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NBC* Handlebar Happy Hour & Special Event at Aika Trading

Special Handlebar Happy Hour &
Pre-grand opening Special Event @ Aika Trading Bike Shop

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Handlebar Happy Hour:
Special Pre-Grand Opening event
Aika Trading Bike Shop

Plus Log Miles over Smiles -Everyone welcome!!AIKA_stamp_new

DATE:      Wednesday, July 30th
TIME:       5:00pm – 8:00p
WHERE:  Aika Trading:  2300 Lincoln Blvd

Handlebar Happy Hour – adult & non-adult beverages, light snacks and finger food
PLUS Special CRAFT COFFEE Cocktails presented by our friends from LA Coffee Club !!
(combo complementary & no host)


We invite you to join us this Wednesday for a very special FUN and Social event:
Pre-Grand opening at the newest bike shop in town & Handlebar Happy Hour, Log Miles over Smiles for team BIKE SANTA MONICA! Enjoy beverages and light snacks, talk bikes, bike culture, log miles, and MORE! Get a first look at the beautiful new bikes and accessories at the new Aika Trading!

Join us to welcome Aika Trading to Santa Monica!
Aika imports and distributes the best bicycle products from Europe into North America and recently opened a flagship store in Santa Monica, California. In addition to the Royal Dutch Gazelle bicycles and Yepp child bicycle seats, they carry: the EGG multi-sport kids helmets that will be available as of November – the Erenpreiss handcrafted bicycles from Latvia – the Sandwich bikes, the head-turning build-it-yourself wooden bicycles – Basil accessories, like the colorful bottle baskets.  In their new store they have additional brands such as: the legendary Brompton folding bicycles – Brooks saddles & accessories – Van Moof bicycles and more!
Your invited to view their renewed website and new blog where they intend to keep you updated on the latest urban cycling trends.

Join the fun and help us compete nationally as we continue to build the local momentum in the *National Bike Challenge! We’ll be there to help you enroll or help log your miles.
Giveaways and Prizes!  Join team BIKE SANTA MONICA and help bring together our local biking community, become involved and take part in our growing local bike culture!
Join the Challenge – Ride with us!

The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists — and encouraging countless new riders. The goal is to unite 50k riders and log 30 million miles by September 30th! Current tally is 41k riders for 8,742,762! We can do it!  In its simplest form it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues and the greater community to ride more. Win prizes from our local partners and great prizes from the National Challenge!

Tour da Arts, vol 6: August 24th FUN & FREE

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 image to see all of the incredible Bike Critter Art Contest submissions.

 SUNDAY, AUG 24, 2014  12PM–5PM iCAL
Registration is required, and space is limited.
Admission is FREE and open to all ages. RSVP 

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. 

Explore the creative side of bicycle culture and experience Santa Monica as a car-free community, learning about the City’s bike lanes and other bike-friendly infrastructure from Tour da Arts’ ride leaders. Participation is free and open to all ages. Tour da Arts, vol. 6 runs from noon to 5 pm, with stops at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in the Bergamot Station Arts Center, the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, and John Adams Middle School.  Riders will be dazzled by unique sights and sounds at each stop:

Tour da Arts vol. 6 Schedule

Noon – 2:00 pm: Expo, SMMoA Exhibitions & Tours, Event Partner Booths, live theatre & Ride Check-in, Food and Drink

  • SMMoA Exhibition Tours: Robert Swain: The Form of Color and Nonfictions: Jeremiah Day/Simone Forti/Fred Dewey.
  • Bicycle Advocacy: Learn fun and safe biking tips from C.I.C.L.E., Santa Monica Spoke: Local  Chapter LACBCLA Metro, and City of Santa Monica Transportation. Get a complimentary tune-up from Bikerowave, a volunteer, community-operated bike repair shop.
  • Wiki-Theater: Bike Odyssey LA’s Brian Sonia-Wallace presents a crash course on Homer’s Odyssey, in the form of a live action Wikipedia page.
  • Food and Drink: Enjoy delicious options from Clif Bar, Whole Foods Market Venice, and Peddler’s Creamery.

2:00 pm: Tour da Arts, vol. 6 leaves the Santa Monica Museum of Art

2:30 – 3:00 pm: Second Stop: Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club

  • Anna Oxygen Concert: Artist-composer Anna Oxygen’s electronic music performance engages the Tour da Arts audience in an interactive dance-along. Refreshments and snacks provided by Whole Foods Market Venice and Clif Bar.

3:30 – 4:00 pm: Third Stop: the John Adams Middle School Auditorium

  • Myth and Infrastructure: Myth and Infrastructure is an innovative artwork that combines animated film with live, shadow-play performance. It features original music, natural and urban landscapes, fantastic dreamscapes, and Matreyek’s own shadow as its main character. 

4:30 – 5:00 pm: Final Stop: Return to SMMoA at the Bergamot Station Arts Center

  • Bike Odyssey LAEnjoy an iconic scene from Homer’s Odyssey adapted for contemporary Los Angeles and for two wheels, produced by Brian Sonia-Wallace.
  • Tour da Arts Raffle: Win gifts from Linus Bikes, Lucy Sportswear, and more!

Complimentary bike rentals are available from Perry’s Café and Rentals, and can be reserved during registration (while supplies last).

SMMoA kicked off Tour da Arts, vol. 6 in June with a Bike Critter Art Contest. Artists of all ages and levels were invited to draw and submit an imaginative, cycling creature for use as the vol. 6 logo. Garrett Belmont’s “Rabbit on a Bicycle” was chosen by SMMoA’s curatorial staff as the winning drawing.

Participation in Tour da Arts, vol. 6 is FREE thanks to our generous sponsors: the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, the Barnwood Foundation, the Eileen Harris Norton Foundation, and the Santa Monica Bike CenterTo keep Tour da Arts and SMMoA’s other exhibitions and programs free, please visit

TdA partners

Special thanks to event partners: Bergamot Station Arts Center, LLC.BikerowaveC.I.C.L.E.City of Santa Monica Water Treatment ProgramCynergy CyclesHelen’s Cycles, John Adams Middle School, LA Metro, the Levi’s® Commuter WorkspaceLinus BikesLucy SportswearPerry’s Café and RentalsSanta Monica Bay Woman’s ClubSanta Monica SPOKE/LACBCYelp

Special thanks also to our in-kind sponsors: Whole Foods Market Venice and Clif Bar and Company.

La Grange Brentwood Grand Prix: Expo Ride

Join 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 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.

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 prior to the meeting and will give you an opportunity to tell us what you think by sending us an email at
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
Click here to view a slide show of last year’s submissions.

Tour da Arts vol. 5
  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!

Check-in, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating, Snacks
Neighborhood Bike Ride
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


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

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 Email questions to or

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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.


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


Cynthia Rose
Santa Monica Spoke

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