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  • September 25, 2014 8:56 AM | Ed France (Administrator)

    Sacramento CA – Imagine roadways that encourage respectful, cordial interaction among all users, and that are far safer, and even fun, for people on bikes. California has taken a big step towards the creation of exactly these types of roadways with Governor Brown’s approval this past Saturday of AB 1193, the Protected Bikeway Act.

     

    Authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), and sponsored by the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike), AB 1193 overturns an outdated Caltrans rule that had effectively prohibited local Californian agencies from building bike lanes with physical separation from car traffic. Instead, AB 1193 encourages the creation of modern, protected bike lanes that use planters, curbs, posts or parked cars to separate bikes from cars on busy streets. Find out more at https://calbike.org/media-room/.

     

    “This is a game changer for bike infrastructure in California,” said Ting. “Sharing the road is one thing but designing it better is another thing altogether.  By changing our streets, cycling can finally become a realistic transportation option for millions of Californians held back by safety concerns.”

     

    Used safely and effectively for years in the top bike-friendly cities of the world, such as Amsterdam (where 57% of the mode share in the city center is by bike) and Copenhagen (with a 37% bike mode share), protected bike lanes make urban bike riding a pleasant, practical and very safe way to make local trips - including getting children to and from school. Not coincidentally these two European cities also have a very high percentage of female bike riders which is not the case yet in the U.S.

     

    “For too long, our cities in California have focused on creating paint-only-as-the-boundary bike lanes for the few willing to ride in and next to traffic, in big part because that’s all they were allowed to do according to the guidelines. Now, they’ll be able to build protected bike lanes as a key part of bikeway networks that serve everyone interested in bicycling, not just the bold and athletic,” said Dave Snyder, the Executive Director of the California Bicycle Coalition.

     

    The Why of Protected Bike Lanes

    Key to the exponential growth of protected bike lanes across the country has been the  Green Lane Project of People for Bikes, which focuses on helping U.S. cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. The Green Lane Project has gathered numerous reports that illustrate these safer lanes increase bike ridership by at least 50% and as much as 200%. Protected bike lanes also improve pedestrian safety by reducing sidewalk riding, and reduce auto on auto crashes by calming automobile traffic. Unsurprisingly, 96 percent of riders report feeling safer on protected bike lanes.

     

    "California is the number one state for bicycling participation and the home of a significant chunk of the U.S. bike industry," said Tim Blumenthal, president of the national bike movement PeopleForBikes. "The state's new support of protected bike lanes--its latest step to make bicycling better for everyone--will not only make bike riding safer and more appealing for Californians, but will also help reduce road congestion, spur economic growth and improve personal health."

     

    The number of protected bike lanes has almost quadrupled in the U.S. since 2010 with 210 protected bike lanes projected to be completed within the end of 2014. According to the Green Lane Project research California currently has 11 cities with protected bike lanes built, the most of any other state with San Francisco the stand out with 15, followed with both Long Beach and San Jose with 2 each.

     

    Put together the safety of all concerned, with the positive economic benefits of protected bike lanes, and you have a win/win scenario that cities across the nation are rapidly moving to be a part of.  It’s  reported that rents along New York City's Times Square pedestrian and bicycle paths increased 71% in 2010, and after the construction of a protected bike lane on 9th Avenue, local businesses saw a 49 percent increase in retail sales. Further a report from Portland State University found that customers who arrive by bike spent 24% more than those who arrive by bike shop more often and spend more per month.

     

    The Specifics on AB 1193

    AB 1193 changes the rules about bikeway design to free local governments from the outdated Caltrans guide that controlled bikeway design even on locally owned streets and roads. It gives communities a bigger toolbox, relying on nationally-recognized safety standards, and requires Caltrans to update its standards to encourage protected bikeways. It was sponsored by the California Bicycle Coalition, a network of sixteen local bicycle advocacy organizations across the state with 30,000 dues-paying members whose shared goal is the tripling bicycling in California for healthier, safer, more prosperous communities across the state. Encouraging protected bike lanes is a key strategy to attract more people to bicycling.

     

    California’s Commitment to Growing Bike Culture

    On September 16th 2014 Californian joined twenty-four other states enacting the “Three Feet for Safety.” The law went into effect as California’s state and local governments work to boost bicycling for improved health, reduced traffic congestion, and economic growth. Bicycling has increased 50% in California since 2000, according to the California Household Transportation Survey, with about two million bike trips daily in the Golden State.  Earlier this year California made an impressive jump from 19th to 9th in the annual Bicycle Friendly State rankings by the League of American Bicyclists. Further, the state Department of Transportation (Caltrans) says it’s working with its partners to infuse about $360 million into biking and other active transportation projects over the next three years while local sales taxes and the state’s cap-and-trade revenue are slated to contribute more than $1 billion to improve bicycling infrastructure.

     

    For the past 20 years CalBike has been focused on creating safer, healthier and more economically vibrant streets for California through the promotion of bike advocacy. 2014 has been a year of unprecedented success for CalBike. Please help us continue our groundbreaking work by donating today to our Build Better Bikeways Campaign: https://calbike.org/advocacy/better-bikeways/.

     

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    About the California Bicycle Coalition

    CalBike enables more people to bicycle for the health, safety, and prosperity of all Californians. We envision millions of people riding bikes every day in California with networks of safe streets and paths conveniently connect every destination. Our goal is to double the amount of bicycling in the Golden State by 2017 and triple it by 2020.


    Calbike’s membership coalitions across the state include: Bike Bakersfield, Bike East Bay, Chico Velo Cycling, Inland Empire Bicycle Alliance, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Marin County Bicycle Coalition, Napa County Bicycle Coalition, People Power of Santa Cruz County, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition, Shasta Living Streets, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, and Walk & Bike Mendocino. In 2013 CalBike launched the Women on Bikes California initiative


    Melissa Balmer
    Director Media Relations
    California Bicycle Coalition


  • September 20, 2014 8:49 AM | Howard Booth (Administrator)


    Joey and the SBBIKE Bike Valet crew will be at the Saturday Farmer's market on Cota Street today (September 20th) from 8am to 1pm.  


    Roll on out on September 27th for more bike valet at the Farmer's Market as part of the SOL Food Festival!

  • September 17, 2014 6:46 PM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Those who follow SBBIKE’s Facebook page have seen a taste of the joy shared among volunteers and a host of youthful cyclists at Saturday’s health fair on the west side. If a picture speaks a thousand words, the videos by SBBIKE board member Hector Gonzales, particularly this one showing two of the children who rode a bike for the first time that bright, scorching day, are a tome. In the quiet murmurs of exhilaration and the knitted eyebrows of fear overcome live a tale that reaches far into the future. These first pedal strokes depict thousands of miles of freedom, self-satisfaction, and adventure. Imbedded here are years of healthful exercise and environmentally sustainable transportation. In the interactions with volunteers like Hector and Mike Vergeer (in the video in the green and orange shirts respectively) lives a future of community connection and volunteerism and participation in what you believe in for generations to come.

    This, my friends, is the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition and its partners in the community (COAST, the city of Santa Barbara, Girls Inc., to name a few) at work for you!

    The story of Melissa and her brother

    That sweet little girl in the video wearing the blue shirt is six-year-old Melissa. I met Melissa right after she’d finished the bilingual safety basics class taught by SBBIKE board member Robert Caiza. She was practically vibrating with excitement. “What did you learn?” I asked her. She grinned and stuck out her left arm. “For when you turn.”

     

    “And wearing your helmet for safety,” prompted a smiling woman looking down lovingly from her side. Melissa’s hand involuntarily landed on the brand-new purple helmet atop her head (provided by COAST and SB City to all who took the safety class), and she smiled that mixture of pride and shyness only the innocence of youth can convey.

    “How do you feel about riding?” I wanted to know. Excited, duh. “I’m gonna ride with no training wheels!”

    Enter Hector. In the video, you see Melissa turn and call, “I’m doing it, Gina.”

    Gina, the woman by her side earlier, is Melissa and her seven-year-old brother’s foster mom. As Gina and I watched, Melissa’s brother rode the loop in front of the coalition’s booth over and over. He rode with a singleness of purpose--as if with each turn he made (each becoming smoother as he went), he was working through troubles in his mind. He rode fearlessly and with unbroken concentration, circling around the bright red poster board cutout of a car designed to teach new riders to stay out of the door zone and along the orange cones simulating street lanes. When he fell at one point, not quite braking before he got to the curb, I asked him if he was all right. He looked up at me only for a second, as if acknowledging the distraction of my question only out of politeness, and jumped back on the bike.

     

    Melissa’s brother, Gina told me, has been struggling. This day, this bike ride was the first time she’d seen him so engaged, so clearly enjoying something in the six months the kids have been with her. Though she’d been feeling under the weather lately, the broiling sun wasn’t an issue--seeing her foster kids so happy made it worth it.

    “I’m gonna buy the kids bikes,” Gina told me. She recently learned that the kids will be staying with her for another six months. And she’s looking forward to more days like this--days where Melissa and her brother can be kids riding bicycles without a care in the world.

     

    Having successfully ridden without training wheels, Melissa came over beaming. “[Before] I rode, I and I fell." She gestured to the distance spot of her earlier spill. "Then I rode and I fell.” She pointed in the other direction. “Now I don’t fall anymore.”

    Said Lynette Arnold, a volunteer with SBBIKE who’s active in its Spanish Outreach arm, “We’re seeing them learn to ride right in front of our eyes!” Thanks, Hector, for sharing a little of what an amazing experience that is with all of us.

    Saturday’s health fair was the third annual Santa Barbara Family Day and Health Fair. Bici Familia--the safety class, on-street instruction, and helmet giveaway--saw 115 participants, distributed 100 helmets, and taught more than 20 to ride for the first time.

    Photo: Melissa and Gina

  • September 17, 2014 5:02 PM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)

    Parents, did you pick up a flyer & a registration form for Pedal Power at Back to School Night this week? Students, what about that Pedal Power registration form that you picked up at Club Day and forgot at the bottom of your backpack? 

    Don't miss out! Act NOW: space is limited and it is not too late to register.


    Pedal Power is starting on Tuesday, September 23 at La Colina Junior High (only 6 Tuesdays & 6 Thursdays from 2:35-4:05pm)


    Pedal Power is starting on Wednesday, September 24 at Santa Barbara Junior High (only 6 Wednesdays & 6 Fridays from 2:35-4:05pm)


    Pedal Power is starting on Tuesday, September 30 at Goleta Valley Junior High (only 6 Tuesdays & 6 Thursdays from 2:35-4:05pm)


    Check our video

  • September 17, 2014 4:35 PM | Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Administrator)

    The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition has been tapped to provide bike valet at another SB institution: the Saturday Farmers Market!  We'll be right inside the Cota St. entrance all morning parking bikes, and relieving the ever-increasing demand for bicycle parking.  Volunteer opportunities are available - but do come say hi - this Saturday from 8:30 - 12:30.

      


  • September 17, 2014 3:55 PM | Howard Booth (Administrator)

    On Monday September 21st SBBIKE launches a brand new benefit for its members and cyclists in the Santa Barbara community. 


    If you need a tandem bike for a romantic Valentine’s Day ride to the beach, a cargo bike to haul a large load, have always wanted to try an Xtracycle before buying one or a road bike for a friend or family member visiting from out of town---we’ve got it for you! 


    Join SBBIKE and you can borrow any bike in our library for 3 days for FREE! 


    After that the bikes are available to members at low cost daily rental rates. 


    It’s easy to reserve a bike, fill out the online BikeWaiver and check out a bike. We have locks, helmets, water bottles and lights available. Ready to roll----head to our Bici Centro DIY Community Bike Shop at 434 Olive Street.


    We also have bicycle gear including a kid’s trail-a-long bike, a BOB trailer, trainers and Ortleib panniers available for our members.


    Check out the  Bike Library for Members and Join SBBIKE!

  • September 16, 2014 4:04 PM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)

    Bici Familia is a free, bilingual bike skills class for families that was paid for by City of Santa Barbara Public Works Department and run by Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE), and the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST). About 115 local residents (95 of them children) participated in the bicycle training classroom instruction and on-street skills class where they learned the rules of the road and were able to practice how to be safe, predictable and visible riders. Press release of Family Day Health Fair


  • September 16, 2014 1:32 PM | Ed France (Administrator)
    Thanks to you, California’s streets are safer today than they were yesterday.
     
    If you’ve ever ridden your bicycle on a busy street, you will be as happy as we are that AB 1371, California’s “Three Feet for Safety Act,” goes into effect today.

    Starting today, AB 1371 requires people driving cars to give people riding bicycles at least three feet of clearance when passing. 

    We are proud to have partnered with the California Bicycle Coalition in advancing this important bill, which the Governor signed almost exactly a year ago. But we couldn’t have done it without you. 

    And we need your help again

    This week, the Governor has another chance to make California’s streets safer - this time for kids walking and biking to school - if he signs SB 1151. We can’t lose this opportunity to keep California’s school zones a safe place for kids, no matter where you live or how you get there.

    We won last year because people like you stood up for safer streets and emailed the Governor to pass AB 1371. Now it’s time to do it again. Thank you if you already sent a message to the Governor – and if you didn’t, it’s not too late for you to make an impact! – if you haven’t urged Governor Brown to sign SB 1151 yet, please send him an email today!  


    Thanks to our Friends at TransFormCA.org for the leading this effort!


  • September 16, 2014 10:19 AM | Ed France (Administrator)
    Kiddical Mass image by Allan Crawford

    California’s new bicyclist-passing law “Three Feet for Safety” takes effect today, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. In support of the law SBBIKE's statewide representation, the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) is launching the “I Give 3 Feet” media awareness and outreach campaign. This September CalBike is collaborating with bill author Assemblyman Steven Bradford of Gardena, the California Chapters of the American Automobile Association, the California Highway Patrol and other CalBike’s affiliate members like SBBIKE across the state, to educate both the media and the public about the law and why it’s so crucial for motorists to give at least three feet distancewhen passing a bicyclist for the safety of everyone concerned. Follow the social media conversation with #IGive3Feet and #IGive3FT. Learn more at www.calbike.org.

    “As a lifelong cyclist, I know firsthand that when cars and bikes collide, it often turns to tragedy,” Assemblyman Bradford said. “This bill is a great reminder that we all have to work together to keep our roads safe for all users. I thank the California Bicycle Coalition and all of the grassroots supporters who put safety first and helped us finally pass this legislation.”

    Three Feet for Safety illustrates what many motorists still don’t understand – that bicyclists legally have a right to be on the road in California, even on streets that don’t include indicated bike lanes. Motorists need to respect bicyclists by learning to pass them safely.

    “More and more Californians are discovering that bikes are an easy, healthy, and fun way to get around, but it’s unnecessarily dangerous when a motorist passes too closely.” said Dave Snyder, the Executive Director of the California Bicycle. In fact getting hit from behind, or sideswiped by a car passing too closely, is one of the top ways bicyclists are injured. Nationally, forty percent of fatal bike crashes are caused by unsafe passing according to the League of American Bicyclists.

    Motorists who get caught violating the new law will face a $35 fine plus fees, or a $220 fine undefined $959 with fees undefined if a collision occurs. Where a violation results in a collision that injures a bicyclist, the law will be valuable because it establishes a basis for citing the driver for unsafe passing.

    Californian now joins twenty-four other states with similar laws. The law goes into effect as California’s state and local governments work to boost bicycling for improved health, reduced traffic congestion, and economic growth.  Bicycling has increased 50% in California since 2000, according to the California Household Transportation Survey, with about two million bike trips daily in the Golden State. In 2014, California moved from 19th to 9th in the annual Bicycle Friendly State rankings by the League of American Bicyclists. The state Dept. of Transportation says it’s working with its partners to infuse about $360 million into biking and other active transportation projects over the next three years while local sales taxes and the state’s cap-and-trade revenue are slated to contribute more than $1 billion to improve bicycling infrastructure.

    California’s chapters of the American Automobile Association are supporting the campaign with safety information cards that it is distributing to drivers it helps on the streets and in its annual “School’s Open Drive Safely” campaign directed to 250,000 children, young drivers and parents. The California Highway Patrol is distributing the cards to its public information officers and to visitors at hundreds of its community and safety events, in addition to social media tweets and facebook posts about the law for their followers.

    The California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) is also providing bumper stickers and window clings for free to motorists who want to put them on their car to remind other motorists of the need to pass safely. The stickers can be ordered in bulk at calbike.org/giveme3stickers.  Further, CalBike is also working with Caltrans to get approval for an official traffic sign that will remind drivers of the law. Later this month, the California Traffic Control Devices Committee will consider adopting for California a version of signs that are already in use in other states.

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    Thank you to Allan Crawford for the Kiddical Mass image and CalBike for the original copy of the 3ft press release.


  • September 11, 2014 1:27 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    California By Bike 2014 Bike Tour • “Surf N Turf” • Oct. 31-Nov. 5

    Five days, 241 miles, fully-supported fun tour from Santa Barbara to San Diego

    The most fun you’ll have raising money for better bikeways in California

    Come tour southern California’s beautiful coastline with fantastic new friends. Enjoy great accommodations and food and connections with CAR8fellow bicyclists committed to bettering every Californian’s cycling experience.

    Our unique position as leaders of California’s bike movement will give us special access to community leaders and superstars in the bike world whom you’ll get to meet. Proceeds benefit the Better Bikeways campaign, advocating for more funding and improved design for bikeways in California, and the Give Me 3 campaign, created to promote awareness of the Three Feet for Safety Act going into effect in September 2014.

    Lodging, full rest stops, most meals, SAG and mechanic support, jersey, and entertainment included in the tour price of $2,150. You can fundraise to support your ride which we’ll make easy with a personal fundraising page (coming soon), or register with the full price and reserve your spot outright. Registration fees are $100.00.

    The California by Bike Surf ’N Turf Tour is your opportunity to make a difference for every person who desires to live, breathe and maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle in our state – while having a great deal of fun.

    Registration fee: $100. Total fundraising commitment: $2150. We can help you raise the funds.


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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