Advocacy Alert

SLO Named Silver Bike Friendly Community

The League of American Bicyclists recently gave San Luis Obispo the distinction of being a SILVER Bicycle Friendly Community!

The BFC award recognizes City of San Luis Obispo’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. The BFC judges were particularly impressed with San Luis Obispo’s partnership with the Coalition, free bicycle education workshops, increases in the mileage of bicycle facilities, offerings of bicycle parking, a strong community bicycle culture, and many more.

“We are proud of the roadmap that the Bicycle Friendly Community program provides and how San Luis Obispo is using it to build a Silver Level BFC,” said Bill Nesper, Director of the League’s Bicycle Friendly America program. “We are inspired by the tireless efforts of individuals and groups, from everyday cyclists to city leaders to build great communities for bicycling.”

The application to become a BFC is rigorous and an educational tool in itself; only 190 of the 490 total applicants received a BFC four-year designation.

Special thanks to everyone in the City staff and residents who help make San Luis Obispo a great place to bike. Next step: another SLO County city on the BFC list!

You can read a little bit more about the announcement from KSBY here.

Advocacy Alert

Bicycle & Pedestrian Funding Under Attack

This year, around $700 million of Federal transportation funds, (less than 2 percent of total transportation dollars) will be spent on bicycling and walking.  In 2012 that figure could be A BIG FAT ZERO. Show our leaders that bicyclists are voters too!

Join the Coalition, our state and national partners and call your Senator to let them know you support CONTINUED FUNDING FOR BIKING AND WALKING. The League of American Bicyclists has a simple site to find out who your Senator is, and allows you to easily contact them. We ask that you take just a moment and contact your Senator TODAY.

We have created a simple infographic to outline the importance of this issue, feel free to share with your friends and family:

 

Advocacy Alert

Transportation Funding Press Conference

The future of transportation funding is important for bicycle and pedestrian facilities, for our local economy, for job creation, and many other reasons. Congresswoman Lois Capps is going to be in San Luis Obispo to talk about these issues, and what we can do to ensure the future of biking and walking is not in jeopardy.

WHAT: Transportation Funding Press Conference (w/ Lois Capps)

WHEN: Wednesday, August 31st, 10:30 – 11:00 am

WHERE: Corner of Johnson Ave and Buchon St (map)

WHY: Join us, and various local officials, to discuss the importance of funding infrastructure for creating jobs and boosting our local economy, and how the proposed House Transportation Committee plan would cut funding by 33% and jeopardize construction jobs and transportation improvements in SLO County

Speaking in order
Congresswoman Lois Capps
Jan Marx, Mayor of San Luis Obispo
Adam Hill, Chairman of SLO County Board of Supervisors
Bruce Gibson, Chairman of SLO County Council of Governments/County Supervisor
Dan Rivoire, Executive Director of SLO County Bicycle Coalition

 

Busting Bike Myths

Yet again, the dedicated people at GOOD.is have created a simple guide to debunking common bike myths (view it here).

Did you grow up thinking biking on sidewalks is safer than on the street? Still think that biking to work makes you show up dirty and unkempt? Think again!

With the tools and know-how provided by the Coalition, biking can be a safe and efficient way to travel! We are your go-to resource for all things bicycle, and welcome your questions. Your support of the Coalition helps directly lead to a more bike-friendly SLO County, become a member!

Advocacy Alert

Morro Bay Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan Workshop

The City of Morro Bay is hosting a Community Workshop for you to provide your input on the Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan. This is your opportunity to have your voice heard, and ask for specifics to a bike-friendly Morro Bay!

In case you can’t attend the meeting, you can fill out a comment form through the City’s website to share your thoughts and ideas, the more public participation, the better the plan, tell your friends!

WHAT: Morro Bay Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan Community Workshop

WHEN: Tuesday, August 30th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

WHERE: Morro Bay Veterans’ Memorial Hall, 209 Surf St, Morro Bay (map)

WHY: Your input is extremely important to develop a plan that represents the entire community. Read more about the process on the City’s website here.

For additional information contact Barry Rands, Associate Engineer, (805) 722-6215.

Renew Coalition Memberships

If you haven’t renewed your Coalition membership this year, now is the time to do so! Renewing is easy, and can be done online today here.

Coalition memberships help us get more bike paths built, more safe routes to schools, more bike lanes striped, more people riding bikes, and more visitors to SLO County to be a part of the bike-happy lifestyle we love! The more members we have, the stronger our voice is within our community to make positive change for bicycles and pedestrians in the future!

Our advocacy efforts aim to make riding a bicycle easy and more enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities. With your support, we can continue to be THE voice for bicycles in SLO County, and provide the community with the programs we all know and love.

Consider the $52 household membership level to be an investment in bicycles, at just $1/week it will seriously help continue the Coalition’s momentum into 2012.

Still not convinced? Check out our latest flowchart to see why renewing your Coalition membership is a great investment in the future of bicycles in SLO County. Sign up online here.

We are proud to be your voice for bicycles in SLO County, thanks for your continued support, tell your friends! 

Love Bikes! Love the Coalition!

Show how much you love bicycles, and you could get $5,000 for the Coalition! GOOD.is and CLIF Bar have partnered to host this contest in order to share the joys of adding biking to your lifestyle. Your photo could be shared on GOOD’s website of best picture entries and you could help raise funds for the Coalition.

PRIZES:

Top three entries win funds for a bicycle advocacy organization of their choice (the SLO County Bicycle Coalition, we hope!), along with tons of CLIF Bar prizes.

HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Submit a photo of your bicycle
  2. Submit a story of your favorite/most memorable/unique bicycle experience (250 words max)
  3. Submit the contact information for your favorite bicycle advocacy organization (we’ll make it easy for you: SLO County Bicycle Coalition, 860 Pacific St Suite 105, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401)
Provide all the above by September 5th (through the GOOD site).
The top 15 will be featured on GOOD the week of September 12th for voting (we’d be happy to help spread the word for you if you make the top 15). GOOD LUCK!

August 20th FREE Bike Ed Workshop

You have a legal right to be on the road and we’ll give you the tools to make it easy. Our workshops teach traffic psychology and techniques that will empower you while you ride. August’s workshop is held in the afternoon, giving you more time to sleep in before you join us as we share our bike joy and knowledge with you!

When: Saturday, August 20th, 12:30 – 5:00 pm

Where: Coalition Office, 860 Pacific St, Suite 105, San Luis Obispo [map]

Why: With confidence, bicycling is a safe and enjoyable way to travel. Join the movement!

How: More details and registration can be found online here.