E-Bike Expo comes to the Santa Monica Pier Parking Lot in December!

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From Friday through Sunday, December 2-4 at the Santa Monica Pier parking lot you can experience a new type of bicycle riding at the Electric Bike Expo event!

Test Ride More Than 100 Different Models

Come test ride more than 100 different models of the latest electric assist bikes from brands such as  Blix, BMW, BULLS, Easy Motion, Focus, Gazelle, Kalkhoff, Riese & Muller, Raleigh, Stromer, Tempo (Expo Charity Sponsor), Trek (Expo Track Sponsor), Wallerang, and Yuba, with the latest electric drive systems from Bosch (Expo Presenting Sponsor), Shimano, and others. And stay tuned for more eBike companies that will be there.

There will be a wide range of bicycles ranging from beach cruisers to street commuters, to mountain bikes and cargo bikes to try. Many of the models are brand new to the US and here to be tested by you for the very first time!

Register for the Expo now! Click here.

If you register now you will be entered to win prizes like a LED light or Electric Bike Expo polo shirt, and you will have VIP (quick) access to the test track.

Meet Manufacturers and Dealers

Meet all the manufacturers and learn everything you need to know about this fun transportation alternative. Best of all, it’s FREE!

Tempo Bicycles will be raffling off one of their Carmel or Santa Barbara hybrid electric bicycles worth $4,000 to a lucky winner — the raffle proceeds will go to Santa Monica Spoke. Raffle tickets will be $5 each for a chance  to win a Tempo hybrid electric bicycle!

  • Focus will be offering $200 discount coupons for attendees that ride their e-bikes at Expo events.
  • Kalkhoff will be offering $200 discount coupons for attendees that ride their e-bikes at Expo events.
  • Gazelle will be offering $200 discount coupons for attendees that ride their e-bikes at Expo events.

Buy Local/ Bike Local for your Holiday Shopping?

Self-Guided Tour of Santa Monica’s Vintage / Resale Shops just in time for the Holidays! Buy /Bike LOCAL

Reuse is the highest form of recycling.  Get ready for a day of vintage shopping that’s fun, environmentally sustainable and affordable!  The Buy Local SM Committee has crbike_local_stickereated a fun self-guided tour of Santa Monica’s vintage and thrift stores (download below).  You can do the tour by bike, foot, public transit or a combo of the above!

Here’s an idea of what to you may find on your excursion: designer vintage handbags (think Chanel, LV + Coach!), jewelry & accessories (tres chic!), scarves to reuse as gift wrapping, antique silverware & china to dress up the holiday dinner table, beautiful coffee table books, vases that go perfectly with a bouquet of fresh flowers & holiday cd’s & puzzles for everyone to enjoy together!  We’ve also included a few shops that feature gift items made with reused products.

Happy shopping, happy exploring!  Thank you for buying local – it makes a difference!

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2015 LA Bike & Ped Count

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REPORT: L.A.’S MOST POPULAR STREETS ALSO MOST UNSAFE

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LACBC, with partners Los Angeles Walks and the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, conducts bicycle and pedestrian count presented by AARP. Count reveals progress and challenges on Los Angeles streets.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. –

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) and AARP are partnering to release the results and findings of the Los Angeles Bicycle and Pedestrian Count, a citywide survey of walking and biking safety and accessibility in Los Angeles. The count, which was conducted in September 2015 in partnership with Los Angeles Walks, the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, and local organizations, covered 156 unique locations across Los Angeles. Data from the biennial count is used to measure the effectiveness of bicycle and pedestrian improvements and help the city of Los Angeles apply for competitive transportation grants.

The report found that:

  • The most popular streets for walking and biking are also the most unsafe: All of the top 30 count locations for people walking are located on the High Injury Network, along with 24 of the top 30 locations for people biking. These top 30 locations accounted for 65% of all people walking who were counted and 55% of all people biking who were counted. All of these locations are located in high-density neighborhoods, near major destinations, or in low-income communities of color. Almost all of the top 30 locations were in neighborhoods with median household incomes below the rest of the city.

  • As bike lane installation has slowed, new ridership has decreased: In 2015, riders continued to gravitate towards bike lanes; however the count shows an overall 9% year-by-year decline in same location ridership from 2013 to 2015. In the last two years, bike lane installation has decreased significantly from a high of 101 miles in fiscal year 2013 to only 11 miles in fiscal year 2015. Many of these new lanes have been installations where bike lanes could be included in other road resurfacing or safety projects, rather than installations along high priority corridors identified in the Bicycle Plan. Of the initial 183 miles of bike lanes prioritized in the 5-year Bicycle Plan Implementation Strategy, only 45 miles (25%) have been installed. As a result, the bike network in Los Angeles remains fragmented with large gaps in bike lanes along most riders’ trips. This lack of connectivity continues to be the greatest barrier reported by many people who bike or would like to.

  • Women want safer biking options: In Los Angeles, women make up just 16% of cyclists overall, but the gender disparity is lowest on streets with quality bikeways (bike paths at 22% and bike lanes at 17%) and highest on streets with no bicycling infrastructure. Cities with safer streets for bicycling in general tend to have smaller gender disparities in bicycling, such as Portland, Oregon (35%), and Copenhagen, Denmark (50%).

  • Bike lanes have made streets safer, but more work needs to be done: On the new bike lanes studied, bike ridership increased by 62% after installation. After accounting for increases in bike ridership, new bike lanes reduced bicycle crash risk by an average of 42%.

This report comes at a time of important policy shifts in the City of Los Angeles. Every year, over 200 people are killed on city streets in traffic crashes, about half of them while walking or biking. In 2015, Mayor Eric Garcetti signed Executive Directive 10, making Los Angeles a Vision Zero city and calling for all city departments to work together to end all traffic deaths by 2025. The City Council adopted this same policy goal to make safety the City’s top transportation priority as part of Mobility Plan 2035. To achieve Vision Zero, LADOT is working to catalog all serious and fatal traffic crashes and deploy proven engineering solutions to prevent them. In this report, LACBC analyzed collision data along corridors where bike lanes were installed and found that bike lanes are a key strategy for making streets safer–for people who bike and for all people using the roads. Recently, L.A. County voters overwhelmingly approved Measure M, also known as the “Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan.” Measure M will provide approximately $120 billion over 40 years for transportation projects across L.A. County, including $4 billion for biking and walking.

“Every Angeleno deserves to feel safe and comfortable biking and walking on our streets,” said Tamika Butler, Executive Director of LACBC. “We know from our counts and crash data that the most acute traffic safety problems are occurring in low-income communities and communities of color, where biking and walking often are the only means of transportation.”

The report found that top 30 (20%) count locations account for over 65% of people who walk and 55% of people who bike. Most of these locations are located on top of the City’s High Injury Network, which indicates that people walking and biking on these streets are more likely to get injured or killed by traffic collisions. People walk and bike to access important neighborhood destinations like local businesses, services, transit stations, schools, and parks, many of which are located on the High Injury Network. Making walking and biking safe and convenient requires making infrastructure improvements on the streets where people are walking and biking.

“Each year, the L.A. Bike and Ped Count proves that better data leads to better decisions,” said Councilmember Mike Bonin, who serves as Chair of the City Council’s Transportation Committee and has helped encourage participation in the Bike and Ped Count on the Westside. “The Bike and Ped Count reveals crucial information, which shows that investing in safer streets allows more and more people to opt out of the soul-sucking traffic that comes with commuting in a single-passenger car. As we work to eliminate traffic fatalities in Los Angeles, this data helps show policy makers where we must prioritize safe, accessible and balanced transportation projects.”

“Data plays a crucial role in guiding us to reach our goal of a city where no one dies getting around our city. We thank all the volunteers who give their time to make this contribution” said Seleta Reynolds, LADOT General Manager.

“Safe, accessible streets are extremely important to our 50+ community members, who are increasingly walking, biking and taking public transportation to the grocery store, to visit friends or to doctors’ appointments,” AARP California State Director Nancy McPherson said. “In California, adults 65 and older comprise almost a quarter of pedestrian fatalities, making the state second in the nation in the deaths of elderly pedestrians. It is our hope that the information provided in the 2015 Los Angeles Pedestrian and Bicycle Count will help us work toward a point where Angelenos of all ages can experience safe and vibrant streets.”

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About LACBC:

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Founded in 1998, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is a membership-based, volunteer driven nonprofit organization that works to make all communities in Los Angeles County into healthy, safe and fun places to ride a bike. Through advocacy, education and outreach, LACBC brings together the diverse bicycling community in a united mission to improve the bicycling environment and quality of life for the entire region. Since 2009, LACBC has been the primary organization conducting regular bicycle and pedestrian counts throughout the City and County of Los Angeles. Learn more at www.la-bike.org.

About AARP:

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Serving 38 million members nationwide–3.3 million in California–AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into ‘Real Possibilities’ by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org/losangeles or follow @AARPCA on Twitter.

For more information and to download a copy of the report, go to: www.la-bike.org/labikepedcount2015_report

 
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Santa Monica Spoke Meeting & 5yr BAP Party Saturday!

SM Spoke MeetingDoors open at 9:30am with coffee, bagels & breakfast treats.

Arrive by 10am and get a gift bag*

10:15AM – Short discussion style presentation about local projects, BAP update with City Staff
– time for input and questions.

*ONLY those that arrive by 10am will get the bonus gift bag

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Santa Monica Bike Center is turning FIVE

screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-11-17-02-amSurprise Surprise, The Santa Monica Bike Center is turning FIVE!
They are hosting a party to celebrate their 5th Anniversary!
Friday, November 18th from 5-7p they’ll have food, beverages, and fun activities for the whole family.

Tonight: Ask an Officer

EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED – STAYED TUNED FOR NEW DATE

Join in a conversation with LAPD, CHP, and bicycle collision attorney Jim Pocrass about traffic laws, walking, and bicycling in LA.

Presented by LACBC, Pocrass & de Los ReyesLos Angeles Walks, and the L.A. Vision Zero Alliance to discuss some of the new laws we need to know and issues of concern for people walking and biking in LA today? What about Vision Zero and the enforcement components? Each panelist will share their perspective to start the conversation and will be followed by Q&A with the audience.

Attendance is free and open to all.
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served before the panel discussion begins.

Panelists:

  • Jim Pocrass Esq. – Pocrass & de Los Reyes LLP
  • Officer Andrew Cullen – Los Angeles Police Department, Traffic Coordination Section
  • Officer Leland Tang – California Highway Patrol, West Valley Area

6:30 pm – Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Panel discussion

WHEN      November 14, 2016 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm

WHERE    LACBC HQ
634 S Spring St
Edison Room (first floor)
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Bicycle parking – use racks out front
Metro stations – Pershing Square, 7th St. & Metro Center
Automobile parking – street parking and off-street lots.

LACBC, Pocrass, LA Walks, Vision Zero alliance

Progressive Youth Bike Tour lands in Santa Monica: Monday, Nov 14th

Meet at Perry’s at 3 pm at 2400 Ocean Front Walk at the end of Hollister.

These young people have ridden their bikes across the country campaigning for an inclusive, progressive America and will arrive in SM Monday afternoon:

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Needless to say they’re blue about the election results, so we invite you to help honor their commitment to both progressive politics and cycling with a welcome to help lift their spirits.

Their plan is to arrive in Santa Monica to “dip their tires in the ocean” around 3:30 Monday, We’re hoping to get some folks out to greet them and maybe put up a finish line of sorts.

A few of our local champions Richard Chacker and City Councimember Ted Winterer have invited the group to assemble at Perry’s — at the end of Hollister — We’ll gather at Perry’s with the comfort of seating and refreshments to welcome the group and to celebrate their journey.

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Breeze Bike Share turns ONE TODAY!

And have we got some Awesome Stats to share!

Once year of Breeze, 43,261 Active Subscribers / 274,504 Trip - equaling 630,580 Miles Breezed / 556.057 pounds of Carbon Reduced / 25,233,213 Calories Burned / Savings of $365,735

Breeze Bike Share launched November 12th, 2015 with epic fanfare and an ocean of green – Today we celebrate 1 year of Breeze, LA County’s 1st Bike Share System with a Fun Community Ride and an Open House Handlebar Happy Hour at Breeze HQ! To help celebrate, enjoy FREE RIDE TME* on Breeze Bikes all day today Saturday, November 12th.

If you would like to join us on a community bike tour around Santa Monica, we will experience our cool bike network of buffered and green bike lanes with great company — RSVP below! The bike tour ends at Breeze HQ with an Open House & Handlebar Happy Hour refreshments. We come together to celebrate Breeze Bike Share, and our community joyfully coming together after an election where voters resoundingly came out in support of affordable housing, schools, transit & parks!  Come check out Breeze HQ, meet the crew, and celebrate Breeze! Always family Friendly!

Community Ride

When:   Saturday, November 12th
When:   2:00 pm meet , 2:30 pm roll out
Where:  Ride Leaves from 17th Street Expo Station

Open House: Handlebar Happy Hour

Where:  Breeze HQ, 1631 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica
When:   4:30 – 6:30 pm

Eventbrite - Breeze 1 Year Celebration: Community Ride & Handlebar Happy Hour

Questions about the event email us at: info@SMSpoke.org


Ride time on Breeze Bikes will be free* all day Saturday, November 12th.

  • Monthly, Annual, and Student members will not be charged for riding over their daily ride time amount.
  • Pay-as-you-go members will not be charged for their ride time.

Not a member? Give it a try by signing up for a FREE Pay-as-you-go membership at breezebikeshare.com or download the Social Bicycles app.
Get it on Google Play   Get it on App Store

For more information on Breeze Bike Share visit: breezebikeshare.com or call 310-828-2525

*Out-of-hub and Out-of-System Area fees still apply during the promotional period. 


In the News:
CITY MANAGER CALLS FOR UNITY AND CELEBRATION AT BREEZE’S 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY ON SATURDAY

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