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Bike Month 2019

Bike Month 2019 kicks off on Wednesday, May 1st and Bike SLO County is starting the month right with our annual Bike Breakfast at the Bike Kitchen from 7-9 a.m. Below is a preview of Bike SLO County events during Bike Month. These events and others are all listed on the calendar maintained by the fine folks at SLO Shift: http://sloshift.org

Keep it clean…

In an effort to help make Bike Month events less dependent on single-use containers and utensils, Bike SLO County reached out to the community and discovered an amazing, local FLATWARE library called Table Ware Share – Free Lending! (If you’re hosting an event and want to borrow reusable dishes etc, click this link!) While we still want to encourage people to consider using/reusing your own cups, utensils, plates, napkins, etc. during Bike Month and beyond to help cut down on waste and save the earth, we’ll have plates, cups and utensils at our Bike Breakfasts if you need them.

May 1: Bike Breakfast: 7-9 AM at SLO Bike Kitchen. Let’s kick off Bike Month right with Breakfast at the Kitchen. Stop in for coffee (donated by Nautical Bean), breakfast tacos, pancakes, pastries donated by House of Bread, juice, fruit and more as we kick off Bike Month 2019! More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/390495528463400/

May 4: Bike Rodeo at Hawthorne Elementary: 11AM – 3PM. The Parks and Recreation Department once again will partner with the SLO Police Department to host the Annual Bike Rodeo and Bike SLO County will be there to lend a hand. There will be a bike parade, bike “safety town”, tune-ups and a BMX show. More information is available at  https://www.facebook.com/events/638768459897241/

May 5: Tenth Annual Cote de Claiborne Velo Challenge: 7AM-1PM. Join Claiborne & Churchill for the 10th Annual Cote de Claiborne Velo Challenge! This 50+ mile ride will conclude with lunch and a glass of wine in our lovely garden. Pre-registration required and experienced riders only! We will be donating $20.00 per rider to Bike SLO County. More information is available at
https://www.facebook.com/events/413090655933213/

May 5: FILM NIGHT at Bike Kitchen: 6-8:30PM. Join us in the Kitchen for two Bike Month screenings of California Golde, a 12 minute film Directed and Produced by “Ronnie” Romance Jr and Sandy Carson. This short film chronicles a completely analog tour off the grid—with no digital devices, apps, or GPS. A window to a time before, as @UltraRomance says, ‘we became cyborgs,’ it’s a project he considers an ‘art film,’ blending the aesthetic of 70s surf movies with the modern-day popularity of off-road bike touring. More information is available at
https://www.facebook.com/events/338157993506323/

May 9: Kidical Mass BEARS! at Mitchell Park: 5:30-6:30PM. Often called the family bike happening, Kidical Mass is a venue for parents to teach their kids how to ride safely. If you have ever wanted to ride your bike in a parade with kids of all ages, this is the perfect chance to make it happen. No matter your age, the ride is a blast for everyone! The more the merrier as we introduce the next generation to the joy of bicycles. This month’s theme is BEARS! Costumes encouraged. More information is available at
https://www.facebook.com/events/433491180787607/

May 15: Morro Bay Community Bike Ride: 1:30-2:30PM. Join us in Morro Bay as we celebrate our community on 2 wheels with an hour long, all level, community bike ride that benefits Bike SLO County! 3 group ride options: 1. kid friendly in town, easy pace 30min 2. recreational rider up Highway One, easy-moderate pace 60min 3. seasoned cyclist up Highway One, fast pace 60min. Ticket includes collectible event shirt and free bike valet by Bike SLO County. More information is available at
https://www.facebook.com/events/785064671860638/

MAY 15: Bob Roll invites you to Meet & Greet the Pro’s: 5:30-8:30 PM. SOLD OUT! Meet the Pros during our FREE 5:30pm Meet-and-Greet event at The Siren (next to the Amgen Tour of California | Men’s Stage 4 Finish), featuring legendary road cyclist, Bob Roll! PLUS – LIVE Auction benefiting Bike SLO County & LIVE Music. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/361263391376552/

May 15: Ride of Silence at SLO Bike Kitchen: 7-9PM. The Ride of Silence is a free ride that aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured. This ride takes place simultaneously in multiple locations around the world. More information is available at
https://www.facebook.com/events/1540403476091448/

May 17: Bike Fest Atascadero: City Hall 4-6PM. Get the weekend started right with Visit Atascadero’s first-ever, “Happy Hour Station” Bike Fest to wrap up an incredible Bike to Work Day! Together Ride Share and Bike SLO County would like to celebrate YOU for taking an alternative mode of transportation and enjoying all that North County has to offer with bites and pints on the steps of City Hall. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/336227697096536/.

May 25: Pedal to Pizza Ride, starts at Bike Kitchen: 11:30AM-1PM. Join us for the 3rd Annual Pizza Ride! This social, low key ride begins at 11:30 am at the Bike Kitchen (860 Pacific St in SLO, corner of Morro and Pacific) and visits 3 different San Luis Obispo pizza joints for an afternoon of food, fun and bikes. Three Large Pizzas will be pre-ordered and purchased at each location. Additional food/beverages available for purchase. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/589961698176933/

May 31: Bike Breakfast @ SLO Guild Hall: 7-9AM. On the last day of Bike Month Peak Racks and Bike SLO County are joining together to start off the last day of Bike Month with a bang! Join us as we bid farewell to Bike Month 2019 with tasty treats in the Eucalyptus grove at the back of SLO Guild Hall. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/2363109183936146/

June 1st: Bikes & Beauty at SLO Guild Hall: 6-9PM. Join us as we bid a HUGE farewell to Bike Month 2019 at the San Luis Obispo Guild Hall.

This year’s theme is “Bike Prom”, so dress up, bring a date, make a bikey corsage…Bikes and Beauty brings people from all over SLO County together to cheer on members of our local bike community as they strut their stuff on the runway in an always amazing array of hand-made DIY bike fashion. We’ll have dinner, drinks, dancing, a silent auction and loads of fun! More information is available at
https://www.facebook.com/events/523313658073449/

Looking for more Bike Month events?

Check out SLO Shift for info on other events taking place during Bike Month and every month of the year. Want to add an bike event? YES! https://sloshift.org

Stand up for the Bob Jones Trail

Tell your Board of Supervisors to vote YES on the Bob Jones Trail

On Tuesday July 10th at 9 a.m., the SLO County Board of Supervisors will vote on the engineering design contract for the section of the Bob Jones Trail from the Octagon Barn to Ontario Road.

The item, #25 on the consent agenda, needs the support of at least four of the five supervisors to pass. Please attend the meeting if possible and speak in favor of approval. If you would like to speak, make sure to fill out a “Board Appearance Request Form” and submit it to the Clerk before the Board before begins consideration of the item. Please plan to keep your remarks short (under three minutes) and respectful. To make sure you get a chance to speak, it is suggested that you show up by 9 a.m.

If you can’t attend, please send an email to the Supervisors at boardofsups@co.slo.ca.us. Clicking the link should open a pre-written email. Simply add your name at the end or change the remarks to your liking and send.

The text of the sample email is also provided below if you would prefer to cut and paste:

Esteemed Supervisors,

I’m writing today to encourage you to vote in favor of the Item 25 of the consent agenda:

“Request to 1) approve a contract for professional consultant services with Wallace Group, in an amount not to exceed $1,003,051, for the Bob Jones Pathway from the Octagon Barn to Ontario Road; 2) authorize the Director of Public Works to approve amendments to the contract, in an amount not to exceed a contingency of $60,000; 3) approve a new capital project for Bob Jones Pathway from the Octagon Barn to Ontario Road Project; and 4) authorize a budget adjustment, in the amount of $1,429,427, from remaining balance of Capital Project – Bob Jones Trail Ontario Road, to fund Capital Project – Bob Jones Pathway from the Octagon Barn to Ontario Road, through the initial design phase, by 4/5 vote.”

Completion of this phase of the Bob Jones Trail project will benefit SLO County residents from all districts. This project not only provides SLO County residents (and visitors) with a great form of recreation, it also helps the County move closer to their mode-share goal of 20%, helps move SLO County towards achieving Vision Zero and addresses the goals in our County Climate Action Plan.

Please vote in favor of this item.

Thank you for your work on this project,

 Your Name Goes Here (Change this!!)

Bikes & Beauty 2018

Enjoy Bike Month’s Greatest Night!

If you attend one event during Bike Month it should be the Bikes & Beauty 2018 Fashion Show at the Bike to Work Day After Party on Friday, May 18 from 6 – 9 PM at the SLO Guild Hall (map). People from all over SLO County come together to watch members of our local bike community strut their stuff on the runway in an always amazing array of hand-made DIY bike fashion. Many of the items worn in the fashion show will be available for purchase after the show!

Come groove to the satisfying sounds of DJ Malik, enjoy tasty food from Mee Heng Low, beer from Central Coast Brewing, wine from Rabbit Ridge Winery and Diringer Estates, cocktails by T-Dubs, Whalebird Kombucha and a sweet variety of delicious desserts. Entry is FREE, beverages and food are available for purchase with sales benefiting Bike SLO County.

Win Bikes!

Part of the Bike to Work Day After Party, the evening includes Rideshare’s Bike to Work Day bike raffle drawing and a Bike SLO County Raffle. So there are two ways to win:

  1. Attend any of Rideshare’s 12 bike breakfast stations the morning of Bike to Work Day to receive a free raffle ticket to win a super cool Surly Cross-Check. One winner will be drawn at the Bikes & Beauty Fashion Show and broadcast live on Rideshare’s Facebook page. You do not have to be present to win this bike. For bike breakfast station locations visit rideshare.org/btwd.
  2. Attend Bikes & Beauty and purchase raffles tickets for $20 to win: an awesome Dutchi 8 from Linus, a gift card from Luis Wine Bar, bike stuff from Art’s Cyclery, Lezyne, SLIME and Genuine Innovations. Each item (or group of items) will have a box in which to drop any tickets you purchase. Only want to win the Linus bike? Drop your tickets in the Linus box! Want to win stuff from Lezyne and the Linus? Drop a ticket in each box! Proceeds from these raffle tickets benefit Bike SLO County and help make this event possible. You must be present to win these prizes!

Free Limited Edition Steel Pint Tumblers

The first 125 people to arrive at the Bikes & Beauty Blow Out will receive a complimentary 2018 Bike to Work Day/Bikes & Beauty commemorative steel pint tumbler. Supplies are limited! Arrive early, stay late!

Commemorative Bike Month 2018 Coffee Mugs

The last of our limited edition double walled Bike Month 2018 coffee mugs will be available for purchase for $10. These are a one-time run so when they’re gone they’re gone!

Sponsors

This event would not be possible without major support from Rideshare. Thank you! Additional funding from Sunrun and Mindbody help make Bikes & Beauty 2018 even better!

RSVP / Spread the Word

Interested? Head over to https://www.facebook.com/events/180596192757166/ to RSVP. Please share/spread the word when you’re there. Thanks!

Giving Tuesday 2017

Help make Giving Tuesday 2017 Great!

Giving Tuesday 2017 (November 28th) is both a local and a global day of giving. It is also the official kick-off for Bike SLO County’s End of Year Fundraising campaign as we reach out to the bike community and ask you to support our efforts to inspire, educate, advocate and work to build a safe, healthy and connected community through bicycling.

Giving Tuesday 2017

This year we’re asking for your help in 2 ways:

  1. Make a donation, either a one time donation or a monthly recurring donation. Monthlybikeslocounty.org/donateOne time donation:https://bikeslocounty.org/donate-3/one-time-donations/ Old School: Mail check to Bike SLO County, 860 Pacific St #105, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
  2. Host a one day Giving Tuesday online fundraiser on your Facebook page. It’s easy and a great opportunity because The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $1,000 from every one of our supporters who raises money on Facebook.

All you have to do is set up your fundraiser on Facebook and ask your friends to support it. Every dollar donated by you and your friends will be matched (up to $1,000 per fundraiser, for a total of $50,000 overall for Bike SLO County).

If you’re willing to help, just go to https://www.facebook.com/fundraisers/ and click on “Raise Money” to get started. It’s super easy and will just take two minutes. See our sample message below in orange, which you can feel free to copy or change entirely. (And if you like detailed step-by-step instructions, you’ll also find those below). Be sure to select “Bike SLO County” as your charity.

Instructions for setting up your fundraiser (this only takes 2 minutes):

To set up your fundraiser, you can follow Facebook’s simple instructions here, or our more detailed ones, below. (Or, if you’re tech savvy, just go to facebook.com/fundraisers and it’s pretty straightforward.) See our bolded message in orange below, if you’d like to use that.

Step 1: Go to https://www.facebook.com/fundraisers (You’ll need to be logged in to your personal Facebook page), and click “Raise Money,” then “Get Started”

Step 2: “Who are you raising money for?” Select “Nonprofit”

Step 3: Type in “Bike SLO County.” Facebook then asks how much money you want to raise. Enter $1000 (or more, if you prefer). Choose the date you want your fundraiser to end. If you want to just raise money on #GivingTuesday, the set the date to Tuesday, Nov 28, but there’s no harm in having the fundraiser last a few days.

Step 4: Fill in the title and description of your fundraiser. Here is sample text (feel free to just copy this text, or to personalize it by letting people know why this cause is so important to you):

Title: Support Bike SLO County on #GivingTuesday

Description: Join me on #GivingTuesday in supporting a charity whose work I care deeply about, Bike SLO County. On Tuesday, Nov 28th, #GivingTuesday, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $50,000 per charity, so your donation will be doubled!

Bike SLO County’s mission is to inspire, educate, advocate and work to build a safe, healthy and connected community through bicycling.

Bike SLO County makes the Central Coast a better place for people who ride bikes—and for everyone. Friends, I hope you can help them make this match today!

Step 5: For your cover photo, you can use one of Facebook’s suggested graphics (the one with the happy people in a green park seems to best fit Bike SLO County), or use a photo of you on your bike, or feel free to use the photos linked below. Click “edit” in the lower right hand corner of the FB graphic, then click “Upload new photo,” and choose a photo from your computer. To use our attached photo, you must download it first, and then find it in your downloads folder once you click “Upload new photo.”

Photo 1: Kid on Bike
https://www.flickr.com/photos/slobikelane/24811667058/in/dateposted-public/
Photo 2: Group shot at Bikes & Beauty
https://www.flickr.com/photos/slobikelane/24811695298/in/dateposted-public/

Step 6: Click “Create” and your fundraiser will be published!

Finally, please let your friends know about your Giving Tuesday 2017 fundraiser! It’s best to let them know late Monday night or very early on Tuesday morning, since the match is only good on #GivingTuesday. To invite your friends, go to
https://www.facebook.com/fundraisers/ and click on the title of your fundraiser over in the left hand column under “Shortcuts” (you can also edit your fundraiser here). Click on “Invite” and choose any or all of your friends with whom you wish to share your fundraiser.

If you have already donated, THANK YOU!
Giving Tuesday 2017
Thanks from everyone at Bike SLO County!

WTF! Women Trans Femme Night

WTF! Women Trans Femme Night at Bike Kitchen

Bicycle maintenance has traditionally been an overwhelmingly male-dominated area. It is our goal to help teach women, trans, and femme individuals who have been intimidated or marginalized in this setting to be knowledgeable and confident working on their bikes.

On a daily basis, Bike SLO County strives to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all, while also recognizing the benefits of offering women, trans & femme-specific evening hours as a stepping stone to achieving greater confidence working in our space at any time.

Women’s Night and WTF Night are for:

Women: A person who identifies as a woman.

Trans: Transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, gender creative, anyone whose gender identity is fluid, transgressive, and/or transitioning.

Femme: A gender identity in which a person of any gender embodies a feminine appearance, expression, or identity.

Bike SLO County’s WTF (Women/Trans/Femme) Nights take place the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 5 – 8:30 PM in the Bike Kitchen at 860 Pacific St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (map).

If you are not WTF identified, please BECOME AN ALLY:

  • Respect the space: Come during our regular hours, don’t ask for an exception, and don’t hang around the entrance during Women’s Night or WTF hours.
  • Respect People: During Bike Kitchen’s regular hours, treat all female & trans mechanics and patrons as you would any other person (don’t assume they’re less knowledgeable, don’t call them “sweetie,” and NEVER take a wrench out of their hand!)
  • Get Educated: Learn about the issues facing women and trans communities.
  • Educate others: About why and how to be an ally!

(Big thanks to DIY bike cooperative, BICAS in Tuscon, AR and Sacramento Bike Kitchen in Sacramento, CA from whom some of our Women’s Night/WTF Night language was cribbed.)

Another cyclist has died: It’s time to act

The following op-ed from our Executive Director Mike Bennet appeared in the San Luis Obispo Tribune on September 2, 2017:

Upon arriving to work on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 30, I received a message from a friend alerting me that a cyclist had been killed the night before on Foothill Boulevard in San Luis Obispo.

A search online confirmed the tragic news. Later in the day, updates to the sad story informed the community that Kennedy Love, a 22-year-old Cal Poly student, had been struck and killed by a car driven by a 17-year-old Los Osos resident who fled the scene of the crash. The driver later admitted to police that she had been drinking prior to hitting and killing Kennedy.

At almost the same time that Kennedy was struck and killed, two Central Valley residents were killed in a single vehicle crash on Cuesta Grade. The two passengers were ejected from the car when the driver lost control and the car went up the embankment. They were then struck by several cars and killed. The driver of the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

On Wednesday afternoon, I stopped by the location on Foothill Boulevard where Kennedy was killed. I placed some flowers nearby and thought about the reasons behind the needless deaths of three young Americans. Looking at the place in the road where Kennedy breathed his last breath, I spent some time thinking about what would have broken the chain of events that led to his death. My first thought was that protected bike lanes—which place a physical barrier between cyclists and motorists—on Foothill might have prevented his death. Protected bike lanes on this stretch of road have been discussed, and this event highlights that now is the time to make them a reality. In conjunction with other Safe Routes to School projects, protected bike lanes on Foothill and elsewhere will help make cyclists and pedestrians of all ages safer.

In the Marine Corps, and particularly in Marine Corps Aviation where I spent most of my military career, each member of the organization is charged with recognizing when they need to act to break the chain of events which can lead to a mishap. So how can we each work to break the chain of events that can lead to tragedy in our daily lives?

We start by obeying the rules of the road. The vehicle code is there to protect us and to make our roadways function as efficiently as possible.

If you are a pedestrian, please employ all the senses you were given by the good Lord in order to help you survive; watch where you are going, don’t look at your phone while crossing the street or train tracks and don’t use ear buds when, for your own personal safety, you need to be aware of your surroundings.

If you are a driver, be focused solely on the task of operating your car or truck; please give cyclists the three feet of clearance the law requires and give that motorcyclist in your rear view mirror a little room to pass.

If you are a cyclist, please obey traffic signals and signs, and if you are riding on a road without a bike lane, don’t ride two abreast. It does nothing to improve the relationship between drivers and the community of cyclists to which you belong.

Consideration for all road users is a must to ensure safety. If you are a cyclist, respect the driver pulling a load of hay, grapes or horses; he or she is likely just trying to get home after a 14-hour day to see the kids for a few minutes before trying to get a couple hours of sleep.

If you are a driver, please keep an eye out for motorcyclists and pedestrians, and please keep in mind that the cyclist riding down the road with you may be the ER doctor who eased your child’s pain last week; the manager of the winery across the valley where you had such a great time last weekend; a retired police captain who leads bike rides to help people stay active and healthy in retirement; or an old Marine helicopter gunship pilot who moved to the Central Coast after a quarter century of serving his country in peace and in war, and just wants to get a little exercise with his wife and friends. He’ll be the one giving you a smile and a wave and hoping for the same in return.

Bike-Build-A-Thon

We’re excited to announce the upcoming Bike-Build-A-Thon on Wednesday August 23rd at Foothill Cyclery in SLO. Wondering what a Bike-Build-A-Thon is? Read on!

What’s the Bike-Build-A-Thon?

During the Bike-Build-A-Thon bicycle mechanics from Foothill Cyclery and Bike SLO County’s Bike Kitchen will assemble 30 kids’ bikes that will be Bike SLO County’s Fleet of Bikes to teach elementary school kids all over SLO County how to ride safe and smart. At 2 PM there will be remarks from representatives of Bike SLO County, Trek & Foothill Cyclery followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony to “christen” the new fleet.

Why have a fleet of bikes?

Bike SLO County is working with SLO Regional Rideshare’s Safe Routes to School program to provide inclusive classroom and on-bike safety and skills education to elementary school children throughout SLO County over a three-year pilot program. In our experience there are children who can’t afford bikes and therefore can’t participate in on-bike education opportunities. The bike fleet allows every child the chance to experience the joys of riding at an early age.

Where do the bikes come from?

To fill the need for a fleet of bicycles, Bike SLO County reached out to Trek Bicycle and local Trek dealer Foothill Cyclery, who agreed to help make the bike fleet a reality by providing 30 kids’ bikes at a steep discount. To raise the balance of the cost, Bike SLO County started a GoFundMe campaign on August 15th to cover the remainder of the cost of the bike fleet and has already raised $1,055 of their $4,650 goal. People wishing to contribute can learn more at https://www.gofundme.com/SLO-County-Bike-Fleet

What: Bike-Build-A-Thon

Where: Foothill Cyclery: 767 Foothill Blvd B, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

When: Wednesday August 23, 2017. Noon-2 Pm with ribbon-cutting ceremony shortly after 2 PM

Questions? steve@bikeslocounty.org

Bike Month 2017: Week 3

Bike Month 2017 continues with a fun filled week, including Bike to Work Day, the Bike Month Blow Out, a special guest at Women’s Night @ Bike Kitchen, the AMGEN Tour of California and the Downtown SLO Bock Party.

Tuesday May 16th: AMGEN Tour of California, Downtown SLO Block Party

Our Bike Valet will be at the start of the AMGEN race in Pismo Beach and in San Luis Obispo for the Downtown SLO Block Party. We’ll be in Pismo Beach from 9 AM – 12:30 PM near the intersection of Cypress & Pomeroy, then we’ll run Bike Valet from 2 – 6 PM in front of Sanctuary Tobacco on Chorro St in SLO (map). Ride your bike to the Downtown SLO Block Party and leave it with us! More info on the block party: https://www.facebook.com/events/1208757802567645/

Thursday May 18th: Women’s Night @ Bike Kitchen presents: An Evening with Karen Aydelott

Join Coeur Sports Ambassador Karen Aydelott for a special evening in the Bike Kitchen. Karen, a San Luis Obispo resident, is an avid cyclist having completed 60 double centuries and the Paris-Brest-Paris event. In addition she is an experienced triathlete and has completed 31 Ironman distance races; 5 since her amputation on 2008.  More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1901656286790237/

Friday May 19th: Bike to Work Day, followed by the Bike Month Blow Out/Bikes & Beauty Fashion Show

Bike to Work Day starts early with Commuter Stations galore and ends with the Bike Month Blow Out/Bikes & Beauty Fashion Show at the Guild Hall in SLO. Visit any of the Commuter Stations around the county to get your raffle ticket, then bring your ticket to the Bike Month Blow Out for your chance to win a 7-speed Linus Commuter bike.  Tickets for other bike raffles and giveaways will be available for purchase at the Bike Month Blow Out.

Find Commuter Stations here: https://rideshare.org/events/bike-to-work-day/

More info on the Bike Month Blow Out/Bikes & Beauty Fashion Show here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1185750391548494/

Saturday May 20th: Street Skills 101 

Bike Month is a fantastic time to brush up on your street skills. Our fun, informative course gives you in-class and on-the-road experience to make sure you know how to bike safe and bike smart. Noon – 4 PM on Saturday May 20th in SLO. Reserve your place here: https://bikeslocounty.org/events/#!event/2017/5/20/street-skills-101

Get the full Bike Month calendar of events over at Rideshare: https://rideshare.org/bike-month-events/