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SLO Marathon Weekend!

Sunday, April 27, 2014 marks the Third Annual running of the  SLO Marathon + Half. Other races (The 5K, The Children’s Marathon Challenge and the Children’s Quarter Mile Dash) take place on Saturday, April 26th. We’re excited to see the thousands of participants who will soon be running through the streets of SLO.

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The SLO Marathon + Half begins at San Luis Obispo High School and finishes at the iconic Madonna Inn. For more information visit our generous Bike Valet sponsors slomarathon.com.

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Last Chance! Voting for the 2014 Bike-In Movie Ends at 8 pm!

One of our favorite Bike Month events that we host is the annual Bike-In Movie. Help us choose this year’s movie by casting your vote below. Voting ends at 8 pm tonight!

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Fired Up Friday! Raise your Voice in Support of Safer Streets!

Sign the Petition Backing the Vulnerable Road Users Protection Act

Fired Up Friday is a great time to take a moment to sign the petition in support of California’s Vulnerable Road Users Protection Act (AB 2398). The act will protect Californians who ride bikes, walk, run, ride horses, scooter, skateboard and work on our streets.

The Vulnerable Road Users Protection Act brings much needed attention to the issue of distracted driving and protects all road users by raising the fines for hitting Vulnerable Road Users, assigning points on the offending motorists’ license and suspending the offender’s license for six months.

Please take a moment to sign the California Bicycle Coalition’s Petition and let your elected representatives hear your voice as we ask for safer streets for everyone.

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April Bike Ed Workshops

Whether you’re new to bicycles or just haven’t ridden in a while, our public workshops are a great way to get comfortable on a bicycle and will help you ride more in the future.

Our workshops teach smart and safe riding skills to people of all ages and are 100% FREE!

Our In Classroom Workshops teach bicycle laws, debunk common myths and give you the tools you need to feel safe on your bicycle. Once you’ve attended an In Classroom Workshop, follow it up with a Saturday On The Road Workshop to practice your newly learned skills during a group ride.

April Bike Ed Workshops:

  • Monday April 21, 6 pm – 8 pm Bike Ed Workshop (In Classroom)
  • Saturday April 26, 9 am – 11 am Bike Ed Workshop: On The Road

Added bonus: All Workshop participants receive a free bicycle bell!

(NOTEYou must take the IN CLASSROOM workshop before taking one of our ON THE ROAD workshops. A bicycle and helmet are required to participate in ON THE ROAD workshops.)

Sign up for a workshop today!

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Advocacy Update: City Council Divided over Sales Tax

On the evening of Tuesday, April 1st, SLO County Bicycle Coalition staff joined the Downtown Association, Chamber of Commerce, and various members of the public in asking the City Council to prepare language for a sales tax measure to be placed on the ballot in November. The current sales tax, Measure Y, is set to expire in March of 2015.

With a long list of bike-friendly infrastructure projects still incomplete and awaiting investment, the Bicycle Coalition is proud to support the City’s effort to maintain strong revenues in future years. Despite ongoing concerns in the community about how sales tax revenue has been spent historically, we continue to work to amplify the voice of families and young professionals that believe an improved network of bikeways is essential to community-wide well-being. The Bicycle Coalition always aims to make absolutely sure that the City Council continues to make building better bikeways the highest priority in the City Budget.

For more information about the Council’s divided stance, check out the tribune’s report online here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/04/01/3001483/divided-slo-city-council-takes.html?sp=/99/100/&ihp=1

To learn more about our Advocacy efforts check out our Advocacy Page.

 

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Vote for the 2014 Bike-In Movie

One of our favorite Bike Month events that we host is the annual Bike-In Movie!

The 10th annual movie is set for Friday May 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm in Mission Plaza, we hope to see you there. Help us choose this year’s movie by casting your vote below. (Submit button is on the bottom of this post)

We’ll have everything you need to enjoy a movie under the stars in Mission Plaza! We’ve got the popcorn, hot chocolate and our Bike Valet all set up and ready to go. Bring a blanket and your entire family for an evening of fun!

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Welcome to our New Directors!

Spring has just begun and we’re happy to announce two new Directors at the Bicycle Coalition.

Troy Johnston is coming aboard as our new Programs Director, and Steve Akers is moving up from his position on the Bike Valet staff to become our new Communications Director.

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Troy is a former principal and lifelong educator with a love of bikes who recently moved to San Luis Obispo from the Bay area. Troy is our first full-time Programs Director and we’re excited to have his experience and expertise as we work to expand the reach of our programs.

Steve began volunteering at the Bike Valet a few years ago and officially joined the Bicycle Coalition staff in 2013. His experience with media production and outreach will be a valuable asset as the Bicycle Coalition strives to spread the word about all things bike.

We’re excited about the energy these new additions bring to the Bicycle Coalition Staff. Please ring your bike bell when you see them riding around town!

 

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Bidding Farewell to Leslie

This week we are sad to say goodbye to our Communications & Operations Director Leslie Bloom.

Leslie has been with the Bicycle Coalition team since January 2010 and has been instrumental in crafting the public image of the organization. With a background and passion for design she was able to build all of our communication efforts, including our e-news, website, media, newsletters and more. We’ll miss her can-do spirit and incredible dedication over the years.

We wish her all the best as she moves on to her next adventure here in San Luis Obispo. Keep your eyes peeled for her curls biking around town.

Cheers Leslie, thanks for years of incredible work at the Bicycle Coalition!

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