the bicycle safari

a blog from lund, sweden that captures the little details of bicycles parked around city streets in the city. to check it out head over to the blog here.

Bicycle Portraits Project

In the process of creating a photographic book which captures South African bicycle commuters and their bikes, the Bicycle Portraits Project created this video to show some of the photos they have taken along the way. As a means to empower the riders in continuing to ride their bikes, and to learn why they ride, the project aims to bring awareness to the bicycle in South Africa.

Critical Mass in Vancouver, Canada

As promised, a continuation of the Critical Mass (Bike Happenings) around the world. Even though all of these locations are scattered worldwide, once you’re on a bike with a large group of people, the feeling can be the same.

This one in Vancouver, Canada.

What The Coalition Does and How You Can Help

The SLO County Bicycle Coalitionworks to remove the common barriers to cycling for residents throughout the county by providing programs that address each barrier individually. Barriers include bicycle parking security, feeling unsafe while riding, and bicycle maintenance. The Coalition directly provides tools to help everyone overcome these obstacles:

1. Bicycle parking security:  Our Bike Valet is out parking bikes at events throughout the county. Similar to a coat check, we will park your bike (for free!) while you go out and enjoy yourself. You can find us at the SLO Farmer’s Markets on Thursday nights on the corner of Morro st and Higuera st.

2. Feeling Unsafe while Riding: One of the best ways to learn how to ride safely and legally in our county is to take one of our FREE Bike Education Workshops taught by certified instructors. These workshops are a great way to feel confident in knowing the rules of the road and how to approach common riding situations with ease. Our instructors are extremely knowledgeable and can answer specific questions you might have about common intersections, vehicular traffic and bicycle laws.

3. Bike Maintenance: Sometimes folks need a few minor repairs done to their bicycles in order to start riding, which is exactly what our Bike Kitchen helps you with! We have the tools, stands and knowledge you need to get your bike running safely for your future riding needs. The Kitchen promotes a DIY approach to bike maintenance by letting you wrench on your bike while we guide you through it, with this model you leave feeling confident in knowing some basics about how to keep your bike running smoothly.

In order to continue providing you with these programs, we need your support! By becoming a member of the Coalition you show your support for bicycles throughout the county, and help keep these programs running. The more members we have, the stronger our voice is within our communities to make positive changes for bicycles in the future.

If you have any questions, want to get involved or become a member, feel free to contact us! (805) 547-2055, visit us online, or check out our new space in downtown San Luis Obispo (corner of Morro & Pacific st):

The Enthusiastic Coalition Staff (from left to right): Leslie, Garret, Dan

SLO Bike Kitchen Video!

The folks at Highlight Media made an informational video about the Bike Kitchen and it’s new location in downtown San Luis Obispo, shared with the Bicycle Coalition as well! Thanks for helping to spread the word about the Kitchen, the Coalition and everything that we do.

Cote de Tolosa | Velo Challenge

This past Sunday we co-hosted the Cote de Tolosa with the wonderful folks at Tolosa Winery as a part of this year’s Bike Month festivities. The ride was a brutal 52 mile cross country loop with over 5,000 feet of climbing, and was won by Blake Anton, who finished in a mind-blowing 2:56:45.3! Congratulations to Blake and everyone for riding and completing the rough course!

Special thanks to everyone that came out for the lunch at the winery afterwards and volunteers who helped with the event, we had a great turn out on a gorgeous spring day. We hope to see everyone at future Coalition events!

More images from the day can be found on our Flickr page here.

Critical Mass in Vilnius, Lithuania

As promised, a continuation of the Critical Mass (Bike Happenings) around the world. Even though all of these locations are scattered worldwide, once you’re on a bike with a large group of people, the feeling can be the same.

This one in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Critical Mass in Los Angeles, California

As promised, a continuation of the Critical Mass (Bike Happenings) around the world. Even though all of these locations are scattered worldwide, once you’re on a bike with a large group of people, the feeling can be the same.

This one in Los Angeles, California.