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Wildflower Volunteers Needed

San Luis Obispo Bike Club Makes A Difference

The San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club was formed 44 years ago in 1971. Since that time they’ve actively promoted bicycle riding throughout SLO County. wildflowerwideThis year, they’ll contribute over $75,000 (including  $50,000 to the Bike Coalition!) to support local bike groups and activities, bicycle advocacy organizations and programs, and the communities in which the Bike Club rides and holds their events.

One of the ways the Bike Club is able to make such generous contributions to the bike community is from the proceeds of the two annual Century rides that they put on:  The Lighthouse Century and The Wildflower Century. Both of these rides take months and months of planning and countless volunteer hours.

You Can Help

The Bike Club is looking for a few more volunteers to help out with the Wildflower Century on April 25th, 2015. Aside from the great feeling you’ll get from volunteering, you’ll also get a free Wildflower Century shirt, an invitation to the Volunteer Brunch and an invitation to the Pre-Ride (you’ll get to ride the course before the actual ride.)

As of right now, these volunteer positions are still open:

Team
Number
Cleanup – Team
2
Food Ordering – Truck Loader Team
5
Stop: Highway 41 – Team Lifting
1
Stop: Shadow Run – Team Lifting
1
Stop: Shandon Lunch – Early Lifting
2
Stop: Shandon Lunch – Late Lifting
5
Stop: Shell Creek – Team Lifting
3

Ready to Volunteer?

The Bike Club’s 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 (please let them know The Bicycle Coalition sent you). The volunteer coordinator will contact you for any information needed to complete your volunteer record.

 

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!

The Most Powerful Bike Funding Policy in the Nation?

How San Luis Obispo Established the Most Powerful Bike Funding Policy in the Nation

By Eric Meyer and Dan Rivoire.

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Eight years of careful planning — and a bit of luck — just paid off in a big way for the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Coalition. The central California city recently amended its transportation plan (known as the “Circulation Element” of the general plan) in three very innovative ways.

First, the city revised its transportation mode objectives, dramatically increasing the bike and pedestrian trip goals.

The new mode split goal:

50 percent motor vehicles
12 percent transit
20 percent bicycles
18 percent walking, car pools, and other forms

This is one of the most pedestrian- and bike-centric modal split objectives in the United States.

Second, the city changed its roadway analysis from Level of Service to Multi-Modal Level of Service.

San Luis Obispo rejected Level of Service — an outdated standard that measures transportation projects only on the basis of automobile delay — in favor of Multi-Modal Level of Service. MMLOS puts all modes on a level playing field so that the needs of one mode may only trump the needs of another in a manner designated by the modal hierarchy given to that location.

With this MMLOS objective in mind, the city re-prioritized the modal hierarchy of all of its streets. Some high-traffic arterials are automobile-focused, then transit, then bikes, then peds. Other streets have different hierarchies. Residential neighborhood streets are prioritized for pedestrians first. Major arterials are prioritized for transit first. It is a complex “complete streets” effort that will balance the needs of all modes in the city over time as streets are rebuilt or modified.

Third (and most important!): The city created a policy that allocates general fund transportation spending by mode to match the mode share percentage goals desired.

If you remember only one thing from this article, this is it.

This policy mandates that our city must allocate general fund transportation spending at the same ratio as the mode share goal desired. Meaning 20 percent of funding needs to go to bicycling.

This is a huge shift from business as usual in America.

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These changes didn’t happen all at once. They happened over the course of about eight years under the guidance of many minds at the Bicycle Coalition and with the help of many hundreds of citizens. If we had tried to make this all happen at once during a Circulation Element update, we would have failed.

It happened because we focused on the smallest relevant plans first. San Luis Obispo’s first opportunity for meaningful policy change came when the City Planning Commission was approving a Climate Action Plan, with the aim of reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. One of the suggested strategies in this plan was to decrease single occupancy vehicle trips. One way to do that is to encourage an increase in the mode share of alternative modes such as biking and walking. Eric pitched the idea of pushing the bike mode share goal to 20 percent, thinking that we might get 15 percent as a compromise. But in a surprise vote, the entire planning commission agreed to the new 20 percent bike mode share goal.

In the context of the Climate Action Plan this bike mode share increase didn’t seem that controversial, and the audience in the Planning Commission chamber that night was very enthusiastic. The City Council later easily approved the new Climate Action Plan.

The trouble was that other older city plans, like the Bicycle Master Plan and the city Circulation Element, still had the old 10 percent bike goal. (Note that the current bike mode share is only about 6 percent.) So a year or two later, when the Bicycle Master Plan came up for review, it was modified to match the Climate Action Plan. Since city staff were able to explain that they were merely updating the bike plan to match the more recent climate action plan, it went through without a hitch.

A few years later, the city’s transportation and land use plan, known as LUCE (for “Land Use Element and Circulation Element”) came up for review and updating. Eric was appointed chairman of the citizen task force dedicated to overseeing the update. The task force again debated increasing the modal goal over what was in the old LUCE, but what ultimately led to them to approve it was the simple fact that the Planning Commission and City Council had already approved that figure in the two other plans years before.

In addition to this new modal split objective, the new MMLOS policy and the requirement to allocate transportation funding in the same ratio as the desired modal split were also incorporated into the transportation and land use update.

This 20 percent mode bike mode share goal would never have been approved in the LUCE had it not already been part of the two smaller plans.

This is a key point and may be a pathway that others can follow to create similar changes in other jurisdictions.

Meanwhile, Dan was elected to City Council shortly after the City Planning Commission approved the LUCE update, so when it came before the council, his was the deciding vote that approved it and he is now in a position to help shepherd the new prioritization of funding. Our work to get a place on city boards, as bike advocates, paid off.

Together these new policies create one of the strongest funding mechanisms for bicycle infrastructure in the nation. We hope that other cities might be able to learn from our efforts.

None of this would have been possible without the efforts of hundreds of members of the public and the tireless efforts of many Bicycle Coalition Advocates who showed up at City Planning and City Council meetings to voice their concerns and desires. It is the public that creates the demand and the advocate’s job is simply to help the public and the city find the way forward.

Photos: Top: New Green Lane markings at California Blvd. and the Northbound 101 Freeway offramp. Below: A new bike bridge being installed on the Bob Jones Trail at the south end of the city. Photos:City of San Luis Obispo from 2014.

Originally published by the kind folks at The Alliance for Biking and Walking.

 

 

Bike of The Week: Santa Cruz Blur

We’re very excited about the fantastic mountain bike that rolled through our doors a few weeks ago. This black XL Santa Cruz Blur LT is outfitted with a great Deore XT groupset. With a standover of 30.7″, this is perfect for riders 6′ tall or taller.  The frame was manufactured sometime between 2005-2007.

This 27-gear Blur (3×9) with Juicy Sevens hydraulic brakes provides you the means to get up and go as Santa_Cruz_600well as the ability to stop on a moment’s notice.  Suspension is provided by a Fox Float R in the front and a Fox RP23 in the rear.  Additionally, the Blur uses the venerated VPP (Virtual Pivot Point) system for the utmost in rear suspension responsiveness.

This beauty is available now for only $1250.00. At that price it will go fast. You can come check it out at The Bike Kitchen before someone nabs this deal and heads for the trails. 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 just 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 and have provided guided instruction to over 7,000 people since opening our doors in 2010.

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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bike-the-budget-stand-up-to-make-bikes-a-slo-city-budget-priority-tickets-15145940917

Bike Fashion Show 2015

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Higuera Street Traffic Alert

Southern California Gas Excavating Higuera Street

Beginning in early November, SoCalGas will be excavating parts of Higuera Street in order to replace one of their natural gas pipelines with new pipe. Excavation and pipe installation on Higuera Street will be done in small sections, from Bridge Street down to south of LOVR. During this process, which is expected to last between 14 – 16 weeks, bicyclists and motorists may experience lane closures and even possible delays in areas where traffic is reduced to one lane controlled by flaggers.

higuera_gas_map_logoThe excavation and pipeline installation work will be conducted in a series of sections, one-at-a-time. Lane reductions will be in effect during working hours, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., marked with traffic cones and signs.

While each section north of Los Osos Valley Road is being worked on, Higuera Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction for the length of the section, plus a safe distance before and beyond the section.

South of Los Osos Valley Road, Higuera Street will be reduced to one lane and traffic will alternate between directions as controlled by flaggers.

Bike Smart

In light of these upcoming traffic disruptions, we’d like to take this chance to remind you of some smart and simple rules of the road to help you safely reach your destination:

  • Follow the law. You have the same rights and obligations as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic.
  • Be predictable.  Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve. Signal turns and check behind you well before making a turn or changing lanes.
  • Be conspicuous. Ride where people can see you. At night use a front white light, rear red light and/or reflectors. Make eye contact with other road users whenever possible.
  • Think ahead. Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes and other road hazards.
  • Ride ready. Before you ride, make sure your tires have enough air, that your brakes are working, your chain runs smoothly and that your quick release levers are closed.

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 https://slofilmfest.org/2014/09/23/dont-miss-the-35th-anniversary-of-breaking-away/ 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!