Located two blocks from Venice Beach’s iconic boardwalk, Venice Beach Station assembles a fleet of rental bicycles and skateboards with which to cruise along the shore in style. Once equipped with a mount and protective equipment, customers can explore the 2.5-mile pedestrian-only promenade, where scores of artists and performers entice riders to stop and take in the vibrant culture mixed with solemn remembrance of fellow mimes crushed by invisible pianos.
For centuries, bicycles have been oppressed by the cruel, unyielding logic of gravity. Want to ride up a hill without pedaling? "Not on my watch," gravity says. Well, Venice Beach Electric Bike Rentals doesn't take that lying down. Their bikes give riders two power sources: pedals and a switch-activated motor. For riders who don't want to cruise the beachside alone, Venice Beach Electric Bike Rentals also organizes guided tours of popular Venice Beach sights, including the boardwalk, Marina Del Rey, and the secret tunnel that leads to Venice, Italy.
Active Movement's fleet of pedal-assisted and full-throttle electric bikes allows visitors to savor the sights of Santa Monica with minimal effort. Couples and small groups of friends can mount the bicycles and take a private ride past Hermosa Beach, the Venice Beach skate park, and the Santa Monica Pier. And, they also have the option to join an organized adventure in order to pedal past a handful of the area's historic sites, taking well-composed snapshots to share with friends or empty photo albums.
Santa Monica Bike Center is home to Bike and Park, a business created to put biking at the forefront of easy and accessible transportation. Bike and Park operates bike centers across the country to do so. Its Santa Monica Bike Center location on 2nd Street offers rentals, sharing programs, and guided bike and segway tours. There's even a repair shop for tune-ups, as well as access to educational programs.
The atmosphere is charged with energy at the Kinetic Cycling studio, where flat-screen TVs play music videos and surround-sound speakers blast upbeat tunes. Soft lights beam up from the floor, bathing the rows of students pedaling away on stationary bicycles in blue and purple. During classes, an energetic instructor sits atop a bike in front of students, guiding them through the challenging workouts while providing inspiration and motivation.
Since it first set down roots in Venice in 1995, Boardwalk Skate & Surf has equipped adrenaline junkies and tourists with surfing, skateboarding, and biking gear by top brands. Shoppers can fit themselves up with an Arbor, Penny Nickle, Sector 9, or Z-Flex skateboard with a hip design, and then match their new deck to a pair of skate shoes or sandals. The shop also has a department dedicated to rentals, giving patrons the option to take a surfboard, bicycle, or pair of inline skates out for a spin, so long as they return it before it gets homesick.