Sign the Petition for Safer Street TODAY!

We invite you to participate at the May 9th City Council Meeting by joining us, sending your personal input to council, and Signing the Petition for Safer Streets Today!

Will you attend? RSVP@SMSpoke.org

First the Fun !

At the May 9th Council Meeting the Mayor will proclaim May as Bike Month in 2017!
Join us to celebrate our communities dedication to biking and healthily active transportation.

Next ACTION !

“the current epidemic of serious injuries and traffic fatalities is nearing double digits in just the last few weeks”

At the May 9th meeting the City Council will hear from staff and the public on the City’s efforts on pedestrian and biking safety programs, infrastructure improvements and implementation on Vision Zero.  Here is the Staff Report on Vision Zero, Bike Action Plan, and Pedestrian Action Plan Implementation. The Council’s agenda has the hearing immediately after the consent calendar; we expect it to begin between 6:30 and 7:30 pm this Tuesday.With the 2 year budget soon to be discussed this is our opportunity to tell our city leaders we want true commitment to safety in the form of dedicated funding for improved safety infrastructure. This is our chance to tell the City that we want them to hire a full-time pedestrian safety coordinator to coordinate Vision Zero and to fund improved safety infrastructure, like buffered bike lanes, better crosswalks, and safer sidewalks.

Without a pedestrian coordinator dedicated to the task of Vision Zero to coordinate between City departments and to shepherd and oversee projects we can never realize the commitment Santa Monica made to reduce preventable traffic fatalities to zero in 10 years. The City must be transparent, coordinated and data driven if we ever wish to solve the growing epidemic of serious injuries and fatalities due to traffic collisions!

Santa Monica has demonstrated it’s commitment to the environment and reducing emissions by encouraging residents and visitors toward alternate modes of transportation like walking, biking and public transportation. With that there is also the obligation to keep us safe when we opt for these modes for our health and for the health of our community through the commitment of funds for staff and projects. With the current epidemic of serious injuries and traffic fatalities nearing double digits in just the last few weeks in Santa Monica — the time is now to make that commitment!  One’s life should not be put at risk for walking or riding a bike to get to our daily destinations.

If you have not yet signed the petition, we invite you to do so now. PLEASE also invite your friends and family to sign before the City Council Meeting May 9th. In addition to the petition you are also invited to send your thoughts and concerns directly to City Council members in advance of the May 9th meeting by emailing council@smgov.net.

If you have questions please do not hesitate to email us Info@SMSpoke.org

Click here to Sign the Petition for Safer Streets Today!

Presentation: Urban Cycling Institute, Rotterdam May 3rd.

A presentation of research with students from the Urban Cycling Institute in Rotterdam. The event is scheduled for the evening of May 3rd in Santa Monica, Happy Hour reception will follow.
See event info HERE, RSVP HERE

The event is FREE, RSVP TODAY HERE

Join us as we explore research and maybe some myths on how to expand on these simple notions:

  • Build it & they will come
  • Cycling replaces driving
  • Write a plan & follow it
  • Cycling requires icons

A presentation of research with students from the Urban Cycling Institute, Rotterdam.

A presentation of research with students from the Urban Cycling Institute in Rotterdam. The event is scheduled for May 3rd. Details on Santa Monica location are being confirmed and will be announced shortly.

Louis M. Uljee & Pieter Zonneveld & Students, Rotterdam Business School, Netherlands


  • Role of City Hall as HONEST BROKER:: Clean City, Quiet City, Safe City, Healthy City?
  • Bike share
  • Peer to peer bike constructions ( Apps?)
  • Entitlements: cars vs bikes vs pedestrians
  • Public transport + fishbone structure between stations + sharing bikes model
  • Flow theory Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Influence of (solar) e-bikes
  • Myths: Expand not the theories, what do they mean and how can we actually achieve them?
    • Build it and they will come.
    • Cycling replaces driving?
    • Write a plan and follow it.
    • Cycling requires Icons.
  • Swarm theory: The Genius of Swarms. A single ant or bee isn’t smart, but their colonies are. The study of swarm intelligence is providing insights that can help humans manage complex systems, from truck routing to military robots. Applied to bike networks?

May 3rd in Santa Monica, Doors open at 5:30pm
Easy accessible via EXPO, BBB & METRO, Bike Parking.


HandleBar Happy Hour reception will follow
at Bareburger!

#HBHH tonight at Lunetta

For April we head back to the Pico Neighborhood and Santa Monica’s new modern neighborhood diner, Lunetta All Day

April 26th
5:30 – to 7:00pm (at least)
2420 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica 90404

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 on your way!


Big thank you to last months host Bareburger – 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!

Participate in Bike Month Santa Monica!

Calling all Santa Monica businesses!  Please join us in celebrating Bike Month 2017.  Here’s an overview of the events that Santa Monica will be hosting with plenty of opportunities if you’d like to get involved:

The business signup form for Bike Month (May 2017) is live:  www.BuyLocalSM.com/bike-local

Your business and promotion will be promoted through out Bike Month here at Santa Monica Spoke and on the Buy Local SM page.

Bike It! Walk It! Bus It! Week (with SMMUSD) – May 8th -12th
National Bike to School Day – May 10th
Bike Local Santa Monica Week – May 14th – 21st
Bike to Work Day – May 18th
Santa Monica Family Bike Festival + Swap – May 21st
Bike Local, Buy Local Handlebar Happy Hours – Every Week in May (Weds or Thurs, tbc)

How can YOUR business participate?

  • Offer a Bike Local SM special for bicyclists during Bike Month (or for #BikeLocalSM Week) – pick up some new, loyal customers along the way.
  • Host a Bike to Work Pit Stop on the morning of May 18th – either for the public or for your staff – to show your support for #BTWD / Bike to Work Day.
  • Donate giveaways/coupons/snacks to National Bike to School Day (May 10) +/or Bike to Work Day City Hall Pit Stop May 18) – enjoy free PR/product exposure in our community.
  • Volunteer at the SM Family Bike Festival + Swap on May 21st or bring a bike to swap!
  • Host a #BikeLocalSM Handlebar Happy Hour or encourage your employees to join us at these fun, weekly get-togethers in May to meet fellow Santa Monica bicyclists + new friends.

To signup:  www.BuyLocalSM.com/bike-local (deadline is 4/29 to be included in the Santa Monica Spoke printed Bike Month SM Guide- all participation will be listed in online guide once you registere   Any questions?  email us @ SMSpoke.org

Events this weekend and Bike Month 2017!

Click images for more details:


Saturday: Kidical Mass. Ride starts at Memorial Park

A bike ride event for the whole family.


This Sunday: Ride with the Mayor!

Ride a ride along the beach with Mayor Ted Winterer to a presentation by the The Bay Foundation and the Annenberg Community Beach House about the Beach Restoration Pilot Project.


April HandleBar Happy Hour

On Wednesday April 26th we head back to the Pico Neighborhood and Santa Monica’s new modern neighborhood diner, Lunetta All Day


May 3rd: Presentation by: Urban Cycling Institute, Rotterdam

A presentation of research with students from the Urban Cycling Institute in Rotterdam. The event is scheduled for the evening of May 3rd in Santa Monica, Happy Hour reception will follow.


May is Bike Month – Bike to Work Week May 14th – 21st
More events posted as they are confirmed!

Santa Monica Business Get ready for  in Santa Monica! You are invited to participate with specials: Sign up here:   with our Buy Local Santa Monica Partner and help us celebrate! We will promote all our participating Santa Monica business and their specials in May!

 

Rotterdam comes to Santa Monica: Presentation

Join us as we explore how to expand on the simple notions:

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!|
Rotterdam comes to Santa Monica —
evening of May 3rd

A presentation of research with students from the Urban Cycling Institute in Rotterdam. The event is scheduled for May 3rd. Details on Santa Monica location are being confirmed and will be announced shortly.

Louis M. Uljee & Pieter Zonneveld & Students, Rotterdam Business School, Netherlands


  • Role of City Hall as HONEST BROKER:: Clean City, Quiet City, Safe City, Healthy City?
  • Bike share
  • Peer to peer bike constructions ( Apps?)
  • Entitlements: cars vs bikes vs pedestrians
  • Public transport + fishbone structure between stations + sharing bikes model
  • Flow theory Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Influence of (solar) e-bikes
  • Myths: Expand not the theories, what do they mean and how can we actually achieve them?
    • Build it and they will come.
    • Cycling replaces driving?
    • Write a plan and follow it.
    • Cycling requires Icons.
  • Swarm theory: The Genius of Swarms. A single ant or bee isn’t smart, but their colonies are. The study of swarm intelligence is providing insights that can help humans manage complex systems, from truck routing to military robots. Applied to bike networks?

SAVE THE DATE: Evening of May 3rd in Santa Monica
Happy Hour reception will follow Location TBD.

The event will be updated as details are confirmed

April Ride with the Mayor: April 23rd

Join us April 23 for a ride along the beach with the Mayor

The theme for the April Mayor’s Ride will be a ride along the beach to a presentation by the The Bay Foundation and the Annenberg Community Beach House about the Beach Restoration Pilot Project.

“The Santa Monica Beach Restoration pilot project of approximately three acres aims to return a healthy and beautiful ecosystem to this beach, which in turn, will address climate change issues for both humans and wildlife. The project will evaluate increased protection for our coastal infrastructure and residences from sea level rise and erosion, while also providing a vital refuge for invertebrates, birds, and rare coastal vegetation species. It will also serve as a model for the region, showing that heavy recreational use of beaches and meaningful habitat restoration are both possible!”

Visit the website here

Bring your own bike and helmet.
No bike? No problem! Rent a bike from Perry’s or grab a Breeze Bike .

The round-trip ride will be about 4 miles. Children should be capable of keeping up at comfortable pace or in an appropriate child seat or trailer.

The ride will start 9am at Perry’s Cafe at 2400 Ocean Front Walk at the intersection of Hollister Avenue and will ride along the beach path to visit the Beach Restoration Pilot Project for a presentation with The Bay Foundation and the Annenberg Community Beach House.

See the Calendar event HERE – any updates will be posted there

 Facebook event  RSVP here.

Have you heard about the North Beach Trail Improvements?

The City of Santa Monica is planning to make improvements to the Santa Monica Beach Trail between Bay Street and the north city limits to make it safer and easier for walking and biking. Community Outreach is now underway and they need to hear from you! 

  • Please take the online survey by April 20, 2017 to provide your input
  • Visit the project website for more information and updates about the project

CalBike and the CA State Transportation Bill needs our help!

California Bicycle Coalition

You’ve probably heard about how our state transportation bill, which California Bicycle Coalition / CalBike has been working on for the past two years, has been poisoned by a last-minute deal with the trucking industry that would exempt large dirty diesel trucks from air pollution regulations.

Support us today to defeat this deal.

The policy team at CalBike is fighting right now in Sacramento for a better deal for people biking and walking, and to protect communities that have suffered decades of crummy transportation policy that has put cars first instead of people. We can’t let our state government sell these communities’ clean air and healthy lungs to the trucking industry.

With your support, we can stop this deal and get a great transportation bill with more money for biking, walking, and transit, and no dirty trucks loophole.

Donate right now to help the policy team defeat the dirty trucks loophole.

Thank you,
Cynthia Rose, Board Member
Jenn Guitart, Development Director
California Bicycle Coalition

P.S. People are counting on us to fix this deal, and we’re counting on you. Join us today in this fight.

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California Bicycle Coalition · 466 Water St, Oakland, CA 94607, United States 

Kidical Mass Earth Day Family Bike Ride and Community Garden Tour: April 22nd

KIDICAL MASS Earth Day Bike Ride
Tour Park Drive Community Garden
FUN hands-on KIDS Workshop

DATE:    SATURDAY APRIL 22nd, 2017
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON

START:  MEMORIAL PARK
–  By playground enter on 14th Street.

Free: Please RSVP HERE
Event HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica Community Gardeners for Santa Monica’s Kidical Mass Family Ride and Garden Tour 2017. 
We will take a family friendly ride in Santa Monica to visit Park Drive Community Garden for a special kid friendly event. Prizes and giveaways at Memorial Park when we return!

Schedule.
9::00am – 12:30pmSM Community Gardens
– Check-in, Morning Snacks (coffee and juice), Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating
– Ride to Pit Stop visit at PARK DRIVE COMMUNITY GARDEN
– KIDS GARDEN TOURS AND SEED BOMB WORKSHOP
– Pitstop host Santa Monica Community Gardeners
– Ride back to Memorial Park by noon for fun activities, Prizes and 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.