Advocacy Alert: Stand Up for Bikes!

City of SLO Community Survey & Budget Priorities Meeting

Every two years, the City of San Luis Obispo establishes a list of top priorities that will make SLO a better place to live, work, and play. The City is asking the community for input on the 2019-21 budget through an online survey and community forum. It is vitally important that members of the bike community participate in this process in order to convey the need for bike lanes, multi-modal transportation options and safer streets to our City Council members and city staff.

Bike SLO County agrees with the city’s Active Transportation Committee that the following three projects should receive priority during 2019-2021:

  • Anholm Bikeway Plan: Design, construct, and maintain bikeway from Lincoln to Ramona & install art and lighting to enhance the US 101 underpass.
  • Railroad Safety Trail: Design and construct Pepper St to the train station & Jennifer St. bridge to Iris (connecting to French Hospital Trail).
  • Broad Street Crossing Improvement: Design and construct a “HAWK” beacon (a traffic control device used to stop road traffic and allow pedestrians to cross safely) at Woodbridge Street.

There are two ways to provide input to the city:

1) Community members can participate by first completing the Community Priorities Survey at  https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/189/Issue_6825The deadline for participation is 11:59 AM on January 16, 2019. The City is placing increased emphasis on the survey this year so it is important that you complete it. Please consider mentioning the specific projects above as well as choosing the “Current Major City Goal: Multi-Modal Transportation” in the survey. Additionally, all of the projects above contribute not only to the city’s current Multi-Modal Transportation goals but also augment the city’s progress on the Climate Action Plan goals.

2) Community members should also attend the meeting on January 23rd where you’ll be able to voice your opinion with a dot poll throughout the event. In a change from previous years, dots will be distributed when forum attendees arrive and can be placed at various project stations during the event. Please consider placing dots on the specific projects mentioned above.

And ride your bicycle! Our free Bike Valet will be there to provide lots of secure bike parking.

WHAT: Community Priorities Survey at https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/189/Issue_6825The deadline for participation is 11:59 AM on January 16, 2019! 

AND…

WHAT: Budget Priorities Meeting
WHERE: SLO Vets Hall, 801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (map)
WHEN: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 6-9 PM

We’re Hiring: Bike Valet Coordinator/Programs Assistant

Like Bikes? Work with us!

Bike SLO County inspires, educates, advocates, and works to build a safe, healthy and connected community through bicycling. It is our goal to work with the community to help more people engage in the safe, fun and healthy habit of choosing active transportation.

The Bike Valet Coordinator and Programs Assistant supports all the programs of Bike SLO County with a specific focus on the Bike Valet, Bike Kitchen, and Bike Education programs.  This position is responsible for providing staffing assistance to programs, including the recruitment and management of volunteers for programs and events and providing complete oversight for the Bike Valet program

The Bike Valet Coordinator will report to the Executive Director and will be responsible for the oversight and execution of the Bike Valet Program. Specifically, the Bike Valet Program Coordinator will need to perform tasks in the areas of: marketing, event scheduling and management, contracting, invoicing, volunteer recruitment, volunteer management, and interaction with diverse members of the public. The Bike Valet Coordinator is expected to execute ongoing obligations including Bike Valet at Thursday night Farmers Market and Friday night summer Concerts in the Plaza as well as other individual events requiring Bike Valet. The Bike Valet Coordinator will need to be able to work in a physically demanding environment that requires the Employee to transport and set up all Bike Valet equipment with no assistance and to stand for long periods of time. The position requires that the Employee maintain a current California driver’s license. Additionally, the Coordinator is expected to market the Bike Valet Program and grow the base of organizations which hire the Bike Valet service. The Bike Valet Coordinator will be obligated to a minimum of 10 hours per week.

In the role of Bike Kitchen Assistant, employee will coordinate activities and schedule with the Bike Kitchen Director. The Bike Kitchen Assistant will need to demonstrate the ability to excel in the areas of: bicycle maintenance, bicycle maintenance instruction, bicycle sales, event management, contracts, invoicing, stock management, facilities maintenance, volunteer recruitment, volunteer management, bicycle maintenance and safety instruction and interaction with a diverse public clientele. The Bike Kitchen Assistant will be expected to operate the Bike Kitchen a minimum of 21 hours per week (3 days) as scheduled by the Bike Kitchen Director.

Employee will also need to execute tasks as assigned by the Executive Director from time to time to include assisting the Education Director with Bike Rodeo’s and performing mechanic’s duties at various local events, and conducting tagging of abandoned bicycles in the City of SLO.  Finally, the Bike Valet Coordinator and Programs Assistant will at all times act as a respectful, smart cycling ambassador to the community. To that end, employee is highly encouraged to wear a helmet any time he/she is operating a bicycle. Work hours are flexible and may include afternoons, evenings, and weekends. This is a full-time hourly position consisting of 31-40 hours per week.

Minimum Qualifications:

High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.

4 years’ experience interacting with the public representing an organization, club, company, or community group.

2 years retail sales, outreach, or public speaking experience.

Experience with event coordination & community relations.

Experience with Gmail, drive, google calendar, and google groups.

Extensive experience with Microsoft Office and the willingness to learn additional skills in programs such as Neon CRM.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree.

Expertise with public speaking, demonstrated comfort speaking to audiences ranging from small groups of adults to full elementary schools.

Expertise with community relations, event planning and coordination, and volunteer recruitment and management.

High-Level competency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite.

Knowledge of non-profit management and membership recruitment techniques.

Experience with fundraising.

A love for riding bikes for everyday transportation and recreation.

Self-motivated, creative, and extremely well organized.

Compensation:

This position pays $14.00/hour – $15.00/hour commensurate with experience. Benefits of personal time off and paid holidays are outlined in the Bike SLO County Personnel Handbook.

Anti-Discrimination Policy:

Bike SLO County does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any basis made unlawful by federal, state or local laws, including but not limited to race, color, creed, sex, gender, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition or sexual orientation. All such discrimination is unlawful and prohibited by Bike SLO County.

To apply:

Submit cover letter and resume as a single pdf document before 5 PM on January 21, 2019. Your cover letter should specifically address the experience and capabilities identified above.
Format document title as follows: LastName_ProgramsAssistantApplication.pdf
Email document to info@bikeslocounty.org with subject line reading: Programs Assistant Application.  Please include “Programs Assistant – YOUR NAME” in the subject line, and please mention how you found out about the position.

The Wheel Deal: Wheel Anatomy & Building

It’s almost time for our two-part Wheel Deal workshop!

Session 1: Wheel Anatomy
October 6, 2018 from 9 am to 2pm

We will spend the first session discussing hubs, rims, spokes, and nipples; diving into the history, anatomy, how to overhaul hubs, measure the components of a wheel, and learn how to true a wheel. We will also spend time discussing and learning how to use the specific tools that are designed for wheels.

Wheel Deal photoSession 2: Wheel Building
October 13, 2018 from 9 am to 2 pm

During the second session of this course we will apply the knowledge gained from Session 1 to learn how to properly build a wheel. Each student will be provided the materials needed to lace, tension, and true a wheel from beginning to end.

Students will have the opportunity to purchase their completed* wheel at a discounted price. Any unwanted or incomplete projects will be kept by the Bike Kitchen.

*Please note: depending on the efficiency and skill level, the student’s wheel may not be completed during the time allotted. If the student chooses, they may come to the Bike Kitchen to complete their wheel for sign-off. Further details will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Coffee and snacks will be provided in the morning of each session, short breaks and a 1 hour lunch will happen during each session.

Bike SLO County will provide all the materials for this course to ensure that all students are receiving an equal experience. Students who complete the wheel building course will be given a one-time discount to purchase materials or products through our wholesale account.

Registration is $40 per person.

Register for the Workshops here: https://secure.bikeslocounty.org/eventReg.jsp?event=3&

Save the Anholm Bikeway Plan

The Anholm Bikeway Plan Needs Your Help!

Stand up for bikes in San Luis Obispo!

The San Luis Obispo City Council will be voting on the fate of the Anholm Bikeway plan (formerly the Broad Street Bike Boulevard) next Tuesday, September 4th.

What:  City Council Meeting – Anholm Bikeway Plan
When: Tuesday, September 4th @ 6pm (Bike Valet parking will be available)
Where: 990 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, 93401

The direction to city staff from the last City Council Meeting was to review a plan that would include diverters along Broad Street to reduce cars on Broad and create a safe shared street environment, and for Staff to see if they could build consensus around that plan. If consensus was not reached, city staff was to come back with a plan for protected bike lanes. Staff set up a community workshop around traffic diverters and the general outcome of that workshop was that many participants did not support the diverters.  Staff then presented a plan to Planning Commission August 7th with minimal diversion that would still get the streets down to a safe shared street environment.  Planning Commission denied a change to the general plan to reclassify the streets that would see increased traffic from a diversion plan.

Given that consensus was not met on a diversion approach, and that the Planning Commission did not recommend reclassifying the streets, Staff will be presenting three options to City Council.

  1. Traffic Calming Only;
  2. Traffic diversion for a shared street alternative;
  3. Two-way cycle track on Chorro between Lincoln and Mission, and a protected cycle track on Broad between Mission and Ramona by removing parking from one side of the street.  Out of those options, only Option 3 has protected bike lanes that will give riders dedicated bike facilities protected from vehicle traffic. Additionally, there are a number of improvements to the sidewalks and crossings as part of this option that would benefit those walking through the neighborhood.

Bike SLO County has endorsed the third option for protected bike lanes that will give riders dedicated bike facilities protected from vehicle traffic. We ask that you please take the time speak up in support the plan for protected bike lanes.

Here are two great ways you can help:

Come speak at City Council

We need to give the SLO City Council as much support as possible to push this through. One minute speakers will be first in public comment.  Bring your kids!  Several kids spoke in support last meeting and it really makes an impact. Please feel free to give a personal experience as to why you think the city council should have protected bike lanes along this corridor and throughout SLO. If you want to keep it simple and short we suggest using the phrase “I support protected bike lanes and safe sidewalks because…” and fill in your reason why. Below are several suggestions for reasons why, but you are encouraged to use your own. Please fill into the main council chambers if there is room. Put on a bike shirt or bring your helmet to show support. Bike SLO County will provide bike parking at our free Bike Valet, set up to the left of the Palm St City Hall entrance.

Send an email to council by Friday, August 31
(Note: You have until Monday, September 3rd to send an email, but please consider sending it by Friday, as council members may be overwhelmed by messages when they return from the September 3rd Labor Day holiday.)

Send emails to emailcouncil@slocity.org A potential starter and subject line for your email:  “I support protected bike lanes and safer sidewalks because…” You can just add onto that sentence with a couple of reasons why you support protected bike lanes (see our talking points at the end of this email) or use our template email to personalize and send.

Click the email address above to send the following email or copy and paste (feel free to edit).

Dear Mayor and Council,

I want to express my support for the Anholm Bikeway plan that includes protected bike lanes. As city staff have stated during several previous meetings, protected bike lanes are the most likely to attract more people to ride their bike. As a community we have made it a priority to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicle trips and give our community the opportunity to make healthier transportation choices. There is a plethora of reasons why more people biking benefits our community and environment. For a century our streets we designed only to accommodate cars which has led to some serious environmental and health impacts that need to be addressed sooner rather than later. I want to help make the shift for the greater good of our community and hope you will make the tough to decision to rethink the way we utilize our public right of ways.

Sincerely,

Your Name

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Suggested Talking Points:

… protected bike lanes are the most effective way to encourage new riders.
… more bikes and fewer cars make the roadways easier to share for all users.
… kids should be able to get to school safely without contributing to climate change.
… I feel very unsafe, especially when I am with children, when I try and ride in middle of the car lane. I would feel much safer, and ride more often, if our city had more protected bike lanes for me to use.
… reducing car traffic around our schools will make them safer for families.
… we should be empowering our kids to use their own muscles for transportation—for their health and for the health of the planet.
… studies have shown that children who are able to get themselves to school are more likely to be successful in their future careers.
… as a city, we have committed to a Climate Action Plan, and fewer car trips forwards our goals, offering cleaner air for all.
… Out of the confines of a car, conversations can happen. Waving and smiling. Recognition and developing friendships. Teams of parents direct and follow children to school.
… will allow the timid more opportunities to be ride their bikes and walk, furthering the goals of our Climate Action Plan and community building.
… we all know that exercise is good for us, but we’ll be more likely to choose to walk or bike instead of driving if the streets and sidewalks are designed to make us feel safe and welcome. We know that is we want to make an impact on community health and promote a culture of wellness, we have to make the healthy choice the easy choice. We have the opportunity right now to do that. To redesign our streets to accommodate all users, and to make the healthy choice, the easy choice.
…More than one-third of Americans are overweight or obese and this continues to increase regardless of one’s sex, race, or income. Overweight and obesity impact a person’s risk for heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. Studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health have found that both walking and biking to work are associated with lower body mass index in both men and women.
…Getting around by personal car is expensive and we cannot expect that everyone has the means or the ability to drive themselves from one place to another. Who walks and who uses bikes in this city? Do we care enough about them to design our public spaces to meet their needs and to help them get to their jobs, a friends’ house, the grocery store safely and conveniently? We hear a lot from those who do not want to design our roadways for anyone but car drivers. It’s time to share our public space, to design a transportation system that is equitable and meets the needs of all users, of all income levels.

Stand up for the Bob Jones Trail

Tell your Board of Supervisors to vote YES on the Bob Jones Trail

On Tuesday July 10th at 9 a.m., the SLO County Board of Supervisors will vote on the engineering design contract for the section of the Bob Jones Trail from the Octagon Barn to Ontario Road.

The item, #25 on the consent agenda, needs the support of at least four of the five supervisors to pass. Please attend the meeting if possible and speak in favor of approval. If you would like to speak, make sure to fill out a “Board Appearance Request Form” and submit it to the Clerk before the Board before begins consideration of the item. Please plan to keep your remarks short (under three minutes) and respectful. To make sure you get a chance to speak, it is suggested that you show up by 9 a.m.

If you can’t attend, please send an email to the Supervisors at boardofsups@co.slo.ca.us. Clicking the link should open a pre-written email. Simply add your name at the end or change the remarks to your liking and send.

The text of the sample email is also provided below if you would prefer to cut and paste:

Esteemed Supervisors,

I’m writing today to encourage you to vote in favor of the Item 25 of the consent agenda:

“Request to 1) approve a contract for professional consultant services with Wallace Group, in an amount not to exceed $1,003,051, for the Bob Jones Pathway from the Octagon Barn to Ontario Road; 2) authorize the Director of Public Works to approve amendments to the contract, in an amount not to exceed a contingency of $60,000; 3) approve a new capital project for Bob Jones Pathway from the Octagon Barn to Ontario Road Project; and 4) authorize a budget adjustment, in the amount of $1,429,427, from remaining balance of Capital Project – Bob Jones Trail Ontario Road, to fund Capital Project – Bob Jones Pathway from the Octagon Barn to Ontario Road, through the initial design phase, by 4/5 vote.”

Completion of this phase of the Bob Jones Trail project will benefit SLO County residents from all districts. This project not only provides SLO County residents (and visitors) with a great form of recreation, it also helps the County move closer to their mode-share goal of 20%, helps move SLO County towards achieving Vision Zero and addresses the goals in our County Climate Action Plan.

Please vote in favor of this item.

Thank you for your work on this project,

 Your Name Goes Here (Change this!!)

Bikes & Beauty 2018

Enjoy Bike Month’s Greatest Night!

If you attend one event during Bike Month it should be the Bikes & Beauty 2018 Fashion Show at the Bike to Work Day After Party on Friday, May 18 from 6 – 9 PM at the SLO Guild Hall (map). People from all over SLO County come together to watch members of our local bike community strut their stuff on the runway in an always amazing array of hand-made DIY bike fashion. Many of the items worn in the fashion show will be available for purchase after the show!

Come groove to the satisfying sounds of DJ Malik, enjoy tasty food from Mee Heng Low, beer from Central Coast Brewing, wine from Rabbit Ridge Winery and Diringer Estates, cocktails by T-Dubs, Whalebird Kombucha and a sweet variety of delicious desserts. Entry is FREE, beverages and food are available for purchase with sales benefiting Bike SLO County.

Win Bikes!

Part of the Bike to Work Day After Party, the evening includes Rideshare’s Bike to Work Day bike raffle drawing and a Bike SLO County Raffle. So there are two ways to win:

  1. Attend any of Rideshare’s 12 bike breakfast stations the morning of Bike to Work Day to receive a free raffle ticket to win a super cool Surly Cross-Check. One winner will be drawn at the Bikes & Beauty Fashion Show and broadcast live on Rideshare’s Facebook page. You do not have to be present to win this bike. For bike breakfast station locations visit rideshare.org/btwd.
  2. Attend Bikes & Beauty and purchase raffles tickets for $20 to win: an awesome Dutchi 8 from Linus, a gift card from Luis Wine Bar, bike stuff from Art’s Cyclery, Lezyne, SLIME and Genuine Innovations. Each item (or group of items) will have a box in which to drop any tickets you purchase. Only want to win the Linus bike? Drop your tickets in the Linus box! Want to win stuff from Lezyne and the Linus? Drop a ticket in each box! Proceeds from these raffle tickets benefit Bike SLO County and help make this event possible. You must be present to win these prizes!

Free Limited Edition Steel Pint Tumblers

The first 125 people to arrive at the Bikes & Beauty Blow Out will receive a complimentary 2018 Bike to Work Day/Bikes & Beauty commemorative steel pint tumbler. Supplies are limited! Arrive early, stay late!

Commemorative Bike Month 2018 Coffee Mugs

The last of our limited edition double walled Bike Month 2018 coffee mugs will be available for purchase for $10. These are a one-time run so when they’re gone they’re gone!

Sponsors

This event would not be possible without major support from Rideshare. Thank you! Additional funding from Sunrun and Mindbody help make Bikes & Beauty 2018 even better!

RSVP / Spread the Word

Interested? Head over to https://www.facebook.com/events/180596192757166/ to RSVP. Please share/spread the word when you’re there. Thanks!

Anholm Bikeway Design Charrette

The Anholm Bikeway Design Charrette takes place this Thursday May 10th from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the City/County Library, 995 Palm Street in SLO. (Lingo alert! A charette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development. It provides a forum for ideas and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to the planners/designers/etc.)

 

SLO City Council asked staff to reach out to the community to develop plans which include diverters on Broad Street and traffic calming devices along the peripheral streets in an effort to shift vehicle traffic out of the neighborhood and onto Santa Rosa. This is your opportunity to suggest concepts to be considered in the Anholm Bikeway Plan.

Bike SLO County is asking for members in the bike community to come join in the workshop and provide a voice in support of safe routes for vulnerable roadway users and to increase ridership within our city. We anticipate many vocal residents who are opposed to any significant change to the roadways to show up and argue against any diverters, changes to circulation, or removal of parking. Bike SLO County needs you to come out and provide constructive suggestions that align with the City’s modal shift goal, climate action plan, and bike master plan. We believe that the best way to attract new riders is to provide more bicycle facilities like bike boulevards and protected bike lanes. Protected bike lanes have been discussed thoroughly and are considered the backup option if the bike boulevard approach is not received well or not likely to meet the city’s goals. This workshop will only focus on developing ideas for a bike boulevard with traffic calming and we want your to help shape that into something the bike community can support. 
 
The staff will take the suggestions developed during the workshop to the Active Transpiration Committee (formally Bike Advisory Committee) on May 17th. This will be another opportunity to voice your support. Staff will then continue to refine the plans for approval from the Planning Commission in July and from SLO City Council in August. 

 

It’s Bike Month 2018!

Are you ready for Bike Month 2018?

Bike Month is back! And once again this year there is a whole lotta cyclin’ goin’ on! Wondering where to find the latest, greatest information about Bike Month 2018 events in SLO County? Bike SLO County has lots of stuff going on this month (read below), but you can learn more about all kinds of Bike Month events over at SLOShift.org’s brand new events calendar (Right here! http://sloshift.org)

SLO Shift is a group of fun loving volunteers who love bikes and wish that Bike Month was every month. With that in mind, SLO Shift’s calendar won’t stop in May. Look to SLO Shift for bike-related events all year round. Want to start your own bike-related events? If’s easy to add your event to SLO Shift’s calendar so that lots of people who bike can find out about it.

Rideshare.org has great information about this year’s Bike to Work Day and Bike to School Day.

Bike SLO County Bike Month 2018 Events

Check out Bike SLO County’s Events Page on Facebook to see all of our Bike Month 2018 events: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BikeSLOCounty/events/

You’ll find things like pArts After Dark, Pedal to Pizza, Bikes & Beauty, The SLO Ride of Silence and more.

Commemorative Bike Month 2018 Coffee Mugs

Our limited edition reusable mugs are going FAST! We have less than 50 left. You can buy them for just $10 at the Bike Kitchen, during normal Bike Kitchen hours and at our Bike Month 2018 events. You can use them all month long (and longer) and help cut down on the paper, plastic and Styrofoam cups we see too many of during Bike Month. ReCycle! ReUse!