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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

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.


  • 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


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)
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!

Celebrating: New Bike Counter in Santa Monica

Santa Monica gets a real time data collecting with our
new Bike Counter on Main Street
in support of multimodal transportation and biking

Full gallery in our Flickr album


Santa Monica installs a Real-Time Bike Counter!

Real-Time Bike Information Hits Main Street Wednesday December 20th, 2016

New bike counter will track bikers as they pass City Hall
north and southbound

img_3730SANTA MONICA, Calif. – A real-time bike counter is being installed on Main Street in front of City Hall this week to better understand the number of people getting around the city on bike while also displaying to bikers that their choice to bike counts! The counter is connected to sensors in the green lanes on Main Street, both northbound and southbound. This fun visual feedback encourages cycling and is part of the GoSaMo campaign to equip, excite, and inform everyone of new mobility options.


WHEN: Wednesday, December 19, noon – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: 1685 Main Street, near Breeze Bike Share Station (before Main St. bridge)
WHO: Mayor Ted Winterer and City Manager Rick Cole will join Santa Monica Spoke, Climate Action Santa Monica, and Breeze Bike Share for a short “bike counter” welcome event.

To learn more about the bike totem, visit

More Bikey Events this Saturday!

Paws & Pedals

Paws and Pedals Adoption Event, in partnership with Public Bikes, LA Love and Leashes is coming up this Saturday. They will have dogs up for adoption in the store, as well as gifts and giveaways, and samples from Healthy Spot, Earthbath and a few others. They will also have a pet photographer on-site to take pet portraits and will be collecting donations which will all go to LA Love and Leashes.


Bikerowave: Potluck / Open House this Saturday 12/10


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E-Bike Expo comes to the Santa Monica Pier Parking Lot in December!


From Friday through Sunday, December 2-4 at the Santa Monica Pier parking lot you can experience a new type of bicycle riding at the Electric Bike Expo event!

Test Ride More Than 100 Different Models

Come test ride more than 100 different models of the latest electric assist bikes from brands such as  Blix, BMW, BULLS, Easy Motion, Focus, Gazelle, Kalkhoff, Riese & Muller, Raleigh, Stromer, Tempo (Expo Charity Sponsor), Trek (Expo Track Sponsor), Wallerang, and Yuba, with the latest electric drive systems from Bosch (Expo Presenting Sponsor), Shimano, and others. And stay tuned for more eBike companies that will be there.

There will be a wide range of bicycles ranging from beach cruisers to street commuters, to mountain bikes and cargo bikes to try. Many of the models are brand new to the US and here to be tested by you for the very first time!

Register for the Expo now! Click here.

If you register now you will be entered to win prizes like a LED light or Electric Bike Expo polo shirt, and you will have VIP (quick) access to the test track.

Meet Manufacturers and Dealers

Meet all the manufacturers and learn everything you need to know about this fun transportation alternative. Best of all, it’s FREE!

Tempo Bicycles will be raffling off one of their Carmel or Santa Barbara hybrid electric bicycles worth $4,000 to a lucky winner — the raffle proceeds will go to Santa Monica Spoke. Raffle tickets will be $5 each for a chance  to win a Tempo hybrid electric bicycle!

  • Focus will be offering $200 discount coupons for attendees that ride their e-bikes at Expo events.
  • Kalkhoff will be offering $200 discount coupons for attendees that ride their e-bikes at Expo events.
  • Gazelle will be offering $200 discount coupons for attendees that ride their e-bikes at Expo events.

Santa Monica Spoke Meeting & 5yr BAP Party Saturday!

SM Spoke MeetingDoors open at 9:30am with coffee, bagels & breakfast treats.

Arrive by 10am and get a gift bag*

10:15AM – Short discussion style presentation about local projects, BAP update with City Staff
– time for input and questions.

*ONLY those that arrive by 10am will get the bonus gift bag

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Santa Monica Bike Center is turning FIVE

screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-11-17-02-amSurprise Surprise, The Santa Monica Bike Center is turning FIVE!
They are hosting a party to celebrate their 5th Anniversary!
Friday, November 18th from 5-7p they’ll have food, beverages, and fun activities for the whole family.