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SLOCOASTER President’s Message By Robert Fuller Davis

Riding to Marysville

            Once or twice a month, though, I embarked on the Grand Adventure–bicycling 44 miles down the hill to my job.             On those special days, I arose at 1:30 a.m. got on the road by 2:30.  The first ten miles were spooky.  Highway 20 was forested on both sides and I always heard things crashing through the brush, sometimes keeping pace with me, and I was prepared to sprint for my life if a lion or a bear charged onto the highway wanting me for breakfast.             That never happened.  It was always just me and the bike and the night.  I especially loved the silence.  The only sound was my tires and I could mute that by riding on the centerline.             Cars started appearing about 4:30 as I left Highway 20 and rode past Beale Air Force Base on HammontonSmartville Road.  Sometime between 5:30 and 6:00, the sun began to light up the sky with a scarlet and orange mural that a lot of people didn’t get to see because they were in their cars cursing traffic.             I treasure the memories of the times I rode my bike to work as much as I shudder at the memory of working. 

            During the course of a long lifetime, much of it taken up by work (remember how Maynard G. Krebs used to jump and squeak on the Dobie Gillis show whenever anyone mentioned that word?), I spent a lot of time commuting between home and job.  Most of that was pretty tedious.  Drive the car back and forth, same old road, same old scenery.  Bo-ring.             When we lived in Rialto and worked in San Bernardino, I mixed it up several different ways.  I rode a Vespa scooter for a while, and sometimes I walked, taking a shortcut across the Lytle Creek wash.  For a long time I rode the bus.             The best times, though, were riding the bike.  I bought a state-of-the-art ten-speed at Rialto Bike Shop and pedaled back and forth to work every day for several years.                       I was stationed at March Field during that time in the Air Force Reserve and rode to weekend drills Robert Davis, on the lookout for bears; or bears on the lookout for R.D.. occasionally with my friend Tom Ashen.  That turned commuting into an adventure             May is Bike Month.  If you’re a club member who that was fun instead of drudgery. works, try riding your bike.  Your worst day biking is better             Gail and I moved to Nevada County in 1978 and I than your best day working, so if you ride to work, maybe worked in Marysville for the next twenty years.  It was an you’ll break even for the day. hour commute and I bought a car specifically for the drive, a Toyota Corolla, and put almost 300,000 miles on it before I stopped working. 


CONTENTS SLOCOASTER May 1, 2013

Board of Directors President: .........................Robert Fuller Davis president@slobc.org .................805.772.0874 Vice President: ...............................Ann Smith vice-president@slobc.org Treasurer: .................................Chris Broome treasurer@slobc.org.................. 805.772.5900 Secretary: ............................Craig Armstrong secretary@slobc.org Ride Coordinator: ......................Will Benedict ride-coordinator@slobc.org ......805.544.3504 Membership Director: .................Mike Balster membership@slobc.org Advocate: ..................................Dave Abrecht advocate@slobc.org .................805.801.9211 Historian: ..................................Martin Howell historian@slobc.org Newsletter Editor: ............................Tim Long newsletter-editor@slobc.org Safety Director: ...............................Ken Price safety@slobc.org ......................805.489.9779

CONTENTS Pages 3 Minutes of the General meeting Page 4 Lighthouse Jersey Voting Page 5 Ride Coordinator Report Pages 6 - 8 Ride Info Page 9 Advocate’s Report Page 10 A Birthday Ride The Aerodynamic Helmet Page 11 Lighthouse Volunteer Form Call for Windbreaker Designs Back Page Calendar & June Potluck

Director-at-Large: ...............Kathleen McHugh at-large@slobc.org ...................805.528.6686 Past President: ............................Frank Mullin past-president@slobc.org

Contact Information

San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club, Inc. P.O. Box 1585 San Luis Obispo, CA 93406 Club Hotline Answering Machine: 805.543.5973 Website: www.slobc.org Email: info@slobc.org Members only site: http://www.slobc.net/membership

SLOBC Meetings

Board of Directors Meeting: Tuesday before the General Meeting (5:00 PM) odd numbered months. Location: Air Pollution Control District meeting room, 3433 Roberto Court (SLO). All Club members are welcome to attend Board meetings. General Membership Meeting: First Thursday (7:00 PM) Location: County Library, 995 Palm, downtown San Luis Obispo. Refreshments are served starting at 7:00 p.m., Meeting begins at 7:15 p.m. June and December meetings differ.

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SLO Coaster

The SLO Coaster is the monthly newsletter of the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club. It is distributed to members, local bicycle shops and some bicycle organizations. Subscriptions are not available to nonmembers. All articles, letters, stories of bicycling experiences, appropriate classified ads, artwork etc, are welcome. The editor reserves the right to edit or reject material. Each article is the opinion of its author and does not necessarily represent the opinion or endorsement of the SLOBC or the editor. Submittal Guidelines All materials are due no later than 8:00 a.m. on the 15th of each month. Nothing will be accepted verbally. All materials should be emailed to newslettereditor@slobc.org. Complete submittal guidelines are found on the club website. www.slobc.org/resources/ support/newsletter-guidelines.html


MINUTES SLOCOASTER May 1, 2013

MINUTES OF THE SAN LUIS OBISPO BICYCLE CLUB GENERAL MEETING San Luis Obispo Library Community Room 995 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo CA Thursday, April 4, 2013 7:15 PM President Davis called the meeting to order at 7:15 PM. Clipboards were passed for volunteers to help on the June potluck clean up and on future bike valet commitments by the Bike Coalition. President Davis thanked Bob Tuman and Gail Davis for serving as greeters, and Kathy Cohon, Janie and Stu Goldenberg, John Long, Bob Tuman, Ed and Gaye Peltzman, Larry and Judy Rutter, and Pam Zirion for providing refreshments. The minutes for the March 7, 2013 meeting were approved (MSC:LRutter/Benedict). President Davis reported that a thank you letter had been received from the Slabtown Rollers for the club’s support and $5,000 donation for the Fix Highway 1 effort. Chris Broome reported that club assets were approximately $193,000 and that year-to-date contributions were approximately $45,000. Dan Rivoire gave an update on Bike Coalition activities. He noted that a Barriers to Cycling survey has been sent out to elicit feedback from the community, that the Coalition was expanding bike valet opportunities, and that a number of activities had been scheduled in connection with Bike Month in May. Ken Price discussed hazardous riding areas and advised members that flashing headlights on bicycles were illegal. Will Benedict reported that a best practices safety piece was available for members to pick up and that the ride calendar had been reformatted. He noted that windbreakers will need to be reordered and that members should send design proposals for the new windbreakers to him. He requested that start locations for club rides identify a specific location that could be looked up on Google maps. He also noted that members riding two abreast need to be aware of what is happening around them so as to minimize the risks of an accident. President Davis and Dave Abrecht gave an update on the status of the chip seal problem on Highway 1. Caltrans efforts to improve the roadway by rolling it were not getting the desired results. A positive outcome from this situation should be the establishment of statewide standards for roads heavily used by cyclists.

Bruce Collier poses with his plaque

President Davis announced that Bruce Collier was moving out of the area and presented him with a plaque in recognition of his years of service to the club. Harvey and Kathy Cohon presented a program covering their participation in a multi-day bike ride across lower Michigan. The meeting adjourned at approximately 8:50 PM. Craig Armstrong, Secretary

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SLOCOASTER May 1, 2013

2013 Lighthouse Jersey Design Selection By Will Benedict, Clothing Coordinator Voting on the alternatives shown for the 2013 Lighthouse jersey will occur at the 2013 Wildflower Volunteer Brunch. If an alternative receives 50% or more of the vote, it will be the selection. If no alternative receives 50% or more of the vote, the two concepts receiving the most votes will be entered in a runoff.

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RIDES SLOCOASTER May 1, 2013

Ride Coordinator Report Will Benedict, SLOBC Ride Coordinator willbenedict@me.com

Highway 58 During communications relative to the Wildflower with the solar company installing the facility in California Valley, they expressed concerns about Monday through Friday bike traffic on Highway 58. It seems to me that it would be wise to minimize the use of Highway 58 on our scheduled weekday rides until the construction is completed at the end of 2014. I would welcome observations from any of you that use Highway 58 during the week.

Less Indulgence Ride On Saturday, April 6th the first Less Indulgence Ride took place. Twenty-seven SLOBC members rode the 64 miles from King City to San Miguel along Lonoak Road, CA-25, Peach Tree Road and, Indian Valley Road. It was a beautiful day with a wind at our backs. I hope we can make this ride a regular spring event.

Ride Right Will Benedict, SLOBC Ride Coordinator We continually have conversations concerning where cyclists should be riding on a highway. The following addresses this issue beginning with some definitions to clarify what we are talking about.

Definitions Highway: Any public road or other public way on land. Roadway: The portion of a highway that is improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the shoulder. Lane: Part of a Roadway marked out for use by a single line of vehicles in such a way as to control and guide drivers for the purpose of reducing traffic conflicts. Shoulder: The portion of a highway, whether paved or unpaved, contiguous to the roadway that is primarily for use by pedestrians, for the accommodation of stopped vehicles, for emergency use and for lateral support of base and surface courses. Fog Line: A line marking the right edge of the Roadway and the beginning of the Shoulder. Bike Lane: A lane to the right of the Roadway that is signed and marked for bicycle use.

Riding On A Highway The California Vehicle Code says that cyclists are allowed but never required to ride on the shoulder. When riding on the roadway, cyclists are required to ride "as close as practicable to the righthand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations: • When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction. • When preparing to make a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway. • When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes) that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb

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or edge,... For purposes of this section, a "substandard width lane" is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane. • When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.” Riding to the right applies when we are traveling at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction. When we are moving at the same speed as the traffic, we can use and control the lane just as any other vehicle. This should be considered when making lane position decisions while traveling downhill or in heavy traffic on low traffic speed streets.

Riding In Bike Lanes Where bike lanes exist on roadways, the CVC requires cyclists to use them unless they are moving at the speed of traffic. Cyclists “may move out of the lane under any of the following situations: • When overtaking and passing another bicycle, vehicle, or pedestrian within the lane or about to enter the lane if the overtaking and passing cannot be done safely within the lane. • When preparing to make a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway. • When reasonably necessary to leave the bicycle lane to avoid debris or other hazardous conditions. • When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.

Summary Cyclists in California must use bike lanes when provided and may ride on the shoulder of a highway. They have the right to ride in the roadway and may choose to control a lane for safety, turning or when moving at the speed of traffic.

References http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_law_in_California http://www.bikexprt.com/streetsmarts/usa/chapter2a.htm http://bicycledriving.org/law/guide-to-improving-laws


RIDES SLOCOASTER May 1, 2013

Ride Details Ride Program Information Go to the club website slobc.org and click on the Ride Program tab to access the Ride Calendar, Ride Information, Ride Safety, Ride Ratings and Ride Organization web pages for the most current ride information.

Sunday Arroyo Grande (9:00 AM, C2) Start: Café Andreini, Arroyo Grande Coordinator: Craig Armstrong Phone: 619-7023

Baywood/Los Osos (8:30 AM, B2) Start: Nazarene El Morro, Los Osos Destination: Kelley’s, Cayucos Coordinator: Will Benedict Phone: 544-3504

Monday Atascadero Breakers (9:00 AM, C4) Start: Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero Coordinator: Kevin Matherly Email: matherlykevin@hotmail.com

Atascadero Scramblers (9:00 AM, B3) Start: Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero Coordinators: Glenn & Gail Vanderlinde Email: ggvaderlinde@yahoo.com

Breakaways (9:00 AM, D3) Start: Damon Garcia Sports Fields, SLO Coordinator: Russ Robinson Phone: 781-0903

Submit ride information and updates to both Will Benedict and Frank Mullin to ensure the Ride Calendar is accurate and current.

Safe Riding All cyclists taking part in club rides are expected to model Safe Cycling Best Practices as described on the club’s

Tuesday Night Ride (6:00 PM, C,D/2) Start: Heritage Square Park, AG Destination: Surrounding Area Coordinator: John Sasaki Phone: 474-1417

Wednesday Flyers (9:00 AM, D3) Coordinator: Russ Robinson Phone: 781-0903

website at Ride Safety under Ride Program.

Ride Start Maps A Google Map of each ride start can be accessed by clicking the start name in the Ride Calendar on the SLOBC website. Entering the start name into Google Maps will find the start location.

Date: May 8

Start: French Park, San Luis Obispo Destination: French Bakery, MB Leader: Mark Lyon Phone: 929-5998

Date: May 15

Start: Heritage Square Park, AG Destination: Hula Hut via Tour of California route into Avila Leader: Frank Mullin Contact: 602-2058

Date: May 22

Date: May 1

Start: Bob Jones Trail Head, Ontario Rd Leader: Steve Vines Phone: 202-8114

Start: Islay Park, San Luis Obispo Destination: Andreini’s via Hi Mountain Leader: Arlene Winn Phone: 781-9466

Date: May 8

Date: May 29

Start: Santa Margarita Park, SM Leader: Glenn Vanderlinde Phone: 466-4221

Date: May 15

Start: French Park, San Luis Obispo Leader: Doug Seidewitz Phone: 410-337-2233

Date: May 22

Start: French Park, San Luis Obispo Leader: Bill Goodger Phone: 608-770-1448

Start: French Park, San Luis Obispo Destination: Dave’s house for a birthday celebration Leader: Dave Williams Phone: 704-7160

Templeton Breakers (9:00 AM, C4) Start: Templeton Park, Templeton Coordinator: George DiMundo Email: gdimundo47@yahoo.com

Date: May 29

Templeton Scramblers (9:00 AM, B2)

Start: Laguna Lake Park, SLO Leader: Norm Smith Phone: 914-388-7198

Start: Templeton Park, Templeton Coordinators: Patti & Bill VanOrden Email: pvanorden@charter.net

Start: Ben's House, San Luis Obispo Destination: Grover Beach or Los Osos Coordinator: Ben Patrick Phone: 543-2803

Frequent Feeders (9:00 AM, B2)

Trikers (9:00 AM, A2)

Coordinator: Frank Mullin Phone: 602-2058

Tuesday

Start: Heritage Square Park, AG Destination: Huasna Leader: Roger Heathcote Phone: 929-8918

Dates: May 1 & 15 Start: French Park, San Luis Obispo Coordinator: Dorothy Curhan Phone: 542-0334

Flaming Tortoises (9:00 AM, A2) Start: Dinosaur Caves Park, Pismo Beach Coordinator: Julie Jarvis Phone: 773-1567

Yellow Jackets (9:00 AM, B2)

Vacillators (9:00 AM, B2) Start: Nazarene El Morro, Los Osos Destination: South Coordinator: Marina Michel Phone: 528-1732

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Submitting Ride Information

Date: May 1


RIDES SLOCOASTER May 1, 2013

Ride Rating Code

Average Speed

Code

AA A B C D

Less than 10 MPH 9 to 12 MPH 12 to 15 MPH 14 to 17 MPH Over 16 MPH

1 2 3 4 5

Slo Pokes (9:00 AM, A2)

Phone: 544-4720, 610-1234

Coordinator: Sharon Sutliff Phone: 544-4034

Date: May 10

Date:  May 1

Start: Heritage Square Park, AG Ride: Tour de Nipomo Leader: Chris Fylling Phone: 406-3083

Date:  May 8

Start: French Park, San Luis Obispo Destination: Hula Hut, Avila Beach Leader: Bob Tuman Phone: 545-5976, cell 978-621-1417

Date:  May 15

Start: Hardie Park, Cayucos Destination: Linn's, Cambria Leader: Val Barboza Phone: 264-5901

Date:  May 22

Start: Lila Keiser Park, Morro Bay Destination: Old Cayucos Bakery Leader: Hans & Patricia Boerst Phone: 534-9660

Start: Octagon Barn, San Luis Obispo Destination: Avila – With Rideshare Leader: Goldenbergs, Kathy Cohon Phone: 544-4720, 610-1234

Paso Robles Breakers (9:00 AM, C4) Start: Marriott Courtyard Hotel, PR Coordinator: Earl Norcross/ Bill McBride Email: anorcross@sbcglobal.net mcbride7085@gmail.com Phone: 661-301-7441

Date: May 17

Start: Heritage Square Park, AG Destination: Station Grill, GB Leader: Ed Peltzman Phone: 474-8977

Date: May 24

Start: Nipomo Regional Park, Nipomo Destination: Trilogy, Nipomo Leader: Bob Young Phone: 489-4755

Date: May 31

Start: Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo Ride: Beyond the airport Leader: Gini Stedman Phone: 473-8287

Paso Robles Scramblers (9:00 AM, B2) Start: Marriott Courtyard Hotel, PR Coordinator: Jean McBride Email: jmcbride760@gmail.com

Yellow Jackets (9:00 AM, B2) Start: Ben's House, San Luis Obispo Destination: Avila Beach Coordinator: Ben Patrick Phone: 543-2803

Saturday Huasna Valley (9:00 AM, C2) Start: Sixteenth Street Park, GB Destination: Huasna Coordinator: Long Nguyen Phone: 481-1688

Date:  May 29

Start: Dairy Creek Golf Course, SLO Destination: La Parisienne French Bakery, MB Leader: Bob Lindquist Phone: 441-7063

King City Hillbillies (9:00 AM, B3/4)

Thursday

Start: Starbucks, King City Coordinator: Ralph Lee Email: ralphlee@redshift.com

Vacillators (9:00 AM, B2)

Slabtown Rollers (8:00 AM, C4)

Start: Nazarene El Morro, Los Osos Destination: Kelley’s, Cayucos Coordinator: Will Benedict Phone: 544-3504

Start: Sotheby's Realty, Cambria Coordinator: Tom Parsons Phone: 927-5514

Friday

Start: Variable on first Saturday Start: Starbucks/Trader Joe's, SLO Coordinator: Ron Starkey Email: ronstarkey@exocet.com Website: www.slovelo.com

SLO Velo (9:00 AM, C3/4)

Tortoises (9:00 AM, A1) Coordinators: Stu & Janie Goldenberg Phone: 544-4720

Date: May 3

Start: J & J Cellars, San Miguel Ride: Hog Canyon – Bacon Ride Leaders: Goldenbergs, Dee McKelvie

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Terrain Generally flat Easy grades, occasional hills Rolling hills Hard hills Very challenging hills

Wandering With Will (B2/3) Breakers’ paceline. photo by Monica Robinson

Date: May 4 Start: Santa Rosa, CA Ride: Wine Country Ride Coordinator: Will Benedict Phone: 544-3504 Email: willbenedict@me.com


RIDES SLOCOASTER May 1, 2013

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Directions to Starting Locations Atascadero Zoo Take 101 north from San Luis Obispo to Atascadero, take the Santa Rosa exit (218A), turn left on to Santa Rosa Rd for 1.4 miles, turn right on Highway 41, continue 0.2 miles to zoo on right. Ben's House (SLO) Take 101 to Los Osos Valley Road. Go east 0.5 mile to Higuera, left 0.4 mile to Tank Farm Rd, right 1.9 miles to Poinsettia St, right 0.1 mile to Alyssum Court, left one house -- Ben's house is first on left. Bob Jones Trail Head Take 101 toward the five cities. Exit at San Luis Bay drive. Go left on Ontario for 0.8 miles. Park in the lot on your left. Cafe Andreini (AG) Take 101 to Arroyo Grande, exit Grand exit, left 0.3 miles to Andreini's on left. Park in lot to the right. Dairy Creek Golf Course Take 101 to Highway 1 exit (SLO), west 5.5 miles to Hollister Rd, right (into El Chorro Regional Park) 0.1 miles, left 0.1 miles to golf course parking lot. Damon Garcia Sports Field Take 101 to Los Osos Valley Road exit, east 0.4 miles to Higuera, left 0.2 miles to Tank Farm, right 1.5 miles to Broad, left 0.2 miles to the park on the left (across from Industrial Way). Dinosaur Caves Park (SB) Take 101 south to Spyglass Drive off ramp, go right to light, left on Shell Beach Road 1.4 miles to Cliff Avenue, right 0.1 mile to park on left. French Park (SLO) Take 101 to Los Osos Valley Road. East 0.5 mile to Higuera, left 0.4 mile to Tank Farm Rd, right 1.9 miles to Poinsettia St, right 0.4 miles to Fuller, left 0.1 mile to park (on the left). Hardie Park (Cayucos) Take 101 to Highway 1. Go west (through Morro Bay) 19 miles to Cayucos Drive. Go west 0.2 miles to Birch, right to park." Heritage Square Park (AG) Take 101 to Grand exit in Arroyo Grande. Turn east 0.2 miles to Traffic Way, right 0.2 miles to Nelson St, left 0.1 miles to Short Street. Park on street. Islay Park (SLO) Take 101 to Los Osos Valley Road. East 0.5 mile to Higuera, left 0.4 mile to Tank Farm Rd, right 2.8 miles to park (on right). J&J Cellars Take Hwy.101 to Hwy. 46 East. Continue east on Hwy. 46 to Jardine Rd. (2.9 mi. left turn). Take the first right to stay on Jardine (.2 mi). Continue straight onto Estrella rd (2.9 mi.). Continue on Estrella for 1.0 mi. to Ranchita Canyon Rd. Destination is 1.4 mi. on right. Laguna Lake Park (SLO) Take 101 to Madonna exit in SLO. Going west, 0.7 miles to entrance to Laguna Lake Park on your right. Generally park in second lot to the left (near the bathrooms).

Lila Keiser Park (MB) Go north/west on highway 1 from 101 to Morro Bay. Take highway 41 off ramp and turn left. Go 0.1 mile and turn left into the park. Marriot Courtyard Hotel Take 101 (north or south) to the Spring St. exit, turn east onto 1st St, then south (left) onto So. Vine St. Entrance to the hotel parking lot is on your left; park along So. Vine St. Meadow Park (SLO) Take 101 to Madonna Rd exit in SLO. Go east 0.4 miles to Higuera, left 0.1 mile to South St, right 0.7 mile to Meadow Street, right 0.2 mile to lot on your right. Nazarene Church (BP) Corner of Santa Ysabel and South Bay Blvd. in Los Osos. From 101, take Los Osos Valley Rd exit. Travel west for 9 miles to South Bay Blvd. Travel right about 1 mile to light, church is on your right. Nipomo Regional Park Take 101 to the Tefft exit (10 miles south of AG), right 0.7 miles to Pomeroy Rd, left 0.1 mile, right into park. Octagon Barn From Hwy. 101, take Los Osos Valley Rd. exit and turn east to South Higuera St. Turn right. BArn will be on your left in approximately 0.25 mi. Santa Margarita Park Take 101 to highway 58 off ramp into Santa Margarita. Follow highway 58 through town and stay on it when it turns to the right. After crossing the tracks, you will find the park to your right. Sinsheimer Park (SLO) Take 101 to Madonna exit. Travel east 0.2 miles to Higuera, left 0.1 mile to South Street, right 0.8 mile to Broad Street right 0.7 miles to Orcutt Road, left 0.4 miles to Laurel Lane, left 0.3 miles to Southwood Drive, left 0.2 miles to park. Sixteenth Street Park (GB) Going southbound on 101 to Pismo Beach, take Oak Park exit, left on El Camino Real for 0.3 miles, right on Oak Park for 1.1 miles, right on Mentone and then into park on left. Sotheby's Realty (Cambria) Take 101 to Highway 1 west, continue 34 miles to Cambria Rd, then turn left onto Main St. Continue 0.4 miles to Sotheby's Realty on the right (east of Main). Starbucks (King City) Take 101 north to King City. Take the Broadway off ramp and turn left under the 101 Freeway overpass on to Broadway Circle. Starbucks will be immediately on your left with ample parking. Starbucks/ Trader Joe’s San Luis Obispo Take Hwy. 101 to the Los Osos Valley Road exit. Take Los Osos Valley Road east to Higuera St. Turn Left, passing Suburban Rd. The entrance to the Trader Joe’s /Foods 4 Less center is on the right. Templeton Park Take 101 to the Vineyard exit in Templeton. Turn east for 0.2 miles to Old Country Road, turn left for 0.4 miles to 6th Street. Park is on your right.


SLOCOASTER May 1, 2013

Advocate’s Report By Dave Abrecht

Highway 1 Repair Update In early March, at the San Luis Obispo C o u n c i l o f Go v e rn me n ts (SL OC OG) meeting, Cal-Trans officials gave a formal presentation on the status of their efforts to fix Highway 1. Mr. Steve Price, the Deputy District Director for District 5 Maintenance Operations, repeatedly stated that the condition of Highway 1, between Cambria and the San Luis Obispo County line, is very important to local Cal-Trans officials. Despite that claim, Mr. Price could not guarantee that Cal-Trans has the necessary funding to repave that section of roadway. Cal-Trans has adopted both a short-range and long-range plan to address the problem. Short range, they have been rolling a 1000 foot test section roadway north of Cambria to determine if that will smooth out the large aggregate chip-seal surface. The results of this effort are due in May. Mr. Price admitted during his presentation that the rolling is not producing the results they had hoped for. He did not elaborate further. The long-range strategy is to use this issue to develop a statewide pavement plan that will ensure all future roadway surfaces are suitable for bicycling. Their recommendations will be presented this fall. SLOCOG representatives made it very clear to Cal-Trans officials present at the meeting that they expect local and state Cal-Trans

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officials to fix this problem to the satisfaction of all users of the roadway. The ball is in Cal-Transʼ “court” at this point in time. Stay tuned for more details. If you wish to view the information Cal-Trans has placed on their website, visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05 Finally, how does the condition of Highway 1 affect our annual Lighthouse Ride on September 28? Cal-Trans has publicly stated that the road is safe for all users and claim that no organized ride or event has been cancelled because of the roadʼs condition. Red Davis has spoken with our insurance carrier and a cycling attorney. Both said we should go ahead with the ride as planned and offered some ways we can mitigate the clubʼs liability. Lighthouse Ride Chair Larry Rutter and others will make a final decision about the Lighthouse route soon. Bob Jones Trail Update The City of San Luis Obispo is planning for the latest segment of the Bob Jones Trail. The segment will begin near Los Osos Valley Road at the Highway 101 overpass and end at the Octagon Barn on S. Higuera St. The proposed route for this section of trail will follow the edge of San Luis Creek. A great deal of work and planning is yet to be done, not the least of which is finding a way to pay for this section of the trail. For more information, visit http://bobjonestrailconnection.com.


SLOCOASTER May 1, 2013 The Tortoises helped Chuck Atlee celebrate his 86th birthday on April 5.  Chuck and Susan, with the help of Gini Stedman and Julie Jarvis, put together a ride, followed by lunch afterwards at the Atlee home.  Photos provided by Dee McKelvie and Janie Goldenberg.

The Evolution of the Aerodynamic Helmet The other day we were riding from San Luis Obispo to Avila with the Tortoises. On South Higuera we were overtaken by the Yellow Jackets. Both groups were larger than usual so it was quite a sight to see more than fifty cyclists all in a nice line (except for the occasional passing) with all the day-glow green or yellow jackets. All this came to an abrupt halt as we neared Johnson Ranch Park. There was some road repair in progress with traffic control. We needed to wait our turn. Only a small amount of the road was actually being repaired, or decorated, or camouflaged with the addition of hot tar to a number of significant cracks in the pavement. My thoughts wandered as you can see from the comic.

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SLOCOASTER May 1, 2013

Volunteer for the 2013 Lighthouse Your volunteer work enables our club to make a significant difference in cycling on the central coast and provides an opportunity for members to enjoy working together. If you volunteer at the Wildflower Brunch or by submitting this form or its information before Friday, May 3, 2013 you will be given priority with respect to volunteer assignments. Volunteer requests received after Friday, May 3, 2013 will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis.

Lighthouse Job Changes Note that there will be changes in the rest stops on the 2013 Lighthouse. Stops include Hwy. 46, Cambria North, Donati Winery, Shamel Park (lunch) and Cappuccino Cove. Check the SLOBC website before signing up. All other jobs remain unchanged from previous years. Go to http://www.slobc.org/volunteer/support/ride-related.html to see job descriptions.

Lighthouse Volunteer Form Member Name: __________________________________________________________ Job Desired: __________________________________________________________ Would You Serve As Captain: T-Shirt Style: T-Shirt Size:

Short Sleeve Small

Medium

YES

NO Long Sleeve

Large

XLarge

2XLarge

3XLarge

Mail this form to: Frank Mullin, 728 Panorama Drive, Pismo Beach, CA 93449 OR Email the information to: info@slobc.org

CALL FOR SLOBC WINDBREAKER DESIGNS By Will Benedict, Clothing Coordinator This is the second call for SLOBC Windbreaker design ideas. All concepts must be received and finalized by August 1, 2013. The concepts will be voted on by club members to determine which design will be produced. All ideas must be presented in a standard format. For format specifications and assistance in illustrating your idea or putting your idea into the standard format, email me at willbenedict@me.com.

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SLOCOASTER May 1, 2013

SanLuisObispoBicycleClub, Inc. P.O. Box 1585 San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

PICNIC AT THE LAKE The June SLO bike club potluck will be Thursday, June 6 at 6 p.m. at the Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero. If you have any questions, please contact me (Kathleen

CALENDAR: BOARD MEETING April 30, 5:00 P.M. GENERAL MEETING May 2, 7:15 P.M.

Bring your summer attitude and a dish according to your last name: A-G Main Dish H-N Salad, side dish, soup, chili O-R Main Dish S-Z Dessert Remember: Please include a list of the ingredients in your dish (or the recipe) and place it on the table near your dish. This really helps people who have any dietary restrictions, or

McHugh) at: elcolejr@gmail.com or 805-528-6686.

allergies (gluten, peanuts, dairy, shell fish), lactose

As the theme is 'Picnic at the lake', bring a picnic basket,

to tell if any of these ingredients are in a dish just by

picnic table cloth, etc. for your table. As always, bring your own place setting-maybe even extras for friends(including plate, bowl, glass, silverware, napkin) and beverage (alcohol okay). The club will provide coffee and tea as usual.

intolerance and vegetarians. It is sometimes impossible looking. Finally: Plan to spend the evening with good friends, good food, and good fun! See you there!


May 2013 SloCoaster