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Happy Bike to Work Week Santa Monica!

Some Thursday Morning Pit Stops are moving to Friday – Please check back!

Thursday May 16th
Santa Monica Bike to Work Day Pit Stops 2019,
9th Annual Bike FROM Work Handlebar Happy Hour at Tiato.
Breeze Bike Share Connect — Free Ride* time all day , Bike to Work Day*out of hub fees still apply
Big Blue Bus – Bring your bike or helmet and ride for free!

Friday May 17th
Santa Monica Bike to Work Day Pit Stops 2019

List of Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials – Join us in Celebrating May, Bike Month in Santa Monica!

SM City Council: Bike Month Proclamation We invite you to join us at City Council May 14th to Proclaim May as Bike Month in Santa Monica! Info & rsvp HERE

Bike Ride with City Manager to Celebrate Green Lanes!
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The City of Santa Monica is expanding its green lane network by installing 19 miles of new green bicycle lanes at various locations throughout the city. Free ride time on Breeze for this event – click HERE for more info.

Stay up to date on Bike Month Events, Promotion or Bike to Work Day Pitstop or HandleBar Happy Hour #HBHH on our Calendar!
New events still being added!

2019, Santa Monica Bike Month & Bike to Work Day Pit Stop Map:

Metro LA Pit Stop Map

note: if you know of other Pit Stops not listed – lets us know and we will add them!


Pit Stops on Thursday May 16th

Pilatesmith*
8:00am -10am, At Pilatesmith at 2110 Main St, Santa Monica
Stop by Pilatesmith for some cool hydration and a free core workout! We’ll have cold drinks from our friends at RECOVƎR 180 and offer you a 5-minute Mat Pilates core workout so you start your day feeling fresh and strong! And ask any of our team members about our intro offers!
http://pilatesmithstudio.com 


Helen’s Cycles – Thursday & Friday
8:00am  – 10:30am, front of our store – 2501 Broadway
Food, Drinks, Nutrition, support


Tradesy, Inc.
8:30am  – 10:00am, 1217 2nd Street
Drinks, water, coffee, donuts, music (a DJ) and cool Tradesy swag give-aways.
http://tradesy.com


Gelson’s Market
9:00am – 11:00am, 2627 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica
We will have water, snacks, and giveaways.
http://Gelsons.com


Afternoon pitstops ——


Montalba Architects
4:00pm – 5:30pm – 26th/ Bergamot Metro Platform
Bike Month materials, swag, Vitamin Water and Lara Bars
www.montalbaarchitects.com/


Pedal 4 the Planet – Global Green
4:00pm – 5:00pm – Flywheel 520 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Pedal 4 the Planet – Charity spin ride at Flywheel Santa Monica on May 16th. It’s a 45 Free spin class followed by a happy hour and fun raffle!
https://www.mixr.net/mixr/pedal-4-the-planet-flywheel-santa-monica/ 

Pit Stops on Friday May 17th

City of Santa Monica,
7:30am – 9:00am – the grand-daddy of all local Bike to Work Pit Stops!
Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street,
Live Music by Sunny War & DJ Mayo,  giveaways, Bike Swag, Free Food, City Bike Info and lots of fun with other bike commuters! Organized by City of Santa Monica in partnership with METRO and Santa Monica Spoke.
https://www.smgov.net/Departments/PCD/Transportation/Bicyclists/ 


Crossroads School Arts & Sciences
7:00am – 8:00am,  1748 21st Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
In front of a brick building – BIg blue canopy with tables.
Water, snacks, giveaways, raffle


Snyder Diamond
7:00am – 9:00am, Front of 1399 Olympic Blvd. / 14th Street
Water, juice and snacks, Giveaways


Moore Ruble Yudell
7:00am – 9:00am, 933 Pico Boulevard — Pit Stop on the northwest corner of 10th and Pico.
fruit and granola bars – and enthusiasm!
www.moorerubleyudell.com


Heal the Bay
7:00am – 9:30am, North West corner of 9th Street and Broadway, in front of PONO Burger (829 Broadway)
Free Reusable Cup Giveaway until supplies last. Coffee & light refreshments, Prizes
www.healthebay.org


Santa Monica Family YMCA
7:00am – 10:00am, 6th and Santa Monica Blvd
Pitstop fun and giveaways


Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.  
7:30am – 9:30am, 520 Broadway – Corner of 6th and Broadway
Gift Cards and Snacks
www.downtownsm.com


The Bike Center
7:30am – 10:30am, 1555 2nd St (corner of 2nd St & Colorado Ave)
Live DJ + breakfast burritos for the first 50 people who visit our pit stop
https://thebikecenter.com


Helen’s Cycles (Thursday & Friday)8:00am  – 10:30am, front of our store – 2501 Broadway
Food, Drinks, Nutrition, support


Boston Properties and BIRD
8:00am -10:30am, Colorado Center, at 2500 Broadway (at 25th Street)
Stop by on your bike for music, breakfast bites, coffee, snacks, water & giveaways!


Afternoon pitstops ——


Funnel Mill Rare Coffee and Tea
noon – 2pm, corner of Broadway and 10th street
Water, hot/cold coffee and Tea
www.funnelmill.com

* Bike Month Specials offered during the all of May

The Gallery Food Hall
— 10% discount when you mention #BikeMonthSM or #BikeLocal at Azule, Paperboy and Voltaggio Brothers’ STRFSH
Third Street Promenade’s Premier Dining Collective is next to the famed Criterion Theater, the two-level space was overhauled in 2015-16 to create The Gallery, a state-of-the-art marquee food hall featuring unique, neighborhood-serving restaurants and a mix of indoor and outdoor dining space, including the Promenade’s only elevated dining deck. More info HERE

Pilatesmith
— Pilatesmith is a new Pilates studio in Santa Monica and is excited to participate in Bike Month this year! Along with a pit stop they’re hosting on Bike to Work Day, all month long you can get $10 off a monthly membership or pack of workouts when you bike to Pilatesmith and purchase!Pilatesmith is a big believer of getting out of your car and on your feet – they encourage their Smiths to walk or bike to workout with a “Scoot, Spin, or Stroll” loyalty program. 

Bike Share Connect
Free Ride* time all day May 16th , Bike to Work Day. *out of hub fees still apply
— Discounted membership prices all of May. Sign up as usual! (Web buttons may read regular price but will charge promo rate) Promo rates good until end of May only.
•Annual membership is now $54.75 (15¢/day)
•Monthly is $6.20 (20¢/day)
•Bike Share For All is $4.65 (15¢/day
•Student is $4.65 (15¢/day) 

Big Blue Bus
— Extend your commuting possibilities – Ride for free May 16th , Bike to Work Day. Join BBB and all the local bicycle commuters to celebrate Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 16. Bring your bike, folding bike or helmet on board a Big Blue Bus and you ride for FREE. You heard that right!

Orchestra Santa Monica
— Orchestra Santa Monica Presents its ”Bohemian Rhapsodies” Concert Sunday, May 26, 2019
Santa Monica Spoke and our cycling community are invited to to attend this performance and a special offer saving $5-$10 per ticket.
Click HERE to access this special on-line-only ticket offer.
— During Bike Month events we will be giving away 4 complimentary tickets to this concert — courtesy of Santa Monica Orchestra.

Santa Monica Chamber 
— On social media use the tag #SMChamber in addition to #BikeMonthSM #BikeLocalSM and you will get free entry into the SM Chamber’s Biz@Sunset events on either 5/15 or 6/25. The Chamber will contact you via social media you post on to give you a code to get the ticket.
May 15th Biz@Sunset celebrates Santa Monica’s Most Loved Businesses over drinks and small bites. This is a great way to connect and network within the local business community.

California Dream Ride 2019

Happy Bike Month from our bikes to yours, California Bicycle Coalition!

Registration is well underway for the California Dream Ride and spots are filling up fast! In honor of our favorite month of the year, CalBike is offering a special on registration for the California Dream Ride. Register before May 31, and you’ll save $25 on registration. But don’t delay because it may fill up by then! 

Register Today and Save $25!

About The 2019 California Dream Ride: Northern California
• 5 days of riding, Folsom to San Francisco, September 22-27
• Stunning vistas, comfortable accommodations, tasty meals, snacks, and beverages—all included
• Moderately challenging cycling, with e-bikes available at no charge
• The friendship of those who share your passion for cycling and the great outdoors
• Experienced and attentive staff to ensure that your ride is comfortable, fun, and hassle-free

Join a Training Ride!
Want to meet other cyclists and get in shape for the big tour? Come ride with us this summer in Los Angeles (May 18), San Francisco (June 16), San Diego (July 14), or Sacramento (August 17).

Register Today and Save $25 on Registration! 

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. 

Join us September 22-27, 2019!
A 5-day bicycle tour: Folsom to San Francisco, 290 miles

Count down to Bike Week: Bike to Work Day and Bike From Work HandleBar Happy Hour – May 16th!!

Next Tuesday May 14th for the fourth year running, Santa Monica Mayor and City Council Officially Proclaim May as Bike Month in Santa Monica! We hope you will join us! Info is HERE

See our Local Bike Month Map for all the morning Bike to Work Day Pitstops in Santa Monica and the Metro LA Map for Pitstops all over LA County!

So happy to have BikeMS join us and sponsor appetizers at our Annual Bike From Work #HBHH – this year at Tiato. See the event info HERE

Happy Bike Month, Join the Celebrating!

  • May is Bike Month 
  • May 12th-18th is Bike Week
  • Thursday, May 16th is Bike to Work Day (BTWD) in LA County!

Santa Monica Spoke, with support from Buy Local Santa Monica is again coordinating our local BTWD Pit Stops, May 16th, plus promotions and bike events anytime during May — listings on our LOCAL MAP and posting that info for you on the regional Map hosted by Metro LA. 
Just sign up below and we will take care of it all for you.  

We had so many great local pitstops on BTWD last year, along with great Bike Month promotions. We have new participants already signing up this year putting us on track to have yet another great Bike Month 2019 in Santa Monica! We invite any local business, individual or organization to join us celebrating by hosting a BTWD Pit Stop or Bike Month Special Promotion!

Sign up to volunteer with Santa Monica Spoke HERE

Sign up HERE to host a Pit Stop (before May 10th to assure any Metro LA swag) or anytime during May to list a Bike Month event or Promotion. — If you are interested in joining forces with another Pit Stop hosted near year please make note in the comments on the form and we will make introductions to any interested pit stops near you to coordinate. 

The maps and Bike Month Specials will be updated regularly to reflect the latest additions – but don’t wait – sign up today! We can’t guarantee availability of Metro BTWD pit stop swag* – specially if you sign up after May 10th. We will provide local materials and will make the trip to Metro LA to pick up any available swag* they are offering for our local registered pit stops so hosts will be able to pick up all of the free materials and any swag* from our office in downtown Santa Monica. Local pick up of our materials and the BTWD Metro swag* will be coordinated during the week of May 13th with registered hosts.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Email us HERE

Hash tags to use and follow:
#BikeMonthSM #BikeMonth #BikeLocalSM #BikeSM #BTWD #GoSaMo #FriendlyRoad
@SMSpoke @BuyLocalSM 

*Based on availability from Metro LA

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