These Bike-Centric Events Are Coming to Santa Monica This Month

The Festivities Extend Beyond May, With the Aids/Lifecycle Finish Line Festival on June 8

As Bike Month kicks off, the city of Santa Monica gears up for a month-long celebration featuring a myriad of community events and educational initiatives aimed at promoting sustainability and connectivity.

Throughout May, a diverse array of bike-centric activities is set to unfold across various locations within the city:

  • On May 4, the Santa Monica College Sustainability Center will host a need-to-know bicycle safety workshop titled Bike Safety 101, from 11 a.m. to noon.
  • From May 6 to May 10, Bike It! Walk It! Bus It! Week will engage teachers and students across participating schools.
  • The Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) Milestone Community Ride is scheduled for May 11, commencing at the 17th Street/SMC Metro E Line station from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Bike Anywhere Day, slated for May 16, will feature various locations including a pit stop at City Hall from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • The East Pico Safety Study Kit of Parts Demonstration is set for May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3301 Pico Blvd.
  • Families are invited to join the Kidical Mass Bike Ride + Mental Health & Wellness Fair on May 19 at Clover Park, from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Adult Learn to Ride Classes with Sustainable Streets will take place on Sundays (May 5, 12, and 19) at Beach Bike Campus.
  • Additionally, non-credit Bicycle Maintenance Classes with Santa Monica College will run from April 29 to June 10, offering basic understanding and career foundations in bicycle maintenance.

The festivities extend beyond May, with the AIDS/LifeCycle Finish Line Festival on June 8, welcoming cyclists completing their 7-day journey from San Francisco to Santa Monica at 2030 Ocean Ave.

Embracing the theme of Sustainable & Connected, Bike Month activities align with the city’s strategic priority while addressing crucial objectives in reducing greenhouse gas emissions within the transportation sector.

Transportation emissions, accounting for 69 percent of the city’s overall emissions according to the 2022 Greenhouse Gas Inventory, remain a significant focus. Each bike trip undertaken during Bike Month represents a tangible step towards achieving the city’s ambitious Climate Action and Adaptation Plan goal of slashing emissions by 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

Looking ahead, Santa Monica anticipates further infrastructure improvements, including the completion of several protected bikeways in the coming year. These initiatives underscore the city’s unwavering commitment to fostering a safe, accessible, and environmentally friendly biking environment for all residents and visitors alike.

For more information about Bike Month, click here  For more information about Santa Monica’s bicycle network, click here.

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