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  • November 14, 2014 1:18 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Envisioning changes you want to see in your world and community is no small thing. In fact, it’s imperative. It’s the wonderful creative force behind all that makes societies function better for everyone in them. As good old GI Joe always said, “Knowing is half the battle.”

     

    Quoting a much wiser source, Mahatma Gandhi famously advised, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

    But once you have the vision, how do you go about making it a reality? How do you incorporate the change into your own world? And how do you communicate your message? How do you help others--policymakers and communities--get on board?

    For one thing, bringing change to fruition requires a powerful and important skillset. “It’s about understanding the process, how to leverage decision makers, engage the public, and get a win,” says SBBIKE executive director Ed France.

     

    One step toward bringing positive changes to Santa Barbara’s cycling community is to ensure more and more people have access to that skillset and the tools necessary to build change. That’s why SBBIKE, in partnership with COAST, will be hosting Winning Campaigns Training, a weekend workshop, next month. Alliance for Biking and Walking puts on these workshops to help advocates learn how to win campaigns and “transform communities into great places to bike and walk.”

    As the organization’s website points out, “Strong communities with safe biking and walking options don't build themselves – they are the direct result of concerted efforts to improve streetscapes for people.” The alliance’s goal is to support those who make the changes happen.

    SBBIKE will be awarding five scholarships to the workshop. “We’re training the next generation of bike advocates,” says France.

    Cycling and walking advocates throughout the region and even a few from Arizona will be in attendance.

    What’s your vision for SB’s cycling community? What are some ways you know of to effect change? We’d love to see your comments here.

     Photos: (left) Be the change. Teaching a young cylist. FILE

    (right) Share the change. Connecting with local policymakers. DANIEL GIRARD

  • November 11, 2014 4:46 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    SBBIKE backs easy-to-install, easy-to-study solution as start to revolutionizing bike parking in SB

     

    The bike corral--it’s a bicycle parking solution that’s simple. A corral typically replaces only one or two car parking spots and easily allows for more than a dozen bikes to park and lock up. It’s easy to install, very affordable, and equally easy to watch and see how well it’s being used (as well as to take down if needs be).

    With last month’s installation of a corral on Canon Perdido near Santa Barbara Street, the city is on a roll, and SBBIKE wants to corral that momentum and keep the ball rolling on the right path. “The first one’s working really well,” says executive director Ed France, noting the corral is good for businesses, convenient, and helps provide access.

    Kim Anderson, part-owner of Handlebar Coffee, attests that cyclists are taking advantage of that access. “There’re always bikes out there,” she says, adding, “A lot of people commute.” Anderson says that customers seem pleased with the addition; “90 percent of people are for it and really positive.”  

    Handlebar was among the businesses in proximity to the corrals that joined together and asked the city for the corrals. “All the businesses around here fought for it,” says Anderson.

    Getting this first corral implemented took some time (and shepherding the process through multiple committees) because it was setting a precedent, France notes. Now that the precedent is working, it’s time to get more of the same. “The bike coalition is currently working with local businesses,” promises France. “We’re throwing our support behind target areas where businesses unanimously support this type of bike parking.”  

    One spot being considered is Ortega and State, where bars and restaurants and their patrons would benefit from the improved access. The space is also the top edge of Tuesday’s popular downtown Farmers’ Market. Other prime spots are in the Funk Zone, areas that are slammed with bike traffic and have little sidewalk space.

    SBBIKE is asking the city to consider working with local businesses to move on a few of these right away. Not only will implementing corrals in these locales help out businesses and improve access, it will make for a better, more accurate test period, allowing for more than just one site to be evaluated. According to Santa Barbara Public Work’s website, “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.”

    The city will also ask corral users, business owners, and patrons for feedback to determine the corral(s)’ longevity. So if you’re behind the corrals, let your local representatives know.

    “We’re helping take a good idea to fruition,” says France, noting the coalition’s support of the corrals is part of its comprehensive plan to improve cycling for all in Santa Barbara.

    And the corrals are just the first step. Up next? Hitching posts and bike racks at private businesses and secured bike parking at the MTD Transit Center and at City College for starters.

    Photo: Commuter parking up at the new corral. HOLLY STARLEY

  • November 06, 2014 1:11 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    Interested for a full scholarship to the Winning Campaigns come to SB- Dec 5-7? To apply email ed@sbbike.org. Only 5 full scholarships to be awarded, so email your interest and how you plan to commit 15 hours to engaging your local community and jurisdiction for needed bicycling improvements.


    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. 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


  • November 06, 2014 12:28 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    (Photo Credit: Paul Wellman) 


    What impact does the systematic distribution of more than 4,500 lights to South Coast over four years make? 


    At the end of this week – and the completion of this year’s week

    long bike light giveaway, Iluminando la Noche (Light up the Night) – the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition will seek to answer that.


    A decade ago, early SBBIKE efforts to distribute bike lights showed that a majority of evening bicyclists did not have proper safety lighting. Now, after a concerted four-year effort, involving hundreds of volunteer hours and support from the City of Santa Barbara and a Measure A grant, the tide seems to have shifted.


    “We’ve systematically distributed lights in key pulses, like the ‘fall back’ time change each year, and targeted key underserved demographic groups. Not only does flooding these areas and groups benefit individual bikers, it helps instigate ‘normative’ pressure, sparking others to also purchase lights,” says Ed France, SBBIKE executive director.


    “When you take a given cycling population like ours on the South Coast, numbering in the several thousands and then trigger the market for bike lights with numbers that can reach 10-15 percent of that population each time, you can make quantifiable change.” He concludes, “By using standard field research techniques, I believe we’ll show a majority of South Coast Cyclists now have lights – and are 

    measurably safer – as a result of Iluminando la Noche.”


    As of today, SBBIKE is midway through the 2014 distribution of over 1,000 lights. Bilingual SBBIKE volunteers have distributed lights downtown, in Goleta, and in Carpinteria. Look for volunteers tonight and tomorrow on the Westside and Eastside.


    And don’t forget to light the night with your own lights – a white one in the front and a blinking red on the rear!

    Coast bicyclists over four years make?
    Coast bicyclists over four years make?
  • November 06, 2014 12:23 PM | Ed France (Administrator)
    The City of Santa Barbara Police Department, with consultation from SB Bicycle Coalition, will be conducting two days of targeted enforcement in the Downtown on November 11th purpose of the targeted
    enforcement is to:

    1. Improve public safety for all road users;

    2. Respond to citizen and City Council concerns regarding policing of bicyclist’s behavior;

    3. Support the City’s 2015 Bicycle Master Plan efforts for education and enforcement;

    4. Support the Bike Coalition efforts to educate and encourage safe and frequent bicycling behavior.

    The Santa Barbara Police Department will be ticketing bicyclists who violate any California Vehicle Code statute or City Ordinance. Examples include riding bicycles on sidewalks,running red lights, failing to come to complete stops at signed intersections, and not yielding to pedestrians. Drivers and pedestrians who commit observed infractions will also be cited. Drivers are reminded that California has passed a 3-foot passing law, meaning that when passing a bicyclist, a driver must allow at least 3-feet of space between a vehicle and the bicyclists. Often times this means waiting for 15-30 seconds until there is a safe place, without oncoming traffic, tomake the pass.

    By every measure (survey data, parking demand, and bike counts), bicycling is becoming more popular for both residents and tourists alike. However, Santa Barbara is the 2nd city of similar size in the State of California for bicycle collisions. The primary goal of this enforcement effort is to improve public safety and reduce collisions, injuries and fatalities.

    Secondary goals also include reminding all users of the road ways to obey the law, observe the speed limits, come to complete stops, yield to pedestrians and only cross intersections when it is safe and legal to do so.

    Patrols and enforcement will occur between 8am and 3pm on November 11th and 12th Downtown. Please contact Peter Brown of the City’s Public Works, Transportation Division with any questions. Peter Brown, Mobility Coordinator

    Phone: (805) 897-2669

    Email:pbrown@santabarbaraca.gov


  • November 06, 2014 12:15 PM | Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Administrator)

    Bici Centro Volunteers and staff will  be getting together to "watch the paint dry"  this coming Tuesday at Bici Centro, 434 Olive st.  We'll be putting a fresh coat of white paint on our exterior wall, and then setting up the chairs and projecting a movie onto it while it dries!  Food will be provided by the Rose Cafe, and the usual music and merriment by the SBBIKE crew.  Sign up to help out, or come a little later to enjoy the film!


     

      







  • 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


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