• July 26, 2013 11:31 AM | Ed France (Administrator)
    Do you belong as an SBBIKE member? Show it!

    Beat the Summer Heat…Time for a Gift from SB BIKE

    All new and renewing SB BIKE members will receive a free water bottle- If you are a new or renewing members pick up your water bottle at Bici Centro, 506 East Haley Street.

    Stop by on Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 7 PM or Saturday 12 to 5 PM.

    See you soon!
  • June 27, 2013 2:15 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    What happens when you take the best and brightest mechanic minds from local shops like Cranky's, Velo Pro and AS Bike Shop, and give them 8 sessions to share their years of intricate bike knowledge? LEARN YOUR BIKE- the consistently successful and enthusiastically reviewed mechanics series that is the only offering of this type on the South Coast. 

  • June 27, 2013 2:11 PM | Ed France (Administrator)
    Old Town residents, business and visitors that have been waiting for 15 years for bike lanes on Hollister, have engaged with the Goleta City Council to stripe bike lanes- possibly by the end of summer. With over 10 local advocates supporting council to address the bike lane gap- Goleta City Council is actively listening and responding to community feedback.

    How exactly this would become reality is still in question. Preliminary traffic model numbers have excluded a road diet through the corridor considered the most dangerous in the city of Goleta. Are those models accurate? While cities like San Francisco have done over 20 such road diets in recent years, new more accurate modeling shows both localized trip reduction AND mode conversion to bicycling in walking when a project includes new bicycle or improved pedestrian facilities.

    For nearly two decades the Goleta Redevelopment Agency- state funded and now dissolved- assessed ways to make the area safer and more vibrant. A road diet was, and remains a clear winning option for the local business and residents. Another option, studied in a Goleta parking study, found that improved parking management could allow for bike lanes where parking is currently blocking them, however, this option does not improve pedestrian safety or include as significant local economic benefits. Our ask is simple: TRY IT. if it doesn't work for circulation after 6 months, return to the original striping, inexpensive as paint.

    Summer Slurry Seal: What if we utilized routine maintenance to make the changes as new lines on pavement, instead of expensive earthworks and curb cutting? Summer maintenance schedules, in conjunction with an outpouring of community sentiment at the Visions for Old Town workshops reactivated local concerned citizens as well and the Bicycle Coalition and COAST to engage with public officials to see what can be done. As a result Planning Commission will hear the item in July and council will hear this discussion in August.

              Up next:
    •         Planning Commission July 8th
    •         Old Town community discussion: TBD in July
    •         Goleta City Council August 20th

    Questions or thoughts? email

  • June 04, 2013 3:37 PM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)
    THANK YOU to Blake Garnand, fifth-grade teacher, Andy Martin, science lab specialist, Sean Federbusch, fifth-grade teacher, Julie Churchman, PE Specialist & Louis Andaloro, expert bike mechanics & certified League Cycling Instructor who have been leading a Bike Club at Adams Elementary!
    Students in grades 4-6 have been learning how to build and repair a bike.

    Last year, the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition/Bici Centro donated 10 bikes to the club so participants at the end of the year, could take home with a bike that they refurbished.

    This year, SB Bike donated TWENTY SEVEN bikes: 15 small bikes for the creation of a PE fleet for 1st-2nd graders and 12 BMX or 24" bikes for 5th-6th graders.
    The club started with about 20 kids. About 10 of them came on a regular basis, the others came when they could.
    Since mid January after 18 after-school meetings, participants have built up the bike fleet and they have refurbished their own bikes just in time for the Summer.

    The typical class starts with a mini lesson by Louis Andaloro who often brought interesting bicycles to show the kids (mtn, touring, racing, commuter, classic, and a tandem) and lead discussions with them about both his own and their cycling interests. He also showed them specialized bike repair tools and lead demonstrations and discussion on a variety of common repairs and maintenance. Participants then broke up into groups and worked on bike repair.

    At the end of May, PE Specialist Julie Churchman who has been teaching first- and second-grade students how to ride a bike during their PE class says: "Having a bike fleet has been such a positive experience for the kids: they love it! Many of them never learned to ride because they never had a bike. The smiles on their face when they start pedaling on their own are priceless. I have the best job in the world!"
  • May 21, 2013 10:29 AM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)
    For the first time, a bilingual bike class for families was offered on Saturday, May 18th at the Franklin Neighborhood Center. 

    Numbers speak by themselves:
    The collaboration and the hard work of four groups made this event a reality: thank you to the City of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, COAST and Traffic Solutions!

    37 youth & 20 adults participated in the event: they all attended a bilingual powerpoint presentation about bike safety (be legal, be predictable, be visible and ride a bike in working condition). 

    10 participants received a bike refurbished by Bici Centro
    42 went home with a helmet from COAST
    More than 20 volunteers helped with registrations, bike repairs, bike fitting, handling skills on the parking lot and the group ride around the neighborhood.

    A THANK YOU note from Jessica Grant, Project Planner, City of Santa Barbara who spearheaded the event: 

    "Thank you to Lori for allowing this event to be part of CycleMAYnia.  It was truly a great synergy of efforts with the City, Traffic Solutions, SBBC and COAST in making this event become a reality.  


    Thank you to Ricardo for allowing this event to be held at the Franklin Center.  It was a great facility to have this event at.  Thank you also Ricardo also for helping spread the word about this event to the many families that frequent the center.


    Lynnette, thanks for making the participants feel so welcome at the registration table.


    Carmen, your presentation was amazing!  You did a great job engaging everyone. I had the benefit of facing the audience during the presentation and  it was cool to see the moms/dads/grandmas/older siblings whispers back and forth to the kids on the various concepts being taught.    Both adults and kids had great questions and participation. 


    Kudos to Kim and the rest of the helmet fitting crew.  I definitely picked up some new pointers on what to say to kids (including my own) when they say their helmet is too tight.


    Great job Robert and the rest of the parking lot drills team!  There was a lot going on and the kids had the biggest smiles on their faces.  They were sooooo into it.


    The neighborhood ride was a blast!  It was helpful to have Nancy, Carmen, Lynnette and I there for our long line of riders.  A special thanks to Officers Van Eyck and Cypress for their assistance and participation.


    I will work with John, event photographer extraordinaire, on getting photos posted soon.  I also can’t wait to see the video footage.  A special thanks to Tony Ruggieri from City TV for getting the event on film and for being a good sport filming while riding in the back of a pedicab. 


    The Taller Mobil team was sooo busy during the event.  There were lots of bikes to check and fit.  Great job in getting the bikes ready so quickly so the participants could start riding.


    Thanks again to all the SBHS volunteers!  Events like these take many hands and your enthusiasm and assistance was much appreciated."

  • May 14, 2013 2:21 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 2:00pm at the
    Finish line of Amgen Tour of California on Cabrillo Blvd, across from Fess Parker
    Santa Barbara Hotel, Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition will be
    honoring three inspirational Santa Barbara Women with the second annual Velo
    Wings Award for making cycling safer and more of an option for our community.
    The three awardees are 

    Christine Bourgeois for her steadfastly promoting safe bicycling for transportation and recreation in Santa Barbara County, 

    Denise Clark for twenty years of inspiring women to cycle and encouraging the next generation of riders in Santa Barbara County and 

    Jill Glass for being an advocate for women’s cycling and raising awareness of the sport of women’s bike racing.

    Bourgeois is a certified League Cycling Instructor. Serving as the Education Director
    for the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition she has been leading the development and
    implementation of a countywide education campaign to promote safe bicycling for
    transportation and recreation for children and adults. She has been expanding
    successful after-school youth Earn-A-Bike programs and offering bilingual adult
    bike clinics for workplaces. Through these efforts, riders of all ages learn safe
    riding techniques and basic bike mechanics, gaining confidence, bike skills and life
    skills.Clark, a native Santa Barbaran and an accountant has been training and
    competitively road (bike) racing for the last 21 years including the successful
    completion of the arduous Race Across America relay. She is a member of B4T9
    Cycling and Echelon Santa Barbara, currently serving on their board. For the past
    twelve years Clark has organized a group of dedicated riders that gather twice a
    week to ride, train, socialize and mentor new riders. Clark inspires fellow cyclists
    and helps others to ride strong and safe.

    Glass, a champion bike racer, started coaching cyclists over 25 years ago and has
    shared her passion for cycling with athletes of all levels. Many women cyclists in
    Santa Barbara area have benefited from the inspiration and encouragement that
    Glass has provided. Fifteen years ago, she created a weekly "no-drop" bike ride
    specifically for women to encourage them to experience riding on the road in a safe,
    fun environment and to promote the positive experience of women's bike racing.
    Through the supportive group ride and with her coaching, many have gained the
    skills necessary to become confident road cyclists.

    These efforts are increasing the health and safety of members of our community by
    providing education, training, and confidence building, making safe transportation
    available to all in our community. Ed France, Executive Director of the Santa
    Barbara Bicycle Coalition says: “These women are incredible. Each one commits
    countless hours to our community combining their passions for cycling with a desire
    to empower others. They are an inspiration to all of us.”

    The Velo Wings Awards honor extraordinary Santa Barbara women cyclists who are
    leaders in our community. The best ideas often come from conversations while
    cycling. Last year, while enjoying a no-drop ride, a group of ladies talked about the
    lack of recognition for women cyclists. The first Velo Wings Awards were presented
    in 2012 with support from Whole Foods Market, the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition,
    B4T9 Women's Cycling Team & the Facebook group "Neon Girls Cycling".CycleMAYnia
    CycleMAYnia is a month long celebration reaching thousands of Santa Barbara
    Cyclists and community members with wide-ranging bike events for all created by a
    collaboration of community members and organizations joining together to
    organize awesome bike events throughout the county. CycleMAYnia is a
    partnership between Traffic Solutions and Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition.

    more information and more events to
    For more information on the Velo Wings Award please contact
    Diane Wondolowski
    (805) 284-5404 or
    For more information on CycleMAYnia please contact
    Lori La Riva, Project Coordinator, Traffic Solutions, SBCAG
    (805) 961-8919 or
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  • May 14, 2013 9:08 AM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)
    Singletrack High, a documentary showcasing the positive impact of the high school mountain biking movement, will be screened at the Lobero Theatre at 7 p.m. this Thursday, after multiple, nationwide sold-out screenings.
    Buy your ticket TODAY!

    Article in the Independent & in Noozhawk
  • April 29, 2013 2:44 PM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)
    Last week, for their Global Day of Impact, seven Citrix employees built bikes to be used in our local youth education programs. Everybody worked hard and had a great time.
  • April 25, 2013 12:52 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    Velo Vogue: Bicycle Fashion Show

    Thursday, May 2nd, 5:00 - 7:30 PM 

    Paseo Nuevo Mall at De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara  

    Velo Vogue features bicycle fashion from local, national, and international designers and retailers. The show celebrates fashionable and functional Santa Barbara cycling, inspiring the fashion conscious to bike with style. This is the CycleMAYnia kick-off, and an event you don't want to miss. Enjoy pre-show activities including live music, Brat Haus beer garden and food, and Telegraph brews. The live fashion show starts at 6:15 PM.


    Immediately following the fashion show will be Bike Moves, a fun themed ride. For May 2nd, dress in "Bike Prom" attire and meet at De la Guerra Plaza at 7:30 PM. The ride will end at Bici Centro for a party and fundraiser for the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition from 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM, at 506 E. Haley St.  

  • April 25, 2013 11:57 AM | Ed France (Administrator)

    What: Screening local filmmakers’ new documentary Singletrack High

    When: Thursday May 16, 7 p.m.

    Where: Lobero Theater

    Why: Raise funds for the SB Bike Coalition’s mobile trailer project


    We’ve told you about Singletrack High, the documentary showcasing the high school
    mountain biking movement that will help SB Bike bring the joy of biking to more local
    youth. Tickets are now available (link above) for the May 16 screening at the Lobero.

    Funds raised will help SB Bike purchase and stock a trailer full of tools, spare parts, and
    mountain bikes. The trailer will allow us to bring our programs to local schools, as well
    as get kids who might not be able to afford a mountain bike out on weekend rides in our
    front and backcountry.

    Singletrack High explores positive outcomes of keeping youth on bikes at an age
    when many are “trading in two wheels four,” as one of the documentary subjects puts it.
    The film, which has enjoyed multiple sold-out screenings on the first leg of its coast-to-
    coast tour, takes an insider's look at the National Interscholastic Cycling Association’s
    (NICA) NorCal High School Cycling League, following a diverse group of students
    through the 2012 high school mountain bike racing season.

    Santa Barbara-born filmmakers, Jacob and Isaac Seigel-Boettner, are excited to bring

    their documentary “home to the place where we first fell in love with mountain biking.”

    Jacob adds that the film was definitely inspired by the after-school mountain bike club

    he and his brother started as students at San Marcos High School in 2004.

    The screening will be made possible with the generous support of Montecito Bank

    & Trust (Golden Hub Sponsor), the Towbes Group, Inc. (Silver Spoke Sponsor),

    and Bronze Bearing Sponsors: American Riviera Bank, Bartlett Pringle & Wolf,

    Hazard's Cyclesport, Agility Capital, and Santa Barbara Middle School.

    Supporting Sponsors include Santa Barbara High School Don's Net Cafe, Santa

    Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers, and the Santa Barbara Bicycle
Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, PO Box 92047, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
located at 506 E. Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone: 805 845-8955

Bici Centro, PO Box 91222, Santa Barbara, CA 93190

located at 434 Olive Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone: 805 617-3255

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