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Bike Week LA: Wednesday, May 13th

Ballona Creek Camp Coffee – Special Bike Week Edition – BYO coffee & share breakfast outdoors!   7am Coffee Outside

Camp coffee gatherings add adventure to everyday routines! For us it’s #BallonaCreekCampCoffee!

The best part of waking up… Is #‎coffeeoutside in your cup! Join us for #‎ballonacreekcampcoffee Special Bike Week Edition on the jetty off of Poseur Bridge in between MDR and Playa. Here’s location and our route. We will be cooking breakfast food to share too! Join the Fun. Questions?

Bring the stuff to BYO “brew you own” or just bring a full cup of your morning beverage with you 🙂 Search Instagram for lots of photos,  #‎ballonacreekcampcoffee. If you’re on the east side look up with #‎larivercampcoffee!

Santa Monica City Ride: MANGo, Bike Lanes and More!

City Hall Green Lanes
Two years ago we were celebrating the announcement of our Bike Friendly Community Silver Award from the League of American Bicyclists,  Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC).
Now on a quest for GOLD, join us on a City Ride of some of our newest bike lanes and infrastructure and MANGo. Give input, ask questions hear about what’s up next –

The ride begins in front of Santa Monica City, 1685 Main Street at 4:45pm – ROLL 5:00pm
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We end our tour at Vidiots, for a free movie screening.

Join us and our partners Santa Monica Next for a screening of Dogtown and Z-Boys the 2001 award-winning documentary that takes a look back at the Santa Monica and Venice of the 1970s where skateboarding was invented. There will be snacks and drinks. Maybe a HBHH after the movie for more socializing and discussion on Santa Monica of the 70’s.

You are also welcome to join us at 6:30 just for the Movie, see that event here.

Join the National Bike Challenge: Ride for team BIKE SANTA MONICA

Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials

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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Spoke Event Saturday, Bikeshare, Bike Action Plan Updates & PARTY!

Join us Saturday afternoon for an Update & Input Meeting, followed by a family friendly Party to celebrate the
3rd Anniversary of our Bike Action Plan

Please join us
DAY:       Saturday
DATE:     November 22rd

TIME:      3:00pm Updates, Input & Discussion
                 immediately followed by BIKE ACTION PLAN PARTY
PLACE:   1640 5th Street, SM (south of EXPO)
– Private outdoor courtyard – please dress accordingly

Please RSVP@SMSpoke.org

We will be joined by special guests, City staff and local leaders to give updates and gather input on recently approved Bikeshare contract, Bike Action Plan Implementations: completed and in the pipeline, KIDICAL MASS, SAMOHI SRTS & MANGo Progress, EXPO & Colorado Esplanade, DTSM Projects, and more! As always YOUR INPUT is most valuable in this process.

SOBI Bikeshare bike will be there for you to check out!

Meeting, Updates & Input, BAP is 3

Kidical Mass TOMORROW! Saturday, August 23rd

Kidical MASS Bike Ride: Superheros!! 
Saturday, August 23rd
Virginia Ave Park, 9am – Noon

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We are all very excited the day is almost here!
Don’t miss the early festivities starting at 9am!
  • Morning Refreshment & Snacks, muffins bagel etc (bring your cup to save on waste!)
  • FACE PAINTING
  • HELMET DECORATING
  • BEST DRESSED CONTEST
  • PRIZE DRAWINGS
  • BIKE SAFETY CHECKS hosted by Cynergy Cycles
  • Mayor Pam O’Connor joins us again to present the prizes and kick off the ride!
  • After the ride: Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt & Story Time!
When we return to the park after our KIDICAL MASS BIKE RIDE your family will again be offered refreshments, and snacks by KIND
PLUS a SUPER FUN Scavenger Hunt at the Farmers Market for the kids! And a story time to highlight the new Library!
Get your cape on! See you Soon! Virginia Park Kidical Mass Map

DATE:    SATURDAY August 23rd
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON

START:  Virginia Ave Park
 
north side of park along Virginia Ave 

Free:
Please RSVP HERE so we have enough refreshments!

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

Tour da Arts, vol. 6, THIS SUNDAY!

Tour da Arts, vol. 6
SundayAugust 24, Noon to 5pm

Tour-da-Arts-2014-Full-banner-logo2Join us for SMMoA’s sixth annual cultural bike tour, Tour da Arts. Enjoy the creative side of bicycle culture on a ride filled with art, music, and theater.

FREE Admission. Registration Required.
more here

ONLY A FEW DAYS to go!  Yipppeeee!!!


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Ride Highlights:
  • Free Tour da Arts bags for first 250 guests
  • Art exhibitions at SMMoA
  • Tune-up tent and tips from community groups
  • Ride leaders: C.I.C.L.E. Santa Monica SPOKE
  • Odyssey Wiki-Theater and Bike Odyssey LA
  • Complimentary drinks and snacks
  • Anna Oxygen interactive concert
  • Myth and Infrastructure by Miwa Matreyek
  • Click here for details

 

 

Raffle Prizes:
Must be present to win
Congratulations to Garrett Belmont, winner of SMMoA’s Bike Critter Art Contest! Garret’s drawing was selected by the Museum’s curatorial staff as the Tour da Arts, vol. 6 mascot. Click here to see all of the incredible Bike Critter Art Contest submissions.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS: LACBC Workshop, Kidical Mass & Tour da Arts v6! Plus Save these Dates!

Click images for full information:

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Workshop #4 Fundraising 
is scheduled for Thursday, August 21st as part of LACBC’s
Empowering Local Advocates Series.

Join us for the forth workshop of the series –
FUNDRAISING
Please RSVP here
Facebook event here 

DATE:      August 21st 
TIME:      6:30 – 8:00pm
WHERE:  LACBC HQ, 634 Spring Street, Edison Room


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Kidical Mass: Festivities start at 9:00am 

The next Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, August 23rd. We will take a family friendly ride around the Pico Neighborhood, east of Virginia Ave Park along the planned MANGo! Education with Fun & Prizes!

DATE:    SATURDAY August 23rd
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Virginia Ave Park
north side of park along Virginia Ave 

Free: Please RSVP HERE


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SUNDAY, AUG 24, 2014  12PM–5PM iCAL
Tour da Arts, vol. 6 is the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s sixth annual cultural bike tour and EXPO. Enjoy the creative side of bicycle culture beginning at the Bergamot Art Complex EXPO/ Festival that starts at NOON, then on a casual, nine-mile ride filled with art, music, and theater. 


 Save these Dates:

— National Bike Challenge HBHH, last week of August, day tbd
— Sept. 20th, Santa Monica Spoke Local Update & Input Meeting
— STREETSBLOG AND SANTA MONICA NEXT HOST CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM ON 9/22
October 5th CicLAvia & Feeder Ride from Santa Monica
— October 11-12 Team Bike Santa Monica – Bike MS Coastal Challenge

KIDICAL MASS Bike Ride: August 23rd, Virginia Ave Park

SAVE THE DATE: Kidical Mass Bike Ride
August 23rd, Virginia Ave Park
Theme: SUPERHEROS!

Festivities from 9:00am to NOON
The next Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, August 23rd. 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!Kidical Mass flyer_Aug2014 Letter Size

DATE:    SATURDAY August 23rd
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Virginia Ave Park
north side of park along Virginia Ave 

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica for Santa Monica’s next Kidical Mass Bike Ride.  We will take a family friendly ride around the Santa Monica neighborhood, east of Virginia Ave Park along the planned Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway. Prize drawings plus Prize for BEST DRESSED!

Schedule.
9::00am
Pre-ride snacks, Face painting, Helmet Decorating, Prize Drawings, Best Dressed Prize, 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 Virginia Ave Park around 11-11:15am for FUN and post-ride snacks provided by KIND,  Farmers Market scavenger hunt, and help celebrate the new Virginia Park Library!

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

 

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!

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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:

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Items presented to City Council
Tuesday, February 11th
Any thing can happen —
Watch the meeting http://www.smgov.net/video/

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
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