- You CANNOT join a tour in progress or leave the tour early .
- No refunds once a tour has left the location.
- NO-SHOWS are charged in full.
- In case of rain, tours will be cancelled for a full refund.
- A 24 hour cancellation is required for a full refund.
Must be a comfortable bike rider
LA Electric Bike Tour
“WOW!” is likely going to be your first word when you turn on the power of your electric bike, and it’ll be the word you use when you tell your friends and family about your awesome e-bike tour of Santa Monica! We put the adventure in your hands, well, your handlebars as we easily explore our world-famous city on this three-hour tour.
The best time to ride is the morning tour through Santa Monica and Venice or wait to catch some peak California sunshine with our afternoon sightseeing tour! No matter which time you choose, you’re guaranteed a fun, comfortable ride and a friendly tour guide to show you the best of the beach.
Warning: You may be accused of excessive smiling as you roll along the beach enjoying:
- Sun, sand, surf, and ocean breezes
- The place where movie stars hung out and partied in the Golden Days of Hollywood
- The Santa Monica Pier as a backdrop for your photo op
- Venice Beach, Skatepark, Art Walls & Muscle Beach
- The “gem of our tour” – the Venice Canals
Our easy-to-ride beach cruisers are equipped with comfortable seats. The bikes allow you to choose between pedaling (seven gears), electric motor power (a twist of the wrist), or both. The lithium power assist ensures that you’re never far behind on our Santa Monica bike tour.
- Helmets are required and will be provided.
- All bikes have double saddlebags for small items.
- PRIVATE TOUR ONLY – Memory package is included! Snapshots will be taken during your ride and a minimum of 4 shots will be emailed after editing (to maximize subject and quality) within 7 days. ($30 Value)
- All riders must be comfortable on a bike.
- Ages 13 and up, 100 – 250 lbs.
- Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Guests must review and sign a liability waiver before riding.
- Driver’s license is NOT required.
- No pregnant guests due to fall risks.
- Any damages to bike or property are the responsibility of the rider.
California Travel: A perfect bike tour of Santa Monica and Venice
By: Jim Byers Travel Editor, Toronto Star
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA —… a solar-powered ferris wheel that lights up the Southern California night in a glittering array of blues, reds and greens…
Alternately, you can soak in the view of a seemingly endless sweep of beach backed by the purplish, craggy Santa Monica Mountains or admire the serenity of bright yellow homes and diving pelicans on the increasingly clean canals of Venice or admire the regal architecture of beachside estates.
It’s all there on the fabulous, three-hour tours of Santa Monica and Venice tours that you can take with Pedal or Not using bikes that can be ridden with human power or juiced with an electric motor.
We pass legendary Muscle Beach on the way back, where Schwarzenegger used to pump iron prior to his political career.
Only in California.
‘Pedal or Not’? A no-brainer
By Andrew McUtchen on NineMSN Travel
On this absolutely must-do bike tour of Santa Monica’s key spots you’ll see the soul of the place – from Venice Beach and the crazy canals (Santa Monica’s version of the Goldie) to the absolute beachfront holiday home once owned by Clark Gable. And the best part of it is, the decision is yours. You can pedal, or not. The bikes have little motors and can be mopeds if you’d prefer to take it easy. Considering many of the stops on the tour are inaccessible by car, this is really the business for the intrepid, but lazy, tourist. The fresh air is good for you either way.
To Pedal, or Not to Pedal: That is the Question in Santa Monica
By MICHAEL ANDRADE of FAIRMONT MIRAMAR HOTEL & BUNGALOWS posted on Globe Maestro
One of the best ways to get to know Santa Monica is on two wheels — whether you want to pedal or you just want to cruise. Earlier this year Pedal or Not opened shop with a fleet of California-made Pedego electric bikes that they use to give small group tours of the area. The bikes have options for all riders: full electric motor power that you can switch on with a twist of the wrist; six gears that allow you to pedal yourself; or the best of both worlds — pedaling with a dash of lithium power to assist. Electric bikes allow for long, leisurely tours (roughly three hours), starting downtown and heading toward Venice. The groups are kept small (no more than five people) and the tour guides are self-professed storytellers, filling the ride with history about Santa Monica’s landmarks. You’ll stop at the former beach house of black-and-white film star Marion Davies — a 110-room mansion built for her by William Randolph Hearst. You’ll also visit the only church ever to win an Academy Award (as the tour guides like to put it): St. Monica Church, which was featured in Bing Crosby’s film “Going My Way,” based on a pastor at St. Monica. (The film won Best Picture in 1944.)
Two Days in Santa Monica
By: Melanie Nayer Posted on: Huffington Post
Santa Monica beaches are some of the best in Southern California but to really experience all of Santa Monica, you have to set out and explore. Pedal or Not, 1515 7th Street: The small bike shop is operated out of a renovated garage and offers guided bike tours daily. The bike tour will show you some of Santa Monica’s most unique sights, including Muscle Beach, Skateboard Park and the Venice Canals. You can stop and go as you please, and the best part? If you get tired of pedaling, you just turn the throttle and let the battery speed you on your way.
Los Angeles Times Magazine
Think you’ve seen L.A. every which way? Then take to the ultra-cushy seat of a Pedal or Not beach cruiser. Owner Barb Wittels relays local lore on tours through Santa Monica and Venice. Remember Long Wharf—the port that never was? Abbot Kinney’s muse for the Venice Canals? Kick up the heart rate with six gears, or flick your wrist for a big push, at up to 20 mph. Vroom! $59. 310-917-1111, pedalornot.net.
We are located at:
214 Pier Ave (just east of Main Street)
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Pier Avenue is NOT the Santa Monica Pier.
We are 1.3 miles or (2km) south of the SM Pier.
Downtown Santa Monica/Beach Hotels
Go to Main Street. Pier Avenue (not the Santa Monica Pier) is at 3000 Main Street. 214 Pier is between Main Street and 2nd Street.
Directions by car to Pedal or Not
Take the 10 Freeway West (Santa Monica Freeway) and EXIT @ Lincoln Blvd.
There are 2 lanes exiting on this ramp – stay in RIGHT lane on the ramp. As you are exiting, there will be 2 other lanes merging from the street. Stay in the lane you are in, and go to the light; which is Lincoln Blvd.
From Beverly Hills or Hollywood – Take Olympic Blvd. – West to Lincoln Blvd (just before Lincoln Blvd, there will be 2 lanes merging ON THE LEFT – change lanes to turn left onto Lincoln Blvd.) Turn left onto Lincoln Blvd.
1. Turn LEFT onto Lincoln Blvd
0.7 miles then
2. Turn right onto Ocean Park Blvd.
3. Turn left onto Main St.
4. Follow Main past Ashland 5. Turn left onto Pier Ave. (1-way St.)
100 ft. (30 meters) from our store is 2nd Street.
Turn right on 2nd. Go 100 ft. (30 meters) to the corner.
Turn left on Marine. Parking lot entrance is 100 ft. (30 meters) on right hand side (approx. $7)