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Reminder: Santa Monica Spoke Meeting, April 11th at 9:30am

Please Join us this Saturday!

Day:     Saturday
Date:   April 11th
Time:   
9:30am – noon
Location: 1640 5th Street, in the courtyard

Coffee, bagels, input  and updates on biking in Santa Monica. 

Santa Monica Spoke Meeting, family friendly.
BAP, Project & Campaign Updates and a Special Farewell Reception for Lucy! 

Our agenda will include community Input, discussion and updates by city staff on Bike Share, SRTS projects, Kidical Mass, Bike Action Plan Implementations.
Projects updates on MANGo & The Esplanade/Protected Bike Lane. plus info on lots of upcoming events. May is Bike Month and the Santa Monica Festival Bike Exhibition!!

Morning snacks, beverages & special treats will be served!

Hope you can come!!!!
Ride to the meeting and share to #30daysofbiking
Event listing here

Bike License Plates in California? – Yes Please :)

The California Bicycle Coalition is pursuing a bicycle-oriented special interest license plate program for motor vehicles in California. License plate programs can make millions of dollars for programs that can help get thousands more people to ride bikes in many states around the country, but we haven’t tried to win one in California yet. We need your help figuring out what the most appealing program is. Will you take this brief survey and let us know what you think people would like most?

Imagine something like this (but a different logo/picture on the left, and a slogan chosen by you) on tens of thousands of cars across California:


Please help us set the vision for the program, and create a popular design, by filling out our survey at calbike.org/licenseplate. Help us get a sense of how many interested Californians will chip in and pre-order a bicycle-themed specialty license plate to get this program off the ground.

TAKE THE SURVEY

Kidical Mass: Garden Ride & Community Garden Tour, April 18, 2015

KIDICAL MASS Earth Day Bike Ride
Tour Park Drive Community Garden
FUN hands-on KIDS Workshop

DATE:    SATURDAY APRIL 18TH
TIME:    9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
START:  MEMORIAL PARK
–  Parking lot off 14th Street.

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica Community Gardeners for Santa Monica’s Kidical Mass Ride. 
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 at Memorial Park when we return!

Schedule.
9::00am – 12:30pmSM Community Gardens
– Check-in, Morning Snacks, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating
– Ride to Pit Stop visit at PARK DRIVE COMMUNITY GARDEN
– KIDS GARDEN TOURS AND WORKSHOP
– Pitstop hosts Cynergy Cycles & Santa Monica Community Gardeners
– Ride back to Memorial Park by noon for fun activities, Prizes and post ride snacks by KIND
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Watch our 1st Kidical Mass in 2013 video here

Don’t have a Kid Carrying Bike?   NOT A PROBLEM !sm_bike_center
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) – 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.

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 – younger children should be in a child seat, trailer or on a Tag-a-long.

SAVE THE DATE: April 11, SM Spoke Meeting, Bike Action Plan Updates and MORE!

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On the morning of April 11th,

Santa Monica Spoke Meeting,
BAP, Project & Campaign Updates and a Farewell Reception for Lucy!

In the Courtyard at 1640 5th Street

Lots of info on exciting upcoming events, Bike Share, SRTS, Bike Action Plan implementation, Projects: Mango & The Esplanade: Protected Bike Lane & MORE.
Morning snacks, beverages & special treats will be served!

Agenda and Time will be posted soon!

Hope you can come!!!!

What is up at Santa Monica Spoke? FUN EVENTS, Save the Date, BAP Updates and MORE!!

Quick growing list of upcoming events!
More Info coming on all – please check back soon!

Check our Event Calendar for newly added events 

Links will be added to the list below as further info is posted.

  • April: 30 Days of Biking
  • April 5th: Sunset Picnic Ride (intermediate to advanced). Starts at Tongva Park. Meet at 5:15pm roll at 5:45 SHARP. #30DaysofBiking
  • April 9th: Great Ride Series event with Finish The Ride, at Performance Bicycles, VIP’s (that’s means you!) , 5th and Broadway, Downtown Santa Monica
  • April 11th: SAVE THE DATE, Santa Monica Spoke Meeting, BAP updates and reception
  • April 16th, SQA luncheon, SM Bike Center will sponsor the tickets for the 1st 35 that commit to arrive by bike – click register at the bottom of the page.
  • April 18th: Kidical Mass Earth Day Garden Ride, Starts at Memorial Park
  • April 19th: Finish the Ride | It’s Not Just A Ride. It’s A Movement! Ride with us to support the momentum – link to more info soon.
  • April 20th: Cynthia Rose of SM Spoke joins a panel discussion on sustainability at the 3rd Street Promenade Apple Store
  • May 9th, Santa Monica Festival, our 5th Annual Bike Exhibition and expanded Bike Zone!! Clover Park 11am – 6 pm SO MUCH FUN!!!! – last year
  • ALL April: Santa Monica Spoke invites you to join us for #30DaysofBiking in April – pledge here and join the fun events we have planned this month, use social media to blast your joy of riding a bike! #30DaysofBiking #BikeSM @SMSpoke
    – Every Wednesday – Coffee outside  7-8am Link #CoffeeOutside
    – More rides, local and with LACBC all be listed on our event page asap
  • April to July We’ve partnered to support CommuteSM.com, the first-ever Santa Monica Commuter Challenge, a four-month competition for Santa Monica-based businesses and organizations of all sizes to encourage their employees to bike, carpool/vanpool, or ride transit to work, instead of driving alone.
  • All May: National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.
  • May 11th to 17th: Bike Week LA : Santa Monica is an annual week of community events sponsored by Metro and local advocates all over the County of Los Angeles to promote bicycling as a sustainable and practical mode of transportation.
  • May to September: National Bike Challenge started with an internal campaign trying to get Kimberly Clark employees to ride in 2009. It went national in 2012 under the guidance of the League of American Bicyclists. Last year, 47,518 people logged 23 million miles. People for Bikes, is now running the Challenge and hopes in 2015 we can collectively ride 35 million miles. Ride for team Bike Santa Monica!

Think and act locally with a global perspective, and ride a bike!

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Take Action: Save Biking & Walking Funding for our Communities

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Congress is preparing to take action on a new federal transportation bill.  Given the shortfall of federal transportation dollars, some members of Congress are already questioning why the federal government provides any funding for bicycling and walking.

We need your help to make sure that Congress doesn’t cut funding to help local communities build sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, trails and more. Please Ask your Senator to Co-Sponsor S. 705, The Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act.

The Transportation Alternatives Program provides hundreds of millions of dollars each year to local communities to invest in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. It’s the only federal program specifically focused on local transportation priorities. S. 705, the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act, written by Sens. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), makes changes to the program to  make it more effective and easier for local governments to use.

For decades, our federal transportation system has focused the bulk of its resources on building roads, leaving many of our communities with few transportation options and rising safety risks for people bicycling and walking. More and more Americans want options for bicycling, walking and transit to live healthier and safer lives. More and more cities and towns are clamoring for more facilities for biking and walking to make their communities more attractive to residents and to improve their economies. S. 705 would help make sure that Congress continues to invest a small share of federal transportation dollars in these types of projects.

Ask your Senators to cosponsor S. 705, the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act, to ensure that our federal transportation system continues to provide funding for bicycling and walking.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/Shares/BHd8NA4dACgsJAAqnpM7FAA

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.

 

TAKE ACTION: Support Safer People, Safer Streets at Council Tuesday 3/17

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Tell Santa Monica City Council you support SAFER STREETS for EVERYONE with an email now!

You are invited to attend the meeting and speak!

This Tuesday, March 17th Santa Monica City Council will consider the official adoption of US
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx’s challenge of mayors and local elected officials to take significant action to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities over the next year.

With pedestrian and cyclist deaths accounting for a rising share of U.S. traffic fatalities and Congress not exactly raring to take action, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is issuing a direct challenge to America’s mayors to improve street safety. Foxx unveiled the “Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets” at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Transportation Committee meeting in Washington.

Mayor McKeown and Councilmember O’Connor have submitted a request to Santa Monica City Council to authorize Santa Monica’s participation in the US Department of Transportation’s “Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets” (see agenda item request below)

Mayor McKeown attended the Mayors’ Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets last week in Washington DC, where cities have join together to commit to spend the next year helping their communities undertake seven activities to improve safety. The challenge is based on the 2010 USDOT Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation. Click here for an executive summary of the Mayors’ Challenge.

March 17th City Council Agenda Item13-E:
Request of Mayor McKeown and Councilmember O’Connor that the Council authorize Santa Monica’s participation in the United States Department of Transportation’s “Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets,” and reaffirm that pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety are of the utmost importance by pursuing a multi-departmental approach to complete streets and safety. The goal of complete streets is to make streets safe and convenient for all road uses and for people of all ages and abilities. Santa Monica’s Bicycle Action Plan and Pedestrian Action Plan should incorporate best practices from complementary initiatives such as Vision Zero (no loss of life acceptable), and 8-80 Cities (if a city works for persons who are 8 years old and 80 years old, it will be good for all).

Use this template or email directly to send your support – please feel free to add your personal comments.

Send email directly to: Council@SMGov.net, Clerk@SMGov.net, BikePlan@SMSpoke.org

I support SM City Councils' commitment to the Mayors' Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets

Dear City Council, Manager & Staff,

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Your support is NEEDED to get to National Bike Summit 2015

Help send our Director to the Summit!

We need your support to send our Director Cynthia Rose to National Bike Summit and the 3rd National Forum on Women & Bicycling 2015!
This year’s theme — Bikes+ calls out a time to change the equation for bicycle advocacy. Build a bicycle-friendly America for everyone, expand to serve broader interests. Last year, we pushed for Congress to tell the U.S. Department of Transportation to set a national goal to reduce bicyclist fatalities. Before the end of 2014, they did exactly that. We won, thanks to hundreds of participants at the National Bike Summit. Continuing this momentum US Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox has challenged mayors and local elected officials to take significant action to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages.  The Mayors’ Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets will be in DC at the same time as  the National Bike Summit, Santa Monica’s Mayor McKeown will attend. See more on this in an article on StreetsBlog USA here.

Santa Monica Spoke is led by 100% volunteers, including our full time Director Cynthia Rose. The Summit is the premier national bike conference, gathering advocates from around the country to lobby for bikes on Capitol Hill. We are requesting donations to cover costs to send Cynthia to the Summit 2015.

Our goal is to raise $1500.00 to cover the Women’s Forum, National Bike Summit, and travel expenses. PLEASE PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT Click HERE
or email your 
pledge amount to Donate2@SMSpoke.org  we will reply to complete the pledge. Donations are tax deductible. 

The voice for cycling is growing stronger on Capitol Hill, and with your support, our director can share lessons learned and gain experience in professional advocacy from top experts from all 50 states and bring it home to Santa Monica & LA County.


National Bike Summit 2015: Bikes +

They didn’t choose this year’s theme — Bikes+ — lightly. We agree it’s time to change the equation for bicycle advocacy. To build a bicycle-friendly America for everyone, we can’t stop at bicycling as an end in itself. We must consider how bikes can add value to other movements and how our movement can expand to serve broader interests. The 2015 National Bike Summit will again unite the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill to advance bicycle safety, funding and equity. More than 700 participants from all 50 states will build momentum in Congress for a Bicycle Friendly America