Category Archives: Santa Monica

TONIGHT: Handlebar Happy Hour at Areal

We return to AREAL the location of our first NBC Handlebar Happy Hour to close out the 2014 National Bike Challenge!

Areal Restaurant
Closing National Bike Challenge
Handlebar Happy Hour!
– EVERYONE Invited –

Address: 2820 Main Street, Santa Monica

LOG MILES OVER SMILES: OR just catch up and have FUN!
Join us TONIGHT from 5:30 -8:00 pm and support one of Santa Monica’s Bike Friendly Businesses as we enjoy our last Handlebar Happy Hour for the National Bike Challenge 2014!

We celebrate the momentum and success we have accumulated over the last 5 months!
The National bike Challenge has been a great way to bring together our local biking community and share how you can become involved or take part in our growing local bike culture!!

EVERYONE WELCOME – We need your voice and input as we create the momentum for change – for a more bikeabe, walkable SANTA MONICA.
We will be there to answer questions, help you sign up, “how to” log you miles…. or just enjoy the great company!



Last Day of the National Bike Challenge! LOG MILES & Handlebar Happy Hour

Hello Bike Santa Monica!
This is it, the LAST TWO DAYS of the 5 month long National Bike Challenge!
You can still join the team. Currently our Community Team Bike Santa Monica

Handlebar Happy Hour at Areal on Tuesday!
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  • Ranking 14th Nationally (slipped from 13th!)
  • We have accumulated 233,415 Points 
  • Together we have ridden almost  95,000 miles - can we make it to 100,000?!


Get your miles logged by the end of the month to be eligible for a September prize. If you reach the Diamond or Platinum level you’ll be entered to win the grand prize: A 4-Day North American Trek Travel trip!
Join team Bike Santa Monica and Log your September miles here  to Make Every Mile Count!

Tuesday, September 30, at midnight CT will be the last time you can record your miles for the month and have them count for the prize drawing. Anything after that will go into the overall tally.

A couple key things to remember when logging miles:1. Miles MUST be assigned to the day you rode them. (No logging one large monthly total. Why?  Because the point system considers the number of days ridden for a given month, as well.)2. To log miles from past days:

  • Login to your account at
  • Click on the red “Log Miles” banner on the home page
  • Click on the calendar view in the right hand corner of the logging window
  • Click on the day you want to add miles
  • Enter your total miles for that day in Transport or Sport/Fun
  • Click “Update Miles”
  • Repeat for the other days you rode

And with over 650 prizes already awarded, we’re upping the ante for the final month of the Challenge. We’ll have more  National Bike Challenge socks, Aero Tech Designs bike shorts, 3M sunglasses, Luna BarsBellwether gloves, Resource Revival key chains,  Planet Bike bike lights, Cat-EarsCanari clothing and more!Click here to see all of the great stuff you can win just by logging your miles.

Click here to share the fun of the National Bike Challenge with family and friends.

CICLAVIA: HEART OF LA, NEW Route – Fuel up & Feeder Ride from Santa Monica Pier

CicLAvia – Heart of LA is this Sunday 10/5/2014!

Ride with us or get there on your own – don’t miss it!
CicLAvia – Heart of LA 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!

Come experience nearly all new route for CicLAvia’s Heart of LA


Join us for breakfast hosted by Felcor Lodging before we ride.
Enjoy great company and crisp morning air with bagels & juice + to fuel us for the ride to CicLAvia, LA’s most popular street festival!

Feeder ride to CicLAvia this Sunday October 5th. We meet at the top of the Santa Monica Pier at 7:30am to FUEL UP with free bagels, juice etc…. and roll out at 8:30 am sharp. Ride is aprox. 16 miles, mostly flat* on streets with bike lanes or low traffic volume at our time of travel. See return options on mass transit below. Facebook event here. We will be traveling at an easy pace but do ask you to “stay with the pace” so we can all get there together. Join us Sunday and experience the fun of CicLAvia!


Start           Santa Monica Pier, at the Canon
Meet           7:30 am   

Roll out      8:30 am (sharp)
Route         Here  *includes elevation and cue sheet 
Join us anywhere on the route but be early as we will only stop to regroup. No riders left behind.

Stuff to bring:

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

CicLAvia 10-5-2014

Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 takes the frwy downtown LA to Santa Monica FAST! See detour info below
Metro 720 route DT Santa Monica south, Venice Blvd to downtown & Union Station
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)
Bike Venice Blvd Bike lane west.  

Metro 733  Wilshire Blvd from downtown LA



Bike Rodeo! Get ready for Bike it Walk it Week at SM Schools!

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Get ready to ride for Bike it Walk it week! and have fun learning and practicing bike handling skills!
Join the momentum in Santa Monica as we encourage EVERY WEEK to be Bike it Walk it Week!

Saturday, October 4th 
9am – Noon
McKinley Campus, event on block top at Arizona and Chelsea
2401 Santa Monica Blvd

Handlebar Happy Hour tonight – Pono Burger

9th and Broadway
5:30 until at least 7pm – probably there until 8ish…..

I requested you save the date – we had miscommunication with our collaborators so

- Just show up and lets enjoy an evening over beverages and snacks and good company!
Log Miles over Smiles in the National Bike Challenge (ends in September 30th!!) ‪#‎NationlBikeChallenge‬ League of American Bicyclists



Santa Monica Spoke Local Update Community Meeting Saturday, Sept 20th


502 Colorado Green Building

We asked you to save the date … I hope you can join us this Saturday.
The format for the meeting is MIXERUPDATES, Q & A, INPUT & DISCUSSION

DATE:    Saturday, September 20th
TIME:     9am – noon 

PLACE:  502 Colorado Avenue (south east corner 5th and Colorado) 

-     9 am -10am   - Mixer: Li
ght food and beverages, City Staff & SM Spoke
-    10 am -11am  - Updates, City Staff & SM Spoke
-    11 am - NOON - Q&A, Group Input & Discussion

- UPDATES will include short presentations by city staff on MANGo, SRTS, BAP implementation progress (incl. green lanes on 2nd St), Pedestrian Action Plan, Down
town Plan, Esplanade & Cycle Track, EXPO, Bikeshare. Support for Vulnerable Road Users Initiatives, Cyclist Bill of Rights & VISION ZERO, Upcoming Projects!
- INPUT & DISCUSSION items include: green lane standards, BAP prioritization, Enforcement, Broadway, Bike Access to EXPO, Bike Corrals, Bike Counts, Event ideas, Create on going Survey for community input.

WE NEED YOUR VOICE – We hope you can join us! 

Monday, SEPTEMBER 22nd, – 2 events at SM Main Library
Pedestrian Action Plan Community Open House 5-8pm
- The League of Women Voters Santa Monica & Santa Monica Next host a City Council Candidates Forum
Wednesday, September 24th, Buy Local Week Handlebar Happy Hour fundraiser benefits Santa Monica Spoke
Tuesday, September 30th, National Bike Challenge Closing HandlebarHappy Hour
Friday October 3rd, Monthly Open House Potluck at the Bikerowave 7-10pm
Saturday, October 4th, Bike it, Walk it KIDS Workshop
Sunday, October 5th, CicLAvia & Feeder Ride from Santa Monica
Sat/Sun October 11-12, Team Bike Santa Monica - Bike MS Coastal Challenge 
Saturday, October 18th, Well Being Festival, Buy Local SM, Bike Skills Course
Thursday, October 30thLACBC Firefly Ball

Pedestrian Action Plan Community Open House: Sept 22nd

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Communities designed for the comfort and safety of people walking are more livable and safer for all users, including people on bikes. Please join the Planning and Community Development Department for a special meeting with the Planning Commission at a COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE to discuss Santa Monica’s first Pedestrian Action Plan and learn important facts about walking in the city today.
At this event, help us shape priorities for improvements to create a world-class walking environment.

WHEN: MONDAY, SEPT. 22 2014 at 5:30-8PM

Please join us to discuss:

  • PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: preview ways the Pedestrian Action Plan seeks to improve crosswalks and sidewalks.
  • COMFORT AND HEALTH: learn about how walking supports a sustainable lifestyle and enhances community well-being.
  • EDUCATION: help staff refine proposed programs to educate drivers, cyclists and pedestrians on sharing streets.

Your input will inform this innovative Plan focused on making walking safer and more enjoyable in Santa Monica! 

Valet bike parking provided. Car parking available on-site. Directly served by the Big Blue Bus lines 7 & 10; lines 1, 2, 3, 8, and 9 also stop within a short walking distance.

Kidical Mass TOMORROW! Saturday, August 23rd

Kidical MASS Bike Ride: Superheros!! 
Saturday, August 23rd
Virginia Ave Park, 9am – Noon

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We are all very excited the day is almost here!
Don’t miss the early festivities starting at 9am!
  • Morning Refreshment & Snacks, muffins bagel etc (bring your cup to save on waste!)
  • BIKE SAFETY CHECKS hosted by Cynergy Cycles
  • Mayor Pam O’Connor joins us again to present the prizes and kick off the ride!
  • After the ride: Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt & Story Time!
When we return to the park after our KIDICAL MASS BIKE RIDE your family will again be offered refreshments, and snacks by KIND
PLUS a SUPER FUN Scavenger Hunt at the Farmers Market for the kids! And a story time to highlight the new Library!
Get your cape on! See you Soon! Virginia Park Kidical Mass Map

DATE:    SATURDAY August 23rd
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON

START:  Virginia Ave Park
north side of park along Virginia Ave 

Please RSVP HERE so we have enough refreshments!

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

Don’t have a Kid Carrying Bike? NOT  A PROBLEM !sm_bike_center
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 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.

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.

Tour da Arts, vol. 6, THIS SUNDAY!

Tour da Arts, vol. 6
SundayAugust 24, Noon to 5pm

Tour-da-Arts-2014-Full-banner-logo2Join us for SMMoA’s sixth annual cultural bike tour, Tour da Arts. Enjoy the creative side of bicycle culture on a ride filled with art, music, and theater.

FREE Admission. Registration Required.
more here

ONLY A FEW DAYS to go!  Yipppeeee!!!

Ride Highlights:
  • Free Tour da Arts bags for first 250 guests
  • Art exhibitions at SMMoA
  • Tune-up tent and tips from community groups
  • Ride leaders: C.I.C.L.E. Santa Monica SPOKE
  • Odyssey Wiki-Theater and Bike Odyssey LA
  • Complimentary drinks and snacks
  • Anna Oxygen interactive concert
  • Myth and Infrastructure by Miwa Matreyek
  • Click here for details



Raffle Prizes:
Must be present to win
Congratulations to Garrett Belmont, winner of SMMoA’s Bike Critter Art Contest! Garret’s drawing was selected by the Museum’s curatorial staff as the Tour da Arts, vol. 6 mascot. Click here to see all of the incredible Bike Critter Art Contest submissions.


UPCOMING EVENTS: LACBC Workshop, Kidical Mass & Tour da Arts v6! Plus Save these Dates!

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Workshop #4 Fundraising 
is scheduled for Thursday, August 21st as part of LACBC’s
Empowering Local Advocates Series.

Join us for the forth workshop of the series –
Please RSVP here
Facebook event here 

DATE:      August 21st 
TIME:      6:30 – 8:00pm
WHERE:  LACBC HQ, 634 Spring Street, Edison Room

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Kidical Mass: Festivities start at 9:00am 

The next Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, August 23rd. We will take a family friendly ride around the Pico Neighborhood, east of Virginia Ave Park along the planned MANGo! Education with Fun & Prizes!

DATE:    SATURDAY August 23rd
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Virginia Ave Park
north side of park along Virginia Ave 

Free: Please RSVP HERE


SUNDAY, AUG 24, 2014  12PM–5PM iCAL
Tour da Arts, vol. 6 is the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s sixth annual cultural bike tour and EXPO. Enjoy the creative side of bicycle culture beginning at the Bergamot Art Complex EXPO/ Festival that starts at NOON, then on a casual, nine-mile ride filled with art, music, and theater. 

 Save these Dates:

– National Bike Challenge HBHH, last week of August, day tbd
– Sept. 20th, Santa Monica Spoke Local Update & Input Meeting
October 5th CicLAvia & Feeder Ride from Santa Monica
– October 11-12 Team Bike Santa MonicaBike MS Coastal Challenge