National: Draft rules don’t count bicyclists! We can change them!

Bike League Action

We need your help (again)!

The Federal Highway Administration once again ignored bicyclists when determining performance measures for our transportation system.  These performance measures may affect future funding to these areas- and could be a disincentive for states and communities to build biking and walking networks.

  • Even though Congress just instituted a complete streets policy for the National Highway System (Main streets, arterials and other major roads), FHWA wants to measure performance of the system using a measure for drivers only.
  • It measures congestion by measuring delay for drivers, but gives no credit to states or metropolitan areas that invest in biking, walking or transit facilities that reduce congestion.
  • Finally, the rule sets goals for measuring air pollutants from transportation, but doesn’t include greenhouse gases.

If these draft rules are implemented, they will hinder the ability of local governments to implement complete streets, build protected bike lanes, etc.

We can change these rules! We’ve done it before!
With your help we convinced FHWA to include a safety performance measure for biking and walking. We need your help again.

Send in your own comments here.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
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Local: Santa Monica Talks & City Manger Rick Cole

The Long View: Rick Cole blog

The Long View is Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole’s blog. It’s a place to share his thoughts on the future of Santa Monica. It explores the complexities of our times and promotes the wellbeing of this remarkable community.

Be excited to engage in shaping the future of our city in new and exciting ways with Santa Monica Talks, the City’s Blog. Make sure your voice is heard – stay tuned for opportunities.

Back in August 2015, the Santa Monica City Council in a town hall type meeting considered a host of possible policy and project initiatives with pubic input.  This culminated in the adoption of five priorities that are expected to have the greatest affirmative effect on our communities safety, wellbeing, prosperity, quality of life and sustainability.

Most were pretty excited the five Strategic Goals that will inform the work of our city government over the coming years are categorized as follows: Mobility, Inclusive + Diverse Community, The Airport, Homelessness, Learn + Thrive.

With equity in how we plan our streets and sidewalks for the safety of all users as our core mission, the commitment to “Equitable Mobility” and “VISION ZERO” are important to see in our cities strategic plan. It will be important that we be engaged with our city partners as we shape the policy and programs that will determine how we move into the future.

We are already seeing the “Future” arrive in Santa Monica!

MOBILITY: 2016 will be a year of new choices for mobility in Santa Monica—Expo Light Rail to Downtown Santa Monica, Breeze bike share, direct bus routes with real-time information, car share, expanded shared-ride services, and safer walking and biking. This strategic goal pulls all these options together into a new model for mobility and attractive and convenient choices for people to get where they are going, while helping to reduce vehicle congestion and climate change. Learn more about Mobility

Become part of the momentum in Santa Monica’s growing bike culture and support multimodal, healthy active transportation in walking, biking and public transportation and so much more!

#GoSaMo

BIKEROWAVE POTLUCK & MOVIE NIGHT!

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Looking for something fun and bikey?!

Join our Local Bike Coop Bikerowave for a Potluck & Movie Night.
SATURDAY June 25th, 7-10pm at The BIKEROWAVE
details here

Bring a dish or a drinks to share.
Please, bring your own mess kit.

  • [bring something delicious]
  • [or bring something to BBQ]
  • [bring a bowl n spoon]
  • [BYOB]
  • This is a zero waste event

There will be a musical guest! The incredibly talented Olivia Lynn (Olive Mugalian) will delight with her music.

Dinner, Bikes & Cupcakes days away!

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 12.12.54 AMWe are so excited to host Elly, Joshua and Joe for Dinner, Bikes & Cupcakes 2016 Tour! We are planning a ZERO WASTE EVENT with some great sponsors and cool prizes!

We have some REALLY COOL STUFF planned! 
We’ll give you a preview early next week..
More Info and to register see the event HERE
Check out the tour in 
this video

To volunteer for this event email: Volunteer@SMSpoke.org

• ZERO WASTE EVENT, RSVP and get a folding stainless steel SPORK!*
• VEGAN CUPCAKES* by Cynthia Rose
• Commemorative Pint Glasses!* and beer from FIRESTONE BREWING
• RAFFLES: Win one of two CRUISER BIKES & more cool stuff added daily!
*while supply lasts

You’ll be treated to chef Joshua Ploeg’s seven-course gourmet buffet spread. Elly Blue and Joe Biel co-present a new interactive discussion and presentation that includes eight short films about groundswell movements where people have demanded better neighborhood conditions and successfully implemented them. Throughout the evening there are plenty of opportunities for discussion, questions, and browsing the Microcosm pop-up book and t-shirt store.

See the Event for all the latest details HERE!

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!

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Portland Returns to Santa Monica for Dinner, Bikes & Cupcakes Tour 2016

Dinner, Bike & Cupcakes!
Friday, June 17th

Elly Blue, Joshua Ploeg, Joe Biel
Traveling to tell stories and show movies on Bicycle Culture while serving up tasty Gourmet Vegan Food!

Portland returns to Santa Monica with the sixth annual Dinner & Bikes tour of the U.S.
Bringing people together to eat delicious food and get inspired about bicycle transportation.

We will again add our own special spin to the event with VEGAN CUPCAKES and SO MUCH MORE!

• ZERO WASTE EVENT, RSVP and get a folding stainless steel SPORK!*
• VEGAN CUPCAKES* by Cynthia Rose
• Commemorative Pint Glasses!* and beer from FIRESTONE BREWING
• RAFFLES: Win one of two CRUSER BIKES & more cool stuff added daily!
*while supply lasts

Volunteer for this event: Volunteer@SMSpoke.org

You’ll be treated to chef Joshua Ploeg’s seven-course gourmet buffet spread. Elly Blue and Joe Biel co-present a new interactive discussion and presentation that includes eight short films about groundswell movements where people have demanded better neighborhood conditions and successfully implemented them. Throughout the evening there are plenty of opportunities for discussion, questions, and browsing the Microcosm pop-up book and t-shirt store.

Event location is immediately adjacent to the new 17th Street Expo Station at Breeze Bike Share HQ. Find out more about Breeze, bike share and test rides too!

Eventbrite - Dinner, Bikes & Cupcakes

See the Event for all the latest details HERE!

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Santa Monica Open Street: Coast this Sunday!

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Metro presents: Santa Monica’s first Open Street Event: COAST

Bike, bus, train or walk your way to a free, engaging and fun way to explore Santa Monica. Enjoy two miles of car-free streets and discover local food, music, shops, culture, dance and games with family and friends.

This local event transforms our streets into a park for the day – with music, restaurants, shops, dance and games with family and friends.  Stroll with Samba dancers, picnic, and feel the breeze as you move through the streets!  Explore the interactive Coast Zones celebrating culture, sustainability and mobility, as well as other attractions along the route.


Visit Santa Monica Spoke in the Mobility Zone at the Santa Monica Civic. Katie Rogers of Carless in LA will be at our booth too!
Free Kids Bike Skills Course with instructors & bikes.
Helmet Decorating and so much MORE!!

Volunteers need for this event – Volunteer@SMSpoke.org

The streets of Santa Monica belong to everyone — not just drivers, but people on bikes, pedestrians, and hey, maybe even hoverboarders. Come visit the Mobility Zone for great music, free bike repairs, information on Santa Monica’s revamped bike lanes, bike share and redesigned bus system, Our bike rodeo, a helmet decorating, and so much more. And did we mention there will be ice cream?

  • Big Blue Bus
  • Bike Center
  • Bike It / Walk it Santa Monica
  • Bike Rodeo: Bike clinic for kids on pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • Breeze Bike Share
  • CASM Climate Corps Booth
  • dublab: ambient music
  • First Aid by the American Red Cross
  • GoSaMo / Transportation Management Office
    • Join GoSaMo, the City of Santa Monica’s brand new campaign with giveaways and more at today’s Pop-up mobility kiosk
    • Show off your favorite way to get around by designing your own t-shirt and then having it screen printed right in front of you
  • Helmet Decorating Workshop for Kids with Safe Routes to School
  • Peddler’s Creamery: Ice Cream made by peddling a bike!
  • REI Bike Repair
  • Santa Monica Spoke: Bike Exhibition, display of all kinds of bikes
  • WISE & Healthy Aging
  • ZipCar

For ongoing updates and additional information about COAST, RSVP to the Facebook Event, follow the City of Santa Monica on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram and use the hashtag #GoSaMo.

Visit the 5 themed hubs along the route.

Full Event Programing can be found here for the:
① Colorado Esplanade
② Culture Zone
③ City Zone
④ Sustainability Zone
⑤ Mobility Zone
⑥ Main Street and Norman Place
Coast Performers
Buy Local Event Specials
Bike Repair Along the Route
Get to Coast car free and carefree.
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Handlebar Happy Hour: Tonight at The Upper West

Celebrate Bike Month! Each week this month we visit Buy Localism Most Loved Santa Monica Happy Hour Finalists.

The Upper WestThis week we visit The Upper West in the Pico Neighborhood.

See Happy Hour food and drink specials on the event page HERE


Day:    Thursday
Date:   May 26th, 2016
Time:  5:30pm – 7:00pm (HH prices)
Place:  The Upper West
3321 Pico Blvd


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Come celebrate all things bike. socialize, talk bikes, give input ….
Have FUN!

Log miles over smiles and learn how to join the Nation Bike Challenge and ride for Team Bike Santa Monica
Learn about all the great events for Bike Month and Bike to Work Week!bike_local_sticker

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Santa Monica’s Savvy Multimodalism Shows Moxie

Great video of our fair city!

Shot before Expo Light Rail Line arrived – this is a great look at the steps City of Santa Monica  has taken to move us toward a safer, more active, healthy and sustainable community that serves it’s residents and welcomes visitors. If you haven’t been here lately – COME VISIT US!

Lots of events this week and beyond –

Wednesday- Free Screening: Carless in LA, one woman care free trek through Los Angeles
Thursday- HandleBar Happy Hour at Upper West
check SMSpoke.org/events
Now with Expo it is even easier to get west – don’t miss Coast – Santa Monica’s Open Streets Event

From  STREETFILMS

“Santa Monica certainly has a wave of transportation wonders taking flight. Like many cities they seem to be trying out a heaping of everything: bike share, a mix of bike lane treatments, a new rail line, neighborhood greenways, a pedestrian action plan (incorporating Vision Zero), a new people-friendly promenade/protected cycletrack where the Expo line terminates and of course they always have the hard-to-miss Big Blue Bus!

Just in the last six months they have launched both Breeze bike share and opened the Expo rail line to downtown Los Angeles which cuts travel times from an hour and a half by bus to 50 minutes. (Personal note: after spending the day shooting this story I endured a 2 hour and 15 minute bus ride back to L.A.’s Union Station. So at rush hour it can be even more tortuous than that!) The Breeze bike share was my first experience with the smart bike program and it was easy to use and comfortable.

So come see just some of the many options the city has employed to make getting around as easy as possible whatever mode you choose. Thanks much to the wonderful Cynthia Rose from Santa Monica Spoke who made my first visit there a joy by giving me the grand tour.”

Thank you Clarence!