Category Archives: #BikeSM

Kidical Mass: Valentine Edition

A Family Bike Ride for ALL AGES – Kids to Seniors!
Sunday – February 9th – Ishihara Park

Click flyer to load the event page, Spanish language flyer below

DATE:    Sunday February 9th
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON
START:  Ishihara Park (2909 Exposition Blvd)
– meet Exposition Blvd between picnic area and playground.

Free: Please RSVP HERE so we have enough refreshments and activity supplies!
Por favor RSVP AQUÍ así que tenemos suficientes refrigerios y materiales de actividad!

Join Santa Monica Spoke and the City of Santa Monica Safe Routes to School for the next Kidical Mass Family Bike Ride from Ishihara Park and Community Gardens!  We are excited to be joined by the Santa Monica Community Gardeners with fresh pancakes and tours of the Community Learning Garden. You never know what special guest could join us.
RSVP and arrive to Check-in for your pre-ride snacks and activities!
YEY Prize Drawings!

Schedule.
9::00am – 12:00pm
Don’t miss the fun pre-ride activities!

Pre-ride snacks, fresh pancakes, coffee, and beverages for the kids (Please help us reduce waste and be sustainable, bring your own cups/plates), Helmet Decorating, Prizes, Free Bike Safety Checks, & Check in.
Arrive early and don’t miss the FUN!
We return to Ishihara Park for FUN and post-ride snacks.
Valentine themed activity are being planned!

* 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……

Don’t have a bike –
You can #RideBreeze!

Don’t have a Kid Carrying Bike? NOT  A PROBLEM !
Special 20% discount on Rentals at the Santa Monica Bike Center.


Un paseo de grupo en bicicleta, divertido y para toda la familia.

Con el tema de Día de San Valentín en Santa Mónica comenzando en Ishihara Park a las 9 am 2/09/19.

Action Alert: Stewart / Pennsylvania Bike & Pedestrian Project

Your input is needed!

Hello friends, interested in road safety?
We invite you to take this short survey now on the much needed and innovative improvements proposed for Stewart Street & Pennsylvania Avenue. The project is under attack for some of the needed safety improvements.

• You will be prompted to click on each icon in the navigation on the left.
• At the bottom of each element, there is a + with the name of the project.
• Click to take survey.
• Fill in comments, then submit. You only get once chance, so make it count.
• Move down the list to the next of the 4 element of the project to give your opinion.

City planners have designed a very innovative project and clearly worked extremely hard to design the best possible project incorporating community and local business input and feedback for the fewest tradeoffs and losses to parking. In addition to two Community Open Houses, local business and stakeholders have been engaged for input during the design process. This project is also identified as part of the Land Use and Circulation Element, the Bike Action Plan, the Bergamot Area Plan, and the Pedestrian Action Plan

It appears the project is being attacked by one of the local businesses that has taken a dislike to the project due to a (minimal) loss of on street metered parking, and a median that restricts left turns. These changes mitigate the current rather serious traffic conflicts and congestion by improving traffic flow and safety for all road users. The business has chosen to use a hot button issue to solicit push back on this safety improvement project – THIS PROJECT IS ABOUT SAFE AND EQUITABLE ACESS and IMPROVING OVERALL STREET SAFETY FOR EVERYONE! We love and support our local businesses, but we are extremely disappointed in this one for this smear campaign. Parking must NEVER, EVER outweigh safety improvements. 

This project exceeded our hopes for Stewart & Pennsylvania as it was identified in the Bike Action Plan and the Pedestrian Action Plan. WE LOVE IT. It will finally provide a needed north/south bike connection, pedestrian improvements, improved – safer north/south connections to EXPO and improved safe routes to schools, parks and local businesses! There are almost always tradeoffs when streets are reimagined to incorporate and improve equity and safety as a priority. Please join us in support of this project by taking the short survey – it really only takes a few minutes. 

About:

Stewart & Pennsylvania Safety Enhancement

The City of Santa Monica’s Stewart & Pennsylvania Safety Enhancement Project will enhance safety and access to/from the Expo 26th Street/Bergamot Station, and address safety issues identified as part of the City’s Take the Friendly Road campaign. The project seeks to enhance the safety and comfort for pedestrians and bicyclists along Stewart Street between Colorado and Kansas, and Pennsylvania Avenue between 26th Street and Stewart Street The safety enhancements include:

  • Enhancement of the existing bikelane to a protected bikeway along Stewart Street from Kansas to Colorado/Yale. 
  • Intersection safety enhancements at Stewart Street/Colorado/Yale and Stewart/Nebraska making crossings easier to navigate for pedestrian/bicyclists 
  • Add new sidewalks and pedestrian scale lighting along Pennsylvania Avenue, between 26th Street and Stewart Street
  • Add Curb Extension and new curb ramps

This project is part of an on-going citywide effort to enhance safety for people that walk, bike, or take transit. 

Please do let us know if you have any questions. Stay tuned for future updates and Action Alerts!
Thank you in advance!

January HandleBar Happy Hour: Lanea

Join us for our first HandleBar Happy Hour in 2020 at Lanea!
Our group will be treated to complementary chips and salsa to share and a free tamale with your first beverage purchased! Yummmmm!

Every month we gather for great fun, beverages and AWESOME company! Come join us – all are welcome!

When: Wednesday, January 29
Where: Lanea, 217 Broadway, Santa Monica 90401
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

LANEA IS BRINGING THE SPIRIT OF MEXICO TO SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA!

With a hand-selection of over 150 Tequilas and Mezcals and authentic cuisine from East LA family run restaurant Barba Kush, Lanea offers a way to retreat from one’s day to day life and relax with a chilled cocktail, tacos, and barbacoa in hand. Yes there are vegan options 🙂

#HBHH #BikeLocalSM #BikeSM #SMSpoke #DrinkLocalSM #EatLocalSM
Our Happy Hours support local businesses and BuyLocalSM


End of every month we like to get together for fun, support local businesses, and to celebrate all things bike (and multi-modal).
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 last #BuyLocalSM #BikeLocalSM #HBHH venue TRiP!

Free Bike Education Classes 2020

Presented by Metro, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition – LACBC and Santa Monica Spoke

Class size is limited. Pre-registration is FREE but required.
Follow class links to register now to guarantee your spot!

Class Series:
Bike 1 – Back to Basics (January 25th)
Bike 2 – Rules of the Road (February 8, 2020)
Bike 3 – Street Skills (February 22, 2020) RESCHEDULED March 7th, 2020
Bicycling 101 (date TBD)
All 1st time class participants get a free helmet and a set of bike lights!

Watch the video to learn more about this class series!

**RAIN POLICY: In the event of a rain forecast, we will contact you 24 hours in advance to confirm or cancel the class**

Has it been awhile since you’ve been on a bike? Do you want to learn how to bike safely?
The Bike 1 – Back to Basics class, presented by Metro, will help you improve your bicycling skills. You’ll learn how to start and stop with confidence, scan, and signal. We’ll show you how to adjust your bike and helmet before a ride, and teach you how to perform a simple inspection to ensure your bike is road-ready. This is not a Learn to Ride class.

Do you want to make bicycling part of your daily travel routine, but you’re not sure where to start? The Bike 2 – Rules of the Road class, will help you learn how to bike on city streets safely. This is a free 2-hour class for adults and teens who would like to learn how to safely and legally ride on city roads. We will teach you the rules of the road, how to plan your route, and provide tips and trips to make bicycling for everyday travel safe and convenient. From what to wear to bicycling etiquette, we’ve got you covered!

Do you want to be more comfortable and confident when cycling on city roads? Take Bike 3 – Street Skills class and practice what you learned in a real-world setting. The Bike 3 – Street Skills class, is a free 2.5-hour class for adults and teens to practice safe riding with a group of beginning cyclists. You’ll learn cycling etiquette, practice riding in a real-world setting, and make pit stops at local establishments to get refreshments.

Open House: Stewart / Pennsylvania Bike & Pedestrian Project

Please join us at an Open House hosted by City of Santa Monica for the Stewart and Pennsylvania Avenue Bike and Pedestrian Improvement project. There are two dates you can attend, December 14th or December 18th. There is also an interactive map to review and provide comments online. We were excited to give input to help shape the project to date and look forward to community input to help further build a project that will best serve equitable mobility in a safer, healthy and active Santa Monica. Together we can create a safe and friendly community for everyone.

Project Goal:
Walk & Bike Pedestrian improvements for Stewart and Pennsylvania Avenues

This project aims to make improvements that will connect local neighborhoods to transit facilities, bikeways, schools, parks, and employment opportunities. The Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), Bicycle Action Plan (BAP), Bergamot Area Plan, and Pedestrian Action Plan all identify Stewart Street and Pennsylvania Avenue to include safety enhancements for pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages and abilities. This project plans to implement those improvements.

Project Elements:
•  Add new sidewalks, and pedestrian scale lighting on Pennsylvania Avenue between 26th Street and Stewart Street.
•  Enhance bike facility to a protected bikeway on Stewart Street between Colorado Avenue and Kansas Avenue to accommodate riders of all ages and abilities.
•  Enhance intersections at Stewart/Nebraska and Colorado/Yale.

We encourage you to check out the interactive map to review the project and provide comment.
Upcoming open house information session flyers:
•  Virginia Avenue Park Library Annex Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
•  Edison Language Academy Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM