• August 22, 2013 11:46 AM | Ed France (Administrator)
    Many Old Town residents were not represented in the hearing, and we have done our best to share their voice. Please see this short video produced by Michael Montenegro on our behalf: 

    Crossing Hollister Ave from Michael Montenegro on Vimeo.

    I would also like to thank Robin Elander for surveying the business community on our behalf, about these potential changes. The feedback we received from the business community was critical in how we decided to advocate on this issue, and will continue to be critical to implementing bike lanes and ongoing revitalization and safety improvements.

    Working with the Old Town Concerned Citizens, especially Phebe from CopyRight, Rob and Rubayai from the GV Community Center, former Councilmember Jean Blois, and Phil from Larry's auto parts, was also very important in informing how to move forward and hopefully in starting a lasting partnership in Old Town public policy matters.

    COAST's Safe Routes for Seniors program has also been invaluable in bringing concerns of residents walking their neighborhoods and the hazards they can face. Those seniors making the effort to speak out last night have made it clear that revitalization can't happen without safety and walkability. Not to mention getting bicyclists a place to ride so that we can get them off of crowded sidewalks!

    I know that City Council members have all volunteered a significant amount of their time in understanding these complex options, and that staff have worked tremendously hard to study the various implications in a short time frame. I hope that as these options move forward Public Works, Planning, Neighborhood Services, and legal council can all work together to present further clarified and refined options for potentially relocating parking to facilitate bike lanes, modifying middle turn lane striping, and especially re-evaluating start and stop points of the two lane study to complement Ekwill Fowler alternative southern routes instead of conflicting overlap. The City departments together can better analyze revitalization goals, public safety and livability improvements, and multi-modal transportation goals as well as vehicular congestion concerns. We hope that staff and council can move forward quickly with a plan that best reflects Old Town residents and business as well as public safety.

    The Bicycle Coalition will work over the next week to submit our survey of local businesses (~30), local, primarily Spanish speaking bicyclists (72) as well as technical questions that we hope can help refine the draft Two Lane study from Kittleson and Associates.

    For now, I would simply like to thank all involved for your time, creative efforts, and dedication to improving the lives of the Old Town neighborhood and for valuing safe bicycle lanes along the Hollister- Cross Town Bike Route.

  • August 15, 2013 2:01 PM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)
    Youth Bikes Buildup and BBQ/Potluck on August 09, 2013 was a great success! 
    Food was delicious, company was excellent and 10 youth bikes are ready to roll for our Earn-A-Bike programs (Pedal Power). 
    But we need more help: FIVE Pedal Power programs are on the calendar.

    Bici volunteers with bike mechanics experience are invited to join the fun for two more Youth Bikes Build.

    Next week, on Friday, August 23register online HERE

    Friday, September 6Register online HERE

    Pedal on!
    SBBike team.
    SBBIKE Team
  • August 07, 2013 9:44 AM | Ed France (Administrator)
    Board of DirectorsThis July at our Board of Directors strategic planning retreat, the SB BIKE Board made a commitment to not only continue growth in our community service programs, but to step up and grow a professional advocacy program that will make a real impact in public policy. 

    Bicycling is often not well understood by planners. It is hard to quantify bicycling- most communities and traffic models simply never count them. Bike infrastructure is often considered an amenity as opposed to a transportation network, and as a result there are two often major gaps within our established 'bike routes'. Too often bicycling advocacy comes in late in the game, making minor changes to big projects, often resulting in disjointed infrastructure gains.

    The SB Bicycle Coalition aims to turn this around. We are starting with development of a project called 'Connecting the South Coast' which is not just an inventory of existing bicycle routes, but a blueprint for what our bicycle network should look like in 2020. We are very pleased to have brought on board Timbo Stillinger, our UCSB Bren Graduate School of Environmental Science and Management summer intern, to help us develop this project. Together with Timbo, our Advocacy Committee and Executive Director will be completing this document, producing a video, and launching a professionally staffed public policy program to promote bicycles - as a legitimate and measurable form of Transportation.

    20% of all trips by 2020. That's our goal. Will you help us reach it?
  • July 26, 2013 2:44 PM | Ed France (Administrator)

    Current Employment Opportunities with the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition

    • Open Shop Coordinators
    • 7/22/2013: Lead Instructor (certified League Cycling Instructor)

    7/26/2013: Open Shop Coordinators

    Bici Centro, a project of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, is a community DIY bicycle repair shop and education center, with the goal of facilitating skill share and increased reliability and safety for Santa Barbara bicycle riders.
    We are hiring Community Open Shop Coordinators to facilitate one open shop shift each week.

    Shifts are

    Tuesdays 3:30 – 7:30 pm

    Wednesday 3:30 – 7:30 pm

    Thursdays 3:30 – 7:30 pm

    Saturdays 1:30 – 5:30 pm

    Responsibilities include:
    • operation of cash register and POS system
    • greeting and signing in patrons of the shop
    • teaching patrons bicycle repair skills
    • coordinating and appropriately tasking shop volunteers
    • organizing shop pre and post open hours

    • Background in bicycle mechanics
    • Strong inter-personal skills
    • Bilingual in English and Spanish
    • Ability to multi-task and maintain awareness of all happenings in a busy shop
    • Background in community based projects, community service, or non-profit work
    • Knowledge of Santa Barbara Bicycle Community and safe bicycle riding practices
    • Firmly believes in bicycles as a viable form of transportation


    Please include resume and cover letter to be sent to

    7/22/2013: Lead Instructor (certified League Cycling Instructor)

    ORGANIZATION: Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, DBA Bici Centro
    TITLE: Lead Instructor
    JOB TYPE: Contract based, 5 hours weekly
    LOCATION: Santa Barbara (CA)
    PAY RATE: $15- $17.50 Hour DOE

    WHAT WE ARE: The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition is a countywide advocacy and resource organization that promotes bicycling for safe transportation and recreation.

    Bici Centro, a project of the SB Bike, is a community DIY bicycle repair shop and education center, with the goal of facilitating skill share and increased reliability and safety for Santa Barbara bicycle riders.

    POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Bici Centro Bicycle Repair Shop and Education Center seeks a qualified educator for class instruction during the 2013-2014 school year. The after-school classes empower junior high students to become drivers of their bicycles for safe transportation and recreation. This position will report to the Education Director of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition.


    • Certification by the League of American Bicyclists as a League Cycling Instructor
    • Demonstrated capacity in teaching groups.


    • Self-motivated person who can work  effectively in both a chaotic environment
    • Strong communication skills including: interpersonal, electronic, and group setting
    • Ability to effectively teach cirriculum and lead in class settings
    • Organizational skills
    • Computer literacy and use of email communication.
    • Ability to set measurable goals and see them through to their completion
    • Commitment to the use of the bicycle as a legitimate form of transportation

    Please include resume and cover letter to be sent to

     Applications ongoing.


    7/22/2013: Teaching Assistants

    ORGANIZATION: Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, DBA Bici Centro
    TITLE: Teaching Assistant
    JOB TYPE: Contract based, 5 -10 hours weekly
    LOCATION: Santa Barbara (CA)
    PAY RATE: $12 Hourly

    WHAT WE ARE: The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition is a countywide advocacy and resource organization that promotes bicycling for safe transportation and recreation.

    Bici Centro, a project of the SB Bike, is a community DIY bicycle repair shop and education center, with the goal of facilitating skill share and increased reliability and safety for Santa Barbara bicycle riders.

    POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Bici Centro Bicycle Repair Shop and Education Center seeks a qualified educator for teaching assistance of class instruction during the 2013-2014 school year. The after-school classes empower junior high students to become drivers of their bicycles for safe transportation and recreation. This position will report to the Education Director of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition. 


    Street Skills clinics offered every other month

    Be an experienced rider

    Like to work with youth

    Please inquire and submit resume to :

    Applications ongoing

    Please include resume and cover letter to be sent to

  • 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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Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, PO Box 92047, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
Bici Centro, PO Box 91222, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
located at 506 E. Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone: 805 617-3255
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