Volume 50, Issue #4 April 1, 2018
What's Happening
Quick Look
April Club Rides
San Miguel, J and J Winery Ride - April 15
Sweet Springs Ride and Tour - April 18
May Ride in Buellton
Names Needed for the Bob Garing Service Award
President's Message
By Susan McTaggart
Google's Self-Driving Bike

Google is introducing the self-driving bicycle in Amsterdam, the world’s premier cycling city. The Dutch cycle more than any other nation in the world, almost 900 kilometres per year per person, amounting to over 15 billion kilometres annually. The self-driving bicycle enables safe navigation through the city for Amsterdam residents, and furthers Google’s ambition to improve urban mobility with technology. Google Netherlands takes enormous pride in the fact that a Dutch team worked on this innovation that will have great impact in their home country.
New No-Show Policy

For years the club has been absorbing the cost of no-shows at our Volunteer Banquets; that is, the cost for people who have made a reservation but then fail to attend or to cancel the reservation. This typically costs us $300 - $500 per banquet.

At our March meeting, the Board adopted a new policy stating that people who fail to attend or cancel a reservation by a specific date will be charged for the cost of the event. This year's Wildflower Volunteer Banquet will be on Sunday, April 8. All of you who have previously indicated that you plan to attend will receive an email to confirm or cancel your reservation by a specific date. Anyone who fails to cancel his/her reservation by that date, and does not attend the banquet, will be asked to reimburse the club for the cost of their meal.

Our intention is to use our club funds wisely. We hope you will see the logic of this policy.

If you have any questions or comments, you can always contact me at president@slobc.org.
Club News
Wildflower Century Dates and Times

What: Wildflower Pre-Ride
Date: Saturday, March 31st
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What: Wildflower Volunteer Meeting
Date: Thursday, April 5th
Time: 7:00 p.m.

What: Wildflower Century Ride
Date: Saturday, April 7th
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What: Wildflower Volunteer Banquet
Date: Sunday, April 8th
Time: 5:00 p.m.

Please use the button below to confirm or cancel your reservation for the banquet.
Wildflower Volunteer Badger's Last Call
Thank you to our many members and friends who have volunteered to help with our annual Wildflower Ride on Saturday, April 7.

This is a Last Call! We have a few openings:

  • One Rest Stop Volunteer at the Cal Fire Station on Parkhill Road
  • One SAG driver

You can sign up by clicking on the link below, which will take you
to your SLOBC member page.

  • Sign in
  • Click on the Volunteer tab
  • Select your job and complete your preferences for clothing, the Pre-ride (March 31) and the volunteer banquet (April 8).

Be sure to click "Save" when you finish signing up .

Questions? E-mail Dave Abrecht at daveabrecht@me.com
and thank you to our members and friends who have recently volunteered to help with our annual Wildflower Ride.

April Club Rides

April will be a busy month of bike riding. After the conclusion of another Wildflower Century Ride, we’ll focus on some fun social rides for all club members.

J & J Winery Ride

On Sunday, April 15, we will return to J & J Winery outside of San Miguel for a club social ride. We can’t guarantee hills as green as last year's but this is still a beautiful setting for a bike ride with minimal hills and minimal car traffic. Two routes are offered; a 20 mile route and a 40 mile route. Bring a sandwich; the club will provide salads, chips, drinks and dessert. Lunch will begin at 1 PM. Suggested start times for the ride: 9:00 AM for the 40 mile route; 11:00 AM for the 20 mile route.

Click here to see the ride routes  J&J Cellars
The winery is located at 2850 Ranchita Canyon Road, San Miguel.

Ride to Sweet Springs Preserve in Los Osos

On Wednesday, April 18, the Frequent Feeders Ride Group will host a club ride to the Sweet Springs Preserve in Los Osos. Club members are invited to a private tour of the new addition to this popular preserve on Morro Bay. Coffee and snacks will be served. The new entrance to the Preserve is located at the corner of Ramona St. and 4th Street.

The group ride will leave from Laguna Lake Park in San Luis Obispo at 9:00 AM or you can pick your own start location. Plan to arrive at Sweet Springs at 10:30 AM. Route slips for the ride from Laguna Lake will be provided at the start of the group ride.

Volunteer of the Month x 2
Written by Pam Zerion
Stu and Janie Goldenberg

SLOBC was 9 years old when Stu and Janie Goldenberg joined the group. They remember being on their tandem riding the Club’s Lighthouse Century that year in 1980 when they blew up a free wheel in Morro Bay. They got it fixed and continued to Cambria, but were told that they had to quit the ride since it was so late. Well since that time, they have been on many club rides and have volunteered in many capacities as well.
         At that time there was only a century course, but Stu was instrumental in convincing the club to offer alternate routes. Also in the early days, the Century Ride leaders would shop for food the day before the ride. And because they thought the Club should offer better food, Stu and Janie offered to captain the lunch stops at both Shamel and Shandon. They ended up doing this a total of 35 times!
         Janie and Stu have done a lot of biking—both with their children, Adam and Marnie, and as a couple. They have bicycled to San Diego; south from Seattle; Portland along the Columbia River then Highway 2 in Washington to Ohio; from Avila to Boston to a niece’s wedding (which took them 56 days); five Bike ’n Barge trips in Europe; and last year drove their Prius 6,000 miles and biked for 400 miles.
         Almost 12 years ago they started the Tortoise Bike Group which rides every Friday. In the first two years, the Tortoises did only 10 miles each Friday, and now they do more. It is still the introductory group for the Club, and many riders in other groups are “Tortoise Graduates”.
         Through the years Stu has been President of the Club and Janie the Historian. They still volunteer often and for this year’s Lighthouse they are part of the Cleanup Crew.
         Stu and Janie ride every week with the Flaming Tortoises, SLO Pokes and Tortoises. Stu is a “master mechanic” and can be counted on to provide assistance to any rider who needs it. For those of us riding with him it is indeed a nice security blanket to know he can fix anything!!  
         It’s wonderful indeed to know that we club members can count on generous people such as Stu and Janie Goldenberg to lend a helping hand whenever and wherever they are needed.

Volunteers are chosen at random by your nominations. If you would like to recognize a great volunteer, send an email to Debbie Abrecht ( dlabrecht@icloud.com ) and tell us the reason for your choice.
Announcing A New Ride
for club members only
When: Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8, 2018
What: Two-Day Ride Trip 
Where: Buellton 
Join SLOBC for two days of cycling in and around Buellton and the Santa Ynez Valley. A wide variety of routes and distances will be provided for riders of all levels. SLOBC will host a bbq dinner on Monday, May 7. Members will be responsible for their own overnight accommodations.

More details : This is a members-only event hosted by the Eat and Greet Committee and is limited to the first 60 people who sign up. The center of activities is Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton, located at 180 Avenue of the Flags.
The ride is currently filled and we have established a waiting list. We will try to accommodate everyone who wants to attend. If you are interested in being on the waiting list or have questions, please email Debbie Abrecht at  dlabrecht@icloud.com.
Advocate Report

What is the most frequent cause of bike-car collisions? What is the best way to ride through a stop sign while with a group? Which of the 3 lanes on Higuera in downtown SLO is best for cyclists? Get the answer to these questions and more at a Bicycle Confidence Workshop incorporated into one of our Wednesday club rides this April. On April 4, ride with the Frequent Feeders or April 25th with the SLO Pokes. We will meet at Food for Less for both rides, ride to Edna Valley, then back to Emerson Park in SLO for coffee, some classroom instruction, and then a guided ride through downtown with our trainer, Michael Velasquez from Bike SLO County. Even if you have taken this class before, a refresher will be worthwhile, especially as new laws have been added to the vehicle code and new bike route markings are appearing in our county.
Barry Rands, SLOBC Advocate
Staying Safe on the Road
By Ken Price

It has become increasingly clear that bicycling on our public roads is getting more dangerous with every passing year. I have been paying close attention to every car that passes me for quite a while now.
As I was riding on a road through Arroyo Grande I saw a driver looking down and obviously texting. The car was gradually drifting a foot or two across the center line. As the car went by the person never looked up and never saw me. I was ready to make a hard right if necessary. Even in group riding, it has become imperative to pay very close attention to all cars that will be passing you, especially on two-lane roads. 
SLOBC Bob Garing Service Award -
Send us the name of your favorite Volunteer!
I n 2001, the club presented to Bob Garing the first  SLOB Bob Garing Service Award   "in recognition of many years of unselfish service to the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club."

Each year we invite club members to nominate people whom they feel deserve this award. Names can be submitted to the Nominating Committee , which is comprised of past recipients, no later than March 31, 2018. Please include written rationale for your nomination to help the committee make its selection. The committee will evaluate nominees and select a recipient. 

When thinking about a nomination, consider the following characteristics that
Bob Garing demonstrated over the years:

• Continuing service over a long period of time (core requirement, at least ten years)
• Service to the club as an officer, volunteer, leader or other role (core requirement)
• Advocacy of bicycle transportation, facilities and safe riding
• Service to the bicycling community and community at large
• Significant leadership on club rides
• Working for improved bicycle conditions
• Mentoring through advice, education and leadership
   Role model for using the bicycle as a mode of transportation
Treasurer's Report
As of the middle of March, we have $187,681 in our checking account, $63,769 in our CD account and $5,032 in our PayPal account.

Our net income (revenue minus expenses) is $18,681.

Revenue continues to come in from Wildflower registrations.

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 and I will put you on the mailing list.
Thank you.
Your SLOBC Treasurer
Bill Martin
SLOBC Board Minutes
Board Meeting: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
SLO County Air Pollution Office, San Luis Obispo CA
Meeting was called to order at 5:00 pm.
Board Members Present: Susan McTaggart, Dave Abrecht, Chris Broome, Marina Michel, Ken Price, Will Benedict, Harvey Cohon, Jack Robison, Judy Kelling, Bill Martin.
Absent:  Bonnie Birch, Barry Rands, Tim Rich
Visitors & Guests: None
Minutes from the February 6, 2018 meeting were approved (MSC: Cohon, Abrecht).
No board members reported having a conflict of interest with any agenda item.
•       Thank you letters for donations were received from Santa Rosa Cycling Club, Bike SLO County and Cal Poly Radio Club
•       Treasurer’s update: Craig Armstrong is in the process of doing the annual review.  All unpaid donations for Wildflower related organizations will be delayed until the board can consider whether they should be adjusted given lower number of riders
•       Wildflower Update:  There are presently 740 riders and the number expected has been adjusted down to 800. Food budgets will be adjusted accordingly, and others will be asked to conserve where ever possible.  It is expected that with adjustments the ride will break even after taking into account related contributions.  A minor mistake in the printing of the t-shirts allowed Will to get a $600 discount. Will is drafting a letter to organizations that receive contributions related to the ride which will discuss the reduced ridership over time and the potential effect that has on contributions the club can make. Dave reported that we now have all captain positions filled and just need a few more volunteers. The board agreed to review the level of contributions and the viability of the ride after the event.
•       Internal Control Officer report: February bank statement was reviewed. All expenditures over $2,000 had officer approval and no unusual items were noted.
•       A $200 expenditure was approved to enable a pilot study of Club Express software (MSC: Benedict, Robison).  It would be used for email, membership and our events calendar.  Volunteering would be handled with another program.
•       Anholm Bikeway:  Three board members attended the SLO City Council meeting where it was discussed.  The Council approved the downtown and Foothill sections.  The middle section of the bikeway is still under discussion.
•       Legal Contracts:  Contracts to be used with rest stop property owners have been developed and refined after consulting with a local attorney.
•       Will has had rack cards printed which cover the Wildflower and Lighthouse rides and the benefits of SLOBC membership.  Board members were asked to help distribute them to bike shops and other appropriate venues.
New Business:
•       $160 was approved for a plaque for the Pismo Preserve bike rack. Payment to come from capital project fund (MSC: McTaggart, Martin).
•       A club e-bike policy was discussed. Benedict will bring a proposal for the Wildflower and Lighthouse rides to the next meeting.
•       The board approved charging volunteer banquet no shows for the $35 cost of the meal (MSC: Price, Martin).
•       Dave reported that the Cayucos community is working on traffic/pedestrian  improvements so we will postpone proposing a bike rack.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:40 pm.
Respectfully Submitted,
Jack Robison, Secretary
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