tweed run

over 400 cyclists in london gathered on april 10th for their 2nd annual tweed run. the concept of a tweed run is to dress up in the turn of the century “tweed wear”, ride your bikes around and bask in the nostalgia of what life and styles were like a decade ago.

the ride was 12 miles throughout the city, and included a break for tea in the middle, accompanied by a three string orchestra, and prizes for best styles. the event ended up raising about $1,500 for bikes4africa, an organization that helps send bikes to africa for schoolchildren to commute on!

additional photos can be found on their flickr stream here.

this all leads up to the ultimate question: would you participate in a tweed ride in san luis obispo county? why or why not? we’d love to hear your feedback!

Cote de Tolosa | Coalition Fundraiser

The Coalition has partnered with Tolosa Winery to host an amazing event for this year’s Bike Month, the Cote de Tolosa Velo Challenge is an epic 52 mile cross country loop, including 5,000 feet of climbing and a lunch at Tolosa Winery afterwards.

The ride is FREE, starts promptly at 7:30am, and is for serious riders only, pre-registration is required for the ride and can be done online at the Tolosa website or by calling the tasting room (805) 782-0500.

After the ride, from 12:00 – 2:00 there will be a lunch catered by Mama’s Meatballs, the $20 lunch tickets will benefit the SLO County Bicycle Coalition and includes a glass of wine. Lunch tickets are also available online.

If you are interested in volunteering at any of the ride checkpoints (lunch is included!) email leslie@slobikelane.org to sign up!

There will be a 20% discount on Tolosa wine extended to those participating in the ride or lunch. We hope to see you out there supporting the Coalition at the winery!


2010 Kidical Mass Starts with a Bang!

This past Thursday was the first Kidical Mass of the season, complete with a sunshine theme, we were able to ride with about 80 people through downtown San Luis Obispo, and safely teach kids how to ride! The next Kidical Mass is set for June 3rd with the theme being BUGS, meet at Mitchell Park at 5:30 before the ride, come say hi to the next generation of cyclists!

A few images from the ride are shown below, with more on our Flickr page:

Denver Introduces Bike Sharing

This is a great video illustrating how easy bike sharing is, and how Denver, CO has become one of the recent US cities to install such systems. Anyone can get a bike for any purpose, a great way to reduce congestion and encourage active living.

May 2013. Photo by Megan Rivoire.

Coalition in the News

The SLO County Bicycle Coalition has been working hard these past few months, on key initiatives throughout the county that could bring better bicycle facilities for all. Below is a brief update on the Coalition in the news!

Recently, we were mentioned by MindBody online in their article in Outdoor Magazine, where they were named one of the top 50 places to work in the country! Congrats to MindBody, and thanks for mentioning the Coalition!

“We are a member of the San Luis Obispo Bike Coalition and ‘home office’ bikes are available for commuting employees to use on their lunch breaks to run errands or get some exercise. Our office building has bike room storage and men’s and women’s showers meant to encourage biking and working out on lunch breaks.”

-Excerpt from Outdoor Magazine’s article, “50 Best Places to Work

The Mustang Daily also did an article highlighting May’s 2010 Bike Month, as hosted by Rideshare. Our executive director, Dan Rivoire, was interviewed, along with our friend Kelsie Greer from Rideshare.

“We want the valet parking at community events to encourage new people to get on their bikes and remind them of how fun and efficient it is to get around on a bike,” said Bike Coalition executive director Dan Rivoire.

-Excerpt from Mustang Daily’s article, “Bicyclists Hit the Roads in Month-Long Competition

The San Luis Obispo Tribune also did an article about Bike Month, pointing out some of the events of the month, and showcasing the hard work put in by Rideshare and the Coalition.

“Bike Month officially began Saturday with a parade of riders through the Arroyo Grande Village. San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition members also led various rides for people eager to try cycling.”

-Brief excerpt from SLO Tribune’s article, “SLO County kicks off Bike Month

If you hear of any Coalition news or events in the news, feel free to send us links or articles. We are always looking to spread the word and gather support for bicycles in the County, after all, we exist because of our dedicated members and bicyclists like you!

To join the Coalition, head over to our website, the more members we have, the more powerful our voice is when advocating for better bicycle and walking facilities, encouraging active healthy lifestyles for everyone!

Bike Porter

The folks over at Copenhagen Parts have created an integrated basket/handlebar system with minimal detailing. This concept may easily influence those who are inclined to weld something themselves, adding a fully functional basket to the front of their bike, allowing simple lines and functional aesthetic.

If You Build It, They Will Come: The Future of Bicycle Infrastructure

Recently, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a ‘sea change’ in transportation policy: making bicycling as important as driving. LaHood’s statement is representative of what the American people want; alternatives to car transportation and a sustainable future.

But many communities want the opportunity on the weekends and during the week to have the chance to bike to work, to bike to the store, to spend time with their family on a bike. So, this is not just Ray LaHood’s agenda, this is the American agenda that the American people want for alternatives to the automobile.

What’s happened around America is people are buying bikes and they’re using them for recreational purposes on the weekend and there’s no better family way for people to spend a weekend than riding their bikes on these biking trails.

-Ray LaHood, Transportation Secretary

In his interview on NPR’s All Things Considered last week, LaHood spoke of the initial investment we made in our advanced highway system over 50 years ago, and how if the same energy was put towards any other mode of transit, we would be connected in a variety of ways. Shifting attention towards alternative forms of transit can help provide options for everyone.

With an increase in bicycle transportation, we can see a decrease in the number of cars on the road, thus alleviated congestion along crowded vehicular corridors, providing a win-win for both modes of transportation. Less than 10% of the country uses bicycles as a primary mode of transit, but as we increase bicycle facilities, these numbers will continue to rise.

We know that 90 percent of the people aren’t going to be cycling to work, but that opportunity and that option and that kind of alternative is something we think people want.

-Ray LaHood, Transportation Secretary

The mentality of “if you build it they will come” can be directly applied to the future of bicycle infrastructure throughout our country. Here at the Coalition, we are working to make projects like this a reality in SLO County, join in our efforts by becoming a member of the Coalition or volunteering for our events throughout the year.

An image showing the same number of people in single occupancy vehicles, a bus and bicycles. Look how much less space the bicycles take than the cars!

Rossignoli’s Vintage Bicycle Exhibition

Located in a courtyard in Milan, this show was a side show to the 2010 Milan Design Week. All these bikes are “found” 19th century gems.


If you like stuff like this, be sure to check out what the Bike Lane Gallery is up to during this year’s Bike Month! Bike Month takes place in May throughout San Luis Obispo county: