Advocacy Mini-Summit Sunday

The advocacy efforts of the SLO County Bicycle Coalition have gotten more sophisticated over the past year, with a special team of behind the scenes advocates representing all corners of San Luis Obispo County. Join our expanded advocacy team by attending our 2nd annual Advocacy Mini-Summit on Sunday, October 20th, 2013, from 1:00 to 4:00pm.

Ongoing conversations with passionate advocates, families and local leaders have led to numerous victories in 2013 and help set the stage for a great Advocacy Mini-Summit!

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Our annual Mini-Summit is designed to help you become a better bicycle advocate and learn how to help make bicycle friendly improvements in your community. The program for the afternoon includes:

  • Q&A with an expert panel of local leaders
  • A copy of our custom advocacy toolkit
  • Interactive brainstorming session for future projects
  • Light refreshments
  • …and more!

With more people on the ground advocating to complete planned bicycle projects, the easier it is for all of us to create a bicycle-friendly SLO County! Sign up below, it’s free, and invaluable in helping us complete our bike paths.

Our expert panelists include:

  • Bruce Gibson, Board of Supervisors
  • Jessica Berry, Planner, SLOCOG
  • Jamie Irons, Mayor, Morro Bay
  • Derek Johnson, Community Development Director, San Luis Obispo

If you are having trouble with the form below, you can use this link to sign up online.

Bike Valet @SLO GranFondo

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We’re providing our Bike Valet in Mission Plaza as part of the annual SLO GranFondo!

The SLO GranFondo is a long-distance, mass participation cycling event that welcomes riders of all abilities to the diverse riding landscape of California’s Central Coast. Starting in San Luis Obispo, the GranFondo offers four fully supported routes, including a new GranFondo 100 mile route for 2013, to suit the recreational rider or the seasoned competitor. Enjoy beautiful coastline, green rolling hills, wine country and a chance to ride with the pros!

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The SLO GranFondo is a charity event. All proceeds will support ALPHA and the Hearst Cancer Resource Center (HCRC) at French Hospital Medical Center, two SLO County non-profit s focusing on supporting children (ALPHA) and individuals living with cancer (HCRC)

When: Saturday October 12, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo (map)

For more information, visit the SLO GranFondo online.

Bike Valet @Oyster Festival

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We are huge fans of SLO County’s local seafood, and are thrilled to host our Bike Valet at the 2nd Annual Central Coast Oyster Festival overlooking the spectacular Morro Bay!

SHUCK YEAH! The ‘one of a kind’ Central Coast Oyster & Music Festival has been Voted by Fox News as #4 of the top ten Oyster Festivals in the nation and the largest Oyster Festival on the West Coast! You will not want to miss out!

Held again at the Morro Bay Golf Course, overlooking the Oyster Farm and Morro Bay Rock. The Morro Bay Oyster Company will provide succulent oysters, which are some of the most renowned oysters on the west coast. In addition to oysters, alternative food choices will also be provided.

Ride your bike and park with us at the Bike Valet to get there and park your bike for free!

When: Saturday October 19, 12:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: Morro Bay Golf Course, 201 State Park Road, Morro Bay (map)

For more information and tickets, visit the Oyster Festival online. Use the special coupon code “bike” for $4 off tickets!

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California By Bike Summit

We are at an exciting and powerful moment in the history of bicycle advocacy in our state. Governor Brown has provided more money than ever for active transportation infrastructure and he’s given us a blank slate regarding rules on how to spend it. Are we prepared to make the most of this opportunity?

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Our statewide partners, the California Bicycle Coalition, are hosting an incredible summit in November to address the future of bicycles in the state. Aimed at brining bicycle culture, infrastructure and excitement to all corners of the golden state, the California by Bike Summit is guaranteed to inspire!

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On November 7-10 in Oakland, CA, California by Bike will bring people together so that we can say, “Yes, we can.”  This is a gathering of more than just bike advocates and the bike industry, but leading bike-minded people in transit, urban planning, health, design, technology, and tourism as we share, envision, connect and collaborate on how to best improve biking in California.

Your Bicycle Coalition will be in attendance to learn and share from others, with the central coast having many recent victories for bicycles. We are also excited to hear what other similar parts of the state are doing to make bicycle riding better in their communities. We’d love to see you there as we all continue to work together to making places better for bicycles!

When: November 7-10, 2013
Where:  685 14th St, Oakland, CA (map)

For more information, to register and receive early-bird registration (ends September 30!) visit the California by Bike Summit online here.

Mud Mash Benefits the Bicycle Coalition!

Our friends at All Out Events are hosting the 4th annual Mud Mash on October 26 – and the Bicycle Coalition is receiving a portion of the proceeds!

What is a Mud Mash?
It’s an epic course made of obstacles inspired by the military, rock climbing, nature, and more on a 5k run with hundreds of participants. The goal is to have fun, be active, and push yourself on the adventure course!

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Photo by Kaori Photography

How do I support the Bicycle Coalition?
Register as a group in the “Industry Competition” and the Bicycle Coalition receives some of the proceeds!

What is the “Industry Competition”?
It’s not just against yourself and other teams, race against your industry! The awesome organizers of the Mud Mash have made it easy to register for a group of 5 (for the price of 4) in the “Industry Competition”. It’s a great way to get your groups name out there and secure bragging rights for next year!

1. Get five people together from your organization
2. Register and get five people for the price of four in the 5k event
3. Let them know what industry you are in (ex: colleges, wineries, non-profits, etc)

MudMash2013_FacebookWe are excited to be a part of this unique Central Coast event, and can’t wait to see everyone climbing, crawling, running and dragging themselves through the mud-infested course!

When: Saturday October 26, 7:00-8:30 am check-in … 9:00 first wave begins
Where: Laguna Lake Park, SLO


For more information,
visit the Mud Mash online.

Loads of Kid Friendly Bike Events Coming Up!

In the next few days, there are quite a few opportunities for bicycle fun for kids in SLO County!

Your Bicycle Coalition is the host of Kidical Mass and provides free helmet fits for participants of both Bike Rodeos, which focus on bicycle education and skills practice for kids, just in time for the school year. All events are free to attend! Check them out below.

Kidical Mass

When: Thursday September 5, 2013 … 5:30 pm
Where: Mitchell Park, SLO (for a brief safety talk before we ride) (map)

Kidical Mass September 5, 2013The Last Kidical Mass of 2013 with a UNICORN theme! Bright white horns, magical sparkles, and mythical animals are welcome as we ride through downtown, to share in the joy of riding bicycles.

We hope to see you for the fun before we end in the Mission Plaza, in time to enjoy the Thursday night Farmers Market!

SLO Bike Rodeo

When: Saturday September 7, 2013 … 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Hawthorne Elementary School, SLO (map)

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This annual Bike Rodeo has everything kids need to practice their riding skills! A full safety town to ride through, helmet fit to make sure heads are properly protected, mechanic stations to tune up bikes, and more.

Plus, it’s free! Join us for riding skills, and then follow it up with a stunt show spectacular at 2:00.

Kidz Ride Paso

When: Sunday September 8, 2013 … 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Larry Moore Park, Paso Robles (map)

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This family-oriented event is designed for kids ages 4-13 to have fun, improve their bike handling skills, and learn bike safety and etiquette.

Kids and their parents can “take to the road” on a course through the park to try out their new safety skills. Event includes a bike & helmet safety check and goody bag to all kids.

Bike Valet @Pops By the Sea

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We are excited to host our Bike Valet at the upcoming Pops by the Sea with the beautiful backdrop of Avila Beach!

Bring a rousing close to your summer with an afternoon of sensational music by the Sea at Pops by the Sea, Pops turns 30 Birthday Bash.

The SLO Symphony kicks off with a musical flashback to the 1980s.  Featured artist, Café Musique, combines powerful vocals with soaring violin and driving accordion.  A booming rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812” featuring the Cuesta Chamber Singers under the direction of John Knutson will close the program!

When: Sunday September 1, 2013, 2:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: Avila Beach Golf Resort, 6464 Ana Bay Rd (map)

For more information and tickets, visit the SLO Symphony online.

 

Bike Valet @Blarney at the Beach

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Sunday, June 9, 2013
1:00 – 6:00 pm
1st annual Blarney at the Beach
Avila Beach Golf Resort

We’re thrilled to be parking bikes in the beautiful Avila Beach for the 1st annual Blarney at the Beach!

Featuring music by the Dubliners, food from Rooney’s Irish Pub, and more! This fun event is a benefit for the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center.

Tickets and more here.

Celebrate Bike Month with $10 Off!

Screen shot 2013-04-24 at 1.32.07 PMWe are halfway through with May’s Bike Month and our Bikes & Beauty Fashion Show is just around the corner!
To celebrate, we are offering $10.00 off memberships until Sunday May 19th at noon by using coupon code BIKEMONTH on the special form below.

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By joining today you will promptly receive your membership packet in the mail – complete with an exclusive invitation to the Bikes & Beauty Fashion Show on June 1st. Have your friends join as well to be a part of the fun at this unique and creative event!

Note: We’re sorry, this coupon code is no longer valid.

The coupon code may have expired, but your Bicycle Coalition is still out there doing goo in our communities everyday! Join online here for your invite to Bikes & Beauty!

Cote de Tolosa IV

It’s that time of year again, time to head out to Tolosa Winery for the 4th annual Cote de Tolosa Velo Challenge. All proceeds from the lunch on the beautiful Tolosa patio go towards the Bicycle Coalition! It’s a great excuse to enjoy a great catered lunch, glass of award-winning Tolosa wine, play some bocce ball, and cheer on the riders as they cross the finish line!

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When: May 19, 2013 (ride at 7:00 am, lunch at 11:30 am)
Where: Tolosa Winery, 4910 Edna Road, SLO
How: Register for the ride and buy lunch tickets online here

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© 2011 Terrence M. Welliver

Bike Valet @Avila Beach Concerts!

We are thrilled to announce our latest Bike Valet partnership with Avila Beach Concerts at the Cove for their upcoming 2013 Summer events!

GranFondo_Valet01WEBWith our Bike Valet close to reaching 30,000 bikes parked, we’ll be at  a handful of fun events out in Avila Beach from May through August. This is a great chance to get you family and friends to ride the Bob Jones trail out to Avila and enjoy some fun on the coast.

Check out Avila Beach Concerts at the Cove online for more details!

Saturday May 25, 2013 – Avila Beach Tequila Festival
Sunday May 26, 2013 – Avila Beach Blues Festival
Sunday, June 9, 2013 – Blarney at the Beach | Irish Music Festival

Spring 2013 Spoken Wheel

Hi friends and fellow bicycle lovers! It’s been a while, but we have been busy getting ready for Bike Month and all of the events we have planned throughout San Luis Obispo County in May! We are thrilled to be seeing more and more people on bicycles on the Central Coast and cannot wait for what the future holds for bicycles in our beloved communities.

We just received our latest Spoken Wheel newsletter from the printer and it’s jam packed with some great stuff:

  • Our 2013 Bike Month events
  • Bikes & Beauty party information
  • Bike Lanes 2.0: The Next Generation of Facilities
  • …and more!

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If you are a member, stay tuned for the latest Spoken Wheel newsletter in your mailbox, or if you can’t wait – view it on our website.

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