Category Archives: Santa Monica

Participate in Bike Month Santa Monica!

Calling all Santa Monica businesses!  Please join us in celebrating Bike Month 2017.  Here’s an overview of the events that Santa Monica will be hosting with plenty of opportunities if you’d like to get involved:

The business signup form for Bike Month (May 2017) is live:  www.BuyLocalSM.com/bike-local

Your business and promotion will be promoted through out Bike Month here at Santa Monica Spoke and on the Buy Local SM page.

Bike It! Walk It! Bus It! Week (with SMMUSD) – May 8th -12th
National Bike to School Day – May 10th
Bike Local Santa Monica Week – May 14th – 21st
Bike to Work Day – May 18th
Santa Monica Family Bike Festival + Swap – May 21st
Bike Local, Buy Local Handlebar Happy Hours – Every Week in May (Weds or Thurs, tbc)

How can YOUR business participate?

  • Offer a Bike Local SM special for bicyclists during Bike Month (or for #BikeLocalSM Week) – pick up some new, loyal customers along the way.
  • Host a Bike to Work Pit Stop on the morning of May 18th – either for the public or for your staff – to show your support for #BTWD / Bike to Work Day.
  • Donate giveaways/coupons/snacks to National Bike to School Day (May 10) +/or Bike to Work Day City Hall Pit Stop May 18) – enjoy free PR/product exposure in our community.
  • Volunteer at the SM Family Bike Festival + Swap on May 21st or bring a bike to swap!
  • Host a #BikeLocalSM Handlebar Happy Hour or encourage your employees to join us at these fun, weekly get-togethers in May to meet fellow Santa Monica bicyclists + new friends.

To signup:  www.BuyLocalSM.com/bike-local (deadline is 4/29 to be included in the Santa Monica Spoke printed Bike Month SM Guide- all participation will be listed in online guide once you registere   Any questions?  email us @ SMSpoke.org

Events this weekend and Bike Month 2017!

Click images for more details:


Saturday: Kidical Mass. Ride starts at Memorial Park

A bike ride event for the whole family.


This Sunday: Ride with the Mayor!

Ride a ride along the beach with Mayor Ted Winterer to a presentation by the The Bay Foundation and the Annenberg Community Beach House about the Beach Restoration Pilot Project.


April HandleBar Happy Hour

On Wednesday April 26th we head back to the Pico Neighborhood and Santa Monica’s new modern neighborhood diner, Lunetta All Day


May 3rd: Presentation by: Urban Cycling Institute, Rotterdam

A presentation of research with students from the Urban Cycling Institute in Rotterdam. The event is scheduled for the evening of May 3rd in Santa Monica, Happy Hour reception will follow.


May is Bike Month – Bike to Work Week May 14th – 21st
More events posted as they are confirmed!

Santa Monica Business Get ready for  in Santa Monica! You are invited to participate with specials: Sign up here:   with our Buy Local Santa Monica Partner and help us celebrate! We will promote all our participating Santa Monica business and their specials in May!

 

Rotterdam comes to Santa Monica: Presentation

Join us as we explore how to expand on the simple notions:

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!|
Rotterdam comes to Santa Monica —
evening of May 3rd

A presentation of research with students from the Urban Cycling Institute in Rotterdam. The event is scheduled for May 3rd. Details on Santa Monica location are being confirmed and will be announced shortly.

Louis M. Uljee & Pieter Zonneveld & Students, Rotterdam Business School, Netherlands


  • Role of City Hall as HONEST BROKER:: Clean City, Quiet City, Safe City, Healthy City?
  • Bike share
  • Peer to peer bike constructions ( Apps?)
  • Entitlements: cars vs bikes vs pedestrians
  • Public transport + fishbone structure between stations + sharing bikes model
  • Flow theory Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Influence of (solar) e-bikes
  • Myths: Expand not the theories, what do they mean and how can we actually achieve them?
    • Build it and they will come.
    • Cycling replaces driving?
    • Write a plan and follow it.
    • Cycling requires Icons.
  • Swarm theory: The Genius of Swarms. A single ant or bee isn’t smart, but their colonies are. The study of swarm intelligence is providing insights that can help humans manage complex systems, from truck routing to military robots. Applied to bike networks?

SAVE THE DATE: Evening of May 3rd in Santa Monica
Happy Hour reception will follow Location TBD.

The event will be updated as details are confirmed

April Ride with the Mayor: April 23rd

Join us April 23 for a ride along the beach with the Mayor

The theme for the April Mayor’s Ride will be a ride along the beach to a presentation by the The Bay Foundation and the Annenberg Community Beach House about the Beach Restoration Pilot Project.

“The Santa Monica Beach Restoration pilot project of approximately three acres aims to return a healthy and beautiful ecosystem to this beach, which in turn, will address climate change issues for both humans and wildlife. The project will evaluate increased protection for our coastal infrastructure and residences from sea level rise and erosion, while also providing a vital refuge for invertebrates, birds, and rare coastal vegetation species. It will also serve as a model for the region, showing that heavy recreational use of beaches and meaningful habitat restoration are both possible!”

Visit the website here

Bring your own bike and helmet.
No bike? No problem! Rent a bike from Perry’s or grab a Breeze Bike .

The round-trip ride will be about 4 miles. Children should be capable of keeping up at comfortable pace or in an appropriate child seat or trailer.

The ride will start 9am at Perry’s Cafe at 2400 Ocean Front Walk at the intersection of Hollister Avenue and will ride along the beach path to visit the Beach Restoration Pilot Project for a presentation with The Bay Foundation and the Annenberg Community Beach House.

See the Calendar event HERE – any updates will be posted there

 Facebook event  RSVP here.

Have you heard about the North Beach Trail Improvements?

The City of Santa Monica is planning to make improvements to the Santa Monica Beach Trail between Bay Street and the north city limits to make it safer and easier for walking and biking. Community Outreach is now underway and they need to hear from you! 

  • Please take the online survey by April 20, 2017 to provide your input
  • Visit the project website for more information and updates about the project

North Beach Trail Improvements – Take the Survey / Volunteer this weekend

Survey now open

North Beach Trail Improvements

The City of Santa Monica is planning to make improvements to the Santa Monica Beach Trail between Bay Street and the north city limits to make it safer and easier for walking and biking. Community Outreach is now underway and they need to hear from you! 

  • Please take the online survey by April 23, 2017 to provide your input
  • Visit the project website for more information and updates about the project
  • Walk or bike to the Beach Trail on April 9 to take an in-person survey 

More info here

Handlebar Happy Hour Tonight @Bareburger

Join us tonight at Bareburger on Main Street

Bareburger is warmly welcoming us and extending their Happy Hour menu for our group until 8pm! Thanks Bareburger!!

End of every month we like to get together for fun, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always family friendly!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

If it’s on your way don’t forget to pass the Bike Counter on your way!

Public Meeting: Proposed Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossings on Pico Blvd

The City of Santa Monica invites you to a meeting to discuss improving bicycle and pedestrian crossing on Pico Boulevard at 30th Street / Dorchester Avenue.

When:    Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time:      7PM.
Where:    Community Corporation of Santa Monica, Community Room, 2345 Virginia Ave.

The discussion will focus on different approaches to provide direct and less stressful options for crossing Pico Boulevard at 30th / Dorchester. This meeting is an important opportunity to provide guidance and give input on this segment of the City’s bike and pedestrian network (extension of the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway – MANGo) that connects residents to parks, work, schools, and community destinations.

This crossing on Pico Boulevard would allow direct access to MANGo and destinations on the north side of the 10 Freeway like Expo Light Rail, the Expo pedestrian/bike path and Ishihara Park via the Dorchester Tunnel. It would also provide south connections to Clover Park and destinations on Ocean Park Boulevard as well the continuation of MANGo.

A strong desire to improve bicycle and pedestrian crossing at Pico Boulevard at 30th Street / Dorchester Avenue has been identified by community members during previous Bike Action Plan and Pedestrian Action Plan outreach. Santa Monica Spoke is encouraging the community to give input, get information and provide support for these proposed improvement possibilities at this meting or if you cannot attend by contacting Peter Dzewaltowski with the City of Santa Monica.

Contact Peter Dzewaltowski at 310-458-8292 or Peter.Dzewaltowski@smgov.net with your questions or concerns. More information about the project may be found on the City’s website at HERE

March Handlebar Happy Hour is at Bareburger!

For March we visit the local Bareburger on Main Street in Santa Monica!  #HBHH


DAY:      Wednesday
DATE:    March 29th
TIME:    5pm -8pm (HH $)
PLACE:  Bareburger, 2732 Main Street, Santa Monica, 90405


End of every month we like to get together for fun, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always family friendly!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

If it’s on your way don’t forget to pass the Bike Counter on your way!


Bareburger is warmly welcoming us by extending their Happy Hour menu for our group until 8pm! Thanks Bareburger!!

Bareburger is a Buy Local Business that believes sometimes it can be just as simple as a burger, fries, and shake. Their Mission is for love, service, and organic & sustainable food to fill their restaurants with foods we can pronounce. They came together to make food that they can proudly serve to their communities, friends and families with ingredients sourced as close to home as possible. Barebuger celebrates ingredients that grow up the way nature intended. See menu and more on the event listing here.

Celeb!rate #BikeLocalSM, our Buy Local SM businesses, happy hour + new friends at these monthly events!  Learn about upcoming local bike events + find out about and connect with us at SM Spoke… as we visit and introduce you to some of our Buy Local SM businesses.  Eat Local, Drink Local, Buy Local AND Bike Local SM!

 

Ride with the Mayor, Breeze Community Ride & CicLAvia all in ONE!

Sunday March 26th
FREE: Registration is OPEN click HERE

Ride Breeze or ride your own bike, but don’t miss this one!

For March we combine the Monthly Ride with the Mayor, a Breeze Community Ride celebrating SPRING that includes free 1.5 hours ride time credit* & a Feeder Ride to CicLAvia, Culver City meet Venice all into ONE.

We’ll start the morning at the 17th Street Expo Breeze Station with morning bagels and coffee (bring your own cup) 

Join Santa Monica Spoke, Mayor Ted Winterer, City of Santa Monica Mobility Team and Breeze Bike Share at the 17th Breeze Expo Station at 9am for this 3x’s the FUN EVENT!
— City Manager Rick Cole sends his regrets as he will be out of town for this months ride.

Surely to be a day of fun and excitement, you’ll experience some of Santa Monica’s amazing bike infrastructure, hear about new projects and if you like, chat with the Mayor, City Management and staff on our way to CIcLAvia!. The ride is 5.4 miles mostly on streets with bike lanes. We end our ride at the CicLAvia Venice Hub.

NEW UPDATE: Extending the service area for Breeze Bike Share during CicLAvia. In addtion to the Breeze stations in Venice there will be a POP UP HUB in Mar Vista for CicLAvia! You can pick up or drop of Breeze bikes at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market Pop Up Hub with no out of station or out of system fees! YEY!

CicLAvia is one of the country’s largest open streets events! Streets will be closed to cars and open for use as a recreational space for people walking, biking, running, skating and any other people powered mode.

Also, learn helpful tips on how to use the Breeze Bike Share system, including checking out, locking, flexibility of “out-of-station” and “hold” features, multiple bike check out on one account, along with safety tips and Rules of the Road.

All participants that RSVP will receive a promo code good for 1.5 HOURS of ride time on Breeze Bike Share* and first time Breeze participants can receive a FREE helmet.
Registration to receive Promo Code or helmet is FREE but required.

* All participants will receive a promo code in your registration confirmation email good for 1.5 hours of ride time credit.
To redeem enter the promo code upon sign-up, or if you are already a Breeze member enter the promo code on the membership tab of your account page at Breezebikeshare.com. Promo Code will expire on 03/27/2017. Breeze riders must be 16 or over to participate (under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian AND wear a helmet).

Ride Breeze Bike Share or ride your own bike – all are welcome!

It promises to be a day of exploration and fun – and CicLAvia!!

Event is Free Click here to RSVP on Eventbrite today!

Connecting to Nature is Key!

Connect to Protect Gallery Event & Natural History of Santa Monica Bay Bike Hike

If you live, work or play in Santa Monica, you are invited to submit a photograph of how you connect to the natural world within the city. It can be a picture of yourself, your friends or your family picnicking in the park, hanging out at the beach, working in the garden or anything else that inspires you.
  • Selected photo submissions from the community will be on display at the event.
  • The evening will start off with Wine and Hors d’oeuvre networking.
  • A short presentation about Santa Monica parks and open space will be given by a representative from Community Cultural Services.
Sylvie Rokab, the Producer and Director of Love Thy Nature will give a short presentation and end the evening with a Blue Marble Contemplation – “Pay it forward”

Connect to Protect Gallery Event 
When: Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm 
Where: Lois Lambert Gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, 90404
In accordance with the Sustainable City Plan, the goal is to help residents recognize that they share the local ecosystem with other living things that warrant respect and responsible stewardship.
Submission Guidelines:
  • All photos should be in highest resolution possible
  • Include name, email address and phone number
  • Include a one sentence description of the photo or why you chose it
  • Photos should be taken in Santa Monica
When: Photo Submission deadline is March 18th
Where: Email photos to gina.garcia@sustainableworks.org


Need some inspiration?
Join the Natural History of Santa Monica Bay Bike Hike

When: Saturday, March 11th – 9am* – 12pm
Where: Meet at the Santa Monica Pier South Entrance (near the original Muscle Beach sign near the lifeguard headquarters)

The bike hike will be lead by William Selby. Bill is a recently retired professor from the Earth Science Department at Santa Monica College. He has led hundreds of learning and research field expeditions and is author of the geography book on California, “Rediscovering the Golden State”.

Do you ever wonder what natural forces and processes are shaping Santa Monica Bay and surrounding landscapes? How can you better observe and understand the natural systems and cycles that have been impacting our region for millions of years? The coastal plain and cliffs, the beach, and the ocean all have fascinating stories to tell if only we would pay attention. On our bicycles, we will explore the natural history of Santa Monica and its bay to get a better understanding of what we built our city on and how these natural landscapes are changing around us.
In about three hours, we will explore from the Santa Monica Pier to the end of the beach bike path just past Temescal and then return to the pier. You must be capable of safely riding your bicycle along the beach path. Arrive a little early and bring some cash if you plan to rent from one of the nearby private bicycle vendors. There is also a nearby Breeze Bike Share Station. You are required to sign a waiver to participate.
Steady rain cancels, but scattered drizzle won’t stop us.
Take advantage of this opportunity to reconnect to nature. This event is open to anyone who lives, works or plays in Santa Monica.
*Please arrive a little before 9:00am so you are not left behind!

Take photos during the bike experience to submit to the Connect to Protect Gallery Event

If you have any questions about the bike and hike, text Bill Selby at 310-463-8636

Space is limited!

Both the Connect to Protect Event and the Bike Hike are presented by the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability of the Environmentalong with Sustainable Works.