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  • January 27, 2015 2:36 PM | Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Administrator)

    On Thursday at 7pm at SBBIKE headquarters, the Bici Centro Shop Committee will be meeting to discuss ideas on the direction of Bici Centro in 2015.  There is a new volunteer manual for the shop that needs to be looked over, edited, amended, and voted upon.  The committee also needs to elect a chairman for 2015.  For volunteers and users of the shop, this is your opportunity to have your input and influence the direction, layout, protocols and procedures in Bici Centro.  If there's something you'd like to improve, or something you think should be done differently, Shop Committee is your forum to voice these opinions.  It's a community shop, after all, and the more voices that have input the better for everyone.  Join us! Sign up here.

  • January 21, 2015 1:46 PM | Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Administrator)

    The Santa Barbara Bowl has announced its first couple concerts of 2015! We're hoping to see more people cycling than ever to the bowl this year, and SBBIKE's FREE bike valet service will have an expanded area to park bikes! Please note: Only Members of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition can sign up to volunteer for bike valet at the bowl, where they get a free pass to the concert and 1/2 price food!  Join today, and be on the look out for more concerts and volunteer opportunities posted on our events calendar.

  • January 21, 2015 11:13 AM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)

    Bicycling Education Coordinator (Santa Maria, SB North County)

    Organization: Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, DBA Bici Centro

    Title: Education Coordinator

    Job Type: Contract based (20h/week)

    Location:  Santa Barbara North County (Santa Maria, CA)

    Pay Rate: $15+ Hour DOE

    The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE) is a countywide advocacy and resource organization that promotes bicycling for safe transportation and recreation. Bici Centro, a project of the SBBIKE, is a community DIY bicycle repair shop and education center, with the goal of facilitating skill share and increased reliability and safety for Santa Barbara county riders.

    Position Description:

    SBBIKE is looking for a motivated individual who will grow the existing Santa Maria area youth education programs as well as develop some adult bike education and outreach for businesses.

    Reports to:

    Education Director & Executive Director

    Responsibilities include:

    1) Scheduling and coordinating educational offerings in North County including:

    ·      Street Skills for adults

    ·      Lunch & Learn for businesses

    ·      Youth Earn a Bike type Programming

    ·      Family-Focused Bike Education Events

    ·      Related Elements that complement the overall program

    2) Using SBBIKE website for marketing and recruitment of students in North County

    3) strategically planning, developing, and implementing programs using volunteers, certified instructors and available financial resources

    4) Recruiting, training bicycling instructors & teaching assistants (team work with Education Director)

    5) Recruiting volunteers and ongoing program support


    6) Developing partnerships with other stakeholders in the community

    7) Developing outcome measures and means of data collection


    ·      Strong organizational skills

    ·      Computer literacy; use of social media (Facebook)  

    ·      Ability to work independently with minimal oversight

    ·      A positive attitude and the ability to be flexible in the face of changing priorities and requirements

    ·      Team-oriented and able to accept ideas and strategy from other individuals

    ·      Ability to establish relationship with governmental and non-profit organizations to further the mission of SBBIKE

    ·      Experience with budgeting and expense reporting

    ·      Experience measuring outcomes: results oriented

    ·      Ability to act as a professional and responsible ambassador for SBBIKE: answer questions knowledgably

    ·      Willing to drive for outreach event in Santa Barbara County

    ·      Must possess a valid drivers license, a clean driving record with no moving violations in the past three years

    Beneficial Qualifications

    ·      Enthusiasm for bicycling in all its forms (commuting, recreation and sport)

    ·      A good “people person” with strong oral and/or writing skills

    ·      Certification as a League Cycling Instructor (LCI)

    ·      Spanish fluency

    How to apply:

    Telephone inquiries are not accepted.

    Please include resume and cover letter to be sent to

    Please attach your resume as a PDF.

    All materials should be received by February 13, 2015.

  • January 15, 2015 12:33 PM | Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Administrator)

    Ever wanted to say "I'm a card carrying member" of an organization?  Well, you can now!  SBBIKE is proud to unveil our membership cards, fresh for 2015.  Flash this thing around town at local bike shops, restaurants, hotels, and even an auto-shop (the irony isn't lost on us!).  We're compiling our list of businesses which offer discounts to SBBIKE members and the list will continue to grow. JOIN!  Current members will receive their cards by mail soon. 

  • January 15, 2015 12:08 PM | Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Administrator)

    SBBIKE Welcomes Cottage Hospital as our newest Platinum Business Member!  Look for and SBBIKE table at the Hospital's Annual Employee Benefit Fair. We're also pleased to announce VeloPro Bicycle Shop(s) have been upgraded to our Carbon Fiber Bicycle Shop Member Level.  Members of SBBIKE enjoy a 10% discount of parts and service at both locations. Join now! 

  • January 08, 2015 9:25 AM | Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Administrator)

    Racers and Race Fans - mark your calendars!  January 25th will be the 1st Annual Carlos Soto Memorial Criterium in Santa Barbara (formerly called "The Mothball Ctrierium). The event is a benefit for Echelon Jr's Development Program and your favorite community bicycle shop - Bici Centro! Sign up to ride or show up to support the racers and Bici Centro.


  • January 08, 2015 9:16 AM | Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Administrator)

    The City of Goleta wants your input at its Old Town Park workshop on Wednesday, January 14th from 6-8pm. City staff is inviting the public to attend a workshop in order to gain community feedback on alternative designs that would maintain the essence of the existing design and its amenities. The goal is to make changes that would result in the necessary reductions in water demand of the proposed park. Possible options under consideration would include reducing the size of the multi-use turf playing field, an increase in the size of the skateboard plaza, and any other increased hardscape areas for active play.  There is also a bike path adjacent to the park!  

  • January 07, 2015 8:27 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Still considering that perfect New Year’s resolution? It’s that time of year, as a wise friend of mine pointed out, not necessarily to make a sudden change but to plant the seeds that will germinate as we move through the next year and flower into the parts of us we want to develop, the fruits we want to share with our community.


    How about making a commitment to volunteer? SBBIKE--with its outreach, education, and advocacy arms and DIY shop--is the perfect organization to volunteer with.


    We’ll be holding a new Volunteer Orientation on Tuesday, January 13, at 5 p.m. Join us at SBBIKE headquarters at 506 E Haley Street. Get familiarized with the organization, shop protocols, and procedures.  And let us know what your interests and skills are. This will be the first of six orientations through the year.


    At SBBIKE, you can work on the projects that inspire you. Get involved in Education, and be a part of bringing cycling skills and safety to local youth and adults alike. You might even become a Licensed Certified Instructor and teach programs like Pedal Power or mentor with school programs from elementary through early college. Reach out to underserved communities, helping both them and their needs be more visible with Spanish Outreach. Mix with our Advocacy gurus to bring bicycle/ped-friendly infrastructure that will transform ours into a community that’s safer and healthier for everyone. Bring your mechanical skills to the Bici Centro shop and share the joy of Do It Yourself with others. Share those wrenching skills and build the bikes that fund our programs and the rides that go to youth who earn bikes through education programs or at outreach giveaways. Write articles or take photographs to share with our communications efforts.


    SBBIKE is an inclusive community full of hardworking, diverse, dedicated people. Whatever your skills or interests, if volunteering with our community suits your goals for 2015, we’re excited for you to join our crew.


    See you Tuesday, 5 p.m., SBBIKE/Bici Centro headquarters.


    Photo: Part of the SBBIKE crew. By PAUL WELLMAN 

  • January 05, 2015 4:59 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Bici Centro is more than doubling its hours for the new year. That means all the more time for you to use the shop’s stands, tools, and assistance from volunteer mechanics and tackle those projects to stoke out your bike for 2015! Bici will now be open Wednesdays through Fridays from noon – 7 p.m. and Saturdays from noon – 5:00 p.m.


    Volunteer days on Tuesdays--when the work of volunteer wrenchers supports SBBIKE’s many projects, programs, and outreach--are also extended. Volunteers can come by from noon – 7 p.m., allowing the person in charge to put less energy into assigning tasks when volunteers all rush in and greatly increase the output, says Bici’s volunteer coordinator Joey Juhasz-Lukomski.

    As a reminder, all who want to work on their own bicycles--from tune-ups and general maintenance to larger-scale repairs or technical work--are welcome. Bici also offers a variety of affordable new and used parts. And while those with the know-how can rent a stand and work at their own pace, you don’t have to know what you’re doing to use Bici’s DIY stands. Volunteers will be on hand to help you learn about taking care of your own bike.

    Plus, the shop/community center is a great place to hang out for cyclists of all types and interest levels. Stop in and get the latest on community cycling events, upcoming classes, and volunteer opportunities. Get involved with efforts to improve cycling and walking infrastructure throughout our county and mingle with friends.

    Increased demand, says Juhasz-Lukomski, is what prompted the extended hours. And he’s stoked about what the new hours will mean for customers and SBBIKE projects alike. The shop was previously not available for DIY wrenchers until 4:00, at which point there’d be a rush of patrons who were waiting to start their projects. The new hours will help with the flow and allow for bigger projects to be completed in one day. “If you’ve got something that might take all day,” says Juhasz-Lukomski, “you can hang out from noon to seven.”

    The shop’s entrance is at 434 Olive Street. See you soon. And Happy 2015!

  • December 18, 2014 10:15 AM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Twenty local kids will receive bicycles for Christmas this year! SBBIKE volunteers refurbished the rides as part of the coalition’s second annual, A Bike 4 Christmas. Last year, a volunteer who remembers growing up without and what it would have felt like to get a shiny bicycle and be able to participate when everyone at school was discussing their Christmas goodies helped launch the program.



    The recipients of this weekend’s giveaway, all under the age of ten and selected by the Franklin Neighborhood Center, will receive helmets too, plus some instructions on safe riding (their parents will get this safety training too).

    Look for photos of this year's Christmas steeds and happy kids coming soon. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers. Happy holidays and safe biking to all!


    Photo: A recipient at the 2013 Bike 4 Christmas! By CHRISTINE BOURGEOIS
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Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, PO Box 92047, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
Bici Centro, PO Box 91222, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
located at 506 E. Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone: 805 617-3255
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