Category Archives: bicycle event

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

City Council discusses Strategic Mobility goals tonight.

Tonight, Santa Monica City Council will have a study session on the City’s Strategic Mobility Goals and the Big Blue Bus. We believe investments in safety must be a key component of our City’s mobility strategy. Together with community partners we have formed the Santa Monica Safe Streets Alliance to promote 10 principles condensed here:

  • No traffic fatalities are acceptable. Traffic collisions must not be brushed aside as “accidents”: collisions are predictable and therefore preventable.
  • Invest resources to improve equity. Our mobility and transportation systems should be safe and ensure commitment to serve as a model of 21st Century constitutional policing.
  • All students and children have a right to walk, bike or scoot safely to school.
  • Our mobility and transportation systems should equitably serve Santa Monica residents and all those who study, work or visit in our community
  • Our transportation system should generate zero emissions. To reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and to help strengthen our community, we need a Big Blue Bus (BBB) system to be popular, efficient and financially sound.
  • Streets are our largest public space. Street planning should integrate mobility and place-making to enhance social, economic and cultural opportunities, as well as our well-being needs.
  • Streets are essential environmental systems. We need to design our streets as critical components of our environmental and natural ecosystems so they contribute to safeguarding water, air quality and climate resilience.
  • Community co-creation is essential to enduring change. Diverse community voices are critical for identifying core values and the vision for transformative change, community stakeholders must be engaged from inception to completion of all projects.
  • Data drives decisions. We need to invest in robust, transparent collection and analysis of data which is essential for understanding what the tradeoffs are and to help provide transparency when challenging decisions are made.
  • Plan our city and mobility together. Policies on housing, open space, community facilities, commercial development, public spaces, and other land use policies should give priority to clean, affordable and sustainable mobility as it has a profound impact on our mobility options and choices.

We need safe streets, designed with infrastructure that supports sustainable environmental eco systems that are safe, livable and welcoming to all. That’s the commitment of the Santa Monica Safe Streets Alliance and is outlined in our Principles for Safe, Livable and Sustainable Streets in Santa Monica.

Email City Council at: council@smgov.net to tell them you support strong commitments to safety and environmental sustainability listed in the Santa Monica Safe Streets Alliance – Principles for Safe, Livable and Sustainable Streets in Santa Monica. 

Bikerowave Bicycle Swap Meet: Jan 28th

Bikerowave is hosting a bicycle swap meet!

This is a great opportunity to support your local bike co-op and grab some bargains on all kinds of used bicycles, bike parts, and accessories! They’ll be selling off some of their old overstock including messenger bags, saddles, complete bicycles, and more!

Swap meet will be followed by the regular Sunday shift where you can learn how to build, repair and maintain your bicycle!

Coffee and donuts will be available for the early birds!

Members of the public are welcome to sell bike-related items and can set up from 8:30 am onwards.

Bikerowave, 12255 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90066.
See the event on Facebook HERE

Bikerowave Event this Friday: More Women in Biking!

 Join us Friday at The Bikerowave:
Event information on our calendar here and on Facebook here.

Jenni Gwiazdowski, founder and director of the London Bike Kitchen, will lead a talk on getting more women in biking and STEM generally. After the talk Jenni will be available to sign copies of her book, “How to Build Your Own Bike. A limited number of copies will be available for purchase at the event, or you can purchase your own copy from your favorite bookseller prior and bring it with you!

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating may be limited but there is plenty of standing room. Snacks will be provided.

Learn more about Jenni:
https://prowomenscycling.com/2017/05/25/jenni-gwiazdowski-london-bike-kitchen/
http://detourblog.co.uk/2017/10/10/jenni-gwiazdowski-london-bike-kitchen-fix-shit/

Breeze Bike Share is Turning 2, Lets Ride and Party!

Breeze Bike Share is turning 2!
We’ve got lots of reasons to celebrate, together.

Event is on our Calendar HERE – RSVP HERE

In 2015 Santa Monica launched LA County’s first bike share system, Breeze.
Since then together —

  • We’ve ridden nearly 1.3 million miles!
  • We’re almost 78,000 Breezers
  • We’ve ridden over 607,000 trips
  • We’ve biked around the world 51 times
  • We’ve burned the calories in 22,502 pizzas, and
  • We’ve prevented greenhouse gas emissions from 401 cars driven for one year from entering the atmosphere.

We are proud of all we have accomplished together in our first two years and hope you’ll come celebrate the part you’ve played in the success on a community bike ride. Ride Breeze or your own steed – all are welcome!

Join us Saturday, November 4th on a bike ride with Mayor Ted Winterer, City of Santa Monica and Breeze Bike Share on a Community Ride followed by a brunch time birthday celebration at The Albright on the Santa Monica Pier.

Meet at 9:30 am, depart at 10:00 am from the 17th Street Expo Station. The ride is approximately 5 miles and will end at The Albright (258 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401) at 11:00am. If you can’t make the ride you can still join us for the party at The Albright! Always FUN, Always Family Friendly!

Breeze is offering free ride time all day November 4th to Celebrate!
RSVP and you can request a free Helmet!

Monthly, annual, and student members will not be charged for ride time exceeding the 90 minutes included with membership. Pay-as-you-go members will not be charged for their ride time. Bike bounties and Out-of-Hub/Out-of-System-Area fees still apply during the promotional period. Not a member? Give it a try by signing up for a Pay-As-You-Go membership at www.breezebikeshare.com or download the Social Bicycles app.

Bring your own bike, helmet, lock & water bottle. Children should be capable of street riding or in an appropriate child seat or trailer. o bike? No problem! Breeze is offering free ride time all day! There is no cost to participate.

Special thanks to our partner The Albright
The relaxed seaside setting is a perfect complement to the delicious menu that reflects a commitment to sustainably caught seafood, locally sourced ingredients, as well as an extensive craft beer and California wine program. The Morenas and their team at The Albright have been trailblazers in sustainability and greening efforts. This year, The Albright is celebrating their 40th anniversary, solidifying their title as the longest running restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier. CONGRATULATIONS!

About the Mayor’s Ride:
Biking (AND WALKING) is better with friends! The monthly Mayor Ride was born last year at the Breeze One year Anniversary Event with a proclamation from our City Manager Rick Cole. We led the 1st Ride with the Mayor which was joined by the California Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors in January 2017 – This free local event has continued with monthly community bike rides and walks with Mayor Ted Winterer and City Staff since January with a different theme monthly. Come meet the Mayor, City staff, and your neighbors while enjoying the Santa Monica sunshine!

Stay up to date on events all over Santa Monica and the Westside at SMSpoke.org, and on our calendar. You can also check out Santa Monica City Planning on Facebook

We look forward to seeing you there!