Call to Action: Bills to transform how California funds bikeways

Calbike FundingOur California Bicycle Coalition has two hugely important bills that will transform how California funds bikeway projects. Here’s what these laws would do:

  • Implement a Complete Streets policy for state funding: We are thankful to Senator Jim Beall for including sensible complete streets provisions in SBX 1-1 that will make the wisest use of road maintenance funding by including “new bicycle and pedestrian safety, access, and mobility improvements” in every project funded by the state. It calls for sidewalks and protected bike lanes or bike paths in transit-dense areas on most roads with a speed limit over 25 miles per hour.
  • Increase dedicated funding for biking and walking: Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, Autumn Burke, and David Chiu’s ABX 1-23, doubles the size of the Active Transportation Program (ATP) with a $125 million increase. The ATP is the sole source of state funding dedicated to biking walking and Safe Routes to School projects. Last year, the ATP was underfunded by nearly $800 million for shovel-ready walking, bicycling and safe school access projects. ABX 1-23 also includes a bike network grants program that will support local agencies to build whole networks that connect every destination in communities like yours with an unbroken web of bike paths, protected bike lanes, and quiet bicycle boulevards.

Now we need your help. Contact your state Senator and Assemblymember now to let them know that you support implementing strong “complete streets” policies to ensure that state funding is being spent to build protected bike lanes, increasing the Active Transportation Program, and creating a state program to give cities large grants to build out entire bike networks.

Breeze Bike Share System Testing & Volunteer Outreach Team

Metro’s first LA bike share system Breeze is on the street and currently testing in Santa Monica!

With the system wide launch on scheduled for November, we are so EXCITED!!

We are recruiting a team of volunteers to do outreach at the 7 current test stations. Our outreach team will help promote the fun of active healthy transportation with #BreezeBikeshare, demonstrate how the system works, answer questions and sign up founding members! Our team will be eligible for special Breeze swag and prizes. Training session is THIS SATURDAY 10am!

Sign up for #BreezeOutreachTEAM today!
Be a part of the momentum and launching of LA Metro’s 1st Bike Share, Breeze Santa Monica! All volunteers will be invited to be system testers and attend the invitation only Founding Members launch party plus earn swag, prizes and even a Breeze membership. Our outreach teams will be scheduled to be at the 7 test stations in shift mostly on weekends. Join us today!

Testing will continue through the end of September when the bikes are due to be pulled in order to install all 80 stations and 500 bikes to prepare for launch early November..

Become a founding member!
From now until December 31, 2015, anyone can become a Founding Member for only $99. Founding Members get a full year of bike share use including
60 minutes of daily riding time, a special gift, and a limited edition Founding Member card. Sign up before the launch and you will also be invited to the Founding Members launch party!

Founding MemberBreeze membership

$99 /year
Sign Up Today!

60 minutes of daily ride time included

Action Alert: Ask Your Senators to Support Bicycling

People for Bikes
Write a letter to your senators in support of bicycle infrastructure funding.
Did you know that your senators are making decisions that will affect the future of bicycle infrastructure in California?
Use this easy letter-writing tool to reach out to your senators and ask them to continue their support of bike funding.

The U.S. Senate is currently working on a proposal for TIGER grants, an important source of federal transportation funding for projects to build roads, transit, ports, and bicycle infrastructure. The House has proposed $100 million in funding for next year, far less than the $500 million that TIGER was funded at this year. Let your senators know that you support full funding of the program and the bicycle projects it helps make possible.

Thanks for taking action!

— The PeopleForBikes Team

Big Blue Bus Route Updates Integrate with Expo Start Today

Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 5.27.55 PMMajor route, stop and schedule updates.

In anticipation of the opening of the Expo Light Rail Line in Spring 2016, BBB’s August 23, 2015 Service Change marks the beginning of a major redesign of Big Blue Bus routes. Including the publics input their goal is to provide greater service, better connectivity and more convenient transportation options for customers throughout the region. BBB will phase the implementation of changes and new service additions over the course of the next 12 months.

BBB’s upcoming Service Change is in the news! Here’s what the local media are saying:

  • Watch an interview with Ed King, BBB’s Director of Transit Services, about the upcoming Service Change.
  • Big Blue Bus Begins Expo Integration Service Overhaul This Month (Santa Monica Next)

View the complete Little Blue Book (Effective August 23, 2015)

Select your favorite route for additional details:

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August Handlebar Happy Hour: El Cholo, Aug 26th

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 JOIN US!
All are welcome!! Want to know more about Team Bike Santa Monica? Find out here!

DAY:    Wednesday
DATE:    August 26th
TIME:    5:30pm -7pm (HH $)
PLACE: El Cholo
1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica,
Local Mexican chain serving classic dishes & margaritas in a traditional setting since the 1920s!
They are a Buy Local Business

El Cholo HH menu



Happy Hour Special Menu
Beverages and Yummy Food

NBC Team Bike SM

Expo Trains in Santa Monica!!!


We pulled this from twitter today!

Today City of Santa Monica @santamonicacity tweeted with this image!
“Get excited! We are one step closer to welcoming ‪#‎Expo‬ to ‪#‎SantaMonica‬‪#‎FirstDayofTrainTesting‬ ”

For more on the EXPO Trains:
Here is a link to the 1st reported train in Santa Monica crossing over tracks just east of 26th Street


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click for more on train testing schedule information

Free: Bike Smart, Street Cycling Skills Classes

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Click image for info and full SM Schedule

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*


Spaces still open for this weekend and some upcoming classes in Santa Monica!
This Saturday, August 29th
     Bike Smart: Street Cycling Skills, Session A — 9am – 1pm

  • Online Registration Closed:
    Email us for Walk-in registration info

Sunday, September 13th
Bike Smart: 2 hour Basic 

*must have already taken Part A
For classes in other areas around LA County check listing here

July Handlebar Happy Hour: WARSZAWA , July 29th

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 JOIN US!
All are welcome!! Want to know more about Team Bike Santa Monica? Find our here!


DAY:    Wednesday
DATE:    July 29th
TIME:    5:30pm -7pm (HH $)
1414 Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica,

Polish Food & Happy Hour on the Back Patio!
WARSZAWA is a locally-owned business supporting other local business by buying locally and supporting fellow SM businesses! They are a Buy Local Business


Specials:  $1 off drinks and 3 featured appetizers for $4-5 ea (great price) for Keilbasa, Latkas or Bacon Wrapped Prunes!
They are a family-owned, family-friendly, community supported, legacy (35+ years old) business, promoting fellowship and an Old World vibe.

NBC Team Bike SM

Expo Notice: Expo Phase 2 Train Testing Update

The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled to start train testing activities in Santa Monica next week and will continue for several months. Initially the trains will be pulled along the rail corridor, and then operated on their own power. Testing will be ongoing along the entire alignment in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. The testing activity will test train clearances, the Overhead Catenary System which powers the trains, the crossing gates and traffic signals, and all related systems before the project is turned over to Metro for pre-revenue operations.

What:         Train Testing Activities
When:        Starting July 16 in Santa Monica, and ongoing through fall 2015
Where:       Along the light rail alignment between Venice Blvd in LA & 4th St in Santa Monica
Hours:        Between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.Monday – Friday

What to Expect in Santa Monica:

  • Preliminary testing activities will take place intermittently before the crossing gates are activated at gated crossings and the train signals are coordinated along Colorado Avenue.
  • During this time, testing may result in brief interruptions of street traffic as trains cross the intersections assisted by flaggers and safety personnel.
  • Once the crossing gates are operational and the signals are coordinated, testing will continue on a more regular schedule.
  • The train’s audible devices may be used during testing activities.
  • Throughout the testing period, safety personnel will be available at the crossings to assist the public.

Safety Tips:

  • Please obey all warning signs and traffic signals when crossing the tracks.
  • Always look both ways before crossing any street.
  • Never walk on railroad tracks.
  • Watch for trains from both directions.
  • Use the crosswalks.
  • Do not jaywalk across the tracks.

(Testing schedules are dynamic, and updated information will be provided as necessary)
To view the complete notice, click here.Expo train testing email footer