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  • May 25, 2014 6:22 AM | Howard Booth (Administrator)

    New Belgium Beer, short movies, food and a warm Santa Barbara evening by the beach. 

    If this sounds like a perfect evening then sign up to volunteer for the New Belgium Clips Festival to support the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition.  All proceeds from the event will support SBBIKE’s Connecting Our Community Campaign.

    The New Belgium lips Beer and Film Tour will showcases New Belgium beers in a family-friendly evening at Chase Palm Park on Cabrillo Blvd.  Guests will bring blankets; enjoy beer sampling, movies, games and food trucks!

    The 2014  Clips Festival will travel to 21 cities across the country. 

    The following volunteer jobs are available:

    Set-up crew (6):  Will help New Belgium staff set-up and take down the tents, video projection screen, tables, etc

    Beer Servers (18):  The heart and soul of the evening---pouring and serving beer for festival attendees.  Some beer servers will need to complete TIPS training online or at the SBPD. Training covers who can or cannot be served alcohol (more details to follow)

    Beer Gypsies (7):  Roam the crowd with trays of 3 oz. beer samples for tasting

    ID, Wristbands and Tokens (10):  Check ID’s at the gate hand out wristbands and sell beer tokens.

    Fun & Games (6):  Play games with festival attendees.  You should be outgoing and ready to reel people in for some fun!

    Merchandise/Gift Tent (2):  Sell New Belgium gifts and some freebies

    Sign up NOW! 

    New Belgium Clips Film & Beer Festival

    See you there!!

    The SBBIKE Crew

  • May 23, 2014 4:32 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Have you always dreamed about owning a tandem--the freedom to explore the coast with a friend or loved one? How about a sweet, custom-built cruiser so you can ride in style? Or a decked-out Cyclo Cross made for a woman? Can you picture yourself cruising or racing on a bike that is also a work of art?

    Now's your chance! And if you're the winning bidder on any of those three bikes, you'll also be helping out an awesome cause that will bring real, meaningful change to the South Coast. SBBIKE's Connecting Our Community campaign aims to make cycling accessible to everyone from ages eight to eighty by connecting the bikeways throughout the coast. And we've already seen improvements, such as newly installed buffered lanes on Hollister. 

                                                                                                 the Galaxy for Two

    But you only have a week left. Though the bidding is well under way, each of these gorgeous rides is still available for under their buy-immediately prices, so you could get yourself a steal to boot!   

    Check out these rideable works of art at http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/13923/auctions/15452?reset_filter=1. And get your bids in by May 31.

    On auction are a woman’s Cyclocross, with a 50-centimeter frame, carbon forks, Shimano Dura-Ace/105/cx-70 components, TRP cantilever brakes, Crank Brothers pedals, and Mavic Open Pro wheels; a one-of a kind cruiser called “the Gator Bike,” inspired by BMX; and the Galaxy for Two,” a Tandem Schwinn with an eye-catching design and comfy seats that will let you and a friend “See the Universe” in style.

      the Gator Bike

    Two local Santa Barbara frame builders, Rex Stephens and Rudi Jung, built custom bike frames for the Cyclo Cross and the Gator Bike. Rex and Jake Vantiger, gave them custom paint jobs. Young local artist and new bike enthusiast, Alli Rickards, painted the galaxy-themed tandem. All of the artists donated their work for the campaign.

                                                                                                        Women's Cyclo Cross

    Also available at the auction site is “the Barney Berglund Bike,” a 56-centimeter Trek Madone 7 Series with Shimano Dura Ace Di2 gruppo, Speed Play pedals, a Bontrager Duotrap built in cadence sensor with computer, and much more.

    All proceeds will go to the Barney Berglund Scholarship that has been created and will be administrated by Anacapa School in Santa Barbara.

  • May 21, 2014 7:48 AM | Ed France (Administrator)
    Yesterday We received confirmation that the final $25,000 contribution for our Connecting our Communities campaign is coming in from the McCune foundation. This puts us over the $100,000 year 1 Advocacy program funding goal we set last year. 

    Thank you all for challenging and supporting us in this effort. It is already seeing an impact. We have our first green bike lanes and first buffered bike lanes on a main corridor, Hollister. It's not all that we want, but its a start, and we are building political consensus, like with our upcoming Connecting our Communities Tandem ride, which will host elected officials on bike down all of the South Coast, including a press conference with our Congresswomen.

    Let's take a minute and celebrate how far we've come. Alright, now let's keep going! 

    Let Lois Capps.
  • May 20, 2014 3:27 PM | Ed France (Administrator)
    Mark this may with your own custom built, painted, beautified Art Bike!http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/13923/auctions/15452?reset_filter=1
  • May 20, 2014 1:49 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    New bicycle hitch posts were installed last Tuesday near the Santa Barbara Public Market. This picture, taken the next day, shows they were clearly needed and welcome!

     

  • May 16, 2014 3:56 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    The region’s first on-street buffered bikeway is up and ready to use. It’s time to cycle out to Goleta and make use of the newly painted lane!

    On Hollister between Turnpike and Patterson, the new Buffered Class II lane provides a paint stripe that separates the one-way bike lane from the adjacent vehicular travel lane and will include painted chevrons about every 100 feet in the buffer space.

    Photo by Matt Dobberteen

    Buffered Class II bike lanes are typically used on streets with high travel speeds and volumes or for areas with a lot of truck traffic.

    Among their many perks, buffered bike lanes:

    • Provide needed space – This mean greater separation between motor vehicles and cyclists, as well as space for cyclists to pass other riders without having to divert into the adjacent traffic lane.
    • Make the lane’s intended use obvious – Buffered lanes are large enough to provide riders the extra space but not so wide as to be mistaken for a vehicle travel lane or a parking lane.
    • Prevent door zone safety hazards – These lanes help bicyclists avoid what can be a terrible riding hazard by encouraging them to ride outside of the door zone (where cyclists can unexpectedly confront the door of a parked car opening to their right).
    • Encourage bicycling – Buffered lanes appeal to a wider cross section of bicycle users and contribute to the perception of safety among users of the bicycle network.
  • May 15, 2014 6:50 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Stepping up on the bright blue Amgen Tour of California stage moments after the awards for the stage 5 winners were presented, SBBIKE leader Ed France announced, “Now we celebrate not the elite men who have just shown their prowess in the racing arena but here in the local, multicultural Santa Barbara cycling community--the elite women.”

    The annual Velo Wings Award honors women in the community who’ve championed cycling--and the three women selected for this year’s third annual award demonstrate leadership skills and inspire others.

    Erika Lindemann, “a roll-up-her-sleeves, get-things-done kind of woman” – was France’s co-founder in what has become today’s Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE).

    France talked about how her roots as “a woman who is passionate about bicycling” go back to her younger days, when she was a Bike Monkey at Santa Barbara Middle School and noted that, after attending college at UC Santa Cruz, Lindemann returned to Santa Barbara “inspired to bring what is possible to our community.”

    Lindemann made good on that dream, with six years of phenomenal effort helping to found Bici Centro, aiding with CycleMAYnia, and work improving local mountain biking trails. France called the former SBBIKE board president “a beacon of bilingual outreach, bringing cycling to all of this community.”

    Wendy Manning, an inspiration in perseverance – wasn’t allowed to bike downtown until she was twelve years old. She still remembers cycling on her twelfth birthday over the bridge and into Goleta.

    Manning later joined the Goleta Valley Cycling Club. The group rides opened her eyes to all the places to ride in the community, as well of the joy of cycling camaraderie. From there, she went on to leading a group of women who regularly did 100- and 200-mile rides.

    In 1990, Manning fractured both her arms. But she didn’t give up. She was back to riding as soon as possible--on a tandem--an exercise she found emotionally, spiritually, and physically healing. In 2004, she battled cancer.

    Next, she joined B4-T9, a woman’s cycling team once nicknamed “the Pink Hurricane.” Membership gave her the encouragement she needed to keep going, and she “continued to ride tough,” said France. She even rode the Tour of the California Alps, known as the “Death Ride” (officially), a century with 15,000 feet of grueling climbs.

    Manning feels gratitude every time she gets on a bike.

    Nancy Mulholland a woman who “leads by doing” – wants others to discover and enjoy the world of biking, says France, who thanked for her recent support.

    Mulholland and her husband, Mark, live car free and have traveled over the last twenty years by bike--all over the world, including a pilgrimage route from Amsterdam to Santiago de Compostela. This fall, they plan to head to Italy for a bike tour.

    France says Mulholland has helped bring bicycling to others in countless ways over the past twenty years. The current passion of the former SBBIKE board member is the coalition’s Connecting Our Community campaign.

    With her grandkids, who ride as well, Mulholland embodies the range of bicyclists the campaign aims to provide access to (“riders from eight to eighty” is part of the campaign logo). In her future, France says, Mulholland will be “riding in her eighties on safe, continuous paths--right here at home.”

    Mulholland has led the coalition in helping to make bicycling accessible to everyone in Santa Barbara--not just the strong or those with the gumption to ride head-on in traffic.

    “With Nancy’s continued leadership,” France concluded, to the enthusiastic cheers of the crowd, “Santa Barbara will be the number one cycling destination in the nation.”

    The women were presented certificates on behalf of Congresswoman Lois Capps, State Senator Hannah Beth Jack Jackson, and State Assemblyman Das Williams, whose representative, Hillary Black, said the women inspire her to “kick myself in the butt and get on my bike.”

    Mayor Helene Schneider pointed to the upcoming restructuring of regional Bicycle Master Plans (documents outlining long-range planning for an area’s bicycle infrastructure) and thanked the women “for keeping us accountable here in the city and in the region.”

  • May 12, 2014 5:22 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    At the end of each quarter, Deckers Outdoor Corporation hosts a get-together for all its employees, a reward day. For its most recent employee soiree, the Goleta-based footwear giant decided to try out something new--a bike build competition that would result in thirty community youth receiving brand-new bicycles!

    Deckers’ nearly 300 employees gathered for the contest. The company had purchased thirty brand-new, 20-inch BMX bikes ready to be built.

    When employees arrived, they found tables loaded with the tools they’d need to build the bikes and some snacks. Thirty ten-person teams were each charged with building, decorating, and naming a bike. The teams were vying to build the coolest bike, designing cards for the kids who would be the recipients of their creations and placards for the handlebars.

    The competition judges had a system--if a team asked for help or something wasn’t built correctly, they took a point away.

    The winning bike--Purple Haze--was featured on stage at Traffic Solution’s CycleMAYnia fashion show.

     

     

    “The bike build was a really cool opportunity to get everybody involved,” says Mark Heintz, Decker’s director of corporate responsibility.

    Heintz notes that the event was born of the company’s commitment to community. “A couple of years ago, we kicked off this volunteer program called Decker’s Goods,” he explains. “This bike build event is one of many events designed to engage employees and give them opportunities to volunteer in the community.” In the past, Decker’s employees have worked with the Conservation Alliance’s Backyard Collective, in conjunction with Patagonia, REI, and Horny Toad to do restoration work in the area.

    To complete the bike building event, Deckers teamed up with SBBIKE and Girls Inc. to donate the bikes to local youth in need and ensure that the kids got the education needed to make their new bicycling experience the best it could be.

    SBBIKE’s Christine Bourgeois was one of the event’s judges, and she thoroughly enjoyed participating. She’s also thrilled to help distribute eighteen of the bikes at Adams School at SBBIKE’s Bici Familia. “These are beautiful, good quality bikes,” she says.

    The May 29 Bici Familia event will include a presentation in Spanish to parents and kids, as well as an education on the blacktop component. “Many of the kids don’t know how to ride,” says Bourgeois. “We’ll teach them how.” Parents can bring their bikes and practice too. And the event will end with a group ride.

    The remaining twelve bikes will go to Girls Inc. for a summer camp in preparation for the Santa Barbara Triathlon. For the first time ever, Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara will be the 2014 beneficiary of the triathlon. They wanted the girls to be able to participate too, notes Bourgeois, adding that many of them didn’t have a bike. Enter Deckers. The recipients of the purple rides (the girls’ bikes were purple, the boys’ blue) will receive bicycle education from SBBIKE instructors as well.

    Will Deckers repeat the event? “Oh yeah,” says Heintz. “This will be an annual event.

    “The story of Deckers,” he adds, “is we’re really committed to the community. We really like to take the power of the company’s culture and put it to work and have people invested in the process.” He talks about how events like this are really great, not only for their team-building aspect, but because of the end productundefinedin this case, being able to provide for local youth the freedom of owning their own bikes.

    The employees can’t wait to see the smiles on the faces of the kids who get to take the new rides home.

    Decker’s corporate responsibility team worked with its human resources and events teams to put the event together. The company is making a video about the experience and will be at Bici Familia at the end of the month.

    Photos by Christine Bourgeois

  • May 12, 2014 9:49 AM | Ed France (Administrator)
    Hop on over to our Art Bike auction page!

    In it you will find a Santa Barbara Cruisers 'Gator' Bike, a Gold Coast Cyclocross Nautical themed 50cm build, a classic schwinn 'Universe' Tandem, and, in memory of Barney Berglund, his Trek E2 road racing bike.


  • May 09, 2014 12:04 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    How do we ensure we’ll be implementing bikeway changes that will meet users need? This was the question Sam Franklin and Omari Fuller, the new leaders of SBBIKE’s Connecting Our Community campaign, asked themselves.

    The answer, stories from those who cycle the South Coast.

    At Earth Day 2014, SBBIKE’s COC campaign launched a three-pronged project designed to gather those stories. The first part was a giant, interactive mapundefined18 feet long and 4 feet wide. Visitors to SBBIKE’s table used markers to draw the routes they typically used onto the map, highlighting trouble spots with--places where the path ends, intersections that are difficult to get through, and other tricky areas.

    In addition, bicyclists filled out preprinted postcards featuring a photo of a well-designed cycling network on the front--“the kind of bicycle paths that people would want to use,” says Franklin. On the back, people wrote why they would want those routes and in which areas.

    “The idea,” Franklin explains, “is, instead of us just sitting behind a table telling people how we think the bike paths should change, to find out what changes they want in an interactive, engaging way. The main theme of our campaign for now is to get people engaged and get people to tell us their stories--instead of it being a one-way informational thing.”

    On May 31, some of Santa Barbara’s political electives will be participating in a tandem ride with SBBIKE and Traffic Solutions, and Franklin and Fuller will be handing all the postcards over to them.

    So far, they have nearly 250 postcards. And they’ll be collecting more throughout the month of May. “We’ll be at all the events during CycleMAYnia,” says Franklin.

    Franklin and Fuller are currently looking through photos of the map as well as the cards and compiling the data from those stories. Among the information they plan to attain is a top-five list of difficult spots. So far, Franklin’s noticed that two spots many people would like to see improved are the Castillo underpass and Fairview in Goleta. He’s also noting a trend that happens in areas where the bike path suddenly ends or disappears. The very comfortable riders will choose to cycle on the pavement, taking the lane and riding with traffic. For those who aren’t as comfortable, though, these areas present a definite problem, giving people who want to cycle a reason to choose not to.

    The co-leaders of COC will present updates of the compiled data soon.

    Franklin says the Earth Day launch was a huge success. “I really liked it,” he says. “I felt it was even more successful than I’d expected.” He noted that cyclists were often lining up to get to the table. “And I felt that people were really willing to take the time to draw their routes, to talk about issues.”

    A side bonus was that, as people were enjoying the opportunity to show where they ride, they were excited to see how other people ride and getting inspiration from each other.

    The third prong of the portion of the campaign designed to interact with the community, which Franklin says is still very much a work in progress, is an interactive SBBBIKE Web site that is a more informal, interactive site than the coalition’s main site. Franklin sees the newly launched site--check it out at sbbikelab.org--as another way of getting people involved and sharing their stories.

    Photos by Michael Montenegro

Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, PO Box 92047, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
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located at 506 E. Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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