Bike Fashion Show Party

A Fun-filled Night Out with the Bike Community

Get ready for Bikes & Beauty, our annual celebration for people who love bicycles. Tell your friends! Bring your friends! Dress up fancy! Dress up fun! Enjoy a fun-filled night out with the bike community!

This year marks the return of the Bike Fashion Show, Fashion_group_500featuring hand-made bike-related clothing and accessories created by local makers and designers.

In addition to the Fashion Show, we’ll have the sonic sounds of music spun by DJ Malik, fantastic food by Mee Heng Low, delicious desserts by Linnaea’s Cafe, award-winning wines by Peloton Cellars, a wide selection of locally brewed beer by Bang The Drum, Barellhouse Brewing Co and Central Coast Brewing and kombucha from Komplete Kombucha.

Tickets at the door: $5 for Bicycle Coalition Members. $10 for General Public. Each admission ticket is redeemable for one free beverage.

What: Bikes & Beauty, the Bike Fashion Show Party

Where: iFixit, 1330 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (map)

When: Saturday, May 30, 6 – 9 PM

Why: Because Bikes!

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Special thanks to our Bikes & Beauty Sponsors for their support of the SLO County bicycle community: SLO Natural Foods, Flanders Bicycle, Experts Exchange, Mee Heng Low, Linnaea’s Cafe, Peloton Cellars, Bang the Drum Brewery, Barrelhouse Brewing CompanyCentral Coast Brewing, Komplete Kombucha and the fine folks at iFixit for generously allowing us to use their spectacular space.

Like Bikes?

Become a member of The Bike Coalition – it’s free to sign-up and we’ll keep you informed every month about bike events and issues in SLO County. Click this link to join: I Like Bikes!

Bike Fest

Bikefest 2015

Bikefest is Back and Better Than Ever

Get ready for an awesome day of bicycles in the Village of Arroyo Grande – the 7th annual Bikefest takes place on Saturday, May 9th and this year is going to be better than ever.

What is Bikefest?

Bikefest_500Bikefest is a fun-filled celebration of Bikes and the people who love them!  The festivities kick off with a Bike Parade around the Village starting at the Rotary Bandstand on Nelson Street at 12:20 PM. The Bike Parade concludes at Branch Street Deli where the fun continues with great food, fantastic music, incredible prizes and discounted beverages from New Belgium Brewery.

Bikefest is sponsored by the SLO County Bike Coalition, Rideshare, Lezyne, Branch Street Deli, Ira’s Bike Shop and New Belgium Brewery.

All ages are welcome, so grab your bicycle, join the Parade then enjoy the festivities at Branch Street Deli – It’s going to be a blast!

When: May 9th, 2015 from 12:20 – 4:00 PM.

Where: Parade begins at Rotary Bandstand in Heritage Square Park (map). Festivities continue at Branch Street Deli on 203 E Branch St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 (map)

Bike In Movie: Big Hero 6

As part of Rideshare’s Bike Month, the SLO County Bicycle Coalition is showing Disney’s crowd-pleasing family-friendly animated movie Big Hero 6, a fun, hilarious adventure filled with robots, super heroes, science and a whopper of a whodunit.

Robotics prodigy Hiro lives in the city of San Fransokyo. Next to his older brother, Tadashi, Hiro’s closest companion is Baymax, a robot whose sole purpose is to take care of people. When a devastating turn of events throws Hiro into the middle of a dangerous plot, he transforms Baymax and his other friends into a band of high-tech heroes.

Bike In Movie

WHEN: May 2, 2015 7:45 PM

WHERE: Mission Plaza Amphitheater, Mission Plaza, SLO, 93401 (map)

WHO: You, Your Family, Your Friends, Your Neighbors, Movie Lovers of all ages!

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This year, as always, we’ll have popcorn and hot cocoa available, and our free Bike Valet will be there to park bicycles so you can relax and enjoy the movie. Riding your bicycle to the Bike In Movie is encouraged but by no means required. No matter how you get there, we’re looking forward to a magical night under the stars. Bring a blanket, sit back and enjoy the show!

Bike Month Preview

Bike Month is almost here!

We’re excited that Rideshare’s Bike Month is just days away and want to give you a preview of some of the fantastic events happening throughout the month of May.

May 1st:

Art After Dark: To kick off Bike Month, a number of galleries throughout San Luis Obispo are featuring bike-themed artwork during Art After Dark, including Linnaea’s Cafe which will feature the month-long bicycle-themed group show “Joy Ride”, with an opening reception from 6PM – 9PM. A portion of all sales from this show will benefit the Bicycle Coalition. A list of all participating Art After Dark galleries can be found here:  https://www.artsobispo.org/system/files/AAD_Current_Listing_May15.pdf

May 2nd:

Community WorkoutStart Bike Month right with a free outdoor workout class in beautiful Meadow Park led by Jonathan Gabriel, followed by a short bike ride, with instruction by Vanessa from the SLO County Bicycle Coalition. Make sure and bring a bicycle AND a helmet! We’ll meet up in Meadow Park by the Basketball Courts at 8:00 AM.

Bike in Movie: The Bike-In Movie is a popular event held each year Big-Hero-6-200during May’s Bike Month and this year marks our 11th Annual! We’ll be showing the wildly popular Big Hero 6 in the Mission Plaza Amphitheater starting at 7:45 PM.  We’ll provide popcorn, hot chocolate and a family friendly movie for everyone to enjoy. As always, our Bike Valet will be on hand to help with bicycle parking. Come earlier in the day and check out the Central Coast Sustainability Festival, a day long event featuring an exposition of student and industry projects related to sustainability accompanied by entertainment and food.

May 7th: 

Kidical Mass: Often called the family bike happening, Kidical Mass is a venue for parents to teach their kids how to ride safely. We’re kicking off the 2015 Kidical Mass season on May 7th in Mitchell Park at 5:30 PM. This month’s theme is Superheroes! Costumes are not required but are heartily encouraged! 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. For more information and additional dates, click here: https://slobikelane.org/programs/kidicalmass/#tab-id-1

May 8th:

Meet the Winemaker at Windows on The Water Benefit: In honor of Bike Month, Peloton Cellars and Windows on The Water are teaming up for a special event to benefit the SLO County Bicycle Coalition at Windows on The Water in Morro Bay. Join us for an evening of Peloton Cellars’ award-winning wines accompanied by a special pairing of Windows on The Water appetizers. More information available here: https://slobikelane.org/meet-the-winemaker/

May 9th:

Bikefest: Combine fun music, great food, discount New Belgium Brewery Beers and an awesome celebration of bikes and you get…Bikefest! Held every year in the Village of Arroyo Grande, Bikefest 2015 happens Saturday, May 9th at Branch Street Deli from 1 pm to 4 pm. A bike parade beginning at the Rotary Bandstand will start the festivities at 12:30. This year’s theme is: Biking makes for a safer and healthier community. Come join sponsors Rideshare, Branch Street Deli, New Belgium Brewery, Lezyne, Ira’s Bike Shop and the SLO County Bicycle Coalition for this year’s event. All ages are welcome, so grab your bike and head to Branch Street Deli. It’s going to be a blast.

May 17th: 

Cycle De MayoCome enjoy the outdoors, be active, and have fun with the whole family at this year’s Cycle De Mayo: The Missing Link Event, highlighting the missing bicycle-friendly link between the three cities with group rides for adults from Paso Robles and Atascadero to Templeton. Checkout the BMX Stunt show, learn about bike safety, and eat some wonderful BBQ while listening to local music! Bike decorating, a kid’s bike rodeo, and face painting are just a few of the kid friendly events. 10AM – 4PM. More info at https://www.cycledemayo.com/.

May 30th:

Bike Fashion Show/Annual PartyOpen to the whole community, our annual party is always a blast! Coalition members and non-members alike come together for a fantastically fun evening of bikes, food, and bike-related fashion. Food by Mee Heng Low, Beer and Wine from local brewers. Music by DJ Malik. Members $5. Nonmembers $10. Entry includes 1 Free Beverage. 6PM – 9PM at iFixit Headquarters in SLO (1330 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401)

May 31st:

BIKE TO BLUES KIDICAL MASSRideshare, SLO County Air Pollution Control District and the SLO County Bicycle Coalition encourage you to re-think how you get to and from your favorite activities. Bike to the Blues Baseball game and get free admission (first 200 adults only – kids always free). Kidical Mass Family Bike Ride meets at Mitchell Park at 11:30 a.m then rides as a group to the stadium. Game starts at 1 p.m. More Kidical Mass info available here: https://slobikelane.org/programs/kidicalmass/#tab-id-1

Farmers’ Market Bike Valets:

The Bike Coalition and The SLO County Air Pollution Control District are joining forces to present our free Bike Valet at Farmers’ Markets all over the county during Bike Month. Go to slobikelane.org/special-bike-valets-in-may/ for dates and times.

There are lots more events happening during Bike Month, including Bike Breakfasts, Bike to Work Day and Bike to School Day. We’ll post more as the month rolls on. See Rideshare’s full Bike Month calendar here: https://www.rideshare.org/program/bike-month/

Meet the Winemaker

A Delicious Benefit for the Bike Coalition

The Central Coast is truly special in so many ways. We have great places to bicycle, an abundance of mouthwatering local wines and a fantastic variety of world-class cuisine using locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood.

However, whether you commute to work, take long distance road rides or bunny hop the trails on your mountain bike, you know that there is still a long way to go to connect our towns, to improve our roads and trails countywide, and to transform SLO County into a more bike friendly place in general.

Formed 14 years ago in 2001, the Bicycle Coalition is always looking for ways to make SLO County an even better place to bike. During Bike Month we’re joining forces with two local bike-friendly businesses, Peloton Cellars and Windows on the Water, to do just that.


Why? Because both of these locally owned businesses actively support our mission to improve the quality of life in SLO County through bicycle advocacy, education and inspiration. Aside from their year-round support for bikes, both of these businesses are taking the opportunity of May’s Meet The Winemaker evening to spread the word about the SLO County Bicycle Coalition.

We invite you to join The Bike Coalition on May 8th from 5 – 7 PM at Windows on The Water in Morro Bay for one of their dependably delicious Meet the Winemaker evenings. Bill and Trish Kesselring of Peloton Cellars will pour their award-winning wines accompanied by a special pairing of Windows on The Water appetizers. Peloton Cellars will also donate 10% of sales from their Triple Ring Pinor Noir during the entire month of May to the Bike Coalition.

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SLO County Bicycle Coalition Meet the Winemaker Benefit

WHEN: May 8th, 2015 5PM to Undecided…
WHERE: Windows on The Water
699 Embarcadero, Upstairs, Suite 7
Morro Bay, CA 93442

COST: No charge for wine tasting. Appetizers are available for purchase. Reservations are recommended should you decide to stay for dinner. (Yum!)

Wildflower Volunteers Needed

San Luis Obispo Bike Club Makes A Difference

The San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club was formed 44 years ago in 1971. Since that time they’ve actively promoted bicycle riding throughout SLO County. wildflowerwideThis year, they’ll contribute over $75,000 (including  $50,000 to the Bike Coalition!) to support local bike groups and activities, bicycle advocacy organizations and programs, and the communities in which the Bike Club rides and holds their events.

One of the ways the Bike Club is able to make such generous contributions to the bike community is from the proceeds of the two annual Century rides that they put on:  The Lighthouse Century and The Wildflower Century. Both of these rides take months and months of planning and countless volunteer hours.

You Can Help

The Bike Club is looking for a few more volunteers to help out with the Wildflower Century on April 25th, 2015. Aside from the great feeling you’ll get from volunteering, you’ll also get a free Wildflower Century shirt, an invitation to the Volunteer Brunch and an invitation to the Pre-Ride (you’ll get to ride the course before the actual ride.)

As of right now, these volunteer positions are still open:

Team
Number
Cleanup – Team
2
Food Ordering – Truck Loader Team
5
Stop: Highway 41 – Team Lifting
1
Stop: Shadow Run – Team Lifting
1
Stop: Shandon Lunch – Early Lifting
2
Stop: Shandon Lunch – Late Lifting
5
Stop: Shell Creek – Team Lifting
3

Ready to Volunteer?

The Bike Club’s Century Jobs web page ( https://slobc.org/volunteering/century.html ) is a one stop location to learn about Job Openings, Job Descriptions and the Volunteer Process. Choose a job from those identified as open in the “Wildflower Team Member Report” and then email the “Wildflower Volunteer Coordinator” at ( wildflower-volunteer-coordinator@slobc.org ) to volunteer for the position (please let them know The Bicycle Coalition sent you). The volunteer coordinator will contact you for any information needed to complete your volunteer record.

 

The 2015 Bike-In Movie is?

Ready for the Bike-In Movie?

Rideshare’s Bike Month is approaching fast, and with it comes the 11th Annual Bike-In Movie on May 2nd at 7:45 PM in the Mission Plaza Amphitheater.

Last year we showed Frozen and it was a huge success. We loved seeing the huge number of individuals, families, kids and parents who turned out for a night of movie magic in Mission Plaza.

This year, as usual, we’ll have popcorn and hot cocoa available, and our free Bike Valet will be there to park bicycles so you can relax and enjoy the movie.

Every year the big question is….what film will we see? Today we’re ready to make the announcement that we’ll be showing Disney’s Big Hero 6. Have a look at the trailer below:

If you didn’t get the story from the trailer or you can’t watch the trailer, here’s the plot: When a criminal plot threatens the hi-tech metropolis of San Fransokyo, brilliant young robotics whiz Hiro Hamada leaps into action with his tech-savvy friends, and his robot companion Baymax in Disney Animation’s family friendly adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics series.

Mark your calendars for May 2nd and save the date. Of course we’ll post again as the date gets closer, but we’re so excited about this year’s Bike-In Movie that we have to share it now!

 

Women’s Cycling on Film

Support Women’s Cycling

The fine folks over at The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival are presenting two highly acclaimed films focused on women’s cycling: HALF THE ROAD and PERSONAL GOLD.

Worldchampionships  TT women 2012HALF THE ROAD explores the world of women’s professional cycling. Using race footage and interviews, this documentary offers insight into the drive, dedication, and passion it takes for a female cyclist to thrive. The film also follows director/athlete Kathryn Bertine’s quest to make the 2012 Olympics during her first year racing professionally for Team Colavita.

HALF THE ROAD screens in Paso Robles on Friday, 13 March 13 at 7 PM at the Park Cinemas, and in San Luis Obispo on Sunday, March 15 at 12 PM at the Fremont Theater.

PERSONAL GOLD is the story of four women who changed the face of American cycling at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London after the men’s team was banned following the Lance Armstrong drug scandal. The film chronicles the training program of the underfunded women’s track cycling team, which had not won a medal in 20 years. Described by film-goers as ‘one of the best underdog movies since Rocky!” this movies is full of adrenaline pumping inspiration.

personalgoldPERSONAL GOLD will screen only in SLO: On Thursday, March 12 at 7 PM at the Palm Theater and on Friday, March 13 at 4 PM at the Downtown Cinemas.

The Thursday screening of PERSONAL GOLD will be accompanied by the short film, BICYCLE. This is a splendid 20-minute story about two young shoeshine boys with empty pockets and big plans. Beautifully shot in Mumbai, the filmmakers capture the essence of hopes and dreams of young boys in India in this touching film. You’ll love the ending.

Please support women’s cycling, and this year’s SLOIFF. More information on the the festival is available here: https://slofilmfest.org/