Category Archives: bicycles

Conversation with Dutch Students: Urban Cycling Institute, Rotterdam

May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Santa Monica Main Library
— 2nd floor Mulit-Purpose Room

Social will follow at the West 4th & Jane 

Join us as we kick off Bike Month with an evening conversation with this years group of students from the Cycling Institute in Rotterdam. The presentations will include a how the Dutch are approaching technology and bike safety as well as where we park all these bikes once we get folks riding as well as the effects of transportation poverty.

The topics for this evenings conversations will be:

  • Technology and bike safety – Students will present on 5 different approaches used in Europe to stimulate bike usage by means of different types of technology. Some cases are focused on travel time reductions, others on safety and or infrastructure improvements. The cases will firstly be explained (how does the system work?), before they will discuss results and improvements that they fell need to be made to achieve better results.
  • Bicycle parking – the students  looked into bike parking in several Dutch cities, parking in city centers and esp. near train stations.
    • Parking cleans up the streets from chaos where bikes are parked everywhere. 
    • Technology enters parking structures and some are now as advanced if not more than car parks. 
    • Bike parking plays a role in Ditch cities for using the bicycle to the city center, School and work.  In fact, bike parking seems to enhance bike riding. Surprised?
  • Transportation poverty results of 200 initial interviews in difficult neighborhoods in order to find out what their preferred mode of transport is in the city and in their neighborhood. Lack of access to mobility keeps people locked up in their neighborhoods and results in social isolation.
    • When a bicycle could literally be a vehicle to gainful employment.
    • People with lack of mobility options interviewed felt exclusivity when it comes to participating in city life.

Every year we host a new group of students visiting Los Angeles from the Cycling Institute in Rotterdam.

Last years event

REI – Miles of Portraits: How the Bicycle Brings People Together

Friday, March 15, 2019
6:30 PM  –  8:30 PM

Santa Monica REI

  • Member price: Free • Non-member price: Free

Join us in welcoming Annalisa van den Bergh & Erik Douds to the Santa Monica REI for this special Free event.

When Annalisa and Erik ride their nearly 100-pound loaded bicycles, people ask them questions. A lot of questions. Across America and around Alaska, their bicycles have become the ultimate conversation starter and have introduced them to hundreds of people. Miles of Portraits is a magazine and film that captures their stories and celebrates kindness in a time when all we seem to hear about is bad news. Starting in mid-March, they’ll cycle from LA to Santa Fe, NM, stopping at REIs along the way to tell their story. Come watch the film and hear Annalisa and Erik, both type 1 diabetics, talk about these kind souls they’ve met across on their bike travels as well as their deeper reasons for riding their bicycles really, really far.

November Ride with the Mayor and HandleBar Happy Hour this Thursday!

November Ride with the Mayor joins our monthly HandleBar Happy Hour at The Albright,
November 29th.

The ride will begin at Santa Monica City Hall (1685 Main Street) and ends at The Albright for our November Buy Local Santa Monica Handle Bar Happy Hour. Meet 5:15pm roll at 5:30pm.
No bike? No problem! Just grab a Breeze Bike Share Bike.
Our route includes the beach bike path – sorry no e-skooters.

Join us on the ride or join us at the Albright – for fun & socializing with great food, beverages and people!

All Are welcome!! Remember to bring your own bike, lights, helmet, lock & water bottle. Children are welcome but should be capable of street riding or in an appropriate child seat or trailer. There is no cost to participate.
Free #GoSaMo Bike lights while supply lasts. 

This month, we’re excited to return to a Santa Monica Pier Institution at The Albright 258 Santa Monica Pier starting about 6pm.
Join us on a Ride with the Mayor or at the Albright – all are welcome!

#HBHH #BikeLocalSM #BikeSM #SMSpoke #DrinkLocalSM #EatLocalSM


End of every month we like to get together for fun, support local businesses, 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!


Big thank you to our October #BuyLocalSM #BikeLocalSM #HBHH venue
 The Dudes’ Brewing Companyl! SO MUCH FUN!

We had a GREAT GROUP – FUN was had by all!

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!

Happy Birthday Breeze Bike Share!

Three yeas ago Santa Monica led by launching Los Angeles County’s 1st public bike share — Breeze, presented by Hulu!

Congratulations Santa Monica and Breeze,
& Happy Birthday #3!

With shared mobility rapidly expanding with new technologies — we congratulate Santa Monica and Breeze bike share for leading the charge by improving the built environment with safer more visible traffic lanes paving the path for expanding new mobility options. Shared mobility that is more environmentally sustainable, help reduce our carbon foot print, traffic congestion and single car trips —and support our growing network of public transportation and shared mobility options. #GoSaMo 

Earlier 2018 Santa Monica, along with 3 other systems led again — rolling out LA’s 1st regionally integrated bike share — with Bike Share Connect! Bike Share Connect combined 4 independent systems into one regionally connected and seamlessly integrated network which spans across over 34 square miles, from Venice Beach to Hollywood and Highland. 

With the ground work laid and the spark of new mobility lit – this past year we have seen even more mobility options launch — motorized scooters and e-assist bikes — with surely more to come. Find out more about Santa Monicas’ Mobility Pilot Program here. 

The milestones are just beginning! Here are a few — 

The Share Mobility Pilot is part of the Santa Monica City Council and our community’s shared strategic goal and commitment to promote a safer, more sustainable multi-modal city of the future. This also pairs with the Council’s adoption to implement innovative Vision Zero approaches to ensure public safety and work to eliminate roadway collisions.

This Weekend: Walk with the Mayor Protem to the Buy Local Health & Fitness Festival!

Come visit us at Santa Monica Spoke, Santa Monica Safe Routes to School, GoSaMo Team, and the Santa Monica Safe Street Alliance AND SO MUCH MORE. We will host another fun bike & small wheels obstacle safety course and bike safety checks by Performance Bicycle for the kids. Free and low cost helmets and lots of materials and information to share! A day of healthy outdoor activities for all ages!

Start the day on a Walk with Mayor Protem Gleam Davis to the Buy Local Festival for a day of fun and health activities for the entire family!

This free community event, co-produced with the city of Santa Monica, will feature  music,  pop up shops,  and  interactive classes, and lots of opportunities to get to know your City.   Local businesses will provide  expertise,  advice,  health screenings,  and  free product samples    to promote a healthy and happy lifestyle for the entire Santa Monica Community. Businesses from every neighborhood will be there.  Don’t miss the chance to be part of this amazing feel-good festival and help support your local businesses, schools, and public services!

We are giving away more Huffy Cruisers!!