New Pants Protectors are Here!

Save your pants in style with our Connect SLO County pants protector!

Save your pants in style with our Connect SLO County pants protector!

 

One of our fun new Connect SLO County canvas and velcro pant cuff straps could be yours with a donation to our Connect SLO County initiative!

Connect SLO County is an initiative of the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition. Your contribution today funds the work that is creating the future of great paths and friendly roads in SLO County. Through your special contribution to Connect SLO County, we will be able to complete the paths that will help more people of all ages, from eight years old to 80 years old, move around SLO County on foot and by bike.

Our 20 Days – 20 Reasons campaign, featuring local riders and the reasons they want to Connect SLO County, begins tomorrow, Thursday September 11th. But if you’d like to kick things off early and donate today we’d be thrilled.

 

Concerts in the Park

Bike Valet at Bike Month Kick Off!

Tomorrow is May 1st and that means that BIKE MONTH IS HERE!

Rideshare’s Bike Month Kick Off event begins at 7 pm Thursday, May 1st with the screening of a documentary about SLO’s own Bike Happening, at Lincoln Market & Deli. Our free Bike Valet service will be there, ready to park and watch over your favorite two-wheeled friend as you enjoy the festivities.

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Never used Bike Valet? It works just like a regular valet service:

  1. You’ll be given given a numbered tag, which matches the tag we attach to your bike.
  2. Your bike will be carefully parked on our secure racks.
  3. To retrieve your bike, hand us your number. We’ll confirm that it matches the number on your bike, then return it.
  4. Boom!

After you watch the Bike Happening film, you may want to…ride in the Bike Happening itself! Maybe, just maybe, you’ll be in the sequel.

Bike Month Kick Off May 1st 7 – 10 pm
Film followed by Ride
Lincoln Market & Deli
496 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Interested in what else is going on in May? Check the Rideshare website for the most current Bike Month Calendar.

 

 

Bike-In Movie: Voting Results…

The votes are in! We’d like to say it was a close race but…it wasn’t. The Winner, by a snow-slide, is Frozen, which will show in Mission Plaza at 7:30 PM on Friday May 30th.

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Mark your calendars! We’ll have everything you need to enjoy a movie under the stars in Mission Plaza! We’ll have the popcorn, hot chocolate and our Bike Valet all set up and ready to go. Bring a blanket, your family and friends for an evening of Bike-In Movie fun!

Last Chance! Voting for the 2014 Bike-In Movie Ends at 8 pm!

One of our favorite Bike Month events that we host is the annual Bike-In Movie. Help us choose this year’s movie by casting your vote below. Voting ends at 8 pm tonight!

Support our Climate Riders!

ride images5The Climate Ride is a fully supported bike ride that features a focus on bicycle advocacy, sustainability, and renewable energy. Help the SLO County Bicycle Coalition team riders by donating to them on their upcoming Climate Ride adventure while also supporting the Bicycle Coalition!

How it works:

Riders register and can join a ‘team’ where they collectively fundraise to support a designated organization – the SLO County Bicycle Coalition. Your donation helps the rider raise funds for their chosen organization and raises awareness as well.

How you can help:

Give today and support the riders who are excited to be riding on behalf of the SLO County Bicycle Coalition!

Click here to view the SLO County Bicycle Coalition team page and donate to a rider.

Expanded Bike Kitchen Hours Coming Soon

Working on your weekend project is about to get a lot easier!

Since opening our doors in early 2010 we have had over 6,000 people use the Bike Kitchen to wrench on their bicycles, find parts for projects, and learn the art of bicycle maintenance. A lot has evolved in the space since that time with major improvements to our workspace and organization, yet our hours have remained the same, but things are about to change.

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We are excited to announce that beginning on Friday February 28, 2014 we will be expanding from 10 to 15 operating hours per week with full weekend days as well. With the new hours we can provide more people with the chance to join us and get their bicycles in tip-top shape.

The long awaited expansion of the Bike Kitchen is largely in part to increased support from our volunteers and members who keep our wheels spinning, a BIG thanks to all of you!

In addition to more open hours we are also introducing a tiered pricing system, allowing for half-day ($5) and full-day ($10) pricing options. Bicycle Coalition members still receive 4 free visits as part of their membership – an incredible deal!

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New Bike Kitchen hours as of Friday February 28, 2014*

  • Fridays 12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Saturdays 12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Sundays 12:00 – 5:00 pm

*We will be closed on February 26th & 27th in preparation for our new hours.

A Letter from the Executive Director

The following is an excerpt from the Winter 2014 Spoken Wheel, the Bicycle Coalition’s print newsletter. 

The lifecycle of the Bicycle Coalition is impressive. The community catalyzed passion, passion bred generosity, generosity established success, and success generated investment.

SpokenWheel_Excerpt-01Our persistent focus on community, working to improve local quality of life through a more bicycle friendly Central Coast continues to find great success. The Kitchen, Valet, and Education programs have reached tens of thousands of residents, helping each and every one of them actively recall the joy of riding a bicycle. We are ecstatic to witness our programs help more people find the confidence and develop the skills needed to use a bicycle for everyday transportation. Education and inspiration are essential components of our mission and represent our focus on creating change externally to make our community an even better place to live. Meanwhile, to compliment the strong showing of outward accomplishment, the Coalition never stops working on self-improvement.

Backed by the combined strength of thousands of donors, members, and volunteers we stand at a crossroads. Throughout the last few years, we have often said that the organization was in its late teens or early twenties. We moved out of our parent’s house, Clever Ducks, and found our first apartment, the headquarters in downtown SLO. We learned how to plan strategically, meet our budget goals, and save for the future. We increased our capacity to do good work in the community. We helped local governments plan and build miles upon miles of new, safer bikeways throughout the region. Now, the Bicycle Coalition aims to become an adult. We are committed to reaching every school with safety assemblies, providing smarter services for people needing help with their bicycles, and more important than all, working with local governments to build more bicycle friendly improvements on a faster timeline.

SpokenWheel_Growth-01Your incredible support has initiated tremendous accomplishments and organizational growth over the years. Since 2009, the Bicycle Coalition has expanded our staff from one dedicated individual to a team of five. Our annual income has increased an average of 16% every year. We have three times the resources in our reserve so we can remain absolutely confident that the organization will exist for decades to come. Within the next few months, we will hire our first ever Program Director, to manage and further improve our valuable programs. Thanks to the leadership of our Board of Directors, we also take aim at the long-term goal of achieving an impassioned bicycle friendly majority in every decision making body in San Luis Obispo County. We’re looking forward to 2014 and know that your generosity is the key to our every accomplishment.

The community catalyzed passion, passion bred generosity, generosity established success, and success generated investment. Investment expanding the Bicycle Coalition is reflected by increasing government investment in safer streets. Now the community wields power.

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See you in the Bike Lane,

Dan Rivoire, Executive Director

Register for the 2014 Climate Ride

CR_logoEnjoy an incredible 4-day fully supported ride in Northern California while supporting the Bicycle Coalition! 2014’s California Climate Ride is set for May 17-20, 2014 from San Francisco up the coast and through win country to Sacramento. There are only 50 spots left, so be sure to register soon!

Climate Ride also features a focus on bicycle advocacy, sustainability, and renewable energy. Sign up for the ride, choose the SLO County Bicycle Coalition as your beneficiary and join our team – it’s that easy! Find more information online.

The route:

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Pedal from the City by the Bay – San Francisco – across the Golden Gate Bridge and along California’s scenic Marin coast. Then, turning east at Point Reyes Station, we’ll pedal past quaint dairy farms and through historic Petaluma to our first camp of the trip.

The next two days are spent pedaling through the verdant vineyards of California’s classic Wine Country growing regions – Russian River Valley, Dry Creek, Alexander Valley and eventually into the famed Napa Valley, where we’ll spend a whole day on the Silverado Trail.

Then, it’s up and over the final hill and across the flat Central Valley to Sacramento where we’ll make our voices heard at a speaking event in front of the iconic Capitol building.

Our professional Climate Ride staff takes care of all the details, so you can focus on riding the 30-60 miles per day of carefully planned routes on scenic back roads. It’s challenging yet doable, and you have all day to make it to the next rest stop. Meals, snacks, bike support, luggage transport, and all of the logistics are included when you reach your fundraising minimum.

Find even more details online at climateride.org