Bike Resources and Events
SMC has an active bicycle community. Riding your bike is much nicer to sitting in traffic, looking for a parking, costs of gas, and finding time to exercise. However, biking in LA can be challenging. Be sure to plan ahead by mapping the safest route possible and following basic safety measures listed below.
SMC achieved the Silver level certification from the League of American Cyclists in 2018 for our dedication to making cycling a safe and viable mode of transportation for all students and employees. Join us... because, why wait for the weekend to enjoy sunshine, fresh air, and exercise?
Best Routes to SMC
Plan your bike route to ride on streets with slow speeds, few cars, and bike lanes when possible. Below are a list of the safest bike lanes the can be used to get to main campus.
|Broadway St.||11th St.|
|Expo Bike Path||14th St.|
|Michigan Ave.||16th St.|
|Pearl St.||17th St.|
|Ocean Park Blvd.||28th St. / Stewart St.|
Bike Map - Map of bike lanes and routes in Santa Monica.
How do I get directions for a bike trip?
Protect your Bike
Don't be a target for theft by properly locking your bike.
- See Stop Bike Theft Info for proper locking techniques.
- Register your bike with the Bike Index to help ensure your bike gets back to you if it is impounded or stolen.
As much as we want you to ride to campus, you can't ride through campus. There are simply too many people and the pathways are narrow.
Dismount or risk a $300 ticket.
Bike Repair Resources
FREE bike repair every Tue & Thu during club hours at the Pearl Street Bike Lot courtesy of SMC's Bike Club. Get your flats, squeaks, & brakes looked at. Are you a skilled bike mechanic? Email us to help out firstname.lastname@example.org
Get FREE "stand time" and bike maintenance support at
Bikerowave, a non-profit, volunteer run bike shop on Venice blvd and Centinela. Another perk for paying your AS fees. Just show them your SMC ID card and be prepared to learn to fix your own bike with their help.
DIY bike repair stands, pumps, and tools are available for use a the Pearl Street Bike Lot 24/7.
Join the SMC Bike Club
Interested in helping to build bike culture on campus? The SMC Bike Club organizes rides, provides free repairs, hosts maintenance and safety workshops, and advocates for better biking infrastructure. Follow on Facebook email:
Breeze Bike Share
The City of Santa Monica has a fleet of bikes that can be rented by the hour or as an annual member.
Special SMC student member rates of $7 per month for 90 min of ride time per day (be sure to use your smc.edu email when signing up to get the discounted rate).
Mobile app helps find the closest bike and station.
Perfect for short trips:
Get to campus from a bus or Expo train. Use them to finish your last mile quickly.
Go to lunch, run some errands, or ride between campuses.
Get excercise while enjoying the Santa Monica sunshine every day.
How it Works
Book a Bike
To rent a bike, ener your account number or tap your member card on the bicycle keypad. You can also download teh Social Bicycles mobile app to find and reserve a bike.
Quick & Easy
Once prompted just enter your 4-digit PIN code using the keypad on the bicycle. To release the bike pull out the yellow lock back and place it in the holster.
Adjust the saddle height and check the brakes before riding. For quick stops during your ride use the "HOLD" button by the keypad and secure the bike to any bike rack. To unlock again enter your 4-digit pin code.
Lock & Go
To end your trip, just return and lock the bick to a Breeze station, or a rack within 100 feet if the station you choose is full. You can lock to any other public bike rack for a small fee. Check the screen on the bike for return confirmation.
Bike Loaner Program
The Santa Monica Bike Center is helping commuters test out bike commuting by offering the necessary equipment and support to gain firsthand bike commuting experience to see if it works for them. Their free
Bike Loaner Program includes:
- Commuter Bike
- Rear Rack
- Head Light & Tail Light
- Cycle computer
- Helmet (as needed)
- Route planning and guidance on the rules of the road
- Chile seat (as needed)
In addition to the equipment, each participant will be offered assistance with route planning, weather preparedness, and theft prevention.
Participants will get exclusive use of a commuter bike and accessories for a two-week trial, free of charge. A cycle computer mounted on the handlebars of the bicycle will track the number of miles ridden by each commuter. The program targets employees who primarily commute by car and are willing to give bicycle commuting a try at least three times per week. Fill out this
Commuter Bike Loaner Application to get started.
Warning: Based on results you may get hooked on bike commuting after completing the two-week trial.
We can make bicycling safer for all by observing the following safety tips:
- Always wear a helmet
- Obey all traffic controls: these go on your permanent driving record and are very expensive
- Riding on the sidewalk or blowing stop signs will get you a ticket in Santa Monica.
- Make sure you are visible with a head and rear light, it's not only good sense, it's the law!
- Ride your bicycle near the right-hand edge of the road
- Never carry another person on your bicycle
- Always use hand signals when turning or stopping
- Bike defensively: look out for cars at cross street, driveways, and parking places
- Be careful when checking traffic and don’t swerve when looking over your shoulder
- Give pedestrians the right-of-way
- Keep your bicycle in good condition
Remember a bicycle is a vehicle. Just like automobiles we are required to follow and abide by all local and state laws. Bicyclists share a complex traffic environment with other larger forms of transportation. Work together to keep everyone safe!
Learn about Sharrows and how motorists should be sharing the road.
Additional safety tips:
How do I load my bike on the bus?
How do I ride my bike in the rain?
Other Bike Resources and Services
LACBC Bike Safety Guides: https://la-bike.org/resources/safety-guides/People for Bikes “Pedaling during the Pandemic”: https://peopleforbikes.org/blog/pedaling-during-the-pandemic/
SMC Campus Police
Register your bike and report collisions.
SMC Center for Environmental and Urban Studies
Stocks basic bike repair tools and repair kits. Learn how to join the movement by finding an environmentally focused club or just come and learn how to reduce your eco footprint!
SM Bike Center
Full-service bike commuting facility (largest in the U.S.) Showers, lockers, towel service, mechanic services, secure bike parking, bike rentals, bike tours, & Segway tours.
Rack and ride with the BBB
All Big Blue Buses have racks that accommodate most bikes, including kids’ bikes (but not tandems).
Bikes are not allowed inside the bus.
The Big blue bus is FREE to SMC students with a valid student A.S. Member ID.
634 S Spring St Los Angeles, CA 90014
Local Chapter: SM Spoke
The LACBC Bicycle Resource guide is filled with helpful information about all things related to cycling.
FREE bike repair assistance with valid SMC ID including AS membership sticker.
Stop by the
Center for Environmental and Urban Studies to learn more about biking SMC!