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  • 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 31st, 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.

  • May 14, 2015 11:02 AM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    SBBIKE membership explosion projects 1,000 by 2 pm today, May 13, 2015


    At 10:30 this morning, SBBIKE membership had grown to 977, up from 950 yesterday. If the pace keeps up, the coalition could be 1,000 strong by 2 pm today.


    What does that mean? “It’s an opportunity to show our strength going into the Bike Master Plan workshops,” says Ed France SBBIKE executive director.


    “Few organizations hit this milestone,” he adds. “Today, we might surpass the thousand-member mark.”


    Santa Barbara’s City Council is in the process of developing a plan that will determine what cycling and pedaling infrastructure the city will see for the next decade and a half. At Public BMP workshops over the next couple of weeks, the city will ask the community what that should look like. France says these membership numbers show that the community wants councilmembers to implement improved infrastructure. “The bike coalition is representing the interest of Santa Barbarans to have a safe, inviting bike system,” he says.


    How can you show your support? Become a member if you’re not one already. Encourage others to join. Or show your support by attending these public workshops.


    Public Bike Master Plan (BMP) Workshops

    (Español)

    May 16, 10am–2pm, Franklin Elementary, 1111 E. Mason St.

    May 16, 2–4pm, Harding Elementary, 1625 Robbins St.


    (English)

    May 18, 6–8pm Peabody Elementary, 3018 Calle Nigeria

    May 19, 6–8pm Faulkner Gallery at SB Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu 

    May 20, 6–8pm Washington Elementary, 290 Lighthouse Rd

  • May 04, 2015 4:48 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    New SBBIKE flag is flying


    Head down lower State Street, and SBBIKE’s brand-new banner, designed by art director extraordinaire Cynthia Stahl, will wave above you as you ride—or drive or walk, as the case may be. The flags arrived first thing this morning.


    The bright, colorful design depicts a family out on a bicycle ride together. This, says executive director Ed France, perfectly represents SBBIKE’s vision and the Santa Barbara community. “We’re proud that Santa Barbara is a place where families can choose to ride bicycles together,” says France, “where residents can choose to bike.”


    What was Stahl’s inspiration? “I was inspired by the joy of bicycling and the incredible people that make up SBBIKE,” she says. “That’s my inspiration for everything I do for the coalition.” The community’s vibrancy played a role too. “The bright colors and bold shapes that reference California’s design history,” Stahl explains, “also portray the blue sky, sun and ocean, tile roofs, and bougainvillea I view when I’m biking around Santa Barbara.”


    Stahl hopes the colorful banners “will encourage people to seek out the same happiness that cycling brings to my life.”


    As for the design process, Stahl says “many, many drafts, feedback and Sam Franklin’s patience” were on the table. (Check out the photo below of the last flag being sewn at Main Street Banner – The Flag Factory.)


    Drafts, patience, and stitches aside, SBBIKE couldn’t be more pleased with its new banner. “Every movement of a community needs an aesthetic element to give life to our shared vision,” says France. “I’m so appreciative that Cynthia and those she collaborates with on our team have brought to life a new aesthetic vision for cycling.”


    As you know, now is the time to bring SBBIKE’s vision of a connected South Coast to fruition—to ensure that people who choose to bike have the infrastructure they need to do so safely. The City of Santa Barbara’s public input process to determine what type of cycling infrastructure Santa Barbarans sees over the next 15 years is underway. And it will only last two short months.

     

    Don’t forget to tell City Council what’s important to you! Attend the neighborhood summit on Tuesday May 19 (6–8 pm) at the SB Public Library, Faulkner Gallery (40 E. Anapamu). Attend the summits en Español on Saturday May 16—Eastside Summit (10 am–12 pm) at Franklin Elementary (1111 E. Mason St.) or Westside Summit (2–4 pm) at Harding Elementary (1625 Robbins St.). Visit the city’s BMP website or Facebook page. Highlight routes on the map. Fill out a survey in English at or in Spanish. Stand Up for Cycling and get your photo taken at CycleMAYnia events held throughout May.




  • April 28, 2015 12:26 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    After a weekend of intense training, 13 cyclists have earned the prestigious certification of League Cycling Instructor (LCI) from the League of American Bicyclists, a 125-year-old national bicycling organization. And SBBIKE couldn’t be more stoked.


    “Not only does this mean we have a bigger pool of instructors,” says SBBIKE education coordinator Christine Bourgeois, “all of these new instructors are ambassadors for cycling in the community—examples riding around the community and showing how to do so safely.” That’s important because safe cycling—the predictability, visibility, confidence, and competency that comes from knowing and following the rules of the road—is the primary factor for reducing bicycle-involved accidents and, thus, ensuring all road users share our transportation systems safely. Strong, confident models, says Bourgeois, encourage others to adopt safe practices themselves.


    The new instructors will also teach cyclists in a more direct way. During LCI seminars, participants learn how to teach bicycle safety and skills to all levels of riders. They receive the LCI designation only after qualifying for the seminar and demonstrating excellence in these skills and the ability to teach them.


    Bourgeois is excited about the many forms this will take. The new fleet of instructors will lead youth cycling programs like Pedal Power and Bici Familia and instruct adult courses throughout the county. One new LCI, Rachel Renkoski, is a PE teacher in Santa Maria, where SBBIKE is growing cycling education. In addition to leading Pedal Power there, Renkoski intends to bring bicycling to Tommie Kunz Junior High’s PE program. SBBIKE’s graphic designer, Cynthia Stahl, was also among the group. Stahl will use her new knowledge to develop better educational materials for the coalition. Bici Centro shop manager, Shawn Von Biela, plans to lead community group rides.


    A couple of firsts were associated with the recent LCI seminar, which SBBIKE hosted earlier in the month. For the first time ever, there was a waiting list. Seminars are usually limited to twelve, and while this one was extended to thirteen, still more cyclists are lined up to be certified during the next seminar.


    “That means cycling is booming,” says Bourgeois. “People want to educate themselves, but they also want educate others.” Others, she says, means students in the schools, city officials, public health workers, businesses, people who commute, and more. All of this adds up to an ever-growing wave of safe, confident riders sharing the roads of Santa Barbara and the benefits that wave brings—reduced congestion, reduced pollution, improved health, and boosts for business and community, to name a few. It adds up to fewer cyclists endangering themselves and others by riding on the sidewalks and running red lights. It adds up to a happier, healthier cycling community.  

     

    Also a first for this seminar, lead instructor Ron Durgin of Santa Monica, passed all thirteen participants on their first try. Bourgeois says this speaks to the commitment and hard work of the participants, who she describes as “a very interesting and diverse group, all very motivated and well-prepared.”


    The 13 new LCIs hail from across the county and beyond. The seminar was a private training collaboration for SBBIKE and San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition. Bourgeois says the collaborative effort will help the entire county, fostering partnerships between the North County and the nearby SLO coalition.

    All this said, SBBIKE welcomes and congratulates the new League Certified Instructors:


    From its own ranks, Shawn Von Biela, Bici Centro shop manager; Joey Juhasz-Lukomski, SBBIKE volunteer coordinator; and Cynthia Stahl, SBBIKE art director. Also from SB County, Robin Elander, SB Open Streets lead; Felicia Tan, Pedal Power volunteer; Andrea Johnson, an avid cyclist who wants to teach; Zack Bertges, triathlon coach; Diana O’Connell, organizer for the 2014 Girls Inc. triathlon camp; and Rachel Renkoski, PE teacher at Tommie Kunst Junior High in Santa Maria.  From San Luis Obispo, Steve Akers, SLO County Bike Coalition communications director; Tyler Jamison, Bike Kitchen manager; James Ramirez, with Public Health; and Elissa McDale, with the City of SLO Public Works.


    Bourgeois extends SBBIKE’s gratitude to the City of Santa Barbara for providing the Ortega Welcome House and Measure A for helping bicycle education grow on the South Coast.


    Santa Barbara County now boasts between 35 and 40 active LCIs.


    Want to join the fleet?


    SBBIKE provides a unique work-trade opportunity for cyclists who commit to teaching a class. Among the current group, six participants took advantage of this opportunity. The coalition will pay the $300 training fee for instructors who agree to teach a Pedal Power course or an adult training session. “If you’re interested,” says Bourgeois, “we work with everybody. We’ll find opportunities to teach.”

    To learn more, contact Bourgeois at edu@sbbike.org or 805–699–6301.


    PHOTO: The thirteen new League Certified Instructors. By CHRISTINE BOURGEOIS 

  • April 23, 2015 1:13 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    The fun starts this weekend


    And it’s set to continue nonstop throughout the entire month. So get out your calendars and check out CycleMAYnia’s events during the sixth annual, month-long celebration of all things cycling.


    SBBIKE is proud to present a brand-new event this year—TLC for your Bici. Hosted by Bici Centro assistant shop manager, Lynneal Williams, TLC is a women’s only event. Two classes on May 3 (one in the morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and one in the afternoon from 3 to 4:30 p.m.) will teach women the basics of repairing and maintaining their bicycles. Registration is required, and the class is free. In addition, Williams will host an open shop for women from 11 to 2 p.m., offering assistance with personal bike projects.


    To read more about Williams and TLC, check out the spring Quick Release, page 9.

    Other fun events include Bike to School Day, an overnight tour to Ojai called Tour de Tent, a number of group rides, and so much more.


    This year, be on the lookout at events for SBBIKE’s advocacy team, who will help you Stand Up for Cycling. Get your photo taken and join the more than 400 folks who are sharing with City of Santa Barbara officials their support for bicycling and cycling infrastructure. Read more about why now is the time it’s so important to Stand Up for Cycling in Santa Barbara. And check out the Stand Up for Cycling photo stream to see who’s already joined.


    Always popular during the month is the bike challenge, where teams of four accrue points for logging their rides. Compete for rewards and acclaim while getting your commuting and exercise on—register and read about an exciting change to CycleMAYnia Bike Challenge 2015.


    Thank you, Traffic Solutions, for hosting CycleMAYnia. SBBIKE is proud to be a sponsor of this amazing series of events. Happy CycleMAYnia to all! Ride safely—be visible, be predictable, be sober. Be heard—check out this quarter’s Quick Release to learn about how you can tell your elected officials what cycling infrastructure you want. Have fun.

  • April 23, 2015 12:51 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    If you visited Bike World during last weekend’s Earth Day festival, you got to see the premier of SBBIKE’s fabulous new duds. The T-shirts, in royal blue and black, were designed exclusively for volunteers at Earth Day.


    But a few more folks will have the opportunity to own one of the au courant shirts. They’ll be available to anyone who signs up for an SBBIKE membership in the month of May! So if you or someone you know hasn’t joined yet, now’s the time. Join the SBBIKE community.


    The new T wasn’t the only thing that made Bike World at Earth Day 2015 rock. More bicycles than ever found parking spots during the festival, thanks to the volunteer valets in royal blue and back—demonstrating a growing trend toward cycling enthusiasm in the community. A protest project, Stand Up for Cycling, whose popularity is growing like wildfire, was launched. The brand-new advocacy trike, a “mobile ops” bicycle that will spread the word about the coalition’s missions and programs, turned heads during its debut. And everyone had a lot of fun.

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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


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

Phone: 805 617-3255



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