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Don't drive, pedal 

San Luis Obispo

May is National Bike Month. Local bicycle events are planned all month long, including an executive commuter challenge, bike breakfasts, a bike art gallery, and many more. See for details. Beyone the month of special activities, the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition regularly offers free bicycle confidence workshops, now has a Bike Kitchen where they can help clients tune-up their favorite two-wheelers, and volunteers from Bike Valet will even watch bikes for shoppers at the weekly Farmers Market. To learn more about those services, see

Consider these facts: One quarter of the students enrolled in San Luis Obispo County public schools are overweight; the United States has five percent of the world’s population but consumes 25 percent of the world’s oil; and the average American spends $8,400 to own and maintain one car (including insurance, gasoline, parking and repairs). Instead of sitting behind the steering wheel, everyone should take the bus, carpool, walk, or ride a bike: It’s healthy for the pocket book, the planet, and best of all, for personal well-being. We should all give life in the bike lane a spin.


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