Transportation

Green Bike Lanes Ocean Park Blvd

Santa Monica’s streets are for everyone - pedestrians, bicycles, motorists, and transit riders – they provide space for gathering and recreation. In order to protect and preserve neighborhoods as well as provide visitors, residents and employees with access to commercial and recreational centers, the City is developing a transportation network that makes it easier to choose walking, biking and transit.

The 2014 National Bike Challenge is Underway!

The 2014 National Bike Challenge is Underway!

Are you interested in riding a bike? Do you live, work, or play in Santa Monica? Join the Bike Santa Monica team! Whether a beginner or a seasoned rider, anyone can participate and all are welcome. May 1 kicked off the National Bike Challenge – a competition where bicycling communities go head-to-head to log the most miles in the country.

Follow These Steps to Sign Up:

  • Log on to the National Bike Challenge website and click on the red "JOIN" flag to create an account.
  • Once your account is created, click "My Account" in the upper right corner.
  • Scroll down to the "Your Groups" section and search for Bike Santa Monica.
  • You're now a part of an exceptional team of bicyclists! You may also want to use apps such as Endomondo, Moves, or Map My Ride to log your miles or set personal records.

If you have trouble registering, please contact Colleen at colleen.stoll@smgov.net

For questions about safety or how to get started, including the best routes or someone to ride with, contact Lumo at luis.morris@smgov.net

Don’t have a bike? Contact the Santa Monica Bike Center at 310-656-8500 for a free loaner bike and equipment.

Bike Santa Monica placed first in California in the 2013 challenge. The City workplace finished first statewide among workplaces. The key was riding safely, often, and logging total miles. With new bike facilities added this past year and more people cycling, Bike Santa Monica is poised to win the national challenge.

Happy Riding!

Bike Valet at Saturday Farmers' Market

With over 400 people arriving at this month’s Santa Monica Festival by bike, Santa Monica’s popular bike valet program has now parked over 150,000 bikes since the program was started in 2006. This popular service is provided at many City events including the Sunday Main Street Farmers’ Market and the Twilight Concert Series and has just been added to the Saturday Downtown Farmers’ Market. To celebrate this milestone and encourage participation at the Saturday market bicyclists that show their bike valet ticket at the Farmers’ Market information booth on Saturday, June 22nd will get a free peach!

New Preferential Parking Permit Rates Effective October 1, 2013

The City of Santa Monica has adopted new Preferential Parking Permit rates that will be in effect for all Resident and Visitor permits with an effective date that begins on or after October 1, 2013. This will be the first change to Preferential Parking Permit rates since 1984. The new rate structure also reflects the City’s policies to better manage parking through pricing by keeping the rates of the first permit low while significantly increasing the rates for three or more permits.