CHM Event

First Tuesday Talks

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bicycle Power: Past, Present, and Future presented by Eric Clough

Admission: Free for members or $7 for non-members – pay at the door.

The museum will be open 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM with the talk beginning at 6:30 PM.

Like most children born of this land Eric loved riding/crashing bikes as he grew up. His current passion for bicycles did not rebirth until he approached retirement years and searched for ways to bring fulfillment and purpose to his life. After 25 years of working in the petroleum world – and commuting by bicycle to work almost every day of those years – he has become committed to seeing a change from our addiction to fossil fuel consumption.  He believes bicycles are an important part of a sustainable and healthy future. He has lived in Coos Bay since 2001 with his spouse and they have raised two children here. In 2017, they founded Front Street community Bike Works and hope to see it become a recognizable part of our local culture.

Join Eric Clough as he explores the history of the bicycle, the present condition of bicycle culture here in the Coos, and advocacy for the possibilities of a deeper reliance on pedal power locally. The miraculous invention of the bicycle goes back to early 19th century and local historical records can be found from the early 20th century. Bicycles represent a real form of freedom to move and explore. Most of us know this freedom personally as we learned to balance and pedal on two wheels. Bicycles were an important part of emancipation for women in the early 20th century and they remain an important means of empowerment for community members who can’t afford the costs of those costly and dangerous internal combustion engine machines we call cars. This talk will suggest the possibilities that bicycle transportation may provide for a healthier, quieter, safer, and more sustainable future. Park your car!  Ride your bike!


All events subject to change.