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.

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).

Safe Routes to School Grants Available!

SLO County Regional Rideshare just unveiled their new grant program for Safe Routes to School.  Beginning in the 2012/13 school year, there will be three levels of funding available:

  • Gold $700 – monthly programs throughout the entire school year
  • Silver $300 – 2 – 4 programs throughout the school year
  • Bronze $100 – for 1 program during the school year

If you are interested in bringing some of these funds to you school, or in increasing the number of students biking & walking to school, visit our local Safe Routes to School site to make it a reality! Whether you want to host a onetime event or kick off a year long program, Rideshare has the funds to help get you rolling.

We all know the benefits of getting more kids biking & walking to school. Safe Routes to School is dedicated to making sure more kids are able to use active transportation to get to school, it’s better for their health, helps them focus at school, and provides them with a great chance to get to know their friends and neighborhoods en route!

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.

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

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!