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  • April 16, 2015 9:35 AM | Howard Booth (Administrator)

    SBBIKE member Alex Julian reports, "I (proudly) got my card in mail from Howard a few weeks ago, then laminated, & hung it from my lumbar pack zipper in a leather luggage ID  tag."

    New and renewing SBBIKE members---watch for your membership cards in the mail!

  • March 19, 2015 3:07 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Get in on the ground floor of a collaborative community event


    A Thursday, April 9 gathering will formally launch Santa Barbara’s third annual Open Streets and welcome new partners and sponsors.  Want to support, be involved in, or learn more about this community event, which will transform two miles of Cabrillo Boulevard into the city’s largest public park for a day, hosting a projected 15,000 plus participants? Join Open Streets collaborators from 6–9 pm at Telegraph Brewing Company, 418 N. Salsipuedes. Tickets are $20, and the proceeds support Santa Barbara Open Streets. To attend, buy your tickets online for the Open Streets kickoff. (Search “Open Streets” at Night Out.)

    Santa Barbara’s Open Streets 2015, set for October 24, will feature stations along two miles of Cabrillo Blvd., where local businesses and service providers can build exposure and engage with the community, offering classes or a taste of their product or service. Last year, over a hundred activity providers offered dance, fitness, and yoga classes, as well as activities that inspired creative expression. “We expect even more this year,” says organizer Robin Elander of Global Good Impact.

    Think your organization might want to plan out a section of the street or help coordinate lead-up events? Open Streets and its organizing partners— the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE), the event’s fiscal sponsor; Traffic Solutions; and Global Good Impact—are excited to connect with you.

    And connection is what Open Streets is all about. “I absolutely love building community, and this is the most incredible outpouring of community I’ve come across,” says Elander. “People are coming together and sharing in community, in health, in everything that’s the best about Santa Barbara.” Elander’s looking forward not just to the event itself but to all the collaborative opportunities leading up to it, like next month’s kickoff gathering.

    “I love the relationships built through the event,” Elander adds. “It’s such a beautiful way to connect, and the connections continue to grow the event in its third year and spur other creative ideas among participating organizations.”

    SBBIKE executive director Ed France is excited as well. The bicycle coalition’s involvement has grown this year, as it takes over fiscal sponsorship from COAST. “Open Streets aspires to be, and is rapidly becoming, the premier health and wellness event in Santa Barbara,” says France. “It’s about bicycling and walking—active lifestyles—and active use of public space, which is critical to healthy communities.”

    To make your mark on this community event, consider becoming a sponsor or attending the gathering that will help us raise funds for the initiative. Join us at Telegraph Brewing Company on Thursday, April 9, or contact Elander directly at / 805-216-1223. Find out more about SB Open Streets here. 

  • March 19, 2015 3:02 PM | Sam Franklin (Administrator)

    2015 is an Olympic year for bicycle planning. Carpinteria, Goleta, the County, and even SBCAG are all at the heels of the City of Santa Barbara's bike plan launching this March. 

    At this Tuesday's meeting in Santa Maria, with over 25 attendees, North County residents showed their meddle to push for better bike and ped facilities- and where they are needed most. SBCAG, the Association of Goverments responsible for regional transportation, hosted it's own bicycle and Pedestrian public input meeting, which was overwhelmed by advocates hungry for positive change in Santa Maria, Guadalupe, Lompoc, and the Santa Ynez valley. 

    Here is the official word from SBCAG- with the first of many opportunities to advocate for better bikeways!

    Come share your thoughts about the future of the region’s bicycle and pedestrian environment!

    The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) is preparing a bicycle and pedestrian plan for the Santa Barbara County region. The Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is a long-range planning document that will help shape the future of the region’s bicycle and pedestrian environment and identify the region’s bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure needs.

    SBCAG is conducting two public workshops to solicit input and feedback for the Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. During the public workshops SBCAG staff will present an overview of the planning efforts, conduct roundtable discussions to learn the issues that matter the most to you, and hold question and answer sessions. Come to a workshop and help discuss the future of the region’s bicycle and pedestrian environment!

    The first meeting is held in Santa Maria on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. 

    (County Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room
    155 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria)
    The second meeting is held in Santa Barbara, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. 

    (Casa Nueva, SBCAG, Wisteria Conference Room 260 North San Antonio Road, Santa Barbara)

  • March 19, 2015 3:01 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    Protected Bike Lanes and Equity

    PeopleForBikes’ Green Lane Project has published a great booklet with ideas for implementing protected bike lanes in a way that advances equity. The booklet, Building Equity: Race, Ethnicity, Class and Protected Bike Lanes includes profiles of people of color who are pushing for protected bike lanes in their neighborhoods, as well as statistics and analysis helpful to anyone who wants to advocate for protected bike lanes in a way that strengthens and connects communities. The entire booklet is available for free from PeopleforBikes.

  • March 16, 2015 10:26 AM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Donate to Open Streets here.


    The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE) has taken over fiscal sponsorship of Santa Barbara Open Streets as it returns in 2015 for its third year this fall. On October 24, two miles of Cabrillo Boulevard will once again become the city’s largest public park, hosting a projected 15,000 plus participants.


    Robin Elander of Global Good Impact, the initiative’s primary organizer since its inception three years ago, is excited about the new way of collaborating with SBBIKE. “It’s a great opportunity for growth for Open Streets because of the growth phase the coalition is in now,” she says. Access to SBBIKE’s meeting space and resources will be a boost for the initiative, and Elander looks forward to new possibilities. “Both organizations are growing together,” she says.

    Elander’s quick to point out that sponsorship and partnership of the initiative is a work in progress. And collaboration is clearly key, which makes sense, given that community and connection are basic elements of the event. Open Streets is looking for more collaborators. An open event at the end of this month will provide opportunity for other organizations to get involved in the planning stages, perhaps partnering with Open Streets to plan out a section of the street. Details of that planning party will be posted here soon.

    As the event’s fiscal sponsor and one of its partners, the coalition will be putting in a lot of effort, and SBBIKE executive director Ed France is excited about that too. “Open Streets aspires to be and is rapidly becoming the premier health and wellness event in Santa Barbara,” he says. “It’s about bicycling and walking—active lifestyles—and active use of public space, which is critical to healthy communities.”

    COAST, SBBIKE’s sister organization, which both France and Elander say did a terrific job getting Open Streets started, hosted SB’s initiative in 2013 and ’14. Though the organization has passed on the baton, it will still be involved. Says Elander, “COAST has been a really great presenting organization, and the fact they have gotten this off the ground is amazing.” In addition, Open Streets and SBBIKE will get ample support from Traffic Solutions and the Open Streets board Elander is creating, as well as a strong group of fitness organizations, to host the event’s third year.

    Want to be involved this year? Join us April 9th to kick off the Season and raise some $$ for open streets!

  • March 12, 2015 9:38 AM | Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Administrator)

    Stand Up for Climate this year: come out and volunteer! There are numerous opportunities to help the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition - help us set up, wrench at Bici Centro, advocate for our cause, or help park over 1200 bikes with SBBIKE's free bike valet service. Sign up for one of these shifts now before they fill up:

    Earth Day - Set Up Friday April 17th 10am-4pm

    Earth Day (Saturday opening shift) April 18 10:15am-1:15pm

    Earth Day (Saturday afternoon shift) April 18 1pm-4:15pm

    Earth Day (Saturday close shift) April 18 4pm-7:15pm

    Earth Day (Sunday opening shift) 10:15am - 1:15pm

    Earth Day (Sunday afternoon shift) 1pm-4:15pm

    Earth Day (Sunday close shift) 4pm-7:15pm

    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • March 04, 2015 5:18 PM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)

    Article written by Sigrid Wright is originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine (Spring 2015).

  • March 03, 2015 8:49 AM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Bici Centro, SBBIKE’s DIY shop and center for advocacy in action, is a great resource for us in the Santa Barbara bicycling community. A visitor to the area discovered this weekend, thanks to SBBIKE executive director Ed France, the shop’s spirit of camaraderie and willingness to be there for its patrons and community—near and far.

    Josh (we’re not protecting his identity; we just don’t know his last name) has been traveling for a while now, using various modes of transport as he traverses geographical divides. His journey brought him to Santa Barbara, where after a stint on our sunny shores, Josh decided it was time to move on—and this time, he would cycle. His ultimate destination on this bicycling leg of the trek, St. Louis Missouri.

    Now all he needed was a bike. A friend pointed him to Bici Centro and France. Josh did some work trade, and a donor underwrote the rest of his funding needs. And with the help of Bici mechanics and parts, Josh’s black, Diamond Back, long-distance-ready steed was built.

    Sunday morning, France met Josh at the shop and finished the bike’s final renovations. He also set Josh up with a basic pannier and rack system; checked his shoes and gear; got him gloves, lights, and a reflective helmet; hooked him up with some good maps; and generally ensured he was ready to ride.

    “He was excited,” says France with a glimmer in his eyes. “As soon as we finished—at 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning—he was off, heading toward San Luis Obispo.”

    Happy cycling, Josh! Send pictures.  


    PHOTO: Josh and his new ride, built at Bici Centro, moments before heading cross-country. By ED FRANCE
  • February 19, 2015 11:18 AM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)

    The new CycleMAYnia event, 'Bici Familia Carpinteria: Growing a Green and Healthy Carpinteria' is patterned after the successful event "Family Bike Night/Bici Familia" held at Adams School last year. In partnership with the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, COAST and Traffic Solutions,  this New CycleMAYnia kick off event lead by Lori Lee Collins, a certified cycling instructor (LCI) and a teacher at Carpinteria Family School is scheduled for Friday, May 1st at the Main Family Resource Center.

    The intent of this event is to empower families to ride their bikes around town in order to reduce traffic and pollutants from vehicles. Lori Lee and her team of supporters also hope to motivate and inspire students and families to make a healthy exercise choice to ride a bike with family, friends, to the park or practice but especially every day to school! 

    This link will direct you to our IOBY (In Our Back Yards) non-profit crowd source fundraising page. We anticipate, with your help, the success and sustainability of this event into the future. Your monetary donation will help us provide new helmets for only $5 in order to get our Carpinterian kids off to a safe start. The super cool thing about IOBY is that they will match our fund raising efforts up to $500 provided we raise 25% of our goal of $1000 dollars by February 26th. (That is $250) 

    We can do this!!!

  • February 18, 2015 11:07 AM | Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Administrator)

    We're changing the date for this month's Spanish Language Outreach Committee (SLOC) meeting to Thursday, February 26th at 7:00 pm, at the SBBIKE offices at 506 E. Haley st. Please join us as we will strategize how to organize underrepresented voices in Santa Barbara for the Bicycle Master Plan input phase.  We'll need to figure out where to hold a Spanish Language summit for input and also how to reach out to the Spanish-speaking community so that it is well attended! Sign up here.


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Phone: 805 845-8955

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