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Free coffee to local bicyclists this week

Local coffee shops are giving away free cups of coffee and tea to cyclists who ride their bikes to work and school today through Friday for Bike to Work and School Week.

Cyclists who carry their helmet into one of 22 coffee houses also get a T-shirt.

San Luis Obispo Regional Rideshare has arranged for Café Andreini at 131 E. Branch in Arroyo Grande, and Higher Groundz at 1800 W. Grand Ave. in Grover Beach to give a free coffee and a T-shirt to anyone stopping by with a bike helmet in hand.

Other events include a “Bike Breakfast on the Boulevard” on Morro Street near Santa Barbara Road between 7 and 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday.

Cyclists can also participate in a ride over the Cuesta Grade alongside county Supervisor Jim Patterson on Wednesday. Groups will meet at the Santa Margarita Park and Ride at 7 a.m. and bike to Outspoken Café on Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo.

Kennedy Club Fitness is also offering free shower passes at its downtown San Luis Obispo location. Those are available through SLO Regional Rideshare at 544-2277.

South County residents can also benefit thanks to the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition, which has added to the package by contributing a bag of local bicycle route maps, safety and consumer information, a list of free local bike commuter classes, local advocacy and ride resources, and a coupon for a free bicycle safety check at Trinity Cyclery.

For a list of all participating coffee shops and information visit www.rideshare.org/bikemonth.

--AnnMarie Cornejo

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