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Why Yes Measure M?


Make LA County Bikeable, Liveable & Connected!

 Measure M, known as the “Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan,”  is a half-cent sales tax ballot measure that L.A. County residents have the opportunity to vote on this November. The measure will provide approximately $120 billion over 40 years for transportation projects. Of that money, over $4 billion is set aside for walking and biking. Measure M will give Los Angeles County its first sustained source of funding for walking and biking projects.

Make LA County Bikeable, Liveable & Connected!
See what Measure M will bring to Santa Monica!
Pledge to vote YES on Measure M November 8th!


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Vote #YesOnM



Starting Friday, October 7, Santa Monica residents, visitors, workers, and businesses will kickoff the very first Car Free Friday by giving our cars a day off and using alternative ways to get to work, school, or happy hour. By providing incentives, tips, and support for you to walk, bike, or bus once a week, we hope to make it easy and safe for you to make the shift to being car-free and carefree more often.

5 Easy Tips to go Car-Free for One Day

  1. Know your options
  2. Select a day where you have flexibility in your schedule.
  3. Map your route in advance.
  4. Prepare ahead and travel light.
  5. Try it out with a buddy.

This is a great way to challenge your team! Whether you’re focused on healthy living or reducing the amount of people who park at the office, let Car Free Friday be a way to bond with your team. Email if you’d like to learn more about how your business can participate.

Ready to take on the challenge? Follow along on social media using #GoSaMo and #CarFreeFriday to make sure you have all of the info you need to get going.

To learn more about GoSaMo, a campaign supporting the City of Santa Monica’s Goal of creating a new model of mobility with more options for everyone, please visit

Virginia Avenue Park FALL FESTIVAL

Please join us at the Virginia Avenue Park FALL FESTIVAL

  • FREE Kids Bike Rodeo / Skills course (bring a bike or use ours)
  • Sign the Buy/Bike Local Challenge and be entered to win A Beach Cruiser Package from Santa Monica Spoke and our local partner at Lululemon!screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-10-07-42-am

Interactive Activities (3:00 – 6:00 pm)

  • Pumpkin Carving, provided by Santa Monica Farmers Market and Parent Connection Group
  • Hay Bale Maze
  • Fall Games Area with Santa Monica Police Department
  • Santa Monica College Glass Pumpkin Sale
  • Bike Rodeo with Kids Skills Course with, SM Spoke, & City of SM SRTS
  • Family Bike Test Rides – SM Bike Center
  • No Flame Campfire Storytelling Teepees, Santa Monica Public Library
  • Scarecrow Making with reDiscover Center
  • Harvest Corn Drawing with Pastel by KidZone artist in residence, Deborah Reilly
  • Dia de los Muertos Picture Frames presented by Familias Latinas Unidas
  • Trick or Treat Bag Decorating sponsored by Pico Improvement Organization
  • Haunted House Booth, by VAP Teen Leadership
  • Costume Swap presented by Resource, Recovery and Recycling and SMPL, Annex


Bike Friendly Community Status Update: Survey

Santa Monica – A Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community –
Let’s aim for Platinum!

If you’re like so many of us in Santa Monica, you ride your bike around town for commuting to work or school, heading out for a meal, shopping and daily errands, or just to enjoy a great day in the sun experiencing and engaging with our community. Santa Monica is ranked as a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. With our support the City has recently re-applied to earn a higher ranking highlighting the improvements and just how far we’ve come in the past few years. We celebrate the continued build-out of our bike network and the Michigan Avenue Greenway MANGo, the launch of Breeze – LA County’s first Bike Share system, the arrival of Expo light rail, the Expo line bike path and the opening of the Colorado Esplanade protected bike lanes, MORE GREEN LANES, new protected bike lane on the California Incline offering yet another new bike connection to the beach, and so much more!

With the adoption of broader community input and as part of the vetting process, the League is soliciting comments about biking in Santa Monica via this online survey:  Please join us and take a moment and fill it out! The survey closes on September 15, 2016 at Midnight Pacific Time.


unnamed-1The City of Santa Monica received its first designation in May of 2010 with Bronze Level and a Silver Level Bike Friendly Community designation in May 2013. REPORT CARD from 2016. We  have TWELVE Bike Friendly Businesses out of 97 for the entire state, plus Santa Monica College one of only 14 Bike Friendly Universities in the state.  Bike League BFS /BFC

Let’s aim for Platinum. Give your input and help us continue the momentum for an even more bikeable, walkable community!

See how California ranks HERE


Community Conversations: The Future of Downtown Santa Monica

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Be part of the process in planning our city.

City Planning staff is going to be hosting several “Community Conversation” sessions to discuss the future of Downtown Santa Monica with our community.  The events will include facilitated discussions with small groups (8-12 people),zeroing in on some of the Downtown Community Plan’s most challenging issues such as historic preservation, building height, and the need for public spaces and amenities to support a growing population.

Seating is limited so please book your attendance early. Additional group discussions will be added based on demand. The events will take place at the Santa Monica Main Library Community Room located at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. on the 2ndfloor. Parking can be accessed from 7th Street side of the Main Library free of charge for participants.  The Library can also be accessed by Big Blue Bus lines 1, 7, R7, and R10 which provide direct service to this location. Big Blue Bus lines 2, 3, 3M, 5, 8, and 9 also stop within a short walking distance. The Metro Expo line stops within a ten minute walk to the Main Library.

You can book your reservation by following the link below.

If you cannot attend one of the events, you can provide feedback through the online version by clicking on the following link:   Please also encourage your friends and neighbors to attend one of the sessions or take the survey.  Thanks.

Santa Monica Spoke Community Meeting

SM Spoke Meeting

August 13th, 9:30-11:00am
Serving Coffee & Bagels starting at 9:30am

Meeting promptly begins at 9:45am
Santa Monica HQ, 1640 5th Street

We will be joined by City of Santa Monica’s Mobility Manager Francie Stefan and members of her department to get updates on the #GoSaMo Campaign and why it is important for pedestrians and bikes, staff changes and welcome new staff, projects like Safe Routes to School and why #GoSaMo is important for pedestrians and bikes and healthy active transportation!

Update on Breeze Bike share. We will be recruiting volunteers for our Breeze Outreach Team and diversity campaign. Kyle Kozar, The City’s Bike Share coordinator will join us for updates

Airport2Park update presentation with Michael Brodsky. What is happening with SaMo Airport?

Bike The Vote. As a 501(c)3 non profit we will cannot be involved in candidate endorsements — but you can! Find out more from our guest.

More mar be added as it is firmed up!

Hope to see you Saturday!!! Come early and enjoy the rest of you day!

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Airport2Park: Santa Monica Airport Walk


Airport2Park will join with Los Angeles Walks who will be sponsoring a walk around the perimeter of the Santa Monica Airport Saturday, August 6th, 2016, at 10am beginning in Clover Park (south west corner).

la_walks_website1– Start location – Clover Park. 2600 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica 90405 
(Meet at the southwest corner of Clover Park at the fence next to Santa Monica Airport runway) 

This will be a moderate 3.5 mile walk around the perimeter of the Santa Monica Airport where participants learn about issues and impacts relating to the airport, experience pedestrian access issues, see progress on the new 12 acre Airport Park Expansion and envision a future grand park at that location.

no_bikes_no_peopleMichael Brodsky, a Professor at Loyola Marymount University, Member Santa Monica Spoke Steering committee, Co-Founder and Board Member of the Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation will be the Ambassador for this walk around the entirety of Santa Monica Airport. This walk promises to present a unique view of parts of Santa Monica that most people rarely see and even fewer pedestrians actually get to walk.

The group will walk the perimeter of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) to see and learn about the current issues and community impacts relating to this facility and to hear about potential creative new proposals to transform and repurpose this property into a future grand park that will be open and accessible to all.

We invite you to come and show your support for Airport2Park with Los Angeles Walks!

The park which is served by Breeze Bike Share and Big Blue Bus Line #8, Free Parking is also available.

Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen and water!

Los Angeles Walks is a pedestrian advocacy group that makes walking safe, accessible and fun for all Angelenos.  The Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation is working to transform Santa Monica Airport into a grand park for everyone.

Click HERE for Facebook event

Save the date: Santa Monica Spoke Update Meeting Event

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Update Meeting & Event
August 13th, (morning)
Stay tuned, agenda & info will follow


Kidical Mass July 2016

KIDICAL MASS: July 4th Theme
Lawn Bowling Demo!

DATE:    SATURDAY July 2nd, 2016
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON

START:  Douglas Park
–  Chelsea side by the Playground.

Free: Please RSVP HERE

9::00am – 12:00pm

– Check-in, Morning Snacks, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating
– Prizes, plus post ride snacks by KIND

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* 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 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.