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

Bike to Bites this Wednesday!

When: Wednesday May 9th, 3:30 pm
Where: Meet at the Community Center, 5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero

We are proud to be a part of the first annual Bike To Bites event in Atascadero as part of Rideshare’s Bike Month!

We’ll be meeting at the Community Center to ride as a group, have a blast & ring our bells on our way to the Galaxy Theater… Free pizza & root beer at the theater after the ride!

We’ll have the Bike Valet set up, park your bike, and use your valet tag for a free screening of “Breaking Away” at the Galaxy!

Can’t meet us at the Community Center for the ride? Check out the flier for local bike routes to use to ride to the theater to meet us!

Cycle de Mayo this Saturday!

Practice your bike handling skills at this kid-friendly Bike Rodeo. We’ll be there teaching basic bike smarts, and having a blast riding our bikes together in Morro Bay! This is a great chance for Morro Bay kids & families to get together, ride bikes and show your support for bicycles in SLO County.

All SLO County youth can join us by the coast for the FREE bike safety rodeo on the Morro Bay High School track.

When: Saturday May 5th
Where: Morro Bay High School Track (map)
When: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Brought to you by: SLO County Health, SLO County Bicycle Coalition, Rideshare and Central Coast Montessori School

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!

LOVR Bikepath Approved

We’re pleased to report that, on Tuesday April 10th, the SLO City Council voted 4-to-1 to approve the LOVR bikepath, connecting the CL Smith and Laguna Middle School neighborhoods with a safe route to school for all kids.

The Bicycle Coalition was there to advocate on behalf of this project, which aims to get more kids biking/walking to school, decrease congestion at these intersections during before/after school hours, and to discourage kids from biking the wrong way in the LOVR bike lanes.


This is an alternative plan approved by the city (using a $800,000 Safe Routes to School grant from 2007) after the small Windermere Condominiums Homeowners Association blocked a much better and safer bridge option off of Los Osos Valley Road.

The Bicycle Coalition knows this would have been a much better option, allowing kids to travel between these two neighborhoods without ever going on Los Osos Valley Road. Yet the bylaws of the Windermere Condominiums HOA required 100% approval to proceed with the 4 foot easement for the bike path, making it possible for just one person to oppose the project and shut it down.

We strongly support bicycle and pedestrian projects which provide safe access to schools for generations to come, and are disappointed when a small minority of community members are able to shut these projects down, simply because they don’t understand the long-lasting positive impacts they have.

Our presence here is not without some frustration and concern that future projects promising extremely effective solutions will be cast aside for less attractive alternatives because some community members are unwilling to recognize the incredible value of smart infrastructure.

I urge [the council] to continue to approach these infrastructure decision points with a bold and knowing attitude that improving access to active transportation has powerful health, safety and economic benefits for all of our community members.

Dan Rivoire, Executive Director, SLO County Bicycle Coalition
Speaking at the April 10, 2012 SLO City Council

This is just one of many instances where the Bicycle Coalition represents YOU as we continue to advocate for smart bicycle infrastructure, educate bicycle riders throughout the county, teach bicycle safety assemblies at local schools, and provide everyone with programs to encourage people of all types to choose a bicycle for transportation and recreation. 

BECOME A MEMBER to support these causes in your community.

LOVR Bikepath to City Council

Join us on Tuesday, April 10th, 7:00 pm
San Luis Obispo City Hall, 990 Palm St, to show your support!

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This bikepath project has been carefully thought out by City staff after a proposed bike/ped bridge connecting the Laguna & Oceanaire neighborhoods was shut down by a small group of neighbors failing to see the value in a safe route to the Laguna Middle School. The bikepath is important to improve visibility and safety of kids biking and walking to school between these two neighborhoods.

By giving kids a safe route to school without having to cross Los Osos Valley Road, we can help ease traffic congestion near the school, give our kids a safe and healthy way to get to school, and decrease accidents at this busy intersection.

The City of SLO has put together this helpful graphic to see the existing and proposed changes to allow for this important connection between two school neighborhoods:

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One of the main benefits this path will provide is increased visibility for the students biking and walking to schools in this neighborhood. As LOVR is a heavily used road for recreational riders, the bike lanes have been kept on the road for them to use without conflicting with the hundreds of kids using the path at peak hours.

Join the Coalition as we speak up to make sure kids are able to safely get to school by foot or bike between these two neighborhoods. Tuesday, April 10th, 7:00 pm at San Luis Obispo City Hall, 990 Palm St.

Spread the word!

Tools for Schools Meeting

Rideshare is hosting a free Safe Routes to School Resource meeting for anyone who wants to know the Tools for Schools.  The workshop is ideal for current School Champions and new volunteers who want to bring programs to their school. At the meeting you will:

  • Receive information on free local resources to boost your Safe Routes to School Program, including mini-grants, support and more!
  • Learn about other programs in SLO County
  • Get your specific questions answered

When: Tuesday, February 7 2012, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Where: Community Room at the SLO Library, 995 Palm St, SLO (map)

This is a great chance to bring Safe Routes to Schools programs to your school, allowing our kids a safer, healthier way to get to school.

SLO Bike Rodeo, October 8th

We’ll be helping out with the SLO Bike Rodeo this year, doing helmet and safety checks for everyone involved. Join us for the safety town ride to polish your bike skills, a downtown group ride (like a Kidical Mass!) and a BMX stunt show. It’s sure to be a good time, and is free for all kids!

When: Saturday October 8th, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Where: Emerson Park, San Luis Obispo (map)

More information on the City of San Luis Obispo Parks & Recreation website.

Kidz Ride Paso, October 1st

Join the Coalition as we get kids out on bikes in Paso Robles this Saturday! Kids and their parents can “take to the road” on a course through the park to try out their new safety skills. Event includes bike & helmet safety checks, all kids get a goodie bag for participating!

When: Saturday October 1st, 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Where: Larry Moore Park, off S. River Road, Paso Robles (map)

More information is on the City of Paso Robles website.