Bike Lights at Night

Long Nights? Bike Lights!

Daylight Savings Time ended early Sunday morning and the days are getting shorter as the nights grow longer. Now is a great time to make sure the batteries on your bike lights are fully charged.

Don’t have bike lights or reflectors? Even if it wasn’t a legal requirement (it is) having lights and reflectors makes you much more visible to other vehicles and pedestrians at night. According to CaliforniaVehicle Code Section 21201, bicycles need to be equipped with a white light in the front and a red reflector (or light) in the rear. Additionally bikes need white or yellow reflectors on their pedals and/or the side of their bike.

Most bike shops will be happy to help you find the right lights for your bike. Even our own Bike Kitchen has a selection of lights to help you bike safe and smart this Fall and Winter. There are plenty of cool options out there to help you light up the night!


Breaking Away at The Fremont

SLO International Film Festival Screening to Benefit SLO County Bicycle Coalition

We’re excited to announce two great things (Bicycles and Movies) in one great event! This coming Saturday evening (October 25th) the SLO International Film Festival presents a special screening of the film Breaking Away at The Fremont Theatre in SLO. Dennis Christopher and Paul Dooley, who starred in the film, will both be in attendance. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The SLO County Bicycle Coalition.

Dennis Christopher and Paul Dooley will do a Q&A after the movie and will also be at a meet-and-greet reception at Mama’s Meatball in San Luis Obispo, happening 5:00-6:30 pm. The reception includes classic Italian appetizers, wine courtesy of Peloton Cellars, and of course, some Cinzano!

For tickets and information about the screening and the Meet and Greet event at Mama’s Meatball go to or click here.

Special thanks to Best Bike Zone, Flanders Bicycle, Paso Bike Tours, Foothill Cyclery, Mama’s Meatball and Peloton Cellars for sponsoring this event!

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.


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.


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.


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!


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.