Have heard the exciting news? Our local bike share is now regional!
On Monday, April 23 the bike share systems in Santa Monica (Breeze Bike Share), Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills Bike Share), West Hollywood (WeHo Pedals Bike Share) and UCLA (Bruin Bike Share) are formally launching one seamless bike share network available for residents, commuters, and visitors alike – Bike Share Connect.
This is the implementation of one of the long term goals when we first launched bike share in Santa Monica two and half years ago. By bridging the gaps between existing system areas, Bike Share Connect further expands availability of bike share across the region and provides car-free mobility in a fun, healthy and environmentally-friendly way. Smart Bikes can be unlocked at one station and returned to any other station in the system area making it easy to commute to work or school, run errands, get to social engagements, and more.
The new system area encompasses 35-square miles with 830 GPS-connected “Smart Bikes” and 135 station locations. The integrated GPS and locking mechanism that are standard on every bike are what make the bikes “Smart Bikes”. The GPS and lock allow users to lock up at any public bike rack. Users can then find available bikes nearby using the Social Bicycles app. In this way, Bike Share Connect network is a “dock-optional” system.
Existing members of Breeze Bike Share, Beverly Hills Bike Share, WeHo Pedals Bike Share or Bruin Bike Share automatically have access to the Bike Share Connect network. Starting April 23, new users can join the network by downloading the Social Bicycles mobile app, selecting the Bike Share Connect network, and choosing a payment plan. Residents, commuters, or visitors without a smartphone or internet access can create an account at any time at one of the 16 self-service kiosks in the network.
Consistent pricing throughout the network makes it easy for users to access the system. Prices will not increase with the launch of this expanded network – giving users access to more bikes in more places for the same price.
This has been a collaborative effort and we are so happy to see it get it off the ground. We hope you are as excited about this as we are.
HandleBar Happy Hour April 26th at The Curious Palate in the Santa Monica Place
– Joined again by the monthly Ride with the Mayor
JOIN us for either or both!
This month we visit The Curious Palate, a Bike Local, Buy Local Business. A comfortable dining room and spacious patio on the dining deck of Santa Monica Place. There’s plenty of room for families, dogs, and groups of friends to gather. For The Curious Palate, cooking is all about connecting with people – and with the earth. This means they’re always exploring new ways of supporting artisans and local producers who can provide them with fresh, sustainable, natural ingredients to share with their patrons. They sell house made jams and jellies and source much of their fruit and produce locally through Farmers Markets. Plus both their restaurants are built and furnished with Douglas Fir sourced from tear downs — including one from a house here in Santa Monica – that’s cool!
HandleBar Happy Hour Special:
HH drink menu will be extended for entire duration of our visit, PLUS we’ll get 10% off on all remaining menu food and drinks (excluding the happy hour drinks).
End of every month we like to get together for fun, support local businesses, and to celebrate all things bike.
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 month’s host Lunetta All Day – We had a GREAT GROUP – FUN was had by all!
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!
KIDICAL MASS The Lorax Earth Day Bike Ride
Tour Park Drive Community Garden
FUN hands-on KIDS Workshop
Free: Please RSVP HERE
TIME: 9:00 AM – NOON
START: MEMORIAL PARK
– By playground enter on 14th Street.
PITSTOP Activities at Park Drive
– Broadway between 24th & Park Dr
Our Earth Day theme this year is Dr Seuss’ The Lorax.
We will spend more time at the Park Drive Park and Community Gardens with more fun activities!!
The Lorax was Dr. Seuss‘ personal favorite of his children’s book. It chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the Once-ler. As in most Dr. Seuss works, most of the creatures mentioned are original to the book. What costume will you dream up?
The book is commonly recognized as a fable and a story Dr Seuss was able to create addressing economic and environmental issues without it being dull. “The Lorax,” he once explained, “came out of me being angry. In The Lorax I was out to attack what I think are evil things and let the chips fall where they might.”
Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica Community Gardeners for Santa Monica’s Kidical Mass: The Lorax Family Ride and Garden Tour 2018.
We will take a family friendly ride in Santa Monica to visit Park Drive Community Garden for a special kid friendly event. Prizes and giveaways!
9::00am – 12:30pm
– Check-in, Morning Snacks (coffee and juice), Bike Safety Checks by Performance Bicycles Santa Monica, Helmet Decorating.
We ride to Park Drive Park and Community Gardens for extended pitstop activities!
– Pitstop host Santa Monica Community Gardeners
– Ride to Pit Stop visit at PARK DRIVE COMMUNITY GARDEN extended activities
– Family Garden tours and Community Garden Workshop for the kids, seed planting, the life of soil!
– Face Painting at Park Drive Park
– Pancakes cooked right at the park, kids can create their own gummy worm dirt cups
– Ride back to Memorial Park by noon,
* 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……
Walk or ride on over with your friends, neighbors, and family to enjoy a public open house and learn about the safety enhancements coming soon to 17th Street & Michigan Avenue.
Sat. April 7 10a-12p
Camine o paseé con sus amigos, vecinos y familiares para disfrutar una cita de puertas abiertas para aprender acerca de los mejoramientos de seguridad que vienen pronto a la calle 17 y la avenida Michigan.
Sab. 7 Abril 10a-12p
The City of Santa Monica Mobility Division invites you to an open house to introduce the preliminary designs for the Safe Streets for 17th Street & Michigan Avenue project. The open house will have on display pedestrian improvements and bicycle enhancements proposed for the project. Come review and share your thoughts about the proposed enhancements! For more information: www.smgov.net/17thStreet Or contact Carlos Morales, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Santa Monica, 310-458-2670, email@example.com.
When: Tuesday April 3, 2018, 6p-8p &
Saturday April 7, 2018, 10a-12p
Where: 2200 Virginia Avenue Virginia Avenue Park
Thelma Terry Multipurpose Room
La División de Movilidad de la Ciudad de Santa Mónica los invita a una cita de puertas abiertas para presentar diseños conceptuales preliminares de seguridad para la calle 17 y la avenida Michigan. La casa abierta tendrá en exhibición de los propuestos mejoramientos para peatones y ciclistas. ¡Venga a revisar y comparta sus opiniones sobre el proyecto! Para más información: www. smgov.net/17thStreet O comuníquese con Carlos Morales, Plani cador de Transporte para la Ciudad de Santa Mónica, 310-458-2670, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cuando: Martes, 3 de Abril 2018, 6p-8p Y
Sábado 7 de Abril 2018, 10a-12p
Dónde: 2200 Virginia Avenue Virginia Avenue Park
Thelma Terry Multipurpose Room
To request diasbility-related accomodations for this event, please contact
Para acomodaciones relacionadas con la diasbilidad para este evento, favor llame
310-458-2201 Ext 2379