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:

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:

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:

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

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:

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 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:

Bike of The Week: Escape

This week’s Bike of The Week is the Escape 2 by Giant.

Built with an ALUXX aluminum frame and a wide range of easy-to-operate gearing, this Escape 2 is a fun, efficient way to get wherever you need to go. Its smooth-rolling 700c wheels and stable frame geometry make it fast and sporty enough for a GiantEscape600fitness routine, comfortable enough to commute or just cruise.

The flat and upright handlebars provide both comfort and visibility while the V-brakes provide powerful and safe stopping.

With 24 gears (3×8) to choose from, you’ll always have the gear you need. Great for someone 5’7″ – 5’9″, this Escape 2 also includes a kickstand, rear rack and front removable handlebar bag.

Available now in The Bike Kitchen for only $250.
We’re open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5 PM and are located at 860 Pacific St in San Luis Obispo (corner of Morro and Pacific streets).

The Bike Kitchen is a program of The SLO County Bicycle Coalition. We have all the parts, tools and knowledge you need to fix your bicycle! We can help you build a bike from the ground up, fix that junker you found at a garage sale, or simply tune up your bicycle. We serve all types of people, and are committed to creating a safe space for everyone. We have provided guided instruction to over 8,000 people since opening our doors in 2010.

Bike of The Week not your cup of tea? Still looking to buy a gently used, ready to ride bicycle? We sell all kinds of bicycles! Come in and see us!


2015 National Bike Summit

This week our Executive Director Dan Rivoire has been attending the 2015 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. and sent us the following update:

For the second straight year, the week kicked off with the womenbikeWomen Bike Summit. Taking a close look at advocacy through a gender lens really helped us learn more about what we can be doing to welcome everyone into our bike community in San Luis Obispo. Seriously, the sessions were awesome right out of the gate. Multicultural Communities for Mobility out of Los Angeles handled the crowd and helped us all grow like an absolute boss. We discussed the importance of supporting and protecting safe spaces for everyone in our community through things like women only bike education and rides. The highlight was learning the term of the hour when it comes to supporting LGBTQ communities: Be an accomplice, not just an ally. I just can’t wait to get home and keep talking about how the SLO County Bike Coalition can take serious action toward being inclusive. Check out Multicultural Communities for Mobility here: Read more

Call for Work: Bike Art

Calling All Artists

Be a part of Bike Month + Art After Dark this May
Bike Month is kicking off Friday, May 1st, so Rideshare is teaming up with Art After Dark in San Luis Obispo to include bike-themed art at as many locations as possible this year!

Are you an artist or do you know someone who is? Bike Month 2015Rideshare wants to make Bike Month 2015 the best SLO County has seen yet, but they need your help to kick it off right! Anyone who is interested in contributing to May Art After Dark events in celebration of Bike Month should email for more info before March 20, 2015.

By showing your support creatively, you’ll be helping to heighten the awareness of bicycling and bicyclists on our roads this May. Get busy creating and contact Rideshare soon!! #LetsGetVisible

bike art!

Bike of the Week: Faggin 14-speed

This repainted blue Faggin has a 62 cm frame, perfect for riders 6′ or taller. The fantastic Nitto Noodle drop bars provide a wide variety of comfortable hand positions.

FagginEquipped with Campagnolo parts throughout (including brakes/levers, rims, and cranks) this Italian-made beauty can be yours for $650.00 at the Bike Kitchen. We’re open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5 PM and are located at 860 Pacific St in San Luis Obispo (corner of Morro and Pacific streets). Come in and see us!

The Bike Kitchen is a program of The SLO County Bicycle Coalition. We have all the parts, tools and knowledge you need to fix your bicycle! We can help you build a bike from the ground up, fix that junker you found at a garage sale, or simply tune up your bicycle. Looking to buy a gently used, ready to ride bicycle? We sell them! We serve all types of people, and are committed to creating a safe space for everyone. We have provided guided instruction to over 8,000 people since opening our doors in 2010.

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Bike The Budget on January 13

Stand up for Bikes on January 13th

Every two years, the City of San Luis Obispo establishes the top priorities to make SLO an even better place to live, work and play. The City council then matches the resources necessary to achieve these priorities through adopting the budget in June. The adopted budget sets the City’s course of action for the next two years. The Community Budget Forum on January 13th at the Ludwick Community Center is the bike community’s opportunity to present our ideas directly to the city council on what priorities we want represented within the next two year budget cycle.

Do we really need to show up?

The City Council uses the Community Budget Forum to assess the priorities for the coming budget cycle.  If members of the bike community don’t show up to express how important bike infrastructure improvements are to the community, the City Council won’t include them in the 2015-2017 budget process. Only by gathering together can we demonstrate our strength, passion and resolve to continue making San Luis Obispo an even better place to bike.

Where and When?

We’ll meet at 5:00 PM in the Community Room of the SLO Library (995 Palm St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401) to eat pizza and discuss strategy.

At 5:45 PM we’ll bike/walk/drive over to the Ludwick Community Center, a few short blocks away at 864 Santa Rosa St (corner of Santa Rosa and Mill). The community forum lasts from 6:00-9:00 pm, with the voting (placing dots on your favorite projects) taking place at the end. Bike Coalition Board Member Lea Brooks will speak to the Council and at that point all bike supporters should stand to demonstrate our support. If you can’t make the whole thing please try and make sure you can be there for the final half hour so that your vote will be counted. The more people that show up and vote the more we’ll “bike the budget”!

You can RSVP for the event on Eventbrite:

Win a Peak Rack!

Make an End of Year Gift – Be Entered to Win!

The Central Coast is an incredible place to ride our bikes. While you, your friends, kids, and co-workers may already enjoy riding around the neighborhood on two wheels, we know our work is far from complete. None of us want our ride to be cut short. The Bicycle Coalition works continuously to improve your life through great paths and friendly roads. Your donation to the Bicycle Coalition’s year-end campaign strengthens our efforts to make SLO County better for bikes.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 by December 31st. As we work to hit our target, your generous donation will make a safer, more bike-friendly Central Coast possible.

What About the Bike Rack? win_a_silver_peak_rack

Oh yes – the kind folks over at Peak Racks have donated one of their awesome 2-Bike Single-Sided Bike Racks to The Bike Coalition. We’ve decided to offer this galvanized rack as a raffle prize. Anyone who donates at least $25 from now through midnight on December 31st, 2014 will be entered for a chance to win. The winner will be announced on January 5th*.

Thank you for digging deep and giving big in 2014. Make your End of Year Gift and enter to win a Peak Rack at

*small print! Rack will be available for pickup at the Bike Coalition offices in SLO. If you can’t pick it up we will deliver it within SLO County. We can not mail/ship the rack anywhere.


Help Hawthorne Elementary

Can You Help Make Biking to Hawthorne Easier?

At the Bicycle Coalition, nothing motivates us like the stories we hear about people dedicated to making biking easier and safer for all of us.  This is definitely the case at Hawthorne Elementary School.

Access to Hawthorne is tricky as it is the only school in the District with neither a lot nor a turnaround. All of the buses, autos, pedestrians and bikes are served only by City streets.  In 2011, with support from the City of SLO, Rideshare, and the school district, parents spurred the initiation of a painted bike box to designate exactly how bicycles should enter the school at the bike cage.  hawthorneRamp600For the last year parents have been taking turns arriving early at school to place cones and a bike ramp at the bike access point. That is some serious dedication!

Of course, the parents, school, city, and district are all on board to see a real long-term solution.  Do you want to get involved? We are looking for a licensed contractor with workman’s comp and the ability to donate their equipment and service to complete Hawthorne’s curb cut plans (see PDF of plans here).  Please contact the SLO County Bike Coalition for more information.

The Bike Coalition would sincerely like to thank the parents and other kind folks for your efforts at Hawthorne Elementary School. Your hard work and dedication is an inspiration for all of us.

Tom diSanto, M:OME Architecture

Rod Hoadley,  Peak Racks

Kirt Collins, School Principal

Angela Nelson, formerly of Rideshare

Chris Teaford, Specialty Construction

Ben Jensen, Horrocks Engineers

Berry Geno Worden

Josh Machamer

Lee Engelmeier

Matt Treichler