SAVE THE DATE: La Grange Brentwood Grand Prix, The Expo Ride 2

The EXPO RIDE_BGPSee last years event HERE
See this years CALENDAR EVENT HERE

Join us on this FREE family friendly Expo Ride in collaboration with Velo Club La Grange and the race and festivities at the Brentwood Gran Prix

Day:       Sunday, August 2nd
Time:     9:30am – noon (aprox)
Place:    Brentwood Grand Prix (meet near San Vicente/Barrington)
Click HERE to register at active.com or RSVP to us HERE

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 at 4th and Colorado, We will see the progress since last years ride now that the project is nearing completion!

Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2015 – LOWEST REGISTRATION DISC SPECIAL!

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Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2015

Discount code: FIREWORKS
from July 2ND  to the 12TH 

Regardless of whether you are riding with us in the National Bike Challenge (it’s fun you should!) we invite you to join us for another fun and exciting challenge! 
We’re again organizing a community team to participate in the 
Santa Monica – Bike MS: Coastal Challenge 2015, October 10/11th 2015. Ride one day or both days – Ride 35 miles to 100+  – you can choose from many options to participate!
We figured “What a great opportunity”? We want to experience a great ride and support the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change and help people with MS. With Bike MS starting in Santa Monica agin this year it is a great opportunity to once again unite the biking community and support a worthy cause AND log miles for the National Bike Challenge as you train!

Special registration discount $17.76 (reg $65.00) with the code: FIREWORKS valid from July 2nd – 12th.

Join HERE
If you have trouble joining the team email us by clicking here 

KIDICAL MASS: June 27th

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We ride from Reed Park 
THEME: Red, White & Blue! 

Festivities from 9:00am to NOON
The next Kidical Mass Ride for 2015, Saturday,  June 27th. A fun bike ride experience for families with kids of all ages! Education with Fun & Prizes! Dress for the theme and you could win a prize!

15 used children’s bikes (14”-16”) will be given out (for FREE) to participants in need

DATE:    SATURDAY June 27th
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Reed Park (7th & Wilshire)
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meet north side, California Ave between 7th and Lincoln

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke and the City of Santa Monica for our next Kidical Mass Bike Ride.  We will take a family friendly ride around the  neighborhood, just north of downtown Santa Monica.
Prize drawings, plus Prize for BEST COSTUME!
9::00am
Pre-ride snacks, Helmet Decorating, Prize, Best Costume, Free Bike Safety Checks, & Check-in
Arrive early and don’t miss the FUN!
11:00am (or upon return)
Return to Reed Park around 11-11:15am for FUN and post-ride snacks provided by KIND and more fun activities – MAKE BUTTONS!

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

* 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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CALL TO ACTION: AB 8 (Hit and Run Alert Bill)!!

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A message from S.A.F.E / Finish the Ride

Tuesday, June 30th, Bill Faces “No” Vote in State Senate
 
AB 8 (The Hit and Run “Yellow Alert” Bill) would allow law enforcement to use California’s existing network of changeable message signs to display specific descriptions of vehicles suspected in hit and run crimes.  AB 8 will help catch those who commit these crimes that send nearly 19,000 people in CA to the hospital or grave each year.  
 
THE PROBLEM:

We at SAFE were shocked to recently learn that the California Highway Patrol, an organization that is responsible for “Safety, Service and Security”, strongly opposes this sensible action which has minimal costs and has proven to be effective in dramatically increasing safety in other states, namely Colorado.

The core of their opposition is based on their poorly researched and unsubstantiated statements that hit-and-run crimes occur because of undocumented immigrants. 80% of those who commit hit-and-run crimes are never identified, and their immigration status is unknown.  What we do know is according to LAPD, a large percentage of hit-and-run offenders who do get caught were running because they were driving drunk, not because of the color of their skin.

As a result of the CHP’s opposition, the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, Senator Beall is opposed to AB 8. This could kill the bill in the committee.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1) E-mail, call or fax letter of support to Senator Beall (the Chair of the Transportation Committee) or to your local Senator by Monday, June 29th. The following is a list of names and links to contact information:

Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose)
Chairman of the CA Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing

Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 5066
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4015
Fax: (916) 651-4915

Other Committee members include:
Senator Anthony Cannella (Vice Chair) (Merced, Fresno, Salinas)
 Senator Benjamin Allen (West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, & Beach Cities)
Senator Patricia C. Bates (Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Juan Capistrano)
Senator Ted Gaines (Redding, Rocklin, Folsom, Auburn, Lake Tahoe)
Senator Cathleen Galgiani (Stockton, Modesto, Lodi, Tracy)
Senator Connie M. Leyva (San Bernardino, Ontario, Pomona, Fontana)
Senator Mike McGuire (Eureka, Santa Rosa, San Rafael, Mill Valley)
Senator Tony Mendoza (Downey, Whittier, Cerritos, Buena Park, Pico Rivera, Montebello)
Senator Richard D. Roth (Riverside, Corona, Moreno Valley)
Senator Bob Wieckowski (South / East SF Bay, Hayward, Fremont, San Jose, Santa Clara)

2) The following is a sample letter to e-mail or fax Senator Beall and other committee members in your district:

(DATE)

The Honorable ________
California State Senate
State Capitol, Room _____
Sacramento, CA 95814

Regarding: Support of Assembly Bill 8 (Gatto), the Yellow Alert System

Dear Senator _____________,

According to the California Highway Patrol, hit-and-run crimes seriously injure or kill approximately 19,000 Californians each year.

I was shocked to hear that CHP, an organization that is responsible for “Safety, Service and Security”, would oppose a sensible action that has minimal costs and has proven to be effective in dramatically increasing safety in other states, namely Colorado.

With all due respect to the officers in CHP who put their lives on the line to protect our communities, the arguments presented by them are poorly researched and miss the entire point of this legislation.  What concerned me the most were their unsubstantiated statements that hit-and-run crimes occur because of undocumented immigrants.  80% of those who commit hit-and-run crimes are never identified, and their immigration status is unknown.  What we do know is according to LAPD, a large percentage of hit-and-run offenders who do get caught were running because they were driving drunk, not because of the color of their skin.

Please uphold your duty to protect and serve your constituents regardless of color and creed. Support AB 8.

Sincerely,

X_____________________
[Professional Title]

3) Use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc…) to spread the word and gain support.  Use #PassAB8 and #EndHitandRuns.

Please let the Senate Transportation Committee know that the CHP views on this bill are grossly misinformed and AB8 is an essential part of fighting the epidemic of hit-and-run crimes.

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

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“START THE PARK”

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,
5:30PM
 – 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.

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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!

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/cjjRyOF6yz6oHjmNl2RYRw

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 $)
PLACE:  INGO’S TASTY DINER,
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!
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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
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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
rsvp@SMSpoke.org with the class you wish to attend.


More info on classes can be found here

FREE HELMETS AND LIGHT SETS INCLUDED!

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*

FREE HELMET AND LIGHT SET INCLUDED!

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 RSVP@SMSpoke.org
       Click to register for Session A or Session B* 
* You must take “Street Cycling Skills” Session A before you can take “Street Cycling Skills”