Volume 50, Issue # 9, September 1, 2018

Come Be Part of the Team

Lighthouse Volunteer Festival

Those Aggressive and Distracted Drivers

Pie in Paso?

Upcoming Events, Mark Your Calendar!

President's Message
Glamor! Excitement! Prestige!

Yes, folks, the SLOBC has exciting opportunites for you enter the inner sanctum of the bike club and participate in the highly esteemed Board of Directors. Many of our distinquished members have served devotedly and are planning to step down next year. We need you to fill the cavernous void left by their departure and help our club continue to be the vibrant, fun, friendly club you have come to know and love. No experience necessary! We will give you lots of help, and cookies. Some of the positions available are President, Vice-president, Ride Coordinator and Member-at-Large.  To find out more about a position you can look on our website or talk to the person in the job. Don’t be shy! I’m hoping to hear from you.  president@slobc.org
Bike Maintenance for Women

The reality is that flats happen and we need to know how to fix them. Fortunately the Bike Kitchen provides workshops for women to learn basic bike maintenance in a comfortable setting. Please join me at the this September event. We will dive deep into the ABC Quick Check and learn how to fix flats for confident cycling

What : Back to Basics Part 1
Date : Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Time : 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where : Bike Kitchen, 860 Pacific St., SLO
Bike Count 2

Once again SLOCOG (San Luis Obispo Council of Governments) is asking for help counting bicyclists and pedestrians at key locations in our county. The data we collect from these efforts will be used to support the need for bike and ped improvements. Two sites that are particularly important are the Bob Jones Trail and the Morro Bay/Cayucos Connector. The dates of this count are September 10 - 15. If you can help, please use this link to sign up for a specific location and time slot.  Bike Count Sign Up Thank you!
Volunteer Festival
Thank you for being a Lighthouse Century Volunteer!
To celebrate your efforts, you are invited to the Lighthouse Volunteer Festival on Sunday, September 23rd. Enjoy a fully supported ride up Highway 1 and a catered BBQ picnic. Click on the Festival RSVP button below to reserve your place at the picnic and select a ride. You may bring a guest for $30, payable at the picnic.
RSVP must be received by
Sunday, September 9th!

Date: September 23, 2018
Location: Hardie Park, Cayucos
Rides Start: 8:00 or 9:00 AM
BBQ Picnic Starts: 1:00 PM
Ride Options
There will be SAG support and rest stops at Shamel Park and the north end of the new section of Highway 1 – the Arroyo de la Cruz turnaround.
  • Metric Century (63 Miles): Start at 8:00 AM from Hardie Park and ride north on Highway 1 to the Cruz turnaround and back.
  • Metric Century Route Map
  • Half Metric Century (30 Miles): Start at 9:00 AM from Hardie Park and ride north on Highway 1 to Shamel Park and back.
  • Half Metric Century Route Map

Email Dave Abrecht at  lighthouse-volunteer-coord@slobc.org

Reporting Aggressive and Distracted Drivers
by Dave Abrecht, Ride Coordinator

At a recent Ride Leaders’ Lunch, we discussed the issue of aggressive and distracted drivers and the impact they can have on safe cycling on our roadways. The likelihood of a CHP or police officer being present at the exact same place and time of the violation is rare. However, there are some things you can do.

Report the incident to the appropriate law enforcement agency. All traffic related incidents in the County area are handled by the local offices of the California Highway Patrol. All of the incorporated cities have Police Departments which handle traffic matters within that city’s jurisdiction.

Certainly, if you are involved in a collision, report the incident and have a police report completed. If you are involved in a “close call” or observe aggressive or distracted driving, you can alert the appropriate law enforcement agency. The non-emergency phone numbers for law enforcement agencies in SLO County are on our website and it is good idea to add these numbers to your phone’s contact list. You will find the numbers at the link below:

If you call a law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number to report an incident, be prepared to provide some basic information:

  • Your location (This is critical!)
  • Nature of incident
  • Vehicle's description: make, model, color and license number, if possible. Even a partial plate can sometimes lead to the perpetrator. 
  • Vehicle's direction of travel

In addition to reporting incidents to the local police, you can also add the information to the Close Call Database, an online program that logs aggressive drivers who are hostile toward cyclists. For more information, go to  closecalldatabase.com

If you use a video camera while riding and record a violation of the California Vehicle Code, the CHP and the City of San Luis Obispo Police Department are willing to use that information to identify the registered owner of the vehicle. Assuming the license plate is visible in your video, they will send the registered owner a warning letter. Let me know if you need assistance with this effort. Members who live in the remaining cities with police departments may want to take the initiative to contact that department and propose this program within your respective community.  

Finally, cyclists and pedestrians are the most vulnerable users of our roadways. We can minimize danger by making sure we:
  • Follow the rules of the road
  • Be visible
  • Be predictable
  • Be courteous to other users of the road

Yes! Autumn Paso
Pie Ride!!!
Sunday, Nov. 4

Back by popular demand! Our second Autumn Paso Pie ride will be coming up on Sunday, November 4, 2018 starting at Barney Schwartz Park in Paso Robles – and going out the Estrella Rd underpass – a beautiful and almost flat stretch of horse ranch land. The route has an extra section in the middle for those wanting to ride 40 instead of 32 miles. The club will provide lunch at the lakeside pavilion including pumpkin and apple pie! 
Also, we are looking for a few volunteers to help with set up, marking and sweep. Contact Elaine McElmury at  tipsycyclist@gmail.com .

Click here to see routes:
Beer at Barney 32-miles   1193 elevation gain
Beer at Barney 40-miles   1661 elevation gain
Barney Schwartz Park is at 2970 Union Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93446-9320
Suggested start times: 8:30 a.m. for 40-mile route, 9:30 a.m. for 32-mile route. Lunch at 12:30 p.m.
Upcoming Events

Sept. 20
Lighthouse Vol. Meeting
Ludwick Community Center 
7:00 p.m.

Sept. 22
Lighthouse Century
Morro Bay High School

Sept. 23
Volunteer Festival
Hardie Park, Cayucos
Rides start at 8:00 or 9:00
BBQ Picnic at 1:00

Oct. 2
Board Meeting
Air Pollution Control District
3433 Roberto Ct., SLO
5:00 p.m.

Oct. 4
General Meeting
“Using Club Express”
Ludwick Center
7:00 p.m.

Oct. 17
Budget Meeting
Bill Martin’s house
For directions email
2:00 p.m.

Nov. 8
General Meeting
“Travels with Stu and Janie”
SLO City/County Library
7:00 p.m.
Safety Message

After attending the ride leaders luncheon I feel there are things we can all do to make organized rides safer for all attending the ride.

1. We all should be using hand signals as well as verbal cues. The reasoning is that, if you miss the verbal cue you will have the hand signal to rely on.

2. At any signal or stop sign do not use the all clear verbal cue. It should always be up to each individual to decide whether it is safe to cross an intersection or make a left or right turn. 

3. Make sure that if someone has a mechanical problem or flat tire that someone stays with the person until the issue is resolved. 

4. If there is a hazard on the road do not just point out the issue, you want to call out the issue as well. Such as "glass ahead". 

5. Do not leave anyone behind even if you think they know the route. Never assume is my motto from my days in aviation. 

We all know that our club believes safety as all important, so these notes are just caring a reminder. 

Ken Price
SLOBC Safety Director 805-489-9779
Treasurer's Report
Lighthouse registration money is still coming in. 

As of the middle of August we have $213,861 in our checking account, $63,769 in our CD account and $5,427 in our PayPal account.

Our net income (revenue minus expenses) is $46,435

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
SLO Coaster

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