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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.

Stay up to date on the event here

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!

 

Bike to Work Day Pit Stops and …. ICE CREAM?

Santa Monica Bike to Work Day Pit Stops 2017
& our 7th Annual Bike FROM Work HandleBar Happy Hour at Areal Restaurant

Bonus: This year we again have TWO #HBHH’s to visit! Bareburger is hosting HandleBar Happy Hour on BikeToWorkDay and all week for BikeToWorkWeek! Bring in your helmet and get an extra hour of “Happy Hour”, extended from 7 to 8pm M-F, May 15th – 19th when you ride your bike. 

bike_month_web_600x150Full list Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials 2017

2017, Santa Monica Bike to Work Pit Stops:
Metro LA Pit Stop Map

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note: if you know of other Pit Stops not listed – lets us know and we will add them!
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NEW Pit Stop HUB on Man Street Santa Monica! 2804 Main Street, “Pit Stop HUB” in the Parking Lot next to Pink Elephant. Enjoy FREE coffee, snacks and encouragement, tune Ups and check out all your favorite bike shops in one place, including a booth by Santa Monica Spoke 7:30am -10:30am


City of Santa Monica, the grand-daddy of all Bike to Work Pit Stops! 7-9:30am, Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street, there will be giveaways, continental breakfast, hot and cold beverages and gift packs for bikers, also lots of bicycling information. Organized by City of Santa Monica in partnership with METRO and Santa Monica Spoke.
Local Business partner with this pit stop:
     • The Albright – (258 Santa Monica Pier)  free treats, a photo with Popeye and a chance to win a free lunch or dinner at The Albright!!  http://thealbright.com
     • T Mobile – (1410 3rd Street Promenade) demonstrations new the COBI Connected Bike! http://t-mobile.com

Tradesy, Inc, 6am, 1217 2nd Street (SM) between Arizona and Wilshire

Crossroads School, 7-9am, 1714  21st Street (just south of Olympic Blvd),
Cold drinks, snacks, water, giveaways FUN

Moore Ruble Yudell,  7-9 a.m,  933 Pico Boulevard  Bike to Work Pit Stop on Thursday, .  http://www.moorerubleyudell.com

Colorado Center, 8-10am, 2400 Broadway, Corner of Broadway and Cloverfield – Water and Giveaways!

Santa Monica College, Center for Environmental and Urban Studies, 8am – 10am, 1744 Pearl Street, Across the street from 1744 Pearl Street, in the bike parking corral area, The SMC Bike Club will be providing a pit stop for students and other commuters riding out to or around the West Side. Roll on over forbagels, coffee, parfaits and fruit.

Santa Monica Bike Center, 9:00 am – 11:00 am, 1555 2nd Street (corner of 2nd and Colorado) Visit the Pit Stop on Thursday, Bike To Work Day –  Santa Monica Bike Center with have fresh coffee and a place to relax. Free breakfast taco bar from 9a-11a to feed hungry riders!

Agensys, 3-5pm, 1800 Stewart Ave Bike to Work Day Pit Stop, front curb.

Cross Campus – 929 Colorado Ave

Three Twins Scoop Shop – 2726 Main St –  noon-11pm 
Free topping when you ride your bike! Wear your helmet into Three Twins Scoop Shop and get the choice of any topping. Promotion is available from noon-11pm May 18th, free topping with purchase of a scoop! http://threetwinsicecream.com

Bike Week Santa Monica is HERE!

Our list of participating businesses and specials for Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials!

Bike to Work Day Pit Stops and FROM Work Handlebar Happy Hour

Santa Monica Spoke is pleased to partner with Buy Local Santa Monica, the City of Santa Monica and LA County Metro for Bike Week LA. Here are some great Bike Local Santa Monica Specials….just ride over on your bike or mention “Bike Local, Buy Local SM!”

Some specials are good on Bike to Work Day, all Bike to Work Week and some all through the month of May for Bike Month!

Monday-Sunday—Bike Local:  Ride your bike to eat, play or shop, and take advantage of special discounts just for bicyclists! Bicyclists are great for local business. Research shows that people traveling on bicycles spend more money at and make more visits to small establishments than people traveling in cars. Because bicyclists travel at slower speeds, it’s easier for them to stop and smell the coffee!

Bareburger2732 Main Street
Bike to Work Week Special: Extended Happy Hour. Bring in your helmet and get an extra hour of HandleBar Happy Hour, HH menu extended from 7 to 8pm M-F, May 15th – 19th when you ride your bike. https://bareburger.com

Three Twins Scoop Shop – 2726 Main St
Free topping when you ride your bike! Wear your helmet into Three Twins Scoop Shop and get the choice of any topping. Promotion is available from noon-11pm May 18th, free topping with purchase of a scoop! http://threetwinsicecream.com

The Albright –258 SM Pier/ City Hall Pit Stop
The Albright is excited to be attending Bike to Work Day at the City Hall on May 18th. Stop by our stand for some free treats, a photo with Popeye and a chance to win a free lunch or dinner at The Albright!  http://thealbright.com/

Breeze Bike Share – 1631 Colorado Ave
Bike Month 2017 Special:  20% off new Monthly or Annual Memberships with Breeze Bike Share!  Apply Promo Code “BIKEMONTH20” at checkout.
*Already a member and want to take advantage of this deal? Turn off your auto-renew and wait until your current plan expires. Then unsubscribe and resubscribe to the Monthly or Annual Plan using the BIKEMONTH20 promo code.  **Offer valid for new monthly or annual memberships. Expires Midnight May 31.    http://BreezeBikeShare.com

Cross Campus – 929 Colorado Ave
Bike Month  2017 Special:  Waived initial fees ($150) value & first month fees waived. http://www.crosscamp.us/

Elyptol Inc. – 2500 Broadway –
For Bike Month we are offering 25% off your online purchase plus free carabiner clips for each 2oz travel size product purchased.  The promo code: BUYLOCALSM http://elyptol.com

T-Mobile USA, Inc. – 1410 3rd Street Promenade
Stop by the T-Mobile 3rd Street Promenade with your bike and/or bike helmet for exclusive offers for during the month of May!   T-Mobile is also excited to be part of Bike to Work Day Pit Stop @ City Hall where we’ll be offering demonstrations of our new COBI Connected Bike!  http://t-mobile.com

Insights from Bogota comes to Santa Monica!

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.

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.

Stay up to date on the event here

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.

Presentation: Urban Cycling Institute, Rotterdam May 3rd.

A presentation of research with students from the Urban Cycling Institute in Rotterdam. The event is scheduled for the evening of May 3rd in Santa Monica, Happy Hour reception will follow.
See event info HERE, RSVP HERE

The event is FREE, RSVP TODAY HERE

Join us as we explore research and maybe some myths on how to expand on these simple notions:

  • Build it & they will come
  • Cycling replaces driving
  • Write a plan & follow it
  • Cycling requires icons

A presentation of research with students from the Urban Cycling Institute, Rotterdam.

A presentation of research with students from the Urban Cycling Institute in Rotterdam. The event is scheduled for May 3rd. Details on Santa Monica location are being confirmed and will be announced shortly.

Louis M. Uljee & Pieter Zonneveld & Students, Rotterdam Business School, Netherlands


  • Role of City Hall as HONEST BROKER:: Clean City, Quiet City, Safe City, Healthy City?
  • Bike share
  • Peer to peer bike constructions ( Apps?)
  • Entitlements: cars vs bikes vs pedestrians
  • Public transport + fishbone structure between stations + sharing bikes model
  • Flow theory Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Influence of (solar) e-bikes
  • Myths: Expand not the theories, what do they mean and how can we actually achieve them?
    • Build it and they will come.
    • Cycling replaces driving?
    • Write a plan and follow it.
    • Cycling requires Icons.
  • Swarm theory: The Genius of Swarms. A single ant or bee isn’t smart, but their colonies are. The study of swarm intelligence is providing insights that can help humans manage complex systems, from truck routing to military robots. Applied to bike networks?

May 3rd in Santa Monica, Doors open at 5:30pm
Easy accessible via EXPO, BBB & METRO, Bike Parking.


HandleBar Happy Hour reception will follow
at Bareburger!

Rotterdam comes to Santa Monica: Presentation

Join us as we explore how to expand on the simple notions:

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!|
Rotterdam comes to Santa Monica —
evening of May 3rd

A presentation of research with students from the Urban Cycling Institute in Rotterdam. The event is scheduled for May 3rd. Details on Santa Monica location are being confirmed and will be announced shortly.

Louis M. Uljee & Pieter Zonneveld & Students, Rotterdam Business School, Netherlands


  • Role of City Hall as HONEST BROKER:: Clean City, Quiet City, Safe City, Healthy City?
  • Bike share
  • Peer to peer bike constructions ( Apps?)
  • Entitlements: cars vs bikes vs pedestrians
  • Public transport + fishbone structure between stations + sharing bikes model
  • Flow theory Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Influence of (solar) e-bikes
  • Myths: Expand not the theories, what do they mean and how can we actually achieve them?
    • Build it and they will come.
    • Cycling replaces driving?
    • Write a plan and follow it.
    • Cycling requires Icons.
  • Swarm theory: The Genius of Swarms. A single ant or bee isn’t smart, but their colonies are. The study of swarm intelligence is providing insights that can help humans manage complex systems, from truck routing to military robots. Applied to bike networks?

SAVE THE DATE: Evening of May 3rd in Santa Monica
Happy Hour reception will follow Location TBD.

The event will be updated as details are confirmed