Just two wheels and a dream, and some art. The 4th annual Bike Night at the Hammer is free and open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to bring along their bicycle and participate in a “blowout celebration of all things bicyclistic.” Yeah man.
November 24, 2011 — Over a year of planning and numerous community meetings culminated in enthusiastic and unanimous support from the Santa Monica City Council for the Bike Plan Tuesday.
The council voted to adopt the 300-page document, including revisions made by the Planning Commission that include building a cycle track around Santa Monica Airport, expediting a plan for a bike share system and building a more complete network of separated bike lanes in the center of the city.
“This plan reflects what Santa Monicans want this place to be,” said Lucy Dyke, deputy director of special projects.
CicLAvia recently announced a reprise of Los Angeles’ innovative open streets festival, first held on October 10, 2010. CicLAvia consists of the temporary opening of Los Angeles streets to residents and visitors so that they may enjoy a safe recreation space, without the fear of car traffic. The 7.5-mile, car-free route encourages Angelenos to participate by walking, jogging, biking, skating, dining, or simply observing. CicLAvia will take place April 10th, 2011, from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. The route encompasses Boyle Heights, Little Tokyo, Downtown, MacArthur Park, Koreatown and East Hollywood. The event is free and family-friendly with no official “start” or “finish,” so participants may enter and depart anywhere along the way. Businesses and restaurants along the CicLAvia route will be open and participants are encouraged to patronize these establishments. “CicLAvia is an amazing opportunity for Angelenos to rediscover their city—an open streets festival where families can explore Los Angeles together, in an entirely new way. And if people participate like they did last October, there is no reason such an event can’t become a permanent part of the city’s fabric,” said Aaron Paley, CicLAvia Event Producer and Board member.
The Hammer Museum presents the third annual Bike Night at the HAMMER! A celebration of bicycles and the cyclists that love them, the evening will include free museum admission, screenings of the 1986 BMX cult classic Rad, free vegan snacks, a cash bar, bicycle portraits, music, cycle-centric activities, and free and secure bike parking. Artist and cyclist Lisa Anne Auerbach hosts.
Cyclists should enter the museum via Lindbrook Drive, and will then be able to sashay down a “bicycle runway” with their bikes for everyone to see. Guests are also invited to get a free bicycle portrait with their beloved rides; a slideshow of portraits will be projected all night in the courtyard, and images will be available for download via the Hammer’s Flickr webpage. Extra special, unique, and beautiful bicycles will be handpicked throughout the evening by Hammer staff to be on prominent display in the courtyard for all guests to admire.
The Santa Monica Public Library recently installed surveillance cameras to monitor activity around their bike racks. If you’re a regular visitor of the library you may have heard some of the complaints about frequent bike thefts outside of the main branch of the SMPL. The SMPD has already carried out two successful stings at the Main Street branch and they are hoping the new cameras at the main branch will yield the same results.