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KIDICAL MASS Bike Ride & Community Garden Tour: April 26th

Park Drive Community Garden
Garden Tours and FUN hands-on KIDS workshop!

First Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, April 26th.
A fun bike ride experience for families with kids of all ages!
Education with Fun, Pizza, Prizes! Wear a costume and you could win a prize!

Kidical Mass flyer 4_2014
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TIME:    9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
– North Parking lot off 14th Street.

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica, SMC Bike Club and Santa Monica Community Gardeners for Santa Monica’s 2nd Kidical Mass Ride. 
We will take a ride around Santa Monica to visit a Community Garden for a special kid friendly event. Pizza Party, Raffle & Prizes at Memorial Park when we return!

9::00am – 10:00am
Check-in, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating
10:00am – 12:00pm 
Pitstop hosts Cynergy Cycles & Santa Monica Community Gardeners
Ride back to Memorial Park
12:00pm – 12:30pm
Return to Memorial Park by noon for Pizza Party, Raffle Drawing and Prizes

Don’t have a Kid Carrying Bike?
Special 20% discount on Rental 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  rentals) – Just mention Kidical Mass Ride! Reserve early and plan to pick up bikes Saturday morning in time to arrive at the event. 

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.

Watch last year’s Kidical Mass here:

SRTS at Samohi and MANGo Passed!

SRTS Samohi
Staff recommendations for Safe Routes to School Conceptual Designs passed by unanimous vote this evening by City Council. These improvements will improve all modes of circulation around Samohi and create a safer environment, encourage and prioritize healthy active transportation and help build on the leadership and momentum of the Solar Alliance Students and Bike it! Walk it!

MANGo, Santa Monica’s first Neighborhood Greenway passed unanimously this evening!
Council set reduced long term goals to 1500 ADT (average daily trips) YEY!
Unfortunately, although traffic diverters remain in the ‘TOOL BOX’ – we will need to return to council for “implementation approval” if diverters are needed to reach ADT goals – adding another layer of “vehicle priority” circulation bureaucracy to healthy, safer streets that should prioritize people and SRTS for future generations of children getting to Samohi.

Media coverage:

Council Approves Two Projects That Prioritize Pedestrian and Bike Safety
Santa Monica Spoke: For MANGo to Work, City Needs Proper Traffic Reduction Goals
Op/Ed: On MANGo, Staff and the Council Need to Believe Their Own Eyes

MANGo & Safe Routes to School at Samohi to City Council Tonight

Best guess on timing for this evening:

© Cynthia Rose


Items presented to City Council
Tuesday, February 11th
Any thing can happen –
Watch the meeting

Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street, Rm 213

estimated time 8:00-9:30pm

8-B:    Review and Approve the Conceptual Design of the Samohi Safe Routes to School Project – recommendation that the City Council: approve the conceptual design for the Samohi Safe Routes to School project; and, direct staff  to complete construction drawings and release bids for construction for the Michigan Avenue/7th Street portion of the project. STAFF REPORT  

Support improving muti-modal circulation and safety around Santa Monica High School

estimated time 9:30pm-10:45

8-C:    Adoption of Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Concept Plan –recommendation that the City Council: approve the conceptual design of the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway; and, direct staff to pursue opportunities for priority and phased implementation through grants, community benefits, and capital projects. STAFF REPORT 

Support MANGo, Santa Monica’s and the regions first Neighborhood Greenway

Support Safe Routes to School Improvements at Samohi

SRTS Samohi

Improved Multi-Modal Circulation and Safe Routes to School at Samohi – YES!!

Santa Monica Spoke is excited to support the Conceptual Designs presented for the Samohi Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Project. These improvements will improve all modes of circulation around Samohi and create a safer environment, encourage and prioritize healthy active transportation and help build on the leadership and momentum of the Solar Alliance Students and Bike it! Walk it!  We were pleased to participate in the process with City planners and consultants who worked closely with stakeholders to envision this plan.

After identifying the many conflicts and obstacles in the current  traffic circulation and personal safety conditions at Samohi the plan proposes many improvements in multi-modal circulation and infrastructure to encourage and prioritize walking, biking and public transit while improving vehicle circulation.  Currently the majority of students at Samohi are dropped off and picked up from school by their parents. Statistics suggest these trips are generating 3000-6000 vehicles per day (VPD) around Samohi and creating huge health, safety and traffic burdens as wells as contributing to the larger city wide issues of gridlock . The residents on Michigan Avenue and 7th endure heavy traffic burdens that spill over west of Lincoln onto Michigan Avenue that sees nearly 4300 VPD through to 11th.  This creates chaos and safety concerns for residents and kids with added safety issues for the kids that actively transporting themselves walking and biking.  Without the students who carpool, bus, walk or bike the situation here would certainly be even more untenable. With this SRTS project we can improve vehicle circulation and help prioritize these active kids with improved safety and infrastructure. With this project we will help encourage more students to choose active, healthier more sustainable transportation modes and help mitigate the health, safety and traffic problems.

Currently the closest thing to “bike friendly” access to Samohi is along Michigan Avenue east of Lincoln. But Michigan Avenue carries many of the hundreds and thousands of parents driving kids to school as well as cut-through traffic accessing the freeway. The Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) supports SRTS at Samohi and can help improve the safety of students walking and biking through improved safety along Michigan Avenue west of Lincoln. By calming traffic on MANGo with ambitious traffic reduction goals we will help provide a safe link from Samohi to bike lanes on 11th, 14th and 17th Street and safer conditions for kids walking.  The SRTS plan also identifies needs for improvements on 4th Street, Olympic Boulevard and 7th Court that can be supported by the MANGo project. Outlined in MANGo on this corridor are wider sidewalks and a cycle track that will improve both pedestrian and bike safety and connections to Expo, the Civic Center, downtown and the beach. We will urge staff and council to prioritize these sections of the MANGo project for early implementation. These and other aspects of the SRTS project also build on the synergy of the City’s Bike Action Plan by connecting the bike network from south of Samohi and Pico via 6th and Michigan and 7th to MANGo.  As we we provide for SRTS to Samohi from the south we connect the bike network from Pico to the proposed MANGo and fill in a challenging hole in the current bike network with safe, easy access. The concepts in this plan on Michigan Avenue, 7th Street and Pico Boulevard will not only provide improved safety and encouragement for current and future generation of students walking, biking or taking the bus to school but help mitigate the traffic congestion, improve vehicle circulation, health and safety issues.  These proposed improvements are better for kids, parents, Samohi teachers and staff, nearby residents and the community.

We urge Council to approve staff recommendation and support the exemplary student leadership of the Solar Alliance students and the Bike it! Walk it! momentum they have built by providing our kids with the needed improvements to support healthy, active transportation and the ability to envision a more sustainable future.

You can send a support letter by Click here to email a letter

I Support Safe Routes to School at Samohi

This petition is now closed.

End date: Feb 12, 2014

Signatures collected: 5

5 signatures

Santa Monica Spoke Meeting, Saturday August 17th

SAVE the DATE August 17th for a Summer’s end Spoke meeting where we will get presentations and have the opportunity for input and feedback, and have City staff to answer questions.
Get information and give input on:

  • Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Presentation and input gathering
  • Update on the Bike Action Plan – Help prioritize implementation and add your wish list
  • Bike Parking
  • Safe Routes to School: Planning, Education, Bike and Walking school busses – Updates
  • Bike, Walk Santa Monica / Santa Monica Walks to support Pedestrian Action Plan, survey
  • Envisioning different uses, Santa Monica Airport
  • Expo Phase 2, challenges and progress
  • Ideas on what kind of projects you would like us to focus on
  • volunteer ideas and projects

And more!

When:      Saturday August 17th
Time:       11:00am
Where:    502 Colorado, 


Colorado Community Room,
502 Colorado, Corner 5th & Colorado
Enter at gate on COLORADO
Bike parking in the patio



Save the date: June 1st Santa Monica Festival

Santa Monica Spoke’s 3rd Annual Bike Exhibition at the
Santa Monica Festival

Plus lots more – stay tuned for more info on our events at the festival.
Don’t miss the 22nd annual Santa Monica Festival! Experience an eclectic mix of live music and dance, DIY art workshops with recycled and repurposed materials, guilt-free shopping featuring earth-friendly artistic wares and local services offered by City, environmental and local non-profit organizations. The Festival is a celebration with a purpose, highlighting the dynamic connection between the City’s communities, businesses, art, culture and the environment while offering ideas and options for a greener, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.

Supporting the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy in Santa Monica.
SM Festival

National Bike to School Day & Bike it Walk it Week in Santa Monica

National Bike to School Day, May 8th
Bike it Walk it Week here is Santa Monica, May 6-10th

Bike Campus Practice Skills, Saturday May 4th

Drop in on the Bike Campus to practice your skills on Saturday, May 4th from 12:30PM to 3PM.  bike-skillsSanta Monica Bike Campus is located at:
1 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

The City will provide free lemonade and help plan your bicycle route to school when you stop by to test your abilities at the bicycle skills course.


BIKE IT! WALK IT! WEEK, May 6-10th

Students, parents and staff from Santa Monica and Malibu schools are gearing up for Bike it! Walk it!2012-10-05-07-53-06-1 Week occurring May 6-10. All sixteen SMMUSD schools are expected to participate, with each picking a day during that week to provide rewards for school students who walk, bike, scoot, skate or take the bus to school car-free.

Check for your school’s participation and date and join in on the fun.

Tuesday May 7:  Roosevelt Elementary 
Wednesday May 8:  Lincoln Middle School, SMASH, John Muir ES,
Friday May 10:  John Adams MS, Franklin ES, Juan Cabrillo ES, Malibu HS, Olympic HS, Grant ES, McKinley Elementary, Edison Language Academy, Will Rogers ESHere are the SRTS pilot schools events -
Tuesday May 7
Walking School Buses
Departs: 4th and Montana at 8:00 am
Departs: 14th and California at 8:00 am
Departs: 4th and California at 8:00 am
Car Free Awards Presented at 8:30
Lincoln MS 
Wednesday May 8
Bike Train
Departs: Douglas Park Playground at 9:15 am
Car Free Awards Presented at Front Gate at 9:30
Will Rogers 
Friday May 10
Walking School Bus
Departs: 18th & Pico (in fornt of SMC) at 8:45
Car Free Awards Presented at Play Yard near 16th at 9:20
Friday May 10
Bike Train
Departs: Grant Elementary at 8:20 am
Car Free Awards Presented at new entrance at 8:50

We don’t want to leave without you.
Please contact Peter Dzewaltowski at or 310-458-8292 if you are planning to join one of these walking school buses or bike trains during Bike it! Walk it! Week. Reservations not required, but appreciated.

CicLAvia: Feeder Rides from Santa Monica & the Westside UPDATED

CicLAvia is THIS SUNDAY, April 21st. 3 Feeder rides

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!
For more info visit CicLAvia’s web site, CicLAvia to the Sea on Facebook

Santa Monica Spoke: Meet at the Colorado Center Park,
Entrance at corner of Broadway & 26th Street
Pre-CicLAvia Kick off party Coffee and breakfast,
8:00am party, roll out 9:15am. 

We are SUPER excited about this CicLAvia to the Sea! Instead of starting our usual feeder ride at the Santa Monica Pier Canon, this time we will start further east at the Colorado Center Park at Broadway and 26th (across from Helen’s Cycles). We will partner with our friends at Helen’s to host a Morning Pre-CicLAvia kick-off party! We’ll serve coffee and snacks, and we will have PRIZES! Helen’s is sponsoring a special CicLAvia prize raffle as a fund raiser for Santa Monica Spoke. YUP! you can have your coffee, snacks, win prizes, enjoy a day of Open Streets at CicLAvia and help Santa Monica Spoke all on the same day! SUPER RIGHT???
Our route will travel west on Broadway and go by the Santa Monica Bike Center, the Canon at the top of the Santa Monica Pier, and the Santa Monica Beach Bike Campus. You can meet us at any of those locations if you miss the kick off party. We would love to have a GREAT BIG GROUP as we travel to the Windward Circle Hub where we join the
CicLAvia Route!
facebook event here
Question? Email us here

Bike it Walk it: Meet at the Santa Monica Beach Bike Campus
9:30am – roll out 9:45am

This group will gather to bike together to CicLAvia at the Santa Monica Bike Campus, 1 Ocean Park Blvd (across from Perry’s). Family/Cyclist can park at Beach lot 5 South (usual fee). They will decide the route based on the skill level of the group. (Beach Path or Main Street bike lane)
This group will also lead a return ride that meets at the Windward Circle Hub at 12:30pm. They will ride back to the Beach Bike Campus together from there.
Please click here to RSVP for this ride

UCLA Bike Coalition: Meet at the Bruin Bear
9:15am roll out 9:30am

The UCLA Bicycle Coalition is collaborating with LACBC to do a feeder ride from UCLA through Westwood to Venice. They meet at the Bruin Bear at 9:15 and roll out at 9:30. They’ll ride down Westwood Blvd to pick up folks from nearby neighborhoods. Everyone is welcome, please spread the word! facebook event here

If you know of other local rides let us know we will post it.
Also CicLAvia has a TRIP PLANNER PAGE with all kinds of info on the many ways to connect to the event. 

Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 takes the frwy downtown LA to Santa Monica FAST!
Metro 720 route DT Santa Monica south, Venice Blvd to downtown & Union Station
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)
Bike Venice Blvd Bike lane west.  

Metro 733 route to Santa Monica on Wilshire Blvd from downtown LA

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!


Santa Monica High School Improvements for Safe Routes to School

Santa Monica High School Improvements for walking, biking and Safe Routes to School

March 11, 2013, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Civic Center Auditorium

SRTS Santa MonicaPlease join us for a discussion on improving the area around Samohi to encourage more walking and biking. Good for kids – good for the community!

Light snacks will be served.
Bike Parking will be provided.
Big Blue Bus Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9

Civic Center Auditorium
1855 Main St., (access parking through Main St.)

RSVP and Questions: Michelle Glickert at or call 310.458.2204