MAY: NATIONAL BIKE MONTH IS ALMOST HERE!!!
May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.
Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.
Each year the number and diversity of Bike Month celebrations continues to grow, accelerating the momentum around bicycling nationwide.
The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists — and encouraging countless new riders. In its simplest form it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues and the greater community to ride more. Users compete on a local, state and national level. The year the Challenge aims to unite 75,000 riders to pedal 35 million miles from May 1, 2015 until September 30, 2015. Now in its fourth year, the Challenge is a successful partnership between the PeopleForBikes and Kimberly-Clark’s Scott Natural Brand.
PeopleForBikes owns, operates, and maintains the National Bike Challenge website. PeopleForBikes mission is to making bicycling better for everyone by uniting millions of riders, thousands of businesses and hundreds of communities..
Join the Challenge and ride for team Bike Santa Monica!
After you sign up for the National Bike Challenge. and create your account – join team Bike Santa Monica!
The National Bike Challenge officially starts May 1st. We are already warming up in April – don’t wait join now! This year there are 4 apps you can choose from to record your participation. Visit the app gallery here. IT”S EASY!
May 6th: National Walk Bike to School Day
& Bike it Walk it Week Santa Monica
The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia joined together to encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school.
The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October. Many communities and schools have been holding spring walk and bicycle to school events for years. National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the energy of National Bike Month.
Bike it Walk it Week Santa Monica, May 4th -8th
Santa Monica and Malibu schools celebrate Bike it Walk it Week May 4th-8th. Join the fun by contacting SRTS Coordinator Cory Keen, your PTA President or the Bike it Walk it coordinator at your school to find out about how you can participate.
SMMUSD Bike it Walk it
- Lincoln Middle School: Tuesday May 5th
- Franklin Elementary: Wednesday May 6th
- Will Rogers Learning Community: Friday May 8th
- Edison Language Academy: Friday May 8th
- Grant Elementary: Friday May 8th
- John Muir Elementary: Friday May 8th
- MASH: Friday May 8th
- McKinley Elementary: Friday May 8th
- Roosevelt Elementary: Friday May 8th
- John Adams Middle School: Friday May 8th
Bike Week LA is an annual week of community events sponsored by Metro and local advocates all over the County of Los Angeles to promote bicycling as a sustainable and practical mode of transportation. Check Metro website for events all over LA. In Santa Monica we have you covered, to get connected in your area look up LACBC, or your areas LACBC Local Chapter or Bike Ambassadors.
Santa Monica Spoke we will again participate and host rides and events through out the week! More info on these rides and events is coming soon Check out our Event Calendar for the latest. Here is an overview of Metro Events some of what we have planned locally to get you excited!
- Saturday May 9th
Santa Monica Festival, with a BIGGER Family Bike Hub, Skills Course and the 6h Santa Monica Spoke Bike Exhibition!
- Sunday May 10th
Get ready with fix your bike day.
- Monday May 11th
Metro Bike Week Kick off at El Monte Bike Hub
Metro Evening Speaker Panel
Local – Santa Monica Spoke: Meatless Monday Ride and Fundraiser at Veggie Grill
- Tuesday May 12th
12th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles
Local – Santa Monica Spoke, Ladies Coffee Chat meet up
Bike in Movie at Performance Bicycles (tonight and every Tuesday in May!)
- Wednesday May 13th
BALLONA CREEK CAMP COFFEE
City Ride: Santa Monica Spoke local ride and Free Movie Screening of Dogtown and Z-Boys, with snacks and beverage!
Metro: Bike in Movie – Marsh Park along the LA River
- Thursday May 14th
Bike to Work Day Pit Stops, lots in Santa Monica
Bike FROM Work: Handlebar Happy Hour at Areal on Main Street – more LACBC & Chapter HBHH’s here
Pledge to ride to work
Don’t forget: RIDE FREE on BBB, Metro and many municipal transit carriers all day Thursday if you board with a bike!
Color Wheels: Bicycle Community Art Show at CalTrans details here.
- Friday May 15th
Metro Hosts Bike Night at Union Station, LACBC After Party at Angel City Brewery
- Saturday & Sunday May 16th & 17th – some all week or all month!
Bike Locally! Ride your bike to eat, play or shop, take advantage of special discounts just for bicyclists! Locally Buy Local is now also Bike Local – Because bicyclists are great for local business!