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Bicycling for everyday transportation

Call For Volunteers

We're looking for bike valet volunteers for the 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Show at the Bright House Amphitheatre at Riverwalk Park. The shift starts early in the evening. For more information contact Jason.

Posted Jun 30, 2015

Bike Kitchen Schedule for April 23

The Bike Kitchen will be closing early at 4PM tomorrow for Bike Bakersfield's 10th Anniversary Dinner. Tickets are still available for this special event, so RSVP today!

Posted Apr 22, 2015

Bike Kitchen Update

The Bike Kitchen is currently open Mondays and Thursdays from 10AM to 6PM. The Recycle-A-Bicycle program is still available for those who would like to earn a bike. The next volunteer orientation is on Monday, April 6, 2015, at 3PM at 1708 Chester Avenue.

We are looking for volunteer mechanics to keep the Kitchen open on weekdays and Saturdays. Desired candidates are also bike advocates and serve as mentors to teach others repairs and maintenance. If interested send us your resume and cover letter.

Posted Apr 04, 2015

Bike Kitchen Temporarily Closed

As of Tuesday, March 17, 2015, The Bakersfield Bike Kitchen will be closed until further notice. We are looking for mechanics to organize and run the Bike Kitchen. This is a volunteer position with an opportunity to become paid employment. The Recycle-A-Bicycle volunteer program is also being postponed; check back on our calendar for updates. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Posted Mar 17, 2015

Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers at the Greenfield Bike Day event on Saturday, March 21. There will be a bike repairs station for maintenance on kids' bikes and a bike rodeo course. Volunteers are needed for the repair station and assisting in the bike rodeo. The event is held at the Greenfield Family Resource Center at 5400 Monitor Street, from 9AM - 12PM. Email or call our office at 321-9247 if interested.

Posted Mar 7, 2015

LUTN 2014-15 A Success!

We tallied the numbers and distributed nearly 900 light sets during the 2014-15 Light Up The Night season. We want to thank our donors who generously gave during this campaign: PG&E through the Office of Rudy Salas, the Office of Supervisor Mike Maggard, and the Kern Wheelmen bicycle club.

We want to thank the volunteers who helped give away lights at all the light locations. Without you things wouldn't have ran so smoothly - you rock! We look forward to continuing this campaign next winter. Again, thank you!

Posted Mar 7, 2015

Thank You, Kern Wheelmen

Bike Bakersfield would like to give a big THANK YOU to the Kern Wheelmen cycling club for their generous donation for project Light Up the Night. With your contribution we are able to continue our campaign through the entire month of January. Many thanks!

Posted Jan 8, 2015

Project Light Up The Night For 2014-2015

Light Up The Night 2014 Flyer

Once again we will be providing free lights this year for project Light Up The Night. Thanks to PG&E through the solicitation of the Office of Rudy Salas, we were given a generous donation of $5,000 to purchase front and tail lights.

Every Thursday starting November 20, excluding holidays, we will be giving away front and tail lights to bicyclists in need. Light distribution is from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM, or until we run out of lights.

We will not be revealing locations, as we would like to focus on providing lights for commuters who need them the most. We will be onsite at locations where we feel have significant bike traffic in indigent areas. With signs we'll flag down light-less cyclists to stop by our station. In order to receive free lights you must be present with your bike.

We need volunteers! If interested in joining the Light Crew contact us via email or call our office at 321-9247.

Anticipated dates for project Light Up The Night:
**dates subject to change**

November 2014: 20
December 2014: 4, 11, 18
January 2015: 8, 15, 22, 29   *we will resume while supplies last*

Posted Nov 20, 2014

Bike Kitchen Now Open!

Great news - our beloved bike kitchen is open, starting Tuesday, October 21! Please note our newest operation hours, disregarding our previous post. New hours as of today are:

Tue - Fri:      3PM - 6PM

We are CLOSED Saturday through Monday. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the new hours you may email us or call our office at 321-9247. In the meantime, pardon our mess as we get the gears rolling again.

Posted Oct 21, 2014

Bike Kitchen Temporarily Closed

The Bike Kitchen will be closed until further notice. We are currently looking for a mechanic to fill the position. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause our community. The Bike Kitchen will resume the NEW operation hours as soon as we are squared away. If you need to contact us call our office at 321-9247 or email at info@bikebakersfield.org. If you are interested in the position send a resume to Jason. We thank you for your understanding and keep pedaling!

Posted Oct 14, 2014

Thank You, Kevin!

We want to thank our Shop Manager and Bearded Bikemaster, Kevin Talley, for all his years of service running the Bike Kitchen. He taught staff and community members how to maintain, tune up, and troubleshoot their bikes; was always ready with tools in hand to help riders in need of a quick fix during full moon rides; and helped many people earn a much-needed bike through the Recycle-A-Bicycle program. Though we are sad to see you go, we wish you the best on your new journey!

Posted Oct 10, 2014

Bike Bakersfield Changes Up Ahead

Bike Bakersfield plans to focus on bike and traffic education since the staff's recent League Cycling Instructor certifications. With new opportunities come change, and we would like to announce a few major changes in our services and programs.

Firstly, we are changing the Bakersfield Bike Kitchen hours starting Tuesday, October 14, 2014. The new hours will be:

Tue - Fri:    1PM - 6PM
Sat:            10AM - 2PM

We will also discontinue our Sunday City Rides for the time being. Once we have more flexibility with staff hours and enough interest in participation, we may resume the rides.

We aim to use our time to focus on other facets of our organization, such as education and infrastructure. We look forward to new opportunities that will result in a bigger, positive impact on our community.

Posted Oct 10, 2014

California Rideshare Week & Walk To School Day

Rideshare Graphic

Mon-Fri, October 6-10 | Wednesday, October 8

Participate in California Rideshare Week from October 6-10. Making an effort to carpool reduces traffic congestion and air pollution, while raising awareness of multi-modal options. Carpooling also saves on gas and money, and many make use of the extra time by completing small tasks, reading a book, or building connections with fellow rideshare users.

How does one get started? Ask your employer if they offer a ridesharing program. CommuteKern is a great resource for carpooling tips, as well as ridematching services. Get creative with multi-modal commuting - ride public transit or bike part of the way. Lyft, a peer-to-peer ridesharing network, is now available in Bakersfield. Find an alternative option that works for you.

Walk To School Graphic

California Walk to School Week occurs during the same week, with Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 8. Parents and children are encouraged to participate, promoting a healthier and safer lifestyle for children. Many feel inconvenienced for taking the time to walk or bike to school, but the benefits tremendously outweigh the perceived inconveniences. Some benefits for walking to school are:

  • reducing traffic and cars speeding near schools
  • teaching children safe bicycling and walking skills
  • promoting regular physical activity for children
  • increasing the safety and number of children walking and biking to school
  • parents and children spending quality time during an enjoyable activity

If your children are not able to walk or bike for the entire week, make it count on Bike To Work Day!

Posted Sep 26, 2014

3 Feet For Safety Act In Effect September 16

Give Me 3 Poster

California's Three Feet for Safety Act, a law that requires motorists to leave at least a 3-foot buffer when passing cyclists, is in effect Tuesday, September 16. Governor Jerry Brown finally signed the bill on September 2013.

The new law states that a motorist must give at least three feet (about a width of a car door) when passing cyclists. If the driver cannot safely pass the cyclist, she must slow down and wait when it is safe to pass. Violation of the law is subject to a base fine of $35, and if a collision occurs causing bodily injury to the cyclist, the motorist may be fined $220. The California Bike Coalition's website has a great FAQ regarding the law. The Vehicle Code is available on the California DMV site.

Many bike coalitions have been campaigning for the awareness of the law since the bill has passed. One concern of bicycle advocates is that many people may break the law because they do not know about it in the first place. Bike Bakersfield is raising awareness by hosting a morning ride on September 16. We want a large attendance to get people's attention. We invite you to ride with us and talk about it to get our community informed.

Posted Sep 08, 2014

Bike Kitchen Closed

The Bakersfield Bike Kitchen will be closed Saturday, August 30. We apologize for the inconvenience and will resume normal hours the following Tuesday at 10AM. Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Independent Contractor Wanted

Bike Bakersfield is looking for a responsible and experienced independent contractor to help us market our consulting services to local businesses.

Desired skills and qualities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in outside sales
  • Ability to work independently
  • Knowledge of local and regional transportation and air quality issues
  • A passion for bicycling and active transportation

This is a part-time position funded for approximately one year. Qualified applicants should send a cover letter highlighting your interest and experience, along with your resume, to ghammett@bakersfield.com.

Posted Aug 14, 2014

La Bicicleta Boutique Joins Sponsorship Program

La Bicicleta Logo

We are excited to announce La Bicicleta Boutique has partnered with Bike Bakersfield for the BB Shops Program! Bike Bakersfield members may receive a 10% discount off their total purchase. Simply present your membership card at the time of checkout. The boutique has an array of stylish apparel, accessories, and equipment for women who ride, be it the casual commuter or the dedicated athlete. Visit the shop in downtown Bakersfield!

Bagels & Blenderz To Be New Membership Sponsor

Bagels and Blenderz Logo

We have some exciting news for our Bike Bakersfield members! Starting in May Bagels & Blenderz will try out our BB Shops sponsorship program. Simply present your Bike Bakersfield membership card and receive a 10% discount. Next time you are riding, stop by Bagels & Blenderz and treat yourself to a sandwich, bagel, or smoothie. This special offer is available from May through July, so come support your local business!

Want to join or need to renew? You can sign up online or in person. If you are a current member and need a replacement card, contact Maja.

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!

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.

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%


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


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


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


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