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 @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

AG Bike Plan Public Workshop

This is your opportunity to affect the future of bicycle and pedestrian travel in and around Arroyo Grande! The Coalition will be there to share our ideas, and encourage you to share your voice too!

When: Thursday February 9th, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Where: City Council Chambers, 215 East Branch St, Arroyo Grande (map)

Why: Your voice matters! Help us shape a better future for bicycles as AG updates the bicycle and pedestrian plan, your ideas are our future!

The brief presentation will begin promptly at 6:00, with the public workshop immediately after. For more information, contact project planner Ryan Foster at (805) 473-5420.

Morro Bay Bike Ed, October 12th

We’ll be hosting a free Bike Ed Workshop in Morro Bay in support of the upcoming Morro Bay Bike Plan! There will be snacks from 5:00 – 5:30 before the workshop from 5:30 – 7:00. No registration is required, families welcome, and we hope to see everyone there.

When: Wednesday, October 12th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Where: Morro Bay Teen Center, 231 Atascadero Rd, Morro Bay (map)

Why: Learn some basic rules and techniques for riding on the road, it will make your riding experience easier and more comfortable! Plus, it’s FREE.

September 17th FREE Bike Ed Workshop

You have a legal right to be on the road and we’ll give you the tools to make it easy. Our workshops teach traffic psychology and techniques that will empower you while you ride. August’s workshop is held in the afternoon, giving you more time to sleep in before you join us as we share our bike joy and knowledge with you!

When: Saturday, September 17th, 8:30am – 1:00pm

Where: Coalition Headquarters, 860 Pacific St, SLO (map)

Why: With confidence, bicycling is a safe and enjoyable way to travel. Join the movement!

How: More details and registration can be found online here.

St. Patty’s Fundraiser!

Saturday, March 5  | 5:00 – 9:30 pm

SLO Senior Center, 1445 Santa Rosa St

Join us for the St Patty’s Potluck, with all proceeds from the event going towards the Coalition! Last year’s potluck was a blast, and 2011’s will be bigger than ever! The event is open to everyone, with a $10 entry fee, including a free raffle ticket (Coalition members get two free raffle tickets) Join the Coalition at the door and get in for free!

This is a potluck, not sure what to bring? Flip a coin! Heads, bring a main dish. Tails, bring an appetizer or dessert. Don’t have a coin? Bring a beverage to share!

We will have live music, raffle prizes, a pub style quiz, and plenty of food & drink for all! Bring your friends, the more the merrier!

For more information, check out the flier here: stpattys_potluck2011

Madonna Bike Path Dedication

Join us on Friday, February 18th at 3:00 as the Madonna Inn Bike Path is formally opened!

We will all ride the path together, and have a group photo op to celebrate this great new facility. The dedication will take place in the north part of the Madonna Inn parking lot, please bike or walk to the celebration if you can. We hope to see you there!

Hosted by the City of San Luis Obispo, Madonna Inn, Air Pollution Control District and CalTrans

Member Profile: Vanessa, Ella & Cora

Vanessa Amerson, San Luis Obispo

How long have you been a Coalition member? 2008

When did you start bicycling? When I was 6 on a cruiser with wooden blocks on the pedals

Why do you bike? I hate Cars and parking and paying for parking. And I like saying “good morning” to neighbors and chatting with friends

How many bikes do you own? 5, all very different

How often do you ride? Commutishly about 10 trips a week

What kind of riding do you do? Costumed SLO-hemian, Amateur Ballet

What do you think the most important thing the Coalition has done in our area? Joined the people to create a voice of advocacy

What changes/improvements have you seen since you lived here? Bike Blvd, Bike Kitchen, Bike signal, Bike parking

What additional changes would you like to see? Better Bike facilities at the Elementary and Jr. High Schools

What’s your favorite ride? To and from school with my daughters

What’s your advice to encourage others to get on their bikes? If you find a bike you love you are more likely to ride it and a bike doesn’t have to be expensive to fall in love with it.

How do you get involved with Coalition? I encourage parents and kids to practice riding together at Kidical Mass

What’s your favorite Coalition program? The Bike Kitchen

Anything else you want to add? Biking makes happy easily accessible.

Cora, San Luis Obispo

When did you start bicycling? When I was 4

Why do you bike? Because it’s fun

How many bikes do you own? 2

How often do you ride? Very often with my dad and most of the time with my mom

What kind of riding do you do? Regular riding

What do you think the most important thing the Coalition has done in our area? Help with Kidical Mass

What changes/improvements have you seen since you lived here? None

What additional changes would you like to see? I want everyone to like me

What’s your favorite ride? Kidical Mass

Anything else you want to add? Ella’s bike is shiny and mine isn’t

Ella, San Luis Obispo

When did you start bicycling? When I was 5

Why do you bike? It’s fun

How many bikes do you own? 2

How often do you ride? Whenever I’m with my mom

What kind of riding do you do? Kidical Mass riding

What do you think the most important thing the Coalition has done in our area? Keeping people safe when they’re riding bicycles

What changes/improvements have you seen since you lived here? I’ve seen a lot of people on bikes.

What additional changes would you like to see? A BIG sign in front of Bike Valet that says “Bike Coalition”

What’s your favorite ride? SLO Little 500

What’s your advice to encourage others to get on their bikes? All you have to do is pedal

How do you get involved with Coalition? I tell my friends about Kidical Mass

What’s your favorite Coalition program? Kidical Mass because sometimes the Childrens Museum brings crafts and you can put them on your bike

Anything else you want to add? When people help out at the Kitchen they help people get their bikes fixed and that makes people happy.

Member Profile: Gary Havas

How long have you been a Coalition member? I have been a member for one year now.  I joined well after I became involved with the Bike Valet and Bike Month and other cycling activities.  Sorta embarrassing that I took so long to become a paid-up member.

When did you start bicycling? I have cycled off and on for a number of years.  I really began some casual, regular cycling back in Connecticut when I works quality control on an Indian Casino Resort call the Mohegan Sun.  I began my biking-for-biscuits routine on a hybrid bike, pedaling up the coast from Mystic to Stonington to the Yellow Cup Café.

Why do you bike? Cycling gives me a real sense of freedom.  I get where I am going under my own steam. I control the vertical and horizontal, as you might recall from “Outer Limits” of old.  We think we control a lot in our lives and I know in mine, it has turned out to me largely a myth.  With cycling, however, I do make it go.  No fossil fuels, no wind, no solar, nothing buy my legs and my body’s energy.

How many bikes do you own? I have four at this point.  The long-wheelbase Rans recumbent, the Catrike Expedition, an older Bianchi road bike and a kludged together mountain bike.  I am looking now for a modern road bike and a classic.  The classic I seek will be elegant and have me feeling that way also.

How often do you ride? Typically I ride three days a week with a spin-off group of the San Luis Bicycle Club.  I try to make all of my light errands happen on the bike also. I have even picked up lumber and Costco shopping at the same time with my Rans and its trailer.

What kind of riding do you do? My first leg is usually a push as I am solo at that point.  Then I stop for coffee and await the start of the ride.  Then I cycle with group to the next coffee spot.  Coming home can be a push also, depending on the weather and appointments.

What do you think the most important thing the Coalition has done in our area? Other than being there, the Coalition works with our community to provide an excellent riding climate.  Specifically I enjoy the Morro St Bicycle Boulevard and Bike Valet in its many iterations.

What changes/improvements have you seen since you lived here? The completion of the Morro St Bicycle Boulevard is prominent in my mind.  The expansion of Bike Valet coverage also.  Bike racks throughout town.  The road conditions reporting function on the Coalition’s website.  Sharrows on Monterey Street.  The involvement on such a broad demographic in hosting the Bike Valet.

What additional changes would you like to see? I’d really like to see more folks riding and making cycling an integral part of living in San Luis Obispo City and County.  I’d like to see also more younger folk involved with the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club, the Club may have an issue with aging membership and perhaps Coalition inspired involvement will spill over.  Here I’m thinking that inspired volunteers will come to the club as well.

What’s your favorite ride? I like a good century.  The Lighthouse (up the coast) and the Wildflower (Shandon and Creston). Shorter fun rides are over Prefumo Canyon to Avila and back (yes, on the recumbents) and up the Grade to the Porch Café in Santa Margarita.

What’s your advice to encourage others to get on their bikes? Ride where you like to ride.  For me, I found riding to a coffee stop and relaxing was and remains a fine motivator.  Once local shops are explored, others can be found also by extending one’s trip.  I think what Dan Rivoire said about helmets and kids works well with this modification.  He said something to parents at the Bike Rodeo about getting kids to wear their helmets. “Get them a helmet they like and think is cool and they’ll be apt to wear it with pride and interest.”  Or something similar.

How did you get involved with Coalition? Kept my ears open for a fun volunteer opportunity (see the line above about motivating interest and keeping it.)  How does one?  Have a look at the Coalition website and let the oracle of all knowledge and wisdom help you out.

What’s your favorite Coalition program? Based on familiarity and fun, Bike Valet, of course.  I get to share this experience with a grand cross section of folks of all ages and interests.  Nice get-in-touch with the community.

Anything else you want to add? If you, dear reader, like to see cycling in your community as a motorist or cyclist or pedestrian, please support this good operation.

 

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!

 

FREE Bicycle Confidence Workshop

When: Saturday, November 13th   8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Coalition Office, 860 Pacific St, Suite 105, San Luis Obispo [map]

Why: Learn how you can arm yourself with the skills necessary to maneuver through the most difficult intersections of SLO County. Workshops are taught by League Certified Instructors, and feature 2 hours in the classroom and 2 hours on the road.

How: More details can be found here. Sign up for free online here.

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!

Bike/Walk to Work Week | October 25-29

As part of October’s Commute for Cash Challenge (Hosted by SLO Regional Rideshare) people who bike/walk to work will be rewarded with FREE breakfast! We’ll have energizer stations set up countywide to offer you some breakfast treats/coffee for choosing this form of transportation to get to work or school!

When: Week of October 25th – 29th, 7:00 – 9:00 am
Where: All of SLO County
How: Simply ride or walk as your commute, and grab some breakfast, it’s that easy!

Energizer Station Locations: See a map here

Monday – San Luis Obispo Governement Center
Tuesday – Paso Robles Library
Wednesday – Foothill & California Intersection, SLO
Thursday – Trinity Cyclery, Grover Beach
Friday – Garden & Higuera Intersection, SLO

Commute for Cash Challenge: By ditching your solo commute just two days a week, you can reduce personal commute costs, reduce wear and tear on  roads/vehicles and decrease greenhouse gas emissions! With the challenge, you can win cash prizes for doing this as well!

FREE bicycle confidence workshop

When: Saturday, September 25th   8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Coalition Office, 860 Pacific St, Suite 105, San Luis Obispo [map]

Why: Learn how you can arm yourself with the skills necessary to maneuver through the most difficult intersections of SLO County. Workshops are taught by League Certified Instructors, and feature 2 hours in the classroom and 2 hours on the road.

How: More details can be found here. Sign up for free online here.