SLO City Planning Commission to Address Key Bicycle Projects this Week

The San Luis Obispo City Planning Commission is set to consider two important bicycle issues at their Wednesday night meeting, and the Bicycle Coalition would love to see your support! There is no speaking required, but you can if you would like. The two issues to be reviewed at the meeting include:
  • The preferred trail alignment of the Bob Jones Trail from Los Osos Valley Road to the Octagon Barn
  • The Draft 2013 Bicycle Transportation Plan

When: Wednesday September 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Where: City Council Chambers, 990 Palm St, SLO (map)

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Your Bicycle Coalition has been hard at work with our team of advocates as we continue the positive progress of the Bob Jones Trail for users countywide. In addition to the future of this popular trail, the commission will also be considering the Draft 2013 Bicycle Transportation Plan – the blueprint of future bicycle facilities in the City of SLO. Both issues are key as we work together to make SLO County an incredible place for bicycles!

View the September 11, 2013 Planning Commission agenda.

Bob Jones Trail

There is no need to speak in support of the proposed alignment, just being there to show the bicycle community’s overwhelming support for the alignment along the scenic creek is very helpful.

If you would like to speak:
-Urge commissioners to support the preferred alignment along the creek and creek setback (read more about the preferred alignment).

Draft 2013 Bicycle Transportation Plan

The Bicycle Transportation Plan creates a guiding blueprint for increasing bicycle ridership and future infrastructure improvements to improve connectivity and safety for all road users. Your Bicycle Coalition will be asking commissioners to recommend approval of the draft plan to the SLO City Council.

If you would like to speak: (We encourage you to do so!)
-Urge commissioners to recommend approval of the plan to the SLO City Council.
-You can also view the plan online (planned projects start at page 52, Appendix A, all are sorted by area of SLO City) and take note of the specific projects that are important to you and your family.

If you cannot attend:
-Take a look at the plan online, and send a quick email the Deputy Director of Long Range Planning, Kim Murry (kmurry@slocity.org) the specific projects that are important to you.

 

Donate to Connect SLO County, Get a Bell!

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Receive one of these limited edition bells with your donation to Connect SLO County!

These fun, new, shiny bells could be yours with a donation to our Connect SLO County initiative!

Connect SLO County is an initiative of the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition. Your contribution today funds the work that is making the completion of our bike paths a reality. Through your special contribution to Connect SLO County, we will be able to complete the paths that will help more people of all ages, from eight years old to 80 years old, move around SLO County by bike.

Receive a Bell With Your Donation to Connect SLO County

Connect SLO County is an initiative of the Bicycle Coalition, aimed at completing the major path projects in SLO County. Donate today and receive a limited edition bell!

Throughout California people have formed lifelong memories on paths in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Monterey, Lake Tahoe, Ventura, and countless more. In San Jose, a ride from downtown on the Guadalupe River Trail is a total breeze as you cross underneath numerous freeways, taking you all the way to the bay or the new 49ers stadium. Even in Bakersfield you can enjoy a family ride on the Kern River Parkway, a 30 mile separated path which connects multiple county parks with the university campus and the downtown.We are all on the path

In SLO County, local governments approved plans for paths decades ago, but very few miles have actually been built. Connect SLO County shares your experiences with local leaders, intensifying efforts to complete more incredible paths on the Central Coast. More people deserve to feel safe creating memories on paths in their own backyards.

Everyone can reconnect with the joy of riding a bike when traffic is out of sight and the sound of children’s infectious laughter fills your ears. No matter what your ability, age, choice of sport, or type of bicycle, paths will provide you a safe space to experience the happiness of SLO County.

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2013 Special Election – City of San Luis Obispo

A Special Municipal Election will be held in the City of San Luis Obispo on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 (mail-in ballots to be sent out in mid May). The election is being held for one member of the City Council to serve out the balance of the current term ending December 1, 2014.

The Bicycle Coalition sent the following questions to all candidates running for the open City Council seat in the City of San Luis Obispo:
  1. In your opinion, how do biking and walking fit into the transportation system in your community/district?
  2. Would you like to increase or decrease the number of people biking and walking for transportation and recreation in your community/district, why?
  3. What steps would you take to increase or decrease the number of people biking and walking for transportation and recreation in your community/district?
  4. What specific accomplishments/qualifications demonstrate your capacity to improve the transportation system in your community/district?
  5. What else should members of the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition know about you before going to the polls?

All questionnaires returned to the Bicycle Coalition can be viewed/downloaded as a pdf by clicking here. (Simply click on the right hand column to view the answers from any given candidate)

The SLO County Bicycle Coalition does not and has not endorsed any candidate running for office.

The information contained in this pdf is intended for informational purposes only.

2012: A Landmark Year for Bicycles

The following is a letter from our Executive Director, Dan Rivoire, originally published in our Winter 2013 Spoken Wheel newsletter. As we are approaching a beautiful spring season, full of bicycle fun and events countywide, we are reminded of our ambition, innovation and commitment to make SLO County a great place for bicycles – and it’s all possible because of our dues paying members, volunteers and donations from community members like you!

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In January 2010 the Bicycle Coalition quietly launched a campaign designed to respond to the question: “what does the Coalition actually do?” Our goal was to make it painstakingly clear that we work extremely hard to achieve the mission laid out by our founders; to improve the quality of life in San Luis Obispo County through bicycling advocacy, education, and inspiration. Our strategy revolved around creating strong programs with tangible benefit to the community while improving communications across the board. In order to succeed, we needed to get the respect of the bicycle riding public while capturing the attention of everyone else in the Central Coast. 

“Our goal was to make it painstakingly clear that we work extremely hard to achieve the mission laid out by our founders; to improve the quality of life in San Luis Obispo County through bicycling advocacy, education, and inspiration.”

Three years have passed since we took the first step towards accomplishing our goal and moved into our headquarters at the corner of Morro and Pacific in downtown San Luis Obispo. With the move we brought on the most ambitious addition to our empowerment focused programs while giving the community an image to visualize every time they think of the Bicycle Coalition. Becoming established at our prominent home on the Bill Roalman bike boulevard has been transformational. It is no mistake that 2012 was the strongest year on record for the Bicycle Coalition.

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These three years have built upon the foundation laid by the staff, board, volunteers, and members during our creation in 2001. The foundation is not subsidized bicycles, valet parking, education, or advocacy efforts; it is the understanding that residents are driven by their desire to make San Luis Obispo County an incredible place live, work, and play. Our success is connected directly to the fact that every effort of the Bicycle Coalition relates to that foundation.

Recently, while reflecting on the three years spent in our headquarters, I caught myself thinking, “where has all the time gone?” Before I could blink, a list of epic proportions began to accumulate in my mind. Approved bike plans in every jurisdiction in the County, new active transportation infrastructure projects constructed, increased state and federal funding for active transportation projects, incredible impact through our four programs, and membership numbers growing at lightening speed. Emphasizing direct service and communication has resulted in the best financial position in our history.

“All of this hard work has primed the Bicycle Coalition for incredible growth. We dream of a Central Coast connected by regional paths, filled with bike lanes, and engaged by unbelievable community events. We believe that the Bicycle Coalition will become the strongest voice for community well being on the Central Coast.”

All of this hard work has primed the Bicycle Coalition for incredible growth. We dream of a Central Coast connected by regional paths, filled with bike lanes, and engaged by unbelievable community events. We believe that the Bicycle Coalition will become the strongest voice for community well being on the Central Coast. We will positively contribute to our community in the context of education, health, transportation, culture, and economy. Your support is the reason we exist and the reason we grow. Our gratitude is endless yet we know that your continued investment will best advance our cause. We ask you to look towards the horizon, realize our potential, and put your passion into action. 2013 should put 2012 to shame!

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Dan Rivoire, Executive Director

2012 Bicycle Coalition Survey

It’s that time of the year… the time where the Bicycle Coalition reflects on the major accomplishments of 2012 and looks to the future for what 2013 has in store! We’d love your feedback as we move forward.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a member, volunteer, ride bikes, are afraid of heights, or enjoy anchovies, EVERYONE is welcome to take our survey. Thanks in advance for your help and support, we can’t wait for 2013 and the amazing things we have to look forward to.

2012 Election Questionnaires

The Bicycle Coalition sent the following questions to all candidates running for office throughout the Central Coast:
  1. In your opinion, how do biking and walking fit into the transportation system in your community/district?
  2. Would you like to increase or decrease the number of people biking and walking for transportation and recreation in your community/district, why?
  3. What steps would you take to increase or decrease the number of people biking and walking for transportation and recreation in your community/district?
  4. What specific accomplishments/qualifications demonstrate your capacity to improve the transportation system in your community/district?
  5. What else should members of the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition know about you before going to the polls?

All questionnaires returned to the Bicycle Coalition can be viewed/downloaded as a pdf, sorted by jurisdiction by clicking here. (Simply click on the right hand column to view the answers from any given candidate)

The SLO County Bicycle Coalition does not and has not endorsed any candidate running for office.

The information contained in this pdf is intended for informational purposes only.

$10 Off Memberships Today!

We are so excited for this Friday’s Bikes & Beauty party, we are offering $10 off memberships just for today*! The only way to join in on the fun Friday night is to be a current member of the Bicycle Coalition. Luckily, we’ve got a special deal, to make it even easier:

  1. Fill out the form below
  2. Enter coupon code members2012
  3. Get $10 off!

In addition to great food, beer, wine and music… There will be a Snap Cubby photobooth, the Arkeg, and a special curated digital fashion show! The show will feature some of the best videos from amazing designers who have included bicycles in their beautiful videos. You can see a bit of what’s in store in our trailer video here.

WHEN: Friday September 28, 6:30 – 10:00 pm
WHERE: SLO Grange Hall, 2880 Broad St (map)
HOW: $5 door entry, great deals on food & drinks!

Got questions? We have answers online here.

This event is all for our members, it’s our way of thanking them for their continued support and incredible enthusiasm for bicycles in SLO County and beyond. In addition to an invitation to the Bikes & Beauty party, your membership comes with other Bicycle Coalition member perks, including 4 free visits to the Bike Kitchen, 25% off our t-shirts, and more!

*Offer ends at 11:00 pm PST on Wednesday September 26, 2012

Bike Valet at SLO GranFondo

Our Bike Valet will be at The SLO GranFondo this October!

Where: Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo
When: Saturday October 20th, 7:30am – 4:00pm (Bike Valet from (9:00am – 4:00pm)

Our Bike Valet is back for the annual SLO GranFondo, presented by SLO Alpha and Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital Medical Center. The Bike Valet will be located in the Mission Plaza.

Check out their website for more information on joining us for a beautiful ride on the Central Coast.

Bike Ed Workshop September 17

Our September workshop is coming up this Monday night! These workshops are free and will provide you with the confidence and knowledge you need to feel great riding your bicycle for fun or transportation.

We’ll empower you with the tips, tricks and laws of safe bicycle riding. Sign up for free online here.


Monday September 17 Workshops
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In Classroom // 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Basic Maintenance // 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday September 22 Workshop:
On the Road // 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (you must take our In Classroom workshop before joining us on this ride workshop)

June’s Bike Ed Workshop

Our June workshop is coming up this Monday night! These workshops are free and will provide you with the confidence and knowledge you need to feel great riding your bicycle for fun or transportation.

We’ll empower you with the tips, tricks and laws of safe bicycle riding. Sign up for free online here.

Monday June 18 Workshops:
In Classroom // 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Basic Maintenance // 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday June 23 Workshop:
On the Road // 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (you must take our In Classroom workshop before joining us on this ride workshop)