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  • September 11, 2014 1:27 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    California By Bike 2014 Bike Tour • “Surf N Turf” • Oct. 31-Nov. 5

    Five days, 241 miles, fully-supported fun tour from Santa Barbara to San Diego

    The most fun you’ll have raising money for better bikeways in California

    Come tour southern California’s beautiful coastline with fantastic new friends. Enjoy great accommodations and food and connections with CAR8fellow bicyclists committed to bettering every Californian’s cycling experience.

    Our unique position as leaders of California’s bike movement will give us special access to community leaders and superstars in the bike world whom you’ll get to meet. Proceeds benefit the Better Bikeways campaign, advocating for more funding and improved design for bikeways in California, and the Give Me 3 campaign, created to promote awareness of the Three Feet for Safety Act going into effect in September 2014.

    Lodging, full rest stops, most meals, SAG and mechanic support, jersey, and entertainment included in the tour price of $2,150. You can fundraise to support your ride which we’ll make easy with a personal fundraising page (coming soon), or register with the full price and reserve your spot outright. Registration fees are $100.00.

    The California by Bike Surf ’N Turf Tour is your opportunity to make a difference for every person who desires to live, breathe and maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle in our state – while having a great deal of fun.

    Registration fee: $100. Total fundraising commitment: $2150. We can help you raise the funds.


  • September 05, 2014 2:18 PM | Ed France (Administrator)
    It hasn't officially opened yet, but as soon as the construction fencing was cut the last week of August, beach-going locals and bicyclists from far and wide rushed to get a chance to ride the new route.

    The path is phenomenal. Sure, there is feedback about it being a bit narrow, lacking some needed signage, the ooff-ramp crossing at Mussel Shoals, but, all in all, cyclists and locals are thrilled. For the first time in the last 50 years, no one has to ride a bike on the freeway to connect to Ventura from Santa Barbara. This path, and its story, is a perfect example of how we can build needed bikeway infrastructure to complete the coast route and Connect our Community.

     When Ventura county and Cal trans first met to scope out a widening effort of the section of freeway south of Rincon, leadership at the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition saw an opportunity. The freeway widening project could also close a long standing gap in the California Coastal route where cyclists were forced to ride on the freeway. This critical three mile gap is now three miles of beautiful ocean bikepath.

    Thanks to Cal Trans district 7, Ventura County, SBCAG, and the Coastal Commission, cyclists now not only have a safe, comfortable - and beautiful connection, but also a beautiful oceanside bicycle route that improves beach access and enhances active recreation - touring- and even some commuting for area riders. 

    This project was a 6 year effort in which a multitude of individuals and institutions played a role. What next will we do, together, to continue to connect our community with safe, accessible bike paths for all?


  • September 05, 2014 1:56 PM | Ed France (Administrator)


  • September 05, 2014 1:55 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    California By Bike 2014 Bike Tour • “Surf N Turf” • Oct. 31-Nov. 5

    Five days, 241 miles, fully-supported fun tour from Santa Barbara to San Diego

    The most fun you’ll have raising money for better bikeways in California

    Come tour southern California’s beautiful coastline with fantastic new friends. Enjoy great accommodations and food and connections with CAR8fellow bicyclists committed to bettering every Californian’s cycling experience.

    Our unique position as leaders of California’s bike movement will give us special access to community leaders and superstars in the bike world whom you’ll get to meet. Proceeds benefit the Better Bikeways campaign, advocating for more funding and improved design for bikeways in California, and the Give Me 3 campaign, created to promote awareness of the Three Feet for Safety Act going into effect in September 2014.

    Lodging, full rest stops, most meals, SAG and mechanic support, jersey, and entertainment included in the tour price of $2,150. You can fundraise to support your ride which we’ll make easy with a personal fundraising page (coming soon), or register with the full price and reserve your spot outright. Registration fees are $100.00.

    The California by Bike Surf ’N Turf Tour is your opportunity to make a difference for every person who desires to live, breathe and maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle in our state – while having a great deal of fun.

    Registration fee: $100. Total fundraising commitment: $2150. We can help you raise the funds.


  • September 03, 2014 4:48 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Recently, SBBIKE applauded the purchase of its building. But what’s being celebrated is so much more than a building. The Haley Street space is and will be home of Santa Barbara’s current and future transportation center--“part of the permanent fabric of the community,” SBBIKE board member Matt Dobberteen said at a gathering marking the purchase.

    This is a future SBBIKE members are looking forward to with the same vision that has driven the coalition to its recent leaps and bounds. Executive Director Ed France expressed gratitude to the many who supported the purchase and the coalition in countless ways. “We’ve been hiking through the forest and over mountains,” France told the group. He thanked those who saw where the coalition was going when, at times, the destination was just beyond view. “This is a milepost,” he enthused. And he’s ready to continue toward the next one.

    Dan Fishbein, one of the many donors who made the purchase a reality, said it was a personal milepost for him as well--a culmination of all he’s done for and as part of a lifestyle that has supported him. On behalf of the other donors, he added, “We’re happy to give back to the community to support something we love.”

     

     

    Dobberteen touched on the fund-raising efforts leading to the purchase and said they were enjoyable. “Why?” he asked. “Because of all of you!” He talked about SBBIKE’s programs, advocacy and outreach efforts, and the many ways both the coalition and its shop arm, Bici Centro, support the community--making it easy to ask for support. “Riding a bicycle impacts and touches so many areas,” he added, mentioning the environment, saving money, health benefits, community growth, and more. “It’s easy to talk about.”

    As for reaching the next milestone, “Keep running and using the programs,” Dobberteen said. “Keep volunteering. Keep talking to friends and elected officials. Be the megaphone--get the word out!”

     

    Board president Michael Chiacos opened the celebration with a moment of silence for someone who knew how to do just at. Ralph Fertig, who Chiacos and others have called “the grandfather of cycling in Santa Barbara” and who avidly worked for decades to get the word about bicycling out, passed away on the day of the closing.

     Photo by PAUL WELLMAN

  • September 01, 2014 5:58 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Over the past five years, SBBIKE has developed a number of popular cycling skills courses. Now three of these courses will be available to a wider audience. Check out the newest courses offered through Santa Barbara City College’s Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL). Tell your friends!

     

    This fall, folks can learn to commute by bicycle, to ride with the family, or to repair their own bikes. All three courses will be led by SBBIKE’s own League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors.

    In Bike Commuter Basics, students will learn from skilled commuter, Mike Vergeer, how to join the throngs who are opting to save money and hassle and get some exercise by biking to work. The course will cover maintenance, equipment, and safety and will include a practice ride.

    Family Fun on Bicycles will also include a ride. This course will focus on safe handling skills, offer parents coaching tips, and help kids build riding confidence.

    Over the course of eight weeks, students will get hands-on practice and expert instruction on maintaining and repairing their bicycles in Learn to Fix Your Bike. Expert mechanic Shawn von Biela will teach a different part of the bike each week, and participants will learn how to save money and keep their bikes on the road.

    Classes start soon, and registration is open now! To sign up or learn more, visit www.sbcc.edu/cll.

     

  • August 25, 2014 9:00 AM | Ed France (Administrator)

    Dear City of Santa Barbara Mr. Hotchkiss,


    While there have been many great responses from community members in response to your opinion piece, I would like to add into the discussion on behalf of the 650 members and numerous supporters of the SB Bicycle Coalition.


    First of all I would like to alleviate some of your concerns about the poor share of Santa Barbarans who ride their bikes.  I am pleased to inform you that the number of people cycling out there is actually much higher than suggested in the more than 10 year old data you have seemed to have been citing. As City staff have indicated bike to work rates have grown 101% since the time of the data you reference. This growing rate of bicycling to work, however is just a small share of the total trips by bicycle. This doesn’t count trips to school, for errands or for fun.


    As your colleague Dale Francisco pointed out in the council hearing on the Bicycle Master Plan process, perhaps a better measure wouldn’t be bicycle to work trips. Those are only a small share of all trips. What we should think critically about is making short trips, especially under 2 miles, safe and accessible by bike. Since 40% of all trips are under 2 miles-we have room to grow! Often these trips are faster by bike then car, especially when you consider congestion and parking.


    The fact that we’ve focused so heavily on bicycling to work, a fraction of all trips, has contributed to an ‘either-or’ and unnecessarily divisive discussion. The question isn’t ‘Bikes over Cars’ but rather ‘What is the right tool for the job?’. If you need to go to the hospital, pick up a load of mulch or long distance commute, a car or truck can be ideal. But what about going around the corner or down the hill for a coffee or a quart of milk? Or a meeting downtown? What about in-town trip options for the residents of downtown, the Westside, Oak Park, and eastside neighborhoods? Do all those trips need to be by car? There is nothing absolutist in the popular request by many Santa Barbarans that we would like to take some of these trips by bike- but our City leaders need to help make it safe.


    Do you want for your kids to be able to ride in your neighborhood? Would you like to be able to ride for short trips downtown but feel it is unsafe? Are you concerned about growing congestion? Is it acceptable for Santa Barbara to be the third most dangerous CA city for cyclists and similarly dangerous for pedestrians?


    Let’s move past old arguments about us vs them. Let’s address cyclists breaking traffic rules AND let’s better enforce all the dangerous driving. Let’s work to make our roadways safe for everyone, and claim Santa Barbara’s role as a national bicycling leader.


    #bikesovercars?


  • August 21, 2014 3:25 PM | Ed France (Administrator)


    Connecting Our Community - In Tandem from Daniel Girard on Vimeo.


    http://vimeo.com/103414041


  • August 11, 2014 6:01 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    By Robert Caiza, translated by Holly Starley

    In the circle of life, we all have the opportunity to learn and to teach. For some people, the joy of learning, teaching, and helping simply exists within them. So, once they’ve found a passion, the rest is easy.

     

    I’ve had the opportunity to know Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE) since its inception, and the individuals who comprise it have become good friends. Now I have the happiness of continuing to learn, teach, and help in our community. Through this, I’ve been fortunate to meet many people who have inspired me and guided me to continue being part of this exceptional group.

    One of these people, who I met while teaching a street skills cycling class, was Carmen Lozano. I knew from day one after we’d chatted a bit, that she had come to share with our organization a little of her time, inspiration, commitment, hard work, and dedication.

     

    And as I mentioned before, the student became the teacher. Carmen, in a very short time, was connected with SBBIKE, and in the blink of an eye, she was part of our Spanish Outreach Committee. Sharing SBBIKE’s vision of helping Latino cyclists in our community, educating, and teaching, Carmen demonstrated great enthusiasm. And soon, she took the baton.

    It’s worth noting that the work Carmen did couldn’t have been created if it weren’t for the help of a group of collaborators and friends who worked on the committee and for the organization and all who’ve had the great fortune of working with her. She’s been a part of numerous projects that have fostered our organization and helped us learn with our community. Sometimes taking the baton and other times from behind the curtain, Carmen has always shared her knowledge and experiences with the community.

     

    From health fairs to school and private company programs and events like Bike Valet, bike build BBQs, and Bike Moves, Carmen has always brought her enthusiasm and eagerness to help and to ensure everyone was enjoying our work and play.

    Invisible cyclists. This is one of the many projects on which Carmen worked. And yes, it was one of the projects where Carmen shined, demonstrating her talents and gaining the recognition of each person who had the joyful opportunity of distributing lights on the streets of Santa Barbara County.

     

    A friend, a student, a teacher. Carmen, thank you for everything, and best wishes for a life full of happiness!

     

    Photos: (top) Carmen Lozano with her Velo Wings Women on Wheels award
(bottom) Carmen at the 2014 Sports Drive, with a happy family who won a bike
Courtesy of Christine Bourgeois

  • August 11, 2014 5:50 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Por Robert Caiza

     

    En el círculo de la vida, todos tenemos la oportunidad de aprender y enseñar alguna vez. Para algunas personas, la dicha de aprender, enseñar, y ayudar ya está en ellas. Así que el resto todo bien por añadidura.

     

    Yo tuve la oportunidad de conocer Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE) desde sus comienzos, y el grupo de individuos se convirtieron en buenos amigos. Y ahora tengo la dicha de poder seguir aprendiendo, enseñando, y ayudando en nuestra comunidad. Yo he tenido la dicha de conocer a muchas personas que me han inspirado y me han guiado para poder continuar siendo parte de este grupo excepcional.

     

    Una de estas personas, a las que conocí mientras yo estaba enseñando una de las clases de habilidades de ciclistas en las calles, fue Carmen Lozano. Desde este día y después de charlar un poco con ella, supe que ella llegó para dejar un poquito de su tiempo, inspiración, compromiso, trabajo, y dedicación con nuestra organización.

     

    Y si como lo mencioné antes, de estudiante a maestra. Carmen, en muy corto tiempo, se fue conectando con SBBIKE y en un abrir y cerrar de ojos, ya era parte de nuestro comité de español. Compartiendo la visión de SBBIKE ayudando a latinos en nuestra comunidad, educando, y enseñando, Carmen demostró mucho entusiasmo y en muy poco tiempo ella tomo la batuta.

     

    Vale destacar que el trabajo realizado por Carmen no podría crearse si no es con la ayuda del grupo de colaboradores y amigos que trabajan en el comité y por el organización y todos los que han tenido la dicha de trabajar con ella. Proyectos que han fomentado y ayudado a que nuestra organización se llegué a conocer en nuestra comunidad. Algunas veces tomando la batuta y otras detrás de las cortinas Carmen siempre ha estado compartiendo sus conocimientos y experiencias con la comunidad.

     

    Desde ferias saludables, escuelas, empresas particulares y eventos como Bike Valet, BBQs para construir bicicletas, y Bike Moves, Carmen siempre ha llevado su entusiasmo y muchas ganas de ayudar y disfrutar haciéndolo.

     

    Ciclistas invisibles. Este es uno de los muchos proyectos en los que Carmen trabajó. Y si, es uno de los proyectos donde Carmen mostró sus talentos y se ganó el reconocimiento de cada persona que tuvo la oportunidad de disfrutar repartiendo luces en las calles de Santa Barbara County.

    Una amiga, estudiante, y maestra. Gracias por todo y te deseo una vida llena de felicidad!

     

    Photos: (top) Carmen Lozano
(bottom) el Taller Movil
Courtesy of Christine Bourgeois

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Bici Centro, PO Box 91222, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
located at 506 E. Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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