Tuesday, April 24, 2018

San Diego Bike Coalition Launches Inaugural Regional Bike Summit on June 21


Regional leaders to gather for three days of discussions around improving bicycling
Summit to include breakout sessions focused on diversity, gender in the bicycling landscape


SAN DIEGO, April 17, 2018 – For the first time, the San Diego Bike Coalition will host a Regional Bike Summit to uncover strategies to improve bicycling in all communities of the San Diego region.

“With the rise of bicycling in San Diego, we saw an opportunity to bring together a diverse group of advocates, leaders and elected officials to discuss real solutions for better biking,” says Bike Coalition Executive Director Andy Hanshaw. “Our goal for this summit is to break down common barriers to bicycling in order to get more people on bikes regardless of gender identity, race or income.”

The Regional Bike Summit kicks off at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) with a half-day Women/Femme/Trans Summit to celebrate bicycling within this population and to give a voice to those within the bicycling community who aren’t typically heard. Highlights for the three-day summit include: 
Thursday, June 21 – 1 – 5 p.m.: Women/Trans/Femme Summit, Summer Solstice Bike Ride
This half-day summit features powerful female speakers such as Keynote Speaker Dr. Adonia Lugo, UCLA Urban Anthropologist and workshops that focus on female, trans and femme empowerment in the bicycling community.
The Bike Coalition's annual Summer Solstice Bike Ride will also depart from MOPA at 6 p.m., and ride to Mission Brewery in East Village.

Friday, June 22 – 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.: Regional Bike Summit
The full day of bike-focused discussions and workshops includes panels on important local and regional topics such as bikesharing, e-bikes, bike and transit integration and trail riding.

Saturday, June 23 – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.: Mobile/Field Workshops, Velobration
Following a morning of mobile (on bike) workshops led across San Diego and Tijuana,  the Bike Coalition and the San Diego Mountain Biking Association will host a fundraiser at the Velodrome complete with New Belgium beer, costumes and live music.
According to Hanshaw, this summit has the potential to change the bicycling landscape in San Diego.

“We want this summit to break through to diverse populations so that we can cultivate a strong voice for better biking and get rid of the stereotypes associated with San Diego’s bike community,” says Hanshaw. “By uniting all communities and people, we can truly shape the future of bicycling in our region.”   

The Regional Bike Summit welcomes all those interested in the future of bicycling in San Diego to attend. For more information on the San Diego Bike Coalition and making San Diego County a better place to ride bikes, please visit www.sdbikecoalition.org.

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San Diego Bike Coalition is a nonprofit organization that advocates for and protects the rights of all people who ride bicycles. They promote bicycling as a mainstream, safe and enjoyable form of transportation and recreation. For more information, please visit www.sdbikecoalition.org.

Source: Go Mixte

Free Monthly Speaker Series Features Bicycle Commuting 101 for Women (and everyone else)

Outdoor gear shop hosts event on May 2 to encourage more people to try a two-wheel commute

SAN DIEGO, April 24, 2018 — A local outdoor gear shop will treat aspiring bicycle commuters to an informational session full of how-to tips and gear must-haves to help more people kick their car habit—just in time for National Bike Month and Bike to Work Day.

Hosted by ROVE, an outdoor and travel store in Normal Heights, the ROVE Abouts monthly speaker series is a casual gathering in an intimate space with time to connect, learn and dream. On May 2, it will feature lessons learned from experienced bicycle commuter Jamie Hampton.

“We want to break down barriers and introduce inexperienced bicycle riders to a new way of approaching San Diego’s streets,” said Blake Robertson, who owns ROVE with his wife Jenna. “We know that Jamie Hampton, whose has been bicycle commuting in San Diego for almost 15 years, will share helpful riding tips and gear choices to make bicycle commuter fun and easy for everyone.”

Hampton, who leads Mixte Communications by day, is well known as a bicycle commuter and someone whose staff is often seen on two wheels. She’s been recognized by iCommute’s Diamond Award program as a San Diego Commuter of the Year for her dedication to bicycling and using transit to make business meetings all across the county. Her company is always a multi-year award winner of iCommute’s Diamond Awards honoring commuter programs that include education, flexibility, encouragement and support to encourage employees to ditch cars and try other forms of transportation.

In her May 2 presentation, Hampton will share her habits, tips and lessons learned with a heavy emphasis on those that will appeal to new or inexperienced riders. They will be practical tips to help with apparel on and off the bike, meal preparation, packing, finding the right path, essential gear and fitness. 
 
ROVE Abouts starts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at Rove in Normal Heights. No ticket or RSVP is required.

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ROVE: Launched in 2016, ROVE is a small retail and community space in Normal Heights offering a curated selection of outdoor and travel gear, accessories and home goods to inspire an adventurous life. Learn more at https://rove.camp or by visiting ROVE at 3275 Adams Ave.

Source: Go Mixte