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Beach Clean up and CicLAvia this weekend!

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Give Local: Beach Clean Up and Bikes!

In honor of Buy Local / Give Local Week, Breeze and Santa Monica Spoke are organizing a group ride to the monthly Heal the Bay Beach Cleanup.

If you’d like to join us for the ride and help keep our beaches and oceans clean, please let us know by sending an email to

We meet at the 17th Street/SMC Expo Station at 9:00am, departing at 9:30am to make our way down to Tower Rose in Venice.

CicLAvia: Heart of LA

We are coordinating to join up with the Culver City Feeder Ride to CicLAvia. We meet in Tongva Park (by the restrooms) at 7:30 and ROLL at 7:45am.
We’ll ride up Broadway to 17th, to the Expo Bike Path and on to the CC meet up point.
Please email us if you plan on attending

CicLAvia – Heart of LA

CicLAvia heads back to it’s anniversary route through the Heart of LA on October 16 as Boyle Heights, Chinatown, DTLA, and Westlake will host the country’s largest open streets event! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.

EXPO to CicLAvia

Light Rail: EXPO (timetable
The Metro trip planner can be found here

Tour de Laemmle 2016 Scheduled!

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Start your cranks – Tour de Laemmle returns Sunday, August 21, 2016!

Rescheduled from July 24th due to the Santa Clarita Fire

This year, they’ll begin and end at Laemmle’s completely revamped Monica Film Center on 2nd Street in Santa Monica, including a post-ride bash upstairs in the theater’s swanky new mezzanine lounge.  Plus, those who complete all 125+ miles will receive a free pair of official Tour de Laemmle cycling socks!

If you joined them last year, the route will be familiar. However, they’ve made several enhancements including more time on bike paths and lanes. Stay tuned for the official route sheet, but in the meantime, check out the highlights and points of interest.  There’s loads to see along the way, including a cornucopia of good eats!

Laemmle’s involvement with cycling events such as CicLAvia and Climate Ride stems not just from our love of the sport, but as a way to encourage alternative transportation and inspire creative thinking about our traffic and environmental challenges. In 2014, Greg stepped up to the plate by creating their own event, the TOUR DE LAEMMLE, a 125-mile bicycle tour of all their theaters led by their own GREG LAEMMLE.

As an avid cyclist and sustainability advocate, Greg had always dreamed of traveling to each of his venues by bike in a single day.  After researching the route, he soon recognized the cultural and historical import of many of the roads, pathways, and landmarks he discovered along the way.  Realizing the potential value extended far beyond his original vision, he opened up the ride and invited the community to join him “on a 2-wheeled tour of L.A.’s richly diverse neighborhoods.”

As in past years, this 3rd edition of the tour is FREE to all participants. Riders may join Greg for the entire route, which starts at the MONICA FILM CENTER in Santa Monica at 7am, or for one or more of the ensuing legs. The full circuit (which returns to Santa Monica in the early evening) will cover 125+ miles throughout the L.A. region.

Departing at 7:00am from the Monica Film Center, they’ll visit the following venues in succession:

  • Monica Film Center (Santa Monica)
  • Music Hall (Beverly Hills)
  • Ahrya Fine Arts (Beverly Hills)
  • Claremont 5
  • Playhouse 7 (Pasadena)
  • Glendale 5 (under construction)
  • NoHo 7 (North Hollywood)
  • Town Center (Encino)
  • Back to the Monica Film Center around 6 PM (phew!)

Breeze SM Monthly Community Ride

Breeze membership
Community Bike Ride with Breeze Bike Share!
This month we’ll explore the city & learn about Airport2Park –
Saturday, June 18th, 10am – noon

Breeze SM Community Ride is a monthly group ride for current and prospective Breeze members. The ride meets at 1640 5th Street just south of the 4/5th Street Expo Terminus. This week we’ll explore more of Santa Monica’s bike infrastructure as we point our local bike friendly businesses and attractions. Additionally, we’ll learn helpful tips on how to better use the Breeze bike share system, including checking out, locking, flexibility of “out of station” and “hold” features, multiple bike check out on one account, and Rules of the Road

Ride Breeze Bike Share or ride your own bike – all are welcome! It promises to be a day of exploration and fun!

On the ride you’ll experience some of Santa Monica amazing bike infrastructure. Surely to be a day of fun and excitement.
Participants’ ride time will be credited FOR THREE HOURS and first time participants can receive a FREE helmet. You must be 16* or over to participate (*under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian AND wear a helmet).
Registration is FREE but required — Please click here to RSVP today!


Adventure Cycling Association Gathering -w/ SM Spoke at Breeze HQ!

Join us!

Adventure Cycling 2015

Join Adventure Cycling Association for a regional gathering in Santa Monica. Adventure Cycling director Jim Sayer will be on hand to talk about the latest in national, and global, bike travel news, including: cool new bike routes all over North America (such as the new Bicycle Route 66 and the forthcoming Texas Hill Country and Chicago-NYC routes), bike overnights, the U.S. Bicycle Route System, partnerships with Amtrak and the National Park Service to promote cycling, national and state advocacy efforts, and big plans for Adventure Cycling’s 40th anniversary in 2016. You’ll also enjoy some beautiful imagery of bike adventures from around the planet. There will be refreshments and a chance to hob-nob with Jim,  the peeps at Santa Monica Spoke and fellow cyclists. Please join us and bring a friend!

Hosted by Santa Monica Spoke & Breeze Bike Share
with generous sponsorship from our friends at Pocrass & De Los Reyes

When: Saturday, December 12 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (refreshments and mingle from 6:30)
Where: Breeze Bike Share HQ, 1631 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica
To volunteer for the  event please click HERE

Please RSVP at or (406) 532-2751

Check out Santa Monica’s NEW Breeze Bike Share System – See how the system works and take a test ride!

Other events on the Adventure Cycling on the tour

When: Monday, December 7 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Pasadena Central Library, Donald R. Wright Auditorium
The library has requested that we not use their parking lot. Biking encouraged! If you’re willing to help with snacks, contact Beth at (406) 532-2751

Wednesday, December 9 from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.
University Community Park (UCP), Room 2, 1 Beech Tree Ln., Irvine, CA 92612 (see map here) If you’re willing to help with snacks and drinks, contact Beth at (406)532-2751 or

Vancouver Modacity: Observations of an Emerging Bike Culture

Santa Monica Next and Santa Monica Spoke host Modacity.

Vancouver bike culture is changing. Fast. And nowhere is that more evident than in the types of people you see riding bikes. The construction of six protected bike lanes over six years has led to a distinct rise in women, children, seniors, businesses, pets, and cargo on the bikeways, many of whom wouldn’t identify themselves as “cyclists,” nor would they have considered getting on a bike just six years ago.

Modacity‘s Melissa and Chris Bruntlett will tell that inspiring story via words, images and films, including what it means for car-lite, multi-modal families such as their own. They will also share ideas and lessons Angelenos can take home, and help build a bike culture worth bragging to the world about.

Their presentation will include a selection of the Vancouver Cycle Chic films – produced by Chris – which intimately profile a number of Vancouverites who cycle for transportation; demonstrating that riding a bike is a way to be “a part of the city, not apart from the city.”

Sunday, October 11th
See event info here

Vancouver Modacity

Bike Week LA: Saturday and Sunday, May 9th & 10th

Saturday is the Santa Monica Festival, BIKE ZONE
Sunday, May 10th: Get ready with Fix your Bike Day.
CycloFemme Rides and Mother’s Day!

Start the fun Saturday at the Santa Monica Festival Bike Zone at Clover Park. Bikerowave and REI will be there for safety bike safety checks, mini clinics and DIY info.

Sunday, CycloFemme Rides and what better plans for Mother’s Day? CF_Header_2015 …. Go on a bike ride with the whole family. Getting out on your bicycling is the perfect family-friendly activity for a leisurely Sunday. Check for Bike Month and Mother’s Day specials at local bike shops!

But first – get ready with fix your bike day. Local shops will host safety checks to help get your bike in good running order. Many shops are offering specials Sunday and some all month.
Here is a list of the ones we know of locally. If you know of other let us know and we’ll add them.

Cynergy Cycles Santa Monica Blvd at Cloverfield
Fix your bike workshop 11am-12pm
Clinic to focus on making sure your bike is safe to ride and applying the proper maintenance to make sure your bike performs its best. Special attention on flat repair and minor adjustments to make sure you’re not stranded on the road.

Helen’s Cycles, 26th and Broadway
Bicycle safety checks
Mother’ Day Sale, 10% Women’s Bikes – Trek & Electra, 20% off Women’s Apparel, 20% off Burley Bee Child Carrier & Baby Seats, Blackburn and Topeak

Performance Bicycles, new location Wilshire Blvd, west of 14th
Basic bike maintenance clinic 11am – 12pm.
Snacks and refreshments.
10% off all tools, tool kits, and work stands for all clinic attendees

Team Bike Attack, Main Street
$10 off on Tune ups this Saturday
10% off on bicycles and accessories during Bike Month!

Join the National Bike Challenge: Ride for team BIKE SANTA MONICA

Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials

Our New Event Calendar is LIVE! What do you think?

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Thank you to Modern Tribe for providing a free non-profit copy of Events Calendar PRO to Santa Monica Spoke. If you need a calendar on your site, check out their great stable of plugins at We are enjoying how customizable and easy-to-use their plugins are!

Let us know what you think of the new calendar and all the events we are adding daily! If you have an event you want added – please send it our way. Update on how to add community bikey events will be posted soon coming

What is up at Santa Monica Spoke? FUN EVENTS, Save the Date, BAP Updates and MORE!!

Quick growing list of upcoming events!
More Info coming on all – please check back soon!

Check our Event Calendar for newly added events 

Links will be added to the list below as further info is posted.

  • April: 30 Days of Biking
  • April 5th: Sunset Picnic Ride (intermediate to advanced). Starts at Tongva Park. Meet at 5:15pm roll at 5:45 SHARP. #30DaysofBiking
  • April 9th: Great Ride Series event with Finish The Ride, at Performance Bicycles, VIP’s (that’s means you!) , 5th and Broadway, Downtown Santa Monica
  • April 11th: SAVE THE DATE, Santa Monica Spoke Meeting, BAP updates and reception
  • April 16th, SQA luncheon, SM Bike Center will sponsor the tickets for the 1st 35 that commit to arrive by bike – click register at the bottom of the page.
  • April 18th: Kidical Mass Earth Day Garden Ride, Starts at Memorial Park
  • April 19th: Finish the Ride | It’s Not Just A Ride. It’s A Movement! Ride with us to support the momentum – link to more info soon.
  • April 20th: Cynthia Rose of SM Spoke joins a panel discussion on sustainability at the 3rd Street Promenade Apple Store
  • May 9th, Santa Monica Festival, our 5th Annual Bike Exhibition and expanded Bike Zone!! Clover Park 11am – 6 pm SO MUCH FUN!!!! – last year
  • ALL April: Santa Monica Spoke invites you to join us for #30DaysofBiking in April – pledge here and join the fun events we have planned this month, use social media to blast your joy of riding a bike! #30DaysofBiking #BikeSM @SMSpoke
    – Every Wednesday – Coffee outside  7-8am Link #CoffeeOutside
    – More rides, local and with LACBC all be listed on our event page asap
  • April to July We’ve partnered to support, the first-ever Santa Monica Commuter Challenge, a four-month competition for Santa Monica-based businesses and organizations of all sizes to encourage their employees to bike, carpool/vanpool, or ride transit to work, instead of driving alone.
  • All May: National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.
  • May 11th to 17th: Bike Week LA : Santa Monica is an annual week of community events sponsored by Metro and local advocates all over the County of Los Angeles to promote bicycling as a sustainable and practical mode of transportation.
  • May to September: National Bike Challenge started with an internal campaign trying to get Kimberly Clark employees to ride in 2009. It went national in 2012 under the guidance of the League of American Bicyclists. Last year, 47,518 people logged 23 million miles. People for Bikes, is now running the Challenge and hopes in 2015 we can collectively ride 35 million miles. Ride for team Bike Santa Monica!

Think and act locally with a global perspective, and ride a bike!



How San Luis Obispo Established the Most Powerful Bike Funding Policy in the Nation

News from the Alliance for Biking and Walking too good not to share! We agree an excellent model how revenue splits should reflect desired mode share goals. I hope this gives you all ideas! How can we shape our local communities.

How San Luis Obispo Established the Most Powerful Bike Funding Policy in the Nation

by Eric Meyer and Dan Rivoire on February 10, 2015. Posted on Alliance for Biking and Walking

Eric Meyer is a former board member of the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Coalition, a former Planning Commissioner for the City of San Luis Obispo, and the former Chairman of the San Luis Obispo Land Use and Circulation Element Update Task Force. In his regular life he is a footwear designer. 

Dan Rivoire is the Executive Director of the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition and the newest member of the San Luis Obispo City Council.


Eight years of careful planning — and a bit of luck — just paid off in a big way for the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Coalition. The central California city recently amended its transportation plan (known as the “Circulation Element” of the general plan) in three very innovative ways.

First, the city revised its transportation mode objectives, dramatically increasing the bike and pedestrian trip goals. 

The new mode split goal:

50 percent motor vehicles
12 percent transit
20 percent bicycles
18 percent walking, car pools, and other forms

This is one of the most pedestrian- and bike-centric modal split objectives in the United States.

Second, the city changed its roadway analysis from Level of Service to Multi-Modal Level of Service. 

San Luis Obispo rejected Level of Service — an outdated standard that measures transportation projects only on the basis of automobile delay — in favor of Multi-Modal Level of Service. MMLOS puts all modes on a level playing field so that the needs of one mode may only trump the needs of another in a manner designated by the modal hierarchy given to that location.

With this MMLOS objective in mind, the city re-prioritized the modal hierarchy of all of its streets. Some high-traffic arterials are automobile-focused, then transit, then bikes, then peds. Other streets have different hierarchies. Residential neighborhood streets are prioritized for pedestrians first. Major arterials are prioritized for transit first. It is a complex “complete streets” effort that will balance the needs of all modes in the city over time as streets are rebuilt or modified.

Third (and most important!): The city created a policy that allocates general fund transportation spending by mode to match the mode share percentage goals desired. 

If you remember only one thing from this article, this is it.

This policy mandates that our city must allocate general fund transportation spending at the same ratio as the mode share goal desired. Meaning 20 percent of funding needs to go to bicycling.

This is a huge shift from business as usual in America.


These changes didn’t happen all at once. They happened over the course of about eight years under the guidance of many minds at the Bicycle Coalition and with the help of many hundreds of citizens. If we had tried to make this all happen at once during a Circulation Element update, we would have failed.

It happened because we focused on the smallest relevant plans first. San Luis Obispo’s first opportunity for meaningful policy change came when the City Planning Commission was approving a Climate Action Plan, with the aim of reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. One of the suggested strategies in this plan was to decrease single occupancy vehicle trips. One way to do that is to encourage an increase in the mode share of alternative modes such as biking and walking. Eric pitched the idea of pushing the bike mode share goal to 20 percent, thinking that we might get 15 percent as a compromise. But in a surprise vote, the entire planning commission agreed to the new 20 percent bike mode share goal.

In the context of the Climate Action Plan this bike mode share increase didn’t seem that controversial, and the audience in the Planning Commission chamber that night was very enthusiastic. The City Council later easily approved the new Climate Action Plan.

The trouble was that other older city plans, like the Bicycle Master Plan and the city Circulation Element, still had the old 10 percent bike goal. (Note that the current bike mode share is only about 6 percent.) So a year or two later, when the Bicycle Master Plan came up for review, it was modified to match the Climate Action Plan. Since city staff were able to explain that they were merely updating the bike plan to match the more recent climate action plan, it went through without a hitch.

A few years later, the city’s transportation and land use plan, known as LUCE (for “Land Use Element and Circulation Element”) came up for review and updating. Eric was appointed chairman of the citizen task force dedicated to overseeing the update. The task force again debated increasing the modal goal over what was in the old LUCE, but what ultimately led to them to approve it was the simple fact that the Planning Commission and City Council had already approved that figure in the two other plans years before.

In addition to this new modal split objective, the new MMLOS policy and the requirement to allocate transportation funding in the same ratio as the desired modal split were also incorporated into the transportation and land use update.

This 20 percent mode bike mode share goal would never have been approved in the LUCE had it not already been part of the two smaller plans.

This is a key point and may be a pathway that others can follow to create similar changes in other jurisdictions.

Meanwhile, Dan was elected to City Council shortly after the City Planning Commission approved the LUCE update, so when it came before the council, his was the deciding vote that approved it and he is now in a position to help shepherd the new prioritization of funding. Our work to get a place on city boards, as bike advocates, paid off.

Together these new policies create one of the strongest funding mechanisms for bicycle infrastructure in the nation. We hope that other cities might be able to learn from our efforts.

None of this would have been possible without the efforts of hundreds of members of the public and the tireless efforts of many Bicycle Coalition Advocates who showed up at City Planning and City Council meetings to voice their concerns and desires. It is the public that creates the demand and the advocate’s job is simply to help the public and the city find the way forward.

Photos: Top: New Green Lane markings at California Blvd. and the Northbound 101 Freeway offramp. Below: A new bike bridge being installed on the Bob Jones Trail at the south end of the city. Photos: City of San Luis Obispo from 2014.

Exhibition UCLA Fowler Museum “Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891”

We are woking on planning a group ride to the exhibitor early 2015.


Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891—on display at the Fowler Museum from Dec. 14, 2014–Apr. 5, 2015—features forty-two circular black-and-white photographs taken by the cyclists and reproduced from recently scanned negatives held by the UCLA Library Special Collections. The images track a year on the road between Athens, Greece, and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and their accompanying captions are based on Sachtleben’s meticulous notes, written on the envelopes that contained each original negative.

In the summer of 1890, two young Americans, William Sachtleben and Thomas Allen, Jr., set off to circle the globe on new-fangled “safety” bicycles. Three years later, after pedaling some 18,000 miles across three continents, their harrowing tales of adventure made them international celebrities. Their timely championing of the bicycle helped spark the great bike boom of the mid-1890s, which transformed cycling from an elitist, male-dominated pastime into a wildly popular means of recreation and transportation for all. Along the way, Sachtleben and Allen chronicled their adventures with two novel compact Kodak film cameras, heralding a new “democratic” era for photography, as well.

The photographs vividly convey what the two adventurers experienced as they pedaled across barren dirt roads, river crossings, mountain passes, and volcanic terrains, encountering peoples and cultures entirely foreign to them. The scenes of everyday life also reflect how the locals—many of whom had never before seen a Westerner or a bicycle—reacted to them and to the marvelous technologies that were destined to change ancient ways of life.

During their three-year journey, Sachtleben and Allen traversed Europe, Asia, and North America and recorded some 1,200 circular images on 3.5-inch nitrate negatives. Only about a third of the negatives are known to have survived, and these are now part of the Sachtleben Collection kept since 1984 by UCLA Special Collections. The negatives were scanned in 2013—a complicated process, given their fragile and combustible state.

The exhibition features four of the countries Sachtleben and Allen toured in 1891, arranged chronologically: Greece, Turkey, Persia (Iran), and the Russian Empire (Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). Approximately ten images have been selected from each country, and enlarged to 20” in diameter.

Exhibition Credits:
Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891 
is organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA and co-sponsored by the UCLA Library Special Collections. The guest-curator is David V. Herlihy, historian and author of Bicycle: The History and Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance.

Additional Information
The Fowler Museum at UCLA is one of the country’s most respected institutions devoted to exploring the arts and cultures of Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Americas. The Fowler is open Wednesdays through Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m.; and on Thursdays, from noon until 8 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The Fowler Museum, part of UCLA Arts, is located in the north part of the UCLA campus. Admission is free. Parking is available for a maximum of $12 in Lot 4. For more information, the public may call 310 825-4361 or visit