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Happy Thanksgiving

Here’s wishing you all a wonderful day of thanks.
Many many thanks for friends, family and bikes!

Enjoy your day – enjoy a ride – see you all soon!

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Commit to GIVE 3FT (or more) for Safety as you pass people on bikes! WE’LL THANK YOU!

Buy Local/ Bike Local for your Holiday Shopping?

Self-Guided Tour of Santa Monica’s Vintage / Resale Shops just in time for the Holidays! Buy /Bike LOCAL

Reuse is the highest form of recycling.  Get ready for a day of vintage shopping that’s fun, environmentally sustainable and affordable!  The Buy Local SM Committee has crbike_local_stickereated a fun self-guided tour of Santa Monica’s vintage and thrift stores (download below).  You can do the tour by bike, foot, public transit or a combo of the above!

Here’s an idea of what to you may find on your excursion: designer vintage handbags (think Chanel, LV + Coach!), jewelry & accessories (tres chic!), scarves to reuse as gift wrapping, antique silverware & china to dress up the holiday dinner table, beautiful coffee table books, vases that go perfectly with a bouquet of fresh flowers & holiday cd’s & puzzles for everyone to enjoy together!  We’ve also included a few shops that feature gift items made with reused products.

Happy shopping, happy exploring!  Thank you for buying local – it makes a difference!

Self guided tour vintage resale shops - buy local

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Santa Monica Spoke Meeting & 5yr BAP Party Saturday!

SM Spoke MeetingDoors open at 9:30am with coffee, bagels & breakfast treats.

Arrive by 10am and get a gift bag*

10:15AM – Short discussion style presentation about local projects, BAP update with City Staff
– time for input and questions.

*ONLY those that arrive by 10am will get the bonus gift bag

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Tonight: Ask an Officer


Join in a conversation with LAPD, CHP, and bicycle collision attorney Jim Pocrass about traffic laws, walking, and bicycling in LA.

Presented by LACBC, Pocrass & de Los ReyesLos Angeles Walks, and the L.A. Vision Zero Alliance to discuss some of the new laws we need to know and issues of concern for people walking and biking in LA today? What about Vision Zero and the enforcement components? Each panelist will share their perspective to start the conversation and will be followed by Q&A with the audience.

Attendance is free and open to all.
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served before the panel discussion begins.


  • Jim Pocrass Esq. – Pocrass & de Los Reyes LLP
  • Officer Andrew Cullen – Los Angeles Police Department, Traffic Coordination Section
  • Officer Leland Tang – California Highway Patrol, West Valley Area

6:30 pm – Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Panel discussion

WHEN      November 14, 2016 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm

634 S Spring St
Edison Room (first floor)
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Bicycle parking – use racks out front
Metro stations – Pershing Square, 7th St. & Metro Center
Automobile parking – street parking and off-street lots.

LACBC, Pocrass, LA Walks, Vision Zero alliance

Progressive Youth Bike Tour lands in Santa Monica: Monday, Nov 14th

Meet at Perry’s at 3 pm at 2400 Ocean Front Walk at the end of Hollister.

These young people have ridden their bikes across the country campaigning for an inclusive, progressive America and will arrive in SM Monday afternoon:

Needless to say they’re blue about the election results, so we invite you to help honor their commitment to both progressive politics and cycling with a welcome to help lift their spirits.

Their plan is to arrive in Santa Monica to “dip their tires in the ocean” around 3:30 Monday, We’re hoping to get some folks out to greet them and maybe put up a finish line of sorts.

A few of our local champions Richard Chacker and City Councimember Ted Winterer have invited the group to assemble at Perry’s — at the end of Hollister — We’ll gather at Perry’s with the comfort of seating and refreshments to welcome the group and to celebrate their journey.


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Breeze Bike Share turns ONE TODAY!

And have we got some Awesome Stats to share!

Once year of Breeze, 43,261 Active Subscribers / 274,504 Trip - equaling 630,580 Miles Breezed / 556.057 pounds of Carbon Reduced / 25,233,213 Calories Burned / Savings of $365,735

Breeze Bike Share launched November 12th, 2015 with epic fanfare and an ocean of green – Today we celebrate 1 year of Breeze, LA County’s 1st Bike Share System with a Fun Community Ride and an Open House Handlebar Happy Hour at Breeze HQ! To help celebrate, enjoy FREE RIDE TME* on Breeze Bikes all day today Saturday, November 12th.

If you would like to join us on a community bike tour around Santa Monica, we will experience our cool bike network of buffered and green bike lanes with great company — RSVP below! The bike tour ends at Breeze HQ with an Open House & Handlebar Happy Hour refreshments. We come together to celebrate Breeze Bike Share, and our community joyfully coming together after an election where voters resoundingly came out in support of affordable housing, schools, transit & parks!  Come check out Breeze HQ, meet the crew, and celebrate Breeze! Always family Friendly!

Community Ride

When:   Saturday, November 12th
When:   2:00 pm meet , 2:30 pm roll out
Where:  Ride Leaves from 17th Street Expo Station

Open House: Handlebar Happy Hour

Where:  Breeze HQ, 1631 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica
When:   4:30 – 6:30 pm

Eventbrite - Breeze 1 Year Celebration: Community Ride & Handlebar Happy Hour

Questions about the event email us at:

Ride time on Breeze Bikes will be free* all day Saturday, November 12th.

  • Monthly, Annual, and Student members will not be charged for riding over their daily ride time amount.
  • Pay-as-you-go members will not be charged for their ride time.

Not a member? Give it a try by signing up for a FREE Pay-as-you-go membership at or download the Social Bicycles app.
Get it on Google Play   Get it on App Store

For more information on Breeze Bike Share visit: or call 310-828-2525

*Out-of-hub and Out-of-System Area fees still apply during the promotional period. 

In the News:

  #BikeSM  #GoSaMo #BikeLocalSM  #BikeLocal

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Off the Chain

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Hey LACBC Fam,

Usually, I write my Off the Chain around the 15th, but this month we wanted to do it early because we have some BIG victories to celebrate. Everything we endorsed on the ballot won! Now in Los Angeles County, Measure M is a reality. Our work won’t end here, but the first step to #makeLACounty bikeable, livable, and connected is complete. There will also be more jobs and housing for all people in Los Angeles thanks to a victory on JJJ. We were part of a coalition to Build a Better LA and we couldn’t be happier. We’ll also see funding for parks with the passage of Measure A, and the equitable growth of green space is coming to your neighborhood.  Los Angeles took a stand to support our neighbors who are homeless and say that we won’t stand for it any longer thanks to an HHH victory. Finally, in Santa Monica, LV failed and sustainable development and affordable housing will continue to be a possibility in the city.


LACBC FAM!! WE DID IT!! Our staff worked ridiculously hard during this campaign season and I can’t thank them enough. We’ve been everywhere and doing everything we can to ensure victory and we did it. YOU did everything you could, you hosted personal phone banking parties and knocked on doors, you VOTED. You also showed up to all of our phone banking sessions at HQ and you made sure that other members of LACBC heard why these measures were important and made the right decision at the ballot box. Thank you. We could not have done this without you. As I said, our work isn’t over. These victories mean nothing if we don’t hold elected officials responsible and make sure implementation happens. We’re on the job and ready to do it. Sign up to be a member to celebrate, or support us by making a donation, or sign up to receive our updates. We’re still going to need you. If this election showed us anything, it’s that we’re stronger together. Let’s keep rolling, let’s make our vision of L.A. County a reality.

Oh, and one last thing before signing off. California often exists in a bubble and L.A. County a bubble within a bubble. ButTuesday was a big day for the nation. We don’t comment on national politics at LACBC; we’re here to make impacts on the local level, for you—our members. But I am also the Executive Director of an organization whose diversity matches that of our county.  When I look at my team this week, I know we are proud of our success as staff of this organization, but as people, we’re hurting. Your LACBC team is composed of people who have immigrated to this country, your team is composed of parents to daughters who still see a glass ceiling despite qualifications, your team is composed of people whose families live across borders and fears of families continuing to be ripped apart, your team is composed of people who are part of communities that face discrimination because of fear about who and how we worship, your team is composed of people who didn’t grow up with English as their first language and have had to fight to get where they are, your team is composed of some strong nasty women, your team is made of of people from low-income communities and communities of color who are so much more than just people with nothing to lose from the inner city.

This is your team. This is my team. Many of us are afraid. Many of us are worried. Many of us don’t know what comes next. The work stuff is sometimes easy, but at some point we leave work and we are people. As we’ve made changes at LACBC that have focused more on talking about race, class, justice, and inclusivity, we’ve heard cries that this organization isn’t as bikey as it used to be, as effective as it used to be, and as great as it used to be. We’ve heard that we’re putting certain people over the people who got us here. Internally, we’ve been very honest about our shortcomings and what we could be doing better. We’ve also been very honest about the undertones of racism and sexism this dialogue holds and the personal impact it’s taken on members of our team.

On Monday, we had our normal staff meeting where I told staff that I believed that the presidential election would have a result that might require people, including me, to take a personal day for self-care. I thought this might happen, because as a queer woman of color I’ve experienced a lot in my lifetime, I knew who this country was. I’ve experienced a lot in my two years on this job, I’ve endured through tough conversations, racist statements, sexist statements, and statements about how I am not fit to lead. But we’ve kept going, we’ve kept pushing. At LACBC we’re a family. Our diversity brings us together. It makes us stronger. It allows us to hug one another, love one another, do our best work, and support each other as people. We can’t thank you enough for your support this campaign season. But some of us will need a few days to process all that has happened. We’re going to keep fighting for L.A. to be a safe, fun and healthy place to bike—for everyone. We’re here for you. We work for you. But we’re people, so over the next few days if we’re a little slower to respond, if we don’t seem as excited as you think we should be, just remember, we are people with identities and lives beyond bikes. We’re just recharging, we’re just taking care of ourselves. That’s okay. Take care of yourself, too. And no matter what happens, know, we’ll keep pedaling.

Ride On,

Tamika Butler
LACBC Executive Director

Save the Date: Dec 11th for Finish The Ride, Run, Walk ‘N Roll + Cyclocross!

Come Join Finish The Ride,
Run, Walk ‘N Roll + Cyclocross!
Holiday Challenge!

Brought To You By Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE) 

Support safe city streets and help end hit and run crimes by taking part in Finish the Ride, Run, Walk ‘N Roll events!! All proceeds will benefit Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE), a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to preventing traffic fatalities, ending hit and run crimes and helping those who have been affected by traffic collisions.

Are You Ready To Take The “Holiday Challenge?”
Finish The Ride, Run, Walk N’ Roll Holiday Challenge 2016

Join Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE) and SoCal Cross on Sunday, December 11th for an awesome event for everyone – from beginners to hardcore athletes!  Registration is open RIGHT NOW so register TODAY at www.FinishTheRide.orgUSE PROMO CODE SMSPOKE20


  • Wilshire Law Firm” Rides = 10 Mile Fun Ride, 25 Mile ‘Tis The Season Ride, Holiday Metric-Century
  • Duathlon = 10 Mile Ride + 10K Run
  • Cross Challenge Events = “Cross-Athlon” (10 Mile Ride/10K Run + Cyclocross); “Run-A-Cross” (5K Run + Cyclocross)
  • Run/Walk = 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon
  • 10K Roll = Skateboards, rollerblades, wheelchair athletes, finish on anything with wheels!
  • Timing and medals awarded for ALL events!
  • Cool goodie bag and free t-shirt with registration
  • Great live music and dancing
  • Free festival and safety expo with giveaways, raffles, prizes and activities for kids and adults alike and much more!  Feel free to bring the whole family even the dog!

What’s YOUR Holiday Challenge?
To register for Finish The Ride, Run, Walk N’ Roll Holiday Challenge, click here.
To join the FTR volunteer team, click here.
#FTR #EndHitandRuns #SAFECityStreets

For more information on the event itself, registration questions or other customer service inquiries, e-mail us at or call (844) 884-7233 Ext. 801.

Community Climate Action Summit Saturday 10/29/16


The Community Climate Action Summit is tomorrow and we’re getting excited! The first session will begin promptly at 10:30am, so we ask that you arrive early to check-in. There will be coffee and refreshments, so if you arrive early it will give you plenty of time to check-in and grab your morning treats before the program starts.

Bike Valet and Child Care are provided. 

While we hope as many people as possible can bike, walk or bus to the Summit, underground parking is available at St. Monica’s access via the driveway located at 725 California Avenue in Santa Monica.

Updated Agenda

9:00 AM                   Kidical Mass Ride
10:00 AM                 Check-In
10:30 AM                 Welcome
11:00PM                   Downtown Community Plan: The Future of Mobility (Panel Discussion)

  • Moderator: Francie Stefan, Mobility Manager
  • Amanda Eaken, Director, Climate & Energy, NRDC
  • Ashley Hand, Cityfi
  • Colin F. Peppard, Innovation Manager for Outreach and Strategic Relationships, LA Metro

12-1:00PM                Lunch & Green Living Expo
1-2:00PM                  Achieving Clean Energy for All (Group Discussion & Workshop)

  • Opening Presenter: Joe Galliani, South Bay Clean Power

2:15-3:15PM             Resilient Communities, Low Carbon Living (Group Discussion & Workshop)

  • Opening Presenter: Heather Joy Rosenberg, Director of the LA Resilience Initiative, USGBC-LA

3:30-4:30PM             Pecha Kucha Slam (Community Presentations)
4:30 PM                   Climate Social Hour & Land Art Generator Initiative Gallery