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Today: Lyft hybrid ebikes launch in Santa Monica!

Santa Monica leads again! Today we celebrate the launch of the new shared hybrid ebikes and expanded mobility options in Santa Monica allowing more people access to healthy active mobility options beyond just driving a car.
Today new Lyft ebikes launch in Santa Monica, available at 80 Breeze Stations.

Meet the new Lyft hybrid ebike: ride tips and more

The Lyft hybrid ebike comes with a cable to lock to any Breeze station for free. You can also lock to a public bike rack within the West Los Angeles service area for an extra $1.

At launch pricing: Ebikes are now available in the Lyft app, starting at just $1 to unlock + $0.34/min.* Whether you’re going that first mile or that last mile, ebikes are a fun, affordable way to get around town.

Price by the minute

Ebikes cost $1 to unlock and $0.34/min to ride.*

Community Pass members pay $5/month and $0.05/min to ride.


Stay within service area

Lyft ebikes are available within the city of Santa Monica (the pink region) and can be ridden anywhere within the West Los Angeles service area (the purple region). Note that pedal assist won’t function outside these service areas or in the red regions visible in-app. Please do not leave parked ebikes outside the purple region, as you will be fined.


*Taxes and fees may apply. For more info, see FAQs.

Bike Action Plan Update: Protected Bikeway Network

Project Goal

The 2011 Bike Action plan provided a road map for developing Santa Monica’s bicycle network including a 5-year and 20-year visions. Back in 2011 protected bicycle lanes were not yet as well-known or accepted in highway design in the United States but began picking up steam not long after it’s adoption. Protected bike lanes have for some time been central component of our advocacy here in Santa Monica, as well as cross the US. This Amendment provides an vital updates to the Bike Action Plan so that it may build on it’s 20-year vision by incorporating now accepted best paretics by updating corridors to protected bike lanes. The Amendment is being developed following the same goals and objectives of the Bike Action Plan, but includes an updated approach to meet the needs of Santa Monica today. This Bike Plan Amendment is also an essential component as it creates an encouraging path forward for Santa Monica to build a network of protected bikeways citywide in the next five years, helps the City compete for outside grant funding, support our progress towards the community’s climate, safety, and mobility goals, while building resilience during these uncertain economic times with a vision for a more sustainable and resilient future. 

Project Website

Find our more in this informative video presentation of the Bike Action Plan Amendment’s objectives and goals:

View options and give input on this Mobility Dept Survey

Project  Downloads:

Project Information English/Spanish


City Contacts:

Carlos Morales Carlos.Morales@smgov.net
Kyle Kozar Kyle.Kozar@smgov.net 

Together, we can create a safe—and friendly—Santa Monica FOR EVERYONE

Silent Vigil from Home – Wed, June 3rd, 9 PM

Passing this on, Peaceful, silent protest from home. 

Tonight, Wednesday, June 3rd, at 9:00 pm, for exactly 8 min and 46 seconds, let’s go outside our homes and shine a flashlight into the sky. That’s the amount of time that George Floyd had a knee on his neck, pleading for his life. 

All we need to do is to go outdoors (rooftop, front yard, back yard, street, any place outdoors) and turn on a flashlight, or emergency light, and point it to the sky for exactly 8 min and 46 seconds starting at exactly 9:00 pm.

Let’s get the entire City of Santa Monica and Los Angeles to do it, let’s show that we, the people, can come together peacefully, even when we are forced to be apart. Let’s show that we care, and that we do not want more violence, we want change. Join this at-home protest and we can make our City shine as bright light for change.

Wednesday, June 3rd, is 9 days from George Floyd’s murder. He lost his life in almost 9 minutes by police unnecessary brutality. Let’s come together and demonstrate that it’s not okay – it will never be OK – and that we demand change.

POSTPONED: MOTHERLOAD Live Panel Discussion

UPDATE MAY 31:
In light of current unrest, we will postpone our event – MOTHERLOAD – Live Panel Discussion. With a heavy heart, in deference and solidarity with the peaceful protestors responding to recent national events that weigh heavy on us all we will postpone this evenings live panel. It feels as though it would be really wrong to try and activate and enjoy a great conversation about bikes, equity and MOTHERLOAD with our communities in such a state of unrest and suffering.

Your private link to watch MOTHERLOAD the movie (with RSVP) is still good through the end of today – Sunday, May 31st. We will look forward to gathering same time same place a week from today, next Sunday, June 7th at 7:30pm with our same panelist, . We hope you can join us, today is just not the day for that discussion.

Be safe and be well.
Together l
et us be a model of a nonviolent community and work for all forms of true justice.

Join us for an Online Screening of the film MOTHERLOAD | and a Live Panel Discussion.

— We will look forward to gathering same time same place a week from today, (tentatively) to Sunday, June 7th at 7:30pm with our same panelist, . We hope you can join us, today is not the day for that discussion.

RSVP for your link to watch the film (on demand*) through May 31st. Our Live Panel has been postponed from May 31st to (tentatively) June 7th at 7:30pm

MOTHERLOAD Online Community Screening, Santa Monica Spoke

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Updated panel!!
Join us for an Online Screening of the film MOTHERLOAD | and a Live Panel Discussion.

RSVP for your link to watch the film (on demand) prior to our live panel as we discuss the film’s lessons on the intersections how #BikesUnite, #LessCarMoreGo, and our struggle for social change on May 31st, 7:30pm with:

• Liz Canning, Filmmaker/Director
• Ross Evans, Xtracycle’s Cargo-bike Evangelical Optimist (CEO)
• Cynthia Rose, Santa Monica Spoke, Santa Monica Safe Streets Alliance
• Cris Gutierrez, Climate Corps, Santa Monica Safe Streets Alliance
• Larry Kraemer, PE – Director of Public Infrastructure, Cannon
• Debs Schrimmer, Senior Manager, Future Cities, Lyft

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THE STRUGGLE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE, MOTHERLOAD is a crowd-sourced documentary about a new mother’s quest to understand our current cultural shift toward isolation and disconnection, what this could mean for the future of the planet, and how life on a cargo bike could be the antidote. As filmmaker Liz Canning explores the burgeoning global movement to replace cars with purpose-built bikes, she learns about the bicycle’s history and potential future as the ultimate “social revolutionizer.” Her experiences as a cyclist, as a mother, and in discovering the cargo bike world, make it clear to Liz that sustainability is not necessarily about compromise and sacrifice and there are few things more empowering, in an age of consumption, than the ability to create everything from what seems to be nothing.

* rsvp to view the movie starting Saturday, May 30th

Watch the Trailer

MOTHERLOAD THE MOVIE  —        

This event is made possible by our local Community Sponsors:
CannonCorp and Lyft

https://www.smspoke.org/motherload-panelists-and-event-partners/

Get the latest on the event HERE