Volume 50, Issue #1, January 1, 2018
What's Happening
Quick Look
January 1, 2018 : New Year’s Day Ride, 9:00 a.m., Shamel Park
 February 2, 2018: Crock Pot Cook-off, Ludwick Center
2017 President's Awards
2018 Wildflower Volunteering
Safety Tips
2018 SLOBC Budget

Our New President's Message
New Year's Resolutions for Cyclists
By Susan McTaggart

Here are a few resolutions I am working on. Perhaps they will also resonate with you.

  1. Fix a flat without cussing. I am told this is possible but I have never personally experienced it.
  2. Call out road hazards such as sand, sticks or slime eels. This peril is absolutely possible because I have seen it on the computer with my own eyes and just to prove it, click here.
  3. I'm sorry, I know that was gross, but sort of fascinating gross, right?
  4. Dress like you're in a clown parade. We should apparently be wearing fluorescent jerseys, brightly colored leggings, lights on our socks, helmets, handlebars and seat posts, as well as glow in the dark underwear. What!? You don't wear underwear? Never mind.
  5. Enjoy the ride.

On a more serious note...

I am excited to be starting this year as president and look forward to working with our great Board of Directors. We have many fun events planned, such as the New Year’s Day Ride in January and the 3rd annual Cook-off in February. We will also be trying out some new events which will be publicized in the coming months. I hope to meet many of you at these gatherings.

In January our Board will meet for its annual retreat at which we consider current issues in the club and set a direction for the year. If you have any suggestions that you would like to voice, this is an excellent time to do so. Please email me at mctaggart.susan@gmail.com .
Let’s Commit to Safe Cycling Practices in 2018
by Ken Price, Safety Director and Dave Abrecht, Ride Coordinator
Let’s Commit to Safe Cycling Practices in 2018
by Ken Price, Safety Director and Dave Abrecht, Ride Coordinator

The beginning of a new year is a good time to recommit to being a safe and responsible operator of a bicycle on our public roads. We know that bicyclists and pedestrians are the most vulnerable users of our roadways; a collision that is limited to property damage for vehicles can mean serious injury or even death for a cyclist. 

As cyclists, we can:

  • Obey the rules of the road. We have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle operators.
  • Be visible, predictable and alert to your surroundings. Wear bright clothing and consider the use of the high-tech daytime LED lights that are available to us. If you must use earbuds, the law requires you use only one, preferably in your right ear away from the traffic lane. Socialize before or after the ride or at the coffee stop. 
  • Be courteous to our fellow road users. Acknowledge drivers who yield the right of way to you and who wait for you before pulling out of side streets and driveways. 

If you want more information about safe cycling and group riding practices, please visit our website using the links below.

Safe Cycling Best Practices:   http://www.slobc.org/safety/best-practices.html

Upcoming Events
New Year’s Day Ride - Monday, January 1, 2018
New Year’s Day is around the corner and we have a long-standing tradition of starting the new year with a bike ride in our beautiful county. 

New Year’s Day 2018 will bring a new ride option for members and guests. The traditional ride begins at 9:00 a.m. at Shamel Park in Cambria and travels up the coast to Ragged Point and back. Coffee and snacks are available at the Ragged Point Inn. This route is 44 miles. 

The new route is a shorter ride which includes the newly realigned section of Highway 1. You will enjoy beautiful new pavement, eight foot shoulders and incredible ocean views! This ride also begins at 9:00 a.m. at Shamel Park and is about 30 miles. The club will host a coffee stop at the vacant motel at Cappuccino Cove. If you plan to ride this option, please RSVP to  daveabrecht@me.com so we can provide enough coffee and treats. 

The Tortoise Ride Group will host a New Year’s Day Ride and post-ride potluck in San Luis Obispo. Please contact Ride Leaders Stu and Janie Goldenberg,  sgoldenb@calpoly.edu for details and to RSVP. 

For those interested, a no-host lunch will be held at the Main Street Grill in Cambria following the coastal rides.

And, of course, while we hope for a sunny day, but rain cancels.

Questions? Feel free to contact me at  daveabrecht@me.com.
Crock Pot Cook-Off

When: February 2, 2018
Time: Doors open at 5:30
Where: Ludwick Community Center

It’s time for our third annual cook-off so join us for a fun-filled evening of great food and friendly competition. You'll taste homemade main dishes prepared by club member chefs and vote for your favorites.

There will be a raffle for a variety of cozy handmade quilts to benefit a local charity.

SLOBC will provide everything you need for dinner; appetizers, non-alcoholic drinks, ice cream sundaes and place settings. You may bring your own beer and wine.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED at this members-only event. Space is limited and a waiting list will be keep when seating is closed. Please RSVP to Debbie Abrecht with the names of the members in your group.
News & Notes
It's Time to Renew

It's time to renew your membership in the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club for the coming year. Dues are $20 for individuals, $30 for families.

Renewal requires paying dues AND signing the “Release and Waiver of Liability” form. Those with Family Memberships need to have every family member sign the form.

To begin the renewal process, go to  www.membership.slobc.net. Log in with your slobc user name and password.

While online you can pay your dues using your PayPal account and sign the waiver electronically.

Alternatively, you can print out the waiver, sign it and send it to me with a check for your dues. (Mail it to 1473 12th Street, Los Osos, Ca. 93402
Note that prepaid Life Members need to sign a waiver each year.

Marina Michel
Membership Coordinator
2017 President’s Award Recipients
Roger Heathcote

Roger researched and coordinated a First Aid presentation for our August general meeting program. He arranged for members of the City of San Luis Obispo Fire Department to make the presentation. Roger has been a long time volunteer for both of our Century rides. He was the Creston site coordinator for the Wildflower Ride and created helpful directional signage for riders as they departed from and returned to Creston. 

John Long

John has been the Food Ordering Captain for both the Lighthouse and Wildflower Rides for the last three years. This is an intensive job, requiring that he meet with Rest Stop Captains, review food and equipoment needs and work with our local companies to obtain all of the necessary food items. This year, John was instrumental in reducing our food costs and making sure the ride met our budgetary goals. 

Elaine McElmury

Elaine breathed new life into the Ride Coordinator position this year. She planned three club-wide rides; the Winery Ride in San Miguel last April, the North Coast Ride from Cayucos in September and the Autumn Pie Ride in Paso Robles in November. Elaine is very involved in the new North Coast Cyclepeds organization and served as a great liaison between north county SLOBC members and the larger club. 

Ken Price

Ken has served as our Safety Director since 2010 and is a staunch and tireless advocate for keeping our roads safe for cycling. He is on a first name basis with representatives from Cal-Trans and County and City Public Works Department staff. Ken also served on the County Bicycle Advisory Committee from District 4 and is a member of the City of Arroyo Grande Traffic Commission.

Dale Sutliff

Dale has served the members of the SLOBC as our Bicycle Advocate for six of the last ten years. Dale is constantly monitoring road, highway and development projects to ensure that these projects do not overlook or adversely impact necessary and critical bicycle infrastructure improvements. Dale also serves as the chair of the County Bicycle Advisory Committee. Dale is stepping down as our Advocate at the end of this year and his dedication to improving conditions for cycling in our county will be missed.  
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2018 Wildflower Century Volunteering

The 2018 Wildflower Century Ride is April 7th.

Volunteering Opens on January 2, 2018. 

We are returning to the familiar Volunteer Sign-up system on the SLOBC Web-site. You will receive an e-mail notifying you that volunteering in open. 

 If you want to view available jobs, Go to our  Century Jobs  webpage for information about jobs and the volunteer process.

Email Dave Abrecht at  wildflower-volunteer-coord@slobc.org
2018 SLOBC Budget
Bill Martin, Treasurer
Treasurer's Report
If you would like to be put on an email list to receive the club’s financial statements at the end of each month, let me know at treasurer@slobc.org .
SLOBC Board Minutes
Board Meeting Tuesday, December 5, 2017
SLO County Air Pollution Office, San Luis Obispo, CA
Meeting was called to order at 5:00 pm.
Board Members Present: David Abrecht, Bill Martin, Jack Robison, Larry Rutter, Susan McTaggart, Ken Price, Will Benedict, Harvey Cohon, Dale Sutliff, Barry Rands, Elaine McElmury
Absent:  Mike Balster and Gil Pitt
Visitors & Guests: Judy Kelling, Tim Rich, and Marina Michel
Minutes from the November 7, 2017 meeting were approved (MSC: Rutter/Sutliff).
No board members reported having a conflict of interest with any agenda item.
•       Treasurer’s update: The club currently has a surplus of approximately $16,000 for 2017. Bill extended his thanks to the Ride Chairs (Benedict/Rutter) and Food Ordering Captain John Long for their efforts in managing costs especially given the reduced number of riders at the two events. The annual financial accounting to members will be distributed as part of the January Newsletter.
•        As part of the Holiday Potluck there will be a silent auction for an auto bike rack given to the club by the Land Conservancy. Proceeds from the sale will be donated back to the Land Conservancy.
•        Board members were encouraged to attend the SLO Sheriff’s Xmas Bike Program on December 15.  The club donated $1,000 for helmets for the bike recipients.
•       Martin and Robison presented a draft of enhanced financial internal control policies for the club.  Craig Armstrong also participated in drafting the policies. The policies were approved and will be posted on the club website as Finance Policies 3.15-3.16 (MSC: Rutter/Robison).
•       McTaggart, the incoming President, announced that the Board Retreat will be held January 9 from 2-4pm and the New/Old Board Dinner will be January 19 at 6pm.
New Business:
•       The club will do a joint Green Drinks event with ECOSLO in March. Possible topics for the presentation are the proposed new SLO bike corridor between 101 and Foothill or e-bikes. Tim Rich, who volunteered to serve as next year’s program chair, will work with ECOSLO on the event.
•       Caltrans will be holding a hearing on the 101/Main intersection in North Templeton on December 6.
•       Benedict discussed the need to recruit someone to handle on-line registration for the century rides.
•       The President thanked outgoing board members for their service
The meeting adjourned at approximately 5:55 pm.
Respectfully Submitted,
Jack Robison, Secretary
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