Wildflower Volunteers Needed!

Volunteer for the Wildflower Century

Our friends over at the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club are seeking volunteers for the Wildflower Century on Saturday, April 25, 2015. They especially need people that can do some lifting. These jobs have “Lifting” in their name so they can easily be identified. However, everyone is welcome to volunteer for any job that might interest them or fit their schedule. All volunteers receive a T-shirt and an invitation to the Volunteer Brunch on Sunday, April 26th.
wildflowerwideTheir 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. The volunteer coordinator will contact you for any information needed to complete your volunteer record.

Please let them know that The Bicycle Coalition sent you!

Advocacy Alert

3 Feet for Safety Law goes live!

On September 16th The San Luis Obispo Bicycle Coalition held an event to inform the press and general public about California’s new bicycle-passing law, “Three Feet for Safety”. P1010551The law states that motorists must maintain a distance of at least three feet when passing a bicyclist.

California joins 24 other states with similar laws. According to Dan Rivoire, Executive Director of The SLO County Bicycle Coalition, “Bicyclists have a legal right to be on the road in California, even on streets that don’t have bike lanes. More and more people of all ages are discovering that bicycles are an easy, healthy, economical and fun way to get around, especially for short trips. Bike riders are vulnerable when motorists pass too closely. This new law is a reminder that sometimes motorists will need to slow down and wait to pass a bicyclist until it is safe to do so.”

Helping Rivoire spread the word were members of the San Luis Obispo Police Department and the California Highway Patrol. After officers discussed the law with local media, a SLOPD patrol car demonstrated the correct distance to give to bikes by driving past Vanessa Amerson,  3ft2pass_300the Bicycle Coalition’s Interim Education Director, as she rode her bike down Pacific Street in front of Bicycle Coalition headquarters in San Luis Obispo.

Some things to remember:

  • To help estimate what three feet is, motorists can think of how much room they give when parking in order to fully open their door without hitting another parked car or a wall.
  • The law applies on all roads: those with bike lanes as well as those with no bike lane.

If you would like more information or have questions about the new law, please contact the Bicycle Coalition at 805-547-2055.

 

Volunteer at the Lighthouse Century!

Every year the San Luis Obispo Bike Club puts on not one but TWO Century rides, the Wildflower Century and the Lighthouse Century. The amount of organization and hard work that goes into these efforts is astounding. All of that effort pays off, allowing the SLO Bike Club to contribute $75,000 each year to support cycling and related causes (including The Bicycle Coalition) in San Luis Obispo County.

If you’re interested in lending your support to the Bike Club, now is your chance! Every year, 250 volunteers work to make the Lighthouse Century possible. The Bike Club is still looking for about 25 volunteers to help out on September 27th, 2014. In particular, they need volunteers capable of doing some heavy lifting (50 pounds). All volunteers will receive a Lighthouse Century T-Shirt and an invitation to attend both the volunteer brunch on Sunday, September 28th and the volunteer bike ride (the Pre-Ride) on Saturday, September 20th.

There is a list of Volunteer Job Descriptions, and general information about the Lighthouse Century here.
Ready to volunteer? Awesome! Click this link and fill out their Volunteer form! Let them know The SLO County Bicycle Coalition sent you!

 

 

Member Party 2014: Casino Night!

Bikes and Beauty gets Lucky!

Though we love Bike Month more than almost anything, we love our members even more and are wholeheartedly looking forward to June 7th, the night of our Third Annual “Bikes and Beauty” Members Only Party. Last year we had a full-blown fashion show and a great time was had by all. This year we’re hosting out first-ever Casino Night, with food, fun, games of chance and plenty of wonderful prizes!

Membership expired? You have plenty of time to renew online. We can’t wait to see you!

Saturday June 7th
6:00 – 10:00 PM
SLO Grange Hall

If your business or employer are interested in being involved, please take a look at our sponsorship document.

Bike-In Movie: Friday May 30th

Don’t forget that our Bike-In Movie this year is oh-so-popular Disney blockbuster Frozen, showing at 7 PM on May 30th in Mission Plaza, SLO. This one is sure to be popular so get there in plenty of time to pick your seat!

PLEASE NOTE! Frozen will show on May 30th, 2014. (Rideshare’s printed schedule shows the date as May 9th since we were initially planning for that date. The schedule changed after they went to print so…May 30th is is!)

As usual we’ll have fresh popcorn and hot cocoa to go along with the movie. Bring a blanket, family and friends. Our free Bike Valet will be on hand to watch over your bike as you sit back and enjoy yourself under the stars.

Bike Month Rolls On!

More great Bike Month events!

Rideshare’s Bike Month 2014 got off to a great start with the Bike Month Kick Off at Lincoln Street Deli on May 1st and shows no sign of stopping until….June! Missed a few events? Not to worry, there are plenty more to come!

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Here’s a selection of events happening over the next few weeks:

May 10th: Bikefest – Join us in Arroyo Grande as we celebrate all things Bike at Bikefest 2014! Ride and park your bike at our free Bike Valet to be eligible for discount beverages and loads of prizes. You can even win a cool New Belgium Cruiser! Meet at the bandstand on Nelson St (map) at 12:20 pm to take part in the 15 minute Bike Parade, then head over to Branch Street Deli (map) where live music begins at 1 pm.

May 11th: Tweed Ride – Meet up at Triangle Park (map) at 1 pm then take a lively jaunt about town in your best turn-of-the-century attire and vintage velocipedes. We’ll end up back at Triangle Park for lawn games, iced tea and a great time.

May 12th: Bike Ed Workshop – All attendees to our Bike Month Workshops receive a free bike bell and free dinner from Chipotle Mexican Grill. Our popular workshops teach you to ride safe and smart, with emphasis on learning bicycle laws, debunking common myths and giving you the tools you need to feel safe on your bike. Workshops take place at Coalition Headquarters (map) from 6-8 pm.

May 16th: Bike to Work Day – Bike to Work Day is a national celebration to encourage people to try bicycle commuting as a healthy and safe alternative to driving. This year’s festivities, as part of Rideshare’s Bike Month, are being sponsored and organized by the SLO County APCD. Participants in Bike to Work Day are encouraged to make stops at Energizer Stations located around SLO County. Energizer Stations will provide bikers with the fuel they need to complete their commutes! The Coalition will be hosting an Energizer Station at our headquarters on the corner of Pacific and Chorro streets (map) from 7 – 9 am. Information about other locations can be found at Rideshare.

May 17th: World Bicycle Relief Poker Run –  SRAM and Rotaract of San Luis Obispo will be hosting a Poker Run to benefit World Bicycle Relief. Participants can walk or bike to local businesses to draw cards to complete their poker hand. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run. The event has a time limit, however the participants are not timed—winning is purely a matter of chance. The Poker Run will start and finish at Central Coast Brewing, 1422 Monterey Street, concluding in an afternoon BBQ, games and music before announcing to see if your poker hand won you a prize for best hand. Cost is $5 per hand. Times and additional information at worldbicyclerelief.org

May 18th: 1st Annual Blessing of The Bicycles – The First Annual SLO Blessing of The Bicycles begins at 1 pm at Salon 544 (map). All faiths (or lack thereof) are welcome. There will be refreshments and face-painting for the kids (and young at heart).

May 19th: Women’s Bike Ed Workshop – Riding as a female on our roads presents unique challenges. Join us and our female instructors for our popular women only workshop. We teach you to ride safe and smart, with emphasis on learning bicycle laws, debunking common myths and giving you the tools you need to feel safe on your bike. All attendees to our Bike Month Workshops receive a free bike bell and free dinner from Chipotle Mexican Grill. Workshops take place at Coalition Headquarters (map) from 6-8 pm.

May 21st: Bike Happy Hour/Film Screening – Join us for the 3rd Annual Bicycle Happy Hour at Park Cinemas in Paso Robles (map). 6 pm social, followed by 7 pm screening of 1976 cycling classic A Sunday in Hell w/ $10 donation. $5 wine by the glass, beer and munchies. Best Bike Zone will be pre selling tickets at the store – 712 Paso Robles St. Paso Robles. All proceeds benefit REC Foundation and SLO Bicycle Coalition. Sponsored by REC Foundation, Best Bike Zone, SLO Bicycle Coalition, City of Paso Robles.

May 24th: Bicycle Swap Meet – Bicycle swap meet at Flanders Bicycle Shop (map). Buy – sell – trade, or just come with dreams of finding your perfect bike.

May 29th: Rideshare at Farmer’s Market – Bike Month isn’t over yet! Visit Rideshare at the Thursday Night SLO Farmer’s Market and vote for your favorite downtown bike-inspired window display, collect your Bike Month t-shirt and let them know how your month has been going.

May 30th: Bike-In Movie – Join the Bicycle Coalition for the 9th annual Bike-In Movie on Mission Plaza (map) in SLO! We’re showing Disney’s recent blockbuster hit, Frozen, at 7 pm. Our Bike Valet, hot drinks and popcorn will be available – everything you need to enjoy a movie under the stars with family and friends!

May 31st: Pedal to Paella VI– Pedal-to-Paella is a bike celebration. Ride starts in the Santa Margarita Park (map) at 5 pm and tours the back streets and alleys. Cruisers and junkers are best. It ends at The Educated Gardener Nursery (map) where paella will be served. Two bands, Death Bear and Black Friday Panty Brawl, will entertain all. BYOB, a paella ingredient, and a side dish to share. BYO plates, cups, etc.

June 3rd: Bike Month Blowout! – The Bike Month wrap-up party you’ve been waiting for! Music, food, beverages and the iRide Bike Challenge Awards. PLUS – turn in your tickets collected at Bike Month events for a chance to win a shiny new bicycle! 6 pm at The Creeky Tiki (map).

Want more? Head over to Rideshare.org for a look at their complete list of Bike Month events!

Concerts in the Park

Bikefest 2014!

Our free Bike Valet will be out in force at the 6th annual Bikefest this Saturday, May 10th from 12 – 4 PM at the Branch Street Deli in Arroyo Grande.

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Come join the fun at this biketastic event. A Bike Parade around the village starts at 12:20. Live music at the Deli begins at 1 pm. There will be discount beverages, great food and many free prizes (like a New Belgium Cruiser bike) for attending. This event is sponsored by New Belgium Brewery, Lezyne, SRAM, Rideshare and the SLO County Bike Coalition.

We’re still looking for a few more volunteers to help out at our Bikefest and Mini Maker Faire Bike Valets (both on May 10th). Interested? Sign up at our Volunteerhub page.

Bikefest 2014: Branch Street Deli, 203 E Branch St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

 

SLO Marathon Weekend!

Sunday, April 27, 2014 marks the Third Annual running of the  SLO Marathon + Half. Other races (The 5K, The Children’s Marathon Challenge and the Children’s Quarter Mile Dash) take place on Saturday, April 26th. We’re excited to see the thousands of participants who will soon be running through the streets of SLO.

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The SLO Marathon + Half begins at San Luis Obispo High School and finishes at the iconic Madonna Inn. For more information visit our generous Bike Valet sponsors slomarathon.com.