Category Archives: Santa Monica

Launch Bike Month at Gear Up! This Sunday May 1st

Get ready to ride all summer at Gear Up!

Gear Up! launches a variety events to help you get ready to ride, learn to pedal safely, and win free stuff during Bike Month!. This collaborative community celebration is brought to you with local partners to help you get a bike, learn to fix a flat, win free stuff, eat good food and have fun.

Our main events are:
BIKE SWAP: Want to be matched you with a new ride? Kids out grown their current bikes? Your cruiser not cutting it?, Seat giving you cramps?

  • Gear Up Final

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    FREE BIKE REPAIR: Pro mechanics getting your bike in cruising condition.

  • BIKE RAFFLE: Participate in activities for the chance to win a FREE bike!
  • FREE CLINICS that teach basic safety, shopping by bicycle, and riding in a skirt.
    Tips and tricks to make bikes a big part of their summer
  • FREE HELMETS (while supply last), sponsored by City of Santa Monica.
  • LOCAL FOOD for sale.
  • BIKE ART: With interactive presentations from local artists.
  • ARTS AND CRAFTS for kids and adults to make their bikes and helmets special and stylish.
  • MUSIC to set the tone with a DJ booth.
  • COMMUNITY COLLABORATION with tables, art, and programs from local organizations.
  • BICYCLE AWARENESS for upcoming events, Metro Expo Line, and local resources.
  • And more to come! Stay tuned and we’ll let you know what other fun things to expect.

Gear Up Line Up Poster

See the Facebook event HERE

Brompton Urban Challenge: April 30th register today!

The Brompton Urban Challenge (BUC) is a two-wheeled scavenger hunt! It starts with a light breakfast, afterwhich you’ll spend the first part of the day riding around the city, and interpreting various clues with your team. We’ll break for a late lunch, then spend the remainder of the day engaging in fun Brompton challenges amidst the beautiful backdrop of Santa Monica. Each clue and challenge will be recorded by photograph, which you’ll upload to social media (#BUCSM). Everyone will have the chance to win some GREAT prizes at the end of the day – where we’ll rally to celebrate our accomplishments with drinks and merriment at AIKA!

The Brompton Urban Challenge is a world-wide event, AIKA couldn’t be more excited to host our first BUC in Santa Monica!

Here are the registration details:

  • The fee is $25 per person – all proceeds will be donated to local advocacy group Santa Monica Spoke.
  • Cyclists can either register as a team or will be placed into a team on the day of the event.
    — Start a team or join one as a great way to meet new friends!
  • The minimum team size is 2 participants, and the maximum team size is 4 participants.
  • All bikes are welcome, but there must be at least one Brompton bicycle per team.
  • We’ll have a limited number of Brompton bicycles available to borrow at the event, so indicate in your registration if you’d like to reserve one!

To learn more, check out this video here.

Can’t wait to see all you Bromptoneers and cyclists at AIKA on the 30th! #BUCSM

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE

Brompton Urban Challenge

Orchestra Santa Monica

Orchestra Santa Monica “The Flamenco Guitar”

Special: Arrive by bike* and save up to 33% this Sunday!

*or bring a selfie of you on a bike
Adults $20  (instead of $30)

College $10 (instead of $15)
K-12 $5   (instead of $10)

Who can resist the Flamenco Guitar? Adam del Monte plays two concertos with flamenco evocations – Rodrigo’s ever-popular “Concierto de Aranjuez” and Del Monte’s own flamenco concerto “Paisajes” which also features the reknowned cajon player Diego Alvarez Muñoz. Bizet’s “Carmen Suite” sets the stage!

Adam Del Monte (guitar) and Diego Alvarez Muñoz (cajon)
Bizet: Carmen Suite
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Del Monte: Paisajes, concerto for Flamenco guitar

Sunday, April 24, 2016 @ 2:30 pm (*Please note new time*)

Moss Theater (see Moss Theater location)

The Herb Alpert Educational Village, New Roads School
3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404

(Entrance to parking lot on Olympic, just west of Centinela)

*or bring a selfie of you on a bike
Adults $20  (instead of $30)

College $10 (instead of $15)
K-12 $5   (instead of $10)

April Handlebar Happy Hour: Solidarity

April Handlebar Happy Hour goes international with a visit to Solidarity!!

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End of every month we get together for fun, to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always family friendly!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….
Next month we launch the National Bike Challenge for 2016!


DAY:    Wednesday
DATE:   April 20th
TIME:    5:30pm -7pm (HH $)
PLACE: SOLIDARITY
1414 Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica,


Polish Food & Happy Hour on the Back Patio!
SOLIDARITY is a locally-owned business supporting other local business by buying locally and supporting fellow SM businesses! They are a Buy Local Business

Kidical Mass: Garden Ride & Community Garden Tour, April 16th 2016

KIDICAL MASS Earth Day Bike Ride
Tour Park Drive Community Garden
FUN hands-on KIDS Workshop

DATE:    SATURDAY APRIL 16th, 2016Kidical Mass Earth Day 2016 Flyer
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON

START:  MEMORIAL PARK
–  By Parking lot off 14th Street.

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica Community Gardeners for Santa Monica’s Kidical Mass Ride. 
We will take a family friendly ride in Santa Monica to visit Park Drive Community Garden for a special kid friendly event. Prizes and giveaways at Memorial Park when we return!

Schedule.
9::00am – 12:30pmSM Community Gardens
– Check-in, Morning Snacks, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating
– Ride to Pit Stop visit at PARK DRIVE COMMUNITY GARDEN
– KIDS GARDEN TOURS AND WORKSHOP
– Pitstop host Santa Monica Community Gardeners
– Ride back to Memorial Park by noon for fun activities, Prizes and 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……

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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.

SM Spoke Meeting: Saturday, April 2nd

SM Spoke Meeting

Join us Saturday morning for coffee, bagels, lively discussion and FUN!!

Updates & Input: Bike Month, EXPO, Bike Action Plan Implementation, Samohi SRTS / MANGo, Colorado Esplanade, Mobility Initiative, Santa Monica’s 1st Open Street Event!
YOUR INPUT!

•   Francie Stefan, City of Santa Monica Mobility and Transportation Manager will share updates on Santa Monica’s Open Street Event, Pedestrian Action Plan, the City’s Mobility Initiative and the completion of the new Colorado Esplanade and opening of EXPO light Rail and Bike Path.
•   Michelle Glickert, City of Santa Monica’s Bike Coordinator will give us Bike Action Plan updates and request your ideas and input on next steps. Projects: Green Lanes and Bike Technology Demonstrations, MANGo. Brief updates on programs like SRTS and bike ed classes and events.
•   Vision Zero
•   City of Santa Monica Bike Share – stat updates and Breeze Outreach Team opportunities,
Ride Breeze Bikes that we will have there for you to test ride.
•   Be the first to hear about some exciting upcoming events!
•   SMPD Bike Liason sends his regrets for this meeting – we look forward to meeting him at the next one
•   Bike Month: Gear Up May 1st and more events ALL MONTH – NEED VOLUNTEERS
•   You can sign up or renew your SM Spoke / LACBC membership for special perks. Meet and join our lively group of volunteers.

Plus MORE

When:      Saturday
Time:        10am – noon
Where:     Spoke HQ, 1640 5th Street, just south of Expo Station    

Let’s Celebrate our Successes and plan our next steps together!!
And have some fun!!

Streetsie Celebration Party: TONIGHT!

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On Thursday, March 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., there will be a party — food and drink! — at Cyclehop’s west coast headquarters to celebrate some of 2015’s Streetsie winners.

Streetsblog California Elected Official of the Year
Assemblymember Richard Bloom (attendance confirmed)

Streetsblog Los Angeles Business of the Year
Cyclehop/hulu for Breeze Bikes

Streetsie2015Bloom, both at the state level and through his work on the Santa Monica City Council (1999-2012), has been a champion of sustainable and active transportation. He was also integral in bringing about Breeze Bike Share (operated by Cyclehop), Los Angeles County’s first public bike-share system. Now, Beverly Hills and Long Beach have begun to follow suit, adopting bike-share systems also run by Cyclehop. And Hulu, located in Santa Monica, is helping to support sustainable transportation by generously supporting Breeze Bike Share to the tune of $675,000 a year. Tickets to Thursday’s party are available here. We hope you can make it.

Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom, would like to invite local advocates to the Streetsie Awards Party & Fundraiser for Santa Monica Next. Bloom’s office has offered to cover the entry for local advocates who may not otherwise be able to afford the ticket price.
Please message if interested.

Tickets to Thursday’s party are available here. We hope you can make it.

WHEN: Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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WHERE: 17th and Colorado, , Santa Monica, CA –
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Expo Update: Start of Pre-Revenue Service

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Expo Line Extension to Santa Monica Notice – Start of Pre-Revenue Service – Monday, March 21, 2016

Starting Monday, March 21, 2016, Metro will be conducting Pre-Revenue Service on the Expo Line Extension to Santa Monica. (No passengers will be on the trains from Culver City to Santa Monica.) Train frequency will be every 12-20 minutes. These activities are necessary as they lead up to full train service starting May 20th 2016.

Daily, 4AM to 2AM; Fridays and Saturdays until 3AM.

It is necessary to obey ALL traffic signs and signals at ALL times.

Safety Tips

  • Please obey all warning signs and traffic signals when crossing the tracks.
  • Always look both ways before crossing any street.
  •  Never walk on railroad tracks.
  •  Watch for trains from both directions.
  • Use the crosswalks. Do not jaywalk across the tracks.
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Cynthia Rose and Mobility Plan 2035 Are LACBC’s National Advocacy Award Winners!

We are thrilled to announce that Cynthia Rose and LACBC have been awarded multiple Advocacy Awards by the Alliance for Biking & Walking at this year’s National Bike Summit & Women’s Forum in Washington DC!

After receiving five nominations, Monday night we took home:

  • Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award – Cynthia Rose, Santa Monica Spoke
  • Winning Campaign of the Year – Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Mobility Plan 2035


Cynthia Rose rides a Breeze Bike Share bike with Countri Bike's Jeffrey Tannenhaus around Santa Monica. Photo: Santa Monica Spoke.

Cynthia Rose rides a Breeze Bike Share bike with Countri Bike’s Jeffrey Tannenhaus around Santa Monica.

Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award

This award commemorates Susie Stephens, one of the Alliance’s founders and an enduring inspiration for many members of the bicycle and pedestrian movement. The honor goes to an individual who carries on Susie’s passion for advocating for bicycling as a fun and economical means of transportation, as well as creating a safe biking and walking environment for all.

  •     Cynthia Rose, Santa Monica Spoke

I feel so incredible honored to have received this award that commemorates the dedication and inspiration of Susie Stephens. I am so grateful to her and her inspirational mother who has carried on her daughters enthusiasm with her own commitment and dedication. With that I must say that like any successful advocacy – there are many to thank. Those that preceded us and make our work and successes possible, those that continue today working with us side by side, and in Santa Monica to our wonderful, talented community and civic partners that help and support us in creating a safer environment that encourages more people to walk and bike. I am deeply appreciative of all these partners every single day. 

Thank you to the Alliance of Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists for their national leadership and support of local advocacy — and to our regional and state partners at LACBC and the California Bicycle Coalition. 

“Together We Lead” our communities to a healthier, safer, more equitable future biking and walking.

Cynthia Rose 

From the Alliance for Biking & Walking: “Cynthia Rose, a co-founder of Santa Monica Spoke, is also known to many in the Los Angeles area as ‘Purple’ (her favorite color) — but her vibrance spans the spectrum of bicycle advocacy. She played a key role in helping launch the first public bike share program in Los Angeles County: Breeze Bike Share, and pioneered the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Local Chapter program. She is an educator, an advocate and a rider leader, but even her actions are outdone by her joyful enthusiasm. Her bright smile and infectious attitude have invited countless new riders into the movement by making bicycling welcoming and fun. As her nominator summed up: ‘Cynthia truly is an inspiration.'”


Winning Campaign of the Year

This award goes to an organization for a winning campaign, in the last year, which has had the biggest impact on walking and biking. Their victory will dramatically increase active transportation in their state/ community or will dramatically shift the way that walking and biking are considered.

  • Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Mobility Plan 2035

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From the Alliance for Biking & Walking: “With 300 miles of protected bike lanes, the adoption of Vision Zero and a central commitment to safety, the Mobility Plan 2035 passed by the Los Angeles City Council in 2015 marked a major transformation for big city transportation. Behind the scenes, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalitionhelped to lead that charge with a thoughtful, strategic and multi-year campaign to increase access and safety for all. Their inside-outside game, rallied the public and LACBC members to engage with their policymakers, brought new partners to table and authentically considered the need of all road users, from bicyclists to bus riders. Read much more about their effort here.”


We would like to thank all of our members, partners, and supporters for making these wins possible! These wins (plus our additional nominations) are recognition of every call to action you’ve responded to, every meeting you’ve attended, every letter or email you’ve written, every public comment you’ve made, every hour of time you’ve volunteered in the office or on the streets, every hashmark recorded for our bike and ped counts, and every bike light installed as a member of Team Firefly, not to mention every mile you’ve pedaled either with us or on our behalf. We hope you’ll to help Santa Monica Spoke, LACBC and all our local chapters continue this work to make Los Angeles County a great place for all people from all communities to ride their bikes everywhere, safely and conveniently, by becoming a member of LACBC and a local chapter or renewing your membership.

Congrats to Cynthia and all the other winners: Living Streets Alliance (Tucson), Fernando Martinez, and Community Cycling Center (Portland). Read more about all the winners on the Alliance for Biking & Walking blog.

New Urbanism Film Festival in Santa Monica

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This event was rescheduled from Jan 13th to Feb 24th.

BEST OF THE 2015 NEW URBANISM FILM FESTIVAL

See the award-winning films from the 2015 New Urbanism Film Festival.

The New Urbanism Film Festival brings the conversation about urban planning out of the classroom, beyond the council chamber doors and onto the big screen. These short films on topics of urban planning will inspire, encourage, and empower audiences to participate in the urban revitalization happening in Santa Monica. If you missed the festival, held in October 2015 in Los Angeles, now you can see the winners from each category.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Join their email list (Or Join the FaceBook Event.)

12658thumb-731xps8041gd5l099clq5e442e0agi52uzsly1njkhcrryc-295x443.jpgI’d Rather Stay – Best of Fest
Every Speed – Best Urbanism Sociology Film
Arlington Passages – Best Bicycle Film
The Cerebral City – Best Urban Design Film
The Edge of Memphis – Best Urbanism Economies Film.
Landfill: From Guppies to Yuppies – Honorable Mention
Road to School – Honorable Mention
Artista – Best Urbanism Filmmaking Challenge Film


Special Thanks our friends at the  Laemmle Theatre for hosting the screening.

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