Category Archives: Santa Monica

Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2015 – LOWEST REGISTRATION DISC SPECIAL!

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Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2015

Discount code: FIREWORKS
from July 2ND  to the 12TH 

Regardless of whether you are riding with us in the National Bike Challenge (it’s fun you should!) we invite you to join us for another fun and exciting challenge! 
We’re again organizing a community team to participate in the 
Santa Monica – Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2015, October 10/11th 2015. Ride one day or both days – Ride 35 miles to 100+  – you can choose from many options to participate!
We figured “What a great opportunity”? We want to experience a great ride and support the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change and help people with MS. With Bike MS starting in Santa Monica agin this year it is a great opportunity to once again unite the biking community and support a worthy cause AND log miles for the National Bike Challenge as you train!

Special registration discount $17.76 (reg $65.00) with the code: FIREWORKS valid from July 2nd – 12th.

Join HERE
If you have trouble joining the team email us by clicking here 

KIDICAL MASS: June 27th

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We ride from Reed Park 
THEME: Red, White & Blue! 

Festivities from 9:00am to NOON
The next Kidical Mass Ride for 2015, Saturday,  June 27th. A fun bike ride experience for families with kids of all ages! Education with Fun & Prizes! Dress for the theme and you could win a prize!

15 used children’s bikes (14”-16”) will be given out (for FREE) to participants in need

DATE:    SATURDAY June 27th
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Reed Park (7th & Wilshire)
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meet north side, California Ave between 7th and Lincoln

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke and the City of Santa Monica for our next Kidical Mass Bike Ride.  We will take a family friendly ride around the  neighborhood, just north of downtown Santa Monica.
Prize drawings, plus Prize for BEST COSTUME!
9::00am
Pre-ride snacks, Helmet Decorating, Prize, Best Costume, Free Bike Safety Checks, & Check-in
Arrive early and don’t miss the FUN!
11:00am (or upon return)
Return to Reed Park around 11-11:15am for FUN and post-ride snacks provided by KIND and more fun activities – MAKE BUTTONS!

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Watch our 1st Kidical Mass in 2013 video here:..

* 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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June Handlebar Happy Hour: INGO’S TASTY DINER!

Come celebrate all things bike.
Log miles over smiles for the National Bike Challenge!!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

At the end of every month we get together for fun, to talk bikes, and LOG MILES OVER SMILES for the National Bike Challenge. Part of Team Bike Santa Monica or not — COME JON US!
All are welcome!! Want to know more about Team Bike Santa Monica? Find our here!

Tasty Diner


DATE:    June 25th
TIME:    5pm -7pm (HH $)
PLACE:  INGO’S TASTY DINER,
1213 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica

They have a pretty exciting Happy Hour for our group of hungry, thirsty bicyclists to enjoy

Happy Hour from 4 to 7 pm everyday (closed Tuesdays)
Enjoy $6 well drinks, signature cocktails, draft beer, and selected glasses of wine
Menu, cocktails and wine list are available on the website.
Saturday and Sundays for the summer INGO will have happy hour from open to close! This could be a new local favorite?! 

 

Check out this vintage shot of the diner!

Check out this vintage shot of the diner!

No HH food specials, but here are a few of the favorite things that they suggest are “value driven and go well with happy hour drinks”

Deviled Chino Valley Ranch Eggs, goat cheese, pickled beet, toasted hazelnuts and chives* 4/6
Toni’s Spicy Pimento Cheese Dip with crudité of farmers market vegetables* 4
Kennebec French Fries, hand cut w/ sea salt* 6
Guacamole, California avocados only w/ fresh red corn chips* 5
Maggie’s Farm Simple Mix of Lettuce, avocado and vinaigrette* 5
The Nice Little Caesar Salad, sweet gem romaine, torn rustic croutons, and parmesan* 6
*Can be Made gluten free, Vegetarian, Or Vegan!! Be still my heart!

Bike parking: mostly just meters and poles in the area. We’ll check it out and report back.

INGO’s Allison, GM and Chef are looking forward to being there to welcome the group!

Still space for this Sundays Bike Skills Classes in SM

Free: Bike Skills Classes in Santa Monica
Spaces open for this Sunday!bicycle safety2

This Sunday Classes*
     •   9-11am Basic Bicycling Skills
     •  12-4 pm Street Cycling Skills
*Bikes are not needed for either of these classes

Classes are hosted by Santa Monica Spoke at
1640 5th Street – south of Expo/ Colorado

Online enrollment is closed –
You may still enroll by emailing
rsvp@SMSpoke.org with the class you wish to attend.


More info on classes can be found here

FREE HELMETS AND LIGHT SETS INCLUDED!

Free: Bike Skills Classes

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For the summer of 2015, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is offering a series of FREE Bicycle Skills Classes through out Los Angeles County.
Santa Monica Spoke is hosting the full series of classes in Santa Monica.

Three different classes are being offered:

  • Basic Bicycling Skills
  • Street Cycling Skills – Session A
  • Street Cycling Skills – Session B

Free Bike Safety Classes: Enrollment Open

Free: Bike Safety Classes – spaces still open for this weekend!

For the summer of 2015, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is offering a series of FREE Bicycle Safety Classes in Santa Monica and throughout Los Angeles County. Funding for this program is provided by Metro through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.bicycle safety2

Three different classes are being offered:

  • Basic Bicycling Skills
  • Street Cycling Skills (classroom – Session A
  • Street Cycling Skills (on bike) – Session B

All classes are taught by trained League Cycling Instructors (LCIs). The classes are open for adults and youth who are at least 14 years of age. Minors must be accompanied by their parent or an adult guardian.

All three classes will be offered at these locations:

  • Santa Monica
  • Culver City
  • Reseda
  • North Hills
  • Downtown Los Angeles
  • North Long Beach
  • Pacoima (dates pending)
  • Claremont
  • West Covina (dates pending)

For location, class description and enrollment information click HERE

Two feeder rides from Santa Monica to CicLAvia Pasadena, Bike or Go MULTIMODAL!

This Sunday all new CicLAvia – Pasadena!
Two Feeder Ride options from Santa Monica, Tongva Park

This second CicLAvia of 2015 represents the first visit of LA’s renowned open streets event to the City of Pasadena. For this CicLAvia participants can travel along Colorado Boulevard, and down side streets to parks and historic architecture using foot, pedal and non-motorized wheel power.. CicLAvia – Pasadena May 30, from 9am–4pm

Whether you ride with us or get there on your own – don’t miss it! CicLAvia celebrates the streets of Los Angeles for everyone!  Temporarily limiting the access of motor vehicles and opening the streets to all users – walking, wheelchairs, skates, bikes, scooters, skate boards, strollers – you name it! Helpful suggestion on participation at CicLAvia

We will host two feeder ride options to CicLAvia this Sunday, May 30th.
PLEASE NOTE: NEW MEETNG LOCATION AND TIME FOR SANTA MONCIA FEEDER RIDES. Both Ride options meet in Tongva Park, 7:30am


Start           Tongva Park, center of park grass area near restrooms
Address      1615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Meet           7:30am
Roll out      8:00am (sharp)

Option 1 – Multimodal
Bike it to Culver City and Expo Line / Gold Line as a group

This simple Route is 7.5 miles and nearly completely flat with bike lanes or low traffic volume streets at our time of travel. We will be traveling at an easy pace but do ask you “stay with the pace” so we can all get there together. No rider is left behind.
For feeder ride all young children should be on tag-a-long, child carrier or in trailers.
Group will decide to ride or train to Gold Line Station from 7th Street Station

Option 2 – Advanced
Bike from Santa Monica to CicLAvia – The Valley

(bail out option at DTLA Gold Line)

This ride is 27.9 miles and for more advance riders – faster paced with more elevation gain (click map). This group plans to meet the UCLA Bike Shop Group at Westwood and Santa Monica Blvd at 8:45am.
The group will still stay together with no rider left behind – you do have the option if you choose to jump on the Gold Line if you run out of steam or prefer to ride the train from DTLA.

Want to take public transit all the way from Santa Monica?

Easy, relaxing, and quicker than you may think!
Big Blue Bus Rapid 10  or Metro to DTLA Union Station,
catch the Gold Line at Union Station
to Pasadena Memorial Park!

Click here to download map

Stuff to bring:

  • helmet (for feeder ride or children under 18)
  • sun screen
  • cash –
  • spare tube/ patch kit
  • hydration
  • any special tools your bike requires!
  • SMILES

Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 takes the frwy downtown LA from Santa Monica FAST!
Catch the Red Line at the 7th Street Metro Hub, to the Gold Line at Union Station to Pasadena Memorial Park. 

Light Rail: Connect to the Expo Line Culver City Station (timetable) then 
Big Blue Bus Rapid 20 to DT SM, Rapid 12 (to Westwood) or Route 12 (Westwood and Palms)
The Metro trip planner can be found here

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CicLAvia Pasadena, May 30th: Feeder Rides from Santa Monica!

Next we head to a completely new city when CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro takes place on May 31.

Pasadena has played host to parades, bike races and music festivals, and for the first time is opening its streets to the largest car-free open streets event in America. CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro takes place from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31. The city will lend its own charm and flair to CicLAvia as participants travel along Colorado Boulevard, and down side streets to parks and historic architecture using foot, pedal and non-motorized wheel power. Go Metro to CicLAvia, the event route will connect to the Memorial and Del Mar the Metro Gold Line Stations enabling participants to have a car-free or car-lite day.

We will again host TWO feeder events to CicLAvia from Santa Monica!!
Both start at Tongva Park: “Bike it – all the way” or “Multimodal – Bike it to Expo / Gold Line”

CicLAvia Pasadena

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CicLAvia – Pasadena Presented by Metro will be the most walkable CicLAvia to date at 3.5 miles. The cozy distance will offer participants the opportunity to peruse and explore Pasadena’s business gems and cultural treasures. Spurs off the main route on Raymond Avenue and Lake Street will take participants to local parks. And CicLAvia’s new partnership with Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities, Cirque du Soleil’s newest touring Big Top show, coming to Southern California this fall, will give participants young and old a smile-inducing and awe-inspiring entertainment adventure.