Riding Into A Better Future @ South Bay Bike Night

Your friendly neighborhood Greenius has been a proud member of the South Bay Bicycle Coalition ever since there was one, and I’ve been on the Board of Directors just as long.  I do it because I love to ride my bike and because here in the South Bay – which happens to be the best climate in the whole world in which to ride your bike – we need lots more zero emission people-powered bike trips to replace car trips, especially fossil fuel powered cars.  Our obesity and diabetes rates need it too.

Members of the newly formed South Bay Bicycle Coalition are happy with the Hermosa Beach "sharrows," which allow bicyclists to use a lane of traffic on Hermosa Avenue. The group hopes to see more South Bay cities install such bicycle-friendly facilities. (Steve McCrank, Daily Breeze Staff Photographer)

December 2009 – Members of the newly formed South Bay Bicycle Coalition are happy with the Hermosa Beach “sharrows,” which allow bicyclists to use a lane of traffic on Hermosa Avenue. The group hopes to see more South Bay cities install such bicycle-friendly facilities. (Steve McCrank, Daily Breeze Staff Photographer)

In fact back in 2010 that’s why the County of Los Angeles Health Department gave our South Bay Bicycle Coalition (SBBC) a $250,000 grant. We used that money to create and then help get passed the world famous Seven City South Bay Bicycle Master Plan.  That’s the 20 year plan that lays out the blueprint for connecting bikeways in the cities of El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Lawndale and Gardena.  The plan that’s now being implemented bit by bit all over the place.

And now the SBBC is having its first fund raiser, cause there’s no more grant money and we need the dough-ray-me to buy bike helmets for kids who don’t have one of their own.  We need the Benjamin to pay for certified instructors to teach bike safety classes to elementary school kids and to conduct rules of the road and safe biking workshops for adults.  We need the scratch to pay for printing up rules of the road booklets and to offer free bike parking corrals at major events throughout the South Bay.  We’re an all volunteer organization and we’re fiscally responsible and frugal too.  So you can feel damn good about how hard your money works for better biking on the streets right here in your communities.

And, if like me, you’ve never been to a hipster event at the private rooftop poolside venue at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, South Bay Bike Night on Saturday, February 28, 2015 is your opportunity.  

You can take a selfie of your bad self with a drink in your hand next to the pool, surrounded by the coolest people in So Cal and Instagram it with a message about how you roll.  Or the Greenius himself will be happy to put my own drink down to take a photo of you and your posse and keep shooting till you get one you dig.  But you have to move quick.  There’s a limited number of tix and once they’re sold that’s it.  Move quick enough and you can save $20 a ducat.  Tell them the Greenius sent you.

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