• October 25, 2012 10:58 AM | Ed France (Administrator)
    The Bike Coalition is proud to offer bike valet for the first time at the Earl Warren Showgrounds for the Halloween Bennie Benassi show. Thanks to DNA X Collective for asking us to join as they celebrate bike culture with fix gear riding Italian Electronic rock star Bennie Benassi.

    Want to win the bike? here is how it works:

    DNA x Fyxation x CLCTV Presents: Ride FTW from DNA IMAGERY on Vimeo.

    DNA x Collective Effort Events Presents
    Fyxation's "Ride For The Win" Challenge

    Did you know Benny Benassi loves riding bikes? In honor of Benny's passion we will be giving away Fyxation's newest, 2013 model fixie, which has not even hit the markets yet. This bike has a MSRP of $1000 dollars and comes with the finest Fyxation parts. 

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    How to win:
    ♦ Show up on a bike (any type of bike is allowed, mountain, bmx, fixie, crusier, downhill, road, etc) in between 6PM-6:30PM at Earl Warren Showgrounds on October 30th right before the start of the Benny Benassi show. 

    ♦ Bike Valet will be available, so park your bike & get a bike valet ticket.

    ♦ Show your bike valet ticket & Benny Benassi ticket to the organizers & they will give you a raffle ticket.

    ♦ The drawing will be at 7PM!
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    Qualifications to win:
    ♦ Must have proof of purchase or valid ticket to Benny Benassi Show.

    ♦ Must have a bike valet ticket.
  • October 16, 2012 12:30 PM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)

    "Bicycle commuting is growing quickly in the U.S., and cities are trying to become more bicycle-friendly. From the bike path to the  halls of policy making, John Pucher has his finger on the pulse of  cycling progress. Join him as he brings his perspectives as a scholar  and a committed cyclist to a discussion of this favorable evolution."

    James Badham, host

    Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

    Noon - 1:00 p.m.

    Bren Hall 1414 (UCSB)

    10:00am - 3:30pm


    Professor John Pucher argues that cycling and walking are the most  environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable of all  transport modes. He then provides an international overview of  cycling levels and trends among many various countries in the  developed world, noting that even technologically advanced countries  that have high per-capita income and high levels of car ownership can  have high levels of walking and cycling and much lower levels of car  use than is typical in the USA, Canada, and Australia. Professor  Pucher then describes and illustrates a range of policies and  programs necessary to make cycling and walking safe and convenient  for daily travel, as it is in Dutch, Danish, and German cities.  Although much of the focus is on European success, he also shows many  examples of policies, programs, and infrastructure in American and  Canadian cities that have greatly increased cycling and walking  levels while improving the safety of cycling and walking. Pucher  concludes by advocating far more investment in the measures necessary  to promote safe cycling and walking, since these are the key to truly  livable, sustainable and socially just cities.



    John Pucher is a professor in the School of Planning and Public   Policy at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He has conducted research   on a wide range of topics in transport economics and finance,   including numerous projects for the U.S. Department of  Transportation, the Canadian government, and various European  ministries of transport. For over three decades, he has examined  differences in travel behavior, transport systems, and transport  policies in Europe, Canada, the USA, and Australia. Over the past 15  years, his research has focused on walking and bicycling, and what  North American and Australian cities can learn from European cities  to improve the safety, convenience, and feasibility of these non- motorized modes. His research emphasizes walking and cycling for  daily travel to increase physical activity and to enhance overall  public health. Pucher has published three books and more than one  hundred peer-reviewed articles in academic and professional journals.  His latest book, "City Cycling" (MIT Press), provides an  international overview of cycling trends and policies:


    NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest  geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people   together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.

  • October 08, 2012 7:30 AM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)
    Yesterday, 50 Santa Barbarians had the opportunity to experience the festivity of CicLAvia (Open Streets) in Downtown Los Angeles, joining a crowd of more than 100,000 people on foot, bike, scooter, skateboard and practically any kind of self-powered transportation imaginable. 
    Big thank you to the SB Airbus for providing transportation to the group.

  • October 03, 2012 1:49 PM | Ed France (Administrator)
    What does it take to park over 100 bikes at a sold out SB Bowl rock show? Top-notch volunteers like this crew, that's what. Kudos to SBike for our 16th successful show of this years season, not to mention over 200 bikes at this past weekends Sol Food Festival. 

    Bike riding is more popular then ever, and SB Bike is helping make that possible. Join us!

  • October 03, 2012 11:26 AM | Ed France (Administrator)
    Bike projects in the 101 corridor are a priority was the clear message resonating from the special meeting that the Coalition hosted in Carpinteria tuesday. Cal Trans, SBCAG, and City of Carpinteria Staff all came out to present the current iterations of the 101 corridor projects and how they include and design bike & ped elements. They got feedback from bike coalition and community members in regards to design, as well as priority. We were also proud to have Carpinteria City Councilwoman, Kathleen Reddington, join us to hear and contribute to the conversation.

    The 'murky middle' that your bicycle coalition is working to avoid in these bicycling projects in the cooridor is when they are called out as mitigation, yet left unfunded. One example of this is the Santa Claus lane connection to Carpinteria ave. Currently City residents are forced to take a car on 101 or take a 2.5 mile detour along Via Real, whereas this short 1/4 mile connection would allow short and safe walk/bike trips to one of our counties most favored beaches. Everyone likes the project, but two key elements are left out. Environmental review and funding are both separate from the 101 widening. What happens if either of these don't pan out? Like so many good projects it could easily be abandoned in the 11th hour. We can't let that happen.

    Also important is the design of the bicycle facilities themselves. These are often an afterthought  when combined with large-scale highway projects, and a full range of questions from our meeting tuesday put the project designer to detailed critique and discussion. By bringing the group in Carpinteria into the design process early, no doubt that the next steps of design will be impacted by our feedback. And we'll know, because we will be following this project like we're glued to it's backside.

    To find out more about the project: 
    • HOV lane (includes Santa Claus & Rincon Projects) 
    • Carpinteria Bridges (includes bike lanes and multi-use path)
    • South of Rincon Widening (includes oceanside bike path) and
    Or Join our next Advocacy committee: Advocacy Committee
  • September 27, 2012 2:20 PM | Ed France (Administrator)
    There is A WHOLE LOT of Bike and Freeway planning right now happening in and around Carpinteria. 101 in Motion is fully in motion, and we are starting to see some of the benefit of the thoughtful advocacy of our Bicycle Coalition team taking shape in the form of off-freeway bicycle routes for the Pacific Coast Route.

    Join us for a meeting at Rusty's Pizza in Carp at noon, on Tuesday October 2nd.

    While there is ' a giant vaccum cleaner sound' pulling almost all available transportation dollars into the 101 widening/HOV lane, bicycle infrastructure has the potential to radically gain from these projects. If we play our cards right, we could have an Oceanside bike route from Padaro to Mussel Shoals, AND a bike trip from SB to Ventura would not need * to include ANY freeway riding. Whew.

    As far as I understand, here are the projects that are certain:
    • Oceanside Class 1 multi-use path from Rincon (Bates road) to past Mussel Shoals, where it connects with the 101 undercrossing at Mobil Pier road. Score! *
    • Widening of bike lanes (if city of carp approves it) and the bridges at Casitas Pass and Linden Bridges. 
    • A Class 1 multi-use path connector from Casitas Pass to Carpinteria Creek, which has a Class 1 undercrossing at the creek.
    Here are the projects that still require advocacy and engagement:
    • Santa Claus lane to Carpinteria Ave Class 1 Bike Path connector
    • Carpinteria Ave at 150 connection to Rincon Beach Path.
    • Improvements for 'All weather" nature of Carpinteria Creek pass
    * It is important to note that cyclists will still be able to ride on the shoulder of 101 in this area if they choose to do so. We will be vigilant on this issue.

    I'd like to thank Kathleen Reddington, Carpinteria City Council, Greg Hart, SB County Association of Governments, and David Beard, Cal Trans, for reaching out to us (Tim Burgess and Ed France, primarily) and for their careful work on this issue. Importantly, our County Advisor, Matt Dobberteen, and fearless leaders Wilson Hubbell and Ralph Fertig have watches and engaged in these projects for the last several years, and without their careful attention, no doubt we would not be seeing such a positive slate of options for cyclists. 

    Please let us know what you may think about these pending projects. The Bicycle Coalition Board will be considering support ofCarpinteria Bridge extensions on next Tuesday Night. That can be viewed here:

     Below is detail about the crossing at Mussel Shoals, which is a tricky part of the extension of the Class 1 route. This project is already in construction, so the attachment is really  for your information only (no major changes possible).
  • September 27, 2012 1:55 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    www.santabarbaracentury.orgMy name is Byron Beck, and I am a Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition board member. I represent the Santa Barbara Century to the coalition. I am also an SB Century board member. Every year, the Century provides a great venue and raises funds for a number of nonprofits around Santa Barbara and the world, SB Bike and Sports Outreach to name a couple.

    My first “job” as a Century board member in 2010 was to bring support to the different aid stations along the route, and when the last riders had gone through the stations, I was to pick up all the tables, chairs, extra equipment, pop-up shades, extra food and water, and so on. All of this, along with having just flown twenty-six hours after traveling around the Middle East visiting friends from Lebanon, Jordon, and Israel. Needless to say, I was running on empty.

    The one thing that kept coming to mind was how extraordinary this ride actually was. The hundred-mile ride takes cyclists along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, climbing up Toro Canyon, Ladera Lane, and then up Gibraltar, known in the bicycle world as the Alpe D’Huez of California. All of this climbing adds up to 9,000 feet plus of elevation gain, a feat that I really wanted to try. After the first year shakedown of board meetings, I let it be known that, if I were to continue working with the SB Century as a board member, I would have to ride it the next year, just to see for myself if it was what its cracked up to be. So the next year, I trainedundefinedwell I rode a little, doing some hills and some longer rides, you know thirty miles or soundefinedand then thought I was ready. Now mind you, for the previous five years, I had been racing mountain bikes for Platinum Mountain Bike Team. Yes I realized my training had fallen off “just a little,” but I didn’t realize how much until the day I rode it. When I woke up the day of the ride, the weather was foggy and rainy. I suited up in the appropriate gearundefinedleg warmers, arm warmers, and vestundefinedand filled two water bottles. A few days earlier, I had been talking to one of my “younger” riding buddies, and he had said that he was going to ride with a big group and that he was sure that I could hang with them, no prob.

    It turned out to be quite a big prob, because when I went out with them at 7:00 a.m., in the dark, we were averaging around 23 to 24 miles an hour. That is about 5 more miles an hour than I usually do. Basically, by the time I reached the first hill, around thirty-five miles into the ride, I was cooked. I was already hurting, and I hadn’t even got to the first serious hill climb. So I stopped at the aid station and crammed in some food, a lot of it, before hopping back on my bike. Over the next few miles, I began to wonder, Am I gonna really make this thing? Then, I started to climb Gibraltar, and the dreaded it happenedundefinedcramps. Cramps, cramps, and more cramps. For the next three hours, I tried with all my might to work through them, but with no luck. I was engaged in what was, by far, the most difficult mind game I had ever played. When I got to the bottom of Painted Cave and stopped at the next aid station, I realized I needed more food. I ate three sandwiches and two bags of potato chips and downed two cokes.

    As I rode the rest of the miles to the finish, I struggled like never before. It was by far one of the greatest challenges I have ever done. The great lesson? Pace, eat, and hydrate constantly. This year? Well, we’ll just have to see if the ole body will be ready.

  • September 27, 2012 1:42 PM | Ed France (Administrator)
    An Artist's rendition a a new potential Bici Centro site- could this be it?After five years and over 3,000 individuals helping repair bikes in its Do-It-Yourself community workshop, Bici Centro is actively looking for a new place to call home. The successful bicycle boosting program has facilitated massive growth in after-school bicycling programs, bicycling events like CycleMAYnia, and bike valet parking like that available at the SB Bowl and Earth Day. 

    After years of generous support from La Casa de la Raza César Chávez Center, which has hosted Bici Centro since its inception, the program has grown beyond the effective use of the space. “Casa has made it possible for Bici Centro to grow from an idea to a very real benefit for many people,” recalls Ed France, co-founder of Bici Centro and current Bicycle Coalition executive director. “They believed in the
    power of an upstart community group to make positive change before anyone else. Wherever we next call home, the La Casa de La Raza César Chávez Center will always be a part of our story.”
    Where will the next home for this community cycling center be? For the answer to that question, the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SB Bike) is looking to the community at large.

    The Bici Centro Community Bike Repair Project began in 2007. Local cyclists helped community members make needed repairs and fit adjustments that they otherwise didn’t have the skills, the tools, or the money to make. The program became fiscally sponsored by SB Bike, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in 2008, and in 2010, Bici Centro formally merged with the coalition, becoming the community services arm of the member-based advocacy organization. The project has been hosted by La Casa de La Raza since it first got underway, but the program now has youth education programming on five
    South Coast Campuses, one program in Santa Maria, and a mobile bike repair bicycle,
    “El Taller Móvil” (The Mobile Workshop), that appears at community events throughout the South Coast. The organization has three specific facility needs. The Community Open Shop requires 500 to 1,000 sq. ft. of retail space, ideally accessible by transit and within the Santa Barbara downtown
    core. Another 500 to 1,000 sq. ft. of storage space is needed for bicycle and component recycling. This enables Bici Centro to provide free refurbished bicycles to the youth program participants,
    affordable “starter” commuter bicycles to the community at large, and used parts to low-income shop users. Lastly, Bici Centro seeks an office of 500 to 700 sq. ft. for meetings and staff and intern workstations. Combined, this would be a 1,500 to 2,700 sq. ft.-facility. It is preferable, though
    not necessary, to have all these spaces in one location.
    Ideally this programming could be used to complement community service and active transportation goals of local government or larger nonprofit agencies. A new Bici Centro site could also be temporarily used to help bring vibrancy to commercial real estate trying to reposition itself on the market.
    With youth programming, bicycle recycling, adult education programs, assistance for low-income cyclists, and the community building of bicycling events like CycleMAYnia, Bici Centro believes
    that it will bring value to wherever its new home might be. SB Bike needs your help to make the next stage of its offerings a reality. Please contact Ed France, executive director at 805/203-6940
  • September 20, 2012 12:46 PM | Ed France (Administrator)
    This Fall, SB Bike is putting on Pedal Power programs in five schools SIMULTANEOUSLY. If you have an afternoon free (2:30-4pm) in these coming weeks, please join us as a guest ride chapperone. Contact our education Coordinator, Christine Bourgeois, at or 699-6301
Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, PO Box 92047, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
Bici Centro, PO Box 91222, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
located at 506 E. Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone: 805 617-3255
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