• 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
  • September 20, 2012 11:16 AM | Ed France (Administrator)

    New Bike Lane in Summerland!From our President Emeritus, Ralph Fertig: Good
     for the County!  They have improved bicyclist travel in Summerland with new bikelane striping along Lillie Avenue east of the center of town.  It's part of right-of-way improvements there.  They removed seldom-used parking on the ocean side of the road, and replaced the gained space with bikelanes in both directions.

    I have for years been bothered by having to move into the through traffic lanes when I came across parked cars there, so absolutely appreciate the safety improvements.  And to boot, the whole roadway is repaved.  Better & safer cycling in our county.  Enjoy!
  • September 20, 2012 10:49 AM | Ed France (Administrator)
    Join us at the Westside Boys and Girls Club this Saturday for a bike tune-up from our El Taller Movil or for a chance for your family to win one of two youth bikes from Bici Centro!

    Volunteer with us: Family Day & Health Fair

    or simply attend, learn and Enjoy! Sept. 22 Health Fair Flyer English.pdf
                                      Feria de Salud-En Espanol-Sept. 22 Health Fair Flyer_Spanish.pdf
  • September 20, 2012 10:43 AM | Ed France (Administrator)
    Are you still looking for the right after school program for your kids? Junior High School students at Fesler and Goleta Valley Junior high are already underway in the Earn-A-Bike, bicycle riding skills class called Pedal Power.

    At three south coast campuses, however, THERE IS STILL ONE WEEK TO REGISTER!- for the price of a $20 registration fee, students recieve 18 hours of accredited instruction & the opportunity to earn their very own bike, lock, lights & helmet!. Register today for SB Junior High, Carpinteria Middle School or La Colina Junior High at Youth Bike/Pedal Power
  • September 07, 2012 11:03 AM | Ed France (Administrator)
     Check it out:

    and Prof John Pucher (mentioned in article) is coming to SB in October 26th! (more details to follow)
  • August 28, 2012 12:10 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    Assembly approves 3-foot passing bill



    Yesterday afternoon the California Assembly approved our three-foot passing bill by a 50-16 vote after a raucous debate that took nearly 30 minutes.

    Next steps for Senate Bill 1464 include a vote undefined largely procedural undefined in the Senate to formally concur with the technical amendments made to the bill by the Assembly. Then SB 1464 goes to the Governor for his signature, probably right after Labor Day.

    In the past 10 days thousands of bike-friendly Californians have urged their Assemblymembers to approve SB 1464. Many thanks to our allies at Transform for helping us generate such a big response.

    Our bill continues to enjoy strong support from bike advocacy organizations, bicycling clubs, bike manufacturers and retailers, and environmental and safety advocates, as well as thousands of bike-friendly individuals, with none of the organized opposition that fought SB 910, last year’s three-foot passing bill. Based on Gov. Brown’s comments following his veto of SB 910, we’re optimistic that he plans to sign this one.

    But the job isn’t finished until then, so we’ll continue publicizing the bill and soliciting support from individuals, organizations and businesses. To do this, we’re grateful for support from California bicycling legend Gary Fisher for our partner, the California Bicycle Coalition's fundraising campaign to help carry us through this final push and beyond. If you value our work to make California laws more bike-friendly, please become a member of the California Bicycle Coalition through joining SB BIKE

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