Category Archives: Santa Monica

Kidical Mass: July 8th!

The theme is July 4th – dress up!

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Douglas Park –  Chelsea side by the Playground.

Free: Please RSVP HERE See full event info HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica for Santa Monica’s Kidical Mass Ride. 
We will take a family friendly ride around the Santa Monica neighborhood north of Douglas Park. Prizes and giveaways at Memorial Park when we return!

Schedule.
9::00am – 12:00pm
– Check-in, Morning Snacks, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating — Plus NEW Art & Crafts
– FAMILY Ride
– POST RIDE ACTIVITIES & GAMES
– Prizes, post ride 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……

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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.

Letter to City Council on Vision Zero Implementation

How will Santa Monica’s leadership commit to this effort over the next two years? These are our asks, Agenda Item 9A.

June 27, 2017

Dear Mayor, City Council, City management and staff

With the number of crashes involving fatalities or serious injuries still climbing at alarming rates — we reaffirm that the time is now to make a strong commitment to Vision Zero and a true and meaningful investment in safer streets.

On May 9th Council gave clear direction they wanted staff to explore the creation of a staff coordinator to implement the City’s commitment to Vision Zero and the need to see real results in reducing serious traffic injuries and fatalities on our streets. Staff’s recommendation appears to be an incomplete response to council’s direction of creating a position to expedite implementation and to coordinate and capitalize on external and interdepartmental opportunities that may otherwise be lost.

In Santa Monica we have a demonstrated history of how talented and dedicated staff have produced undeniable successes and results. We are aiming for, and have achieved, huge environmental and sustainability successes, such as successful water conservation, implemented a nationally-recognized Wellness Project, and increased biking, a healthy active mobility option that contributes to a healthier environment and community. All of these successes have been reached by dedicating staff and money to achieve these results. The ultimate cost for not meeting our Vision Zero goals is loss of life. Money doesn’t have a brain or specific expertise, money cannot make the strategic and tactical decisions to achieve our ultimate commitment to our City’s safety goals and Vision Zero — Only people can, the time to start is now.

Fixing problems is more intensive and costs money. Preventative measures save money and in this case save lives. We are now faced with “fixing” outdated planning policies of an auto centric 50’s that have recently made safety on our streets exponentially worse — we must be proactive in identifying and addressing solutions. Santa Monica must continue to be a catalyst and leader in protecting the lives of our residents and visitors. We heard our City Manager recount how Bill Bratton was laughed at because he wanted to “prevent crimes”. However that didn’t stop him and he made his vision a reality in NY! Let us not laugh off proactive implementation to reach our commitment to a safer Santa Monica and Vision Zero. We must progress beyond words on a page and create a proactive, transparent system with dedicated funding and specific actions toward this effort if we truly want to succeed in reducing preventable traffic injuries and fatalities in 10 years.

We understand there are many tradeoffs as we discuss the very real budgetary and financial issues for running our city. There can be no tradeoffs when it comes to the lives of our community and the epidemic of serious injuries and traffic fatalities we are now facing locally, regionally and nationally — we must not continue to dehumanize these preventable deaths and injuries by making them so abstract that they seem as though they are someone else’s problem. With this two year budget we must demonstrate true leadership and real investment in the safety of our community. We ask that council’s direction be followed and that we expedite necessary changes in practice to institutionalize, catalyze and guide efforts and focus to achieve our goals. We fully support the monetary proposal to jump-start and implement key safety projects. However it is imperative that we use a data-driven process and capable leadership to implement strategies that evaluate our progress and institute adjustments as necessary without collectively diluting the efforts of an already busy staff who continue to implement successes in other related and important roles.

In Santa Monica we lead with initiatives like the Wellbeing Project that prioritizes human health and safety. Let’s continue this legacy and keep our streets safe as we encourage active transportation that must also reflect council’s priority to our Vision Zero Policy and infrastructure that removes safety barriers to make it a viable choice for our community — in addition to the framework to make safety implementation real.

This letter is submitted by Cynthia Rose for Santa Monica Spoke and Cris Gutierrez for Climate Action Santa Monica.


See our previous letter to Santa Monica City Council on Vision Zero HERE

Santa Monica Forward’s shared their values on the budget and Vision Zero HERE

June HandleBar Happy Hour is Next Week at Enterprise Fish Co!

On June 28th we’ll visit a Santa Monica institution and a 2017 Most Loved Award Winner – Enterprise Fish Co 

Check out the event details on the calendar listing here! Hope to see you there!

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!

Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….


If it’s on your way don’t forget to pass the Bike Counter!


Big thank you to last months host Bodega – we had great food and GREAT FUN!

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 Bike Share is about to Hit One Million Miles!

Yes! You heard that right! Breeze is about to hit One Million Miles ridden!

And you can help us promote and celebrate with a chance to win a free annual membership!

Winner will be selected at random after One Million Miles are ridden.

Summer Breeze Community Ride, Ride with the Mayor & Summer Soulstice Festival

Ride Breeze or ride your own bike, but don’t miss this one!

For June we have another 3X the fun event! We combine the Monthly Ride with the Mayor, Summer Breeze Community Ride (includes free 1.5 hours ride time credit*) & a Feeder Ride to the Ribbon Cutting for Santa Monica’s New Main Street Parklets & the 17th Annual Summer Soulstice Festival — all into ONE and all for FREE!

We’ll start the morning at the New California Incline Breeze Station (Ocean Ave & California) at 8:45am.

Santa Monica Spoke is joined by Public Bikes and Main Street Santa Monica to lead this June Community Bike Ride Event that culminates at the New Parkets Ribbon Cutting and the Main Street Summer Soulstace Festival. We’ll be joined by council member Sue Himmelrich riding for the Mayor, City of Santa Monica Mobility Team and of course Breeze Bike Share starting at the new Breeze Station at the top of the California Incline for this 3x’s the FUN EVENT!

Surely to be a day of fun, entertainment and excitement. You’ll get to experience some of Santa Monica’s amazing coastline along the Beach Bike Path, chat with the City Council member(s), City Management and staff on our way to the New Parkets Ribbon Cutting and the all day entertainment at the 17th Annual Summer Soulstice Festival on Main Street!. The ride is under 3 miles. We begin with a ride down the separated Bicycle & Pedestrian Path on the new California Incline, to the Marvin Braud Beach Bike Path and down Main Street for the Ribbon Cutting of the New Parklets (at Holy Guacamole) and the 17th Annual Summer Soulstice Festival. More info HERE

Like all our Breeze Community Rides you will have the opportunity to learn helpful tips on how to use the Breeze Bike Share system, including checking out, locking, flexibility of “out-of-station” and the ”hold” feature, multiple bike check out on one account, along with safety tips and Rules of the Road.

Ride Breeze Bike Share or ride your own bike — all are welcome! 

It promises to be a day filled with fun, exploration, entertainment, NEW PARKLETS plus the 17th Annual Summer Soulstice Festival – all for FREE!!

       

Stay up to date on more events on our Calendar

HandleBar Happy Hour tonight! Bodega

Tonight we are headed to Bodega –

Santa Monica’s neighborhood bar for coffee, beer, wine and food

Since 2006, Bodega has been a comfortable neighborhood spot to relax and share wine with friends. Now that they are serving some of the best coffee in Santa Monica and open at 8am seven days a week, that experience is available all day.

Insights from Bogota, Colombia in Santa Monica

SPECIAL EVENT:
Help close out Bike Month with exciting stories by Chris Morfas on his work in Bogota, Colombia, one of the Americas’ Leading Bike & Transit Cities

What happens when a city builds 200 miles of protected bikeways? How did CicLAvia get its name? Lessons from Bogota, Colombia one of the world’s most interesting cities for bicycling and placemaking boasting 5.5 million transit trips and 600,000 bike trips per day!

We will hear about this and more from Chris Morfas who since 2014 has been Senior Advisor to Despacio, a nonprofit based in Bogota, Colombia, a city with rates of transit and bicycle use that are among the highest in the world. Morfas is a longtime transportation reformer, the founding executive director and former Board Chair of the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike), a senior policy coordinator with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. At CalBike, Morfas directed award-winning successes that launched the nation’s strongest Safe Routes to School program, Complete Streets policy, and the innovative Bicycle Transportation Account that funds bike infrastructure like bikeshare and more.

Don’t miss this evening with delightful snacks, delicious Sierra Nevada beer, sweet raffle prizes and exciting tales of travels and transportation from Chris Morfas.

Thank you to our event sponsors: Pocrass & De Los Reyes, Tern and Sierra Nevada.

The tickets are on a sliding scale donation and support Santa Monica Spoke and the California Bicycle Coalition. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.

Stay up to date on the event here

Despacio, is an NGO based in Bogota, Colombia that advances sustainable mobility internationally via research, advocacy, and training; its recent publications include robust studies of bicycle and motorcycle use in Latin America. Chris helps Despacio with organizational structure, program development, and outreach. He will regale you with tales of Ciclovia, TransMilenio, and more while carefully avoiding any bragging regarding his much-improved salsa dancing.

Bike Mechanic Series starts this Thursday with Public

 

PUBLIC Bikes Santa Monica and Boulevard Brewing Co. are kicking off Bike Month in May with the PUBLIC Bikes Summer Mechanic Series Workshop! Spend some time with our Head Mechanic as he teaches you the in’s and out’s of a bicycle, and how to enjoy a delicious, cold beer 😉

WHEN: First class starts Thursday, May 25th from 6pm – 7:30pm; (future sessions: Thursday, June 29th; Thursday, July 27th)

WHERE: 2714 Main Street, Santa Monica 90405

HOW MUCH: $10/class* (only 15 tickets will be sold per class)

*A portion of class proceeds will go to non-profit Santa Monica Spoke so you’ll also be helping to make Santa Monica a more sustainable, and better place to live, walk, bike, work and play

**It is not necessary to bring your bike, a demo bike will be used

Santa Monica Family Bike Festival this Sunday!

We are still looking for volunteers for this event!
Click Volunteer@SMSpoke.org to sign up.

–     Sunday May 21st, 2017
–     11am-3pm
–     Family “Ride with the Mayor” starts at 3pm (ends by 4pm)
–     McKinley School Campus (on Santa Monica Boulevard & Chelsea Avenue).

The Santa Monica community is invited to the free event that will feature, Bike Rodeo & Skills with Santa Monica Spoke, bike demonstrations, FREE raffles, fun prizes, FREE rock climbing wall, FREE Bike Swap, DJ entertainment, games, craft booths, bike vendor booths & test rides, bike accessories, route planning and more information, food and Ice cream vendors


We wind down the event at 3:pm with the May, Family Ride with the Mayor from 3-4pm!