Empowering Local Advocates: LACBC Workshop Series, Fundraising

Workshop #4 Fundraising is scheduled for Thursday, August 21st as part of LACBC’s Empowering Local Advocates Series. These workshops are designed to empower YOU –  to give us all the tools we need to be stronger advocates and to help fund our mission locally and regionally for LACBC and the Local Chapters! Please joining us on the next segment of Empowering Local Advocates workshop series. Santa Monica Spoke / LACBC is a non-profit organization that relies on raising money to help fund the advocacy we do. We will learn ways to organize local fundraisers and build the support we need to grow. The strongest partnerships can be made by people like you that already have connections. We will learn how to build off of that and fundraise for the cause!

Join us for the fourth workshop of the series –
Please RSVP here
Facebook event here 

DATE:      August 21st 
TIME:      6:30 – 8:00pm
WHERE:  LACBC HQ, 634 Spring Street, Edison Room 

Mingle with bike ambassadors from throughout the city, local chapters, and other passionate volunteers. Hope to see you there!

We have grown as an organization to more than 11 Local Chapters throughout the County of Los Angeles with more in the pipeline and 5 Bike Ambassador programs in City of LA. With so much going on, LACBC HQ wants to help empower YOU to help advocate in our local communities.

Help us extend our reach in a county of 10 million people. Learn how to engage interested stakeholders. HELP US SPREAD THE LOVE OF BIKING AND BIKE CULTURE IN OUR CITY and help us as an organization extend our reach, and grow our membership!

Outreach – March 20th Powerpoint Presentation
Membership – April 29th Powerpoint Presentation - Notes
Winning Campaigns Training – May 31st Stair speech exercise
Ride Marshal Training, July 12th 

Touring Los Angeles with LACBC & Where To Bike Los Angeles: Back to School Ride

Sunday, August 17, 2014 – 8:30am

When: Sunday August 17; meet at 8:30 a.m., ride at 9:00 a.m.

Where: Clover Park – 2600 Ocean Park Blvd.,  Santa Monica. Meet in the parking lot on the east side of the park (off Ocean Park Blvd. map)

The middle of August can only mean one thing—Labor Day is just around the corner and schools will be back in session soon. Campuses and their neighborhoods will be backed with students going back to school. Where to Bike Los Angeles has teamed up with Santa Monica Spoke, for a late summer, pre-rush tour of the colleges and universities scattered around L. A. County’s Westside. We will start in Santa Monica, (to SMC) then ride all the way east to Exposition Park (any respectable back to school ride can’t possibly leave out USC), and then back to Santa Monica via UCLA and Mt Saint Mary’s College.

Ride Length: 45 miles.

Ride Duration: 5 to 6 hours, including stops.

Difficulty: Recommended for intermediate-level riders, age 16 and up. The terrain is mostly flat, though there will be two short climbs en route: one to UCLA and the other to Mount St. Mary’s College for about 2,000 feet of elevation gain. We will ride on a mix of city streets, bike lanes and bike paths.

Rain Policy: Torrential rain, snow, earthquake, or fierce wind cancels the outing. Otherwise, we ride.

What to bring: A road-worthy bike, extra inner tubes, a patch kit and pump, drinking water, a pocket snack (such as an energy bar, banana or trail mix), a helmet, and money for refueling stops and post-ride refreshments.

RSVP: Strongly encouraged, via wheretobikela@gmail.com, so we can send you last-minute advisories, particularly about weather.

Touring Los Angeles County with LACBC and Where To Bike Los Angeles is a series of rides that are free and open to every LACBC member, plus one guest. Interested in becoming a member? Join LACBC online or at a discounted rate at our meet-up point. These rides are co-hosted by Jon Riddle and Sarah Amelar, authors of Where to Bike Los Angeles, a guide to bicycling in Los Angeles County, published by BA Press. Copies are available at REI stores, Helen’s Cycles and local book and bike shops, and from LACBC—on line, at its offices, or at the end of these group adventures.


3 Foot Law Officially Starts September



In September 2014 the “Three Feet for Safety” law will go into effect in California. It requires that motorists provide at least three feet of space between their vehicle and a bicyclist, when passing. This is thanks in part to the ongoing efforts of organizations like the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike), and AAA to improve the safety of streets for cyclists as well as driver awareness of the rights and regulations relating to bicyclists.

KIDICAL MASS Bike Ride: August 23rd, Virginia Ave Park

SAVE THE DATE: Kidical Mass Bike Ride
August 23rd, Virginia Ave Park

Festivities from 9:00am to NOON
The next Kidical Mass Ride for 2014, Saturday, August 23rd. A fun bike ride experience for families with kids of all ages! Education with Fun & Prizes! Wear a costume and you could win a prize!Kidical Mass flyer_Aug2014 Letter Size

DATE:    SATURDAY August 23rd
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Virginia Ave Park
north side of park along Virginia Ave 

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the City of Santa Monica for Santa Monica’s next Kidical Mass Bike Ride.  We will take a family friendly ride around the Santa Monica neighborhood, east of Virginia Ave Park along the planned Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway. Prize drawings plus Prize for BEST DRESSED!

Pre-ride snacks, Face painting, Helmet Decorating, Prize Drawings, Best Dressed Prize, Free Bike Safety Checks, & Check-in
Arrive early and don’t miss the FUN!
Neighborhood Bike Ride
11:00am (or upon return)
Return to Virginia Ave Park around 11-11:15am for FUN and post-ride snacks provided by KIND,  Farmers Market scavenger hunt, and help celebrate the new Virginia Park Library!

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Watch our 1st Kidical Mass in 2013 video here:………………….

Don’t have a Kid Carrying Bike? NOT  A PROBLEM !sm_bike_center
Special 20% discount on Rental 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  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.

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.


Aika: New Urban Cycling Shop Grand Opening, August 16th

Come join us at the Grand Opening Event and help us welcome the newest urban cycling shop to LA that is located right here in Santa Monica! Mindful living starts by bike at Aika

Date:      August 16th
Time:      10:00am – 7:00pm
Where:   2300 Lincoln Blvd (at Pearl)

Test ride the ultimate in Dutch bicycles, Brompton folding bikes, and other hard to find unique brands and  manufacturers – plus Yepp child seats and the best selections of urban cycling accessories you may have ever seen in one LA store!

Aika Grand Opening

Brentwood Grand Prix: The Expo Ride – tomorrow!

Event photo album here
Also see Facebook event here for more posted pics

email us links or your photos here

7:45 am Light rain — Still a GO – Check Facebook event for latest updates 


FREE: The Expo Ride in collaboration with Velo Club La Grange: Criterium Bicycle Race and festivities at the Brentwood Gran Prix

Day:       Sunday, August 3rd
Time:     Check in 9:00am, ride departs 9:30am – noon (aprox)
Place:    Brentwood Grand Prix (meet near San Vicente/Barrington see map below)
Ride begins and ends at the Brentwood Grand Prix, Route here 10.9miles
Click HERE to register at active.com or RSVP to us HERE
This event supports several charities including LACBC and our Local Chapter. 

New celebrity guest, Nelson Vails and Free Pinkberry for Expo Ride participants!!

Winning 1984We are thrilled to announce the participation of Nelson Vails “Ride with Nelly” 1984 Olympic Champion.
Ride with Nelly Jerseys will be available for purchase along with other Nelson Vails autographed cycling memorabilia – a portion of the proceeds will go to charity, including LACBC

The Expo Ride is a non-competitive community ride associated with the Brentwood Grand Prix Criterium Bicycle Race. The tour will visit the future Metro EXPO Line Phase 2 Stations in Santa Monica including Bergamot Art Center and the Terminus Station at 4th and Colorado, We will make a brief stop at the new Tongva Park for refreshment break before returning to the Brentwood Grand Prix. Wristbands will be given out to ride participants for rewards back at the Brentwood Grand Prix The goal of the Expo Ride is to get community members to come learn about cycling options on the West side of Los Angeles, and particularly about how the Expo Line train can help get you where you want to go. We “ride down memory lane” as we learn information about the historical RED LINE along our journey.

Join the community, show your support for more transit options in Los Angeles, and have a great time along the way!

First 50 entrants in each age category will receive a free T-shirt, race bracelet and medal.
Two-wheeled bikes only – no training wheels. Helmets are mandatory.Helens Kids race

Stu’s Story​ & Free Skin Cancer Screenings

Stuart Press is a Cat. 1 racer and former Race Director for Velo Club LaGrange, and was diagnosed with a very unusual and potentially terminal case of brain cancer in early 2014.  Like they way he races, Stu attacked the cancer with everything he has.  With the help of a recently developed melanoma therapy, and genomic testing, Stu has been able to get the upper hand in his cancer battle.  As a way to give back and to show support for Stu’s efforts, Velo Club La Grange has partnered with the Melanoma Research Alliance to fight skin cancer through the Brentwood Grand Prix and is (1) offering free skin cancer screenings at the Expo Area in conjunction with the American Academy of Dermatology using its SPOT Me screening protocol, and (2) raising money for MRA, including through the Expo Ride.  Please donate today: http://bit.ly/ExpoFund




We encourage you to Ride your bicycle to the event.  Bike Valet will be provided by LACBC / car parking is available at the VA Parking Lot, entrance on Wilshire Blvd. Please wear whatever is comfortable and safe, but ALL Participants MUST wear a helmet on the ride. Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Please check in at least 30 minutes before the ride. The ride departs at 9:30 a.m. and will be led by Santa Monica Spoke, Local Chapter LACBC with Nelson Vails. This ride is non-competitive and is not timed.

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Looking for something fun and bikey tonight?!

Head to Bikerowave

Fri, Aug 1st, 7-10 pm
12255 Venice Blvd. 90066 (east of Centinela)

Fun, games, and BICYCLE ICE CREAM!

Bring a dish or a drink to share.
Bring your own mess kit.
This is a zero waste event

Bikerowave is our closest bicycle repair collective, much like the Bicycle KitchenBike Oven, or Valley Bikery.  They provide space, tools, and equipment in order to effectively teach people how to build, repair, and maintain their bicycles. DIY with or without help. They are a not-for-profit all volunteer member run organization. The goal is to empower cyclists with the basic knowledge to maintain their steed, as well as enable them to more easily connect with the cycling community.


Amoeba Music: Hot August Bikes, benefits to LACBC


Sunday, August 17, 2014, Amoeba Music is holding its first ever Hot August Bikes event, which benefits LACBC!

The event will feature DJs, food and drinks, bicycle-related workshops, a prize wheel, and a raffle with to win a Sole Bicycle, Bern Helmets, and more! We’ll be celebrating bike culture and raising awareness about the Ride Hollywood campaign, which supports proposed bike lanes on Hollywood Blvd. LACBC will provide bike valet service, and you can sign up to become a member onsite!

The event also includes free treats from Hubert’s Lemonade, Roots Hummus, Ice Cream Ian, Hollywood Farmer’s Market, Pure Luck Vegan, and Bicycle Coffee. Plus, get your hands on limited-edition t-shirts from Golden Saddle Cyclery and solar printing from Lumi!

Hot August Bikes at Amoeba!
When:    Sunday, August 17th
Time:      12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where:   Amoeba Music, parking lot (off of Ivar)- 6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood (map)

See Facebook event and Amoeba’s blog post.

Hot August Bikes is sponsorsed by the fine folks at Converse, Sole Bicycles, LA Weekly and KCRW

City of Los Angeles and State of California Partner to End Hit-and-Runs


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July 23rd, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander, hit-and-run survivor Damian Kevitt and LACBC’s Eric Bruins announced a new partnership between City and State governments to bring an end to hit-and-run in California. Assemblymember Gatto is carrying two bills this year to both increase penalties for hit-and-run drivers (AB 1532) and create a new “yellow alert” (AB 47) that would use existing electronic signs to disseminate vehicle descriptions along state highways. The latter bill was introduced late in the legislative session at the urging of the Los Angeles City Council.

Hit-and-runs continue to plague Los Angeles, with over 20,000 incidents every year, including 4,000 injuries. Pedestrians and bicyclists are most at risk of being killed or seriously injured, which is why LACBC continues to work with partners like Assemblyman Gatto and the California Bicycle Coalition to put an end to these crimes. Thank you to Assemblyman Gatto for his leadership, and to Damian Kevitt and Finish the Ride for his courage and perseverance.

For more, see coverage in the Los Angeles Times.


NBC* Handlebar Happy Hour & Special Event at Aika Trading

Special Handlebar Happy Hour &
Pre-grand opening Special Event @ Aika Trading Bike Shop

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Handlebar Happy Hour:
Special Pre-Grand Opening event
Aika Trading Bike Shop

Plus Log Miles over Smiles -Everyone welcome!!AIKA_stamp_new

DATE:      Wednesday, July 30th
TIME:       5:00pm – 8:00p
WHERE:  Aika Trading:  2300 Lincoln Blvd

Handlebar Happy Hour – adult & non-adult beverages, light snacks and finger food
PLUS Special CRAFT COFFEE Cocktails presented by our friends from LA Coffee Club !!
(combo complementary & no host)


We invite you to join us this Wednesday for a very special FUN and Social event:
Pre-Grand opening at the newest bike shop in town & Handlebar Happy Hour, Log Miles over Smiles for team BIKE SANTA MONICA! Enjoy beverages and light snacks, talk bikes, bike culture, log miles, and MORE! Get a first look at the beautiful new bikes and accessories at the new Aika Trading!

Join us to welcome Aika Trading to Santa Monica!
Aika imports and distributes the best bicycle products from Europe into North America and recently opened a flagship store in Santa Monica, California. In addition to the Royal Dutch Gazelle bicycles and Yepp child bicycle seats, they carry: the EGG multi-sport kids helmets that will be available as of November – the Erenpreiss handcrafted bicycles from Latvia – the Sandwich bikes, the head-turning build-it-yourself wooden bicycles – Basil accessories, like the colorful bottle baskets.  In their new store they have additional brands such as: the legendary Brompton folding bicycles – Brooks saddles & accessories – Van Moof bicycles and more!
Your invited to view their renewed website and new blog where they intend to keep you updated on the latest urban cycling trends.

Join the fun and help us compete nationally as we continue to build the local momentum in the *National Bike Challenge! We’ll be there to help you enroll or help log your miles.
Giveaways and Prizes!  Join team BIKE SANTA MONICA and help bring together our local biking community, become involved and take part in our growing local bike culture!
Join the Challenge – Ride with us!

The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists — and encouraging countless new riders. The goal is to unite 50k riders and log 30 million miles by September 30th! Current tally is 44k riders for 14,789,541! We can do it!  In its simplest form it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues and the greater community to ride more. Win prizes from our local partners and great prizes from the National Challenge!