Santa Monica Airport “START THE PARK” July 1st 2015


A celebration of the start of the new park at Santa Monica Airport! The Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation invites you to join us for a barbeque and games for the entire family.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015,
 – 8:30PM Airport Park (BBQ / Picnic Area)
3201 Airport Ave Santa Monica
(Bike Valet Provided by Santa Monica Spoke, Car Parking off Airport Ave or Donald Douglas Loop South)
For question or to RSVP click: here

The Santa Monica City Council decided on March 24, 2015 to turn 12 acres of land at the Santa Monica Airport currently being used for aircraft “tie-downs” into PARKLAND,
So let’s celebrate! “START THE PARK”

Also at 3:30 July 1st Hands Across SMO – Envision a Great Park in its place!
Like with Hands Across America in 1986, folks will gather and hold hands — and this time envision a great park in place of SMO! Gather between 3:30pm and 5:30pm east of 25th St along the fence on the southern end of Clover Park/northern end of SMO.


Help us Fix the DRIVE Act


Bike League Action

On Monday morning, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced The Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act,or DRIVE Act.  As the acronym suggests, the bill focuses on freight and highways.

While we did get some important changes to the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), there are still several more ways we can make this bill more inclusive of people who bike. You can read the League analysis of the bill here.

Tomorrow the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will debate the bill and vote on a number of amendments to improve safety, promote safety innovations, and support multimodal transportation. The bill is 270 pages long and there are inevitably a lot of amendments, including several that we believe are essential to make the bill more balanced, multi-modal and supportive of local control.

Your Senator is on this Committee. Please help us by asking them to support these amendments.

We have less than a day to show support for a bill that’s a transportation bill — and not just a driving bill.

Below are the amendments we hope your lawmaker will support during tomorrow’shearing.

Cardin Amendments on the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

  • To restore funding to 2009 levels
  • To ensure states can’t transfer funding that has been allocated to local governments

Gillibrand Amendment on Vision Zero

  • To create an incentive program to reward local innovations in traffic safety

Markey Amendment on Safe Streets

  • To ensure states adopt a Complete Streets policy

Merkley Amendments on equity and access

  • To establish  a national goal of achieving a transportation system that connects people to economic opportunities through multiple modes of transportation
  • To establish a pilot project to study connectivity of transportation options to economic opportunities

Cardin Amendment on flexibility in overall funding levels

  • Stating that if more funding for transportation is found through tax reform or another measure, the committee won’t be limited by the funding numbers in this bill.

Thank you for helping us build a more bicycle-friendly America for everyone!

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June Handlebar Happy Hour: INGO’S TASTY DINER!

Come celebrate all things bike.
Log miles over smiles for the National Bike Challenge!!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….

At the end of every month we get together for fun, to talk bikes, and LOG MILES OVER SMILES for the National Bike Challenge. Part of Team Bike Santa Monica or not — COME JON US!
All are welcome!! Want to know more about Team Bike Santa Monica? Find our here!

Tasty Diner

DATE:    June 25th
TIME:    5pm -7pm (HH $)
1213 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica

They have a pretty exciting Happy Hour for our group of hungry, thirsty bicyclists to enjoy

Happy Hour from 4 to 7 pm everyday (closed Tuesdays)
Enjoy $6 well drinks, signature cocktails, draft beer, and selected glasses of wine
Menu, cocktails and wine list are available on the website.
Saturday and Sundays for the summer INGO will have happy hour from open to close! This could be a new local favorite?! 


Check out this vintage shot of the diner!

Check out this vintage shot of the diner!

No HH food specials, but here are a few of the favorite things that they suggest are “value driven and go well with happy hour drinks”

Deviled Chino Valley Ranch Eggs, goat cheese, pickled beet, toasted hazelnuts and chives* 4/6
Toni’s Spicy Pimento Cheese Dip with crudité of farmers market vegetables* 4
Kennebec French Fries, hand cut w/ sea salt* 6
Guacamole, California avocados only w/ fresh red corn chips* 5
Maggie’s Farm Simple Mix of Lettuce, avocado and vinaigrette* 5
The Nice Little Caesar Salad, sweet gem romaine, torn rustic croutons, and parmesan* 6
*Can be Made gluten free, Vegetarian, Or Vegan!! Be still my heart!

Bike parking: mostly just meters and poles in the area. We’ll check it out and report back.

INGO’s Allison, GM and Chef are looking forward to being there to welcome the group!

LA River Ride: Registration and Packet Pick-up

The 15th Annual River Ride benefiting
the LA County Bicycle Coalition is just around the corner!

Avoid lines at the event, register and pick up your bib (registration ID) at Performance Bicycle and Incycle this Saturday! Pick up your bib at Performance Bicycle and get PRIZES and 10% off all products! All participants who pick up their packet this Saturday will receive a water bottle, bike bell and goo packet!

Performance Bicycle  is offering a free bike inspection (not full tune-up) for all registered River Riders for FREE until June 27th!
See our event post here

Saturday, June 2010 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– Performance Bicycle Santa Monica – 1314 Wilshire Blvd (Santa Monca Spoke) 
– Performance Bicycle Woodland Hills – 6400 Owensmouth Ave

Sunday, June 2110 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– Performance Bicycle Long Beach – 7611 East Carson St, Long Beach Towne Center
– Incycle Pasadena – 175 S Fair Oaks Ave

If you haven’t registered yet, register 15th LA River Ride by this Thursday or at the Santa Monica Performance Bicycle packet pick up! If you are a Santa Monica Spoke member, use a discount code SMSPOKE for $10 discount, become/renew your membership for $25 ($35 regular) and get member discount for your register and support our work to make Santa Monica a better place to live, walk, bike, work and play.!

We are also still looking for volunteers for LA River Ride at June 28!
All volunteers will get a free t-shirt, be entered to win a bicycle donated by DTLA Bike, and invited to the Volunteer Thank You party!!
Pit stop volunteers
 get a lunch and ONE FREE registration for LA River Ride 2016!

Sign up HERE!

Still space for this Sundays Bike Skills Classes in SM

Free: Bike Skills Classes in Santa Monica
Spaces open for this Sunday!bicycle safety2

This Sunday Classes*
     •   9-11am Basic Bicycling Skills
     •  12-4 pm Street Cycling Skills
*Bikes are not needed for either of these classes

Classes are hosted by Santa Monica Spoke at
1640 5th Street – south of Expo/ Colorado

Online enrollment is closed –
You may still enroll by emailing with the class you wish to attend.

More info on classes can be found here


Free: Bike Smart, Street Cycling Skills Classes

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For the summer of 2015, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is offering a series of FREE Bicycle Skills Classes through out Los Angeles County.
Santa Monica Spoke is hosting the full series of classes in Santa Monica.

Three different classes are being offered:

  • Basic Bicycling Skills
  • Street Cycling Skills – Session A
  • Street Cycling Skills – Session B*


Spaces still open for this weekend!
Saturday: 9am-1pm (just added)
       Bike Smart: Street Cycling Skills, Session B*
Sunday: 9am-1pm
Bike Smart: Street Cycling Skills, A
Online Registration Closed:
Email us for Walk-in registration info
       Click to register for Session A or Session B* 
* You must take “Street Cycling Skills” Session A before you can take “Street Cycling Skills”

15th Annual Los Angeles River Ride

15th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
June 28th


Designed by Aislinn Glennon of Glennon Graphics. Click Image for Complete event information

10 GREAT RIDES: Choose your start/finish! 100-mile, 70-mile, 50-mile, 36-mile, 25-mile, and 15-mile rides, plus a Kids’ Ride + Family Bike Expo start and finish at The Autry Center in Griffith Park (Los Angeles). 100-mile, 70-mile, and 25-mile rides start and finish at The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Join over 2,000 other riders, and enjoy a great day of cycling fun, an Eco Expo, raffle, live music, and food. All proceeds benefit the work of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

When: Sunday, June 28, 2015
Where: 2 Start/Finish Locations, 10 Great Rides
Autry Center in Griffith Park: 100-, 70-, 50-, 36-, 25-, & 15-mile rides, plus Kids’ Ride
Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach: 100-, 70-, & 25-mile rides

Quick Links:

Expo Phase 2 Update Meetings


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Join us for an update on Expo Phase 2!
As construction on Phase 2 of the Expo Line nears completion, the Expo Construction Authority invites you to a final construction update meeting. Stakeholders will receive an overview of remaining construction work and train testing activities, and will also hear from Metro staff regarding plans for system startup and transit safety education.
Santa Monica Construction Update
Wednesday, June 24,  2015
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Crossroads School – Community Room
1715 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Entrance off 18th St. – Parking available on campus and surrounding streets.
Los Angeles Construction Update
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services – Gymnasium
3200 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Parking available on campusThe format will include a short presentation followed by a question and answer session regarding the train testing schedule, safety education program and light rail operations.ADA Language Accommodation: If you require an interpreter, including sign language services, or other accommodations at these community meetings, please contact Expo at least five business days prior to the meeting date at 213-243-5534.

For more information about the Expo Line project, visit our updated website at
or call 213-922-EXPO (3976).
Find them on and follow us on  @ExpoLine

Free Bike Safety Classes: Enrollment Open

Free: Bike Safety Classes – spaces still open for this weekend!

For the summer of 2015, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is offering a series of FREE Bicycle Safety Classes in Santa Monica and throughout Los Angeles County. Funding for this program is provided by Metro through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.bicycle safety2

Three different classes are being offered:

  • Basic Bicycling Skills
  • Street Cycling Skills (classroom – Session A
  • Street Cycling Skills (on bike) – Session B

All classes are taught by trained League Cycling Instructors (LCIs). The classes are open for adults and youth who are at least 14 years of age. Minors must be accompanied by their parent or an adult guardian.

All three classes will be offered at these locations:

  • Santa Monica
  • Culver City
  • Reseda
  • North Hills
  • Downtown Los Angeles
  • North Long Beach
  • Pacoima (dates pending)
  • Claremont
  • West Covina (dates pending)

For location, class description and enrollment information click HERE