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A Busy Bike Month Weekend

Get Your Bike Month On

This is a great weekend for bicycles in SLO County. Here are just a few of the events taking place over the next few days:

Bikefest_500Friday May 8th in Morro Bay: Meet the Winemaker at Windows on the Water, a Bike Month benefit for the SLO County Bicycle Coalition from 5 – 7 PM.  More information here: https://slobikelane.org/meet-the-winemaker/

 

Saturday May 9th in Arroyo Grande: Bikefest! A bike parade, live music, great food, discounted beverages from New Belgium Brewing, great prizes and a celebration of bikes! More information here: https://slobikelane.org/bikefest-2015/

Saturday May 9th in San Luis Obispo: Bike-In Movie at Flanders Bicycle/Linker Workshop. More information here: https://www.linkerworkshop.com/blog/2015/4/21/bike-in-surf-movie

Sunday May 10th in Pismo Beach: Mother’s Day Concert in Dinosaur Caves Park. More information here: https://www.rideshare.org/events/mothers-day-concert-in-the-park/

Wait…there are even more Bike Month events happening this weekend? Yes! Check out https://www.rideshare.org/bike-month-events/ for all the latest info on Bike Month!

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!

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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.

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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 Fest

Bikefest 2015

Bikefest is Back and Better Than Ever

Get ready for an awesome day of bicycles in the Village of Arroyo Grande – the 7th annual Bikefest takes place on Saturday, May 9th and this year is going to be better than ever.

What is Bikefest?

Bikefest_500Bikefest is a fun-filled celebration of Bikes and the people who love them!  The festivities kick off with a Bike Parade around the Village starting at the Rotary Bandstand on Nelson Street at 12:20 PM. The Bike Parade concludes at Branch Street Deli where the fun continues with great food, fantastic music, incredible prizes and discounted beverages from New Belgium Brewery.

Bikefest is sponsored by the SLO County Bike Coalition, Rideshare, Lezyne, Branch Street Deli, Ira’s Bike Shop and New Belgium Brewery.

All ages are welcome, so grab your bicycle, join the Parade then enjoy the festivities at Branch Street Deli – It’s going to be a blast!

When: May 9th, 2015 from 12:20 – 4:00 PM.

Where: Parade begins at Rotary Bandstand in Heritage Square Park (map). Festivities continue at Branch Street Deli on 203 E Branch St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 (map)

Special Bike Valets in May

Throughout Rideshare‘s Bike Month we’ll be traveling around San Luis Obispo County to set up our free Bike Valet service at a number of Farmers’ Markets. Normally we set up on Thursday evenings at the Downtown Farmers’ Market in SLO, but thanks to the generosity of The SLO County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) we’ll be able to park bikes countywide this month. This is a fantastic opportunity to leave your car at home, grab your bicycle and pedal down to enjoy the sights, sounds, flavors and scents of your local Farmers’ Market.

What is Bike Valet and how does it work?

Our Bike Valet is our secure bike parking service, designed to encourage everyone to ride bicycles to community events. With over 37,000 bikes parked, we are experts at protecting your ride.

The Bike Valet works just like a regular valet service.

  1. Each rider is given a check tag that matches the tag attached to their bike.
  2. The bike is carefully parked in our secure lot.
  3. To retrieve a bike, the user hands in the check tag and the bike is returned.
  4. Easy peasy!

When and Where?

ValetWater420May 1: Bike to Avila Beach Farmers’ Market, 4 PM -8 PM (map)

May 2: Bike to Paso Robles Farmers’ Market, 9 AM – 1 PM (map)

May 4: Bike to Baywood Farmers’ Market, 2 PM – 4:30 PM (map)

May 14: Bike to Morro Bay Farmers’ Market, 2:30 PM – 5 PM (map)

May 16: Bike to Arroyo Grande Farmers’ Market, 12 PM – 2:30 PM (map)

May 17: Bike to Nipomo Farmers’ Market, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM (map)

May 20: Bike to Atascadero Farmers’ Market, 3 PM – 6 PM (map)

May 26: Bike to Pismo Beach Farmers’ Market, 8 AM – 11 AM (map)

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Bike In Movie: Big Hero 6

As part of Rideshare’s Bike Month, the SLO County Bicycle Coalition is showing Disney’s crowd-pleasing family-friendly animated movie Big Hero 6, a fun, hilarious adventure filled with robots, super heroes, science and a whopper of a whodunit.

Robotics prodigy Hiro lives in the city of San Fransokyo. Next to his older brother, Tadashi, Hiro’s closest companion is Baymax, a robot whose sole purpose is to take care of people. When a devastating turn of events throws Hiro into the middle of a dangerous plot, he transforms Baymax and his other friends into a band of high-tech heroes.

Bike In Movie

WHEN: May 2, 2015 7:45 PM

WHERE: Mission Plaza Amphitheater, Mission Plaza, SLO, 93401 (map)

WHO: You, Your Family, Your Friends, Your Neighbors, Movie Lovers of all ages!

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This year, as always, we’ll have popcorn and hot cocoa available, and our free Bike Valet will be there to park bicycles so you can relax and enjoy the movie. Riding your bicycle to the Bike In Movie is encouraged but by no means required. No matter how you get there, we’re looking forward to a magical night under the stars. Bring a blanket, sit back and enjoy the show!

Kidical Mass 2015

Kidical Mass is back for 2015

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, 2015-Kidical-Mass-Frontthis 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.

How Does It Work?

Children of all ages ride side by side with their families during this monthly event to learn important bicycle safety skills in a fun, festive way. By teaching safe riding skills to children we can create a safer community of riders in the future. As we ride as a group we spread smiles and bicycle love to everyone we pass. Since the program began in 2010, over 900 people have participated in these family-focused events.

Where Do We Ride?

This year we have two different routes: Themed rides to The Mission and Blues Baseball rides to Sinsheimer Park. All rides begin at Mitchell Park in SLO for a brief safety talk before we start the group ride.

Themed rides (May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6) meet at Mitchell Park in SLO for a brief safety talk before we head up the Bike Boulevard (Morro St) then back downtown, ending in Mission Plaza.

What’s with the themes?

Having a theme is a great excuse to dress up and have even more fun! Costumes aren’t required but they are heartily encouraged. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! This year we teamed up with members of the bike community to help choose themes and act as hosts for each ride. Here are this year’s themes:

May 7th: Superheroes (Thanks to hosts Jonathan Roberts, Kim Lisagor Bisheff, Michelle Shoresman and PJ!)

June 4th: Red (Thanks to hosts Tom DiSanto and Heidi Harmon!)

July 2nd: Stars and Stripes (Thanks to host Tim Wilkinson!)

August 6th: Green and Foil (Thanks to host Dan Kallal!)

Blues Baseball rides (May 31, June 21) meet at Mitchell Park in SLO for a brief safety talk before we ride as a group on the Railroad Safety Trail to Sinsheimer Park Baseball Stadium to attend a Blues Baseball game. This ride is perfect for kids who have mastered the traditional Kidical Mass ride and are ready for the additional challenge of riding up and down the Jennifer Street Bridge on a ride almost 2 miles long. Please plan accordingly. On May 31st, thanks to the SLO County Air Pollution Control District and Rideshare, the first 200 adults who arrive by bicycle receive free tickets to the game (Kids get in to Blues Baseball games for free). While these Blues rides don’t have an official theme, we’re looking forward to seeing how everyone gets creative with your costume choices!

Route Maps for Kidical Mass rides to The Mission are available here: http://bit.ly/KidicalMission

Route Maps for Kidical Mass rides to Blues Games are available here: https://bit.ly/KidicalBlues

Sign up to attend the May 7th Kidical Mass Ride on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1404965329819639/

Special hearty thanks to our two fabulous Kidical Mass sponsors, Rahman Law and Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. Their generous support helps us teach and inspire future generations of SLO County bicycle riders!

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!

Light Up SLO County

The San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club (SLOBC) and the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition are using Rideshare’s Bike Month and the region’s bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign, #LetsGetVisible, to kick-off a unique bike safety program, Light Up San Luis Obispo County!

The SLOBC and the Bicycle Coalition have partnered to purchase a supply of bicycle lights that have been provided, LightUpSLOCountyLaw440without cost, to all of our local law enforcement agencies. Patrol officers will have the opportunity to give a free set of lights to any person riding a bicycle at night without the legally required lighting equipment. SLOBC President Will Benedict said, “This effort will help cyclists be lawful and more visible at night and greatly improve safety for all users of our roadways.”

Cal Poly Chief of Police George Hughes said, “This program will give our police officers a positive way to encourage students to comply with bicycle lighting requirements on and around our campus.”

“The community support for Bike Month is overwhelming”, said Stephanie Hicks, Program Manager for SLO Regional Ride Share. “Light Up San Luis Obispo County”, in conjunction with Bike Month activities and the region’s new bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign #LetsGetVisible underscores our region’s commitment to safe roadways for all users.

Participating agencies include the Police Departments of Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, CHP, Cal Poly PD, Cuesta College PD, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department.

The SLOBC, founded in 1971, is a non-profit organization that promotes safe and legal bicycle riding for recreation and transportation. For more information about the club and our activities, please visit our website at www.slobc.org and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/slobc.org

Let’s Get Visible and Light Up SLO County!

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 Month Preview

Bike Month is almost here!

We’re excited that Rideshare’s Bike Month is just days away and want to give you a preview of some of the fantastic events happening throughout the month of May.

May 1st:

Art After Dark: To kick off Bike Month, a number of galleries throughout San Luis Obispo are featuring bike-themed artwork during Art After Dark, including Linnaea’s Cafe which will feature the month-long bicycle-themed group show “Joy Ride”, with an opening reception from 6PM – 9PM. A portion of all sales from this show will benefit the Bicycle Coalition. A list of all participating Art After Dark galleries can be found here:  https://www.artsobispo.org/system/files/AAD_Current_Listing_May15.pdf

May 2nd:

Community WorkoutStart Bike Month right with a free outdoor workout class in beautiful Meadow Park led by Jonathan Gabriel, followed by a short bike ride, with instruction by Vanessa from the SLO County Bicycle Coalition. Make sure and bring a bicycle AND a helmet! We’ll meet up in Meadow Park by the Basketball Courts at 8:00 AM.

Bike in Movie: The Bike-In Movie is a popular event held each year Big-Hero-6-200during May’s Bike Month and this year marks our 11th Annual! We’ll be showing the wildly popular Big Hero 6 in the Mission Plaza Amphitheater starting at 7:45 PM.  We’ll provide popcorn, hot chocolate and a family friendly movie for everyone to enjoy. As always, our Bike Valet will be on hand to help with bicycle parking. Come earlier in the day and check out the Central Coast Sustainability Festival, a day long event featuring an exposition of student and industry projects related to sustainability accompanied by entertainment and food.

May 7th: 

Kidical Mass: Often called the family bike happening, Kidical Mass is a venue for parents to teach their kids how to ride safely. We’re kicking off the 2015 Kidical Mass season on May 7th in Mitchell Park at 5:30 PM. This month’s theme is Superheroes! Costumes are not required but are heartily encouraged! 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. For more information and additional dates, click here: https://slobikelane.org/programs/kidicalmass/#tab-id-1

May 8th:

Meet the Winemaker at Windows on The Water Benefit: In honor of Bike Month, Peloton Cellars and Windows on The Water are teaming up for a special event to benefit the SLO County Bicycle Coalition at Windows on The Water in Morro Bay. Join us for an evening of Peloton Cellars’ award-winning wines accompanied by a special pairing of Windows on The Water appetizers. More information available here: https://slobikelane.org/meet-the-winemaker/

May 9th:

Bikefest: Combine fun music, great food, discount New Belgium Brewery Beers and an awesome celebration of bikes and you get…Bikefest! Held every year in the Village of Arroyo Grande, Bikefest 2015 happens Saturday, May 9th at Branch Street Deli from 1 pm to 4 pm. A bike parade beginning at the Rotary Bandstand will start the festivities at 12:30. This year’s theme is: Biking makes for a safer and healthier community. Come join sponsors Rideshare, Branch Street Deli, New Belgium Brewery, Lezyne, Ira’s Bike Shop and the SLO County Bicycle Coalition for this year’s event. All ages are welcome, so grab your bike and head to Branch Street Deli. It’s going to be a blast.

May 17th: 

Cycle De MayoCome enjoy the outdoors, be active, and have fun with the whole family at this year’s Cycle De Mayo: The Missing Link Event, highlighting the missing bicycle-friendly link between the three cities with group rides for adults from Paso Robles and Atascadero to Templeton. Checkout the BMX Stunt show, learn about bike safety, and eat some wonderful BBQ while listening to local music! Bike decorating, a kid’s bike rodeo, and face painting are just a few of the kid friendly events. 10AM – 4PM. More info at https://www.cycledemayo.com/.

May 30th:

Bike Fashion Show/Annual PartyOpen to the whole community, our annual party is always a blast! Coalition members and non-members alike come together for a fantastically fun evening of bikes, food, and bike-related fashion. Food by Mee Heng Low, Beer and Wine from local brewers. Music by DJ Malik. Members $5. Nonmembers $10. Entry includes 1 Free Beverage. 6PM – 9PM at iFixit Headquarters in SLO (1330 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401)

May 31st:

BIKE TO BLUES KIDICAL MASSRideshare, SLO County Air Pollution Control District and the SLO County Bicycle Coalition encourage you to re-think how you get to and from your favorite activities. Bike to the Blues Baseball game and get free admission (first 200 adults only – kids always free). Kidical Mass Family Bike Ride meets at Mitchell Park at 11:30 a.m then rides as a group to the stadium. Game starts at 1 p.m. More Kidical Mass info available here: https://slobikelane.org/programs/kidicalmass/#tab-id-1

Farmers’ Market Bike Valets:

The Bike Coalition and The SLO County Air Pollution Control District are joining forces to present our free Bike Valet at Farmers’ Markets all over the county during Bike Month. Go to slobikelane.org/special-bike-valets-in-may/ for dates and times.

There are lots more events happening during Bike Month, including Bike Breakfasts, Bike to Work Day and Bike to School Day. We’ll post more as the month rolls on. See Rideshare’s full Bike Month calendar here: https://www.rideshare.org/program/bike-month/