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CalBike Handlebar Happy Hour Sunday November 2nd!

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Handlebar Happy Hour
to welcome California Bicycle Coalition Surf ‘n Turf ride to Santa Monica, and to highlight and honor our local leaders and superstars.

Event is free but please RSVP,
Donations are welcomed!

Handlebar Happy Hour

Day:      Sunday
Date:    November 2nd
Time:   4:00PM – 6:30:pm
Place:   Private courtyard at 1640 5th Street
RSVP: HERE

Local Chapter Santa Monica Spoke leads this months LACBC Sunday Funday Ride that will begin at the top of the Santa Monica Pier early Sunday morning. They will roll out at 9am to ride north on PCH to meet up with the CalBike Surf ‘n Turf tour at Nicolas Canyon Beach Park for lunch. After which the whole group will ride back to Santa Monica together!CalBike-surf-n-turf-Trace-alternate-w-tagline-259x300

Surf ‘n Turf is California Bicycle Coalition’s inaugural fundraising bike tour. It will embark this Saturday morning to raise awareness and funds for the Better Bikeways Campaign, increased funding and improved design for bikeways in California, and the Give Me 3 campaign. As the tour bikes down the coast they will meet up with affiliate organizations along the way to highlight local advocates, campaigns and successes with a variety of events celebrating those leading the momentum.

The tour leaves from Santa Barbara Saturday, November 1st and arrives in San Diego Wednesday, November 5th. Sunday afternoon, November 2nd the group arrives and stays in Santa Monica for the night! In collaboration with local partners, Santa Monica Spoke will host a Handlebar Happy Hour for Calbike to welcome the tour and introduce them to some of LACBC’s local and countywide victories and campaigns, and to honor bicycle and sustainable transportation advocates and superstars!

Join the National Momentum! #IBIKEIVOTE

JOIN US and The League of America Bicyclists:
#IBIKEIVOTE

– Parts of this post are excerpted –LEAGUE PROGRAMS, TAKE ACTION by Liz Murphy

With our election one week away today, we are in the home stretch! We will be deluged with emails, television and flyers, mailers etc etc. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!

For important local ballot measures you could start HERE for what we are supporting. For local and regional races visit Bike the Vote or read what Assemblyman Richard Bloom has this to say..

Please VOTE NOVEMBER 4TH – YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!
More in depth background on important local measure we support Yes on LC & Yes on H & HH

In addition we have our own #VoteLocal CAMPAIGN for the election and Santa Monica’s Next Round as it winds down.

Every time you ride your bicycle, even when you ride alone, you’re part of something bigger. Every time you get on your bike you make your community — your country — better.

“Bikes bring us together, uniting us across political lines for a common bipartisan goal: Building a bicycle friendly America for everyone. Whether or not you bike to your polling place on election day, you are a citizen cyclist — and your values for safer streets makes a difference no matter who’s on the ballot.”

“So declare yourself. Tell your friends, your family, leaders in your community and beyond: I Bike, I Vote.  The League of American Bicyclists has launched a new campaign — I Bike, I Vote — mobilizing Americans around the idea that when we bike and we vote, we advance our vision for safer, healthier, more connected communities.”

As a member of Santa Monica Spoke / LACBC you are an affiliate member of the League of American Bicyclist (LAB).

HERE ARE FIVE WAYS YOU CAN JOIN US & THE LEAGUE Of AMERICAN BICYCLISTS TO GET INVOLVED:

  1. Inspire your friends and family: Download the Facebook timeline cover photo and social media icons here and here.
  2. Show your pride: Purchase an I Bike, I Vote sticker and support bike advocacy.
  3. Get engaged: Join LAB Action Alert list so you can make a difference with the click of your mouse when your voice counts at the local, state and federal level. (We share these with you also)
  4. Join the movement: Learn more about the bike movement and how you can plug into League programs, from Women Bike to Smart Cycling education, through LAB bi-weekly E-news. 
  5. Become a member: The League has been promoting and protecting the rights of bicyclists since 1880. Invest in the future of bicycling by becoming one of the thousands of members of the nation’s oldest bike advocacy organization!

Stay connected, join the momentum: JOIN Santa Monica Spoke / Chapter LACBC today.
Founded in 1998, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) works to build a better, more bike-able Los Angeles County. LACBC is the only membership-based nonprofit organization working exclusively for the millions of people who ride bikes in Los Angeles County. Through advocacy, education and outreach, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition brings together the diverse bicycling community in a united mission to make the entire L.A. region a safe and enjoyable place to ride.

LACBC: November Sunday Funday Ride Starts in Santa Monica!

Remember – Time Change is Saturday night!

NOTE: Content on this page has been updated with new information!

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SUNDAY FUNDAY Ride
November 2nd
Starts at Santa Monica Pier!

Organized by Santa Monica Spoke, LACBC & CalBike Board member Cynthia Rose. This will be a bit different from usual more family friendly rides (we’ll make it up to you with another Santa Monica family friendly ride SOON) as we will be riding up Pacific Coast Highway to meet up the CalBike‘s California by Bike Tour “Surf N Turf“. We’ll ride to Nicolas Canyon Beach Park where we will join CalBike for lunch ($10 catered lunch or bring your own) Snacks will be provided.
After lunch we will ride as a group back to the Santa Monica Pier where you are invited to join us for a Handlebar Happy Hour nearby!

November 2nd, 2014
Santa Monica Pier, Top by the Cannon
8:30 AM, Roll at 9:00 AMplease arrive on time for pre-ride shenanigans, ride organizing etc.
Ride is 26.7 Miles in each direction (53.4) ROUTE 

Please RSVP HERE  – with option to purchase lunch 

This is not a roadie race, we will travel at an easy pace, but ask riders to stay focused and make the effort to keep the group together. Use your judgement about whether you can make this trip. Please do no hesitate to inquire if you have questions or concerns. There is the option to return on Metro 534 from Trancas (4.3 miles from south of Nicolas Canyon Beach Park lunch stop). Because of the route – children cannot participate unless they are attached to an adult rider bike and that rider is capable of keeping up a reasonable pace.

Handlebar Happy Hour is scheduled for to start a 4 pm. Please see invitation and rsvp link here

VOTE: Be Engaged, Ballot Measures We Support & Why

This upcoming election is critical for the future of our city, with three City Council seats up for grabs and four important measures on the ballot.

Santa Monica Spoke is a 501c3 and cannot endorse candidates. To find information on what Civic and Community Leaders in the biking community are recommending you can look here:
Bike the Vote (includes local and regional races)
Assemblyman Richard Bloom has this to say..

Important Ballot Measures We Endorse and why:

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Click image for Operative Text of Measures LC and D [Infographic]

We endorse YES on LC and NO on D. See our complete write up here
Visit It’sOurLand.org to learn more about Measure LC, to donate or volunteer to the campaign. Measure LC is for “Local Control” and has received overwhelming community support: see the growing list here.
Measure D is deceptive and paid for by outside interests!  Measure LC was written at the request of residents, 99% of the funding is from small donations almost entirely from within the local community of Santa Monica.
Measure LC does not close the Airport but will keep Santa Monica residents in Control of Airport Land. It allows us to manage the airport for the health and safety of our community and not special interests.
Operative Texts of Measures LC and D [Infographic] ,   Side by Side Analysis Measures LC vs D

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Santa Monica Spoke Supports
Affordable Housing Ballot Measures
VOTE

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 12.40.49 PM Measure H will generate new local revenue for the City so that its affordable housing stock can be maintained and rehabilitated, and that more affordable housing opportunities for people who live and work in the city can be created. 100% of the money collected through Measure H will stay in Santa Monica. It is our money for our community – Sacramento cannot touch one cent.
Measure HH specifies that voters want the revenue from Measure H to be spent on affordable housing programs.
Read why we support H & HH here.

Frequently Asked Questions About Measures H and H

KIDICAL MASS Bike Ride: October 25th, Reed Park

Kidical Mass Bike Ride
October 25th, Reed Park
Theme: HALLOWEEN!

Festivities from 9:00am to NOON
The next Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, October 25th. A fun bike ride experience for families with kids of all ages! Education with Fun & Prizes! Wear a costume and you could win a prize!

DATE:    SATURDAY October 25th
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Reed Park (7th & Wilshire)
meet north side, California Ave between 7th and Lincoln

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke and the City of Santa Monica for our next Kidical Mass Bike Ride.  We will take a family friendly ride around the  neighborhood, just north of downtown Santa Monica.
Prize drawings plus Prize for BEST COSTUME!

COSTUME SWAP – BRING GENTLY USED COSTUMES TO SWAP / DONATE

Schedule
9::00am
Pre-ride snacks, Pumpkin Slalom, Helmet Decorating, Prize, Best Costume, Free Bike Safety Checks, & Check-in
Arrive early and don’t miss the FUN!
10:00am 
Neighborhood Bike Ride*
11:00am (or upon return)
Return to Reed Park around 11-11:15am for FUN and post-ride snacks provided by KIND.
More ideas in the Cauldron – stay tuned…..

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Watch our 1st Kidical Mass in 2013 video here:..

* 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……

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.

Candidates speak about bikes & Santa Monica’s Next Round

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Informative article on City Council Candidates and bikes, Santa Monica’s Next Round Mixer

City Council Candidates on bikes: Santa Monica Next invited all 14 City Council Candidates to describe their bicycle platform in 250 words or less my Monday afternoon (10/13). All responses, provided they were within the word limit, were published unedited and without comment on Tuesday (10/14), in the order received. Nine of the fourteen candidates responded, you can read their responses here:

Santa Monica’s Next Round: This Friday, October 17th, 5:30 – 7:30pm Join an informal meet up at Wokcano Santa Monica for “Happy Hour Apps and Beverages” for people who live and work in Santa Monica and who want to see their community thrive with sustainable progress and more livable neighborhoods. Next Round is casual and unstructured but you never know what ideas, collaborations or moments of serendipity might spring up.
More info here: Facebook event here.
Wokcano – Santa Monica, 1413 5th St
Santa Monica’s Next Round picks up where #VoteLocal winds down after the November 4th election.

Can’t make this round? Get in the loop for the next round at santamonicanation.nationbuilder.com

Wellbeing Festival, Buy Local, BIKE LOCAL! Saturday October 18th!

Santa Monica Spoke will be hosting a BIKE SKILLS COURSE at the Wellbeing festival this Saturday! Come join the FUN!!

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Wellbeing Festival featuring Buy Local Marketplace
FREE 

Saturday, October 18, 2014
11:00am to 5:00pm
Santa Monica Civic Center,
1855 Main Street, (outdoor Surface Lot)

We are excited to participate in the popular Wellbeing Festival to be held at the Santa Monica Civic this year!

Santa Monica Spoke joins Buy Local / Bike Local to build momentum and support Bike Santa Monica, sharing tips to encourage and empower people to ride bikes for everyday transportation and have FUN in a healthier and safer environment.

Santa Monica Spoke will be hosting a BIKE SKILLS COURSE at the festival with generous support from Perrys’ at the beach and our sponsor Pocrass & De Los Reyes LLP, who have demonstrated a strong commitment to serving the bike community with education and legal services., Come join us, learn tips - test your skills – HAVE FUN!
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Join the growing bike culture being created in Santa Monica with Santa Monica Spoke and our community partners!

The Wellbeing Festival celebrates Santa Monica by showcasing the services and products of Santa Monica businesses to over 4000 locals and visitors at the Civic Center outdoor area The festival brings together local businesses and non-profits to provide expertise, advice, and product samples promoting a healthy and happy lifestyle for all the visitors and the entire Santa Monica Community. Stores and restaurants from every neighborhood will have food and vendor booths. Look for the new BIKE ZONE!

There will be musiccooking demos and interactive classes on stages and lots of opportunities to get free resources and screenings.

And there will also be a GIVE LOCAL clothing donation drive in support of 2014 Westside Thanksgiving so please be sure to bring any gently used clothes to help support to those in need! 

Clothing Drive Email

This event is free to the public and draws thousands of people every year.

For up-to-date event info on Facebook: Wellbeing & Buy Local Festival  #LocalWellbeingFest 

Organized by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce & the City of Santa Monica in partnership with the Buy Local SM Campaign, SM UCLA Hospital + Medical Group, St John’s Health Center, American Red Cross, Revolution Fitness, 220Fitness, Wholefoods Santa Monica + many more of our local businesses!

For more http://smchamber.com/wellbeingbuylocal
exhibitor forms + sponsorship opportunities:

Exhibition: “Reimagining Santa Monica Airport – Part 1″

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Chen Liu.

You are invited to join Airport 2 Park for the exhibition
“Reimagining Santa Monica Airport – Part 1″
- for one night only

When:    Thursday October 23rd
Time:      6-9pm
Where:   Writers Boot Camp Gallery, Bergamot Station #1,
2525 Michigan Avenue, for one night only.
*Car pooling is encouraged bicycle valet will be provided by Santa Monica Spoke.

The Exhibition will feature the work of USC graduate landscape architect students, Christopher Sison, Chen Liu, Zeek Magallanes and Yongdan Chunyu who under the direction of internationally renowned landscape architect Aroussiak Gabrielian (FORGROUND Design) took a practical approach in choosing bicycles for the their site visit to Santa Monica Airport where they started working on a three month project to design a park to replace the controversial facility. The tour was lead by Airport2Park.org, a coalition of community groups and neighbors that formed to promote the creation of a great park on the land that is currently Santa Monica Airport. The exhibition is curated by Professor Michael Brodsky of Loyola Marymount University, Founding member of Airport2Park.

Professor Brodsky says this about the exhibition, “Very few people have actually seen the potential beauty and space that is currently fenced and covered with asphalt on the Santa Monica airport property. This site has such great potential for a park with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Hollywood Hills and the Santa Monica Mountains that are currently only seen by the very few people that use it now.

“I feel that once people see this exhibition of talented graduate landscape architecture students, they will view the Santa Monica Airport site in an entirely new context; as one that can serve many more people in a variety of creative, healthy and sustainable ways than is currently served by the present industrial use.”

For additional information go to Airport 2 Park 

Vote YES on Measures H & HH: Support Affordable Housing in Santa Monica

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The complex at 26th and Broadway is geared toward working families earning significantly less than the area median income. With only two- and three-bedroom units,

Santa Monica Spoke Supports
Affordable Housing Ballot Measures
Vote: Yes on H and HH

Two companion ballot initiatives proposed by Santa Monica City Hall would raise as much as $10 million a year to fund low-cost housing production. These proposed measures comes at a time when Santa Monica is struggling to maintain its commitment to economic diversity in the face of record high rents, and in large part due to rising land values and a regional housing shortage.

Measure H is a ONE-TIME fee that is paid when any residential and commercial real estate over $1 million dollars is sold from one owner to another in the City of Santa Monica. This means that real estate sales under $1 million, such as low and medium priced condos, are exempt from Measure H. Renters pay nothing. Also exempt are changes in ownership when a property is held in a trust. The buyer and seller can negotiate who pays all or a portion of the fee.

  • Measure H will generate new local revenue for the City so that its affordable housing stock can be maintained and rehabilitated, and that more affordable housing opportunities for people who live and work in the city can be created. 100% of the money collected through Measure H will stay in Santa Monica. It is our money for our community – Sacramento cannot touch one cent.
  • Measure HH specifies that voters want the revenue from Measure H to be spent on affordable housing programs.

In 2012, Santa Monica lost about $15 million a year of permanent funding for low-cost housing when the State of California shut down its 400 redevelopment agencies. The City has been searching for alternatives since. A local, dedicated funding stream would help support local equitable housing built by nonprofits while helping them qualify for state money, like cap-and-trade funds, 20 percent of which is to be set aside to finance low-cost transit oriented housing. While these cap-and-trade funds are expected make available about $100 million statewide for affordable housing (in the future that number expected to increase to about $500 million) – it is a fraction of the more than $1 billion in Redevelopment Agency money that was available before 2012.

We support the measures that City Council’s voted 5-to-1 to put on the ballot. Measure H would increase the fee paid to the City when a property worth over $1 million changes hands from $3 to $9 for every $1,000 of the property’s sale price, while the companion measure HH would dedicate that funding stream to affordable housing. Approving these measures will help nonprofit housing developers like Community Corporation of Santa Monica (CCSM) and Step Up on Second to not only build but maintain permanent affordable housing units in our city .

Quote Santa Monica Next:

“One of the things that makes Santa Monica so spectacular is… our economic and social diversity in this town and affordable housing is the only way to preserve it,” said Councilmember Gleam Davis.

Davis also pointed out that affordable housing stock helps take cars off the road if people who work in Santa Monica can also afford to live nearby, rather than commute long distance. She also pointed out that having low-cost housing available benefits young people who may be working their way through school or just starting a career.

Councilmember Ted Winterer agreed with Davis, saying that shoring up the affordable housing funding “is the most critical thing we can do this fall.”

Staff pointed out that without a new revenue stream, the City’s budget for funding affordable housing production would drop to about $300,000 a year and would require decades before the City could pool enough to finance even one project. That is not enough, according to officials, considering the rate at which market rents are rising and the impact of the Costa-Hawkins vacancy decontrol law on rent controlled units.

Frequently Asked Questions About Measures H and H
RENTING IN SANTA MONICA PART THREE: AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Breaking News: Deal Reached on CA’s Cap-and-Trade Spending Plan