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The Bikes & Beauty Bike Month Blowout!

Bikes & Beauty is almost here!

This year Bike SLO County’s annual Bikes & Beauty Fashion Show party is joining forces with SLO Rideshare’s Bike Month Blowout for a Bike to Work Day Afterparty Extravaganza! Join us on Friday May 20th from 6:30 – 9:30 PM at the SLO Grange Hall in SLO (map).

Bikes & BeautyCome groove to the satisfying sounds of DJ Malik, enjoy tasty food and beverages (beer, wine, cocktails, kombucha, soda) and watch the always fabulous Bike Fashion Show.

Rideshare will be giving away a Linus Commuter Bike. How can you win? Stop at any Bike to Work Day Station, collect a raffle ticket and bring it to the Bikes & Beauty Bike Month Blow Out for your chance to win!

Bike SLO County will raffle a fantastic Yuba Spicy Curry eCargo Bike (courtesy of Foothill Cyclery)! Whether you’re hauling coconuts, kids or kombucha, Spicy Curry is your jam! Retail for this bike is $4,200. Raffle tickets are $20 each or 5 for $100, available ONLY at Bikes & Beauty.

Parking at The SLO Grange Hall (map): Our free Bike Valet will be parking bikes from 6:15-9:30 PM, and there is also plenty of parking for cars

You can RSVP and Share the Event with your friends over on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1161083450620599/

Very special thanks to the bike-loving sponsors who make this night possible:

Super Spectacular Support provided by SLO Rideshare‘s Bike to Work Day.

Additional Awesome Support comes from Salon 544, Linnaea’s Cafe, Flanders Bicycle, Central Coast Brewing Company, Whalebird Kombucha, Peloton Cellars, SLO Natural Foods Co-Op, Barrelhouse Brewing Company, Mindbody, Rabbit Ridge Winery and Rosie’s Workwear.

Bikes & Beauty

Bikes and Beauty 2015 Recap

This year’s Bikes & Beauty Fashion Show Party was a blast! This year was bigger than ever and it was a joy to see so many bike-minded folks come out to celebrate. BikesBeauty2015WPWe got lots of fun photos from Barry Lewis and you can see them all over on flickr:

Bike Fashion Show Photos

(We’ll post a link to the photo-booth photos next week!)

We’re so excited by how amazing this year’s show was that we’re already opening up our interest form for next year. Want to participate in next year’s show – as a designer, model or volunteer? Sign up here and we’ll keep in the loop: Bikes & Beauty 2016 Interest Form.

The Bikes & Beauty party wouldn’t be possible without the support of the bike community and our generous Bikes & Beauty sponsors:

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Finally, a huge hug to the fine folks at iFixit for opening up their fantastic space to the community. Thank you!

Like Bikes?

Become a member of The Bike Coalition – it’s free to sign-up and we’ll keep you informed every month about bike events and issues in SLO County. Click this link to join: I Like Bikes!

Bike Fashion Show Party

A Fun-filled Night Out with the Bike Community

Get ready for Bikes & Beauty, our annual celebration for people who love bicycles. Tell your friends! Bring your friends! Dress up fancy! Dress up fun! Enjoy a fun-filled night out with the bike community!

This year marks the return of the Bike Fashion Show, Fashion_group_500featuring hand-made bike-related clothing and accessories created by local makers and designers.

In addition to the Fashion Show, we’ll have the sonic sounds of music spun by DJ Malik, fantastic food by Mee Heng Low, delicious desserts by Linnaea’s Cafe, award-winning wines by Peloton Cellars, a wide selection of locally brewed beer by Bang The Drum, Barellhouse Brewing Co and Central Coast Brewing and kombucha from Komplete Kombucha.

Tickets at the door: $5 for Bicycle Coalition Members. $10 for General Public. Each admission ticket is redeemable for one free beverage.

What: Bikes & Beauty, the Bike Fashion Show Party

Where: iFixit, 1330 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (map)

When: Saturday, May 30, 6 – 9 PM

Why: Because Bikes!

R.S.V.P.https://www.facebook.com/events/1593340020913865/

Special thanks to our Bikes & Beauty Sponsors for their support of the SLO County bicycle community: SLO Natural Foods, Flanders Bicycle, Experts Exchange, Mee Heng Low, Linnaea’s Cafe, Peloton Cellars, Bang the Drum Brewery, Barrelhouse Brewing CompanyCentral Coast Brewing, Komplete Kombucha and the fine folks at iFixit for generously allowing us to use their spectacular space.

Like Bikes?

Become a member of The Bike Coalition – it’s free to sign-up and we’ll keep you informed every month about bike events and issues in SLO County. Click this link to join: I Like Bikes!

Bikes & Beauty Fashion Show Photos

From our talented photographer Brittany App! View even more on our Facebook page here.

$10 Off Memberships Today!

We are so excited for this Friday’s Bikes & Beauty party, we are offering $10 off memberships just for today*! The only way to join in on the fun Friday night is to be a current member of the Bicycle Coalition. Luckily, we’ve got a special deal, to make it even easier:

  1. Fill out the form below
  2. Enter coupon code members2012
  3. Get $10 off!

In addition to great food, beer, wine and music… There will be a Snap Cubby photobooth, the Arkeg, and a special curated digital fashion show! The show will feature some of the best videos from amazing designers who have included bicycles in their beautiful videos. You can see a bit of what’s in store in our trailer video here.

WHEN: Friday September 28, 6:30 – 10:00 pm
WHERE: SLO Grange Hall, 2880 Broad St (map)
HOW: $5 door entry, great deals on food & drinks!

Got questions? We have answers online here.

This event is all for our members, it’s our way of thanking them for their continued support and incredible enthusiasm for bicycles in SLO County and beyond. In addition to an invitation to the Bikes & Beauty party, your membership comes with other Bicycle Coalition member perks, including 4 free visits to the Bike Kitchen, 25% off our t-shirts, and more!

*Offer ends at 11:00 pm PST on Wednesday September 26, 2012

83% of Americans Support Federal Funding for Biking

A recent report from our national partners at America Bikes found that 83% of all respondents support maintaining or increasing the federal funding streams that pay for sidewalks, bikeways, and bike paths.

We know this is true, we see it everyday, with increasing ridership both locally, and nationally. Americans want active transportation options, a way to get around their communities safely, and while being active. The threat to eliminating funding for biking and walking is real, and would roll back the options in our transportation system back into the 1950s.

More and more Americans are turning to biking for transportation on a daily basis. In 2009, Americans took 4 billion bike trips, and the number of bicycle commuters has grown 43% since 2000.

One of the most noticeable parts of the report, is that support for biking and walking funding is bi-partisan, is not related to geography, and is strong across all age groups. In a time where biking trips are rapidly increasing, it is a mistake to put the safety of road users at risk by eliminating funding.

…Many lawmakers have zeroed in on eliminating funding for biking and walking as a wishful solution to our country’s fiscal woes, though cutting these critical but small programs has virtually no impact on the federal deficit. Currently, only 1.5% of federal transportation spending funds sidewalks and bikeways.

If you want to continue to see better bikeways and bike paths locally, support our Connect SLO County initiative, aimed at completing our bike paths. We are dedicated to making sure people of all ages can get around by bicycle, and are your voice for bicycles in SLO County and beyond!

You can view the entire report from America Bikes online here.

Pints for Bikes Benefit Concert

This month, Creeky Tiki is hosting a benefit concert, all on behalf of bicycles… All proceeds from the evening benefit the Coalition, and it’s sure to be a blast! Featuring $2 tacos all night long, deep-discounted drinks and great music all night long.

What: “Pints for Bikes” Benefit Concert

When: Tuesday November 15th, 7:00 – 11:00pm

Where: Creeky Tiki, 782 Higuera St, SLO (map)

Why: Along with great music, food and drink all night long, all proceeds from the event benefit the Coalition!

Buy “Creeky Tiki Taco” Tickets:
$15 – 2 authentic tacos plus 2 alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) drinks
$40 – 8 authentic tacos plus 4 alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) drinks

More information can be found on the event site here.

Bicycle Collision Statistics

Ever wondered what causes bicycle collisions? The answers might surprise you!

Still worried about crashing? Take one of our free Education Workshops to learn some techniques to avoid them while riding on the road.

Of the 18% involving motor vehicles…