The Central Coast Aquarium, Bike SLO County, and ECOSLO are teaming up to present “How Biking Helps Oceans and Animals” on Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m. in the Large Conference Room at RRM, 3765 South Higuera Street, #102, San Luis Obispo. (Entrance is on Hind Lane.)
This interactive talk is tailored for all ages and will be presented by Tim Oey, retired engineer, father of two, passionate bike advocate, and aquarium enthusiast, on a stop over during his 4,500 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Boston to raise awareness about ocean plastic pollution as well as bike safety. Oey’s cross-country journey includes visiting over two dozen aquariums to connect with people and encourage reduced use of plastics that make their way into the ocean killing marine life and, eventually, ending up in our own food chain. Oey’s goal is to have 90 talks in 90 days during his three month bike ride across the U.S. Oey explains that he’s visiting aquariums along his route because “oceans are difficult for people to explore and understand but aquariums bring oceans to people so they can learn about their wonders and how critical they are for life on earth. “
Oey is the founder of ZeroW.org, a nonprofit to help people learn to tread more lightly on the earth and pursue zero waste. He states that “bicycling is one of the most impactful ways to go zero waste and it’s fun!” In addition, Oey is a League Cycling Instructor certified by the League of American Bicyclists. About his adventure, Oey states, “People are powerful. We have changed the world in many ways already and we have the power to improve our world. Connecting with each other is key to working together, which is why I’m doing this ride. Together we can do it.”
For more information about “Save Our Seas Ride Across America,” visit www.zerow.org.
For more information about the event in SLO, please contact CCA’s Executive Director, Christine Johnson, Christine@centralcoastaquarium.com or #805-595-7280, ext. 1002.
About the Central Coast Aquarium
For 25 years, the Central Coast Aquarium (CCA), located in Avila Beach, has been providing unique hands-on learning
opportunities to children and adults in the fields of Marine Biology and Oceanography, as well as local history. The
mission of the CCA is to cultivate a community dedicated to ocean stewardship through education, engagement, and
action. By increasing appreciation for the ocean, its marine life and our local environment, we aim to encourage an
active commitment to its preservation. For more information: www.centralcoastaquarium.com or 805-595-7280. The
Aquarium is open to visitors Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm at 50 San Juan Street, Avila Beach, CA 93424.
The Aquarium is closed on Monday.
About Bike SLO County
Bike SLO County inspires, educates, advocates, and works to build a safe, healthy and connected community through
bicycling. Their Bike Kitchen program provides an educational workspace granting access to the tools and knowledge
one needs to fix a bike. Their RideWell program provides bicycles and bike safety training at no cost to SLO County
residents in need, and their Bike Education program teaches elementary school students countywide how to bike and
smart, with supervised on-bike experience using Bike SLO County’s mobile fleet of 30 bicycles. Learn more at
Since 1971, the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) empowers our community to protect and preserve
that natural beauty of San Luis Obispo County through environmental education, advocacy, and action. Our programs
include: SLO Stewards Docent Led Hikes, Beach Keepers cleanups, environmental advocacy in SLO County, Eco-
Networking, Green Drinks, and nature-based volunteer projects. For more information, contact: ECOSLO,
www.ecoslo.org or 805-544-1777.