OK, so May (National Bike Month) is over, that doesn’t mean the bike fun has to stop now. I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy some of the many events and activities that took place throughout SLO County, everything from pancake breakfasts, executive ride challenges, the gallery art show in downtown SLO and much more. And better yet, some bike programs are still up and running.
The SLO County Bike Coalition has some local instructors who teach bicycle confidence workshops for individuals, employees, school assemblies, or just about anyone who wants to know the parts of a bike, what laws apply to bicyclists, proper lane positioning and signaling, and a whole lot more. Call 547-2055 for details.
Want to work on your bike but don’t have a place or the tools to do it? Well, the people at the SLO Bike Kitchen have just what you need. Knowledgeable chefs are available starting at noon on the first Sunday of each month at Mitchell Park with tools, spare parts, and helping hands. Visit them in the park or online at slobikekitchen.org.
The SLO County Rideshare has a program that provides plenty of incentives for riding bikes to work. Known as the TripLink program, points are earned for every trip that employs alternative transportation (walk, ride, vanpool, or ride a bus) to get to work. Points are redeemed for gift certificates for local merchants; everything from movie tickets, to eateries, and even postage stamps. Contact Cindy Blake at
541-2277 to learn more.
Forty percent of all car trips are less than two miles in distance. More than one third of all Americans are overweight or obese. Sixty-six percent of greenhouse gas emissions in San Luis Obispo County are attributed to transportation. Think of the health benefits of riding bikes instead of driving. For every hour spent pedaling a bike, 500 to 700 calories are burned. Why pay money to work out in a gym? The average American spends $8,400 per year on car maintenance, insurance, gas, and parking, not to mention the cost of the car. Think of all the things that cash could buy.
Why not make 2009 National Bike Year?