Category Archives: #GoSaMo

Meeting: Santa Monica Pier Bridge Replacement Project

Draft Environmental Impact Report comments due February 13th.

We have actively been engaged with this community process since it started 2013. For background information and links to the process to date please click HERE. For the Concepts Summary Report you can click HERE.


SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The City of Santa Monica, in cooperation with Caltrans, is proposing to reconstruct the Santa Monica Pier Bridge to meet current seismic and safety standards. There are several upcoming opportunities to weigh in on the Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (EIR/EA) for the proposed project, including a public meeting on Wednesday, January 10.

The Pier Bridge Replacement Project would replace the Santa Monica Pier Bridge with a single bridge or two separate bridges. The following three alternatives were evaluated in the environmental report:

  • Alternative 1 would replace the existing bridge with a new, wider bridge in the same location and construct a temporary bridge on Moss Avenue to maintain vehicle access to the Pier during construction.
  • Alternative 2 would be the same replacement bridge as proposed in Alternative 1; however, temporary vehicular access to the Pier deck during construction would be via a temporary vehicle ramp from Parking Lot 1 North.
  • Alternative 3 would construct two new permanent bridges. The existing bridge would be replaced with a new bridge in the same location for mainly pedestrian and bicycle use. Permanent vehicle access to the Pier would be via the second new permanent bridge at the Moss Avenue entrance. (Favored)

The public is invited to learn more about these three alternatives and next steps in the process, as well as weigh in through the following opportunities:

  1. Attend a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
  2. Review the material online at smgov.net/smpierbridge, at all Santa Monica libraries and at the Caltrans District 7 office, 100 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.
  3. Submit comments by email at pierbridge@smgov.net or by mail addressed to:

Eren, P.E., Civil Engineer
City of Santa Monica, Civil Engineering Division
1437 4th St., Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401

The deadline for public comments on the EIR/EA is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Comments submitted via mail must be postmarked by February 13, 2018.

January Ride with the Mayor and MORE!

CELEBRATION:
A Year of Monthly Rides & Walks with the Mayor
This will be our Anniversary Ride with the Mayor & CalBike!
…. but there’s more!

Click image for flickr gallery

Not only will the Mayor and the City of Santa Monica Mobility Team be there, but we are excited we will again be joined by the Board and staff of the California Bicycle Coalition (who joined us on our very 1st Ride with the Mayor)…

But also another special guestJeffrey Tanenhaus of Countri Bike!!

You may remember Jeffrey and his Epic Cross County Adventure on a Citi Bike – We welcomed
Jeffrey and his Countri Bike with a Finish Line Celebration two years ago at the Santa Monica Pier.

On this Anniversary Ride we have a Trifecta! Santa Monica Mayor / CalBike / Countri Bike
— followed by a HandleBar Happy Hour “Brunch” #HBHH+B

Join Santa Monica Spoke, Mayor Ted Winterer, City of Santa Monica Mobility Team, California Bicycle Coalition and Jeffrey Tanenhaus for this 3x’s the FUN CELEBRATION!

Surely to be a day of fun and excitement, you’ll experience some of Santa Monica’s amazing bike infrastructure, maybe hear about new projects and if you like, chat with the Mayor, City Management or staff, CalBike or Jeffrey on a socially paced bike tour of Santa Monica to BRUNCH! The ride is around 5 miles but still TBD – mostly on streets with bike lanes and is planned to be about an hour in length. We end our ride at a yet to be determined location for a no host HBHH Brunch Social.

This event will be updated as venues is confirmed – if you are RSVP’d you will get an email notification through Eventbrite when location is confirmed – VERY SOON!


January 2017 we led Santa Monica’s first official “Ride with the Mayor”
— Mayor Ted Winterer, City management, staff and The California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) board and staff took a wonderful bike tour of Santa Monica. We are so happy CalBike is joining us again this year on the anniversary of our very first Ride with the Mayor!

Our local leader Cynthia Rose brings it all together as she is not only the Director of Santa Monica Spoke, she is also a Vice President on the CalBike board of directors as well as a former board member of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) and the primary catalyst for LACBC’s Local Chapters with Santa Monica Spoke being the founding chapter way back in 2009.

January 2017 Ride with the Mayor was joined by community members of all ages and the CalBike Board & Staff             — click image for flickr gallery

November 30th, HandleBar Happy Hour: TRiP

For November our #HandleBarHappyHour will be at TRiP  This venue takes pride in that they strongly support local music and prides themselves in assisting up and coming artists.  They book 30 to 40 acts a week, most of which are local.  So… just like we say “buy local and support local” — including music!  Places like this are indeed what make our community a great place to live, work and play.

5:30-8pm & onward
TRiP: 2101 Lincoln Blvd, SM, 90405 
Calendar Event HERE

Since 2013:  TRiP’s wine list has been comprised of ONLY wines grown locally in the Malibu region. Niiiice!


This months HBHH ties into a Movember fundraising event with one of our own – RideShare Jeff!

The show at TRiP begins at 8pm. Facebook event HERE
This event is to raise money and awareness for men’s health related isses. Featuring Rideshare Jeff, CeyJay, Keith and Scorpion Wolf Shark. $5/door, $4 goes to Movember Foundation, 21+


End of every month we like to get together for fun, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always friendly!
This months venue may not be family friendly.

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 El Texate – 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!

 

Operation Firefly!

The New Season Begins!

Join us – volunteer today for local distribution Operation Firefly.

Operation Firefly’s season officially begins when the days get shorter and the clock rolls back  and goes until Spring”forward” – we join LACBC’s and their regional partner distributions by giving away bicycle lights and educational information locally for FREE in Santa Monica.

Scheduling is in progress – Sign up today: Volunteer@SMSpoke.org

Saturday, November 4th: Bike Ride with the Mayor, Breeze Turns 2 Celebration, Party at The Albright!!

Breeze Bike Share is turning 2!

Event is on our Calendar HERE – RSVP HERE

We are proud of all we have accomplished together in our first two years and hope you’ll come celebrate the part you’ve played in the success on a community bike ride. Ride Breeze or your own steed – all are welcome!

Join us Saturday, November 4th on a bike ride with Mayor Ted Winterer, City of Santa Monica and Breeze Bike Share on a Community Ride followed by a brunch time birthday celebration at The Albright on the Santa Monica Pier.

Special menu! $6 Breakfast Burritos & Mimosa!
Check these out:

•  Strong to the Finish
    Spinach Tortilla, Pesto, Eggs, Spinach, Corn, Red Peppers, Black Beans
•  Classic
    Flour Tortilla, Eggs, Pinto Beans, Bacon, Avocado, Breakfast Potatoes,  Cheddar,  Pico de Gallo
•  Cali-for-nia
    Spinach Tortilla, Turkey Sausage, Eggs, White Cheddar, Mushrooms, Breakfast Potatoes, Avocado, Salsa
•  Viva la Vegan
    Spinach Tortilla, Breakfast Potatoes, Black Beans, Avocado, Pico de Gallo, Mushrooms, Spinach

Meet at 9:30 am, depart at 10:00 am from the 17th Street Expo Station. The ride is approximately 5 miles and will end at The Albright (258 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401) at 11:00am. If you can’t make the ride you can still join us for the party at The Albright!
Always FUN, Always Family Friendly!

Breeze is offering free ride time all day November 4th to Celebrate!
RSVP and you can request a free Helmet!


In 2015 Santa Monica launched LA County’s first bike share system, Breeze.
Since then together —

  • We’ve ridden nearly 1.3 million miles!
  • We’re almost 78,000 Breezers
  • We’ve ridden over 607,000 trips
  • We’ve biked around the world 51 times
  • We’ve burned the calories in 22,502 pizzas, and
  • We’ve prevented greenhouse gas emissions from 401 cars driven for one year from entering the atmosphere.

 

Kidical Mass Halloween Edition, October 28th, 2017

KIDICAL MASS: Halloween
Costume Contest

DATE:    SATURDAY October 28, 2017
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON

START:  Reed Park – California Side

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke and City of Santa Monica for the Kidical Mass Halloween Ride. 
We will take a family friendly ride around the neighborhood North of Wilshire on a regular kid friendly event. Prizes and giveaways at when we return!

Schedule.
9::00am – 12:00pm
Don’t miss the fun pre-ride activities!
– Check-in, Morning Snacks, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating and games!
– FAMILY Ride
– Prizes, plus post ride activities and snacks


 

* Children must be accompanied and are the responsibility of their parents. Bikes should be in good working condition. Free Safety Checks on site for minor adjustments/repairs. Please use good judgement – ride is on city streets – smaller children should be in a child seat, in a trailer or Tag-a-long……

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Don’t have a bike –
You can #RideBreeze!

Don’t have a Kid Carrying Bike? NOT  A PROBLEM !sm_bike_center
Special 20% discount on Rentals at the Santa Monica Bike Center. You can find special Kid carrying cargo bikes, kid seats, trailers, tandems, tag-a-longs!! Anything you could need at a 20% discount for rentals) – Please reserve online and write “Kidical Mass” in the special requirements section of the reservation – 20% discount will be applied at check out! Reserve early and plan to pick up bikes Saturday morning in time to arrive at the event.

Breeze Bike Share is Turning 2, Lets Ride and Party!

Breeze Bike Share is turning 2!
We’ve got lots of reasons to celebrate, together.

Event is on our Calendar HERE – RSVP HERE

In 2015 Santa Monica launched LA County’s first bike share system, Breeze.
Since then together —

  • We’ve ridden nearly 1.3 million miles!
  • We’re almost 78,000 Breezers
  • We’ve ridden over 607,000 trips
  • We’ve biked around the world 51 times
  • We’ve burned the calories in 22,502 pizzas, and
  • We’ve prevented greenhouse gas emissions from 401 cars driven for one year from entering the atmosphere.

We are proud of all we have accomplished together in our first two years and hope you’ll come celebrate the part you’ve played in the success on a community bike ride. Ride Breeze or your own steed – all are welcome!

Join us Saturday, November 4th on a bike ride with Mayor Ted Winterer, City of Santa Monica and Breeze Bike Share on a Community Ride followed by a brunch time birthday celebration at The Albright on the Santa Monica Pier.

Meet at 9:30 am, depart at 10:00 am from the 17th Street Expo Station. The ride is approximately 5 miles and will end at The Albright (258 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401) at 11:00am. If you can’t make the ride you can still join us for the party at The Albright! Always FUN, Always Family Friendly!

Breeze is offering free ride time all day November 4th to Celebrate!
RSVP and you can request a free Helmet!

Monthly, annual, and student members will not be charged for ride time exceeding the 90 minutes included with membership. Pay-as-you-go members will not be charged for their ride time. Bike bounties and Out-of-Hub/Out-of-System-Area fees still apply during the promotional period. Not a member? Give it a try by signing up for a Pay-As-You-Go membership at www.breezebikeshare.com or download the Social Bicycles app.

Bring your own bike, helmet, lock & water bottle. Children should be capable of street riding or in an appropriate child seat or trailer. o bike? No problem! Breeze is offering free ride time all day! There is no cost to participate.

Special thanks to our partner The Albright
The relaxed seaside setting is a perfect complement to the delicious menu that reflects a commitment to sustainably caught seafood, locally sourced ingredients, as well as an extensive craft beer and California wine program. The Morenas and their team at The Albright have been trailblazers in sustainability and greening efforts. This year, The Albright is celebrating their 40th anniversary, solidifying their title as the longest running restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier. CONGRATULATIONS!

About the Mayor’s Ride:
Biking (AND WALKING) is better with friends! The monthly Mayor Ride was born last year at the Breeze One year Anniversary Event with a proclamation from our City Manager Rick Cole. We led the 1st Ride with the Mayor which was joined by the California Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors in January 2017 – This free local event has continued with monthly community bike rides and walks with Mayor Ted Winterer and City Staff since January with a different theme monthly. Come meet the Mayor, City staff, and your neighbors while enjoying the Santa Monica sunshine!

Stay up to date on events all over Santa Monica and the Westside at SMSpoke.org, and on our calendar. You can also check out Santa Monica City Planning on Facebook

We look forward to seeing you there!

HandleBar Happy Hour this month is at El Texate!

We are excited to head over to El TEXATE for this month’s HBHH on Wednesday October 25th!

This Month we visit El Texate – Home Made Oaxacan Cuisine Specializing In Moles from Southern Mexico, Not your typical Mexican Restaurant.
Full Bar, featuring 182 Tequilas. Family Own and Operated.
See the event here!

End of every month we like to get together for fun, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always family friendly!

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 The Misfit – 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!