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  • April 24, 2012 1:30 PM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

    Extraordinary Santa Barbara Women honored for Cycling Volunteerism  

    Santa Barbara CA, April 23, 2012 ‐ On Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 7:00pm on the patio of Whole Foods Market, 3761 State Street, Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition will be honoring three inspirational Santa Barbara Women with the first‐ever Velo Wings Award for making cycling safer and more of an option for our community. The three awardees are Anne Chen for her steadfast commitment to coaching and inspiring women and making cycling fun and accessible to women of all levels in Santa Barbara; Carmen Lozano for her spirited outreach efforts to make education on bicycle safety available to Santa Barbara’s Latino community and Kim Stanley‐Zimmerman for her on‐going commitment to keep Santa Barbara’s elementary school children safe while walking and biking to school. 

    Chen coaches a no‐drop road ride for women of all levels every Wednesday evening from April through September. During those sessions women learn how to safely ride in groups and how to be faster, stronger, and more efficient bike riders. She is an inspiring coach and mentor making cycling welcoming to all women and instilling confidence in riders. Chen is a bicycle racer and the Women’s Rep for the local cycling club, Echelon Santa Barbara. Anne Chen, by day works at Santa Barbara Middle School. 

    Seeing needs in the Spanish speaking community, Lozano has successfully written grants to organize bicycle light distributions and to build a bilingual Mobile Bike Shop program. Mounted on the back on an Xtracycle, the Mobile Bike rolls into the Westside or Eastside neighborhoods on weekends to provide free repairs and educational resources to residents. The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition’s bilingual staff helps riders to fix their bikes used mainly for transportation and teaches them the importance of having a well‐maintained bicycle. Lozano has taught bicycling safety tips to Spanish speaking neighborhoods and workplaces: her next goal is to become a certified League Cycling Instructor. These volunteer efforts are outside Carmen’s full time employment as the Community Collaborative Specialist for first 5 Santa Barbara County.  

    Stanley Zimmerman as the Safe Routes to School Coordinator for the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST) has been working with Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria city and law enforcements officials to create safe routes for children to get to school. She has been organizing low‐cost helmet distributions in the schools and at community events, leading bike rodeos for fourth graders and teaching classes for children and parents on riding and walking to and from school safely. She has also been active encouraging participation in the annual Walk to School Day and Bike to School Day. In November 2011, she became a certified League Cycling Instructor and she is looking forward to teaching a June Cycling Camp for incoming 7th graders offered by the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition. 

    These efforts are increasing the health and safety of members of our community by empowerment, confidence building, providing access to safety equipment, and by reducing pollution. Christine Bourgeois, Education Coordinator for the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition says: “These women are incredible. Each one commits countless hours to our community combining their passions for cycling with a desire to make cycling more accessible to others. They are an inspiration to all of us. I am thrilled to see that the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition is honoring them.” 

    WOW 

    Just prior to the award ceremony, as part of CycleMAYnia, there will be a free Women on Wheels (WOW) no‐drop ride open to women of all cycling abilities. It will begin at Whole Foods Market, 3761 State Street, Santa Barbara at 5:30pm. Riders from Team B4T9 will be in charge of smaller groups. The goal is to introduce group riding etiquette and safety. To sign up, or for more information go to www.bicicentro.org 

    CycleMAYnia 

    CycleMAYnia is a month long celebration reaching thousands of Santa Barbara Cyclists and community members with wide‐ranging bike events for all created by a collaboration of community members and organizations joining together to organize awesome bike events throughout the county. CycleMAYnia is a partnership between Traffic Solutions and Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition. For more information and more events go to www.CycleMaynia.org 

    For more information on the Velo Wings Award and the Women on Wheels ride please contact 

    Christine Bourgeois, Education Coordinator, Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition

    (805) 699 ‐ 6301 or edu@sbbike.org 

    For more information on CycleMAYnia please contact 

    Lori La Riva, Project Coordinator, Traffic Solutions, SBCAG

    (805) 961‐8919 or llariva@sbcag.org 


  • March 21, 2012 6:51 AM | Ed France (Administrator)
    We made it!. Tim Burgess and Ed France are here in Washington D.C. representing YOU and the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition here at the National Bike Summit. 

    To learn more about the summit, visit the league site.


  • March 13, 2012 11:30 AM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)
    'Pedal Power' is a program of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition that teaches kids bike mechanics, safe street riding skills, and gives each participant the chance to earn a bike. During one class of the first Pedal Power offered at the Isla Vista Teen Center, SBMTV president, Chris Orr, with the help from member, John Hygelund, led students on a two hour skills clinic. The kids already had great basic bike handling skills and quickly progressed to  jumping up curbs and challenging rock drops. It was great to see the kids engaged and focused and putting their skills to the test while having a lot of fun. Not only did the kids all have a great time returning with smiles on their faces, but they are now more able to take on different road conditions and some may have even sparked an interest in mountain biking!

    Yesterday evening, teens who didn't participate in the Pedal Power program attended a bike safety clinic. They reviewed the rules of the road, ABC quick check, learned about riding etiquette on the bike path and decided on the best route for their first long cycling adventure. One day during Spring break, they will ride from Isla Vista to Sterns Wharf and back. They are all looking forward to it!
    Photos HERE
  • March 02, 2012 10:30 AM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)
    Tomorrow Bici Centro & COAST will be at the Eastside Library with the mobile bike shop and some cool helmets. A presentation in Spanish about some bike safety tips will be offered to the public.
    Great article in Noozhawk for other "Green@Your Library" events this month.
  • February 27, 2012 7:00 AM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)
    Three 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.
    Matt's Thank You letter:
    On behalf of all Sports Drive members, I would like to thank you for your help in making this year's Santa Barbara Sports Drive a huge success! The bikes checked by Bici Centro were outstanding, and the joy on the kid's faces when they received a bike was priceless. I witnessed one child and his family cry and hug after he received his first bike. Without your help, there's no way this years Sports Drive would have been as successful as it was. I hope we can work together again at next year's Sports Drive!
    Thanks again, 
    Matt Wagonhurst
  • February 21, 2012 8:45 AM | Ed France (Administrator)
    New Belgium Brewing, A corporate Sponsor of the Bicycle Coalition, has launched a bike commute campaign. You can pledge online, but at the very least, you ought to check out this video:


  • February 16, 2012 2:00 PM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)
    The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition is bringing the first Pedal Power program to Fesler Junior High. Yesterday, eight bikes refurbished by Bici Centro volunteers were delivered to the school in Santa Maria for the first day of class. Everybody was so excited! (first photos HERE)
    Participants are grateful to have the opportunity to learn mechanics & riding skills, go on fun rides with friends and earn a bike at the end of 6 weeks. The demand and interest are high: ten students already registered for the next session in the Spring time. 
    Thank you to our new LCIs Julia Pustizzi & Jeremiah Crosswhite for teaching this pilot program!
    Thank you to the Orfalea Foundations for supporting bike education in Santa Barbara North County!
  • February 15, 2012 2:11 PM | Ed France (Administrator)
    You may have all heard but the House has delayed bringing their transportation bill to the floor. This has been done because as of now there are not enough votes to pass it. This is a testament to the work that has been done by our coalitions in states like California where moderate Representatives in both parties have pushed back against the negatives in the bill such as the gutting of federal transit and bike/ped funding, the potential negative impacts of the NEPA streamlining, and the overall lack of accountability measures such as maintaining our roads and bridges. 

    Despite this House leadership is determined to revisit the issue in the next week and has decided to break up the bill by separating aspects such as drilling from the transportation bill in an attempt to divide opposition and cobble together the votes needed to pass each separate piece. The transportation provisions we've stood against will remain together and we can be assured that they will attempt to move this forward on the 27th when Congress comes back from recess so we'll need to continue to oppose it through media and direct outreach to our Representatives in the next week. 

    In the meantime a huge thank you goes out to all of you that have done so much to get us to this point over the last few weeks. We understand the very heavy workload you all shoulder on the local, regional, and state level and are cognizant of the concerted efforts you have undertaken to repel this bill.

    Check our T4A - California blog for regular updates here. 

    Senate to Move Forward
    The Senate is still seeking to move their draft bill forward. Amendments have been filed including the Cardin/Cochran local control amendment which would give regions access to funding for eligible bike/ped funding - fact sheet is attached This is going to be a close vote on the floor so please keep working to get your local electeds and advocates reaching out to Boxer and Feinstein to support it on the floor.
    We also are expecting some of the national goals and objectives that were passed out of the Commerce Committee to make their way through the floor process

    Check out the Fact Sheet here

    To contact your Senators click here and scroll to elected represenatives

  • February 09, 2012 6:30 AM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)
    The KIDS Network is proud to announce the winners of the Santa Barbara County 2011 Youth Impact 
    Awards. This year’s recipients are Pete Chaconas, Matthew Wagonhurst, and the Santa Barbara Youth Council. (For more information on the good work of the winners, please read at the bottom of the page)

    Every year the KIDS Network  – a countywide umbrella organization including members from public 
    agencies, the courts, law enforcement, education, community-based organizations, school-linked 
    programs and parent groups  – honors  young people for their contributions to the community. The 
    annual Youth Impact Awards celebrate youth  who have made a significant positive impact on their 
    communities in Santa Barbara County. Nominations are received from members of the community, and all young people ages ten through eighteen living or attending school in Santa Barbara County qualify.
    The nominees’ contributions were assessed based on the positive impact their actions have had on their Santa Barbara County communities. Winners were chosen by a selection committee comprised of KIDS Network members who remain anonymous to ensure that the process is  unbiased. The selection process was challenging due to the remarkable achievements of so many young people in the county. In addition to this year’s winners, the selection committee also recommended honoring three distinctive nominees who, while not named award recipients,  stood out for their dedicated service and commitment to creating positive change. These three honorable mentions go to Nathalie Mitchell, Michael Yi and the Santa Maria Police Activities League Key Club.
    This year’s Youth Impact Awards celebration is made possible thanks to collaboration and support from members of the KIDS Network, including the Santa Barbara County Education Office and the Santa Barbara County Probation Department. Light refreshments will be prepared by the  Probation 
    Department’s Los Prietos Boys Camp and Academy’s Culinary Arts Program. Through the Culinary Arts 
    Program, wards of Los Prietos Boys Camp are selected  to work in the kitchen, where they are 
    responsible for skillfully preparing meals that are pleasing to both the palate and the eye. The boys are introduced via hands-on training to all aspects of the culinary experience, including preparation, 
    presentation, cooking, cleanup, food safety and storage.
    Winners will be honored with an award at the annual KIDS Network Youth Impact Awards at the SBCEO Auditorium in Santa Barbara from  4 to  5:30pm on  February 29, 2012. All nominees will receive a certificate and acknowledgement at the Awards celebration, where winners will present brief highlights of their work in the community. 
    The Awards celebration is free; all who would like to attend in support of youth making a difference should RSVP to j.thomas@sbcsocialserv.org or 805.346.8356 by February 16, 2012.
    For more information on the event, please contact KIDS Network at 805.346.8356.

    2011 Youth Impact Award Winners
    Pete Chaconas: This senior at  Santa Barbara High School  is the Walk and Roll Coordinator for Don’s Net Café.  As a “bike ambassador” on campus, he promotes affordable and sustainable transportation to youth by spreading the word about the  weekly Do-It-Yourself community  bike shop called SBici Centro, doing surveys on campus, attending a monthly bike education meeting  and using  a variety of media to educate the community on the benefits of riding a bike to get around scenic Santa Barbara. Pete was the main organizer of a welcoming event for Sara Solo on her School Food Bike Tour. Because of Pete’s outreach and encouragement, several students – not all bikers – are now regulars at SBici, learning new skills, fixing bikes and beginning to ride.
    Nominator: Ms. Christine Bourgeois
    Contact Information: 805.699.6301; edu@sbbike.org

    Matthew Wagonhurst
    Three 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. Now a Santa Barbara High School junior, Matt has recruited 40 of his friends – the Sports Drive Team – to help collect and distribute the items directly to kids from families with low incomes at the annual festive event. Matt and his Sports Drive Team have established a scholarship fund for kids to join the local Boys and Girls Club, developed a website and an online toolkit to encourage other communities to hold local sports drives, recruited local business sponsors to help with overhead costs, and developed a video on the benefits of sports drives to communities. The 3rd annual Santa Barbara Sports Drive will be held February 25, 2012.
    Nominator: Ms. Susan Snyder
    Contact Information: 805.966.9101; ssnyder@sbsdk12.org

    Santa Barbara Youth Council
    The  17 teens who currently make up the  Santa Barbara Youth Council have demonstrated great passion for improving the lives of their peers and younger youth in the city of Santa Barbara. This group of young people ages 13 to 18 convene twice a month in the City Council Chambers, advocating for youth and standing before legislative bodies to fight for issues that impact young people. Members of this teen organization have collectively performed over 2,000 hours of community service each year consistently for the past decade. Along the way, participation in the Santa Barbara Youth Council has significantly changed the lives of its own members, inspiring many of them to continue lives of service and leadership. They advocated for and helped complete afterschool hangout venue “The Alley”, the first teen-only space in Santa Barbara. They are responsible for leading the campaigns for the city’s Skater’s Point public skate park and the Twelve35 Teen Center – the first home of the Music Box recording studio, which has since opened up other similar facilities in the Boys and Girls Club. Each year the  city Youth Council holds one to two Youth Speak Outs, events at which teens voice their concerns on issues ranging from youth suicide to underage drinking, with such results as the Youth Council’s instrumental support in formulating the city’s Social Host Ordinance. The Santa Barbara Youth Council has hosted and coordinated several City Council and Mayor’s Candidates Forums, and actively responds to challenging issues facing teens. Within the Youth Council, a variety of committees exist to serve the public in vital, compassionate and creative ways.
    Nominator: Ms. Susan Young
    Contact Information: 805.897.2652; syoung@santabarbaraca.gov

  • January 31, 2012 9:00 AM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)

    The City of Goleta recently purchased a fleet of bikes for employees to use for errands and exercise during their break.

    Borrowing a bike is FREE but riders are required by the employer to take a bike safety class.

    In the first part of the class which is really kind of a “driver’s Ed” for cyclists and is offered by the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, the certified League Cycling Instructor (LCI) showed how traffic works and how cyclists can fit in smoothly and confidently. The short presentation emphasized on the importance of being legal, visible and predictable.

    In the second part, participants practiced hazards and crash avoidance techniques such as an emergency stop or a quick turn on a parking lot.

    The LCI explains: “Teaching riders that they have a lot of control over the safety of their trips and how much they can do to avoid traffic crashes is critical because people somehow focus a lot of fear on cycling.

    In terms of the most important things cyclists can do to prevent crashes, here is a quick list:

    ·       Ride at least 3- 4 ft away from the door of any parked car, even if that means taking an entire traffic lane. Riding further out from parked vehicles makes cyclists more visible to drivers coming up from behind, and to drivers at intersections and driveways. An understanding of road positioning is the key for the cyclist who blends smoothly and safely into the traffic flow.

    ·       Never ride at night without a white front light and a red rear light, as well as plenty of reflective gear. 

    ·       Ride predictably. Never ride against traffic, or against a one-way street; pedestrians and drivers are unlikely to see wrong-way cyclists at intersections. Riding predictably means stopping at traffic lights and stop signs as well."

    Thank you to the City of Goleta for promoting sustainable transportation, health and fun! Thank you to Traffic Solutions for encouraging bike education and covering the cost of the class!

    Photos

 
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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