Category Archives: Santa Monica

December: Ugly Sweater Holiday Ride with the Mayor!

December Ride with the Mayor Holiday Ride and Ugly Sweaters!

For December, put on your ugliest sweater and join us, Mayor Ted Winterer and City staff for holiday ride from the Main Street Holiday Tree to the Trio of Holiday Celebrations on Pico Boulevard at the Virginia Avenue Park Farmers Market. The 4-mile ride will meet at  The Victorian (2640 Main Street) 9:30am and plan to roll at 10am – the ride  will be about 45 minutes long.

Don’t have the right sweater? Our Buy Local partners at Make Believe Costumes have Ugly Sweaters and will give you a 25% discount when you mention BIKE LOCAL! Just tell the clerk at the register.

Make Believe Costumes
3240 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
310.396.6785
http://www.makebelieveinccostumes.com
Sales Dept. Hours:   12-6 Tuesday-Sunday


Bring your ugliest sweater (or not), your own bike, helmet, lock & water bottle. Children should be capable of street riding or in an appropriate child seat or trailer. There is no cost to participate.

No bike? No problem! Just grab a Breeze Bike Share Bike.

About the Mayor’s Ride:
Biking (AND WALKING) is better with friends! The monthly Mayor Ride was born last year at the Breeze One year Anniversary Event with a proclamation from our City Manager Rick Cole. We led the 1st Ride with the Mayor which was joined by the California Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors in January 2017 – This free local event has continued with monthly community bike rides and walks with Mayor Ted Winterer and City Staff since January with a different theme monthly. Come meet the Mayor, City staff, and your neighbors while enjoying the Santa Monica sunshine!

About the Trio of Holiday Celebrations on Pico Boulevard:
Celebration of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa – 3 holidays featuring foods, music, library readings and crafts. Along with Buy Local Holiday Shopping Ideas from our Santa Monica Farmers Market, Pico Boulevard merchants + Buy Local Santa Monica. Grab bag of giveaways to stores + Photos with Santa! For more information contact Pico Improvement Organization.

Stay up to date on events all over Santa Monica and the Westside at SMSpoke.org, and on our calendar. You can also check out Santa Monica City Planning on Facebook

We look forward to seeing you there!

Progress Report: Airport 2 Park

Santa Monica is moving forward with two positive projects which should improve the quality of life for our community.

1st the City is currently shortening the Airport runway by 1500′ so that it will become safety compliant and to exclude larger jets. This runway shortening project might also provide the opportunity for additional new park access space at the ends of the runway.
SMO is now closed to all air traffic from 9pm-7am and will close ENTIRELY for two weeks at the end of the year until the runway shortening project is completed.
2nd the 12 acres of the Airport Park Expansion currently being designed by noted park designer Mark Rios, has moved forward to the important Environmental Impact Report stage. The park design will include full size playing fields, pickle ball courts, community gardens, playgrounds, walking paths and will provide much needed new recreational resources and opportunities for our community.

GREAT NEWS!

Meanwhile the six acres of “Interim Open Space” is now open for everybody to use! And it is getting used!

This new public space is located adjacent to the current Dog Park on the future site of the Santa Monica Airport Park Expansion while it is being planned. It is the perfect place to walk, jog, ride a bike, skateboard or push a scooter without any obstruction or traffic. It is especially perfect for kids learning to ride a bike. The 6 acres are open sunset to sunrise. Enter from the lot behind the playing fields. Check it out!


The Environmental Impact Report is now available for you to review:
Your comments are invited and may be submitted, in writing, by 5:30 PM on Monday Dec 11, 2017 to:
Rachel Kwok
Environmental Planner City Planning Division
1685 Main Street
Room 212 Santa Monica, CA 90401

Happy 2nd Birthday Breeze Bike Share!

LA’s first bike share system — Breeze turns two on Sunday November 12th!
Cheers to Breeze’s two years and more than 79,000 active subscribers, over 630,570 trips taken and 1,326,097 miles ridden.

Thank you to Breeze riders, supporters and to the sponsor Hulu.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

More info here:
Two Years of Breeze Bike Share with 1.3 Million Miles Covered

Bike it Walk it Bus it Results!

City of Santa Monica Safe Routs to School Thanks everyone and your volunteers for making this Fall’s Bike It! Walk It! Bus It! events grand successes — and a great time for the students!

Participation rates break down as follows:  

 

1st       McKinley: 84%
 2nd       Franklin: 72%
 3rd       Grant: 69%
 4th       Edison: 65%
5th       Rogers: 60%
6th       Muir: 53%
7th       Roosevelt: 51%
8th       SMASH: 50%
9th       Lincoln: 34%
10th   JAMS: 21%

Congratulations to McKinley Elementary… now the 6-time reigning champ!
Way to go Stephan! (parent BIWIBI volunteer for McKinley)

Furthermore, great job Franklin for coming in 2nd as well as Grant Elementary for 3rd. Stay tuned for National Bike to School day in May 2018!

Please share if you have any feedback, stories, photos, etc. to share. Next Bike It Walk It Bus it is in May.

In the mean time – encourage your school’s administration and PTA to establish a car-free day (i.e. “Walking Wednesdays” “Car-Free Fridays”) once a week or organize a walking school bus or bike train… if you’d like assistance in coordination, please contact us at Santa Monica Spoke or Cory Keen, Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Cory Keen, Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Transportation Management Specialist
City of Santa Monica, Mobility Division
1685 Main Street, Room 115 Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-2201; ext. 2120 | cory.keen@smgov.net

Operation Firefly!

The New Season Begins!

Join us – volunteer today for local distribution Operation Firefly.

Operation Firefly’s season officially begins when the days get shorter and the clock rolls back  and goes until Spring”forward” – we join LACBC’s and their regional partner distributions by giving away bicycle lights and educational information locally for FREE in Santa Monica.

Scheduling is in progress – Sign up today: Volunteer@SMSpoke.org

Saturday, November 4th: Bike Ride with the Mayor, Breeze Turns 2 Celebration, Party at The Albright!!

Breeze Bike Share is turning 2!

Event is on our Calendar HERE – RSVP HERE

We are proud of all we have accomplished together in our first two years and hope you’ll come celebrate the part you’ve played in the success on a community bike ride. Ride Breeze or your own steed – all are welcome!

Join us Saturday, November 4th on a bike ride with Mayor Ted Winterer, City of Santa Monica and Breeze Bike Share on a Community Ride followed by a brunch time birthday celebration at The Albright on the Santa Monica Pier.

Special menu! $6 Breakfast Burritos & Mimosa!
Check these out:

•  Strong to the Finish
    Spinach Tortilla, Pesto, Eggs, Spinach, Corn, Red Peppers, Black Beans
•  Classic
    Flour Tortilla, Eggs, Pinto Beans, Bacon, Avocado, Breakfast Potatoes,  Cheddar,  Pico de Gallo
•  Cali-for-nia
    Spinach Tortilla, Turkey Sausage, Eggs, White Cheddar, Mushrooms, Breakfast Potatoes, Avocado, Salsa
•  Viva la Vegan
    Spinach Tortilla, Breakfast Potatoes, Black Beans, Avocado, Pico de Gallo, Mushrooms, Spinach

Meet at 9:30 am, depart at 10:00 am from the 17th Street Expo Station. The ride is approximately 5 miles and will end at The Albright (258 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401) at 11:00am. If you can’t make the ride you can still join us for the party at The Albright!
Always FUN, Always Family Friendly!

Breeze is offering free ride time all day November 4th to Celebrate!
RSVP and you can request a free Helmet!


In 2015 Santa Monica launched LA County’s first bike share system, Breeze.
Since then together —

  • We’ve ridden nearly 1.3 million miles!
  • We’re almost 78,000 Breezers
  • We’ve ridden over 607,000 trips
  • We’ve biked around the world 51 times
  • We’ve burned the calories in 22,502 pizzas, and
  • We’ve prevented greenhouse gas emissions from 401 cars driven for one year from entering the atmosphere.

 

Kidical Mass Halloween Edition, October 28th, 2017

KIDICAL MASS: Halloween
Costume Contest

DATE:    SATURDAY October 28, 2017
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON

START:  Reed Park – California Side

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke and City of Santa Monica for the Kidical Mass Halloween Ride. 
We will take a family friendly ride around the neighborhood North of Wilshire on a regular kid friendly event. Prizes and giveaways at when we return!

Schedule.
9::00am – 12:00pm
Don’t miss the fun pre-ride activities!
– Check-in, Morning Snacks, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating and games!
– FAMILY Ride
– Prizes, plus post ride activities and snacks


 

* 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……

Breeze-Hulu-Logo
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.

Breeze Bike Share is Turning 2, Lets Ride and Party!

Breeze Bike Share is turning 2!
We’ve got lots of reasons to celebrate, together.

Event is on our Calendar HERE – RSVP HERE

In 2015 Santa Monica launched LA County’s first bike share system, Breeze.
Since then together —

  • We’ve ridden nearly 1.3 million miles!
  • We’re almost 78,000 Breezers
  • We’ve ridden over 607,000 trips
  • We’ve biked around the world 51 times
  • We’ve burned the calories in 22,502 pizzas, and
  • We’ve prevented greenhouse gas emissions from 401 cars driven for one year from entering the atmosphere.

We are proud of all we have accomplished together in our first two years and hope you’ll come celebrate the part you’ve played in the success on a community bike ride. Ride Breeze or your own steed – all are welcome!

Join us Saturday, November 4th on a bike ride with Mayor Ted Winterer, City of Santa Monica and Breeze Bike Share on a Community Ride followed by a brunch time birthday celebration at The Albright on the Santa Monica Pier.

Meet at 9:30 am, depart at 10:00 am from the 17th Street Expo Station. The ride is approximately 5 miles and will end at The Albright (258 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401) at 11:00am. If you can’t make the ride you can still join us for the party at The Albright! Always FUN, Always Family Friendly!

Breeze is offering free ride time all day November 4th to Celebrate!
RSVP and you can request a free Helmet!

Monthly, annual, and student members will not be charged for ride time exceeding the 90 minutes included with membership. Pay-as-you-go members will not be charged for their ride time. Bike bounties and Out-of-Hub/Out-of-System-Area fees still apply during the promotional period. Not a member? Give it a try by signing up for a Pay-As-You-Go membership at www.breezebikeshare.com or download the Social Bicycles app.

Bring your own bike, helmet, lock & water bottle. Children should be capable of street riding or in an appropriate child seat or trailer. o bike? No problem! Breeze is offering free ride time all day! There is no cost to participate.

Special thanks to our partner The Albright
The relaxed seaside setting is a perfect complement to the delicious menu that reflects a commitment to sustainably caught seafood, locally sourced ingredients, as well as an extensive craft beer and California wine program. The Morenas and their team at The Albright have been trailblazers in sustainability and greening efforts. This year, The Albright is celebrating their 40th anniversary, solidifying their title as the longest running restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier. CONGRATULATIONS!

About the Mayor’s Ride:
Biking (AND WALKING) is better with friends! The monthly Mayor Ride was born last year at the Breeze One year Anniversary Event with a proclamation from our City Manager Rick Cole. We led the 1st Ride with the Mayor which was joined by the California Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors in January 2017 – This free local event has continued with monthly community bike rides and walks with Mayor Ted Winterer and City Staff since January with a different theme monthly. Come meet the Mayor, City staff, and your neighbors while enjoying the Santa Monica sunshine!

Stay up to date on events all over Santa Monica and the Westside at SMSpoke.org, and on our calendar. You can also check out Santa Monica City Planning on Facebook

We look forward to seeing you there!

Feeders to COAST from Helen’s Cycles or SMC Expo Station

Meet at Helen’s Cycles and Bike Broadway to
COAST: City of Santa Monica Open Streets Festival October 1st!
Or Walk with the Mayor from 17th SMC Expo Station

Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors Youth CommitteeIMG_6758.jpg

invites everyone to Bike Broadway to COAST\

.

All are welcome!

HELEN’S CYCLES
2501 Broadway
MEET 9 a.m. DEPART 9:30 a.m.
OR

Join Mayor Ted Winterer and City Staff at 17th SMC station and walk to COAST!
Meet 9:30am – more info HERE or click image below.

COAST: City of Santa Monica’s Open Streets Festival is THIS SUNDAY!

WE ARE SO EXCITED!!

COAST: City of Santa Monica Open Streets Festival returns on Sunday, October 1, 2017,


PLUS you can get in a Walk with the Mayor to all the fun!

Join us in celebrating COAST: City of Santa Monica’s Open Streets Festival for everyone with various activities planned on our community streets as well as in our parks! There will be fun “hubs” with the following themes: mobility, cultural and sustainability, including live entertainment and food stalls.

Santa Monica Spoke will be in the Mobility Zone at the Santa Monica Civic on Main Street. We will have a Bike Rodeo / Skills course, a Bicycle Exhibition on carrying Cargo by Bike along with MANY MANY MORE fun and engaging activities! 

Our Bike Skills Course Rodeo and Cargo Bike Display is made possible by the COAST / City of Santa Monica and our community sponsors and supporters: Helen’s Cycles & Performance Bicycles Santa Monica and Pocrass and de Los Reyes

Sign up to win a FREE HUFFY CRUISER! 

Bike, bus, train or walk your way to a free, engaging and fun way to explore the city. Enjoy two miles of car-free streets and discover local food, music, shops, culture, dance and games with family and friends. Grab a picnic from a local restaurant or sit down and eat while you enjoy the view of all kinds of people enjoying Santa Monica. Shop at local businesses, discover new stores and revisit old favorites. The route is primarily along Ocean, Colorado, and Main throughout downtown Santa Monica. 

COAST is free and open to everyone. We encourage you to come out and join us for a lively Sunday in Santa Monica.

click image to view the City’s event page.

If you are wondering, “what’s COAST?”
Santa Monica’s COAST Open Streets Festival marries the concept of shutting down the street to cars with a cultural festival – back for its second year! This year, the City of Santa Monica is pulling off even more live music, interactive art stations, and loads of food. The route is two-miles long, so can easily be walked, biked, skated or navigated by wheelchair.  

A few of the Top Things COAST’s organizers are most excited for:

  • All-string female Mariachi band Las Collbrí (Farmers Market)
  • Hip-hop dance group Antics (COAST Stage, 1 p.m.)
  • Kiel Johnson and reDiscover Center build Dream Tree from repurposed materials (Sustainability Zone)
  • Twenty Minute Treks, guided tours from poets and historians (Ocean & Broadway, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

RSVP / share the Facebook event with your friends.

DOWNLOAD THE EVENT PROGRAM!

Street Closures  |  Rerouted Buses  |  Buy Local Event Specials!

Click image to view / download