Bike Education and Awareness
Santa Monica offers educational programs that promote a culture of bicycling within a complete street system that also serves drivers, transit and pedestrians. Education programs target people of all ages and provide the knowledge and understanding to that allow people to feel comfortable on and along-side a bicycle. Good bike-handling skills and knowing how to share the road safely with other users reduce the risk for everyone.
Bike Campus & Educational Program
The City’s beach bike campus with interactive bicycle education videos is a great place for children and adults alike to learn how to ride a bike and practice safe riding skills. The bike campus is conveniently located adjacent to the beach, at 1 Ocean Park Boulevard and you can watch the Bike Santa Monica instructional videos on Youtube.
Classes and Events
People in Santa Monica can enjoy numerous bike-themed events including Bike Week, Bike-it Days, Family Bike Fest, Kidical Mass, Senior Rides, bike maintenance workshops, and bike skills clinics. For information on current classes and events contact Sustainable Streets.
Riding & Safety Tips
Santa Monica streets are shared by bicyclists, motorists, and people walking so safety is everyone's responsibility. Cyclists must be aware of and respect others on the road. Staying alert, being respectful, and following rules of the road create a safe environment for everyone. Cyclists are responsible to:
- Watch the road
- Yield to pedestrians
- Follow Rules of the Road
- Be visible and predictable, use lights at night
- Lock your bike securely
- Wear a helmet
- Refrain from using earphones or cell phones when riding
- Respect others
- Report any accidents or problems
- For more advice, check out this guide to Better Biking Tips.
The California Vehicle Code governs bicycling throughout California. In addition, Santa Monica traffic regulations prohibit the following:
- Riding on the Third Street Promenade
- Riding on Sidewalks
- Riding in Public Parking Structures
- Clinging to moving vehicles
- Riding on Handle bars
- Operating a pedicab without a Pedicab Permit
See SMMC 3.12 Traffic Regulations
Be Visible at Night!
Santa Monica weather is hospitable enough to encourage riding at night—winter commuting or summer evenings out. Every bicycle on the street after dark must have a front light, red rear reflector and reflectors on pedals or the cyclist’s feet, but additional reflective features or lights can raise motorists’ awareness of your location.