Category Archives: Santa Monica

A Year Later: Countri Bike meets Breeze Bike Share, Finish Line Celebration

A year ago we welcomed Jeffrey Tanenhaus and
Countri Bike to Santa Monica

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…. as he completed his Cross “Countri” epic journey from New York to Santa Monica on a Citi-Bike. Although he paid all the fees and did try to return Countri Bike back to the Citi-Bike Eco-System – ultimately he did end up with the bike.  We’ve kept in touch and got this update from Jeffrey to share with you.


One Year Later: An Update from Countri Bike

What a happy anniversary! After Breeze Bike Share generous shipped Countri Bike east, the trip took a new turn when I rode on stage The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Unfortunately my segment never aired because they overbooked.

With no job or fixed address, I bounced around NYC staying with friends. Countri Bike would’t fit in my storage unit, so a friend kept it in her apartment. Even though I had paid the max overtime fee, I was prepared to re-dock, but Citi Bike corporate never reached out.

However, their mechanics invited me to their maintenance shop to conduct a postmortem, so to speak. The bike’s solid condition amazed them and proved their hypotheses wrong about what made Citi Bikes break down so often. (Rough pavement and rough-riding New Yorkers are largely to blame, not the equipment itself.)

In August, I emptied my storage unit and moved to Tulsa, which was one of my favorite stops despite getting assaulted while biking in Oklahoma. I chose Tulsa for its wonderful (and surprisingly progressive) people, affordable cost of living, and start-up friendly environment. My dream is to create a hyper-local, bike-friendly hospitality concept that blends the best of a hostel with a hotel.

While I’ve made progress fitting into my new home, I’m deciding whether to stay or relocate to make these dreams come true. As for Countri Bike, it’s on exhibit at the Tulsa Historical Society.

I’m also shopping around a book proposal that not only recounts adventures from the road, but also explains the insecurity and failures I faced in New York leading to my departure. I am almost done chronicling my trip, which can be viewed at countribike.com/blog. I think riding through Joshua Tree is one of my best posts.

Being in a landlocked state makes me miss the ocean, so I hope to visit Santa Monica soon. There are direct flights twice a week, but I could always inflate the old tires and meet you on the Pier in three months.

Jeffrey Tanenhaus


We miss you Jeffrey and hope to see you soon!! Looking back over the pictures reminds us of what a great day we had, meeting you, the ride, the finish line ribbon at the top of the Pier, your trek across the sand to the Pacific Ocean and then a wonder social Handlebar Happy Hour at Al Mare. So many wonderful memories!!
Below are just a few more images and a fun video from Jeffrey’s arrival in Santa Monica. Check our the full album and all the fun here  and our contributor gallery here

Countri Bike Meets Breeze!!!

January Bike Ride with Mayor Ted Winterer

Monthly Bike Rides with the Mayor start this month -#GoSaMo!


This month we join our new Mayor Ted Winterer and the California Bicycle Coalition’s Board Members for an easy ride around Santa Monica highlighting green bike lanes and some of our newest infrastructure and future projects.

Sunday, January 29th, 8:00am
Approximate length: 6 miles, 60-80 minutes
Meet us at the new bike counter just north of City Hall on Main Street near the Breeze Bike Share Station.

We meet at 8am (roll at 8:15) Please arrive early enough for pre-ride preparations.

The ride will be on city streets with and without bike lanes, children should be capable of street riding, in an appropriate child seat or trailer.

Please bring your own bike, helmet and water or check out Breeze Bike Share.
Breeze Ambassadors will be there to answer questions.


Please check back here for event updates or changes due to rainy weather.

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Happy #CarFreeFriday

So many options to #GoSaMo

Walking & Biking, Breeze Bike Share, EXPO,
Big Blue Bus & Metro Bus & MORE!

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This month Breeze Bike Share has a special offer – $20 off – valid for new annual memberships only – expires 2/1/2017. Don’t wait join TODAY!

Are you a PayAsYouGo Member who rides more than 60 minutes per month? Start saving with the bike share Annual Membership Plans – you’ll get 90 minutes of free riding time every single day for as little as!

January Handlebar Happy Hour: Finn McCool’s, January 25th

Finn McCoolsHandlebar Happy Hour #HBHH for 2017 –
Finn McCool’s on Main Street!

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! For this event kids eat for free!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

Don’t forget to pass the new Bike Counter on your way!


This month, we’re excited to visit a new venue for us – Finn McCool’s!
“2015 Irish Woman of the Year” Awarded to Chef Geraldine Gilliland”

We will be there at 5pm — Happy Hour until 7pm
– event info and updates HERE
Live music starting at 8:00pm —  Devil’s Box Bluegrass

Traditional Irish Pub, live music, 200+ whiskeys, traditional Irish food
Yr Established in SM:  2002
Live music & entertainment throughout the week.  Happy Hour specials daily (check website).

  • Traditional Irish Sunday Roast dinner Noon-11pm every Sunday.
  • Kids Eat Free from 4-7pm Mon-Sat.
  • Late Night Bar Menu 11pm-1am.
  • Traditional Irish Food with an extensive vegetarian & vegan menu! — featuring local fresh ingredients. They host parties + cater events.
    *Restrictions apply; specials & promotions may change without notice.

Of course they are Buy Local!  They support other Santa Monica businesses including the Santa Monica Farmers Market, Maggie’s Farm, Weiser Family Farms, Munak Ranch, Lula Cocina Mexicana, One Life & Whole Foods.


Celebrate #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!

Breeze into your 2017 goals with a Special Bikeshare Offer

 

Start the week off by working toward those 2017 health and fitness goals. This month Breeze Bike Share has a special offer – $20 off – valid for new annual memberships only – expires 2/1/2017. Don’t wait join TODAY!

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Use Breeze to:

  •  help you get to your 2017 goals –  renew or sign up for a new annual membership
  • $.22 per day for 1.5 hours of bike share each day
  • Enjoy the wonderful outdoors while having fun
  • cheaper than the gym!

Are you a PayAsYouGo Member who rides more than 60 minutes per month? Start saving with the Breeze Annual Membership Plan – you’ll get 90 minutes of free riding time every single day for as little as .22 cents per day!

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And YES – you can get $20 off for WeHo Pedals  too!!

Happy #CarFreeFriday Santa Monica!

How do you celebrate?

So many options –
Walking & Biking, Breeze Bike Share, EXPO,
Big Blue Bus & Metro Bus & MORE!

car-free-friday no date

Click images to learn more

Breeze into 2017

This month Breeze Bike Share has a special offer – $20 off – valid for new annual memberships only – expires 2/1/2017. Don’t wait join TODAY!

Are you a PayAsYouGo Member who rides more than 60 minutes per month? Start saving with the bike share Annual Membership Plans – you’ll get 90 minutes of free riding time every single day for as little as!

Get Ready for First #CarFreeFRIDAY of 2017 Tomorrow!

How will you celebrate?

So many options –
Walking & Biking,
Breeze Bike Share,
EXPO,
Big Blue Bus & Metro Bus & MORE!

car-free-friday no date

Click image to learn more

Breeze into 2017     New Years Promo_2017

 

 

 

MANGo: Community Forum

MANGo

Build next Phase – Eastern sections of 
Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway: MANGo

Please join us on January 9 and give input on what you think about proposed walking and biking enhancements for eastern section and connections of MANGo near Edison Language Academy. Whether you live in the area or use MANGo as a connection to your destinations your input is welcome.

Discussions will include:

  • Curb extensions at Stewart St./Kansas Ave., Virginia Ave./27th St., and Kansas Ave. mid-block
  • Median extension at Pico Blvd./30th St./Dorchester St., eliminating left turns off Pico Blvd. and through traffic across Pico Blvd.
  • Traffic circle at Delaware Ave./22nd St.

Please join the City of Santa Monica for a COMMUNITY FORUM on Monday January 9th – Drop by anytime between 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Community Corporation of Santa Monica Community Room (2345 Virginia Avenue)
Información en español – Páse en cualquier momento entre 6:30PM – 8:00PM

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Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a HAPPY, HEALTHY, SAFE and PROSPEROUS 2017

We invite you to join us in our mission.
Santa Monica Spoke is dedicated to improving biking in the City of Santa Monica. We are your community based nonprofit working to make Santa Monica more sustainable, and a better place to live, walk, bike, work and play.

Join the team Volunteer@SMSpoke.org

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