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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

Open House


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!

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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!

Public Bikes Mechanic Series #3 -In 1 WEEK!

Still spaces available!

PUBLIC Bikes Santa Monica and Boulevard Brewing Co. are kicking off Bike Month in May with the PUBLIC Bikes Summer Mechanic Series Workshop! Spend some time with their Head Mechanic as he teaches you the in’s and out’s of a bicycle, and how to enjoy a delicious, cold beer 😉

WHEN: Thursday July 27th
WHERE: 2714 Main Street, Santa Monica 90405
HOW MUCH: $10/class* (only 15 tickets will be sold per class)

*A portion of class proceeds will go to non-profit Santa Monica Spoke so you’ll also be helping to make Santa Monica a more sustainable, and better place to live, walk, bike, work and play

**It is not necessary to bring your bike, a demo bike will be used

 

July Ride with the Mayor: Parks Tour

Next Saturday, July 15th!

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Join us for this months Ride with the Mayor as we Celebrate July Parks Month with a bike tour of lesser known Santa Monica parks with Mayor Ted Winterer.

The ride meets at Reed Park – corner of California and Lincoln. The round-trip bike tour will be approximately 7 miles.

Bring your own bike, helmet & 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.

ABOUT PARKS MONTH:
This July, #GetOutside and discover all the wonderful parks the City of Santa Monica Government has to offer by coming out to celebrate #SaMoParks. A variety of fun activities are planned for residents of all ages and abilities in celebration of all the ways parks and recreation has the power to transform our daily lives and wellbeing. For a full list of activities, visit smgov.net/parksmonth or tune in to Active Santa Monica.

Summer Breeze Community Ride, Ride with the Mayor & Summer Soulstice Festival

Ride Breeze or ride your own bike, but don’t miss this one!

For June we have another 3X the fun event! We combine the Monthly Ride with the Mayor, Summer Breeze Community Ride (includes free 1.5 hours ride time credit*) & a Feeder Ride to the Ribbon Cutting for Santa Monica’s New Main Street Parklets & the 17th Annual Summer Soulstice Festival — all into ONE and all for FREE!

We’ll start the morning at the New California Incline Breeze Station (Ocean Ave & California) at 8:45am.

Santa Monica Spoke is joined by Public Bikes and Main Street Santa Monica to lead this June Community Bike Ride Event that culminates at the New Parkets Ribbon Cutting and the Main Street Summer Soulstace Festival. We’ll be joined by council member Sue Himmelrich riding for the Mayor, City of Santa Monica Mobility Team and of course Breeze Bike Share starting at the new Breeze Station at the top of the California Incline for this 3x’s the FUN EVENT!

Surely to be a day of fun, entertainment and excitement. You’ll get to experience some of Santa Monica’s amazing coastline along the Beach Bike Path, chat with the City Council member(s), City Management and staff on our way to the New Parkets Ribbon Cutting and the all day entertainment at the 17th Annual Summer Soulstice Festival on Main Street!. The ride is under 3 miles. We begin with a ride down the separated Bicycle & Pedestrian Path on the new California Incline, to the Marvin Braud Beach Bike Path and down Main Street for the Ribbon Cutting of the New Parklets (at Holy Guacamole) and the 17th Annual Summer Soulstice Festival. More info HERE

Like all our Breeze Community Rides you will have the opportunity to learn helpful tips on how to use the Breeze Bike Share system, including checking out, locking, flexibility of “out-of-station” and the ”hold” feature, multiple bike check out on one account, along with safety tips and Rules of the Road.

Ride Breeze Bike Share or ride your own bike — all are welcome! 

It promises to be a day filled with fun, exploration, entertainment, NEW PARKLETS plus the 17th Annual Summer Soulstice Festival – all for FREE!!

       

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Bikerowave: Bicycle Swap Meet this Sunday!

A great opportunity to support your local bike co-op and grab bargains on all kinds of used bicycles, bike parts, and accessories! We’ll be selling off some of our excess stock, including messenger bags, saddles, complete bicycles, and more!

Coffee and donuts will be available for the early birds!

Sunday June 4, 9 am – noon. Hosted at Bikerowave, 12255 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90066.

Members of the public are welcome to sell bike-related items and can set up from 8:30 am onwards.

Bikerowave is a not-for-profit bicycle cooperative, run entirely by volunteers. Our mission is to teach people how to build, repair, and maintain their bicycles.

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Insights from Bogota, Colombia in Santa Monica

SPECIAL EVENT:
Help close out Bike Month with exciting stories by Chris Morfas on his work in Bogota, Colombia, one of the Americas’ Leading Bike & Transit Cities

What happens when a city builds 200 miles of protected bikeways? How did CicLAvia get its name? Lessons from Bogota, Colombia one of the world’s most interesting cities for bicycling and placemaking boasting 5.5 million transit trips and 600,000 bike trips per day!

We will hear about this and more from Chris Morfas who since 2014 has been Senior Advisor to Despacio, a nonprofit based in Bogota, Colombia, a city with rates of transit and bicycle use that are among the highest in the world. Morfas is a longtime transportation reformer, the founding executive director and former Board Chair of the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike), a senior policy coordinator with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. At CalBike, Morfas directed award-winning successes that launched the nation’s strongest Safe Routes to School program, Complete Streets policy, and the innovative Bicycle Transportation Account that funds bike infrastructure like bikeshare and more.

Don’t miss this evening with delightful snacks, delicious Sierra Nevada beer, sweet raffle prizes and exciting tales of travels and transportation from Chris Morfas.

Thank you to our event sponsors: Pocrass & De Los Reyes, Tern and Sierra Nevada.

The tickets are on a sliding scale donation and support Santa Monica Spoke and the California Bicycle Coalition. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.

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Despacio, is an NGO based in Bogota, Colombia that advances sustainable mobility internationally via research, advocacy, and training; its recent publications include robust studies of bicycle and motorcycle use in Latin America. Chris helps Despacio with organizational structure, program development, and outreach. He will regale you with tales of Ciclovia, TransMilenio, and more while carefully avoiding any bragging regarding his much-improved salsa dancing.

Bike Mechanic Series starts this Thursday with Public

 

PUBLIC Bikes Santa Monica and Boulevard Brewing Co. are kicking off Bike Month in May with the PUBLIC Bikes Summer Mechanic Series Workshop! Spend some time with our Head Mechanic as he teaches you the in’s and out’s of a bicycle, and how to enjoy a delicious, cold beer 😉

WHEN: First class starts Thursday, May 25th from 6pm – 7:30pm; (future sessions: Thursday, June 29th; Thursday, July 27th)

WHERE: 2714 Main Street, Santa Monica 90405

HOW MUCH: $10/class* (only 15 tickets will be sold per class)

*A portion of class proceeds will go to non-profit Santa Monica Spoke so you’ll also be helping to make Santa Monica a more sustainable, and better place to live, walk, bike, work and play

**It is not necessary to bring your bike, a demo bike will be used

Santa Monica Family Bike Festival this Sunday!

We are still looking for volunteers for this event!
Click Volunteer@SMSpoke.org to sign up.

–     Sunday May 21st, 2017
–     11am-3pm
–     Family “Ride with the Mayor” starts at 3pm (ends by 4pm)
–     McKinley School Campus (on Santa Monica Boulevard & Chelsea Avenue).

The Santa Monica community is invited to the free event that will feature, Bike Rodeo & Skills with Santa Monica Spoke, bike demonstrations, FREE raffles, fun prizes, FREE rock climbing wall, FREE Bike Swap, DJ entertainment, games, craft booths, bike vendor booths & test rides, bike accessories, route planning and more information, food and Ice cream vendors


We wind down the event at 3:pm with the May, Family Ride with the Mayor from 3-4pm!