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Bicycling for everyday transportation

Bike Month Events

Bike Month

May is Bike Month, and we've got so many events lined up that we created a separate events page. Bookmark the page to mark the dates and check back for updates.


February Volunteer Orientation Postponed

Due to our shop manager's conflicting schedule, our anticipated Volunteer Orientation for Sunday, February 2, 2014, will be postponed to next Sunday, February 8, at 3PM. If you know anyone who is planning to attend this month's orientation, please notify them of the postponement. Meet at the Bike Kitchen at 1708 Chester Avenue, between 17th and 18th Street to be an active part of your bike community!


Bike Month Planning Session

May Is Bike Month Planning Session

May is Bike Month, an important time of year for Bike Bakersfield and our local community. We invite you to an open planning session this Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 7:00 PM. We would like to hear what you want to make the most out of Bike Month. Come to our location at 1708 Chester Avenue to check out our Bike Kitchen, get to know the Bike Bakersfield Staff and Board members, and take an active role in the bike community. Bike Month is Your Month!

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CSUB Green Game

CSUB Mens Basketball Green Game

Bike Bakersfield is working with the CSUB sports department in helping the city become green. There will be fun activities before and during the Mens Basketball Game to show how important and fun recycling can be. We will offer free bike valet, and host a pre-game ride from Beach Park to CSUB.

Please share this event on Facebook!


Project Light Up The Night

Project Light Up The Night

This Thursday, January 23rd, will be the last night for Project Light up the Night. Bike Bakersfield would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers and members of the community who helped make this event possible! We were very pleased with the turnout. This Thursday lights will be given out at the Bike Bakersfield Kitchen from 4PM - 6PM, and groups will be giving out lights at the following locations from 5PM - 6:30PM:

-    Mount Vernon and Niles Street
-    Fairview Road and Monitor Street

If you know anyone who is need of lights please send them by. If you have any questions please call us at (661) 321-9247.


Holiday Lights Ride

Holiday Lights Bike Ride

'Tis the season for a holiday ride! The annual Holiday Lights Bike Ride will be on Tuesday, December 17, at 7PM. Be advised this ride is on the same day as the full moon ride - we will meet at the Marketplace instead of Beach Park.

For more information, check out our facebook and events pages.


Bike Kitchen Grand Opening

Arvin Bike Kitchen   Launch Party

The Bike Kitchen in Arvin will have a soft launch on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, from 11AM - 7PM.

We will officially celebrate with a Grand Opening Launch Party on Saturday, November 16, at 10AM, starting with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. We will hold roller races and have a barbecue.

Check out our new Facebook page and be sure to support your local community by stopping in!


The Bike Kitchen In Arvin is Opening Soon!

Bike Kitchen Opening Soon

Grand Opening event details coming soon!


Bike Bakersfield is making its way into Arvin, CA.

We are currently in the process of opening a second community bicycle shop. We will have community work stands, tools, and the knowledge of a mechanic for cyclists to come in and work on their own bikes. We will also being offering repair services, brand new bicycles and commuter accessories and essentials. All proceeds generated from this bicycle shop will help fund our advocacy efforts, education and safety classes. It is our hope to create a bicycling culture where we can promote bicycling as a safe, fun and environmentally friendly means of everyday transportation in Arvin, CA.


Safe Routes

Student struck by vehicle while walking to school

According to a report, a fourth grade student was struck by a vehicle on the way to Voorhies on August 21 at Eucalyptus and Weedpatch Highway. The student was transported to the hospital, treated and released, and is recovering with no complications.

When driving your vehicles, please be on the lookout for pedestrians and bicyclists around school sites, and elsewhere.


Governor's Transportation Agency increases bike funding by 30%

CalBike

Help make sure the new money is spent wisely

After months of negotiations with the Governor's office, CalBike's campaign for #betterbikeways is on the verge of celebrating a big victory for bike/ped funding. If the Legislature approves it next month, the newly created Active Transportation Program (ATP) increases funding from about $90 million to about $124 million.

The new program is undefined, however, so we need your help in making sure that the increased funding—still a paltry amount compared to the approximately $12 billion total state transportation budget—is spent most effectively. Initial conversations are promising, but your letter to the Secretary of Transportation Brian Kelly will be very helpful.

Continue reading and take action at CalBike.org.


Introducing Bike Bakersfield's new Executive Director

Jason

Since coming on board with Bike Bakersfield in July 2011 I have watched this organization grow in all facets. I believe we are only beginning to scratch the surface of the impact Bike Bakersfield will make on the community and I am excited to be a part of its continual growth by serving as Executive Director. Bakersfield is plagued by a number of issues, ultimately impacting/deterring the quality of life for local residents. I believe the increasing bicycle use is the key to improving the lives of local residents. The joy, relaxation, and freedom I experience on my bike is something that can add value to lives on local residents in the Bakersfield area. Our organization is passionate about helping people use the bike for everyday transportation. Whether its advocating for improved infrastructure, teaching people how ride safely on city streets, repairing bikes for the local community, educating our youth on the joys of biking, or organizing rides to bring the community together, Bike Bakersfield will continue to make an impact in this community and change lives. I am privileged to be a part of this organization and I am excited to lead it as we create a better Bakersfield.

Jason Cater
Bike Bakersfield, Executive Director


Around Bakersfield

Can a city's layout promote residents' health? You bet

Bakersfield Californian

Our lungs know all too well that Kern County is home to some of the most polluted air in America. The recent American Lung Association State of the Air report placed Kern among the top three most polluted counties in the nation for ozone and first overall for particulate pollution. Not only can we can see it, but we can feel it in our chests and eyes. Kids and the elderly suffer the most—today, one in six Kern County children live with asthma. Too many of our kids grow up struggling to breathe, with lungs that don't function the way they are supposed to. It is a burden that our kids shouldn't have to live with, or move away from Kern County to avoid.

Continue reading at bakersfieldcalifornian.com.

posted 8/22/13

Amberton residents sue Stockdale Estates homeowners over wall

Bakersfield Californian

Members of the Amberton-Stockdale Alliance filed suit Monday, seeking the removal of a wall Stockdale Estates homeowner Michael Hansen had built June 14 on his private property, blocking a walkway used by a generation of school children to the neighboring Amberton subdivision.

Continue reading at bakersfieldcalifornian.com.

posted 8/22/13

Air Alert in effect for back-to-school week

KGET

Air quality officials say about 80% of the Valley's ozone is caused by cars and trucks and during back-to-school week, vehicle idling is also a major air-quality concern.

Continue reading at KGET.com.

posted 8/19/13

Blanton pushing it to the limit—local athlete to attempt 30 IronMan triathlons in 30 days

Bakersfield Californian

His story reads like a tall tale, full of accomplishments that even Paul Bunyan wouldn't believe. Turns out, Chet Blanton is a pretty laid-back guy with a penchant for fast food and soda and a seemingly endless quest to become "the baddest dude around." It brought him recently back to Bakersfield, his old home and a pit stop on the way to his most mind-boggling challenge yet.

Continue reading at bakersfieldcalifornian.com.
Listen to a podcast featuring Blanton.

posted 8/1/13

Around the State

CalBike

3-Foot Passing Bill Moves Forward

The third time may be the charm for a 3-foot passing law for California bicyclists. AB 1371 has been passed by the California State Assembly and is pending a vote by the CA Senate with the expectation it will pass with flying colors.

Continue reading and take action at CalBike.org.


Bicycles in the 2013 California Driver Handbook

I haven't looked at the California Driver Handbook since 2010. Since then, the DMV has added significant bicycle safety content.

Continue reading at cyclelicio.us.

posted 8/6/13

Around the Nation

The 'driving boom' is over

The trend toward less driving received national attention in May with the release of a report by US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), and the news has profound implications for both urbanism and transportation.

Continue reading at bettercities.net.

posted 7/16/13

How A Minority Biking Group Raises The Profile Of Cycling

Flip open any cycling magazine and you might think only skinny, good-looking, white people ride bikes. But increasingly that doesn't reflect the reality. Communities of color are embracing cycling. And as a fast-growing segment of the cycling population, they're making themselves far more visible.

Continue reading at npr.org.

posted 7/16/13

Around the World

How Biking Improves Employee Productivity

The business case for bicycling sounds obvious to sustainability enthusiasts. However, making it stick requires a generous leap of faith or two. We need to first make the case that an employer should have any opinion at all about how employees get to work. Then, we must also consider why it might be in employers' best interests to invest in employee bicycling by providing bike racks, changing rooms and showers, or even offering financial incentives to employees who ride.

Continue reading at TriplePundit.

posted 8/22/13