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  • October 14, 2014 2:31 PM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)

    The morning dawned bright and beautiful as the exciting day had finally arrived. Carpinteria Family School students watched an educational video at our all school Family Friday gathering and were revved up for the days International Bike/Walk to School event scheduled this early Wednesday morning of October 8th.


    Students wore bright clothes, adjusted newly fitted helmets, and rode freshly pumped tires as they readied to depart from the local’s favorite coffee shop, Lucky Llama. Parents, grandparents, teachers and K’s through 5th grade students met beneath the tallest Torrey Pine in California and practiced their turn and stopping signals.  Before the group gathering students gleefully converged at the rear of Officer Jeff’s Carpinteria Sheriff’s vehicle. He gave away at least 30 sets of front and back bike lights - what a great surprise! The kidlets were super excited! Detective Dan Calderon from the Carpinteria Sheriff’s Department was in attendance too. Officer Jeff brought up the rear of our bike train on his super cool Sheriff’s Bike and Detective Dan in his police vehicle led the procession north on Carpinteria Avenue to our right hand turn at Linden then finally over the bridge and past the freeway on ramp. Whew! Officer Jeff’s presence reminded drivers to slow down and pause while our little-bitties navigated the bridge. Our destination was the school bus circle for a few fun laps to which we had been guided safely.


    After our fun laps the 40+ student riders and the dozen or so adult riders met in our school garden to share breakfast items, enjoy Clif bars donated from Safe Routes to Schools and connect as a community intent on making a difference in the environment through biking and walking to school. All in all over 50 students and adults (our school population is only 78) made this an event to remember.  Thank you to all for your participation


    Lori Lee Collins

    4th/5th Teacher Carpinteria Family School

    League Cycling Instructor #3852



  • October 09, 2014 2:28 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    Do you have an important vote coming up this winter? Need to convince your city council to pass a key policy? Are you trying to gather funds and support to start a new biking or walking initiative?

    We can help you make it happen. 

    At the Alliance for Biking & Walking's Winning Campaigns Training this December in Santa Barbara CA, committed advocates like you will dedicate a weekend to strategically planning out campaigns for better biking and walking. With expert advice and coaching from veteran facilitators and advocates, we'll help you develop your campaign from an idea to an action plan.

    Register today for the Alliance for Biking & Walking's Winning Campaigns Training, December 5 - 7 in Santa Barbara, CA.

    More and more people in communities across the country are able to bike and walk safely every day, thanks to campaigns planned and won by advocates just like you. This Winning Campaigns Training will help you create a detailed blueprint to chart your path to victory. 

    Led by seasoned advocates and national experts, the training teaches participants how to:

    • Identify and reach key decision-makers 
    • Craft a persuasive message to rally members and policy makers 
    • Use media outlets to communicate to a broad audience 
    • Become an effective fundraiser 
    • And much more!

    Join your fellow advocates to plot a win for your next big campaign - register for the Alliance for Biking and Walking's Winning Campaigns Training this December 5 – 7 in Santa Barbara, CA.

    The workshop is hosted by your neighbors at the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST) and Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition and facilitated by the Alliance for Biking and Walking. We thank our local sponsor, the McCune Foundation and Sarah Miller McCune.

    The full price of a Winning Campaigns Training registration (including all materials, most meals, and one-on-one time with experienced facilitators) is $150, but if you register by midnight on Friday, October 31, you'll pay just $125. Staff and leaders of Alliance member organizations can combine their Alliance membership discount with an Early Registration discount to receive 50% off the full price of registration. 

    Thanks to the generous support of the Every Body Walk Collaborative, a limited number of scholarships are available. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Friday, October 17 and candidates will be notified of their results by Friday, October 24Click here to apply for a scholarship.

    Take advantage of this unique offering in your region; join us for the Winning Campaigns Training in Santa Barbara, CA from December 5 – 7

    Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. 

    COAST- SBBIKE


  • October 06, 2014 11:26 AM | Ed France (Administrator)

    The City Council is hosting public workshops to get your thoughts on the condition of the City's basic infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks, libraries, community centers, police and fire stations, and park and recreation facilities. We want to learn what's important to you and get your input on how the City Council should prioritize funding. With your suggestions, a Council Committee will develop a plan to upgrade and modernize public facilities. 


    Monday, October 6, 5:30 PM 

    Central Library, Faulkner Gallery  

     

    Wednesday, October 8, 6:00 PM

    Louise Lowry Davis Center   

    (Spanish Translation Available)

     

    Thursday, October 9, 5:30 PMCentral Library, Faulkner Gallery

     

    Tuesday, October 1411:00 AMCentral Library, Faulkner Gallery


  • September 29, 2014 3:10 PM | Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Administrator)

    SBBIKE will now be providing bike valet at the Saturday Santa Barbara Farmers Market!  Look for our tent just inside the Cota St. Entrance.  As always, the service is free.  If you feel like helping out, sign up to volunteer with the link below:


    First Shift

    Second Shift

  • September 27, 2014 10:00 AM | Howard Booth (Administrator)



    We're at the SOL Food Festival right know!


    Ready to park your bike so that you can enjoy the SOL Food Festival and Saturday Farmers Market. Get on your bike right now and roll on down.


    Say hi to Joey and all our SBBIKE and Don's Net Cafe volunteers.

  • September 25, 2014 2:56 PM | Sam Franklin (Administrator)

    The City of Santa Barbara installed a bike corral yesterday on the 100 block of Canon Perdido near Santa Barbara Street. Bike corrals are in-street bicycle parking areas that typically replace one or two automobile spaces in commercial areas where a significant number of bicycle trips are present. Other cities around the country have implemented bike corrals, mainly to respond to business and community desires to increase parking capacity – in this case 14 new bike parking spaces.

    The bike corral effort was led by the businesses located on Canon Perdido and Santa Barbara Streets. The business owners approached the City’s Public Works Department with a desire to increase and organize bicycle parking on this block of the Downtown. “The bike corral is a tool we are willing to try in order to meet businesses and community transportation needs,” said Rob Dayton, Principal Transportation Planner.

    Nine business owners in the area along with the Trust for Historic Preservation (El Presidio) supported the bike corral concept and location. These businesses requested the corral to meet the high level of existing bike parking demand. The total on-street number of car spaces on the block went from 31 to 30 and the green curb was extended to make room for another car.

    The Historic Landmark Commission granted design approval in July of this year following review by other City committees including: the City Council’s Sustainability Committee, the Downtown Parking Committee, and the Transportation and Circulation Committee. A simple, transparent design was chosen to best fit the historic neighborhood context and preserve views of El Presidio.

    The bike corral is a demonstration project to evaluate better access to the businesses in the area. It will be evaluated based on how well it is used and brought back to City committees to determine its effectiveness. Bike corral users, business owners, and customers will be asked to contribute to the assessment of the demonstration project.

  • September 25, 2014 2:03 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    Short of actual construction, receiving funding is the most essential step for every public works projects. So many Bicycling and Pedestrian projects compete for such a small share of overall transportation funding that many important projects may never see the light of day.


    And that's why Santa Barbara and Goleta's impressive awarding of this coveted new source of funds is so critical. Projects funded are:

  • September 25, 2014 1:54 PM | Sam Franklin (Administrator)

    The City of Goleta is going to build a separated (Class 1) bike path on the south side of Hollister Av between Pacific Oaks and Ellwood School.   Goleta city staff sought and won a $1.644 million grant from the State of California’s new Active Transportation Program (ATP) to fund the new Hollister Class 1 Bike Path. The funding allows the City to move ahead with plans to construct, and likely complete, the Hollister bikeway next summer. We expect that this Safe Routes to Schools Project will give the children who attend Ellwood Elementary a new, viable, safe and healthy option to get to and from school by bicycle, and help further reduce motor vehicle traffic congestion and safety issues before and after school.


    Last month City of Goleta staff held an open house to unveil two alternative designs for a new 8-12ft on-street protected bikeway.  Certain design details were of concern to some bike advocates and neighbors, such as how the new bikeway would have stop signs at every intersection, as well as the high speed of motor vehicle traffic on Hollister adjacent to it.  One of those neighbors reached out to SBBIKE to discuss potential improvements to the design, and a number of interested members and neighbors met recently with an SBBIKE representative to share their concerns and ideas.  The top concern was about the safety of the bikeway for the children riding on it, particularly at the intersections, and there was consensus that the closer this bikeway design can approximate that of the existing Class I bikeway on El Colegio Rd, the better.  Ideas for traffic calming at the intersections included curb extensions to shorten the crosswalk length and slow cars crossing the bikeway, using yield signs instead of stop signs on the bikeway to accommodate rather than criminalize the expected behavior of cyclists, and raising the bike crossing to create a speed hump and a natural entrance to the neighborhoods along the Hollister side streets.




    As part of the Connecting Our Community campaign, we envision safe, continuous bikeways from Goleta to Carpinteria.  Since this bikeway will be the first piece of that vision and is part of the Caltrans Pacific Coast Bike Route (CPCBR) it is important that it be well-designed to encourage safe biking for kids and others who will ride it.


    The two bikeway design alternatives undefined one featuring the 12ft wide multi-use path depicted above, and the other adding an 8ft wide bike path next to the existing sidewalk undefined  will be presented for City Council approval at the end of October or early November of this year. Construction would start in late spring and would be completed next summer.  SBBIKE will continue to coordinate with interested neighbors, our members and the City of Goleta to ensure that the new bikeway gets the best design possible for the safety of all road users, and especially for the students of Ellwood Elementary School.

  • September 25, 2014 12:55 PM | Sam Franklin (Administrator)

    This week, the League of American Bicyclists recognized The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE) with a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Business (BFBSM) award, while Deckers Outdoor Corporation received a gold medal and Rincon Cycles and Lynda.com received bronze medals, joining more than 800 visionary businesses and organizations from across the country.


    With the announcement of 150 new and renewing BFBs today in 39 states and Washington, D.C., SBBIKE, Deckers, Rincon Cycles and Lynda.com join a cutting-edge group of more than 800 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace. In the past REI Santa Barbara and UCSB were also awarded Bicycle Friendly Business (BFBSM) awards.


    “Visionary business leaders are recognizing the real-time and long term impact that a culture of bicycling can create,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We applaud this new round of businesses for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their employees.”


    SBBIKE has been a frontrunner in bicycling advocacy since 1991, promoting better bicycle infrastructure as an easy option for transportation and providing amenities such as our community bicycle repair shop and a range of bicycle education programs.


    Ed France, Executive Director of SBBIKE said: “SBBIKE believes in leadership through example. It is refreshing to receive platinum status as a bicycle friendly business, but our objective is to help business leaders like Deckers, Lynda.com, and REI to emerge as leaders in bicycle friendly workplaces.”


    Moving forward, the award receiving companies will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When members of our community bike, great things happen: businesses prosper, health care costs are reduced and our community becomes better connected and accessible for all while we enjoy the fun and health benefits of cycling along the Santa Barbara Coast.

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