Category Archives: Expo

Expo II: Let’s go Multi-Modal with the Whole Family

 

Sunday May 22nd: Let’s go Multi-Modal on a special Expo II Adventure with the Whole Family.

Expo Line Opens to Santa Monica on May 20th. Join us for an family Friendly adventure for the whole family on Sunday!
With funding from our partners at Metro lets take a ride on Expo, Kids Bikes and All!
We start at 17th Expo Station take a short ride on the Expo II Bike Path and then jump on Expo to Exposition Park for a short ride around the Rose Garden, then back to Santa Monica. Fun for the whole family.

Start time planned for 10am,
Receive a FREE Expo II Commemorative t-shirt when you pre-register.
One for each child plus One adult shirt per family., while supplies last!

Registration limited please RSVP today. For registration form and any FINAL UPDATES please visit the event page HERE

Bike Week LA in Santa Monica, Thursday May 19th BTWD

Santa Monica Bike to Work Day Pitstops 2016 & our
6th Annual Bike FROM Work Handlebar Happy Hour at Areal Restaurant

Bonus: This year we have TWO to visit! Public Bikes at 2714 Main Street 90405 is also hosting a Handlebar Happy Hour supporting SM Spoke!
5:30-7:30pm 

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Did you take the pledge? 
If your ride is long or a full day at work makes it a challenge to pedal home, go multi-modal: , Big Blue Bus joins Metro (and other transit) to offer FREE rides to bicyclists all day on May 19th. Bring your bike or helmet on board a Big Blue Bus and you can ride for free.

Full list Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials 2016

Santa Monica Spoke and Local EVENTS Listed 

Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

2016, Santa Monica Bike to Work Pit Stops:
Metro LA Pitstop Map

note: if you know of other Pitstops not listed – lets us know and we will add them!
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City of Santa Monica, the grand-daddy of all Bike to Work Pit Stops! 6-9am, 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  90401 free treats!  http://thealbright.com
     • Yogurtland Santa Monica –  304 Santa Monica Boulevard  90401 –coupons for free
yogurt! Or stop by their store during Bike Week for coupons for 3oz off when you mention
“Bike Local SM!”  http://www.Instagram.com/YogurtlandSM

Santa Monica Spoke 7am -9am 17th and Broadway Bike to Work Pit Stop. Coffee, Juice, breakfast food and healthy snacks!

Santa Monica Spoke  9:30am – 10:30 at 1640 5th Street, south of the Expo Terminus at SM Spoke HQ.

Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom 50th District2600 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405 Bike to Work Day Pit Stop 8:30-10:30am. Stop by on your bike ride to work, Light snacks and refreshments, legislative resources and promotional bike items.

Areal Restaurant, 10am-11pm, 2820 Main Street,
Free coffees & fountain drinks as well as refilling of water bottles. 20% off any food purchase by mentioning that you biked to work

Crossroads School, 7-10am, 1729 21st Street (just south of Olympic Blvd),
Cold drinks, snacks, water, giveaways FUN

GIANT SANTA MONICA –  2411 Main Street 90405
Save 10%-15% off MSRP on select bikes + accessories. Free Bike Safety Checks. Free $40 Helmet with $400 Bike Purchase.  http://www.giantsantamonica.com/en-us/

Moore Ruble Yudell –  933 Pico Boulevard  90405 Bike to Work Pit Stop on Thursday,  from 7-9 a.m.  http://www.moorerubleyudell.com

Next Salon –  2400 Main Street  #C3 90405  Bike to Work Pit Stop from 7-9 a.m.
$20.00 gift card to Main Street Santa Monica bikers to use any time at Next Salon. http://www.nextsalon.com

Natural Resources Defense Council 1314 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Bike to Work Day Pit Stop from 10am-3pm. Water station, bike pump and granola bars

Helens Cycles,  6:30-10AM, 2501 Broadway, 90404 Free bike safety checks, water bottles coupons, information, Bonk Breaker Bars & drinks out in front of the store! http://helenscycles.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, 7:00 am – 12:00 pm1555 2nd Street (corner of 2nd and Colorado) Come visit our Pit Stop on Thursday, We will have juice, coffee, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, bike maps, and informational materials!

Cynergy Cycles, 2300 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, 90404
Bike Week:
FREE Safety Checks on all brands of bikes, 20% off Helmets, 10% off all Bike Accessories BOGO on select Road Tires www.cynergycycles.com

Bike Attack SANTA MONICA –  2400 Main Street Thursday May 19th 
15% off MSRP on select bikes & accessories. Free Mini-Tune-up. Free Kali Helmet with $400 Bike Purchase.  www.bikeattack.com

Bike Attack Electric+ –  2904 Main Street Thursday May 19th
15% off MSRP on select electric bikes & accessories. Free Mini-Tune-up. Free Kali Helmet with E-Bike Purchase.  www.electricbikeattack.com

IZIP Store, 9am – 6pm 2830 Main St: (90405) 10% off Accessories and Services. Free Safety Checks (use promo code “RIDE2WORK”) 

Please check back here or the event Calendar for more listings & specials!

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LA Metro’s Proposed Transit System

Wow!  LA Metro’s proposed transit system is amazing – check out this map!

We all know that LA County once had one of the world’s most extensive rail transit systems – shutdown by automobile interests, as legend has it.

Well, it is back to the future in November 2016 if voters get a chance to approve a ballot measure that looks like Metro’s Draft Expenditure Plan!  (see below)

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As we have said before, the proposed investment in new, extended or enhanced rail transit system in the Metro Draft Plan is nothing short of incredible!

And there is more:  about 6% of the measure, maybe more, will be spent improving pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.  Other funds will help keep fares low and ensure State of Good Repair for both our highway and transit systems.

CLICK HERE and connect to Metro’s Draft Plan .

Want to know more?  Join Move LA’s 8th Annual Transportation Conversation on Monday May 23.

You will hear from LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, chair of Metro’s Board, as well as LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, and USC’s Dr. Manuel Pastor and other leaders from our diverse coalition of business, labor, environmental and social justice leaders.

REGISTER HERE: MONDAY, MAY 23, at the LA Cathedral’s Conference Center in downtown Los Angeles

Denny Zane for Move LA
http://www.movela.org/

Expo Line: More to Explore, Opens to Santa Monica May 20

Opening Ceremony
If you want to see Expo Train break through ribbon be at 5th and Colorado at 9:45am 

Expo Line to Santa Monica
Fact Sheet

project overview
Metro’s Expo Line to Santa Monica opens on May 20th, with seven new stations and 6.6 miles of rail. The $1.5 billion light rail to the Paci c Ocean extends from the existing Expo Line Culver City station to Downtown Santa Monica station, linking Westside neighborhoods and expanding the Metro Rail system to over 100 miles. Connecting Downtown LA to Downtown Santa Monica, the Expo Line is sustainable, cost effective, and a great alternative to the gridlock on the I-10 freeway.

project at a glance
>  Extends from existing Expo Line Culver City station to Downtown Santa Monica station, adding 6.6 miles of new rail
>  Direct access to the Paci c Ocean
>  Expands Metro Rail system to over 100 miles
> Approximate 46-minute* ride from Downtown LA toDowntown Santa Monica
> Three new Park & Ride Lots (fees will apply) > Extensive Bike Path
> Bike racks and bike lockers
> All new stations feature public artworks

7 new stations
> Palms
> Westwood/Rancho Park
> Expo/Sepulveda > Expo/Bundy
> 26th St/Bergamot > 17th St/SMC
> Downtown Santa Monica

*Data from nal environmental impact report, December 2005.

Expo II station map

Click map for train schedule

Expo: más para explorar en español

Expo II Station Celebrations Santa Monica

Expo More to Explore

Expo II Station Celebrations

More celebrating with Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

Visit all three Santa Monica Stations, each is planned to be themed differently – Santa Monica Spoke is planned to be at all three stations. This historic event is one not to be missed. See event calendar for latest info.

Local Station activities will be hosted at all three Santa Monica stations at 26th St/Bergamot Station (at Olympic and 26 th Street), and 17th St/SMC Station (at Colorado and 17th Street), and Downtown Santa Monica Station (at Colorado and 4th Street) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and fares will be free on May 21 on the Expo Line as well as on Big Blue Bus and Breeze Bike Share. Each of the new stations in Santa Monica will celebrate the opening and various locations will provide information about local transportation options, and encourage attendees to get out and about to enjoy local businesses and activities happening throughout the day.
Updates posted as they are released.

more info at
http://smgov.net/expo/ and http://moreexpo.metro.net

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BOGO = Buy One Get One FREE

BBB BOGO

For a limited time, buy one Big Blue Bus pass, and get a second pass for free (aka BOGO). During BOGO, it’s easy to try Big Blue as your connection to Expo.

How can I BOGO?

There are two ways to BOGO*:

  • Add any Big Blue Bus pass to a TAP (Transit Access Pass) card and we’ll provide you with another pass for free.
  • Add Stored Value on a TAP card and we’ll match your value for free so you can ride Big Blue Bus and Expo, up to $20 free value.

*Please note, to participate in BOGO you must load Big Blue Bus passes or Stored Value on TAP. TAP cards are available for purchase and cost $2 each. 

When can I BOGO?

Mark your calendar! BOGO starts on Friday, May 13th and is only available while supplies last.

Where can I BOGO?

Purchase BOGO and the Santa Monica limited edition TAP cards at:

  • Blue: the Transit Store (1444 4th St.) from 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday.
  • Mobility Center inside Santa Monica City Hall (1685 Main St.) from 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Thursday and Fridays from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Which passes are available during BOGO?

Big Blue Bus fare products included in the BOGO promotion are:

  • Regular Day Pass
  • Senior/Disabled/Medicare** Day Pass
  • Regular 7 Day Pass
  • Regular 13 Rides Pass
  • Senior/Disabled/Medicare 13 Rides Pass
  • Regular 30 Day Pass
  • Senior/Disabled/Medicare 30 Day Pass
  • Youth 30 Day Pass
  • Regular 30 Day Express Pass
  • Senior/Disabled/Medicare 30 Day Express Pass
  • TAP Stored Value

**Senior/Disable/Medicare riders may load reduced rate passes on special reduced-fare TAP cards. Click here to learn more about reduced rates.

What is Stored Value?

Stored Value is like cash on your TAP card that allows you to pay-per-ride. For seamless and cashless travel between Big Blue Bus and the Expo Line, use Stored Value on a TAP card for both systems. During BOGO, load a TAP card with Stored Value (up to $20 per visit), and you will receive an equal amount of Stored Value for free.

How does Stored Value work?

Stored Value is a pay-per-ride option recommended for riders who would like to pay for their Big Blue Bus cash fare and use other TAP-participating transit agencies. When you tap your card, the correct fare will be automatically deducted.

At this time, customers paying with TAP Stored Value will tap once and then pay the $1.25 Rapid 10 Express upgrade fee in cash.

What TAP card designs are available?

The City of Santa Monica commissioned three local artists’ work for commemorative TAP card designs as part of Expo celebrations. These limited edition TAP cards will only be available at the City Hall Mobility Center and at Blue: the Transit Store for $2 each until supplies last. Load your BOGO promotion onto one of these stylish TAP cards and GoSaMO! Standard TAP card designs will also be available for purchase.

Santa Monica Limited Edition TAP card designs

What are the details?

BOGO is limited to $110 free value, per person with ID, per week and will run while supplies last. All Big Blue Bus passes and Stored Value must be loaded onto a TAP card, which will be available for purchase for $2 each, including the three limited edition Santa Monica TAP cards. Click here to download the Business Rules. 

How do you transfer from Big Blue to Expo or vice versa?

BBB to Metro Rail: Ask the operator for a Metro Rail transfer when boarding. The cost is 50 cents. You will receive a special TAP-enabled transfer that you should tap on the validator/turnstile when you arrive at the train station.

Metro Rail to BBB: Purchase a “Metro-to-Muni’ transfer (same as an Inter-Agency Transfer) for 50 cents at one of the station ticket vending machines after you exit the train. These can be loaded on your TAP card. When boarding BBB, simply tap your card on the TAP validator to use the transfer.

Where can I reload my TAP card after BOGO?

You can reload Big Blue Bus passes and Stored Value online at taptogo.net, by phone at 866.TAPTOGO (866.827.8646), at TAP vending machines in Metro Rail Stations or at Blue: the Transit Store. Please note that online and phone fare orders may take up to 45 minutes to be ready on BBB, 24-48 hours to be ready on buses from other agencies that have farebox TAP validators, and up to 1 hour to be ready at Metro Rail stations.

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CARLESS in LA: one woman’s car-free trek thru Los Angeles

Movie Screening: CARLESS in LA

Carefree in LA

In celebration of METRO’s new Expo 2 line to Santa Monica + Bike Month You are cordially invited to the premiere of the feature documentary

CARLESS in LA: one woman’s car-free trek thru Los Angeles

DATE: Wednesday, May 25th 2016
TIME: Doors 6:30 PM, screening 7:00 PM, Reception to follow
PLACE: Laemmle Monica Film Center, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Panelist and Q&A Discussion to follow featuring Diego Cardoso of METRO; Jonathan Parfrey of CicLAvia; Aaron Paley formerly of CicLAvia; Cynthia Rose Director Santa Monica Spoke and filmmaker Katie Rogers

PLEASE NOTE: This is a private screening with limited seating. RSVP to KatieRogers777@gmail.com with your name and email to ensure your seat.

We are organizing a group ride that will likely meet at the 17th Street Expo Station and ride to the Laemmle for the show!
Group ride info will be updated in future post and on the EVENT PAGE HERE

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Breeze SM Community Bike Routes & Expo II Bike Path Tour

Breeze membershipStart Bike Week with a Bike Tour on Breeze Bike Share!
We’ll explore Expo II Bike Path.
Sunday, May 15th, 10am – noon

Breeze SM Community Ride is a monthly group ride for current and prospective Breeze members. The ride meets at 10 at Expo 17th Street Breeze Station. This week we’ll explore the Santa Monica’s bike infrastructure as we point our local bike friendly businesses and attractions. Additionally, we’ll learn helpful tips on how to better use
the Breeze bike share system, including checking out, locking, flexibility of “out of station” and “hold” features, multiple bike check out on one account, and Rules of the Road

Ride Breeze Bike Share or ride your own bike – all are welcome!
It promises to be a day of exploration and fun!

On the ride you’ll experience some of Santa Monica amazing bike infrastructure. Surely to be a day of fun and excitement.

Participants’ ride time will be credited FOR THREE HOURS and first time participants can receive a FREE helmet. You must be 16* or over to participate (*under 18 must accompanied by parent or guardian and wear a helmet).

Registration is FREE but required — Please click here to RSVP today!

Two feeder rides from Santa Monica to CicLAvia The Valley, Go MULTIMODAL!

This Sunday all new CicLAvia – The Valley!
Two Feeder Ride options from Santa Monica, Tongva Park

This first CicLAvia of 2015 represents the inaugural visit of LA’s renowned open streets event to the San Fernando Valley. For this CicLAvia participants will be able to travel between North Hollywood and Studio City on car-free streets, using foot, pedal and non-motorized wheel power. CicLAvia – The Valley March 22, from 9am–4pm

Whether you ride with us or get there on your own – don’t miss it! CicLAvia celebrates the streets of Los Angeles for everyone!  Temporarily limiting the access of motor vehicles and opening the streets to all users – walking, wheelchairs, skates, bikes, scooters, skate boards, strollers – you name it! Helpful suggestion on participation at CicLAvia

We will host two feeder ride options to CicLAvia this Sunday, March 22nd.
PLEASE NOTE: NEW MEETNG LOCATION AND TIME FOR SANTA MONCIA FEEDER RIDES. Both Ride options meet in Tongva Park, 7:30am


Start           Tongva Park, center of park grass area near restrooms
Address      1615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Meet           7:30am
Roll out      8:00am (sharp)

Option 1 – Multimodal
Bike it to Culver City and EXPO LINE to RED LINE together
THIS ROUTE WAS UPDATED 3/21 DUE TO EXPO CONSTRUCTION

route-7243818-map-fullThis UPDATED Route is 8.2 miles and mostly flat with bike lanes or low traffic volume streets at our time of travel. We will be traveling at an easy pace but do ask you “stay with the pace” so we can all get there together. No rider is left behind.
For feeder ride all young children should be on tag-a-long or in trailers. Want to ride yourself to Expo here’s a simple route on Venice Blvd

Option 2 – Advanced
Bike from Santa Monica to CicLAvia – The Valley

(bail out option at Metro Station Hollywood and Highland)

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This Route is for more advance riders – slightly faster paced with more elevation gain (click map).
The group will still stay together with no rider left behind – you do have the option if you choose to jump on the Metro Red Line if you run out of steam or prefer not to ride over the hill on Cahuenga Blvd.

Want to ride to Red Line on your own? Here is that route

Click here to download map

Stuff to bring:

  • helmut (for feeder ride or children under 18)
  • sun screen
  • cash –
  • spare tube/ patch kit
  • hydration
  • any special tools your bike requires!
  • SMILES

Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 takes the frwy downtown LA from Santa Monica FAST!
Catch the Red Line at the 7th Street Metro Hub . 

Light Rail: Connect to the Expo Line Culver City Station (timetable) then 
Big Blue Bus Rapid 20 to DT SM, Rapid 12 (to Westwood) or Route 12 (Westwood and Palms)
The Metro trip planner can be found here

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CicLAvia the Valley, March 22nd: Feeder Rides from Santa Monica!

CicLAvia makes its first journey to the San Fernando Valley March 22, from 9am–4pm when Metro Presents CicLAvia – The Valley. This first CicLAvia of 2015 represents the inaugural visit of LA’s renowned open streets event to the San Fernando Valley.
For this CicLAvia participants will be able to travel between North Hollywood and Studio City on car-free streets, using foot, pedal and non-motorized wheel power. YEY!!

This time we will host TWO feeder events to CicLAvia from Santa Monica!!  
Both start at Tongva Park: “Bike it – all the way” or NEW “Multimodal – Bike it to Expo & Train”
click HERE for all the latest updates and routes.

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Click map for larger view or to download

Metro Presents CicLAvia – The Valley runs 5.5 miles along Lankershim Boulevard between the North Hollywood Metro Red Line stop at Chandler Boulevard and the Universal Studio Red Line stop, and along Ventura Boulevard between Campo de Cahuenga and Coldwater Canyon. The route will highlight some of the gems of the East Valley including the North Hollywood Arts District, Universal City, the historic Campo de Cahuenga, Studio City Farmers Market and the famed Sportsmen’s Lodge.