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  • June 29, 2015 8:47 AM | Howard Booth (Administrator)



    We hope you’re planning on joining the California Bicycle Coalition this fall for the California Dream Ride.


    This intimate 5-day fundraising ride from Santa Barbara to San Diego takes you behind the scenes in the bike advocacy world. Join us this fall (Oct. 31 to Nov. 4) and experience some of Southern California’s most beautiful bikeways. You’ll ride 265 miles over 5 days, make friends with people who care about bicycling as much as you do, and support our campaign for better bikeways.


    If you sign up by July 15th, we’ll throw your name in the hat for a gorgeous PUBLIC Bikes bicycle, hand-painted by San Francisco artist Mona Caron.


    Check out a video of last years CalBike Ride

  • June 21, 2015 5:43 AM | Howard Booth (Administrator)


    New Belgium Beer, short inspirational films, food trucks and a beautiful Santa Barbara evening!


    SBBIKE is partnering with New Belgium to bring you the Clips Beer and Film Tour stop scheduled to occur at Chase Palm Park on July. 10, 2015.  


    We'll be raffling off this one-of-a-kind custom New Belgium Fat Tire Cruiser by Felt on August 15th at the Clips Film & Beer Tour at Chase Palm Park.

    Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased online, at Bici Centro or at the event.  If you purchase online we'll send you a photo of your raffle tickets.


    Purchase NB Clips Bike Raffle Tickets


    Winner need not be present.  All proceeds benefit SBBIKE's campaign  to make cycling safe and accessible for all.

  • June 11, 2015 1:45 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    Crossing bridges in goleta on a bike can be stressful, the city lacks bike/ped only 101 crossings. Now riders crossing 101 at Los Carneros have a little extra visibility: a green lane at the 101 on ramps.


    Goleta came in first with a green lane at Cathedral Oaks. Next, Buellton went big with green lanes the entire stretch of Avenue of the Flags. Now Goleta is stepping in with their second green lane striping for enhanced cyclist visibility.


    When will the City of SB catch up? These and many other improvements are all possible as part of the bicycle master plan process now underway at the City of SB, and other area cities. Get involved!


    Photo credit: Carlos Soto (RIP)

  • June 04, 2015 1:13 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Thursday, May 28, started out normal for Jason Medina and his family. But after arriving at work, Medina got a call that makes a parent’s heart stop. His son, Isaac, 10, who regularly rides his bike to school, was hit by a car on the way to Vieja Valley Elementary School. The driver stopped briefly but then took off. Isaac and the friend he was riding with, who had also been clipped by the car, didn’t know what to do. Though bruised and scared and with Isaac’s damaged bike in tow, the two boys continued on to school.

     

    So it was the school nurse who called the boys’ parents. Medina was unable to leave work, but his wife rushed to the school and took Isaac to Urgent Care. His injuries appeared not to have been serious, thankfully, though he woke the next morning with a sore neck. Fortunately, another parent from school had seen the car hit the boys, and she snapped a picture when the woman driver drove away. California Highway Patrol, once alerted, came to the scene and took a report.

     

    The incident highlights a problem in the bikeway network that affects all the children who ride to school along the route Isaac and his friend were on. The boys were heading westbound along Calle Real and then onto State/Hollister. After the spot where the route crosses the 154 Bridge, Medina explains, the right side of the street is narrow and the cars fly past. So the kids all ride on the sidewalk on the other side, which is wide and where there are stores.

     

    Medina has always taught his boys (Isaac’s eight-year old brother would normally have been riding with him) how to handle this situation. When coming to driveways, he has drilled them, make eye contact with the driver. Isaac had this in mind when he headed down a hill. He slowed down when a car pulled up to the exit from Eller’s Donuts. The driver, Isaac recalls, looked only left and then pulled out, hitting Isaac and the back end of his bike and clipping the front end of his friend's bike behind him. Isaac was jolted forward, while his bike was pulled under the car’s bumper.

     

    Isaac remembers the woman behind the wheel getting out and asking him and his friend if they were okay. Isaac was bleeding from his elbow and hip and, his dad points out, full of adrenaline and scared his dad would be mad. So he said, “Yeah.” The woman told the boys she was going to back the car up so Isaac could get the bike out from underneath it. Once Isaac had moved the bike, she left without another word.

     

    According to the police report, Medina says, it wasn’t until nearly two hours later, at 9:48 a.m. (this incident would have happened around 8:00) that the driver phoned the police department. Medina is having a hard time wrapping his head around the driver’s decisions, and the emotion in his voice is clear when he asks how she could think it was okay not to call the police—not to call someone. How could she not wait till a paramedic arrived and said the boys were okay? “They’re children,” he says. Medina adds that, when he thinks about what happened, he feels “lost, frustrated, and hurt.”

     

    He’s noticed too that Isaac’s eyes widen, and he stares at the spot where the incident happened whenever they’ve passed it since. Isaac hasn’t ridden since the accident, primarily because of the condition of his bike. The back frame and wheel were bent. He’ll be able to roll again after a visit to Bici Centro yesterday.

     

    But Medina’s wary of letting Isaac ride to school again. After a pause in which his internal debate is almost audible, he adds, “I know he’ll get back on his bike, though. I know too it’ll probably bother him to ride that way.”

     

    Medina plans to go out with Isaac this weekend and ride the route a couple of times.

  • May 25, 2015 10:09 AM | Howard Booth (Administrator)



    2015 marks the 6th fabulous year of New Belgium’s Clips Beer & Film Tour. You'll get to try New Belgium’s most esoteric beer offerings and pair them with inspiring short films created by fans.


    The best part is that 100% of the proceeds benefit The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition's Connecting Our Community campaign to make our roads from Carpinteria to Goleta safe and accessible to people of all ages who choose to bicycle.  


    So bring a blanket, your puppy, kids, a picnic and enjoy music, games and contests and food trucks and beer. After a beautiful Santa Barbara sunset, the films start rolling and you get to cozy up on your blanket or chairs and enjoy the show.  


    There will be lots of bike racks available so bring a lock.


    The Clips Beer & Film Tour has raised more than $520,000 for local organizations, and 75,000 people have sampled beer and watched films.

  • May 22, 2015 7:08 AM | Howard Booth (Administrator)



    SBBIKE is over 1,000 members strong.  Here’s another reason to roll with SBBIKE.  If you Join before May 27th, new members will be eligible to win a free annual Bikestation membership.*  


    Ten lucky SBBIKE members will become members of Bikestation and enjoy 24/7 safe secure bike parking at two downtown Santa Barbara locations---the Granada Garage and the MTD Transit Center. 


    Here’s another great SBBIKE perk.  Beginning June 1st SBBIKE and Bikestation will offer a joint $100 membership a $50 savings.  Stay tuned for more details.


    *Offer is for NEW annual Bikestation members

  • May 20, 2015 2:10 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Yesterday evening, the Faulkner Gallery at Santa Barbara’s downtown public library was packed to the brim with what organizers of the Bike Master Plan summit called
    “a very impressive turnout.” The meeting was a continuation of “an amazing amount of public participation already” in the city’s efforts to determine the community’s desire for future cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, said SB Public Works staffer Peter Brown. Brown thanked the roomful of community members for participating in the public process.


    Among the crowd was a host of SBBIKE supporters, who rode together to the summit, unfazed by previous suggestions from the city that the bicycle coalition was too involved with the process.


    Shannon Davis, an urban designer with Meléndrez, the consultancy firm the city hired to update its BMP, seemed enthused with public participation thus far. Davis explained that the project, which started last December with an attempt to “take the pulse of the community and learn how it feels about cycling today and into the future,” is intended to “enhance the experience of anyone who experiences the public realm.”


    Davis told the group she and other designers have “been having really great conversations” with the public. As of last Friday, 1,018 people had already filled out the surveys, and the number had already grown since then. Of the survey participants, 16 percent were students, 18 percent were parents, and 13 percent were business owners. A map showing where survey takers live showed a great variety in terms of geography as well. In addition, the survey group is well varied in terms of transportation choices. Among them, 51 percent said their primary mode of transportation was car, 30 percent primarily bike, 9 percent use a combination of the two, 5 percent walk, and 3 percent take the bus.


    The vibe in the room at the fourth public summit was both energetic and serious. After listening to a brief presentation detailing the results of the process thus far and the proposed infrastructure projects on the table, participants spent more than an hour pouring over maps. Together, in groups of eight to ten, they marked problem spots and made suggestions for improvements that would link the city’s bikeways and take into account concerns voiced by participants thus far. Each group was joined by a city official or Meléndrez designer, enabling the people who will eventually design the BMP to directly hear the voices of those who will be using the infrastructure. The groups at the tables shared their specific concerns with the designers and each other and offered unique solutions and preferences. This, says Brown, is a very informative process for the city. He encouraged his group to write down any ideas they had. By the end of the evening, the maps were marked with stickers and detailed notes.


    A community summit for the Mesa area this evening (6 pm at Washington School) will conclude the public meetings. But community members will still have an opportunity to take the surveys in both Spanish and English, as well as to give their input on the online maps, throughout the remainder of May and June. 


    Photos: 1 and 3: Community members discuss problem areas and solutions and mark maps. 2 Shannon Davis of Mel&#233;ndrez presents preliminary findings of the public input process.

  • May 14, 2015 3:16 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    As of 3:15 p.m., today, May 14, 2015, SBBIKE membership is 1,001 strong. And everyone at SBBIKE couldn't be more enthusiastic about what this means for Santa Barbara and for the future of our community's roadways.


    What new member joined as lucky number 1,000? ... 


    Drum roll, please. SBBIKE's 1,000th member was Dave Lettieri of Fasttrack Bicycles!


    Membership coordinator Howard Booth, clearly joyous, says goals earlier in the year hadn't projected 1,000 members till July. 


    As Executive Director Ed France said this morning when the coalition was cycling speedily toward a goal of 1,000 this afternoon, “The bike coalition is representing the interest of Santa Barbarans to have a safe, inviting bike system.” He's pleased at the coalition's strength going into the upcoming Bike Master Plan public planning sessions next week.


    We all at SBBIKE extend our gratitude to everyone who joined today and to all our extraordinary members, those who are new to our community and those who have supported us for a long time. We couldn't do the work we do without you!

  • May 14, 2015 2:14 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    City Council Gives Go-Ahead for Vision Zero Exploration


    What number of road deaths and serious injuries is acceptable?


    On Tuesday afternoon, Santa Barbara City Council heard a request from SBBIKE and COAST to adopt a road-system policy that would prioritize safety. The policy—Vision Zero—answers the question posed above with a resounding zero. And an array of community members showed up to the meeting to ask councilmembers to do the same.


    Following a presentation of Vision Zero came nearly 40 minutes of public comment, during which a number of community members shared stories of deep personal loss, many asked the council to support Vision Zero, and a few expressed doubts. After some debate among councilmembers, the council voted 6 to 1 in favor of continued exploration of the policy.


    Vision Zero is a multinational movement that aims to achieve roadway systems with no fatalities or even injuries. It started in Sweden and has been adopted, with markedly clear outcomes, in both New York and San Francisco. (In just one year, New York has improved its road safety by 25 percent. In the decade and a half since Sweden adopted Vision Zero, Swedes have cut their roadway deaths in half.)


    What City Council was being asked to decide on Tuesday was not whether to adopt a Vision Zero plan but whether to allow city engineering staffers to explore what Vision Zero for Santa Barbara would entail. The council’s vote of yay will allow the development of what was termed a “Santa Barbara-Style Vision Zero.” If, after seeing this plan at their next meeting, councilmembers vote to adopt it, it seems likely (based on Tuesday’s discussion) that plans to move forward will be delayed until after the city’s Bike Master Plan has been finished, which means 2016.


    Vision Zero’s prioritizes “the four Es”—engineering, enforcement, education, and evaluation. While specifics aren’t yet available, a Santa Barbara-Style Vision Zero would include building better streets, widespread public education on traffic safety, enhanced enforcement (specifically, a focus on reducing speeding), and the creation of a culture of high awareness of safety, involving respect between all users.


    City staffers told the council that implementing Vision Zero would require staff resources, trade-offs from existing programs, and community acceptance (described as a cultural change that will have to include an acceptance of lower traffic speeds).


    Why are lower speeds so important?  In accidents at 20 mph, survival rates are 90 to 95 percent. At 40 mph, those rates drop to 10 to 15 percent.


    Stay tuned for a more in-depth look at the themes of discussion among community members and council members.


     
    PHOTO: SBBBIKE&#39;s Ed France to City Council: &quot;We as a government have a responsibility to manage the common space ... We must aspire toward a vision of zero.&quot;

  • May 14, 2015 1:29 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Check out the concert at Soho hosted by SBMS students on Saturday eve!


    SBMS Students to Host Mountain2Mountain Benefit Concert

    May 16 at Soho

    by

    Ben Speirs and Jensen Steady, Ninth Grade

    SBMS


    An ambitious team of nine Santa Barbara Middle School students is hosting a benefit concert for the nonprofit Mountain2Mountain at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club from 5 to 8:30 p.m. May 16.


    Their goal is to raise $10,000 to send 100 bikes to empower women in Afghanistan, one of the hardest places to live as a woman. The event will feature Colorado resident Shannon Galpin, the founder of Mountain2Mountain and 2013 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, as well as many other special musicians and inspirational speakers. Guest musicians include Martin & Calo Gore (Martin is the founding member of Depeche Mode), Midnight Mynx, Mango Mango, Elijah and Mendeleyev Allan-Blitz and student musicians.


    Why are these nine students so empowered to help Mountain2Mountain, a nonprofit that helps women and children so far away? It all began this past February in Seattle at the Youth Bike Summit when a group of inspired eighth- and ninth-grade Santa Barbara Middle School journalism students and bike mechanics attended the summit and met Galpin.


    The Youth Bike Summit is designed to transform local communities and strengthen the national bike movement by empowering bicycle leaders of all ages, but especially youth, to use their voice and take action. Ten keynote speakers took to the stage the first morning at the summit to share their own individual bicycle story of empowerment.


    It was at this morning presentation, when the eager Santa Barbara Middle School students met Galpin, that the team was transfixed by her passion and interest in biking and was astounded after hearing her story of spending multiple years learning of the oppression of women while on her bike in Afghanistan.


    Her message is the inspiration and passion behind this upcoming student-planned Mountain2Mountain benefit concert at SOhO.


    The students have taken the mission of the Youth Bike Summit to heart as they use their voice and their leadership to take action and plan this exciting benefit from start to finish. This young team of community activists and fundraisers divided themselves into smaller groups based on interest to conquer different aspects of the event planning process. Some of the groups include marketing and messaging, corporate sponsors, a raffle, and technology and logistics.


    The corporate sponsorship team had to learn business techniques that they never would have learned otherwise. Evan Knight, a ninth-grade student on the corporate sponsorship team, felt that, “The most persuasive part of our pitch was not only the cause, but the idea that we are just young ninth-graders and able to get out there and make a difference in our own community.” The whole sponsorship team was forced to step out of their comfort zone, be precise, organized, and persuasive during the short corporate meetings.


    Ninth-grade student Max Youngson said, “I found it challenging to find a way to personalize each pitch and make it meaningful to to each of the individual businesses.”


    The marketing team used their newly learned graphic design techniques to create posters to advertise for the event.


    “Getting people to pay attention and figuring out how to share our event in a way that appeals to the masses is challenging,” commented ninth-grade marketing co-chair Jensen Steady.


    Ami Hammond, the raffle coordinator, cold-called Fuji Bikes and was able to get a Nevada 2.1 mountain bike donated for the event’s big raffle item.

    It has been a big challenge to take on organizing the Mountain2Mountain benefit concert for these nine students, yet the lessons learned and the fulfillment they hope to feel on May 16 make it all worthwhile.


    The team, now known as Team Empowerment, would like to thank the sponsors thus far who have helped jump-start the team’s fundraising efforts: premiere sponsor Village Properties; Nicholson and Schwartz, CPA; Howell, Moore & Gough Attorneys; AMS Photographics; Blue Fin Graphic Design; Heritage Oaks Bank; Strategic Incentives; West Beach Inn; Hazard’s Cyclesport; Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition; Katherine Cosmetics; B4T9 Women’s Cycling Team; Handlebar Coffee Roasters; and, of course, Santa Barbara Middle School.


    The team has high hopes of selling out SOhO, and so they would like the readers to know that this event is open to the public and great for people of all ages. You can buy tickets online by clicking here or at the door. Tickets are $20.

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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


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Phone: 805 617-3255



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