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So Many Events this Week!

Movie Screening: LOVE THY NATURE
CONNECTING TO NATURE IS KEY!

Wednesday, February 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Movie Screening at the Aero                                              Bike Valet courtesy of Santa Monica Dept. of Planning & Community Development.

The Film
An award winning film narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature shows how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature and takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty…..
A Panel discussion will follow the screening
More info HERE

 

 


Handlebar Happy Hour: Ingo’s Tasty Diner

Thursday, February 23 @ 5:00 am – 7:00 pm

This month we return to an all time favorite –
TIME:    5pm -7pm (HH $)
PLACE:  1213 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica.

Event info is HERE
Always fun, alway family friendly.
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….


Then we put it ALL TOGETHER for a day of Celebrating and Bike Riding on Saturday! Parks Day, Come Play, Ride with the Mayor and SM Spoke Picnic Ride!!

Saturday, February 25th, See event for times and more info HERE

• The official Parks Day, Come Play! starts at 10am with Grand Opening Ceremonies at the new Ishihara Park
• Our ride activities will start at the Dedication Celebrations at Gandara Park (formerly Stewart Street Park) at 11am with the February Ride with the Mayor and our Picnic Ride –
Click for Questions or to RSVP

 

Parks Day, Come Play + SM Spoke Picnic Ride!

Saturday, February 25th

We are putting it ALL TOGETHER for a day of Celebrating and Bike Riding!

The official Parks Day, Come Play! starts at 10am with Grand Opening Ceremonies at the new Ishihara Park located at 2909 Exposition Blvd. in Santa Monica. Ishihara Park was named for George Ishihara, a long-time resident of Santa Monica’s Pico Neighborhood and a World War II veteran. The park is designed by the prominent landscape architecture firm Mia Lehrer + Associates who will be conducting group tours at the new park.

Saturday, February 25th
Festivities begin at 10:00am at Ishihara Park (we’ll here too!)

Bike ride gathers at 11:00am at Gandara Park and will return to Ishihara Park after stops at Los Amigos and Reed Park Re-Opening Celebrations.

Our ride activities will start at the Dedication Celebrations at Gandara Park (formerly Stewart Street Park) at 11am with the February Ride with the Mayor to Los Amigos Park our 1st stop. After picnic snacks and a visit at the Re-Opening Celebration at Los Amigos Park we’ll head over to the Re-Opening Celebration at Reed Park for more exploring. After we hang out there for a bit we’ll head back to the Grand Opening Celebrations Ishihara Park.

Pack your own picnic snacks or join us – we’ll be packing lemonade, fruit, PB&J’s and other yummy stuff to share. We always aim for zero waste events – please bring reusable cups and plates – napkins will be provided.

Please click HERE for questions or to RSVP so we can bring enough for everyone to share!


Check out the route HERE*

*subject to change.


Airport2Park.org will be there to share updates about the new 12 acre Santa Monica Airport Park Expansion and recent news that the City of Santa Monica can now begin planning for the design & construction of a new Great Park to replace SMO when it closes on December 31 2028.

Movie Screening: LOVE Thy Nature

Movie Screening February 22nd,
CONNECTING TO NATURE IS KEY!

The Film
An award winning film narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature shows how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature and takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. Love Thy Nature shows that a renewed connection with nature is key not only to our well being, but also to solving our environmental and climate crises.


The Event
Aero Theater
7pm
* Please arrive by 6:40 to guarantee you get a seat

Panel Discussion
A Panel discussion will follow the screening moderated by Sheila Laffey, Ph.D., adjunct Professor SMC and award winning producer and director.

Panelists will include:
Sylvie Rokab, Emmy nominated film maker and the writer and director of Love Thy Nature.

FREE Admission for:
Santa Monica Residents, High School and College Students w/valid ID and Sustainable Works Members
Not a Santa Monica resident, High School/College student or Sustainable Works Member? Purchase tickets at Fandango.
Free Bike Valet
Bike Valet courtesy of Santa Monica Dept. of Planning & Community Development.
Zero Waste Event

Enjoy the concessions, but when finished, please discard in a sustainable manner to minimize waste…ideally ZERO!

You can do this by discarding items at the Zero Waste stations we’ll have at the theatre. Sustainable Works staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you sort and place materials into the correct Compostable, Recyclable and Landfill bins at these stations.
Bring a reusable water bottle! Water will be provided by the City of Santa Monica.

Tomorrow: Ask an Officer Event at LACBC HQ

MONDAY, January 30th downtown Los Angeles. Stay tuned for info on local Ask an Officer event in the planning.

Ask an Officier

Newly reschedule for January 30th!

Join us for a conversation with LAPD, CHP, and bicycle collision attorney Jim Pocrass about traffic laws, walking, and bicycling in LA. Presented by LACBC, Pocrass & De Los Reyes Bicycle LawLos Angeles Walks, and the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance, we’ll discuss what are some of the new laws we need to know and issues of concern for people walking and biking in LA today? What about Vision Zero and the enforcement components? Each panelist will share their perspective to start the conversation and will be followed by Q&A with the audience.

Attendance is free and open to all.
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served before the panel discussion begins.

Panelists:

  • Jim Pocrass Esq. – Pocrass & de Los Reyes LLP
  • Officer Andrew Cullen – Los Angeles Police Department, Traffic Coordination Section
  • Officer Leland Tang – California Highway Patrol, West Valley Area

6:30 pm – Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Panel discussion

Bicycle parking – use racks out front
Metro stations – Pershing Square, 7th St. & Metro Center
Automobile parking – street parking and off-street lots.

HBHH Tonight and SO MANY More Events Coming Up Soon!

TODAY! Handlebar Happy Hour at
Finn McCools,
always family friendly, always fun!

Check the EVENT CALENDAR for info on these events
and more!

A Year Later: Countri Bike meets Breeze Bike Share, Finish Line Celebration

A year ago we welcomed Jeffrey Tanenhaus and
Countri Bike to Santa Monica

Click image for our image gallery or our contributor gallery here

 

…. as he completed his Cross “Countri” epic journey from New York to Santa Monica on a Citi-Bike. Although he paid all the fees and did try to return Countri Bike back to the Citi-Bike Eco-System – ultimately he did end up with the bike.  We’ve kept in touch and got this update from Jeffrey to share with you.


One Year Later: An Update from Countri Bike

What a happy anniversary! After Breeze Bike Share generous shipped Countri Bike east, the trip took a new turn when I rode on stage The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Unfortunately my segment never aired because they overbooked.

With no job or fixed address, I bounced around NYC staying with friends. Countri Bike would’t fit in my storage unit, so a friend kept it in her apartment. Even though I had paid the max overtime fee, I was prepared to re-dock, but Citi Bike corporate never reached out.

However, their mechanics invited me to their maintenance shop to conduct a postmortem, so to speak. The bike’s solid condition amazed them and proved their hypotheses wrong about what made Citi Bikes break down so often. (Rough pavement and rough-riding New Yorkers are largely to blame, not the equipment itself.)

In August, I emptied my storage unit and moved to Tulsa, which was one of my favorite stops despite getting assaulted while biking in Oklahoma. I chose Tulsa for its wonderful (and surprisingly progressive) people, affordable cost of living, and start-up friendly environment. My dream is to create a hyper-local, bike-friendly hospitality concept that blends the best of a hostel with a hotel.

While I’ve made progress fitting into my new home, I’m deciding whether to stay or relocate to make these dreams come true. As for Countri Bike, it’s on exhibit at the Tulsa Historical Society.

I’m also shopping around a book proposal that not only recounts adventures from the road, but also explains the insecurity and failures I faced in New York leading to my departure. I am almost done chronicling my trip, which can be viewed at countribike.com/blog. I think riding through Joshua Tree is one of my best posts.

Being in a landlocked state makes me miss the ocean, so I hope to visit Santa Monica soon. There are direct flights twice a week, but I could always inflate the old tires and meet you on the Pier in three months.

Jeffrey Tanenhaus


We miss you Jeffrey and hope to see you soon!! Looking back over the pictures reminds us of what a great day we had, meeting you, the ride, the finish line ribbon at the top of the Pier, your trek across the sand to the Pacific Ocean and then a wonder social Handlebar Happy Hour at Al Mare. So many wonderful memories!!
Below are just a few more images and a fun video from Jeffrey’s arrival in Santa Monica. Check our the full album and all the fun here  and our contributor gallery here

Countri Bike Meets Breeze!!!

Student Poster Contest: Sustainable Santa Monica!

Sustainable Works, along with the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment is very excited to announce the 9th Annual Sustainable Santa Monica Student Poster Contest!

The Poster Contest is open to all K-12 students who attend school and/or live in Santa Monica. Each year, students use art to investigate a theme of sustainability relevant to Santa Monica. This year’s theme is Saving Energy Today for a Brighter Tomorrow. Sustainable Works will be scheduling 20 minute presentations to share the principles of sustainability in Santa Monica as it relates to this year’s theme.

Bellow is a flyer with the contest rules, selection process and information on submitting posters. To help us continue to grow this wonderful event, we welcome your help in spreading the word to your contacts and encouraging participation! When the community promotes the contest, students participate. Last year over 450 students participated in the contestand this year we’re looking forward to even more.

Prizes for winning posters include $10 – $100 gift cards. The winning posters will be displayed in the of City of Santa Monica, helping to further showcase our budding young artists while raising awareness of the benefits of energy conservation.

Next steps:

  •          March 31st: Deadline for Poster Submissions
  •          Early April: Winning Posters selected
  •          May: Contest awards ceremony and celebration to honor student winners and all participants. Gift bags and raffles for all!

If you have any questions, please contact Gina Garcia at gina.garcia@sustainableworks.org.

2017 Poster Contest Front 2017 Poster Contest Back

Ask an Officer

Ask an Officier

Newly reschedule for January 30th!

Join us for a conversation with LAPD, CHP, and bicycle collision attorney Jim Pocrass about traffic laws, walking, and bicycling in LA. Presented by LACBC, Pocrass & De Los Reyes Bicycle LawLos Angeles Walks, and the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance, we’ll discuss what are some of the new laws we need to know and issues of concern for people walking and biking in LA today? What about Vision Zero and the enforcement components? Each panelist will share their perspective to start the conversation and will be followed by Q&A with the audience.

Attendance is free and open to all.
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served before the panel discussion begins.

Panelists:

  • Jim Pocrass Esq. – Pocrass & de Los Reyes LLP
  • Officer Andrew Cullen – Los Angeles Police Department, Traffic Coordination Section
  • Officer Leland Tang – California Highway Patrol, West Valley Area

6:30 pm – Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Panel discussion

Bicycle parking – use racks out front
Metro stations – Pershing Square, 7th St. & Metro Center
Automobile parking – street parking and off-street lots.

Homeless Count 2016

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Santa Monica Spoke contingent participating with the 2017 Homeless Count – Join us?

Volunteer for the City of Santa Monica’s 2017 Homeless Count!
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 – 10:30PM – 2:30AM
Due to overwhelming response, volunteer registration will close
Friday, January 13 at 5:00PM (today)
REGISTER HERE
St. Monica Catholic Community – Grand Pavilion
725 California Avenue, Santa Monica

To participate in the Homeless Count in other countywide neighborhoods on
January 24, 25 (Westside Communities) and January 26
please visit > LASHA Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count

Video: Unwrapping Santa Monica’s New Bike Counter

December 21, 2016 Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer, City Manager Rick Cole, Councilmembers Kevin McKeown and Pam O’Connor, along with Mobility and Transportation Manger Francie Stefan, Santa Monica Spoke, Climate Action Santa Monica, Breeze Bike Share, the City of Santa Monica Mobility Division and the community welcomed a new real-time bike counter to Main Street. It is not only a symbol of Santa Monica’s commitment to multimodal and it’s support of people who bike — it will provide important data by tallying each cyclist riding in the Main Street bike lanes daily and annually in real-time. This real time data will be added to the City’s bi-annual bike counts that help inform as we build out a more bikeable Santa Monica.
The reverse side includes wayfinding information to make navigating the city more convenient.

Today is #CarFreeFriday — if you bike — go get counted!