Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bike To Work Week In Santa Monica, And Bike Action Plan Meeting On Monday

There is a series of events happening this coming week in Santa Monica to coincide with national bike week and month, and the city sent out a blast with details for some of those things. I just went ahead and copied the info below the post. An interesting idea this year is the addition of a bike from work event, to a wine bar. This Monday is the next round of community input on the pending Santa Monica Bike Action Plan, so I hope I'll see some of you there. 

Santa Monica Spoke is hosting a little meeting before the meeting in the park on Sunday at 3:30pm, to meet people interested in getting caught up with bike plan process, and just hang out and talk bikes. More details at the Spoke blog

City E-mail Blast:

Thank you for your interest in biking.  Just wanted to invite you to the next Bicycle Action Plan meeting where you will have an opportunity to help shape the Bicycle Action Plan for the City of Santa Monica, and share a few additional things we have planned for Bike Month.

Saturday, May 14th Bike to the Park Day - 9 am - 5 pm at Memorial park, event includes bike valet and bicycle safety tips from SMPD (see attached flyer for more information). 

Monday, May 16th Bicycle Action Plan Community Meeting – 6:30 pm-8:30 pm at Civic Auditorium East Wing, bicycle valet will be provided. Please join the Santa Monica Planning Commission and Planning & Community Development Department in setting a course of action to prioritize projects and programs, and prepare for rolling out the Draft Bicycle Action Plan. The Bicycle Action Plan will feature profiles of community members and the many ways in which bicycling can be incorporated into daily life – from teaching your children to ride, to living car-free. We want to hear your story. We’ll be capturing stories at the community meeting, so bring your bike and a smile.

Thursday, May 19th Bike to Work Day - come by one of the Pit Stops hosted throughout the City for snacks, extra-special goodies and bike info.   Find out more about the City's Bike Action Plan and the new Bike Transit Center opening this fall in downtown Santa Monica.  And if the ride is long or a full day at work makes it a challenge to pedal home, go multi-modal: Big Blue Bus and Metro are offering FREE rides to bicyclists all day on May 19.

City Hall lawn, 1685 Main Street, 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Map
REI, Inc., 402 Santa Monica Blvd., 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Map
Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1920 Main Street, 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Map
Water Garden, 2450 Colorado Ave. in front of the Subway - 8-10 am, Map
Sustainable Streets/SMC CEUS - 17th and Pearl, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Map (exact location TBD)

PLEDGE TO RIDE ON BIKE TO WORK DAY: Not only do you automatically get entered in a drawing for some cool prizes, you show that bicyclists count. Pledge online through the California Bicycle Coalition.

Thursday, May 19th Bike from Work Event – 4 pm – 7 pm at Pourtal Wine Bar (104 Santa Monica Blvd).  Pourtal Wine Bar is teaming up with Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) to be a destination for Bike from Work Day.  Pourtal giving back 15% of our wine tasting sales to the LACBC that night in addition to offering some great giveaways for our biking patrons.  LACBC will also be the beneficiary of our Angel Shares Happy Hour where we'll be giving away 15% of all taste sales during happy hour weekdays from May 16th to the 31st.  They will also have food and wine specials during the event.

Saturday, May 21st SMMOA/Buy Local bike tour – 10 am – 1 pm at SMMoA (2525 Michigan Ave) for a day of culture, style, and cycling! This half-day bike excursion includes:  A tour of SMMoA's current exhibitions, studio visits with artist Blue McRight and architect Warren Wagner of W3 Architects, preview McRight's recent work and Wagner's exciting green living projects. Also a rest stop at the Frank Gehry-designed Edgemar Center to learn about the Buy Local Program with the Main Street Merchants Association. Riders are welcome to stay on Main Street for a guided walking tour or return to SMMoA. Participation fee is $10 (Free for SMMoA members: RSVP to, buy your ticket here. Ride leadership provided by Santa Monica SPOKE.
Bicycle Racks are Coming – We’ve been busy marking locations for bicycle racks and approximately 400 racks are going to be installed city-wide at the end of May.

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