With over 100 miles of bikeways, mild weather and few hills, Santa Monica is a great place to ride a bike. In fact, the City is designated as a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Staff are working every day to improve cycling conditions. The City’s Bike Action Plan calls for both programs and facilities, and includes a bold 20-year vision for getting more people to use bicycles for transportation. About 6% of resident trips are made by bike, many employees commute to Santa Monica by bike, and many visitors come here specifically because they do not need a car to enjoy everything Santa Monica has to offer.
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, and Santa Monica’s first—and the nation’s largest—full-service Bike Center, which offers all of these in one location downtown.
The Santa Monica bike map includes bikeways, Breeze bike share stations, safety information, and more. Not sure how to get from point A to B? Google Maps offers bike directions.
Bike Event Calendar
All of our events, including the monthly bike rides with the Mayor, are posted on the Planning and Community Development Department’s Facebook page. Be sure to follow us for the latest!
Another good resource for upcoming events is the Santa Monica Spoke event calendar. A local chapter of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, SM Spoke is dedicated to improving biking in the City of Santa Monica.
It's important to follow the rules of the road and be predictable while biking. Review these tips before you ride and if you're interested in more instruction, check out the classes offered by the Bike Center.
The City captures information about bicycle ridership through our biennial intersection counts and on the ground sensors. The first real time bicycle counter was installed right outside City Hall in December 2016. To get the latest information go to the bike counterdashboard
Public bike racks for locking up your bike are available all over town, including at each Expo station. To request a bike rack, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bike lockers are located at the 17th Street/SMC and 26th Street/Bergamot stations. Contact Metro's Bike Locker Program to learn more and request a locker. For long term parking near the Downtown Santa Monica Station, check out the Santa Monica Bike Center.
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, providing 500 bikes distributed throughout Santa Monica and Venice at 88 conveniently located stations. 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. Sign up to be a member today!
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.
City of Santa Monica staff have access to bikes for use during the week, even if they are not bicycle commuters. The City created a Bikes@Work program for its own employees to 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.
Pedicabs, also known as bicycle rickshaws, are a fun way to travel around Santa Monica. They can often be found in the Downtown and beach areas. To apply to operate a pedicab in Santa Monica, click here.