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  • October 08, 2015 2:57 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    Today was an important day for the Canon Perdido Bike Corral! The Corral installed a year ago as part of a pilot program to test bike corrals in Downtown. Since its debut, the corral has been immensely popular with visitors, employees and those who enjoy fine coffee. This morning, the City’s Transportation Circulation Committee (TCC) and Downtown Parking Committee (DPC) met to receive feedback on the corral. Overall, the vibe was positive which bodes well for the future of bike corrals in other downtown locations.

    Peter Brown (City of SB Mobility Coordinator) presented survey results that nearby business owners enjoy having the corral and approve of the corrals aesthetics. Cynthia Boche (TCC Chair) highlighted the perk of having 12 bike parking spaces where only 1 car might fit calling the bike corral a “worthwhile” street feature. Hillary Blackerby (TCC Member) proposed developing a clear process for future installation of bike corrals. Moving forward, Ed France (TCC/ DPC Member) motioned to conclude the Pilot phase. Next up, for the pilot to officially conclude, the Historic Landmark Commission (HLC) must give their support and approval. After this, the City of SB with the support of SBBIKE could move forward planning and installing additional bike corrals. The demand for more is definitely here. Last fall, our staff collected over 30 signatures of downtown businesses who would like corrals for their patrons to use. SBBIKE will keep you up to date as this progresses!

    Photo Sources: City of Santa Barbara Staff Update

  • October 08, 2015 1:56 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    District elections will be held on November 3, 2015. Three Santa Barbara districts--District 1 the Eastside, District 2, the Mesa, and District 3, the Westside--will be voting in City Council members. Here's what District 1 candidates said about what they envision for our community.

    We asked all 2015 Santa Barbara City Council candidates ... 

    SBBIKE: Do you support Santa Barbara adopting Vision Zero best practices that have been successful in other cities pursuing the goal of zero fatalities to bicyclists and pedestrians? Yes or No. Explain:

    Sharon Byrne: Yes.If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there, so setting a goal for zero fatalities or serious injuries is a great target and gets the collective consciousness moving towards achieving it.  I also got the Milpas Community Association to endorse adopting Vision Zero here.

    Cristina Cordoso: Yes. I strongly support Vision Zero. I do not agree that achievement of zero deaths should require 10 years.

    Cathy Murillo: Yes. Helping the public get from one place to another -- safely and with minimal impact to the environment -- has always been a priority in my public service. Vision Zero has a simple message and goal: Here are the numbers of people hurt or killed on our streets; let's reduce those numbers. At the Council hearing in May, decision makers could support the proposal with ease. I’m committed to the City adopting the best practices proven to work elsewhere to increase both safety and circulation for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. Santa Barbara should be second to none.

    SBBIKEDo you support creating more bike corrals that add 10–20 bicycle parking spaces on the street by removing one car parking space, in cooperation with nearby merchants and neighbors seeking to increase business and customer convenience? Yes or No. Explain:

    Byrne: Yes. There is already interest in doing this at places like the Shop Café on Milpas, and I’ve pushed for it where there’s interest. We need to be careful in planning the locations, as some merchants will protest any loss of parking, especially if they only have one or two on-street spaces.

    Cordoso: Yes. Bicycle[s] will be used more if owners have a safe place to secure them.

    Murillo: Yes. Support from local businesses and residents is key, as they know best what serves their needs, in terms of commerce, traffic, and livability. Bike corrals are a solid investment for the City as they will help increase business profits from both new and existing customers, as well as reduce traffic and parking congestion. A bonus is that pedestrians have more sidewalk space because the bicycles are on the street.

    SBBIKEDo you support a bike share system coming to Santa Barbara? Yes or No. Explain:

    Byrne: Yes. Saw this when I was competing for Neighborhood of the Year in Minneapolis! Really like the concept. New York also has a program, even with harsh winter climate, and people are still into it. So I would support it if there’s sufficient interest here.

    Cordoso: Yes. Yes, although the details must be carefully thought out. If Anaheim can manage it, so can Santa Barbara.

    Murillo: Yes. When properly designed, bike share programs yield significantly increased safety, improved circulation, as well as economic gains. Santa Barbara residents, workers, and tourists would benefit through public-private partnerships, surveying businesses for their specific needs, identifying ways to establish and maintain a shared fleet, and seeking funding through grant programs. Overall, the City can best contribute by making Santa Barbara safer for bicycling. 

    We asked District 3, Westside candidates ...

    SBBIKE: Two goals of the draft Bicycle Master Plan are (a) to establish a strong bicycle route from the Westside to Downtown and (b) to establish a strong bicycle route that connects the North and South sides of the Westside. Both of these projects would fix gaps in our current bikeway network and improve overall mobility in the city. Do you support or have ideas for these projects?

    Byrne: I need to study this in more detail. The WS to DT route seems achievable, as I understand it. The north and south routes proposal is encountering very stiff opposition from WS neighbors on Chino and San Andres. There IS a great N-S route on Castillo and Bath, and I use that heavily.

    Cardoso: Yes, I strongly support both projects. Many of our resident depend on bicycles for transportation both from economic reasons and because of the lack of parking.

    Murillo: Yes. I have always known that speeding, traffic congestion, and scarcity of parking are issues for the Westside neighborhoods (the most dense in the City). But now that I am going door-to-door and speaking to my neighbors about their specific streets, I am painfully aware how the very quality of their lives are impacted by "too many cars" and the need for bicycle accommodation. I support improving both the Westside-to-Downtown and North-South connectivity. I have heard much support for making Chino Street a Bike Boulevard. Also, I must take credit for initiating the update of the Bicycle Master Plan -- in collaboration with members of the Transportation and Circulation Committee. There are so many benefits to encouraging residents to use bicycles as transportation: better physical health, reduction of carbon emissions, creating more space on the roads for people who must use their cars.

    SBBIKE: How will you work to implement the Bicycle Master Plan projects in District 3 once the plan is passed? What other ideas do you have for improving bicycling in Santa Barbara citywide?

    Byrne: I want to see safer biking on the WS but the approach needs to be carefully thought through and the neighbors need to be solidly on board. I am happy to gather WS residents together to meet with the Bicycle Coalition to talk through the plan, and address the residents’ concerns. I also support implementing safety improvements common in other cities like bollards or short poles to better protect bike lanes. I support implementing a concept like ‘bike freeways’ where some roads are specifically configured for heavy bike routes and car traffic is both used to it, and easily accommodates it.

    Cardoso: I would like to establish a committee of westside resident to study the issues and plans mentioned in #4, then to meet with and work with similar groups from other neighborhoods. We definitely need bike path and far greater safety.

    Murillo: Through the Westside Community Group, our neighborhood association, residents are actively engaged in transportation, as well as other neighborhood issues. It is critical that residents and members of the business community -- from every Santa Barbara neighborhood -- work with City staff, the City Council, the Bicycle Coalition, and COAST to implement the Plan. I will continue to provide strong leadership integrating bike friendly measures in land use planning. Longer term, I plan to work with other municipalities and the County for a truly regional approach to safe and convenient bicycling.

  • October 08, 2015 1:45 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    The City is hosting an open house to evaluate if Cota St. needs a bike lane between Downtown and Milpas. Keeping the Cota St. bike lane in the Bicycle Master Plan will finally create a safe cross-town bike route and close a dangerous gap on the Eastside. To build the 13-block long, corridor connecting Cota St. bike lane, the city would remove 6 block faces of parking from one side of Cota St. This would affect less than 1% of on-street East Downtown area parking.

    Cota Bike Lane Benefits:

    ·         SAFETY: Over 30 bike-involved collisions have been reported on Cota. St.

    ·         CONNECTIVITY: Currently, students, families and employees already use Cota to bike to Santa Barbara Junior High and to work.

    ·         SAFETY: A Cota St. lane would complete the one-way eastbound bike lane on Haley where people are forced to bike on sidewalks or against traffic because they do not have a westbound lane on Cota.

    ·         COMMUNITY-BENEFIT: This project creates a cross-town route to and from downtown while closing dangerous gaps

    Our community faces a choice: Can the Eastside finally have a safe connection for people biking to and from downtown? What is more important: A safe bike lane on Cota St. or 6 block faces of car parking?


    What: Bicycle Master Plan Cota St. Open House

    When: Monday Oct. 12th Drop in anytime between 4:00 - 7:00 PM

    Where: Santa Barbara Junior High

    How to help: If you support safe bike lanes on Cota come write in or voice a comment at this meeting. If you live, work or run a business near Cota Ave., speak up! If you cannot attend in person, please submit any comments to Peter Brown, Transportation Planner, at

  • October 08, 2015 1:22 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    District elections will be held on November 3, 2015. Three Santa Barbara districts--District 1 the Eastside, District 2, the Mesa, and District 3, the Westside--will be voting in City Council members. Here's what District 2 candidates said about what they envision for our community.

    We asked all 2015 Santa Barbara City Council candidates ...

    SBBIKE: Do you support Santa Barbara adopting Vision Zero best practices that have been successful in other cities pursuing the goal of zero fatalities to bicyclists and pedestrians? Yes or No. Explain:

    Luis EsparzaYes. The stated goal of reducing fatalities and injuries is laudable and deserving of local government support and assistance, although the platform available online lacks detailed suggestions. Additional crosswalks are needed at problematic intersections, existing crosswalks require enhancement to be more like the one at Meigs Road and Red Rose Way, and traffic signal timing can be slightly adjusted to better prevent collision possibility. A PR or media campaign would help counteract the increased aggressiveness and distractions of modern life.

    K. Missy McSweeney-Zeitsoff: Yes. Vision Zero is both sensible and workable.

    Randy Rowse: Yes. Of course, the goal of zero fatalities for bicyclists and pedestrians is desirable.  This concept, “Vision Zero” was adopted by the Swedish government in 1997 and has been met with great statistical success. I lived in Sweden for a time and am familiar with the culture, traffic systems, and the ability for the people to adapt to change. (Right-hand driving started one day in 1967, and no fatalities occurred.)  The reason I mention this is that the Swedes have little trouble in getting buy-in from their citizens for policy changes, unlike out here in the Wild West.  I supported the initial study stipend in order that the new program wouldn’t be either rejected out of hand or adopted blindly with the predictable stakeholder blowback and wasteful expenditure of tax dollars. I believe that education and enhanced enforcement for both drivers and cyclists/pedestrians would go a lot further and be more readily achievable for implementation than wholesale engineering changes. In short, my idea of  “Vision Zero” would be tailored specifically to our town and conditions rather than a template that works in other cities and cultures. Let’s have that discussion.

    SBBIKE: Do you support creating more bike corrals that add 10–20 bicycle parking spaces on the street by removing one car parking space, in cooperation with nearby merchants and neighbors seeking to increase business and customer convenience? Yes or No. Explain:

    Esparza: Yes. The current bike corral on Canon Perdido Street is usually full and exhibits the need and desire of the community for me. Creating the corrals in city and private parking lots may minimize objections by merchants and neighbors concerning loss of street vehicle parking.

    McSweeney-Zeitsoff: Yes. Removing 10 to 20 cars for the loss of 1 parking space is a good idea.

    Rowse: Yes. I worked with the Downtown Parking Committee when the first bike corral was installed on Canon Perdido. It worked there because of the chronic misuse of the sidewalks for bike storage in that location. It is very site specific. As we evolve our traffic and circulation policies for areas like the Funk Zone, the Victoria/State area and Milpas, we should have those discussions on a case-by-case basis. It is important to bear in mind that the parking inventory and proximity to intersection turning lanes are part of the public domain and not to be parceled out to narrow number of interests in the proximity.

    SBBIKE: Do you support a bike share system coming to Santa Barbara? Yes or No. Explain:

    Esparza: Yes, provided that the City enter into an agreement with a limited number of providers/or limits the systems to areas that best serves their users while minimizing any adverse impacts. Aesthetic considerations of the systems station design and even the bicycles themselves (similar to current signs regulations) serve an important role for their acceptance by non-users.

    McSweeney-Zeitsoff: Yes, but I would explore the systems used in cities with a successful program.

    Rowse: Yes. I do support bike sharing and have experienced it in other countries. Sonos is taking the private sector lead on this and should be applauded for their efforts. Other enterprises are showing interest, and the staging and logistics of these operations will be topics for the Planning Commission as well as Traffic and Circulation.

    We asked all District 2, Mesa candidates ...

    SBBIKE: The draft Bicycle Master Plan proposes bicycle lanes and paths on Shoreline and Cliff Drive, which would strengthen the bicycle network by connecting to existing bikeways. Do you support these projects? Yes or No. Explain:

    Esparza: Further/continued restriping of Cliff Drive toward Flora Vista Drive and perhaps beyond to future roundabout at Los Positas Road would increase network connection and safety overall. La Mesa Park, the pedestrian bridge by the lighthouse, Camino de la Luz, and Mesa Lane are all ideal for improvements that create an alternate and scenic neighborhood bicycle route that avoids the Mesa business corridor and its accompanying vehicle traffic.

    McSweeney-Zeitsoff: Yes. I will study this more. It seems like a trails system.

    Rowse: I am not clear on this question.  There are bike lanes on both Shoreline and Cliff Drive currently, some of which are class 1.  The draft plan has a distance to travel before implementation in many aspects.

    Added in second e-mail: One area I neglected to consider in my answer [to this question] was the length of Cliff between Flora Vista and Meigs. We had a very well attended neighborhood meeting led by city staff and our traffic engineer, Derrick Bailey.  The issue was the traffic patterns and intersection issues around the Flora Vista, Mesa Lane, and Cliff Drive areas. While there are four lanes of traffic at that point, the complexities involving Monroe School, the population density of the surrounding neighborhood, and the adjacent business district. In addition, that area does not have the alternative flow provided by Shoreline Drive as does the Eastern Mesa area. There are many variables to consider for reasonable bike travel. I, myself, travel through the neighborhoods on that stretch as opposed to Cliff Drive. Apart from that stretch, and, of course, Cliff from Loma Alta to Castillo, the Mesa is well-suited to safe bike travel.

    SBBIKE: How will you work to implement the Bicycle Master Plan projects in District 2 once the plan is passed? What other ideas do you have for improving bicycling in Santa Barbara citywide?

    Esparza: The contour of District 2’s coastline is naturally ideal for bike paths that can take users from one end of district to the other. Class 2 lanes feasibility increases with additionally restriping of Cliff Drive and consideration of bicycle use when designing and constructing future roundabout. Heeding the community’s request for green painting is a cost-effective method to achieve immediate results and mentally reinforces the right of non-vehicles to share our roads on drivers who are increasingly unaware or plainly unsympathetic to said right; while the planning and structural considerations of other methods are pending. Some other ideas for improving bicycling in our city include but are not limited to:

    a.   Instruct SBPD for strict enforcement of driving while distracted (i.e. texting) traffic violations;

    b.  Minimize traffic and driver anxiety in general by working with public and private employers to implement employee “shift-shifting”. For example, many businesses and employees may want to begin their work shift earlier and be done earlier in the day, or conversely, begin the work shift later and work until later in the day; and

    c.   Increase education, workshops, and outreach concerning overall use of bicycles.

    McSweeney-Zeitsoff: After council passes the BMP, with my vote, staff will implement it, with Council overseeing the process and the progress.

    My other bike/pedestrian safety measures would include more crosswalks, with the blinking lights; more education on helmet use and observation of traffic rules; use of green paint in areas of increased danger; and, with consultation with bicycle riders, the possibility of lane divider bumps in some areas. There is currently some uneasy feeling between those who ride bikes and those who only drive cars. There should be some community meeting to vent and agree to learning to co-exist on the road, to mutual benefit.  I am trained in mediation. I lived in Malibu for 28 years, so I understand this controversial subject. I was on the first Council.

    Rowse: One issue in the works is the potential class 1 bike lane on Las Positas, its connection to the new roundabout, and the enhancement of the Modoc bikeways, with connectivity to UCSB.  As stated in answer #4, the draft Bicycle Master Plan is not ready for implementation, as pointed out by neighborhood stakeholders. We do have decent connectivity within District 2, but the issue, in my opinion, is more acute in the downtown area. Safe and attractive bicycle travel is important and desirable in a town that naturally lends itself to this activity. All types of personal conveyance must be provided for, and options to do any of them safely and conveniently are the job of planners, law enforcement, and, ultimately, Council.

    It is my hope and vision that the Bicycle Master Plan helps to lay out the best routes for bicycle travel that make it clear to cyclists and cars alike which routes are optimum and should be expected to be used for bike travel.  The implementation should be phased in triage-like fashion, wherein the color coding of bike lanes could be accomplished first and likely within our current budget. Education would be the job of the Bicycle Coalition, along with law enforcement, hopefully starting in the schools. Law enforcement, in the form of bike patrols and motorcycle police, should conduct regular crossing ‘sting’ operations that ticket errant motorists as well as cycling scofflaws. The phased-in approach should yield the greatest benefit in the shortest time span.”

  • October 08, 2015 12:57 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    District elections will be held on November 3, 2015. Three Santa Barbara districts--District 1 the Eastside, District 2, the Mesa, and District 3, the Westside--will be voting in City Council members. We asked all candidates who will be on the ballot. Here's what the three District 1 candidates who responded by press time said about what they envision for our community.


    We asked all 2015 Santa Barbara City Council candidates ... 

    SBBIKEDo you support Santa Barbara adopting Vision Zero best practices that have been successful in other cities pursuing the goal of zero fatalities to bicyclists and pedestrians? Yes or No. Explain:


    Cruzito Herrera Cruz:Yes. [I] would support a policy of “Vision Zero”. In supporting a Vision Zero policy is critical goal to saving lives via drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Our city roads must be designed to minimize the ability to make a mistake because our City's street infrastructure has limited road designs and making the roadways and walkways safer is a positive position to implement.


    Jason Dominguez: Yes. I’m for improved infrastructure, education, and enforcement to save lives, improve mental and physical health, and the environment. Physical barricades, traffic calming, and other engineering measures are needed. People would ride more if streets were safer and felt safer. My goal is to have 25 percent of Santa Barbara commuting, running errands, or participating in recreational cycling. SB is nearly the worst city in CA for injuries to pedestrians and cyclists from cars.

    My demographic (men 45+) are the most common victim of serious injuries and fatalities; I am happy to share my insight to help reduce injuries to this group and improve SB’s ranking. I was injured in SB while bike commuting; trucks and moving vans were involved. I suffered serious injuries and was lucky to avoid permanent disability, and that experience has made me committed to safe streets.


    Andrea Martinez Cohen: Yes. First developed in Sweden in 1994, Vision Zero is guided by the principle that convenience to the users of a city or nation’s roadways should never take precedence over human life. I wholeheartedly agree, and I support a Vision Zero policy that will bring our traffic fatality rate down to zero by 2025.

    San Francisco is one of the first US Cities to adopt Vision Zero, and we can learn much from their approach. They are currently working on the implementation with five focus areas: engineering, education, enforcement, evaluation, and policy to create a transportation system that is safe for all road users, for all modes of transportation, in all neighborhoods, and for people of all ages and abilities.

    Santa Barbara should be a leader in this movement, and bring together not only City departments, but MTD, the police department, schools, and the public to make all neighborhoods in the City safer and healthier.


    SBBIKEDo you support creating more bike corrals that add 10–20 bicycle parking spaces on the street by removing one car parking space, in cooperation with nearby merchants and neighbors seeking to increase business and customer convenience? Yes or No. Explain:


    Cruz: Yes. I would be supportive of erecting more bike corrals. With the following stakeholders, community members, and business merchants in designating areas consent and approval.


    Dominguez: Yes. I bike to work and shopping when possible, and more bike parking is needed for the latter. Racks will help to achieve 25 percent biking rate in SB and protect pedestrians and bikes from harm.


    Martinez Cohen: Yes. As an avid bike rider myself, I am a strong supporter of bike corrals because oftentimes it is hard to find a place to safely lock your bike when there are no options or all the spots are already taken. The examples in front of Handlebar Roasters near Downtown and Figueroa Mountain Brewery in the Funk Zone are working well for the community and Fig Mtn did not have to eliminate any parking.


    SBBIKEDo you support a bike share system coming to Santa Barbara? Yes or No. Explain:


    Cruz: [I] need to learn more about the bike share system. A study of other cities in the State has been undertaken to educate myself. In concept, yes it is a mode of transportation that I would support and it is very appropriate for our City.


    Dominguez: Yes. My experience in several cities is they provide healthy, cheap, ecological, and fast means to transport oneself. We have perfect weather for biking. Many tourists, students, and residents would ride, which decreases traffic and increases economic vitality. Holland has wealth, horrible weather and still enjoys a very high ridership. I would encourage car sharing services as well, to further cut car dependency.


    Martinez Cohen: Yes. Other cities like San Francisco, San Jose, and Barcelona have successfully implemented bike share systems that raise additional long-term revenues and also provide tourist-friendly services.

    We asked District 1, Eastside candidates ...

    SBBIKEThe draft Bicycle Master Plan proposes a bicycle boulevard on Alisos Street and a bicycle Lane on Cota Street. Both of these projects would fix gaps in our current bikeway network and improve overall mobility in the city. Do you support these projects? Yes or No. Explain:

    Cruz: Yes to both of these projects. The bicycle boulevard has complications with the surrounding community members and parking. Complications and problems which can be addressed are parking, traffic, and residential circulation. The bicycle lane will limit parking and/or traffic direction. A proactive position can be taken on both projects in District 1 because [of] the lack there of safe-designed-bikes-lanes/boulevard.

    Dominguez: Yes. I attended the Alisos demonstration. I converted a long-time local activist, living on Alisos, a non-biker, into a proponent with a simple explanation of the boulevard plan. She was against it based on misconceptions that were quickly dispelled with data and facts. I have been speaking with several audiences. Many people are enthusiastic, though some are worried about past designs and actions, bulb-outs, and fears that plan will lengthen commutes.

    Martinez Cohen: Yes. I agree that these two projects fix gaps in the current network and can attest to the fact that these streets are already being used as the preferred crosstown routes linking the Eastside to Downtown and the Westside. Residents I have spoken with on Alisos St. are supportive of the project, and the demonstration in May was a successful outreach event. By keeping most bike traffic on Cota while vehicle traffic benefits from more efficient thoroughfares on Haley & Gutierrez Streets, the overall mobility of commuters is improved and safer.

    SBBIKEHow will you work to implement the Bicycle Master Plan projects in District 1 once the plan is passed? What other ideas do you have for improving bicycling in Santa Barbara citywide?

    Cruz: Once the Bicycle Master Plan is implemented to improve the cycling infrastructure development in our City, it is critical to have the governmental financial support to finance the continued maintenance and repair of bike lanes. These efforts will provide greater safety for bicyclists, pedestrians, and general public. Future support is to eventually implement a designated bike network throughout the City. Just like a traffic circulation map, but here it would be a bike circulation map for the entire City of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbarians deserve better, fully integrated bike paths.

    Dominguez: I will conduct outreach at business, non-profit, and government functions.

    I will encourage residents to get involved, show their support, make suggestions, and bike through the areas and give my input.  

    There are approximately 4,000 students in my district. I will encourage them and their parents to become involved. No one wants their child riding in door zones.

    I am part of two large leadership circles in SB. I will use them to do outreach.

    I am an alumni and board member for Leadership Santa Barbara County and a participant in Courage to Lead, part of Lead From Within.

    I would encourage employers to encourage staff to bike to work, as it would reduce parking costs, absenteeism, and air pollution, in a part of the city with the highest environmental hazards and the most vulnerable population. They can provide showers, secure bike parking, casual attire, cash/tax incentives, workshops, etc.

    Martinez Cohen: I will work together with the Planning Commission and city staff to implement the projects outlined in the Bike Master Plan in District 1 in a transparent and productive manner. I will see that existing community groups are included in the outreach, planning, and implementation. I will also see that the aspects of the plan that can [be] implemented quickly, like painting existing bike lanes for better visibility, get top priority and happen in a timely manner. Another idea I have for improving bicycling citywide is providing more bilingual education and outreach to Spanish speakers on traffic safety and bicycle laws.

  • October 06, 2015 5:59 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Last week, a Santa Barbara High School student and member of SBici, the school’s bicycle club, was involved in a car-bike collision en route to school. While she is home now, the sixteen-year old student was in the hospital for forty-

    eight hours.

    Tomorrow, Wednesday October 7, is International Walk to School Day. This means many students, parents, and teachers in our community will be walking and biking to and from school.

    We urge everyone to be aware of the expected increase in pedestrians and bicycles, especially along school routes. And, as always, please be safe and predictable and visible no matter what transportation choice you make.

  • September 17, 2015 1:22 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    An article today from Streetsblog CA reports "Caltrans received 617 applications this year, requesting over $1 billion in funds. With only $360 million available over the three-year cycle, that meant some hard decisions had to be made." 

    Now is the best time contact our representatives in Sacramento who are currently considering ABX-123, an assembly bill which would double the amount of funding in the ATP Program, which funds bicycling and walking infrastructure statewide. The form to contact your rep can be found here.

  • September 17, 2015 11:41 AM | Ed France (Administrator)

    Santa Barbara boasts some of the most beautiful and well visited sections of our coast and coastal trail. SBBIKE and Bici Centro's work to make this important route more accessible is featured in two videos within a KCET series by rigler creative. 

    KCET completes part 1 of Digital Field Guide to The California Coastal Trail Spanning 

    Six Counties Along the State Coastline.

    Burbank, Calif. - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station, completed stage 1 of CALIFORNIA COASTAL TRAIL, a robust digital field guide which aims to raise awareness about the 

    California Coastal Trail; its past, its present, and future through a series of videos, online guides, and historical 


    The online exclusive series explores the trail in 30 short films portraying communities within sight, sound, or smell of 

    the ocean along the state's coast between the Mexican and Oregon borders.

    Here a link to the series video page.

  • September 17, 2015 11:15 AM | Ed France (Administrator)

    It was the end of the line. After some 12 miles of Class 1 separated Bikeway from Hope Ranch to the far west end of Isla Vista, the pathway abruptly stops at Storke road, but not for long. 

    What was once a golf course and is now the North Campus Open Space, part of the UCSB campus has been awarded state funding to host a needed extension of the bikeway from Storke  westward into Ellwood.  This will help bridge a gap to another key Class 1 protected bikeway along Hollister Avenue to reach Ellwood School from Pacific Oaks road.

    Kudos go to the UCSB project team led by Lisa Stratton of the Cheadle Center forBiodiversity and and Ecological Restoration. The Bike and Ped 'Multi-modal' pathway has been awarded $2.45 million dollars to connect very dense student housing, residential neighborhoods, and schools, all along the Coastal Route and restored wetland habitat.

    Here is a letter of support from SBBIKE for the project:

    In response to the application by the UC Regents for the UC Santa Barbara

    (UCSB), North Campus Open Space Multi-modal Trail Project, the Santa Barbara 

    Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE) would like to give our strongest endorsement for its 


    This UCSB Campus community is a target-rich environment that includes both the 

    highest bicycle mode share in the state, and this gap in the bikeway network. New 

    campus and private development in the area is just one block past the end of the robust 

    UCSB network of Class 1 protected bikeways responsible for the high rates of 

    bicycling. This multi-use trail segment will extend that network to serve thousands 

    of new student and staff dwellings with destinations at UCSB, in addition to new bike 

    commuters from existing dwellings. It will also connect a missing portion of the California 

    Coastal Route. The multi-use trail - bordering dense residential neighborhoods, directly 

    between a major commercial center and the Campus -can easily generate thousands 

    of new daily bicycle trips.

    The North Campus Open Space Multi-modal Trail will make numerous significant 

    connections. Elementary schools to housing; connections for children and adults to 

    the nature preserve and its opportunities for recreation and learning; connecting 

    bike routes along the California Coastal Trail/Bike Route, which encourage active 

    transportation choices for residents and which fill the gaps in the bikeways network. 

    There's also an opportunity to mitigate congestion at the Starke/Hollister 

    intersection, which is a focus of the City of Goleta. Increased connectivity to trails to 

    the beach will open more public access to the coastline. Lastly, this trail is an 

    opportunity to connect .regional transportation  plans and Active Transportation Plans 

    of surrounding jurisdictions with UCSB's Bike Plan.

    As all five jurisdictions of Santa Barbara County’s South Coast, from Goleta to 

    Carpinteria, are currently updating or creating new bicycle master plans, we are at a 

    critical moment with a unique opportunity. UCSB plans to complete its Bicycle 

    Master Plan to prioritize bikeway connectivity for its students, faculty and staff 

    traveling onto and off campus. Now is the time to coordinate local and regional 

    plans, and this project is a key connector through a former barrier for significant 

    increases in the active transportation capacity of the surrounding communities, 

    promoting a coherent, connected, multi-modal transportation network.

    Two new UCSB housing developments currently under construction will provide 

    1,515 beds for undergraduates and 36 family units by 2016. We are thrilled that this 

    trail will give future inhabitants of these residences easy and safe access to the 

    trail and bicycle network and ensure that trips to the Camino Real 

    Marketplace or to the UCSB campus, all well within cycling distance, are safe, 

    convenient and inviting without use of a car.

  • September 03, 2015 3:00 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)


    Claudia Henrie has a dream. To see every one of her seven children biking safely and confidently. “I want to get nine out of nine of us riding, eventually.”

    With kids ranging in age from 7 months to 14 years, it looks to be a long journey. But a recent event at her children’s elementary school gave Henrie a little help along the way.

    On August 24, Vieja Valley Elementary kicked off the new school year with Bici Familia. A team effort by SBBIKE, COAST, and a slew of volunteers, the family bike night proved to be a fun and educational evening for all.

    The evening began with bike valet and tune-ups. Children munched on pizza in the auditorium and watched a cartoon on bike safety, while SBBIKE volunteers cranked away outside.

    Even SBBIKE executive director Ed France got his hands greasy wrenching the pint-sized bikes. “We’re really looking for the basic things, tires that need air, loose brakes, things that don’t pass the ABC check.”

    Meanwhile, the children were being quizzed by SBBIKE’s education director Christine Bourgeois and COAST’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Kim Stanley-Zimmerman.

    “What do you do at a stop sign?”

    The auditorium responded in youthful unison, “Stop!”

    After the safety talk, participants were invited out to the blacktop where they rode through an obstacle course composed of sidewalk chalk, mini road signs, wooden cutouts, and lots of adult helpers.

    The bike night was an attempt to address concerns after two boys were involved in a collision last school year. The students, who were hit by a car exiting a parking lot, were not seriously injured, but the accident highlighted a need for improved safety. Hope School District Superintendent Daniel Cooperman said, “We wanted to do everything we could to improve safety for our children.”

    Out on the blacktop the young cyclists practiced signaling, steering around each other, and avoiding being doored by a mom-manned cardboard car.

    Students ten years and older were invited to leave the confines of the playground and hit the open road with new principal Juan Ricoy. Donning bright yellow Bici Centro vests, they made their way down the street practicing the skills they had learned.

    As the evening drew to a close, Henrie watched her boys take another lap. “This is fantastic. This is preparation for all of the variety of real life that will come, the doors that pop open, the stop signs. And it’s fun.”

    Standing in the glow of the setting sun, she mentioned early bedtimes, but it was clear that no one was ready to head home just yet.

    “When we moved here from Pennsylvania a year ago, the first thing I said was, “We’re all getting bikes!”

    Now she’s dreaming of the day her entire family can ride them together.

    With the help of another successful Bici Familia event, they are well on their way.

    Photo Captions: 1. Students practice looking both ways before pedaling. 2. Simeon Henrie makes a sharp turn during a hand signal drill. ANDIE BRIDGES

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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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