Category Archives: #BikeSM

Win a real Huffy Cruiser today!

We are at the FREE Buy Local Health and Fitness Festival – join us at Reed Park for the fun and festivities until 4 pm.

70+ exhibitors, workout demo’s, health screenings, and give-a-ways, plus so much more.

We are here with our bike safety skills course for the kids sharing lots of info on biking, Safe Routes to School, and engaging with our community!! Come on over!

Enter to win a FREE Huffy Cruiser from us at Santa Monica Spoke!
Drawing is at 3pm

Samohi Biking Vikings: It’s Bike to School time!

Samohi classes start next week, so it’s time to help the community figure out to best bike to campus. Biking to Samohi is can be easy, is green and healthy for you and the planet. This event is free and open to Samohi students and their parents.

* Free helmets for the first 50 students!

Meet at 9:30 am at one of the following locations for donuts and refreshments.
Each group will then ride together to Samohi campus and back. Bring your own bike, helmet and lock.

Two meet up starting points:

Southside: Fairview Branch Library
2101 Ocean Park Boulevard

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Northside: Montana Branch Library
1704 Montana Avenue

Today! August Ride with the Mayor Community Gardens Tour

August Ride with the Mayor, Community Gardens Bike Tour
followed by HandleBar Happy Hour at Bareburger!

  • Wednesday, August 16th

    ROUTE: Click for more

  • 5:30pm roll 
  • Ride begins at Santa Monica City Hall 
    1685 Main Street
    end at Bareburger, 2732 Main Street 

This month, Join us for another Ride with Mayor on a tour of Santa Monica’s Community Gardens.  We’ll wind up at one of our #BikeLocalSM favorites, Bareburger on Main Street for an extended HandleBar Happy Hour #HBHH.

 


Come meet us, Mayor Ted Winterer, City staff, and your neighbors while enjoying a fun bike ride in the breezy Santa Monica sunshine! The ride will be about 7 miles and should take about 1.5 hours. The plan is to leave from City Hall just after 5:30pm. Ride route is HERE

Bring your own bike, helmet, lock & water bottle. Family friendly – however children should be capable of street riding or in an appropriate child seat or trailer.

No bike? No problem! Just grab a Breeze Bike Share!

Community Gardens and this month’s Ride with the Mayor!

THE TUESDAY EVENT HAS BEEN POST POSTPONED – 
The Wednesday Ride with the Mayor is still a GO!

The History of the Santa Monica Community Gardens”  

  • Tuesday, August 15th POSTPONED

In 1976, Santa Monica became the first city in the region to establish community gardens.
Main Street, Euclid Park, Park Avenue & Ishihara— It’s just the beginning! 


August Ride with the Mayor, Community Gardens Bike Tour
followed by HandleBar Happy Hour at Bareburger!

  • Wednesday, August 16th
  • 5:30pm roll 
  • Ride begins at Santa Monica City Hall 
    1685 Main Street
    end at Bareburger, 2732 Main Street 

This month, Join us for another Ride with Mayor on a tour of Santa Monica’s Community Gardens.  We’ll wind up at one of our #BikeLocalSM favorites, Bareburger on Main Street for an extended HandleBar Happy Hour #HBHH.

Come meet us, Mayor Ted Winterer, City staff, and your neighbors while enjoying a fun bike ride in the breezy Santa Monica sunshine! The ride will be about 7 miles and should take about 1.5 hours. The plan is to leave from City Hall just after 5:30pm. Ride route is HERE

Bring your own bike, helmet, lock & water bottle. Family friendly – however children should be capable of street riding or in an appropriate child seat or trailer.

No bike? No problem! Just grab a Breeze Bike Share!

The monthly Mayor Ride was born at the Breeze One year Anniversary Event with a proclamation from City Manager Rick Cole. SM Spoke led the 1st Ride with the Mayor which was joined by the California Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors January 2017 – the event has continued monthly as promised with a different theme. Stay up to date on events all over Santa Monica and the Westside at SMSpoke.org, and on our calendar. You can also check out Santa Monica City Planning on Facebook

 



The City of Santa Monica currently has 4 community garden sites
Main Street Gardens, 2200 Main Street / 73 individual garden plots;
Park Drive North and South, Park Drive off of Broadway / 38 individual garden plots;
Euclid Park, 1515 Euclid / 11 individual garden plots and 3 workshop plots;
The newest addition is the Learning Garden at Ishihara Park 2909 Exposition Blvd which serves as Santa Monica’s first Communal Garden as well as an Urban Agriculture Education Site. In an effort to expand gardening knowledge to the many apartment dwellers around the City, workshops and tours of the garden and adjacent Urban Fruit Tree Orchard are planned to take place regularly throughout the year. For more information on the Community Garden programs, please visit the web site at

For more information on the Community Garden programs or to sign up for the waitlist visit the City of Santa Monica Community Gardens website here.

Upcoming Events!

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Twilight Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier: June 17th – August 17th
Jazz on the Lawn Saturdays in August


Thursday, July 27th


Saturday, July 29th

BOTH Family Rally for Playa del Rey and LADOT Open House have been
POSTPONED

Open House

 

 

 

 

 


 

Saturday, July 29th


Sunday, July 30th
Safer Streets 17th Street Ice Cream Social


Future Events and Summer FUN!

August Ride with the Mayor: August 16th
August HandleBar Happy Hour: August 30th
Buy Local Fitness Festival: September 9th
3rd Annual Kidical Mass(ive) Global Family Bike Ride and Festival: September 17th
COAST Open Street Event Santa Monica: October 1st

Visit our event calendar to stay up to date!

Safe Streets for 17th Street Ice Cream Social

Come join us for a day of fun and community outreach for Safe Streets for 17th Street.

Music, games and Ice Cream! A “pop-up” Bike Lane, free helmets and helmet decorating plus a bike obstacle and safety course by Santa Monica Spoke for the Kids!
See the event HERE!

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17th Street is experiencing an increase in the number of people walking and biking. People are using the street for neighborhood trips as well as to get to and from the Expo Light Rail station at 17th and Colorado. Members of the community have reached out to say they don’t feel comfortable walking or biking at night or during the early morning along 17th Street. The City is working towards adding safety improvements along 17th Street from Pico Boulevard to Wilshire Boulevard and Michigan Avenue from 14th Street to 19th Street to help address the safety concerns.

Goals:
The goal for the project is to address community concerns and help people feel more safe and comfortable to walk or bike. Another goal of the project is to respond to requests to have the street feel more like a neighborhood street and less of a cut-through street.

The project proposes to improve the pedestrian lighting, create better crosswalks and make people who bike more visible and better protected. Help us make 17th Street safer and more comfortable for everyone.

Please contact Carlos Morales, Senior Transportation Planner for more information, we want to hear from you!

See the event on Facebook

HandleBar Happy Hour Tomorrow at Estate!

Wednesday, July 26th!
This month we are joining up with friends from NOW for our HandleBar Happy Hour with a MIDSUMMER+MIDWEEK THEMED MIXER. Please RSVP.

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Meet us in the Guest room, located above the main dining room of Estate Restaurant+Bar, an intimate speakeasy themed bar-lounge. 

End of every month we like to get together for fun, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
This month we join in with some more local friends to meet neighbors, hang out with friends and celebrate summer fun in Santa Monica!

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 Enterprise Fish Co  – we had great food and GREAT FUN!

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!

Happy #CarFreeFriday Santa Monica!

Sometimes the little things are HUGE!
Find out more about #CarFreeFriday – even 1 day a week helps – so many possibilities and opportunities for mulit-modal – you may get hooked!

Enjoying deliciousness & #BikeLocal goodness at @cafe_demitasse. So YUMMY! #GoSaMo #BikeLocalSM#ZeroEmissions
#veganfood #coffeetime #bicyclelifestyle#bicyletransport #bicyclelife #bicyclecoffee

On #CarFreeFriday Santa Monica – Community Voices: Why Is Everyone Else Traffic?

By: Community Voices, re-posted with the permission.

This post originally appeared on the blog of local community activist and organizer Luke Klipp. It was republished on Santa Monica Next and their sister site, Longbeachize. Klipp serves as a Metro Board Deputy to Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and he is the President of the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council. He is also the founder of online organizing efforts “Greater LA” and “Happy Urbanists.” The opinions expressed here are his own

Mis-an-thro-py (noun): A dislike of mankind
Mis-an-thrope (noun): A person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society
Mis-an-thro-pic (adjective): Disliking humankind and avoiding human society

Why is everyone else traffic?

It’s a simple question, really, but it belies a much bigger challenge in a culture that relies so heavily on the most inefficient means of transportation: cars.

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Go to any community meeting discussing a possible new park or creative space or commercial venture or new housing, and the chief concern will be traffic and parking. Watch the local news about a big event coming to town, and the primary areas of focus will be traffic and parking. Traffic reports are as frequently provided on every radio station and every television station as reports of the weather, and more frequently than anything else.

So, again, why is everyone else traffic?

I reflected on this as I sat in the window at our bed and breakfast in Copenhagen, overlooking a street filled with patrons of the bakery downstairs, enjoying their baguettes and pastries while jazz music filtered up the street and a violin could be heard playing in the distance.

There was not a car in sight or in sound, and there were people everywhere. And it was delightful. Oh, and we got to our bed and breakfast from the airport with ease; no congestion, no honking, no exhaust fumes, and no brake lights.

I reflect on this today as I sit at my Los Angeles home, listening to cars roaring past, hearing nary a human voice or instrumental sound.

Engines purr and growl, and an occasional bus makes its presence known with an automated announcement whenever it pauses at the stop across the street. Handfuls of humans churn past in their climate-controlled, self-contained pods, and not one of them can be heard except for the sounds of their engines.

And I reflected on this at a recent community meeting, where the possibility of an outdoor patio at a restaurant was enough to turn out several neighbors in opposition, even though the adjacent street sees tens of thousands of cars, motorcycles, and buses churning past 24/7, creating much louder noise.

Somehow the much-louder sounds of engines barely registered, while the possibility of people audibly enjoying themselves was enough to motivate people to come to community meetings and express their opposition. Recent research has shown that the sound of cars and trucks burdens life, leading to negative health outcomes, and yet that never registers a single comment, despite people’s clear sensitivity to sound.

Misanthropy: A Dislike of Humankind

Our reliance on our cars makes us into misanthropes. But then, every single day, the vast majority of us step into isolated rolling rooms.

When you see this, do you think about everyone else you’re doing this trip with? Or do you just want to get out of this as soon as possible?

By our nature, we are social beings. Yes, some portion of us are naturally more introverted, meaning we recharge when we have space to ourselves; ultimately, however, we know from myriad studies that even just a few days of social isolation will inflict lifelong, permanent emotional and mental trauma upon a person.

  • We see only the backs of others’ heads and we are terrified to look directly into the eyes of another person, because it means that we are headed straight for each other.
  • We communicate through turn signals and brake lights, and almost the only time we hear each others’ voices is on the occasion that we’re yelling a crude remark or expressing frustration (and certainly almost never joy).
  • We are never physically close to each other, needing to leave lots of room to avoid a possible collision that would result in thousands of dollars in damage.
  • We don’t see faces and human interactions; we see brands and driving patterns, learning things like how BMWs and Benzs tend to be reckless, and getting restless when other drivers take time to be thoughtful and careful.
  • We get upset at the inconvenience of someone walking across a street or biking ahead of us, even as their choices mean fewer cars traveling on the street.
  • We want wider streets and faster speeds, with as much space between us and others as possible.

If you were to create a technology with the intention of turning a socially-inclined species against itself, you could hardly do better than the automobile. Neighbors get upset at the prospect of a new local attraction. Shipping interests support efforts that displace thousands from their homes. And people just going to and from work feel empowered to organize in opposition to any effort to save lives and spare many others from a lifetime of medical bills and bankruptcy.

Early in its infancy, the automobile was viewed as an affront to humanity.

But as the technology was promoted by an industry determined to defeat the odds, and as more and more people adopted it, the rules that had once been created to save human lives were co-opted by rules intended to give the automobile industry supremacy, even as that shift has meant the loss of millions of human lives.

We have widened lanes, widened roads, obliterated our street trees, pushed out residences and businesses in droves, and sacrificed untold numbers of human lives, all in obeisance to the great automobile. And where has it gotten us? To hear many people say it, we’ve apparently not done nearly enough, given how much more parking/roadways/et cetera we need.

Finding Our Humanity Again

Rather than not enough, we have already done way, way too much to accommodate cars.

Rather than recognize the value and importance of our neighborhoods, we have turned them into drive-thrus, even banning things like kids’ street games to facilitate faster driving.

Rather than focus on the safety of our most vulnerable street users who travel on foot or on bikes, we have turned them into obstacles that must be minimized.

Rather than confronting and addressing the daily carnage that would be considered horrifying statistics for any other industry, we have and continue to turn a blind eye – over and over – even going so far as to claim that any efforts to stop the bloodshed is “exploitation” of those whose lives and livelihoods it claims.

Yes, our automobiles turn otherwise rational human beings into misanthropes. The question is whether we understand and recognize this and are ready and willing to reassert our humanity.

Which do we value more: our speed or our safety? Which do we recognize as giving back more to the community: our local businesses or our big-box and chain shops? Which do we see more as representing our neighborhoods better: our local, walkable streets or our freeways? What is more meaningful to us: space for our cars or space for our lives?

It’s time for everyone else to stop being traffic and to just be, well, everyone else.

Multiracial Group of Friends with Hands in Stack, Teamwork

Upcoming events: Kidical Mass and Ride with the Mayor!

Mark your calendar for the upcoming two Saturday events:
Kidical Mass & Ride with the Mayor!

Kidical Mass: July 4th Theme:
Saturday, July 8th

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Celebrate July Parks Month on a Bike Tour with Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer!
Saturday, July 15th

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