Bicycling is one of the best ways to get around Santa Monica. The City’s Bike Action Plan, addresses traffic congestion and promotes active, healthy living by setting a course for creating a Santa Monica that is bike-friendly for all. It calls for both programs and facilities, and includes practical five-year implementation priorities as well as a bold 20-year vision for getting more people to use bicycles for transportation. Bicycling has the fastest-growing share of employee commute trips, and many visitors come to Santa Monica specifically because they don’t need a car here. The City has been designated a “Bike Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists for efforts to promote cycling in the areas of education, engineering, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation.
Bicycle resources are available throughout the City. These include short-term parking, long-term parking, repair facilities, shops, secure parking, commuter lockers and showers, transit connections, bike rental and loan programs, an initial destination-oriented wayfinding system, and Santa Monica’s first--and the nation’s largest--full-service Bike Center, which offers all of these in one location downtown.
Expo is Coming!
Getting to the new stations by bike can be easy, plan ahead and check out the map to consider the best streets for your ride. Consider Breeze Bike Share if you don't have or want to take your own bike to the stations. Bikes are permitted on Metro Rail at all times. If you bring your own bike on the train, please stand in the available area at either end of the rail car. If train is full, please wait for the next train.
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The Expo line is truly altering the landscape of the City. With every change comes new opportunities to embrace the train, it provides bicyclists with broad reach into LA and Santa Monica areas. Take extra care when approaching the streets the train runs through and the activity around each station. Review these tips before taking your bike out on new journeys or just riding around town.
Public bike racks for locking up your bike are available at each train station. All stations have Breeze Bike Share hubs, so that you can leave or pick up a bike when connecting to a train. Bike lockers are located at the 17th Street and Bergamot Stations. Contact Metro's Bike Locker Program to learn more and request a locker. For long term parking, find the Santa Monica Bike Center located near the Downtown Santa Monica Station on 4th street.
Breeze Bike Share presented by Hulu is here! On November 12, 2015 the City of Santa Monica launched LA County's first public bike share system, which provides 500 bikes distributed throughout Santa Monica at 75 stations-with more stations on the way in Venice. Bike Share is an important component in the city's overall strategy to offer sustainable vehicle trip alternatives that reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, while improving mobility, community health, and the overall quality of life in Santa Monica. Learn more here.
The Santa Monica Bike Center offers 350 secure bicycle parking spaces, bike rental, repair, and 2 hours free valet bike parking. Commuter members have access to restrooms, showers and lockers. The Bike Center also encourages bicycling through a free commuter bike program, making bicycles available for a limited time to new bike commuters, a Bikes@Work program, classes and events.
Bikes are available for many employees to use during the week, even if they are not bicycle commuters. The City created a Bikes@Work program for its own employees who save money and reduce air pollution by using specially branded bikes for local trips. Each bike is fully equipped with safety gear, and an odometer to monitor usage and carbon savings. The Bike Center offers a similar program to all members, and, for a fee, will provide and maintain a Bikes@Work fleet for other employers
Bike Event Calendar:
A good resource for upcoming events is hosted on the Santa Monica Spoke event calendar. Santa Monica Spoke is the local chapter of the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition who is dedicated to improving biking in the City of Santa Monica.
On April 23, 2013, the Santa Monica City Council adopted an ordinance establishing Pedicab regulations. The City has established the required Pedicab Permit and is now accepting pedicab applications.