hour + new friends at these monthly events!  Learn about upcoming local bike events + find out about and connect with us at SM Spoke… as we visit and introduce you to some of our Buy Local SM businesses.  Eat Local, Drink Local, Buy Local AND Bike Local SM!