2013 Kidical Mass Season Wraps Up

The Last Kidical Mass of 2013 is next week!

September’s theme is UNICORNS! 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 Thursday for the fun, this is our last ride of the season.

When: September 5, 2013 … 5:30 pm
Where: Mitchell Park, SLO (for a brief safety talk before we ride)
WhatView our easy route here

View even more information, and invite your family friends on our Facebook event page.

PLEASE NOTE:
ALL participants (kids & adults) must be on a bicycle. We cannot allow parents to walk next to their child on a bicycle, as it is illegal to walk in the roadway. The ride is just about 1 mile, please be sure your child has the ability to keep up with the group so we can ensure the safety of all participants.

Kidical Mass September 5, 2013

Help Expand Our Bike Education Program with a Year End Gift!

2012 has been a year of incredible progress for the SLO County Bicycle Coalition. With 641 members and growing, the voice for bicycles in SLO County is the strongest it has ever been. This 20% increase in membership comes in tandem with an increased public interest in bicycles and the role they play in SLO County. We know that our work is certain to inspire more people to take to the streets on two wheels and we welcome everyone into our joyful community.

In our ideal world, people aged 8 to 80 would feel comfortable riding on streets and paths designed specifically to help everyone ride their bike more often. This is our vision, but we also know that knowledge is power. In 2012 over 30% of our members told us they want more bike education to empower people with the confidence to ride on our existing roadways. Help us expand our Bike Education program by making a year-end gift to the Bicycle Coalition.

The Bike Education program is our longest standing program. It has brought the message of safe riding to thousands of people through community workshops, business lunches, and school assemblies. Our plan for a bigger and better program has been in the works for months and recent developments have assured us we are on the right path. The Bicycle Coalition recently received numerous local grants, bolstering our ability to reach high-risk groups like college students and low-income communities. Your additional contribution will empower us to capitalize on the momentum created by grant funding.

We have ambitious plans for the Bike Education program in 2013 that will have a long lasting impact for bicycle riders of all ages and abilities in SLO County.
     ENHANCING the educational element of Kidical Mass will help make smart riding a family activity giving more moms the confidence to ride with her kids to the park.
     INCREASING educational efforts to Cal Poly and Cuesta will make incredible safety improvements for the age group that is most likely to be involved in traffic collisions resulting in injury or death.
     IMPROVING our existing materials and resources so they can be shared across language and socio-economic barriers to deliver important information to underserved populations.

Your donation will make you an integral part of the legacy that establishes bike education in schools, businesses, and throughout our great community. 

Our ambition, innovation and drive are on behalf of our members; we can’t wait to make you proud again in 2013.


Dan Rivoire
Executive Director

Click here to make your donation online, and to find information to mail your donation. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Kidical Mass This Thursday!



Join us for the first Kidical Mass of 2012, just in time for the beginning of Bike Month!

When: Thursday May 3rd
Where: Mitchell Park, SLO (map)
When: 6:00 pm
Theme: Rainbows

We’re excited for our third year of Kidical Mass rides, and hope you*, your friends, and your entire family will join us for the ride! We meet at 6:00 for a brief safety talk before we ride as a group through downtown to the Mission Plaza.

If you’re a kid at heart, and want to be a part of the ride, it’s a great chance to volunteer and help get the little riders excited about their bicycles. Sign up to volunteer here, it’s only a 30-minute commitment, and is a blast!

*Everyone on the ride should be on a bicycle, including parents and guardians (walking in the street alongside is not permitted).

2012 Kidical Mass Themes

We’re gearing up for the biggest Kidical Mass season yet! With rides planned the first Thursday of every month from May – September. Our first ride will be one month from today, on May 3rd.

The 2012 Kidical Mass Themes:

  • May 3 – Rainbows
  • June 7 – Fancy Pants
  • July 5 – Superheros
  • August 2 – Circus
  • September 6 – Music

Mark your calendars & we’ll see you at the ride in your best costumes!

Interested in volunteering? The more the merrier as we continue to make safety our #1 priority for all participants, sign up for volunteer updates online here.

2011’s Last Kidical Mass on Thursday!

Join this Thursday for the LAST Kidical Mass of 2011, with a “School Spirit” theme! The ride is open to kids of all ages and is a great chance for parents to teach their kids to ride smart. Bring your friends, represent your school, the more the merrier!

Check out photos from this year’s Kidical Mass rides on our flickr photostream.

Member Profile: Sarah Ritter

When did you start bicycling? When I was 3 yrs old

Why do you bike? I smile a lot more when riding my bike than when driving my car!

How many bikes do you own? 2

How often do you ride? Everyday

What kind of riding do you do? In town trips.

What do you think the most important thing the Coalition has done in our area? Provide the support for various local bike programs to grow, and their work with the City to promote the biking cause.

What changes/improvements have you seen since you lived here? Bike markings on the road, the bike blvd., valet parking, Kidical Mass, and bike parking downtown.

What additional changes would you like to see? More bike boulevards, more bike lanes, bike path to Cal Poly from downtown

What’s your advice to encourage others to get on their bikes? Pick a short ride on a nice day when you are not in a hurry and one that you would want to do again.

How do you get involved with Coalition? Through my work with Safe Routes to School

Anything else you want to add? Thanks for all of your work and enthusiasm!

Are you interested in being one of our next Member Profiles?

Join the Coalition to be eligible, or send us an email to nominate someone you think is a great ambassador for bicycles in SLO County!

Or conduct your own interview with a Coalition member, attach a photo, and send them our way to highlight their love for bicycles and the Coalition!