Bici Centro and our Coalition are people powered. Our staff and board are just a few of the many volunteers and participants who make our community offerings -and our movement- great.
, Executive Director, League Cycling Instructor (LCI #1931)
Ed loves bicycling, engaging with people, and living in the wondrous place that is Santa Barbara. He thanks his lucky stars that he is fortunate to serve in a vocation that brings these all together. As a member of the community for more than 10 years, Ed has previously worked for the City of Santa Barbara as the Recycling Coordinator and briefly as an administrative assistant to the Sustainable Santa Barbara program. He was also extremely fortunate to meet a band of creative social entrepreneurs who put in the energy and talent to start up Bici Centro community Bike Repair Shop and Education Center. In his free time Ed goes on out of the way routes on his bike commute, Mountain Bikes, and splashes around doing ocean sports. Ed has previously been both an advisor and then board member of the Coalition as well as a volunteer and part-time staff for Bici Centro. He is serving his second 4 year term as Transportation and Circulation Committee of the City of SB, is an Advisor to the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation and is a board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Century.
If you would like to find a time to go on a ride and talk bike stuff, don't hesitate to call or email him.
(805) 203-6940 or Ed@sbbike.org
, Education Director, League Cycling Instructor (LCI #2255)
Christine Bourgeois was born and raised in France. She started using a bicycle for everyday transportation more than 20 years ago when she moved to Washington DC. With a degree in education and a MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Christine taught all levels of French at Santa Margarita High School, CA. In 2000, she relocated to Santa Barbara with her husband Dave and they both became avid cyclists and world travelers. Today, Christine is a certified League Cycling instructor who likes to work with youth and she is the education director for the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition. For the last 3 years, she has been leading the development and implementation of a county wide education campaign to promote safe bicycling for transportation and recreation. She has been expanding successful after-school youth Earn-A-Bike programs (Pedal Power) and offering bilingual adult bike clinics for workplaces. Interested in offering a bike program at your school, organization or business?
Give her a call or send her mail: (805) 699 6301 or email@example.com
Howard Booth---Membership/Volunteer Coordinator
Personally, biking is a means of daily transportation that is fun, provides exercise and puts a smile on my face. It allows me to connect with friends, work, shopping and exploring Santa Barbara. Almost every day that I ride, I wave at old friends and stop and meet new friends.
I’ve worked in education, the arts, and business for over 30 years. Volunteers and members are two of the most important SBBIKE resources. We couldn’t run the shop, bike valet or educational programs without the dedicated commitment of our many volunteers. Our members add their voice to a fast growing transformative organization that is having an impact in our community. We need your continued support to work towards the goal of making Santa Barbara County safe, accessible, and friendly to bicycle transportation.
My work with non-profit as well as for-profit companies has given me a wide range of experiences. I look forward each day to combining my passion for cycling with the day-to-day work of growing SBBIKE membership and coordinating the work of our rockstar volunteers.
Give me a call at 805 904-0230 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Board of Directors:
Byron Beck, mentor at SBici (SBHS bike club)
When I was young, bicycling for me was freedom, very similarly to how it felt to get my license at the age of 16. I had a paper route and threw papers from an old Schwinn Typhoon. During my junior high and high school years I worked for a local bike shop building and repairing bikes.
I have been fortunate to enjoy bicycling all my life. When the mountain bike came into being, I turned in my road bike for about 15 years and finally returned to the skinny wheels for most of my riding now.
I have also been able to race in a Southern Cal mountain bike series the last 4 years. The first 3 years I raced for Platinum Mountain Bike team, and last year started with a new team called Foundation Roots.
I have enjoyed volunteering at Bici Centro on and off for the last couple of years. It is wonderful to be giving back to the community of biking that I have enjoyed for so many years. When I joined the Coalition Board last year, my hope was to bring some perspectives and ideas from the business owners point of view to the table, and to help with the growing bicycle community in which we are all involved.
We are very fortunate to live in a community in which we can ride almost anywhere, anytime we like. My hope is to see our town become even more adjusted to biking as a lifestyle not only for pleasure, but for business as well.
Dave Bourgeois, SB Bike Treasurer
Dave Bourgeois has served on the board of the SB Bike since 2006 and has been Treasurer since 2007. He chairs the Finance Committee and serves on the Executive Committee. As Treasurer, Dave has overseen considerable growth, both monetarily and in project scope. A proud co-founder of Bici Centro, Dave has enjoyed broadening the outreach and appeal of our countywide advocacy organization. He believes that more cyclists with a stronger common voice will create better conditions for all of us.
Dave works as a Software Engineer, and he volunteers managing Bici Centro's web site and computer systems. He is married to Christine Bourgeois, the Education Director of SB Bike. Dave wants to inspire others to cycle for health, environmental benefit, fun and adventure around town and around the globe.
Tim Burgess, SB Bike Advocacy Chair
Tim originally hails from Bermuda, and helps improve Santa Barbara's watersheds through his work at the City of Santa Barbara Creeks division. He is our advocacy chair and works to improve bicycling with routes that his kids can ride in mind.
Robert Caiza, League Cycling Instructor (LCI #1933)
Caiza was born in Ecuador, South America. At an early age, he was introduced to the bicycle world and since then, bicycles have been part of his life. In Santa Barbara, he became a core volunteer during the first years of Bici Centro, the DIY community bike shop.
As a certified League Cycling Instructor, he has been sharing his skills and knowledge when teaching Street Skills classes to adults and safe riding sessions to youth.
As a SB Bike board member, he wishes to share his skills, knowledge, goals and aspiration to help build a safe bicycle friendly community, and he wants to expand the Spanish Language Outreach program by bringing more bicycle advocates.
Sue Carmody grew up in Seattle when sting ray bikes, banana seats, and sissy-bars were all the rage. Sue moved to Santa Barbara over 20 years ago to teach school, and quickly discovered the thrill of mountain biking, running, and hiking in our own spectacular back-country. Sue has been an educator for 25 years – she taught 6th grade for over 16 years, most recently at Montecito Union, and now works with the vibrant Santa Barbara Middle School community, known for its extensive outdoor education and biking expeditions. She is the Director of Community Outreach, New Teacher Mentor, and is an integral part of the SBMS Admissions process. Sue is also the founder of her own College and Career Coaching business “16twenty-six” which specializes in helping young adults transition from high school to college, launch their early careers, and successfully navigate into the world of responsible and independent living.
Sue, her husband Jeff, and their two teenage boys are all bicycle and outdoor enthusiasts. Yearly road-trips to national parks with bikes strapped on the back of the wagon are highlights of their summer family road trips. All of the Carmody's can be found on a variety of bikes in Santa Barbara, from fixies and cruisers, to mountain bikes and road bikes; two-wheels are a favorite form of transportation for this family.
Sue earned her Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology and her Masters degree in School Administration, has an Executive Coaching certification from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, has served on the board of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, and is totally psyched to join the people and efforts of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition Board.
Michael Chiacos, SB Bike President
Michael is a Santa Barbara native who fondly remembers riding his bike to Mountain View Elementary School. He lived a car free carefree life for 5 years in Portland, Oregon, while completing a BA with honors in Environmental Studies at Lewis and Clark College and working for the Climate Trust, a non-profit that funds environmental projects. In Portland he participated in the burgeoning bike culture and learned how a great city treats its bicyclists.
After a stint managing a coffee farm in Hawaii, Michael returned to Santa Barbara and currently works as the Transportation Specialist at the Community Environmental Council, a 40 year old non-profit that focuses on sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Michael is a member of the Measure A Citizens Oversight Committee, which oversees $1.5 billion in transportation spending, and is Mayor Schneider’s appointee to the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District's Community Advisory Council. He also serves as the Transportation Chair of the Los Padres chapter of the Sierra Club and has been on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition since 2008.
While on the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition Board, Michael helped guide the Coalition through an exciting period of growth and change as we added staff to our formerly board run organization, built new education and outreach programs, and integrated Bici Centro into the Coalition. He brings practical non-profit experience and a wide net of community connections to the Board. He’s most proud of his role instigating the 2010 Membership Drive, which is on track to reach its goal of 50% new members in one year, as well as his work on Walk and Roll, which encourages bicycling and other forms of alternative transportation at schools. He also enjoys being a lead volunteer for Bike Valet at the Santa Barbara Bowl, which in addition to being a lot of fun and a significant revenue generator, is an excellent opportunity for the Coalition to reach out to non-member bicyclists.
Since 2009, Courtney has limited her life to relying on her own four wheels: two on her bicycle and two on her scooter. As someone that loves to be active and thrives on being outside, bicycling as transportation has always been an easy choice.
Courtney originally came to the Santa Barbara area for UCSB’s Bren School where she received her master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management. After some time spent traveling and living on the East coast, she ended up back in Santa Barbara where she worked for the non-profit Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST) for three years as a project manager and eventually as Executive Director. Having transitioned from that role, Courtney is currently working on the update to Santa Barbara County’s Bicycle Master Plan. She also works part time as a content writer for SB InnerWeb Development where she has been able to explore her love for words and communication.
Not one to sit still for too long, Courtney has been a coach for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program since 2008, helping participants meet their goals of completing full and half marathons around the country while raising money to beat blood cancers. Growing her own food, inventing her own culinary creations, getting covered in sand playing beach volleyball and braving the chilly waters to surf: these are a few more of her favorite things.
To be part of a community that fosters a culture of bicyclists that are having fun and riding safely is an effort that Courtney is inspired to be a part of.
Hector Gonzalez, Bici Centro chair
Hector is the chair leader for the Bici Centro shop, and is an avid volunteer, bike tourer and century rider. Only Hector can get away with duct taping his tent onto his top tube for multi-night bike touring. In his day life he solves an onslaught of complicated mathematical puzzles in the form of computer software coding. He is originally from Fresno, CA.
I have been bike riding my entire life, I started racing in high school and raced as a domestic professional for three years following high school and one year racing internationally in Europe. From this experience I can relate to competitive cyclists, a group which is under-represented in the cycling community.
I love seeing people out on bikes and enjoying themselves; so in August of 2008, I started Bike Moves a fun, free social bike event that welcomes everyone and fosters good times while respecting the laws and community. It is an event in which any one of any level of cycling experience can feel comfortable and enjoy the comradery of other Santa Barbara cyclists. Over the course of 2 years the event has grown to include people from all ages, backgrounds and ability levels. Bike Moves now consistently has a turn-out of well over 100 people. The high numbers and the good standing that Bike Moves has, have generated fundraising and donations from local businesses are directed to the cycling community, including SB Bike.
This year, I represented my company, Las Cumbres Observatory, for CycleMaynia’s Commuter Challenge, I helped motivate 50% employee participation which was by-far the highest amongst the competition. Additionally, our company made the most bike commuter trips of all the company categories. In preparation for the Commuter Challenge, many people purchased bikes through my company’s bike purchase incentive program and now ride regularly.
Lastly, I am an avid mountain biker and currently am a board member of SB Mountain Trail Volunteers, a non-profit whose mission is to keep Santa Barbara trails safe, well maintained and open to bikes. The mountain biking community contributes the greatest number of volunteer hours of all the trail user groups. Their presence would be great to integrate throughout the cycling community.
Every cyclist faces the same safety and accessibility concerns. As a board member, one of my objectives would be outreach to all types of cyclists and bring cohesiveness and collaboration to the cycling community as a whole.
Carmen Lozano, League Cycling Instructor (LCI #3850), Spanish Language Outreach Chair
Bicycling makes me feel alive! For me balancing on my bike is a perfect metaphor of how I handle my life. Quick turn and ride through the bumps, enjoy coasting, sweat the climbs and enjoy the reward at the top, and every once in a while, just gotta slow down and stop to deal with a flat. My philosophy as an LCI is also the same; one pedal at a time with a big smile! Volunteering for the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition is incredibly rewarding for me. Grease & tools, committee work, parking bikes, teaching a class as a an LCI…you name it… It all keeps me grounded, gives me focus, and allows me to turn my passion into actions that positively impact our community.
Through the multiple hats I wear at SBBC (chair of the Spanish Language Outreach, board member, Co-Vice President, LCI, and above all smiling volunteer) I have come to really be inspired by the work this amazing little non-profit has done over the years. Our past is bright and our future brighter as we plan and vision new directions and expansion of the work we do. Grass-roots and community engagement always at the very center!
And in the "doing" is where I thrive and get re-energized by witnessing change in action. For example, a few weeks ago I saw how a little boy, from a disadvantaged background earned a bike and learned to ride it in less than 2 hours. I was in awe for a couple days! It was like witnessing a little miracle! And bringing smiles to people's face. What's the value of that? Yeah! During the Iluminando la Noche (Light the Night Up) light distribution we run after the end of day light savings I come into contact with an "invisible" community of riders who truly need our direct services and advocacy support.
I'm proud to be part of a team that attempt to represent who won't make it to city hall to bring their voice and seek changes.
And if I had to sum it up, I must say that bicycling has given me so much joy, new friends, partnerships, inspiration and lots of smiles a giggles. I glad I gave it a try at age 35!
David was recruited by the Bicycle Coalition through his work at Santa Barbara High School as the SBici Advisor and Vice-Principal of the campus. Not only does he care about bicycling being accessible for all and for quaility in education programs, but he also has a caring and fun loving spirit. We put him to the test when he was subjected to being the guinea pig by being jumped over by Team Soil during Bike to School day 2012.
Mike Vergeer, League Cycling Instructor (LCI #2968)
Mike has been teaching about bicycling for many years in our public elementary, junior high, and high schools, as well as at SBCC, UCSB, and for local businesses and municipalities. He enjoys nothing more than sharing the pleasure of safely and confidently bicycling across town with those who are interested in cycling more, but who are concerned about safety on our roadways. When not on his bike, he also teaches about food and environmental stewardship, and he works to build more connections in our community.