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KIDICAL MASS BIKE RIDE & FAMILY EVENT: February 13th, Clover Park

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KIDICAL MASS BIKE RIDE: Wheel you be my Valentine? 
Saturday February 13th
Clover Park

Festivities from 9:00am to NOON
Don’t miss the early festivities stating at 9:00am! The first Kidical Mass Ride for 2016 is Saturday, February 13th. A fun bike ride event for the whole family! Education with Fun & Prizes!
Dress up and you could win a prize!
The theme ……?wheelyoube


DATE:    SATURDAY February 13th
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Clover Park (2600 Ocean Park Blvd)
– meet (west side of park) 25th Street at Oak Street
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Free: Please RSVP HERE so we have enough refreshments and giveaways

Join Santa Monica Spoke and the City of Santa Monica for the next Kidical Mass Bike Ride. 
We’ll enjoy a family friendly ride through the Sunset Park neighborhood.
Drawings and Prize for BEST COSTUME!

Schedule
9::00am
CHECK IN! Pre-ride snacks, Coffee and beverages for the kids (Please be sustainable and bring your own cups), Helmet Decorating, Prizes, Free Bike Safety Checks provided by Giant Bicycles.
Arrive early and don’t miss the FUN! 
10:00am (approximate)
Neighborhood Bike Ride*
11:00am (or upon return from ride)
Return to Clover Park around 11-11:15am for FUN and post-ride snacks provided by KIND. Valentine Cookie Decorating is planned!

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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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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.

Countri Bike Meets Breeze: Video

We had such a blast with Countri Bike’s Jeffrey Tanenhaus yesterday!

We met at 26th & Broadway, Hulu headquarters at the Colorado Center Park to ride with Jeffrey on the last leg of his cross country journey through Santa Monica to the finish line and the end of Route 66 at the top of the Santa Monica Pier. The energetic happy group rode on Broadway with SO MANY Breeze Bikes — and picking up more along the way!

Countri Bike meets Breeze!!!

We had a super fun finish line ribbon cutting with press, photographers and a great crowd enjoying the festivities. Jeffrey is always saying he’s met SO MANY wonderful people on his journey across the US — but nothing like this fun event that brought such a crowd — including folks from near and far that came out to help us celebrate the finish line of Jeffrey’s wonderful tour.

We will have the photo gallery up soon, Including riding through the finish line!
For now enjoy the video of smiles, bikes, NYC & SM Bike Share all together having a great ride.

Train Testing from now until Expo Line is Open

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STARTING SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 2016 UNTIL THE EXPO LINE IS OPEN FOR PASSENGER SERVICE

Metro will be conducting Train Testing and Operator Familiarization of the Expo Line to Santa Monica. Please be aware that trains will be operating on the tracks. These activities are necessary as we lead up to full train service (Spring 2016.)

HOURS OF TRAIN ACTIVITIES WILL VARY

Along Expo Line tracks from National/Palms Station to the Downtown Santa Monica Station (4th St./Colorado)

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.
Expo Train Testing Spanish

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NYC Bike Share meets Breeze in Santa Monica

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Bike commuter turned bike tourist Jeffrey Tanenhaus has ridden a NYC bike share bike across the US and will end his cross country tour in Santa Monica, this Saturday January 23rd, 3:00pm at the Santa Monica Pier.

We are planning to welcome Jeffrey to the West Coast with a ride along the last leg of his journey with City of Santa Monica’s own Breeze Bike Share, presented by Hulu. Together we will ride with Jeffrey from Colorado Center Park to the Santa Monica Pier. There we will celebrate the end his journey with a finish line ribbon cutting (3:00pm) at the iconic end of Route 66 atop of the Santa Monica Pier followed by a Handlebar Happy Hour at Ristorante al Mare.

Though none would argue a public bike share bike is inteneded or would be most people’s choice for a long-distance bike ride, Jeffrey decided to ride the bike that had given him so much joy commuting from his home to work and for his daily errands in New York City – promoting the versatility and benefits of healthy, active transportation and contributing to a less congested healthier city.

We will meet at Colorado Center Park, 26th & Broadway at 2:30 and ride together on the last leg of Jeffrey Tanenhaus Countri Bike tour to the end of Route 66 at the top of the Santa Monica Pier. There we will celebrate with a Checker Board / Finish Line Ribbon Cutting!

Followed by Handlebar Happy Hour at:
–     Ristorante al Mare
–     250 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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#RideBreeze or your own steed – All are welcome!

This Sunday: Learn to #RideBreeze & Community Ride

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Want to learn about bike share? How to use the Breeze Bike Share system or how it can work for you?
Join us for this first monthly Learn to #RideBreeze & Community Ride.

Sunday, January 17th 2016 at 10am. RSVP for FREE registration info.
Class is open to current and prospective Breeze members.

You’ll learn how to use the Breeze bike share system, including checking out, locking, flexibility of “out of station locking” and “hold” features, multiple bike check out on one account and more! We’ll then take a short tour of Santa Monica bike infrastructure to demonstrate how some of these features work and can be used. You’ll also learn basic bike safety tips and Rules of the Road to help reduce conflicts and keep your rides SAFER & FUN — all while enjoying the community and connecting with Bike Local businesses. Surely to be a day of fun and excitement.SM Farmers Market Tomato At this first event we will visit and get a short tour of the Main Street Farmers Market.

Registration is FREE but required — Please click here to RSVP today! Attendees must be 16* or over (*under 18 must accompanied by parent or guardian and wear a helmet) You will be sent registration and event information.

Already a Breeze Member? Plan to BRING A FRIEND and earn bonuses!

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Train Testing Update

Expo Train Testing English

Expo Line trains have begun testing. Bulletins will be issued to keep you informed of the dates, times and frequency of movement through the community.

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.

In conjunction with the Cities of Los Angeles and Santa Monica and the Expo Construction Authority, Metro will be conducting a headway (frequency of train service) test to verify that the train control system can meet headways established by Metro. This test is necessary as we lead up to full train service (Spring 2016).

SUNDAY – SATURDAYJANUARY 10 – 16, 20167:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Along the Expo Line tracks from National/Palms Station to the Downtown Santa Monica Station (at 4th St. & Colorado Ave.) DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Traffic signals will operate on regular cycles. To ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists, it is necessary to obey ALL traffic signs and signals at ALL times.
Metro thanks you for your cooperation.

Expo Train Testing Spanish

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Congratulations! 2015 Streetsie Nominees & Winners!

Congratulations!! To ALL the 2015 Streetsie nominees
– it is truly and honor to be nominated for this award
and competition is stiff!

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Our Locals at Hulu, with CycleHop tied for
2015 Livable Streets-Friendly Business of the Year Award:

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2015 Livable Streets-Friendly Business of the Year Award: Tie! Hulu (with CycleHop) / City Fabrick

Santa Monica’s own Francie Stefan (2X nominee) and State Assembly Member Richard Bloom were honored with nominations this year. In past years Santa Monica Bike Center and SM Spoke’s own Cynthia Rose have received coveted nominations. In 2013 Pam O’Connor won elected official of the year!

See the 2015 winners in all 6 categories here – including LACBC’s own Tamika Bulter tied with Mark Lopez for the  Deborah Murphy Award for Excellence in Advocacy.

Breeze Closes in on 5000 Memberships!

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Monday, January 4th!
Don’t delay, “Gift a Gift” or get Your Own TODAY!

Though not surprised – we are SO EXCITED that Santa Monica’s own Breeze Bike Share now boasts almost 5000 total members and over 1000 Annual Founding Memberships! All in just over a month and a half since launch. Quick calculations put that at a higher per capita than Citi-Bike’s comparatively huge and successful system launch in New York City!! The days are short in the winter and sunsets come early – But luckily for us – Founding Memberships have been extended through the New Years Weekend and won’t sunset until Monday. Don’t miss out — Sign up TODAY!

Buy a Founding Membership or GIFT ONE HERE 
Anyone can become a Founding Member for only $99. Founding Members get a full year of bike share use including 60 minutes of daily riding time, a special gift, and a limited edition Founding Member card. 

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PLUS don’t forget: Vote for SteetsBlogLA 2015 Streestsie Awards Local Leaders!

Hulu, with CycleHop (Breeze operator) is nominated  for 2015 Livable Streets-Friendly Business.
City of Santa Monica’s Strategic Planning and Transportation Manager, Francie Stefan is for Civil Servant of the Year and Assembly Member Richard Bloom Elected Official of the Year!

Voting ends Tuesday January 5th!. See all six 2015 categories HERE including in a familiar category Advocate of the Year – LACBC’s own Tamika Butler is nominated!

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Local Streetsie Nominations!!

EXCITING LOCAL NOMINATIONS FOR STREETSIES
Vote for LOCAL LEADERS 2015
Then Donate to Streetsblog!

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THREE FABULOUS LOCALS IN THE RUNNING:
Don’t wait VOTE NOW!

2015 Streetsies: Vote for Livable Streets-Friendly Businesses

2015 Streetsies: Vote for Civil Servant of the Year

2015 Streetsies: Vote for Elected Official of the Year

Vote TODAY

This year there are six categories: Elected Official, Civil Servant, Business, Media/Journalism, Advocacy – Individual, and Advocacy – Group.
Voting HAS ALREADY STARTED and will close on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at noon. Reader voting accounts for one half of the scoring this year, with one quarter going to SBLA staff voting, and another quarter going to a SBLA steering committee vote.

See the other categories at StreetsBlogLA. Another familiar category is Advocate of the Year – nominated this year is LACBC’s own Tamika Bultler!

Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year, <3 Santa Monica Spoke

Happy New Year to you ALL, may your new year be filled with biking and happiness. From commuting, errands and recreational rides remember – each bike is one less car and zero emissions contributing to climate change. Together we will make a difference!

Ride Smart – Ride Safe