Category Archives: Santa Monica

La Grange Brentwood Grand Prix: Expo Ride

EXPO RIDE BGPJoin us on this FREE family friendly Expo Ride in collaboration with Velo Club La Grange and the race and festivities at the Brentwood Gran Prix

Day:       Sunday, August 3rd
Time:     9:30am – noon (aprox)
Place:    Brentwood Grand Prix (meet near San Vicente/Barrington)
Click HERE to register at active.com or RSVP to us HERE

The Expo Ride is a non-competitive community ride associated with the Brentwood Grand Prix criterium bicycle race. The tour will visit the future Metro EXPO Line Phase 2 Stations in Santa Monica including Bergamot Art Center and the Terminus at 4th and Colorado, We will make a brief stop at the new Tongva Park for refreshment & bathroom break before returning to the Brentwood Grand Prix. Wristbands will be given out to ride participants for rewards back at the Brentwood Grand Prix The goal of the Expo Ride is to get community members to come learn about cycling options on the West side of Los Angeles, and particularly about how the Expo Line train can help get you where you want to go. We “ride down memory lane” as we learn information about the historical RED LINE along our journey.

Join the community and show you support more transit options for Los Angeles, and have a great time along the way!
Updates and addition info will be posted as it is confirmed.

We encourage you to Ride your bicycle to the event.  Bike Valet will be provided by LACBC / car parking is available at the VA Parking Lot, entrance on Wilshire Blvd. Please wear whatever is comfortable and safe, but ALL Participants MUST wear a helmet on the ride. Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Save the Date: August 24th, SMMoA Tour da Arts, vol. 6

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Beat the pump, cycle the town, and enjoy Santa Monica’s sights and sounds with Tour da Arts, vol. 6. The Santa Monica Museum of Art’s sixth annual event takes you on a ride filled with music, dance, and art.
See Program for Tour da Arts, vol 5

The free all-day event offers art, music, performances, and sustainable transportation advocacy. Tour da Arts begins with a bicycle-themed festival at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Then, the ride takes off for a nine-mile loop with stops at John Adams Middle School for a screening and performance with artist Miwa Matreyek; the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club for interactive music with Anna Oxygen; and back to the Museum for a theater performance of Bike Odyssey LA.

Registration is required and opens July 24. We will remind you!
Admission is FREE and open to all ages.

Santa Monica Spoke again joins our local and region partners: Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.); City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department, City of Santa Monica Transportation and Planning Department, GoMetro LA, Whole Foods, Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, and many more!

Featured exhibitions at SMMoA:
Robert Swain: The Form of Color
Nonfictions: Jeremiah Day / Simone Forti / Fred Dewey

Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2014 – Life after the National Bike Challenge!

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Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2014

Discount code: FIREWORKS
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Regardless of whether you are riding with us in the National Bike Challenge (it’s fun you should!) We have put together another fun and exciting challenge! 
We’ve formed a community team to participate in the 
Santa Monica – Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2014, October 11/12th 2014. Ride one day or both days – Ride 35 miles to 100+ choose many options to participate!
We figured “What a great opportunity?” we want to experience a great ride and help the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change and help people with MS. With Bike MS starting in Santa Monica 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 we train!

Special discount $17.76 registration (reg $65.00) with the code: FIREWORKS
valid until Sunday, July 13th.

Join HERE
If you have trouble joining the team email us by clicking here
Update and more info posted on SOON

BBB Community Meeting, June 25th

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You’re Invited: Community Meeting, June 25 from 6-8pm

This Wednesday, BBB’s planning team invites you to hear about service proposals for fall service change that would become effective on August 24, 2014.
The meeting will address schedule reliability issues on Route 3, Big Blue Bus is proposing to split the long 90-minute route into two separate routes. This meeting will explain more about the impacts for approximately one-fifth of Route 3 customers who travel through downtown Santa Monica. Some customers who currently have a “one-seat” ride on Route 3 will have to make a transfer and pay an additional fare if customers do not have a BBB Pass or a UCLA Flash Pass. Also proposed are minor schedule modifications to Route 1 to improve schedule reliability, as well as minor changes to other routes.
Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 2nd Floor Multi-Purpose Room
Transit: Ride BBB Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, Rapid 3, Rapid 7 or Rapid 10 to the meeting.
Parking: If you must drive, parking is available in the library garage (enter on 7th St. just north of Santa Monica Blvd.)
If you cannot make it to this meeting, the proposals will be posted at www.BigBlueBus.com prior to the meeting and will give you an opportunity to tell us what you think by sending us an email at bus-info@bigbluebus.com.
The Main Library is ADA-accessible. For any accommodations, please contact us at (310) 458-1975, ext. 5541.

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SMMoA Bike Critter Art Contest – Enter Today!

Image: Tour da Arts, vol. 5 Bike Critter Art Contest winner David Chernoblysky

An exciting opportunity for artists of all ages! Draw and submit a “bike critter” to be used as the logo for SMMoA’s 6th annual Tour da Arts cultural bike event (returning August 24, 2014 – SAVE THE DATE)

Submissions must be in black and white. They will be reviewed by a jury of artists and professionals along with SMMoA’s Director of Education and Public Programs, Asuka Hisa. The winner will be announced July 25, 2014. All submissions will be featured in an online slideshow, and participation is free and open to all ages.
Submit your bike critter image by Monday, June 30 at midnight. Click below for detailed instructions:
Questions and submissions should be sent to education@smmoa.org
Click here to view a slide show of last year’s submissions.
 

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  Tour da Arts returns on
  Sunday, August 24!

Kidical Mass ride: June 28th, Douglas Park

Kidical Mass Ride:
June 28th, Douglas Park
Theme: 4th of July

Festivities from 9:00am to 12:30pm

The next Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, June 28th. A fun bike ride experience for families with kids of all ages! Education with Fun, Pizza, Prizes! Wear a costume and you could win a prize!

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TIME:    9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
START:  Douglas Park – buy the playground.

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica for Santa Monica’s next Kidical Mass Ride.  We will take a family friendly ride around the Santa Monica neighborhood east of Douglas Park. Raffle & Prizes at Douglas Park when we return!

Schedule.
9::00am
Check-in, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating, Snacks
10:00am 
Neighborhood Bike Ride
12:00pm 
Return to Douglas Park by noon for FUN, Raffle Drawing and Prizes!

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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 CALL IN* and mention Kidical Mass Ride! Reserve early and plan to pick up bikes Saturday morning in time to arrive at the event.
* Please call in as bikes are set aside for Kidical Mass and cannot be reserved online.

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.

Watch last year’s Kidical Mass here:

Vote Local event: Bergamot Art Complex, June 28th

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Santa Monica Spoke joins railLA and Santa Monica Museum of Art for Santa Monica Next’s first Vote Local event. Click for more on NEXT’S VOTE LOCAL CAMPAIGN aimed specifically to encourage and increase the younger voter demographic – open to all all ages.

Join us for a tour of your neighborhood of a different kind.

When:   Saturday, June 28th,
Sillage from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.,
Santa Monica Next discussion begins at 6:15 p.m.
Where:  Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Facebook event here

We’ll experience artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter’s olfactory artwork, “Sillage.” Over the course of the afternoon, the artist will tailor scents to specific zip codes. As Goeltzenleuchter creates new scents based on the information visitors give him about their neighborhoods, the artwork becomes a “scent-scape” of the Greater Los Angeles area.

What smells do you associate with your neighborhood? Take a short survey:smmoa.org/lasmellsurvey/.

Afterward, join Santa Monica Next and SMMoA in Bergamot Station’s nearby People Park for the first of many Vote Local meetings planned over the next few months.

We will check on the construction progress of the new Expo line station at 26th and Olympic Boulevard, scheduled to be completed in about a year. We entertain converstaion about the future of the Bergamot Station Arts Center, the impact Expo will have on the formerly industrial area, what Santa Monica is planning to help make Bergamot Station a regional destination for arts and culture, and what you can do to help prepare your city for the future. Light refreshments will be provided.

This event is co-sponsored by Santa Monica Spoke, railLA, and the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

For more information call (310) 586-6488. Or you can visit smmoa.org. Email questions to jason@santamonicanext.org or lynda.dorf@smmoa.org.

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We Support AB 1532 Hit & Run License Suspension, Assemblymember Gatto

Supporting Finish The Ride, an organization that is building a movement to raise awareness of hit and runs in California.  Supporting AB 1532 is just one part of Finish the Ride’s larger efforts to stem the rising epidemic of hit and run crimes across California.


 

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A community group dedicated
to walking & biking in Santa Monica.
Working to make the City of Santa Monica a
more sustainable, walkable
bikeable place to live, work and play.

June 10, 2014

The Honorable Mike Gatto
State Assemblymember, 43rd District
State Capitol, Room 2114
Sacramento, CA 94249

RE: AB 1532 (Gatto): Hit-and-Run License Suspension: Support

Dear Assemblymember Gatto,

On behalf of Santa Monica Spoke, a Santa Monica walking and biking advocacy organization, I write in support of AB 1532, which would suspend the driver’s license of persons involved in a misdemeanor hit-and-run when a person has been struck.

With the alarming increase of hit-and-run incidents around the state, LA County and in the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Spoke has been working to increase the safety of people walking and biking in our city as well as awareness to the needs of pedestrians and cyclists up-and-down our state.

AB 1532 would provide a much needed deterrent to those who would strike people walking and biking and drive away, showing no concern for their fellow citizens. It is a measured approach that will help in the work that our group and other pedestrian and cycling groups do every day to make our streets safer.

For these reasons, Santa Monica Spoke is proud to support AB 1532

Sincerely,

Cynthia Rose
Director
Santa Monica Spoke

cc: Members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, Tom Ammiano, Chairman

Volunteers Needed for Santa Monica Festival

Come join us at the Santa Monica Festival !
Saturday June 14th, 11-6pm
Clover Park, 2500 Ocean Park Blvd

Volunteers needed for the BIKE ZONE, Bike Exhibition, security (watching the bikes) and enthusiasm as we talk about and share the love of bikes and biking.
Sign up for 2hour or longer shifts! Set up or break down also.

volunteer@SMSpoke.org

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Santa Monica Festival June 14th, 4 Annual Bike Exhibition & FREE Bike Rodeo

SMF 2014 imageSanta Monica Festival celebrates its 23rd year at Clover Park Saturday, June 14th from 11am to 6pm.  The Santa Monica Festival showcases sustainable living and culture through an array of free, family-friendly activities and performances, including art workshops, music and dance performances, cooking demonstrations, fitness classes, and more that reflect the culture and diversity of this unique beach City. New to 2014 is a pop-up playground, which allows children to create their own worlds out of everyday items. The free festival is an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to come together to connect, create, and celebrate Santa Monica.

Bikes will again play a large roll in the festivities this year.  Santa Monica Spoke is excited to be participating by putting on our 4th Bike Exhibition and NEW Youth Skills Course / Bike Rodeo in expanded BIKE ZONE and Family Bike HUB supported by the City of Santa Monica Planning and Community Development Dept.

The Bike Exhibition will demonstrate the wonderful versatility of the bicycle and how it can enhance our lives as a healthy, sustainable part of our city and the environment.  We demonstrate the adaptability of bicycles and how bicycles can be more than just for pleasure – they can get us to work or school, go shopping, get groceries, run errands, and take us on terrific adventures from cruising in the sun to bike touring destinations near and far.

We will have a large variety of bicycles on display from standard cruisers, mountain bikes and road bikes to the newly popular cargo bikes and folding bikes.  We will have trailers for hauling all kinds of cargo from your children and pets to trips to your local farmers market, weekly groceries and weekend shopping sprees.  We will also have some nice vintage bikes on display as well, still ready for daily use.
Volunteers needed – email volunteer@SMSpoke.org
Bikes on display are courtesy of Santa Monica Spoke, along with generous help from local bike shops.

Youth Skills Course – Bike Rodeo NOON to 4pm will offer a fun training and skills course for children to learn or improve their riding skills and learn safety precautions. Adults can get instruction, safety tips and learn their rights and responsibilities of smart cycling.

Activities will include helmet decorating, bike maintenance workshops with REI bike mechanic, Snap-a-Photo and a bike parade, FUN PRIZES AND MORE!

Ride your bike to the festival, Free Bike Valet will be provided by the City of Santa Monica.
Free rides on the Big Blue Bus Route 8 only will be offered to festival participants. Click to print coupon. Also, Santa Monica Free Ride will offer free shuttle service between Main St. at Ocean Park Blvd. and the Festival. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

We look forward to you visiting our exhibition and talking with you about bicycling in Santa Monica and the city’s progress on the Bike Action Plan.

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twitter @santamonicafest

The 23rd annual Santa Monica Festival is presented by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division and Office of Sustainability and the Environment, and is produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS). The festival is free and open to all ages. See you on June 14th!

Each year since 1992, Community Arts Resources, (CARS) who also has produced this event that has grown into Santa Monica’s largest celebration of its civic identity. The Santa Monica Festival expresses the city’s persona through a two-pronged approach: culture and the environment. Now one of the greenest festivals in the Los Angeles area, the event employs solar-powered stages, carbon offsets, waste diversion and product replacement to be as sustainable as possible. The festival, located in Clover Park since 1994, also celebrates the amazing diversity of Santa Monica through programming on two stages, a Town Square of local non-profits and government agencies, a Global Café, and a Marketplace of diverse vendors. The festival is presented by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division as well as the City’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

SANTA MONICA, CA (APRIL 10, 2011) – Commemorating its twentieth year (in 2011), the Santa Monica Festival has evolved into a celebration of the unique intersection of art and the environment.  Festival-goers can celebrate Mother Earth and all moms this Mother’s Day weekend with an eclectic mix of live music and dance, DIY art workshops utilizing recycled and repurposed materials, guilt-free shopping from vendors featuring earth-friendly artistic wares and local resources offered by a variety of City and local non-profit organizations.