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$20 Student Membership

Just in time for the beginning of the school year, we’d like to introduce you to our student level membership! At just $20/year, it’s a cheap way to support bicycles in SLO County.
You get all the perks of our individual membership, but on a student’s budget. It’s like an inexpensive insurance policy to help create better biking facilities and culture in SLO County, something we can all benefit for. Become a member easily online here.

Biking is the best way to get around town: it’s quick, it’s fun, it’s healthy and it’s free!

Coalition Board Meeting

Join us for our next Board of Directors meeting, Tuesday 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Coalition Headquarters in San Luis Obispo! These meetings are open to the public and will give you an inside look to the organization and our dedication to making SLO County better for bicycles.

Take The Coalition Survey

In our ongoing efforts to better represent bicycles in SLO County, we have created a super quick survey for you to fill out. Your responses are extremely important to us as we advocate, educate and promote bicycles on all levels. You don’t need to be a member to take the survey, everyones feedback is important!

Feel free to pass it along to anyone who rides bikes. Thanks!

Click here to take the survey.

Advocacy Alert

Bicycle & Pedestrian Funding Under Attack

This year, around $700 million of Federal transportation funds, (less than 2 percent of total transportation dollars) will be spent on bicycling and walking.  In 2012 that figure could be A BIG FAT ZERO. Show our leaders that bicyclists are voters too!

Join the Coalition, our state and national partners and call your Senator to let them know you support CONTINUED FUNDING FOR BIKING AND WALKING. The League of American Bicyclists has a simple site to find out who your Senator is, and allows you to easily contact them. We ask that you take just a moment and contact your Senator TODAY.

We have created a simple infographic to outline the importance of this issue, feel free to share with your friends and family:

 

September 17th FREE Bike Ed Workshop

You have a legal right to be on the road and we’ll give you the tools to make it easy. Our workshops teach traffic psychology and techniques that will empower you while you ride. August’s workshop is held in the afternoon, giving you more time to sleep in before you join us as we share our bike joy and knowledge with you!

When: Saturday, September 17th, 8:30am – 1:00pm

Where: Coalition Headquarters, 860 Pacific St, SLO (map)

Why: With confidence, bicycling is a safe and enjoyable way to travel. Join the movement!

How: More details and registration can be found online here.

Bike Hack: Tube Tie Downs

Being able to carry stuff on your bicycle is a great way to make riding a bicycle the best way to get around. Rear racks are really easy to find (try the Bike Kitchen!), inexpensive, and simple to install on your bicycle.

Most of rear racks give you the ability to use a bungee across them in order to strap things onto it, the same can be done to front racks as well.

  • Find a used intertube (they’re generally free and easy to find)
  • Hook it around the rack mount tab on the lower portion of the rack
  • Stretch it across to the other side of the rack
  • That’s it, we told you it was easy!
NOTE: Before you take off to ride, make sure nothing is going to get in the way of your wheels, this could cause you to crash! Check that the intertube is solid and is properly holding down whatever is on the rack.
You can find discarded intertubes at the Bike Kitchen or at most bike shops.
Concerts in the Park

25,000 Bikes Parked!

The Valet has reached the 25,000 milestone, thanks to you! Keep riding and parking your bikes at the Valet so we can hit 30,000!

Video: Eye Contact

One of the best ways to communicate with motorists while you’re on a bike is to make eye contact. This way you can be sure they see you, and you can let them know what you are doing.

From New York’s Transportation Alternatives “Biking Rules” campaign.