• 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.


  • February 12, 2015 9:08 AM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    Young Cyclists to Rep SB at National Summit

    Today’s a big day for nine Santa Barbara Middle School (SBMS) students and their two advisors. The group of bicycle and community outreach enthusiasts is en route to Seattle, Washington, where they’ll represent Santa Barbara at the annual National Youth Bike Summit.


    This is the second year students from Santa Barbara have attended the summit—which per its website, brings together teens, policymakers, researchers, and educators from across the nation “to network, learn, and explore how the bicycle is a catalyst for positive social change”—thanks to SBBIKE education director Christine Bourgeois’s enthusiasm for the event. (The junior high group had to cancel last year’s trip to New York because of snow, but two high school students attended with SBBIKE board member Mike Vergeer.)

    Sue Carmody, SBBIKE board member and director of community outreach at SBMS, is brimming with pride and excitement for this year’s trip (to her hometown). She’s amped “to be around the energy of young people excited about bikes and cycling—and also about service,” she adds. “That’s where my heart is.”

    Service seems to be a focus at SBMS. The school’s Bike Monkeys, young in-house mechanics charged with “aiding their fellow travelers” and leadership, are currently raising money to outfit a mobile bike shop that will enable them to repair and service bicycles at events like Earth Day and other expos and fairs. (The Monkeys have offered their wrenching skills at past Earth Day events in SBBIKE’s Bike World). The mobile unit will broaden the Bike Monkeys’ capacity for empowering people to fix their own bikes and to participate in family rides, explains Carmody.

    In Seattle, the teens will seek new ideas to integrate at the school and in the community. And this group is uniquely equipped to bring those ideas back. To be eligible for the trip, students had to have Teen Press experience in addition to being Bike Monkeys. Teen Press is a unique elective that teaches kids the power of story. The group produces online video interviews (you might think of it as the modern version of a school newspaper) that “capture powerful, interesting stories of all kinds of people,” Carmody says. She explains that, after deciding whose story they want to tell and conducting deep research to find nuanced information so they don’t ask the normal questions, students cold-call for interviews and then come up with creative ways to present the stories.


    The young SB ambassadors will use that creativity in Seattle, where they’ll be called upon to present to the nationwide audience. They’ll feature the bike as a leadership tool. On a large spinning wheel, they’ve written the words community, resilience, leadership, grit, connection, growth, and Bike Monkey. An audience member will spin the wheel, and a student will tell a story about how bicycles have helped him or her develop that particular skill, aided by a video presentation. They’ll hand out water bottles from SBMS and SBBIKE, the school’s community partner.

    Carmody grows reflective about what she hopes the students will gain from the experience. “I want to emphasize the ability to learn from others,” she begins. She hopes to instill in them graciousness. “There’s a lot to learn,” she says. “We’ve been sharing a lot. Let’s see what we can also take in.”

    Shared they have. A film crew out of Colorado, who discovered Teen Press when a crew member was interviewed for the school’s site, is making a documentary on the program.

    Carmody certainly models the graciousness she hopes to instill. “It’s not about look how great we are but about look how great this program is for your kids and the community. And anybody can do it,” she says of the documentary’s focus.

    As for what the young ambassadors will bring back to Santa Barbara’s cycling community, “I don’t think we know yet.” But she can’t wait to find out.

    Also accompanying the group is Jesse Kasenhagen, seventh grade science teacher and Bike Monkey advisor. The group heads out today and will return on Monday. Stay tuned. SBBIKE will follow up!


  • February 11, 2015 8:48 AM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)

    Online retail giant Amazon now allows you to support the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition whenever you buy something online. A program called AmazonSmile sends .5 percent of the price of eligible items to the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition.

    How do you do it?

    1) Use your existing Amazon account and visit the AmazonSmile page.

    2) On your first visit, select Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition to receive donations before you begin shopping, and then every eligible purchase results in a donation.

    Voila! It's very simple.

  • February 05, 2015 7:45 AM | Holly Starley (Administrator)

    A new DIY repair shop--Bici at Santa Barbara City College--will officially open its doors on Monday (February 9) at 1 pm. Ribbon cutting is at 1:15, refreshments will be served, and all are welcome.

    Located in a colorful shed next to the east end of the campus’s pedestrian bridge, the shop will mirror the offerings at Bici. That means students and faculty can maintain and repair their bicycles, get assistance from skilled mechanics, and pick up a variety of affordable new and used parts. In addition, bike and cycling education and a host of fun events will help make the campus a safe, enjoyable place to commute to and from.



    SBBIKE’s own Mike Vergeer (board member), a geography teacher at SBCC is the advisor for the shop, and he’s stoked. “I’m most excited about how this cool new facility will boost ridership among the entire SBCC community,” he says.

    SBBIKE partnered with SBCC as part of the school’s alternative transportation plan. Students from the campus bike club had used SBBIKE’s mobile bike repair trailer to demonstrate demand for bike repair on campus. Read more about the shop’s goals and origins in “Bici Goes to College” by Kevin McClintock, a founder of SBCC’s bike club, in the winter Quick Release—coming to your mailboxes in a a matter of days.


    Visit SBCC’s Bici Centro near the east end of the pedestrian bridge during shop hours, Monday –Thursday, 10 am – 2 pm. Use the shop or volunteer your skills. All, regardless of skill level and interest, are welcome.


  • January 27, 2015 2:36 PM | Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Administrator)

    On Thursday at 7pm at SBBIKE headquarters, the Bici Centro Shop Committee will be meeting to discuss ideas on the direction of Bici Centro in 2015.  There is a new volunteer manual for the shop that needs to be looked over, edited, amended, and voted upon.  The committee also needs to elect a chairman for 2015.  For volunteers and users of the shop, this is your opportunity to have your input and influence the direction, layout, protocols and procedures in Bici Centro.  If there's something you'd like to improve, or something you think should be done differently, Shop Committee is your forum to voice these opinions.  It's a community shop, after all, and the more voices that have input the better for everyone.  Join us! Sign up here.

  • January 21, 2015 1:46 PM | Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Administrator)

    The Santa Barbara Bowl has announced its first couple concerts of 2015! We're hoping to see more people cycling than ever to the bowl this year, and SBBIKE's FREE bike valet service will have an expanded area to park bikes! Please note: Only Members of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition can sign up to volunteer for bike valet at the bowl, where they get a free pass to the concert and 1/2 price food!  Join today, and be on the look out for more concerts and volunteer opportunities posted on our events calendar.

  • January 21, 2015 11:13 AM | Christine Bourgeois (Administrator)

    Bicycling Education Coordinator (Santa Maria, SB North County)

    Organization: Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, DBA Bici Centro

    Title: Education Coordinator

    Job Type: Contract based (20h/week)

    Location:  Santa Barbara North County (Santa Maria, CA)

    Pay Rate: $15+ Hour DOE

    The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE) is a countywide advocacy and resource organization that promotes bicycling for safe transportation and recreation. Bici Centro, a project of the SBBIKE, 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 county riders.

    Position Description:

    SBBIKE is looking for a motivated individual who will grow the existing Santa Maria area youth education programs as well as develop some adult bike education and outreach for businesses.

    Reports to:

    Education Director & Executive Director

    Responsibilities include:

    1) Scheduling and coordinating educational offerings in North County including:

    ·      Street Skills for adults

    ·      Lunch & Learn for businesses

    ·      Youth Earn a Bike type Programming

    ·      Family-Focused Bike Education Events

    ·      Related Elements that complement the overall program

    2) Using SBBIKE website for marketing and recruitment of students in North County

    3) strategically planning, developing, and implementing programs using volunteers, certified instructors and available financial resources

    4) Recruiting, training bicycling instructors & teaching assistants (team work with Education Director)

    5) Recruiting volunteers and ongoing program support


    6) Developing partnerships with other stakeholders in the community

    7) Developing outcome measures and means of data collection


    ·      Strong organizational skills

    ·      Computer literacy; use of social media (Facebook)  

    ·      Ability to work independently with minimal oversight

    ·      A positive attitude and the ability to be flexible in the face of changing priorities and requirements

    ·      Team-oriented and able to accept ideas and strategy from other individuals

    ·      Ability to establish relationship with governmental and non-profit organizations to further the mission of SBBIKE

    ·      Experience with budgeting and expense reporting

    ·      Experience measuring outcomes: results oriented

    ·      Ability to act as a professional and responsible ambassador for SBBIKE: answer questions knowledgably

    ·      Willing to drive for outreach event in Santa Barbara County

    ·      Must possess a valid drivers license, a clean driving record with no moving violations in the past three years

    Beneficial Qualifications

    ·      Enthusiasm for bicycling in all its forms (commuting, recreation and sport)

    ·      A good “people person” with strong oral and/or writing skills

    ·      Certification as a League Cycling Instructor (LCI)

    ·      Spanish fluency

    How to apply:

    Telephone inquiries are not accepted.

    Please include resume and cover letter to be sent to

    Please attach your resume as a PDF.

    All materials should be received by February 13, 2015.

  • January 15, 2015 12:33 PM | Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Administrator)

    Ever wanted to say "I'm a card carrying member" of an organization?  Well, you can now!  SBBIKE is proud to unveil our membership cards, fresh for 2015.  Flash this thing around town at local bike shops, restaurants, hotels, and even an auto-shop (the irony isn't lost on us!).  We're compiling our list of businesses which offer discounts to SBBIKE members and the list will continue to grow. JOIN!  Current members will receive their cards by mail soon. 

  • January 15, 2015 12:08 PM | Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Administrator)

    SBBIKE Welcomes Cottage Hospital as our newest Platinum Business Member!  Look for and SBBIKE table at the Hospital's Annual Employee Benefit Fair. We're also pleased to announce VeloPro Bicycle Shop(s) have been upgraded to our Carbon Fiber Bicycle Shop Member Level.  Members of SBBIKE enjoy a 10% discount of parts and service at both locations. Join now! 

  • January 08, 2015 9:25 AM | Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Administrator)

    Racers and Race Fans - mark your calendars!  January 25th will be the 1st Annual Carlos Soto Memorial Criterium in Santa Barbara (formerly called "The Mothball Ctrierium). The event is a benefit for Echelon Jr's Development Program and your favorite community bicycle shop - Bici Centro! Sign up to ride or show up to support the racers and Bici Centro.


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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