Save the Anholm Bikeway Plan

The Anholm Bikeway Plan Needs Your Help!

Stand up for bikes in San Luis Obispo!

The San Luis Obispo City Council will be voting on the fate of the Anholm Bikeway plan (formerly the Broad Street Bike Boulevard) next Tuesday, September 4th.

What:  City Council Meeting – Anholm Bikeway Plan
When: Tuesday, September 4th @ 6pm (Bike Valet parking will be available)
Where: 990 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, 93401

The direction to city staff from the last City Council Meeting was to review a plan that would include diverters along Broad Street to reduce cars on Broad and create a safe shared street environment, and for Staff to see if they could build consensus around that plan. If consensus was not reached, city staff was to come back with a plan for protected bike lanes. Staff set up a community workshop around traffic diverters and the general outcome of that workshop was that many participants did not support the diverters.  Staff then presented a plan to Planning Commission August 7th with minimal diversion that would still get the streets down to a safe shared street environment.  Planning Commission denied a change to the general plan to reclassify the streets that would see increased traffic from a diversion plan.

Given that consensus was not met on a diversion approach, and that the Planning Commission did not recommend reclassifying the streets, Staff will be presenting three options to City Council.

  1. Traffic Calming Only;
  2. Traffic diversion for a shared street alternative;
  3. Two-way cycle track on Chorro between Lincoln and Mission, and a protected cycle track on Broad between Mission and Ramona by removing parking from one side of the street.  Out of those options, only Option 3 has protected bike lanes that will give riders dedicated bike facilities protected from vehicle traffic. Additionally, there are a number of improvements to the sidewalks and crossings as part of this option that would benefit those walking through the neighborhood.

Bike SLO County has endorsed the third option for protected bike lanes that will give riders dedicated bike facilities protected from vehicle traffic. We ask that you please take the time speak up in support the plan for protected bike lanes.

Here are two great ways you can help:

Come speak at City Council

We need to give the SLO City Council as much support as possible to push this through. One minute speakers will be first in public comment.  Bring your kids!  Several kids spoke in support last meeting and it really makes an impact. Please feel free to give a personal experience as to why you think the city council should have protected bike lanes along this corridor and throughout SLO. If you want to keep it simple and short we suggest using the phrase “I support protected bike lanes and safe sidewalks because…” and fill in your reason why. Below are several suggestions for reasons why, but you are encouraged to use your own. Please fill into the main council chambers if there is room. Put on a bike shirt or bring your helmet to show support. Bike SLO County will provide bike parking at our free Bike Valet, set up to the left of the Palm St City Hall entrance.

Send an email to council by Friday, August 31
(Note: You have until Monday, September 3rd to send an email, but please consider sending it by Friday, as council members may be overwhelmed by messages when they return from the September 3rd Labor Day holiday.)

Send emails to emailcouncil@slocity.org A potential starter and subject line for your email:  “I support protected bike lanes and safer sidewalks because…” You can just add onto that sentence with a couple of reasons why you support protected bike lanes (see our talking points at the end of this email) or use our template email to personalize and send.

Click the email address above to send the following email or copy and paste (feel free to edit).

Dear Mayor and Council,

I want to express my support for the Anholm Bikeway plan that includes protected bike lanes. As city staff have stated during several previous meetings, protected bike lanes are the most likely to attract more people to ride their bike. As a community we have made it a priority to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicle trips and give our community the opportunity to make healthier transportation choices. There is a plethora of reasons why more people biking benefits our community and environment. For a century our streets we designed only to accommodate cars which has led to some serious environmental and health impacts that need to be addressed sooner rather than later. I want to help make the shift for the greater good of our community and hope you will make the tough to decision to rethink the way we utilize our public right of ways.

Sincerely,

Your Name

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Suggested Talking Points:

… protected bike lanes are the most effective way to encourage new riders.
… more bikes and fewer cars make the roadways easier to share for all users.
… kids should be able to get to school safely without contributing to climate change.
… I feel very unsafe, especially when I am with children, when I try and ride in middle of the car lane. I would feel much safer, and ride more often, if our city had more protected bike lanes for me to use.
… reducing car traffic around our schools will make them safer for families.
… we should be empowering our kids to use their own muscles for transportation—for their health and for the health of the planet.
… studies have shown that children who are able to get themselves to school are more likely to be successful in their future careers.
… as a city, we have committed to a Climate Action Plan, and fewer car trips forwards our goals, offering cleaner air for all.
… Out of the confines of a car, conversations can happen. Waving and smiling. Recognition and developing friendships. Teams of parents direct and follow children to school.
… will allow the timid more opportunities to be ride their bikes and walk, furthering the goals of our Climate Action Plan and community building.
… we all know that exercise is good for us, but we’ll be more likely to choose to walk or bike instead of driving if the streets and sidewalks are designed to make us feel safe and welcome. We know that is we want to make an impact on community health and promote a culture of wellness, we have to make the healthy choice the easy choice. We have the opportunity right now to do that. To redesign our streets to accommodate all users, and to make the healthy choice, the easy choice.
…More than one-third of Americans are overweight or obese and this continues to increase regardless of one’s sex, race, or income. Overweight and obesity impact a person’s risk for heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. Studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health have found that both walking and biking to work are associated with lower body mass index in both men and women.
…Getting around by personal car is expensive and we cannot expect that everyone has the means or the ability to drive themselves from one place to another. Who walks and who uses bikes in this city? Do we care enough about them to design our public spaces to meet their needs and to help them get to their jobs, a friends’ house, the grocery store safely and conveniently? We hear a lot from those who do not want to design our roadways for anyone but car drivers. It’s time to share our public space, to design a transportation system that is equitable and meets the needs of all users, of all income levels.

Bikes & Beauty 2018

Enjoy Bike Month’s Greatest Night!

If you attend one event during Bike Month it should be the Bikes & Beauty 2018 Fashion Show at the Bike to Work Day After Party on Friday, May 18 from 6 – 9 PM at the SLO Guild Hall (map). People from all over SLO County come together to watch members of our local bike community strut their stuff on the runway in an always amazing array of hand-made DIY bike fashion. Many of the items worn in the fashion show will be available for purchase after the show!

Come groove to the satisfying sounds of DJ Malik, enjoy tasty food from Mee Heng Low, beer from Central Coast Brewing, wine from Rabbit Ridge Winery and Diringer Estates, cocktails by T-Dubs, Whalebird Kombucha and a sweet variety of delicious desserts. Entry is FREE, beverages and food are available for purchase with sales benefiting Bike SLO County.

Win Bikes!

Part of the Bike to Work Day After Party, the evening includes Rideshare’s Bike to Work Day bike raffle drawing and a Bike SLO County Raffle. So there are two ways to win:

  1. Attend any of Rideshare’s 12 bike breakfast stations the morning of Bike to Work Day to receive a free raffle ticket to win a super cool Surly Cross-Check. One winner will be drawn at the Bikes & Beauty Fashion Show and broadcast live on Rideshare’s Facebook page. You do not have to be present to win this bike. For bike breakfast station locations visit rideshare.org/btwd.
  2. Attend Bikes & Beauty and purchase raffles tickets for $20 to win: an awesome Dutchi 8 from Linus, a gift card from Luis Wine Bar, bike stuff from Art’s Cyclery, Lezyne, SLIME and Genuine Innovations. Each item (or group of items) will have a box in which to drop any tickets you purchase. Only want to win the Linus bike? Drop your tickets in the Linus box! Want to win stuff from Lezyne and the Linus? Drop a ticket in each box! Proceeds from these raffle tickets benefit Bike SLO County and help make this event possible. You must be present to win these prizes!

Free Limited Edition Steel Pint Tumblers

The first 125 people to arrive at the Bikes & Beauty Blow Out will receive a complimentary 2018 Bike to Work Day/Bikes & Beauty commemorative steel pint tumbler. Supplies are limited! Arrive early, stay late!

Commemorative Bike Month 2018 Coffee Mugs

The last of our limited edition double walled Bike Month 2018 coffee mugs will be available for purchase for $10. These are a one-time run so when they’re gone they’re gone!

Sponsors

This event would not be possible without major support from Rideshare. Thank you! Additional funding from Sunrun and Mindbody help make Bikes & Beauty 2018 even better!

RSVP / Spread the Word

Interested? Head over to https://www.facebook.com/events/180596192757166/ to RSVP. Please share/spread the word when you’re there. Thanks!

It’s Bike Month 2018!

Are you ready for Bike Month 2018?

Bike Month is back! And once again this year there is a whole lotta cyclin’ goin’ on! Wondering where to find the latest, greatest information about Bike Month 2018 events in SLO County? Bike SLO County has lots of stuff going on this month (read below), but you can learn more about all kinds of Bike Month events over at SLOShift.org’s brand new events calendar (Right here! http://sloshift.org)

SLO Shift is a group of fun loving volunteers who love bikes and wish that Bike Month was every month. With that in mind, SLO Shift’s calendar won’t stop in May. Look to SLO Shift for bike-related events all year round. Want to start your own bike-related events? If’s easy to add your event to SLO Shift’s calendar so that lots of people who bike can find out about it.

Rideshare.org has great information about this year’s Bike to Work Day and Bike to School Day.

Bike SLO County Bike Month 2018 Events

Check out Bike SLO County’s Events Page on Facebook to see all of our Bike Month 2018 events: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BikeSLOCounty/events/

You’ll find things like pArts After Dark, Pedal to Pizza, Bikes & Beauty, The SLO Ride of Silence and more.

Commemorative Bike Month 2018 Coffee Mugs

Our limited edition reusable mugs are going FAST! We have less than 50 left. You can buy them for just $10 at the Bike Kitchen, during normal Bike Kitchen hours and at our Bike Month 2018 events. You can use them all month long (and longer) and help cut down on the paper, plastic and Styrofoam cups we see too many of during Bike Month. ReCycle! ReUse!

Giving Tuesday 2017

#GivingTuesday 2017 Facebook Fundraisers

It’s Giving Tuesday and some of our Board and Staff members are raising funds for Bike SLO County on Facebook. Donate today and your  #GivingTuesday donations will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

You give $10? It becomes $20!

You give $50? It becomes $100!

 

You get the picture. Your donations double and they add up fast, enabling Bike SLO County to work even harder in 2018 on programs like RideWell. Bike SLO County staff and volunteers refurbish gently used bikes, then provide them free of charge to some of SLO County’s neediest residents.

  • Your $150 tax deductible gift provides one child, woman or man with a bicycle, helmet, lights, bike lock and a bike education course to make sure they learn how to ride safe and smart.
  • Your $600 contribution provides all of the above to a family of four, granting access to sustainable, non-polluting transportation, physical fitness & old fashioned fun for SLO County residents in need.
  • Your $1000 donation makes it possible for six SLO County residents to receive the gift of mobility and get their lives rolling again!

You can donate to any of the Facebook fundraisers benefitting Bike SLO County listed below. Why so many? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $1000 per individual fundraiser, but they will donate up to $50,000 in total to any single nonprofit. If any of the fundraisers listed below have already raised $1000, please click another link and donate to one below the $1000 threshold. If we collectively raise $5000, they’ll double that amount to $10,000!

Staff Fundraisers:

Executive Director Mike Bennett: https://www.facebook.com/donate/196723297543736/

Communications Director Steve Akers: https://www.facebook.com/donate/1491784987524700/

Board Fundraisers:

President Chris McBride: https://www.facebook.com/donate/1490133141040216/

Treasurer Tyler Wertenbruch: https://www.facebook.com/donate/933018453530348/

Member Gary Havas: https://www.facebook.com/donate/131669144215564/

Prefer to donate directly to Bike SLO County? You can donate online at http://bikeslocounty.org/donate-3/ or mail checks to Bike SLO County, 860 Pacific St, Suite 105, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Thank you!

Congratulations to the 2017 Red Davis Award Winners!

The 7th Annual Red Davis Celebration took place Friday, November 2nd at the King David Masonic Lodge in San Luis Obispo and it was a blast! Bike SLO County presented 6 deserving winners with our 2017 Red Davis Awards for:

Volunteer of the Year:  Aldi Geramaldi Red Davis 2017 Volunteer of the Year Aldi Geramaldi

Donor of the Year:  San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club

Business of the Year:  Foothill Cyclery

Community Program of the Year:  SLO County Sheriff’s Christmas Bike Program

Advocate of the Year:  Helene Finger

Board Member of the Year:  Tyler Wertenbruch

All award winners were also presented with a certificate of recognition from the office of California State Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham.

During the ceremonies Dave Abrecht, Board President of the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club (Donor of the Year winners) presented Bike SLO County with a check for $20,000. Thank you SLOBC for your ongoing support!

Attendees dined on delicious food prepared by Mee Heng Low and enjoyed beverages donated by the fine folks at Central Coast Brewing, Peloton Cellars, Rabbit Ridge Winery, Diringer Estates and Whalebird Kombucha.

Photos of all award winners and the photo booth pictures are up on Flickr. You can see them here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/slobikelane/  

Thanks to everyone who showed up. It’s great to see so many faces, old and new, gather together to celebrate bikes and the people who make Bike SLO County possible.

Next year will be the 8th Annual Red Davis Celebration! See you there!

About Red Davis: In 2001 Red was a founding member of Bike SLO County (back when we were the SLO County Bicycle Coalition). For countless years Red has worked hard throughout SLO County as an advocate for better bikeways, including a ten year stint with the county’s Bicycle Advisory Committee. The County Board of Supervisors honored Red by designating the bike lanes on Los Osos Valley Road between Foothill Boulevard and South Bay Boulevard as “The Red Davis Bikeway”. Red’s hard work and dedication were the inspiration for the Red Davis Celebration, created to honor members of the bike community who make SLO County a better place for bikes. Red currently serves as a member of the Morro Bay City Council.

Another cyclist has died: It’s time to act

The following op-ed from our Executive Director Mike Bennet appeared in the San Luis Obispo Tribune on September 2, 2017:

Upon arriving to work on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 30, I received a message from a friend alerting me that a cyclist had been killed the night before on Foothill Boulevard in San Luis Obispo.

A search online confirmed the tragic news. Later in the day, updates to the sad story informed the community that Kennedy Love, a 22-year-old Cal Poly student, had been struck and killed by a car driven by a 17-year-old Los Osos resident who fled the scene of the crash. The driver later admitted to police that she had been drinking prior to hitting and killing Kennedy.

At almost the same time that Kennedy was struck and killed, two Central Valley residents were killed in a single vehicle crash on Cuesta Grade. The two passengers were ejected from the car when the driver lost control and the car went up the embankment. They were then struck by several cars and killed. The driver of the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

On Wednesday afternoon, I stopped by the location on Foothill Boulevard where Kennedy was killed. I placed some flowers nearby and thought about the reasons behind the needless deaths of three young Americans. Looking at the place in the road where Kennedy breathed his last breath, I spent some time thinking about what would have broken the chain of events that led to his death. My first thought was that protected bike lanes—which place a physical barrier between cyclists and motorists—on Foothill might have prevented his death. Protected bike lanes on this stretch of road have been discussed, and this event highlights that now is the time to make them a reality. In conjunction with other Safe Routes to School projects, protected bike lanes on Foothill and elsewhere will help make cyclists and pedestrians of all ages safer.

In the Marine Corps, and particularly in Marine Corps Aviation where I spent most of my military career, each member of the organization is charged with recognizing when they need to act to break the chain of events which can lead to a mishap. So how can we each work to break the chain of events that can lead to tragedy in our daily lives?

We start by obeying the rules of the road. The vehicle code is there to protect us and to make our roadways function as efficiently as possible.

If you are a pedestrian, please employ all the senses you were given by the good Lord in order to help you survive; watch where you are going, don’t look at your phone while crossing the street or train tracks and don’t use ear buds when, for your own personal safety, you need to be aware of your surroundings.

If you are a driver, be focused solely on the task of operating your car or truck; please give cyclists the three feet of clearance the law requires and give that motorcyclist in your rear view mirror a little room to pass.

If you are a cyclist, please obey traffic signals and signs, and if you are riding on a road without a bike lane, don’t ride two abreast. It does nothing to improve the relationship between drivers and the community of cyclists to which you belong.

Consideration for all road users is a must to ensure safety. If you are a cyclist, respect the driver pulling a load of hay, grapes or horses; he or she is likely just trying to get home after a 14-hour day to see the kids for a few minutes before trying to get a couple hours of sleep.

If you are a driver, please keep an eye out for motorcyclists and pedestrians, and please keep in mind that the cyclist riding down the road with you may be the ER doctor who eased your child’s pain last week; the manager of the winery across the valley where you had such a great time last weekend; a retired police captain who leads bike rides to help people stay active and healthy in retirement; or an old Marine helicopter gunship pilot who moved to the Central Coast after a quarter century of serving his country in peace and in war, and just wants to get a little exercise with his wife and friends. He’ll be the one giving you a smile and a wave and hoping for the same in return.

Help Make SLO County Better for Bikes

Twice a year Bike SLO County raises funds from our supporters to make sure that we can do what needs to be done to make SLO County better for bikes.

Our current 2017 Annual Fundraising Campaign goal is to raise $30,000 and we are way behind. Please watch our video and then dig deep with a whatever can give. Your donations make all the difference between the present and the bike and pedestrian friendly future we’re working hard to achieve. Donation links are below the video. Thank you!

Donations of any amount a greatly appreciated as we strive to reach our goal to raise $30,000 by Friday, June 16th.

Click here to make a one time donation.

Prefer to make a recurring monthly donation? Click here to make a monthly donation.

Rather send a check? Bike SLO County, 860 Pacific St, Suite 105, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Already support Bike SLO County? Thank You!

Come to the High Street Block Party!

Kids! Adults! Inbetweens! Don’t miss the High Street Block Party, May 12, 13 & 14, part of the Better Block project.

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High Street Block Party