Upcoming Women/Trans/Femme Night Workshop

Our 2019 Women/Trans/Femme Night Workshops Continue

Come to this special Women/Trans/Femme Night workshop, Commuter Basics: Bike Commuting, Riding with your Family, and eBikes, to learn how to commute confidently and efficiently. We will also go over information such as commuting with children and the potential for upgrading to an electric bike!

Experienced commuters Becky Kallal and Christie O’Hare will join us to share their expertise.

Please RSVP here on Facebook and please share with friends who you think might enjoy this!

Raffle: Coeur Gift Card for $25.
Suggested $5 donation.
Light refreshments will be provided.

WHERE: SLO Bike Kitchen, 860 Pacific St, Suite 105, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (map)

WHEN: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 6-8PM

Hot August Bikes is Back!

Hot August Bikes is back and HOTTER than ever!

If you missed last year’s first ever Hot August Bikes, you might be asking “Hot August whut”? If you attended last year, you already know it’s like a vintage car show but with AWESOME BIKES instead! We’re happy to announce that the Central Coast’s only summertime bike show is returning to Central Coast Brew on Saturday, August 17.

Come to look or enter to win!

You can come just to enjoy a beer while you gaze in awe at all of the amazing two-wheeled wonders, or you can enter your bike in the competition and maybe win all the glory! General audience admission & participation (you get to vote for the Audience Favorite award) is only $5 at the door.

Entering a bike in the competition? Space is limited! Please Pre-Register your bike by 11pm on Wednesday, August 14, it’s only $10! Register at http://bit.ly/HotAugustBikes2019

Day-of bike registration is $20, and is limited to 15 spots!

Our guest judges will award prizes for the best in five categories:

DIY – From tall bikes to home-brewed cargo bikes
DAILY DRIVER – Show us your commuter bikes!
VINTAGE I – Classics from 1987 or EARLIER – Eroica pretty bikes, classic cruisers, etc.
VINTAGE II – Any sweet bike from 1988-2000
TOURING BIKES – decked out in all of their touring glory

There will also be a prize for the bike chosen as the Audience Favorite.

Please RSVP here on Facebook and watch this space for info about raffle prizes, sponsors and more!

The End of Bike Month?

The End is Near and it’s LOADS OF FUN!

Bike Month 2019 is almost over but there is still lots of bike-related fun to be had.

The Last Breakfast

Bike SLO County helped kick off the start of Bike Month 2019 with a bike breakfast at the Kitchen and is thrilled to co-host a bike breakfast behind SLO Guild Hall with the fine folks at Peak Racks on Friday, May 31 from 7-9 AM. As always, bring reusable plates, cups, silverware if you have them. If you don’t we’ll have stuff from Table Ware Share so you don’t have to drink coffee straight from the pot.

What: Bike Breakfast

Where: SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 back in the Eucalyptus grove.

When: Friday May 31, 7-9 AM

Bikes and Beauty

This year our annual Bike Fashion Show, Bikes & Beauty, is moving to Saturday June 1st. Join us as we bid a huge farewell to Bike Month 2019 in the San Luis Obispo Guild Hall.

This year’s theme is “Bike Prom”, so dress up, bring a date, make a bikey corsage…Bikes and Beauty brings people from all over SLO County together to cheer on members of our local bike community as they strut their stuff on the runway in an always amazing array of hand-made DIY bike fashion.

Come groove to the satisfying sounds of DJ Norm, enjoy tasty food from Mee Heng Low Noodle House, beer from Central Coast Brewing, wine from Peloton Cellars, Tablas Creek Vineyard and Diringer Estates, cocktails by T-Dubs, deliciously sweet cupcakes from Linnaea’s Cafe and we are proud to be partnering with Whalebird Kombucha on tap.

Entry this year is $5 and gets you one free drink ticket. Additional beverages and food are available for purchase with sales benefiting Bike SLO County.

The first 125 people to arrive at Bikes & Beauty will receive a complimentary 2019 Bikes & Beauty commemorative steel pint tumbler. Supplies are limited! Arrive early, stay late!

This year Bike SLO County’s Bike Kitchen rebuilt 3 bikes from the ground up and had them custom powder-coated to make three unique Bike SLO County bikes for this year’s silent auction.

 

Bike Month 2019

Bike Month 2019 kicks off on Wednesday, May 1st and Bike SLO County is starting the month right with our annual Bike Breakfast at the Bike Kitchen from 7-9 a.m. Below is a preview of Bike SLO County events during Bike Month. These events and others are all listed on the calendar maintained by the fine folks at SLO Shift: http://sloshift.org

Keep it clean…

In an effort to help make Bike Month events less dependent on single-use containers and utensils, Bike SLO County reached out to the community and discovered an amazing, local FLATWARE library called Table Ware Share – Free Lending! (If you’re hosting an event and want to borrow reusable dishes etc, click this link!) While we still want to encourage people to consider using/reusing your own cups, utensils, plates, napkins, etc. during Bike Month and beyond to help cut down on waste and save the earth, we’ll have plates, cups and utensils at our Bike Breakfasts if you need them.

May 1: Bike Breakfast: 7-9 AM at SLO Bike Kitchen. Let’s kick off Bike Month right with Breakfast at the Kitchen. Stop in for coffee (donated by Nautical Bean), breakfast tacos, pancakes, pastries donated by House of Bread, juice, fruit and more as we kick off Bike Month 2019! More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/390495528463400/

May 4: Bike Rodeo at Hawthorne Elementary: 11AM – 3PM. The Parks and Recreation Department once again will partner with the SLO Police Department to host the Annual Bike Rodeo and Bike SLO County will be there to lend a hand. There will be a bike parade, bike “safety town”, tune-ups and a BMX show. More information is available at  https://www.facebook.com/events/638768459897241/

May 5: Tenth Annual Cote de Claiborne Velo Challenge: 7AM-1PM. Join Claiborne & Churchill for the 10th Annual Cote de Claiborne Velo Challenge! This 50+ mile ride will conclude with lunch and a glass of wine in our lovely garden. Pre-registration required and experienced riders only! We will be donating $20.00 per rider to Bike SLO County. More information is available at
https://www.facebook.com/events/413090655933213/

May 5: FILM NIGHT at Bike Kitchen: 6-8:30PM. Join us in the Kitchen for two Bike Month screenings of California Golde, a 12 minute film Directed and Produced by “Ronnie” Romance Jr and Sandy Carson. This short film chronicles a completely analog tour off the grid—with no digital devices, apps, or GPS. A window to a time before, as @UltraRomance says, ‘we became cyborgs,’ it’s a project he considers an ‘art film,’ blending the aesthetic of 70s surf movies with the modern-day popularity of off-road bike touring. More information is available at
https://www.facebook.com/events/338157993506323/

May 9: Kidical Mass BEARS! at Mitchell Park: 5:30-6:30PM. Often called the family bike happening, Kidical Mass is a venue for parents to teach their kids how to ride safely. If you have ever wanted to ride your bike in a parade with kids of all ages, this is the perfect chance to make it happen. No matter your age, the ride is a blast for everyone! The more the merrier as we introduce the next generation to the joy of bicycles. This month’s theme is BEARS! Costumes encouraged. More information is available at
https://www.facebook.com/events/433491180787607/

May 15: Morro Bay Community Bike Ride: 1:30-2:30PM. Join us in Morro Bay as we celebrate our community on 2 wheels with an hour long, all level, community bike ride that benefits Bike SLO County! 3 group ride options: 1. kid friendly in town, easy pace 30min 2. recreational rider up Highway One, easy-moderate pace 60min 3. seasoned cyclist up Highway One, fast pace 60min. Ticket includes collectible event shirt and free bike valet by Bike SLO County. More information is available at
https://www.facebook.com/events/785064671860638/

MAY 15: Bob Roll invites you to Meet & Greet the Pro’s: 5:30-8:30 PM. SOLD OUT! Meet the Pros during our FREE 5:30pm Meet-and-Greet event at The Siren (next to the Amgen Tour of California | Men’s Stage 4 Finish), featuring legendary road cyclist, Bob Roll! PLUS – LIVE Auction benefiting Bike SLO County & LIVE Music. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/361263391376552/

May 15: Ride of Silence at SLO Bike Kitchen: 7-9PM. The Ride of Silence is a free ride that aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured. This ride takes place simultaneously in multiple locations around the world. More information is available at
https://www.facebook.com/events/1540403476091448/

May 17: Bike Fest Atascadero: City Hall 4-6PM. Get the weekend started right with Visit Atascadero’s first-ever, “Happy Hour Station” Bike Fest to wrap up an incredible Bike to Work Day! Together Ride Share and Bike SLO County would like to celebrate YOU for taking an alternative mode of transportation and enjoying all that North County has to offer with bites and pints on the steps of City Hall. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/336227697096536/.

May 25: Pedal to Pizza Ride, starts at Bike Kitchen: 11:30AM-1PM. Join us for the 3rd Annual Pizza Ride! This social, low key ride begins at 11:30 am at the Bike Kitchen (860 Pacific St in SLO, corner of Morro and Pacific) and visits 3 different San Luis Obispo pizza joints for an afternoon of food, fun and bikes. Three Large Pizzas will be pre-ordered and purchased at each location. Additional food/beverages available for purchase. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/589961698176933/

May 31: Bike Breakfast @ SLO Guild Hall: 7-9AM. On the last day of Bike Month Peak Racks and Bike SLO County are joining together to start off the last day of Bike Month with a bang! Join us as we bid farewell to Bike Month 2019 with tasty treats in the Eucalyptus grove at the back of SLO Guild Hall. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/2363109183936146/

June 1st: Bikes & Beauty at SLO Guild Hall: 6-9PM. Join us as we bid a HUGE farewell to Bike Month 2019 at the San Luis Obispo Guild Hall.

This year’s theme is “Bike Prom”, so dress up, bring a date, make a bikey corsage…Bikes and Beauty brings people from all over SLO County together to cheer on members of our local bike community as they strut their stuff on the runway in an always amazing array of hand-made DIY bike fashion. We’ll have dinner, drinks, dancing, a silent auction and loads of fun! More information is available at
https://www.facebook.com/events/523313658073449/

Looking for more Bike Month events?

Check out SLO Shift for info on other events taking place during Bike Month and every month of the year. Want to add an bike event? YES! https://sloshift.org

City of SLO Budget Priorities Meeting

Stand Up for Bikes on Wednesday, January 23!

Bike community members who live, work or play in the city of San Luis Obispo should attend the SLO Budget Priorities meeting on January 23rd to stand up for bikes and multi-modal transportation. Attendance at this event is the best way to show City Council and Staff that we need safer streets for everyone.

Unlike previous years, it isn’t necessary to attend the entire event. Attendees will be able to voice their opinions with a dot poll throughout the event. Dots will be distributed when forum attendees arrive and can be placed at various project stations during the event.

Please support:

  • Major City Goal: Multi-Modal Transportation (Prioritize implementation of the Bicycle Master Plan, pedestrian safety, and the Short-Range Transit Plan)
  • 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.

This year’s meeting takes place at the SLO Vet’s Hall from 6-9 PM. Our free Bike Valet will be parking bikes throughout the event so ride your bike!

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

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&