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  • March 28, 2013 1:03 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    A recent trend has forward-thinking companies promoting health and wellness and active lifestyle
    programs for their employees. The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition can help your workplace join the
    ranks. SB Bike will come to your workplace or community group and teach a one-hour workshop on
    cycling. The sessions can cover anything bike related: laws, skills, and basic gear; the ins and outs of commuting on a bicycle; riding in traffic; and more. And the material can be tailored to your group’s needs.

    SB Bike has several options for workplace audiences, including “lunch and learn” presentations or
    practical session on bikes. The structure of the sessions is very flexible, and League Certified Instructors are available in both English and Spanish.

    A class is six participants. To schedule or for more information, contact education coordinator, Christine Bourgeois or call 699 6301.
  • March 28, 2013 12:38 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    Come celebrate five years of cycling toward “a culture where the majority of trips include a bicycle”!
    SB Bike invites all to share in the revelry, marking Bici Centro’s fifth year and new grand opening on
    Saturday, April 6 from 1 to 6 pm, with ribbon cutting and announcements at 2pm. Join in games; food, and festivities.

    Thanks to dedication and community support, Bici Centro has made great strides (or better yet,
    rotations) since its beginnings five years agoundefineda self-described “ragtag group of volunteers who secured
    a 900 sq. ft. office in the Casa de la Raza Cesar Chavez center to host a community bike repair and
    education center”. The last five years have seen 3,800 bike repair visits; well over 1,300 eventsundefinedbike
    repair days, bike valet at community events, classes, and workshopsundefinedmany donations of refurbished
    bikes; and the launch of an 18-hour, earn-a-bike, after-school program, Pedal Power, that has graduated
    over 200 youth, ready to ride with mechanic and streets skills.

    When Bici Centro and SB Bike recently put out the call for support in order to secure a new facility,
    92 people contributed a total of $46,000 to the cause. The funds, made up of donations from $15 to
    $10,000, covered 2013 rent, facility improvements, and a substantial deposit on the new space. After a
    period of two years struggling to find a government or non-profit owned space to host Bici Centro, the
    outpouring of support allowed SB Bike to rent a market-rate building and fired up the organization like
    never before. That means more programs; increased advocacy and outreach; and a new schedule with
    more hours at the DIY repair and education shop.

    Bici Centro is located at 434 Olive Street (just around the corner from its storefront address of 506 East
    Haley).
  • March 28, 2013 12:35 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    Want to be your own bike expert? Learn how to maintain and repair your trusty steed at SB Bike’s
    “Learn Your Bike” series. This Tuesday (April 9) is day one of the latest eight-week series, and this time
    around, participants will receive an extra treatundefinedexpertise from one of our local bike shops. Cranky’s
    Bikes owner, Jim Cadenhead, will be guest teaching.

    Classes are on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 pm at Bici Centro, 506 E Haley. Participants will start with the
    basicsundefinedtools, diagnosis, and maintenance. Up next, the lowdown on tires, rims, and flats. Later classes
    will cover hubs and bearings; truing wheels; the drive train; shifters and derailleurs; brakes; and finally,
    ergonomics, speed, and control.

    Attend the entire series or pick the class that suits your needs. Space is limited, so sign up now. Pre-register or learn more at bicicentro.org/events.
  • March 28, 2013 12:20 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    Screening at the Lobero on May 16 at 7 pm; get tickets at the Lobero box office

    What happens when enthusiasm and advocacy meet a gnarly, adventurous sport? Big ideas unfold.
    Two local filmmakers, Jacob and Isaac Seigel-Boettner, who have shot film around the globe, focused
    their last production on a subject near and dear to not only their hearts but those of many in the Santa
    Barbara cycling community: mountain biking. Specifically, the film highlights a new phenomenon that is taking the country by storm undefined high school mountain bike racers and a future where mountain biking is a regular team sport at schools. The Seigel-Boettner brothers, both graduates of San Marcos High, founded Pedal Born pictures, and Singletrack High, as is much of their work, is filmed in an intimate documentary style. The Seigel-Boettners just kicked off the screening premier, and the show is selling out everywhere.

    How do local bike enthusiasts and youth advocates fit in? Big-time. Another young Santa Barbara local,
    Dylan Carmody, sophomore at Santa Barbara High School and a leader of the SBHS Bike Club, took note
    of the film and took action. He contacted the Seigel-Boettners, as well as some local organizations he
    knows well. Now, four organizations, all advocates for cycling and youth, have partnered to bring Singletrack High to the Lobero and parlay the event into a big payout for local youth. These partners are headline sponsor, the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition; SBHS Bike Club (under the umbrella of Dons Net Cafe); Santa Barbara Middle School; and the SB Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers. Advocates for cycling and kids.

    Singletrack High will be screening on Thursday May 16 at 7 pm at the Lobero Theatre.

    What do the partner sponsors hope to achieve? In short, to expose more young people to the joy of
    cycling and mountain biking. Through this screening, the sponsor groups intend to raise awareness
    and accessibility so that more youth can get out and enjoy mountain biking. Specifically, they hope to
    purchase a trailer equipped with tools and bikes. The trailer will be available weekly to the SBHS club.
    It will allow SB Bike to expand its youth cycling education program, offering two-week bike training and
    maintenance classes to schools around the county. The coalition also wants to host youth mountain bike rides, events that will allow young people to join a group ride by simply showing up at the designated trailheads. These are programs that would bring cycling to youth who may otherwise never get the opportunity.

    How can you get involved? Get a ticket and check out the screening of Singletrack High. Tickets are
    available through the Lobero box office. Or become a corporate sponsor. (Along with the partner
    sponsor group, Carmody, along with Enma Nuñez, a senior at SBHS, are actively seeking corporate
    sponsorships. Tune in for an update on a grant their seeking. To learn more or become a sponsor,
    contact Ed France at ed@sbbike.org.
  • March 25, 2013 5:00 PM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)
    The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition is hiring a part-time Member & Volunteer coordinator starting in April 2013.

    To apply, please attach resume and cover letter responding to position description to Ed France, Executive Director.

    Deadline is Monday, April 1, 2013 (5:00pm)

    Thank you.
  • March 18, 2013 10:08 AM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)
    Celebrate 5 years of serving our cycling community at Bici Centro! 

    April 5th 2008- A rag-tag group of volunteers secures a 900 sq. ft. former office in the Casa de la Raza Cesar Chavez center in order to host a community bike repair and education center.  The group calls itself Bici Centro, with ties to its host, Casa de La Raza, and its new fiscal sponsor, the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition.

    Now, five years later and over 3,800 bike repair visits from community members later, the Bici Centro shop re-opens in a vastly improved, 2,700 sq ft. center on Haley St. The Community Bicycle Education center is more active than ever. More bicycle donations are coming in and eager volunteers are picking up second hand bikes to give them a new life. So far, 1,200 bicycles have been refurbished at the center.   After a successful merger with the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, the Bici Centro spark has inspired Bicycle Valet, with over 4,500 'parks' at community events like SB Bowl concerts and Earth Day. A modest Bici Centro spin-off to serve youth, running a 18 hour 'earn-a-bike' after school mechanic and streets skills training, now called Pedal Power, is now at 6 junior high schools having graduated over 200 youth. Oh, and CycleMAYnia, hosting over 30 events each May for the last three years? Yes, Bici Centro helped start -and still supports- that community phenomenon

    When Bici Centro and SB Bike put out the call for support in order to secure a new facility, 92 people contributed a total of $46,000 to the cause. The funds, made up of donations from $15 to $10,000, cover 2013 rent, facility improvements, and cover a substantial deposit on the new space. After a period of two years struggling to find a government or non-profit owned space to host Bici Centro, the outpouring of support allowing us to rent a market-rate building has fired up the organization like never before. 

    So, come celebrate with us! April 6th from 1-6pm our new center located at 506 E. Haley St.  Ribbon cutting and announcements at 2pm! We will have games, food & refreshments, as well as a few announcements to 'roast' some of our volunteers, staff and supporters. 
    Starting April 6th, also lookout for our new schedule: Office Hours noon-4pm, Open Shop 4pm-7pm Tuesday-Saturday.
  • March 04, 2013 12:06 PM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)

    Four years ago, Matthew Wagonhurst founded the annual Santa Barbara Sports Drive, a local sports equipment and clothing drive designed to help get kids off the street and into sports, increase membership in the Boys and Girls Clubs, and recycle sports equipment. Through the effort he started, thousands of gently used or new pieces of sports equipment and items of clothing have been donated directly to over 1500 kids in the community. Bicycles which are available in a raffle have always been a big hit and in big demand but unlike most donations, they need to be checked up by experts to make sure that they are in safe & working condition.

    This year, a collaboration between the Bike Monkeys from Santa Barbara Middle School, a group of students from SBici (bike club at SBHS) and volunteers from Bici Centro worked on the “bike part” of the popular and well attended SB Sports Drive. For the last 2 months, 10-15 youth hosted weekly repair at Bici Centro and SBHS to do an overall tune-up of the 35 donated bikes. A lot of work and not always an easy task! Finally on Friday afternoon, the trailer was loaded and driven over to the back parking lot of the Boys & Girls Club.

    On Saturday morning, four bilingual volunteers from the Spanish Language Outreach committee of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition were on the blacktop fitting new helmets on the head of each “winner” and educating young riders and their parents about proper riding etiquette. Youth from SBHS & SBMS were also present to help out and witness the big smiles on everybody's faces. Thanks to the staff at the Boys & Girls Club who helped with the selection of families at Franklin Elementary School & other schools on the Eastside: all winners finally became the proud owner of a bicycle and for some of them, it was their first bike ever! What an exciting day for all of us!

    Article from the local news

    More photos

  • February 14, 2013 10:40 AM | Ed France (Administrator)
     SB BIKE has been feeling the love this month! At our Bici Love Shop Warming event we had over 200 people, three great bands, and in the run up to it 56 new members!  Members don't just pay dues, they are involved in our events, our advocacy, and our voice. We are already much more influential representing nearly double our membership just a few years ago, and when we reach 1,000 members, our voice will be that much stronger then the 450 or so active members we have today.

    We will be hosting numerous member only functions this year, such as member only movie nights at the new space, BBQ, parties, and not to mention new classes.

    Other membership benefits include:
    • 10% discounts in most all SB County bike shops
    • ability to volunteer for plush events like bike valet at the SB Bowl!
    • Custom Tailored advocacy alerts for issues in your neighborhood.
    • Belonging to a movement making positive change! 
  • February 14, 2013 10:25 AM | Ed France (Administrator)
     On Ash Wednesday, our Bicycle Coalition truck was nearly overloaded with bikes as we were overloaded with generosity from the Kids and Bikes program. The effort, spearheaded by Lou Ventura over five years ago has made a lasting impression on thousands of Santa Barbara County youth. Like the Bicycle Coalition, Kids and Bikes believes in the power of the simple joy of riding a bicycle, and that all youth should have such an opportunity.

    With over 37 new bikes for our program, we'll be able to continue to grow our after school 'Pedal Power' safety and cycling adventure program to more schools. In addition to locks, lights, and helmets- not to mention the bike- kids gain a sense of responsible riding. Most importantly, as our friends Lou and Richard above would agree- the kids gain the joy of cycling- a gift that keeps on giving.

     Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride. --John FKennedy
  • February 14, 2013 10:16 AM | Ed France (Administrator)
    After seeing this article both in the Atlantic and on the Better Cities and Towns listserve, I realized this new research is important- and should be a part of our decision making. Courtesy of the Better Cities and Towns

    A study by University of Connecticut researchers compares three cities that have supressed parking with three that have provided plenty undefined with surprising consequences.


    Norman Garrick and Chris McCahill, Better! Cities & Towns

    Big roads and parking garages are so common in American cities that it's easy to forget these places once functioned exceptionally well without them. However, in their persistent battle to satisfy the demands of motorists, many urban areas are losing out.

    In the early 1960s – when highway construction was at its peak and cars were just beginning to leave their mark – a handful of critics predicted there would be irreconcilable tensions between vibrant cities and their motorized inhabitants. Nearly 50 years later, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania published research validating this idea.







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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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