Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Yard sale downtown

We will have sone stuff for sale so come out and get stuff for cheap!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Food Drive Scavenger Hunt

First Edition flier for our scavenger hunt. Sponsers still to be announced. Help us make this big!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Blaze game

We set up a booth at the Bakersfield blaze playoff game tonight. Sharing info and giving out pamplets about bicycle awareness.

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Urban velo

We are now carrying a limited number of the ubranvelo magazine we just got the latest issue in check them out at Great site for the urban cyclist.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Critical Mass

This is not a ride we organized but a ride we participate in because we feel it is something that is helping get people attention here in Bakersfield about people on bikes. We have never had a bad time and encourage everyone who rides a bike especially if you are a commuter to come and join everyone. The ride is the last Friday of every month. We meet at the yokuts park parking lot and whoever wants to lead will take the group whereever they choose. Hope to see you out there this month.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009


If you are on Myspace check out our page and become our friend. Follow our updates here, There and everywhere you can! Get involved with Bike Bakersfield make a difference in our community.

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Find rides in your area.

I was searching the interwebs looking for any interesting events coming up in our area and stumbled upon After reading it a little bit it became very clear to me that this is a very useful website. You can find events from all types of cycling from Mtn to Track, They even have a section for bike shops in different areas. Look at the blog they have going for updates and follow ups on all events.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Share the road?

I saw this on the website very well written article. I thought I would share it with everyone here.

Does Share the Road Work

By David Hoffman

Setting the “Seen”
In preparation for this article, I recently asked a friend what she thought of the “Share the Road” signs that were along a stretch of road near her house.
She replied, “What are you talking about? What ‘Share the Road’ signs?”
I described them in detail, and then went on to ask if there were lots of cyclists in her area.
“Sure.” She added, “All the time. But this stretch of road is a bit narrow for them to safely ride on, don’t you think?”
I asked what the speed limit was along this stretch of road. She immediately knew.
“Cops hang out all of the time. You can’t speed here.”
I asked her to take a careful look for the prominently posted signs time that she was out. A few days later I got a call.
“So, yeah, I saw those signs you were talking about. I’ve lived here seven years, and have never seen them.”

What’s In A Name?
I got my start in bike advocacy back in 2002 when a local ran me off the road while the passenger yelled out the window, “That’s what sidewalks are for!” Thus, Bike Pittsburgh ( was born out of my frustration for the lack of respect that cyclists were getting on the road in Pittsburgh, PA. I talked to a reporter at one of the local newspapers and got my story published. The reporter asked what I wanted from my fellow cyclists, and I responded that I hoped they would join me in a “concerted ‘Share the Road’ campaign.”
Looking back, it seemed like a good idea. I was, after a fashion, only repeating a catchphrase that I had heard many times before. It was all that I knew. The phrase was part of a collection of sayings that my brain had stored over the years—Only you can prevent forest fires—Say no to drugs—Give a hoot, don’t pollute—Take a bite out of crime—you get the idea…
Now, nearly eight years into a career as a bicycle advocate I’m beginning to question the effectiveness of the phrase “Share the Road”. Before we go any further, it is important to separate the passive message of “Share the Road” from the active education and outreach efforts underway, such as teaching drivers and bicyclists how to coexist safely. Specifically, I am questioning the efficacy of the “Share the Road” message.
As it turned out, the “Share the Road” campaign that was my first stab at bike advocacy lasted a few months. Within a very short time, it became apparent to me that nothing would get accomplished in a town as gritty as Pittsburgh if all that I was peddling was a catchphrase.
Dynamics of Share the Road
Most people don’t like sharing things of value. Sharing their money. Sharing their chocolate. Sharing their time off with unwanted family members. And most importantly, sharing the road with other users that may slow them. So when a driver sees a sign that tells them to “Share the Road,” there is a voice in the back of their head that whispers, “But I don’t want to.” It’s the same voice that says, “Why do I have to go 35 miles per hour on this straight road in the middle of nowhere? I could totally do 60 and get away with it.” “Share the Road” is a message aimed at drivers who need to be reminded that their behavior can be aggressive and reckless. These same people rarely like to be told that they don’t own the road.
Getting back to my friend who didn’t see the “Share the Road” signs near her house, I did a little bit more thinking and asking around. As it turns out, most drivers pay attention to just two types of signs when they’re driving: speed limits, and control signs (stop, turn, yield, etc.). “Share the Road” signs fall into a third, less noticed category: environmental signs. These might include information like “Entering National Forest,” or “Soft Shoulder.” These signs are often missed, because there is almost no penalty for missing them. You don’t get fined for entering a National Forest, but you will get cited for failing to stop at a stop sign. Additionally, images are easier to process while driving than text. If you saw a picture of a tractor on a sign you would immediately know that you should expect to see farm equipment along that particular stretch of road even without reading any text on the sign. It is, in effect, a “Share the Road” sign for cars and farm equipment.
There is also the issue of sign pollution. Studies have shown that we can only process so many things while we’re driving. If there are too many signs, many of them simply fade in to the background and are never seen by us. Dense urban environments are classic areas for sign pollution. And these same dense areas often have a burgeoning bike population with little room for bicycle-specific facilities such as bike lanes or paths. Instead, cyclists are often in a shared use environment—replete with “Share the Road” signs.

Is There an Alternative?
OK. I’ve made it clear that I don’t think that “Share the Road” signs are particularly effective or welcome by most drivers. “That’s all well and good,” you think. “But you can’t just throw that out there and not offer some sort of alternative.” And you would be right.

My moment of clarity came one cold and icy January day while I was out with the Director of Public Works, helping to locate where signs would be placed along newly designated bike routes. The ground still had snow piled up on the sides of the road, effectively narrowing lane width, making these already difficult roads even more treacherous for cyclists. Drivers were behaving as aggressively and recklessly on these snow-compromised roads as they would on a sunny day. Sharing the road definitely wasn’t on their minds. The Director of Public Works was in his car with a clipboard, noting locations for bike route signs. I was on my bike pointing out good locations.
He asked me, “Where should we place the ‘Share the Road’ signs?”
It wasn’t a question of “if,” but merely “where.” I thought for a moment, and said, “Nobody pays any attention to those. What about another sign? How about simply, ‘Watch for Bicyclists’ with a picture of a bike under the words?”
He thought for a moment, and said, “Sure. We can have the sign shop make those, no problem.”
Why I Like “Watch for Bicyclists”
While “Watch for Bicyclists” falls into the same category of environmental signs, there is a subtle difference between that and “Share the Road.” First, it isn’t asking the driver to share anything —so no subtle hints that their driving experience will somehow be diminished. Second, it has a reasonably neutral tone to it—similar to “Caution, Children at Play” or “Pedestrian X-ing.” It imparts the idea that they should simply expect to see bicyclists along this stretch of road, as they’re already there.
But what I like most about “Watch for Bicyclists” is that it helps to convey a cultural change in the way that we think about how roads are used by people. A colleague, Jim Baross, often signs his emails with “Roads are for people, not just people in cars.” I think that “Watch for

Bicyclists” conveys this idea perfectly.
The signs were met with enthusiasm by both bicyclists and motorists—both of whom thought the new signs struck a mildly positive tone. Of course, all of this data gathering and polling has been informal. And, it’s all just one person’s opinion.
It’s time for a change. Don’t just share the road with us, be sure to look for us, as we’re out there!
What do you think? Send your thoughts to

Check out more at the website. They have a good thing going for them.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Another good friday night

We had a really good group of people in tonight. Got a lot done, had some great laughs. If you have nothing to do on a Friday come see us at the bike kitchen 4-8pm

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And I hear people complain that it is too hot.

Would you rather ride in something like this?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Saturday Morning Ride with Bike Bakersfield

Don't Ride Alone: Morning Rides with Bike Bakersfield

The rides will be every Saturday at 7:00am starting from the Bike Bakersfield Offices(1708 Chester Ave) Tina, the Director of Bike Bakersfield will be leading the ride along the streets of downtown Bakersfield to help give people the confidence to do more road riding. ALL bikes are welcome. This will be a slow to medium pace. Come ride with us.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Full Moon Ride Friday Sept. 4th

Come ride with Bike Bakersfield from Riverwalk park out to Enos Lane and back. We meet at 6:30pm and leave at 7:00pm SHARP. Please bring any supplies that you think you will need I.E. Tubes, pump, Tire levers and/or water. Please bring a FRONT and REAR light because it does get dark. See you out there.

Slow Spokes

KW Slow Spokes

Slow Spokes specialize in PS (8-10 mph), 10-30 miles, flat rides on Saturday mornings.  Riders that only get to ride 1-2 times per week will find these rides are easy to do and shouldn’t leave them exhausted for other priorities in their lives/family.  Also, these are good rides for bicycle commuters that want to do something different on Saturdays.  Or, train for commuting.
Riders that have medical/physical limitations may find these rides are something they can do.  Most rides are really flat (Bike Path and Shafter).  Some have small rollers like Hart Park/Lake Ming/Rattlesnake.   We did Caliente-Twin Oaks.  It averages 1% grade (according to Dale), but, has a couple of stretches that are steeper, but doable.
Rides vary from week-to-week.  Our shortest (12 miles) Hart Park & Lake Ming.  Our longest (32 miles) is Caliente/Twin Forks.  Cold, wind, and rain are ok.  Lightening or ice cancels rides.  Rides off the Bike Path will be in traffic.  Please wear a BRIGHT jersey and follow “car” rules.
If you can maintain a 9 mph pace on the Bike Path, you are welcome to join us.  To test, set your bicycle computer, ride out 5 miles, and then return.  Should be close to 9-10 miles in one hour.  If your test shows you are better than this, make your first KW ride with us.  See how you do and discuss other ride groups and routes.
Glass, thorns, sharp metal things, etc. are facts of life in Bakersfield.  Best not to run over them.  But, they can be sneaky and get a tire, maybe two, anyway.  Please be sure you have 2-3 tubes, tire changing tools, tire pump, and be able to change a flat.  Also, bring a patch-kit in case you run out of tubes.  If you don’t use 700c’s, you can’t count on other riders having the tubes, tools, or pump you need.  You will get ‘moral support’ (jokes, comments, hints, graded for style points, etc.) and physical help as needed.  If you need a class on fixing flats, we can schedule one.  Always bring a cell-phone, but, they don’t get a signal everywhere.   Can’t fix a flat?  It may be an 8 mile walk back to your car, especially on the Bike Path from Stockdale Hwy to Enos Lane.
These are “social” rides not “training” rides.  When possible we ride side-by-each and actually carry-on conversations.  Topics vary depending on riders and interests.  A lot of bicycle stuff.  Our riders have a variety of jobs, hobbies, etc.  We get some interesting/strange topics.  Sometimes we get a test about things from last week’s ride.  However, we do maintain the 9-10 mph pace.  After all we are trying to burn calories and improve fitness.
Rides usually start early-morning and last 2-4 hours.  Start time depends on temperature, traffic, how busy a restaurant is, etc.  Most riders work in air-conditioning.  We don’t want to have heat problems on a ride.  Typically rides start at 0700, 0800, or 1030 (Ethel’s).  Some rides are timed to hit the restaurant after it opens and when we can best get in.  
We try to have a midway pitstop/rest stop at a restaurant or mini-mart for snack/brunch, etc. Remember some riders have a “going” problem.  Most rides are on populated/busy roads.  It’s not appropriate to use the bushes, etc.  Remember “Eat to ride.  Ride to Eat”.  Ordering ala carte a/o sharing a meal is cheaper and more comfortable on the ride back.
Want to ride faster?  Do intervals?  Do it.  Ride on ahead at your pace.  Attack that hill!  Recover back to the group.
Want to ride further?  Ride to/from the start point.  Most rides have options for adding miles and climb.
Rides are posted on, Rides.  Also, we have a Slow Spokes eList where we amplify information about the ride, publish Ride Reports, and pass-on information of interest for Slow Spokes. Two emails per week.  Sometimes another with special information.  Addresses are not given to anyone else.  Subscribe to
Ride to Live, Live to Ride
Richard & Jo Stewart

2009 Spooktacular Century Oct. 24th 2009

The Kern Wheelmen Bicycle Club invites you to enjoy our 23rd annual Cannon Associates Spooktacular Century on October 24th 2009. Registration includes six great routes to choose from, one entry to our raffle, with a grand prize of a $600 vacation, post ride meal, spooky rest stops, marked routes, maps, full sag support, goodie bag, eerie lack of traffic and one stoplight. Decorate your bike, wear spooky clothing and join the fun.

2009 Poker Ride

More info at Kern Wheelmen

A little about Bike Bakersfield

Bike Bakersfield
is a Non-Profit bicycle advocacy group
Our mission is to promote bicycling as a safe, fun and environmentally friendly alternative means of transportation.
Bike to school, Bike to Work, Bike for Fun!!
Bicycling promotes healthier lifestyles, reduces vehicular traffic congestion, decreases polluting emissions, and reduces energy consumption.
Bicycling directly affects the overall quality of life in the Kern County community.
Throughout the year: We present bicycle safety assemblies at elementary schools, encourage and support high school clubs, research routes for people to get to work, school, the store or where ever they want to go.
We also have a bike kitchen where people can stop by and use our tools to work on their bikes. And if they can’t afford a bike, we offer a program where they can volunteer to obtain a bike.
Bakersfield can become the kind of place where children ride bikes to school and to see friends, parents ride to and from work, and the whole family enjoys bicycling to soccer practice, to visit family, to the grocery store, or maybe just for an ice cream cone!