• March 19, 2015 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    2015 is an Olympic year for bicycle planning. Carpinteria, Goleta, the County, and even SBCAG are all at the heels of the City of Santa Barbara's bike plan launching this March. 

    At this Tuesday's meeting in Santa Maria, with over 25 attendees, North County residents showed their meddle to push for better bike and ped facilities- and where they are needed most. SBCAG, the Association of Goverments responsible for regional transportation, hosted it's own bicycle and Pedestrian public input meeting, which was overwhelmed by advocates hungry for positive change in Santa Maria, Guadalupe, Lompoc, and the Santa Ynez valley. 

    Here is the official word from SBCAG- with the first of many opportunities to advocate for better bikeways!

    Come share your thoughts about the future of the region’s bicycle and pedestrian environment!

    The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) is preparing a bicycle and pedestrian plan for the Santa Barbara County region. The Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is a long-range planning document that will help shape the future of the region’s bicycle and pedestrian environment and identify the region’s bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure needs.

    SBCAG is conducting two public workshops to solicit input and feedback for the Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. During the public workshops SBCAG staff will present an overview of the planning efforts, conduct roundtable discussions to learn the issues that matter the most to you, and hold question and answer sessions. Come to a workshop and help discuss the future of the region’s bicycle and pedestrian environment!

    The first meeting is held in Santa Maria on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. 

    (County Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room
    155 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria)
    The second meeting is held in Santa Barbara, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. 

    (Casa Nueva, SBCAG, Wisteria Conference Room 260 North San Antonio Road, Santa Barbara)

  • March 19, 2015 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    Protected Bike Lanes and Equity

    PeopleForBikes’ Green Lane Project has published a great booklet with ideas for implementing protected bike lanes in a way that advances equity. The booklet, Building Equity: Race, Ethnicity, Class and Protected Bike Lanes includes profiles of people of color who are pushing for protected bike lanes in their neighborhoods, as well as statistics and analysis helpful to anyone who wants to advocate for protected bike lanes in a way that strengthens and connects communities. The entire booklet is available for free from PeopleforBikes.

  • March 16, 2015 10:26 AM | Anonymous

    Donate to Open Streets here.


    The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE) has taken over fiscal sponsorship of Santa Barbara Open Streets as it returns in 2015 for its third year this fall. On October 24, two miles of Cabrillo Boulevard will once again become the city’s largest public park, hosting a projected 15,000 plus participants.


    Robin Elander of Global Good Impact, the initiative’s primary organizer since its inception three years ago, is excited about the new way of collaborating with SBBIKE. “It’s a great opportunity for growth for Open Streets because of the growth phase the coalition is in now,” she says. Access to SBBIKE’s meeting space and resources will be a boost for the initiative, and Elander looks forward to new possibilities. “Both organizations are growing together,” she says.

    Elander’s quick to point out that sponsorship and partnership of the initiative is a work in progress. And collaboration is clearly key, which makes sense, given that community and connection are basic elements of the event. Open Streets is looking for more collaborators. An open event at the end of this month will provide opportunity for other organizations to get involved in the planning stages, perhaps partnering with Open Streets to plan out a section of the street. Details of that planning party will be posted here soon.

    As the event’s fiscal sponsor and one of its partners, the coalition will be putting in a lot of effort, and SBBIKE executive director Ed France is excited about that too. “Open Streets aspires to be and is rapidly becoming the premier health and wellness event in Santa Barbara,” he says. “It’s about bicycling and walking—active lifestyles—and active use of public space, which is critical to healthy communities.”

    COAST, SBBIKE’s sister organization, which both France and Elander say did a terrific job getting Open Streets started, hosted SB’s initiative in 2013 and ’14. Though the organization has passed on the baton, it will still be involved. Says Elander, “COAST has been a really great presenting organization, and the fact they have gotten this off the ground is amazing.” In addition, Open Streets and SBBIKE will get ample support from Traffic Solutions and the Open Streets board Elander is creating, as well as a strong group of fitness organizations, to host the event’s third year.

    Want to be involved this year? Join us April 9th to kick off the Season and raise some $$ for open streets!

  • March 12, 2015 9:38 AM | Anonymous

    Stand Up for Climate this year: come out and volunteer! There are numerous opportunities to help the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition - help us set up, wrench at Bici Centro, advocate for our cause, or help park over 1200 bikes with SBBIKE's free bike valet service. Sign up for one of these shifts now before they fill up:

    Earth Day - Set Up Friday April 17th 10am-4pm

    Earth Day (Saturday opening shift) April 18 10:15am-1:15pm

    Earth Day (Saturday afternoon shift) April 18 1pm-4:15pm

    Earth Day (Saturday close shift) April 18 4pm-7:15pm

    Earth Day (Sunday opening shift) 10:15am - 1:15pm

    Earth Day (Sunday afternoon shift) 1pm-4:15pm

    Earth Day (Sunday close shift) 4pm-7:15pm

    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • March 04, 2015 5:18 PM | Anonymous

    Article written by Sigrid Wright is originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine (Spring 2015).

  • March 03, 2015 8:49 AM | Anonymous

    Bici Centro, SBBIKE’s DIY shop and center for advocacy in action, is a great resource for us in the Santa Barbara bicycling community. A visitor to the area discovered this weekend, thanks to SBBIKE executive director Ed France, the shop’s spirit of camaraderie and willingness to be there for its patrons and community—near and far.

    Josh (we’re not protecting his identity; we just don’t know his last name) has been traveling for a while now, using various modes of transport as he traverses geographical divides. His journey brought him to Santa Barbara, where after a stint on our sunny shores, Josh decided it was time to move on—and this time, he would cycle. His ultimate destination on this bicycling leg of the trek, St. Louis Missouri.

    Now all he needed was a bike. A friend pointed him to Bici Centro and France. Josh did some work trade, and a donor underwrote the rest of his funding needs. And with the help of Bici mechanics and parts, Josh’s black, Diamond Back, long-distance-ready steed was built.

    Sunday morning, France met Josh at the shop and finished the bike’s final renovations. He also set Josh up with a basic pannier and rack system; checked his shoes and gear; got him gloves, lights, and a reflective helmet; hooked him up with some good maps; and generally ensured he was ready to ride.

    “He was excited,” says France with a glimmer in his eyes. “As soon as we finished—at 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning—he was off, heading toward San Luis Obispo.”

    Happy cycling, Josh! Send pictures.  


    PHOTO: Josh and his new ride, built at Bici Centro, moments before heading cross-country. By ED FRANCE
  • February 19, 2015 11:18 AM | Anonymous

    The new CycleMAYnia event, 'Bici Familia Carpinteria: Growing a Green and Healthy Carpinteria' is patterned after the successful event "Family Bike Night/Bici Familia" held at Adams School last year. In partnership with the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, COAST and Traffic Solutions,  this New CycleMAYnia kick off event lead by Lori Lee Collins, a certified cycling instructor (LCI) and a teacher at Carpinteria Family School is scheduled for Friday, May 1st at the Main Family Resource Center.

    The intent of this event is to empower families to ride their bikes around town in order to reduce traffic and pollutants from vehicles. Lori Lee and her team of supporters also hope to motivate and inspire students and families to make a healthy exercise choice to ride a bike with family, friends, to the park or practice but especially every day to school! 

    This link will direct you to our IOBY (In Our Back Yards) non-profit crowd source fundraising page. We anticipate, with your help, the success and sustainability of this event into the future. Your monetary donation will help us provide new helmets for only $5 in order to get our Carpinterian kids off to a safe start. The super cool thing about IOBY is that they will match our fund raising efforts up to $500 provided we raise 25% of our goal of $1000 dollars by February 26th. (That is $250) 

    We can do this!!!

  • February 18, 2015 11:07 AM | Anonymous

    We're changing the date for this month's Spanish Language Outreach Committee (SLOC) meeting to Thursday, February 26th at 7:00 pm, at the SBBIKE offices at 506 E. Haley st. Please join us as we will strategize how to organize underrepresented voices in Santa Barbara for the Bicycle Master Plan input phase.  We'll need to figure out where to hold a Spanish Language summit for input and also how to reach out to the Spanish-speaking community so that it is well attended! Sign up here.


  • February 12, 2015 9:08 AM | Anonymous

    Young Cyclists to Rep SB at National Summit

    Today’s a big day for nine Santa Barbara Middle School (SBMS) students and their two advisors. The group of bicycle and community outreach enthusiasts is en route to Seattle, Washington, where they’ll represent Santa Barbara at the annual National Youth Bike Summit.


    This is the second year students from Santa Barbara have attended the summit—which per its website, brings together teens, policymakers, researchers, and educators from across the nation “to network, learn, and explore how the bicycle is a catalyst for positive social change”—thanks to SBBIKE education director Christine Bourgeois’s enthusiasm for the event. (The junior high group had to cancel last year’s trip to New York because of snow, but two high school students attended with SBBIKE board member Mike Vergeer.)

    Sue Carmody, SBBIKE board member and director of community outreach at SBMS, is brimming with pride and excitement for this year’s trip (to her hometown). She’s amped “to be around the energy of young people excited about bikes and cycling—and also about service,” she adds. “That’s where my heart is.”

    Service seems to be a focus at SBMS. The school’s Bike Monkeys, young in-house mechanics charged with “aiding their fellow travelers” and leadership, are currently raising money to outfit a mobile bike shop that will enable them to repair and service bicycles at events like Earth Day and other expos and fairs. (The Monkeys have offered their wrenching skills at past Earth Day events in SBBIKE’s Bike World). The mobile unit will broaden the Bike Monkeys’ capacity for empowering people to fix their own bikes and to participate in family rides, explains Carmody.

    In Seattle, the teens will seek new ideas to integrate at the school and in the community. And this group is uniquely equipped to bring those ideas back. To be eligible for the trip, students had to have Teen Press experience in addition to being Bike Monkeys. Teen Press is a unique elective that teaches kids the power of story. The group produces online video interviews (you might think of it as the modern version of a school newspaper) that “capture powerful, interesting stories of all kinds of people,” Carmody says. She explains that, after deciding whose story they want to tell and conducting deep research to find nuanced information so they don’t ask the normal questions, students cold-call for interviews and then come up with creative ways to present the stories.


    The young SB ambassadors will use that creativity in Seattle, where they’ll be called upon to present to the nationwide audience. They’ll feature the bike as a leadership tool. On a large spinning wheel, they’ve written the words community, resilience, leadership, grit, connection, growth, and Bike Monkey. An audience member will spin the wheel, and a student will tell a story about how bicycles have helped him or her develop that particular skill, aided by a video presentation. They’ll hand out water bottles from SBMS and SBBIKE, the school’s community partner.

    Carmody grows reflective about what she hopes the students will gain from the experience. “I want to emphasize the ability to learn from others,” she begins. She hopes to instill in them graciousness. “There’s a lot to learn,” she says. “We’ve been sharing a lot. Let’s see what we can also take in.”

    Shared they have. A film crew out of Colorado, who discovered Teen Press when a crew member was interviewed for the school’s site, is making a documentary on the program.

    Carmody certainly models the graciousness she hopes to instill. “It’s not about look how great we are but about look how great this program is for your kids and the community. And anybody can do it,” she says of the documentary’s focus.

    As for what the young ambassadors will bring back to Santa Barbara’s cycling community, “I don’t think we know yet.” But she can’t wait to find out.

    Also accompanying the group is Jesse Kasenhagen, seventh grade science teacher and Bike Monkey advisor. The group heads out today and will return on Monday. Stay tuned. SBBIKE will follow up!


  • February 11, 2015 8:48 AM | Anonymous

    Online retail giant Amazon now allows you to support the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition whenever you buy something online. A program called AmazonSmile sends .5 percent of the price of eligible items to the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition.

    How do you do it?

    1) Use your existing Amazon account and visit the AmazonSmile page.

    2) On your first visit, select Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition to receive donations before you begin shopping, and then every eligible purchase results in a donation.

    Voila! It's very simple.

Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, PO Box 92047, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
located at 506 E. Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone: 805 845-8955

Bici Centro is located at 434 Olive Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Phone: 805 617-3255

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