• January 08, 2015 9:16 AM | Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Administrator)

    The City of Goleta wants your input at its Old Town Park workshop on Wednesday, January 14th from 6-8pm. City staff is inviting the public to attend a workshop in order to gain community feedback on alternative designs that would maintain the essence of the existing design and its amenities. The goal is to make changes that would result in the necessary reductions in water demand of the proposed park. Possible options under consideration would include reducing the size of the multi-use turf playing field, an increase in the size of the skateboard plaza, and any other increased hardscape areas for active play.  There is also a bike path adjacent to the park!  

  • January 07, 2015 8:27 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Still considering that perfect New Year’s resolution? It’s that time of year, as a wise friend of mine pointed out, not necessarily to make a sudden change but to plant the seeds that will germinate as we move through the next year and flower into the parts of us we want to develop, the fruits we want to share with our community.


    How about making a commitment to volunteer? SBBIKE--with its outreach, education, and advocacy arms and DIY shop--is the perfect organization to volunteer with.


    We’ll be holding a new Volunteer Orientation on Tuesday, January 13, at 5 p.m. Join us at SBBIKE headquarters at 506 E Haley Street. Get familiarized with the organization, shop protocols, and procedures.  And let us know what your interests and skills are. This will be the first of six orientations through the year.


    At SBBIKE, you can work on the projects that inspire you. Get involved in Education, and be a part of bringing cycling skills and safety to local youth and adults alike. You might even become a Licensed Certified Instructor and teach programs like Pedal Power or mentor with school programs from elementary through early college. Reach out to underserved communities, helping both them and their needs be more visible with Spanish Outreach. Mix with our Advocacy gurus to bring bicycle/ped-friendly infrastructure that will transform ours into a community that’s safer and healthier for everyone. Bring your mechanical skills to the Bici Centro shop and share the joy of Do It Yourself with others. Share those wrenching skills and build the bikes that fund our programs and the rides that go to youth who earn bikes through education programs or at outreach giveaways. Write articles or take photographs to share with our communications efforts.


    SBBIKE is an inclusive community full of hardworking, diverse, dedicated people. Whatever your skills or interests, if volunteering with our community suits your goals for 2015, we’re excited for you to join our crew.


    See you Tuesday, 5 p.m., SBBIKE/Bici Centro headquarters.


    Photo: Part of the SBBIKE crew. By PAUL WELLMAN 

  • January 05, 2015 4:59 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Bici Centro is more than doubling its hours for the new year. That means all the more time for you to use the shop’s stands, tools, and assistance from volunteer mechanics and tackle those projects to stoke out your bike for 2015! Bici will now be open Wednesdays through Fridays from noon – 7 p.m. and Saturdays from noon – 5:00 p.m.


    Volunteer days on Tuesdays--when the work of volunteer wrenchers supports SBBIKE’s many projects, programs, and outreach--are also extended. Volunteers can come by from noon – 7 p.m., allowing the person in charge to put less energy into assigning tasks when volunteers all rush in and greatly increase the output, says Bici’s volunteer coordinator Joey Juhasz-Lukomski.

    As a reminder, all who want to work on their own bicycles--from tune-ups and general maintenance to larger-scale repairs or technical work--are welcome. Bici also offers a variety of affordable new and used parts. And while those with the know-how can rent a stand and work at their own pace, you don’t have to know what you’re doing to use Bici’s DIY stands. Volunteers will be on hand to help you learn about taking care of your own bike.

    Plus, the shop/community center is a great place to hang out for cyclists of all types and interest levels. Stop in and get the latest on community cycling events, upcoming classes, and volunteer opportunities. Get involved with efforts to improve cycling and walking infrastructure throughout our county and mingle with friends.

    Increased demand, says Juhasz-Lukomski, is what prompted the extended hours. And he’s stoked about what the new hours will mean for customers and SBBIKE projects alike. The shop was previously not available for DIY wrenchers until 4:00, at which point there’d be a rush of patrons who were waiting to start their projects. The new hours will help with the flow and allow for bigger projects to be completed in one day. “If you’ve got something that might take all day,” says Juhasz-Lukomski, “you can hang out from noon to seven.”

    The shop’s entrance is at 434 Olive Street. See you soon. And Happy 2015!

  • December 18, 2014 10:15 AM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Twenty local kids will receive bicycles for Christmas this year! SBBIKE volunteers refurbished the rides as part of the coalition’s second annual, A Bike 4 Christmas. Last year, a volunteer who remembers growing up without and what it would have felt like to get a shiny bicycle and be able to participate when everyone at school was discussing their Christmas goodies helped launch the program.



    The recipients of this weekend’s giveaway, all under the age of ten and selected by the Franklin Neighborhood Center, will receive helmets too, plus some instructions on safe riding (their parents will get this safety training too).

    Look for photos of this year's Christmas steeds and happy kids coming soon. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers. Happy holidays and safe biking to all!


    Photo: A recipient at the 2013 Bike 4 Christmas! By CHRISTINE BOURGEOIS
  • December 11, 2014 2:11 PM | Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Administrator)

    Bici Centro will be closing for the Holidays and Shop Reset on December 21, and will reopen for Volunteer day on January 6th.  We're working hard to make Bici Centro a great environment and community center.  Come see our progress in 2015!

  • 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 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. 


  • 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

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 is located at 434 Olive Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Phone: 805 617-3255

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