The SLO County Bicycle Coalitionworks to remove the common barriers to cycling for residents throughout the county by providing programs that address each barrier individually. Barriers include bicycle parking security, feeling unsafe while riding, and bicycle maintenance. The Coalition directly provides tools to help everyone overcome these obstacles:
1. Bicycle parking security: Our Bike Valet is out parking bikes at events throughout the county. Similar to a coat check, we will park your bike (for free!) while you go out and enjoy yourself. You can find us at the SLO Farmer’s Markets on Thursday nights on the corner of Morro st and Higuera st.
2. Feeling Unsafe while Riding: One of the best ways to learn how to ride safely and legally in our county is to take one of our FREE Bike Education Workshops taught by certified instructors. These workshops are a great way to feel confident in knowing the rules of the road and how to approach common riding situations with ease. Our instructors are extremely knowledgeable and can answer specific questions you might have about common intersections, vehicular traffic and bicycle laws.
3. Bike Maintenance: Sometimes folks need a few minor repairs done to their bicycles in order to start riding, which is exactly what our Bike Kitchen helps you with! We have the tools, stands and knowledge you need to get your bike running safely for your future riding needs. The Kitchen promotes a DIY approach to bike maintenance by letting you wrench on your bike while we guide you through it, with this model you leave feeling confident in knowing some basics about how to keep your bike running smoothly.
In order to continue providing you with these programs, we need your support! By becoming a member of the Coalition you show your support for bicycles throughout the county, and help keep these programs running. The more members we have, the stronger our voice is within our communities to make positive changes for bicycles in the future.
If you have any questions, want to get involved or become a member, feel free to contact us! (805) 547-2055, visit us online, or check out our new space in downtown San Luis Obispo (corner of Morro & Pacific st):