Central Coast bicycle advocates went to Washington, D.C., last week with 800 other enthusiasts from around the country to promote bicycling and walking.
The staff of the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition joined others at the 2011 National Bike Summit. They met with local and state elected representatives to seek funding for transportation projects that are designed to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians.
The group chronicled its visit at www.slobikelane .wordpress.com.
— Bob Cuddy
The public is invited to meet with the architects designing the new Atascadero-Martin Polin Regional Library at a talk planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Atascadero Lake Pavilion, 9315 Pismo Ave.
The forum will show new approaches to library design and discuss local library needs. Presenters include representatives from San Luis Obispo’s Ravatt Albrecht and Associates Inc., and its consultant, Kathy Page.
Space is limited for the free talk, so those who plan to attend are asked to register online at www.AtascaderoFriendsoftheLibrary .org or call 461-6162.
A new library is in the preliminary design stages for an empty office building at 6555 Capistrano Ave. Moving the library there would boost space for public meetings, youth programs and a computer lab.
The Friends of the Atascadero Library fundraising group says the library on Morro Road has long outgrown its current space.
— Tonya Strickland
Joggers can trot trailside with their dogs at the Park-4-Pups’ third annual Paso Robles Dog Jog planned for March 26.
Participants can take the 4K or 2K run and walk route along the Salinas River Trail, starting at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of Kennedy Club Fitness, 500 S. River Road.
Race check-in begins at 8 a.m. Early bird registration is $15 until March 20 and then $20 through race day.
The cost is charged per dog, not per person. That means extra family members are free when the family dog signs up.
“There is no limit to the number of family members that a dog can bring,” Park-4-Pups President Paula O’Farrell said.
Racers will receive a dog bandana, a goodie bag for people and pups and a racer bib.
Woods Humane Society will again offer its Rent-a-Dog program where participants can borrow a dog to run with for a $50 donation.
The adoptable dogs loved having the attention and exercise last year, organizers said.
Post-race contests will be held at 10 a.m. at Kennedy Club Fitness for Best Dog Owner Look-alike, Best Dressed, Tallest Dog and Shortest Dog.
Local Girl Scouts will also be stationed along the trail to provide refreshments and encouragement to the racers.
Sign up at www.parks4pups.org or email info@parks4pups .org with questions.
— Tonya Strickland
Willow Road in Nipomo will be closed between Misty Glen Place and Pomeroy Road from Monday through March 28.
County public works officials said a detour will be along Via Concha Road to Dawn Road to Calle Fresa to Pomeroy Road.
The closure will not block access to any residences or businesses.
The county is asking those who have questions about the closure to call Dale Ramey, project manager, at 788-2931.
— Bob Cuddy
A Caltrans project that since October had closed a section of Highway 1 on the Nipomo Mesa has been completed and the highway is open.
The project involved the installation of a drainage system to prevent flooding and to help ensure the highway would not be damaged from storm runoff, Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers said. The project started Oct. 25 and closed Highway 1 between Rio Road and Gracia Way.
The project was supposed to be completed in December, but heavy storms caused another section of the highway to crumble — which has been repaired — and delayed completion of the overall project, Shivers said.
The drainage project cost $264,000; the contractor was Arthur’s Contracting of Atascadero.
— Cynthia Lambert
The Amgen Tour of California bicycling race is accepting nominations through March 22 to honor people who have made a positive impact on someone affected by cancer in its Breakaway from Cancer initiative.
The sixth annual Tour, a stage race like the Tour de France, will travel through the state over eight days. Cyclists will begin the race at Lake Tahoe on May 15 and finish in Thousand Oaks on May 22.
Five host cities — including Paso Robles — have been selected to honor Breakaway from Cancer Champions in a special ride near the finish line before the tour’s cyclists sprint in.
A winner will be selected from each of the five cities.
In 2009, North County residents Ryelle Leverett and Deanna Mete were chosen for the honor in Paso Robles.
The public can nominate themselves or others, as long as it’s a cancer survivor, patient, caregiver or advocate. Those selected will be notified in late April, organizers said.
The Breakaway from Cancer program was established in 2005 by the race’s title sponsor, biotechnology firm Amgen. It’s now a national initiative with several partners.
Winners will be granted special access to the race, a professional cycling jersey and recognition on stage. They will also lead the Breakaway Mile ride in their community.
More details can be found at www.breakawayfromcancer.com/champion.
— Tonya Strickland