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How to reach us Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition PO Box 92047 Santa Barbara CA 93190-2047 phone 962-1479 email email@example.com web www.sbbike.org
November 4th meeting Join us for our general meeting: Tuesday, November 4th 12:00 noon Santa Barbara Bank & Trust Community Room 1021 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara
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Join our Coalition You can help improve bicycling safety and conditions in Santa Barbara County by joining others in our bicycling advocacy group. See page 6.
CycleSmart program The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition’s CycleSmart bicyclist education program offers bicycling skills classes. Details at www.sbbike.org/ CycleSmart/ apply.html, or email coordinators at CycleSmart@ sbbike.org.
Bici Centro program Bici Centro of Santa Barbara is our community bicycle program, helping people who bicycle. Look at www.sbbike. org/bici/BiciCentro.html, or phone 617-3255. Quick Release is published monthly by the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, PO Box 92047, Santa Barbara, CA 93190. Subscribe for $25 per year. Issue # 205.
Teach kids safe biking, says John Pucher by Ralph Fertig
“What would you recommend we do first, what are the low-hanging fruit?” asked panelist Michael Chiacos to guest speaker Professor John Pucher at our Walk/Bike Forum. Pucher replied that most important is for us to implement a good, ongoing educational program to teach school children safe walking and bicycling behavior. Second in importance, he said, is to ensure that a complete, interconnected From the left at our Walk/Bike Forum, John Pucher, Michael Chiacos, Grant House, and Janet Wolf. network of bikelanes, bikepaths, and sidewalks is created throughout ity may be suggested, but it’s not proved. our community. The health experts nevertheless point out that Those were just a small part of two hours of the second greatest cause of premature death in statistics, reflections, personal stories, and inthe US, after smoking, is inactivity. It’s costing vigorating ideas about what we can do to improve us $76 billion a year in health care now, and with walking and bicycling locally. increasing inactivity in the upcoming generation, the financial toll will increase substantially unless Americans alter their indolent ways. On October 19th, I drove John Pucher to UCLA where he spoke at a transportation conference. He thanked us profusely for his two days in Santa Barbara. Pucher is considering leaving his job at Rutgers University in a few years, and moving elsewhere. I believe that Santa Barbara is now high on his list. My personal hope is to have him help us achieve better bicycling conditions here. Overall, I’m totally pleased with how the Forum turned out. Afterwards, Lee Muldaver said that we should have a similar event every few months While we hoped for an overflowing room at our to enlighten others. Let’s make it happen! October 18th Walk/Bike Forum, about 50 people did show up which is good for a sunny Saturday morning. We are especially thankful to panel You can still catch the Walk/Bike Forum members Grant House, Janet Wolf, and Michael Santa Barbara City TV channel 18 recorded our Chiacos for their cogent observations and comWalk/Bike Forum for later viewing. You can see it on their channel starting October 24th, just check the ments; to Don Lubach for moderating the panel schedule on their website www.citytv18.com. and organizing the electronics for Prof. Pucher’s If you miss their broadcasts, you can still watch presentation; to Eva Inbar who worked with me the Forum on their website, go to Video Archive for three months to arrange and promote the Fofrom their home page. rum; and to our co-sponsors Santa Barbara Walks Further, if you want a copy for yourself or a gift, and the Coalition for Community Wellness. you can buy one in either DVD or VHS format for Perhaps the most striking slide (above) in Prof $17. Order it at www.citytv18.com/requestform, then pay when you pick it up at their offices in the Pucher’s presentation plotted bicycling/walking/ City Hall basement, 735 Anacapa Street. transit versus obesity for 15 different countries. Finally, you can download a PDF version of While the implication that bicycling, walking and Professor Pucher’s presentation at www.sbbike. transit use cause healthy weight is impossible to org/docs/Pucher.pdf. avoid, Pucher was careful to point out that causal-
October Coalition meeting topics Our October 7th monthly Bicycle Coalition meeting was held at Cody’s Cafe on Hollister Avenue, where 10 people dined and talked about these topics: g
Ralph Fertig described California’s new Complete Streets act, and the Federal bike commuter reimbursement program.
Dave Bourgeois reported on community bike programs’ Bike!Bike! Conference that he, his wife Christine, Ed France and about 200 others attended.
A possible “Jorge’s Bike Shop” catering to Hispanics was discussed. Ralph Fertig described the comment period extension for Lake Cachuma bike trails. Everybody was encouraged to attend Prof. John Pucher’s October 18th presentation at the Walk/Bike Forum. Other travels around town with him were described.
Wilson Hubbell continues to distribute bike bells to needy workers on the Obern Trail. The necessity of passing Measure A was emphasized. Planning for the November Street Skills class in Spanish, taught by Robert Caiza, was discussed.
What California’s Complete Streets Act means On September 30, with the Complete Streets Act local Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger governments will signed into law Asplan for and build sembly Bill 1358, the roadways that are California Complete safe and convenient Streets Act. Aufor everyone—young thored by Assemblyor old, riding a bike man Mark Leno, it or on foot, in a car was supported by or on a bus. Getour Bicycle Coalition ting people out of with several letters their cars and riding urging legislators to bicycles or the bus vote for it and the improves public Santa Barbara’s State Street is a fine example of a governor to sign it. health, air quality, “complete street” that safely accommodates pedestrians, bicyclists, bus passengers and motorists. The new law eases congestion requires cities and and reduces greencounties to include complete streets policies house emissions.” as part of their general plans so that streets, California is the first state to adopt a roads and highways are designed to safely complete streets policy, although many accommodate all users, including bicyclists, cities, counties, and state departments of pedestrians, transit riders, children, seniors, transportation have. Caltrans in October motorists, and disabled people, as well as just adopted Deputy Directive 64-R1 that movers of commercial goods. essentially requires complete streets conWe won’t be seeing any changes soon. sideration in all planning, programming, The law first requires the state Office of design, construction, operations, and mainPlanning and Research to prepare guidelines tenance activities on our state highways. for jurisdictions to adopt. They will craft This policy doesn’t have to wait years for those guidelines between 2009 and 2014. adoption, it is effective now. It says, “The After that, the cities and counties must Department views all transportation iminclude them in the next substantive iteraprovements as opportunities to improve tions of circulation elements in their general safety, access, and mobility for all travelers plans, although jurisdictions can certainly in California.” incorporate good complete streets practices These progressive developments are earlier. making bicycling safer and more accessible Assemblyman Leno remarked, “Streets than in our prior decades of automobile aren’t just for cars, they’re for people and transportation priorities.
Bike commuter benefits signed by president If you bike commute to work from home, and your employer agrees, you might get a tax-free fringe benefit up to $20 a month. For seven years, legislators in Congress have been trying to pass a Bicycle Commuter Act to provide tax fairness so employers could offer bicyclists benefits they already give to those commuting by car or bus. An opportunity arose when Congress rushed the Wall Street bailout package and senators sweetened it with energy initiatives that include the bicycle commuter legislation. What this means is that you might be reimbursed by your employer for bike commuting expenses like the purchase of a commuter bicycle, bike lock, helmet, bike parking facilities, plus bike improvements and maintenance. Up to $20 a month taxQuick Release ~ November 2008 ~ Page 2
free could be reimbursed by your employer if they choose to offer it. What they gain is deductibility of the paid benefits from their IRS taxes, plus happier workers. Guidelines are being written by the IRS, to be released before the program begins January 1, 2009. Employers will set up a process to administer the benefit—it might be reimbursements, monthly payments, or a voucher system. The $20 will be inadequate for many; for example, a $900 bike with a $300 lighting system would soak up five years of benefits. Legislators realize that, and hope to boost the amount in the future. This is a very modest benefit that’s only 0.02% as much as is currently going to motorists and bus commuters. However, it’s finally a pedal stroke in the right direction.
Bike!Bike! folk gather in San Francisco by Dave Bourgeois
Five Bici Centro volunteers—Ed France, Dave Bourgeois, Christine Bourgeois, Clay Hartmann, and Jonathan Rodriguez—attended Bike!Bike!, the fifth annual community bike shop conference held in San Francisco last September 25-28th. The Bici team presented well-received workshops on adult education (Ed and Christine) and business administration (Ed and Dave). Other workshops were held on such diverse topics as wheel building, website building, bike advocacy, bike sharing programs, and touring for social change.
Ed France, left, and Dave Bourgeois charge up before their presentation.
Our representatives collected and shared ideas with an estimated 200 attendees representing dozens of shops across the USA and Canada. Young collectives struggle to find volunteers and space to fix up bikes. More established shops, some over twenty years old, offer compelling educational programs and support paid staff. At eighteen months, Bici Centro has made commendable progress. The conference was held at multiple locations. Attendees moved between sites easily by bike, many provided by conference organizers San Francisco Bike Kitchen and Santa Cruz Bike Church. When not attending workshops, Bike!Bike! people were treated to fun rides, bike films, and vegan meals. A great time was had by all! We are already looking forward to Bike!Bike! 2009 in Minneapolis. By sponsoring Bici Centro, the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition supports a broader movement. See www.bikebike.org and www. bikecollectives.org for community bike programs. Bici Centro is at www.bicicentro.org.
Bike-Surfliner commuting to work For years, Jason ing me navigate to Osborne has lived in the best place to load the bike, so far. Lompoc and driven to his job at Veeco Two days last week in Goleta. He used to there was luggage in drive with his wife, the bike rack area. I however she recently just pushed it aside started working out and thought that of their home, so ‘If you are willing he was left driving to put your luggage alone. here, you are willing Being an avid to get some chain cyclist, he realized lube on the bag.’ I that he could bike hung my bike and to the Surf Amtrak sat down. station and get off In general I’m so at the Goleta station happy with the sernearly at the Veeco vice and the reducJason Osborne awaits the Surfliner to take him and entrance. So in early tion in stress/carbon his road bike home. The train was on time. October, he started footprint of my comhis “Great Transportation Experiment.” This mute that I’m embarrassed it’s taken me is what he wrote: so long to try this. If it continues to go as “I’m riding from my house about nine well as last week, I may never drive to Santa miles to the train station at Surf, then takBarbara again. I feel really lucky to be able ing the train to the Goleta station. Then to have a job and commute that is flexible back again to Lompoc in the afternoon and enough to take advantage of the train, and riding to my house. Last week [October 6th] am now really paranoid Amtrak will change was the first full week of the experiment. the schedule.” I’m taking advantage of the flat rate, monthAs this goes to press, Osborne is into ly ride ticket for unlimited rides between his third week of multi-modal commuting. Surf/Goleta. He says that the 75-minute Surfliner ride Monday, first day, on the way home they gives him time to catch up on reading. plus had one surfliner car and all racks were full. two nine-mile bike rides each day gives him I had to put my bike in the baggage car. It a good workout. There is little traffic on wasn’t a problem as the car was essentially Ocean Avenue, and the roadway shoulder empty of luggage. I just lay the bike down gives him biking space. His “experiment” is on the floor of the car. The conductors are proving so successful, there seems to be no very friendly and have no issues with helpreason to do anything else.
‘08 Commute Challenge Traffic Solutions ran a team-based competition in August and September where awards were given to 5-person teams with the most trips by bike, foot, bus, carpool, vanpool, or by telecommuting instead or driving. There were 1572 participants on 360 teams who logged 43,145 trips that were not by single-occupant motorized vehicles. Winning teams in five different categories were Ryerson, Master and Associates, Community Environmental Council, Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, Yardi Systems, and the City of Santa Barbara. Out of the six different categories of alternatives, bicycling was the dominant mode of travel. Yea, team cyclists!
Street Skills class in Spanish Nov 20-22 For the first time, we’re offering our Street Skills for Cyclists class in Spanish, taught by LCI instructor Robert Caiza. Spread the word. Participants will learn how to save gas money and to bike confidently in traffic. Street Skills for Cyclists in Spanish Thursday, November 20, 5:30-8:30 PM Saturday, November 22, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM Granada Garage, Santa Barbara
The class is for anybody over 15 years of age, or younger with supervision. It costs $30, however ask about scholarships. Details at www.sbbike.org/CycleSmart/apply.html. Direct questions to Erika at 252-1469. Quick Release ~ November 2008 ~ Page 3
People Powered Ride Bici Centro pedals on Bici Centro of Santa Barbara program another GVCC success Our is expanding its activities for all bicyclists. Two eight-week programs have started, the Earn-a-Bike program for young people, and the Learn-Your-Bike classes that teach basic bicycle mechanics to adults. Five Bici Centro people just got recharged by attending the Bike!Bike! gathering in San Francisco, returning with inspiration, contacts, and lots of practical ideas. Outside of classes, Bici Centro has open shop hours for those wishing to check out the scene or work on their bikes: Thursdays 4:00-8:00 PM Saturdays 1:00-7:00 PM. It’s at 601 E. Montecito Street, Santa Barbara. g g
Ride coordinator Hildy Hoffman, left, sits at the registration table with GVCC president Doris Phinney. Photo by Frank Newton.
Goleta Valley Cycling Club put on a memorable 2008 People Powered Ride on October 12th in Los Olivos. Over 200 cyclists enjoyed a stunning day with the expected winds never blowing participants off their 30, 70, and 100-mile courses. Except for inconvenient flat tires, no road mishaps occurred. The array of food was highly praise, keeping the PPR’s award-winning tradition.
Bells are ringing Thanks to a generous grant from the Goleta Valley Cycling Club, we have been able to buy and give away bike bells to needy workers who depend on their bicycles.
California ranks 7th out of 50 states The league of American Bicyclists has just published an assessment of the bicyclefriendliness of all 50 states. Four Western states are in the top seven—Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona. The other three are Wisconsin, Minnesota and Maine. The ranking is based on numerous criteria like protection of bicyclists’ rights, new places to ride, education for bicyclists and motorists, and encouragement. You can read about it and other League enterprises at www.bikeleague.org.
Wilson Hubbell at his bell station at popular Goleta bikepaths’ junction.
Wilson Hubbell has stationed himself several afternoons at the junction of the Obern and Maria Ygnacio Trails, passing out bells to surprised and grateful bikers.
Bike books for young children Looking for a holiday gift for an upcoming young biker? Here are suggestions that get 4.5 or 5 star ratings on Amazon.com, recommended for children aged 4-8. Mike and the Bike, by Michael Ward, Lance Armstrong, Bob Thomson and Phil Liggett. Cookie Jar Publishing. Mike’s pride and joy is his bike. The tale’s about Mike, his best friend, and an adventurous relationship. Duck on a Bike, by David Shannon. Scholastic Inc. It’s the story of a duck who decides to try riding a bike and loves it. Soon all the farm animals are riding bikes. Quick Release ~ November 2008 ~ Page 4
Upcoming bike meetings and events November brings us cool mornings and sunny days. Check our website for ongoing updates and longer event descriptions at www.sbbike.org/meet/meet.html. November 1-2, 24 Hours of Chamberlin Ranch III, sponsored by SG Productions. This 24-hour race begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday. There will be camping, music, food, outdoor movies, and good times for all. The race course is 11 miles long on the Chamberlin Cattle Ranch near Los Olivos. Details and registration at www.ridesb.com. November 1, Solvang Prelude, sponsored by SCOR Cardiac Cyclists Club. Traditional fall ride attracts thousands and closes out the local recreational season. Choice of 25, 50 or 63-mile rides out of Solvang. Sag support, food stops, vendor expo, optional barbecue at end. Information online at www. bikescor.com or phone 562-690-9693. November 4, Bicycle Coalition General Meeting, sponsored by our Bicycle Coalition. Meeting at noon, first Tuesday of the month. Community Room at the Santa Barbara Bank and Trust building, 1021 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara. Phone treasurer David Bourgeois at 899-3728 or email him at email@example.com. November 6, Hearing on Ocean Road Housing, sponsored by the University of California Santa Barbara. This hearing will accept comments on the Initial Study of the proposed 543 housing units along 12 blocks of Ocean Road, before the Environmental Impact Report is begun. Embarcadero Hall, 935 Embarcadero del Norte, Isla Vista, 7:00 PM November 15, Solvang’s Finest Century, sponsored by Planet Ultra. These 100mile and 100K charity rides benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation. The ride includes an event T-shirt, water bottle, a post-ride meal, route sheet, rest stops, and roving SAG. Details at www.planetultra.com. November 20 and 22, Street Skills for Cycling Class in Spanish, sponsored by our Bicycle Coalition. This is our first Spanish-language class, taught by Robert Caiza. The class will help you foresee and avoid accidents, be visible day and night, position yourself in traffic, cross freeway bridges, equip your bike, and lots more including on-road bicycling on Saturday. The class is at the Granada Garage Bikestation in Santa Barbara. Info and registration online at www. sbbike.org/CycleSmart/apply.html.
UCSB bike group improves safety
We thank our active members
After a summer off, the Associated Students’ BIKES committee is back in action. It consists of students who care about safe accommodation for the 14,000 bicyclists on campus each school day. They’re funded by a student-voted assessment that provides $90,000 Looking east, this shows the crash-prone bikepath a year for bicycling junction that will be improved this fall. improvements. Recent meeting have involved identification and prioritization of needed campus projects. The first to be done, probably over Thanksgiving break, is replacing the triangular planter with a painted bike roundabout and striped safety zones at the bikepath junction just south of the Mesa Parking garage (see photo). The AS BIKES committee, chaired by Nathan Pfaff with advisor Scott Bull, is offering Tuesday 12:00 noon general meetings and campus bike rides to assess project sites. Anybody is welcome, check the schedule at their website http://as.ucsb.edu/bikes.
Please thank and support the following Bicycle Coalition business members: Bicycle Bob’s, Santa Barbara
Nett & Champion Insurance Services, Santa Barbara
Open Air Bicycles, Santa Barbara
Pedal Power Bicycles, Santa Maria
Chris King Precision Components, Portland, Oregon
Run Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Hazard’s Cyclesport, Santa Barbara
Dr J’s Bicycle Shop, Solvang
In addition, we welcome our new member: David King. And we greatly appreciate those who renewed their memberships: Peter Glatz, Adrianne Davis, and Robert Goettler.
Bike for a richer, healthier lifespan People think that they’re wasting valuable time when they bike instead of drive. It’s not true. For each hour that people bicycle, the physical activity adds more than an hour of extended rich life onto their lifespan. — Prof. John Pucher
Wet Willy Sez Dear Wet Willy: How come some cyclists are draped in lycra and Spandex with advertising for whatever, and colors that look like an explosion in a paint factory? Is this some kind of weird fashion statement or what? — Friends don’t let friends wear neon. Dear Friends etc. — There are several explanations for cyclists wearing bright clothing, the most important being that it is more visible to motorists. Think of it like this: Cyclists wear neon for the same reason that Caltrans workers wear neon; it reduces the chances of not being seen. Spandex and lycra—and padded bike shorts—are way more comfortable on long rides than many other fabrics. They can also be more readily designed for the types of experiences that cyclists will encounter on the road or trail. Bicycling burns calories, generates heat and can make you sweat. A bike ride can be very warm in the summer, cold in the winter, wet in the rain and spooky in the dark. Bicycle clothing is available to address all these possibilities and make the cycling experience safer and more enjoyable. Also, cycling is one of the few sports where you can acquire the exact clothing and equipment of your favorite professional—and then wear it and use it in public. All it takes is cash and a willingness to shave your legs. “Wet Willy” is an advice column authored by Coalition Vice President Wilson Hubbell. Please submit any questions you have about cycling issues to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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