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Summer/Fall 2017 • Volume 27 / No. 2



Our Vision


The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE) vision is that Santa Barbara will be a leader in creating a bicycle-friendly community and transportation system. Extensive on-road and separated bikeways, a coordinated transit system, parking, and amenities allow us to enjoy a culture where the majority of daily trips include a bicycle. As a result, our community is healthier and encourages balanced living within our resources. Universal cycling education for all ages supports the development of safe and respectful road behaviors from both motorists and cyclists. Widespread community and political support for bicycling is in place. By 2040, because it is a cycling-centered county, Santa Barbara is both a great place to live and work and a nationally acclaimed cycling destination, boasting a year-round calendar of successful, fun, and inclusive events.


t’s finally starting to happen, and the pace only picks up

from here. After years of building our community, making the case for cycling to anyone who’d hear it, and engaging every last planning effort we could find, projects are coming to life. These projects are protected bike lanes, bicycle boulevards,

Photo Paul Wellman

STAFF Ed France, Executive Director Christine Bourgeois, Education Director Rafaell Rozendo, Shop Supervisor

Letter from the Director

and closing the gaps in the network. They don’t just exist on paper—you can actually ride on them! Together we can ride the wave of new bicycling

infrastructure and join with the new cyclists ready to try them. As we close long-standing gaps in the system, the emergent properties of a complete route yield a significant value. The Eastside neighborhood will finally has a safe route to downtown and back. Santa Barbara City College students finally have a safe route through the Westside and downtown. Bike share promises to provide a whole new crop of potential cyclists with convenient access around the UCSB campus and beyond. Connections all throughout the county are getting cued up for major bikeway improvements—improvements this community has been planning and advocating for over several years. Now is when we celebrate all this great work, not by leaning back but by diving in. Let’s maximize this push forward by boosting our efforts. We have created a movement—and we have traction. Opportunities to make best use of our contributions of time, talent, and treasure are set out before us. Join in. Together, let’s ride the wave and realize our vision of a world-class safe and accessible bicycling county.

David Hodges, Chair Courtney Dietz, Vice Chair Diana O’Connell, Treasurer David Campbell John Hygelund Tracey Strobel Frank Peters Ellen Bildsten Amy Steinfeld

Howard Booth, Membership Coordinator Joey Juhasz-Lukomski, Operations Manager Eve Sanford, Policy and Planning Coordinator Ken Dahmen, Santa Maria Program Manager Diana La Riva, Volunteer Coordinator

GOVT. LIAISONS & ADVISORS Matt Dobberteen, Advisor County of Santa Barbara Kent Epperson, Advisor Traffic Solutions Teresa Lopes, Advisor City of Goleta

ART DIRECTOR Cynthia Stahl,


CONTACT US 506 E. Haley St. Santa Barbara, CA 93103 PO Box 92047 Santa Barbara, CA 93190 SBBIKE: 805-845-8955 Bici Centro: 805-617-3225 Bici Santa Maria: 805-623-5763

CONTRIBUTE -Ed France, SBBIKE Executive Director


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Your time: Financially:

Thank you, Business Members and Supporters DI A MON D ME MBE R S

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Protected Bikeways Forecast

Bikeways by Class Class 1 – Multipurpose, separated bike path (e.g. Obern Trail) Class 2 – Bike-only lane (separated, marked by bike symbol) (e.g. State St.) Class 3 – Bike route (roads marked with signage, such as sharrows) (e.g. Milpas St.) Class 4 – Physically separated bike-only protected lane

Protected bike lanes include a painted buffer zone and a physical barrier between the bicycle lane and the car lane.


“new, awesome” type of bike infrastructure is on the

called delineators or, sometimes, street-beautifying elements

Measure C: Opportunity on the Ballot

like planters.

Look for a new funding opportunity - in your

horizon locally. A protected bike lane (class 4 in the

numerical designation system and a design that’s been used outside of California for awhile) is for bicycles only, with painted buffers and a physical separation from the adjacent car lane. That separation is often created by small, flexible sticks

The name gets at the thought behind the design, says

nearest voting booth. Measure C (on the ballot

SBBIKE advocate Eve Sanford, noting, “People on bikes are

in Santa Barbara City) proposes an infrastructure

more vulnerable. They don’t have the shield of the car. And

sales tax. Currently, the city is struggling to keep

they’re often slower moving.” That physical barrier helps

up with paving projects, leaving insufficient

cyclists both feel and be more protected. Car drivers, for

capacity to take on further-reaching projects

example, are less likely to accidentally cross into the lane.

like bikeways. Measure C would make it easy

She’s thrilled about two impending protected bikeways. In

for the city to tackle cycling improvements in

Santa Barbara City, a westbound Cota bike lane will be the first

conjunction with maintenance, perhaps the most

major project of the recently adopted Bike Master Plan. The

affordable and effective time to do so. Bike the

route is a strategic one. It closes a major network gap, offering cyclists a way to get safely downtown from the East Side

one along the Calle Real marketplace between Valdez and Fairview Streets.

After November 7, Santa Barbara will have a

provides students a safe connection to Santa Barbara Junior High. The route also serves restaurants and recreation areas. Goleta, too, will soon see a new protected lane, this

Sanford envisions future protected lanes on State St.,

new mayor for 2018, along with three of six new

the most traveled lane per SBBIKE’s bike count, which serves

city council members. Does a candidate’s bike

families and side-by-side cyclists. Its width makes Chapala

friendliness influence how you’ll mark your ballot?

a good candidate. She’d also like to see protected lanes

Want to bike your vote?

on faster-moving routes—think places like Cliff Drive and Meigs Road. Want to weigh in? Attend monthly advocacy meetings or weekly policy meetings. Check the calendar at for times.


Bike the  vote

Stay Tuned to Bike the Vote

(the Haley bike lane currently offers an eastbound route) and

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SBBIKE can help! We’re actively interviewing candidates and will post results at soon.

Host a Ride! And Other Ways to Grow Cycling D

o you want to help grow a vibrant, inclusive bicycling culture? SBBIKE’s Eve Sanford came away from the

first annual national Places for Bikes conference in Madison, Wisconsin, this summer with ideas on how she—and you—can do that. Ride Together “Biking is something that gives you independence and interdependence,” Sanford says, noting that, as cycling is often a solo activity, “You can feel small on the street, feel marginalized.” Group rides, she says, remind us that we’re interdependent; we’re part of a community that is sharing the same streets, the same challenges, and the same joys. Group rides also help new cyclists feel comfortable and empowered, let us support local

Smiles like these were part of the 2016 Santa Barbara Mural Ride, which advocate Eve Sanford says checks all the group ride boxes—a reminder of interdependence, a great place for new riders, support for local businesses, a good perspective on how streets are used, and a fun and healthy activity. Sanford hopes more individuals will feel empowered to host group rides.

businesses, and enable critical thinking about streets and how people use them. Plus, they’re healthy and fun. It’s Sanford’s dream that more individuals will start group rides and explore the streets and neighborhoods of Santa Barbara County together. Know the Goal (Strong Cities) “It’s important to remember that we’re not just doing this because we’re bike nerds—even though we are,” says Sanford. “We’re doing this work because we care about Santa Barbara.” Cycling is a healthy, easy, affordable, fun method of transportation—and making it accessible to more people will strengthen our neighborhoods and cities. Sanford knows it’s easy to get caught up in details and tradeoffs (think parking) when planning infrastructure. “It’s important to be thinking at a higher level about what our goal with these projects are,” she explains. That can guide conversations with neighbors and policymakers.

Don’t Miss the Santa Barbara Mural Bike Ride 2017 It’s back! Last year’s first annual Santa Barbara Mural Bike Ride drew a crowd—and a lot of learning and fun. This year’s ride, set for Saturday, October 28, promises more of the same. Sign up for the family-oriented community ride to visit historically and culturally significant murals, hear from community members, and celebrate el Día de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). Curator Michael Montenegro looks forward to marking a day that’s important to him. “It’s a day of remembrance,” he says, “of

Enable Visible Improvements—for All

celebrating death, which is life.” Please register at

Visible changes are the number one way a city communicates

its seriousness about supporting people bicycling. “Doing those changes well, after engaging with residents to ensure the needs of the neighborhood are met, is key,” Sanford says. That means outreach that ensures people who live on the streets where improvements are slated get their needs met and have a seat at the table. As Sanford puts it, “Physical changes should start with conversation.” Ensuring good design is important too. People draw conclusions based on what they see. How well a design works affects whether new riders will use it. SBBIKE, says Sanford, will continue to keep its members informed on ways to help.


1,500+: PE Bike Ed Flourishing


ast year, SBBIKE, COAST and Audacious Foundation helped launch a new second-grade physical education module.

The long-term goal—affording all youngsters in the county the opportunity to learn to ride bicycles (and safely)—is well on its way. In spring 2016, 4 schools offered bike education in PE; 117 students learned to ride for the first time. In all, 676 students

Education Swell

participated. The program has more than doubled. In 2016/17, bike ed was part of 11 schools’ PE programs, serving 1,512 students; 252 students were first-time riders. Among a list of program goals in a report by that donor are addressing childhood obesity, promoting active transportation, educating students (and parents) about safe routes to school, and reducing the biking gender gap. (In the US, adult male cyclists outnumber their female counterparts four to one.) The report notes a massive decline in the number of kids who walk or bike to school—an activity that increases connectivity to community and knowledge of geography, along with physical wellness. In addition to providing stress relief, a sense of adventure, and confidence, bicycling, the report says, makes for better learners—increasing brain functioning and creativity. Plus, bicycling’s social aspect connects with community members and each other. The report details cycling’s positive effects on special needs students, its lessons on sustainability, and its capacity to spark thinking outside the box.

Bicycle Empowerment


rides where he needs to go, exemplifies. Lessons included the few months ago, SBBIKE’s Michael Montenegro made an announcement on Facebook—he could show

young people how bicycles could empower them. Rigoberto Gutierrez, Resident Programs Coordinator with the Housing Authority of SB, was the first to respond.


around on your own pedal power—a lesson Montenegro, who ABC quick check and water is life (nutrition and hydration), and the group took apart tires and used patch kits. Next up, a field trip to Bici Centro for a tour, an overview of Bici’s 10-year history, and a spin on the bike blender

Enter Gutierrez’s weekly summer youth group, from SB

for smoothies. The group organized inner tubes to learn

Housing Authority. The first workshop demonstrated caring

the difference between tube sizes and valves—important

for the bike and the self transforms into the ability to get

knowledge if the bicycle’s going to be your power.

With SBBIKE’s Michael Montenegro, the Housing Authority youth group learned how taking care of their bikes and themselves enables the bike to, in turn, empower them. RIGOBERTO GUTIERREZ

Homemade smoothies, à la the bike blender, were part of the group’s field trip to Bici Centro. RIGOBERTO GUTIERREZ

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Bikes, Buses, and 13-Mile Rides … Oh My!

routes and mapping on group rides. Plus, with the help of an


free passes.

art of the “next generation”? Want to get around on your own power and learn a sustainable way to be mobile? Meet up with the throng of young people who were at SBIKE’s

2017 summer camp. For the first time this year, all three sessions—

MTD driver, they loaded their bikes on buses and got a few GVJH parent Lisa Henley highly recommends the camp. Her twins, Sarah and Audrey, 10, plan to bike to school in the fall. “How comforting for us, as parents, to know that the kids learned so many helpful tools and rules for fun and safe bike

Goleta Valley Junior High, Santa Barbara Junior High, and Carpinteria

riding,” says Henley. “We couldn’t be more pleased.” Henley,

Family School—were full (plus a wait list). So 45 young people

who says the girls can’t stop talking about the camp, was

practiced basic wrenching, drilled safe riding skills, and learned about

also stoked they learned about alternative transportation.

SBBIKE Summer Camp participants learned how to load their bikes on the bus. Thanks MTD and camp staffers (Barry Remis shown here)!

Learning together is an important part of SBBIKE’s Summer Camps.

Smoothies, made on the bike blender, were among the treats of SBBIKE summer camp 2017.

A Firefighter, a PE Teacher, and a Volunteer Coordinator walk into a room


firefighter, a PE teacher, and a volunteer coordinator (plus 11 others)

walk into a room in San Luis Obispo… and emerge two intense days later as cycling ambassadors. Earning the League Cycling Instructor (LCI) cert from the League of American Bicyclists is no joke. It requires qualifying for and attending a weekend seminar and demonstrating excellence in performing and teaching safe cycling skills. But that doesn’t mean a shortage of LCIs. After the recent training collaboration between SBBIKE and the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition (Bike SLO)—there’s a wait list. Says SBBIKE Education Director Christine Bourgeois, “Cycling is booming.” With

Pedal Power for the School Year Want to learn these skills during the school year? For the 2017/18 school year, look for Pedal Power programs at: || Santa Barbara Junior School

Santa Barbara County’s commitment to bike friendliness (see “SB County Resolves”

|| Adams Elementary School

in news at and infrastructure improvements, our streets will be ever more

|| Home-Based Partnership of

welcoming to cyclists. And as more residents feel safe venturing out on two wheels, says Bourgeois, LCIs’ role as “examples riding around the community and showing how

the Santa Barbara Charter School

to do so safely” matters. Safe riding, which increases with both instruction and role

|| Carpinteria Family School

modeling, decreases bicycle-involved accidents.

|| Tommy Kunst Junior High

SBBIKE congratulates all 14 new LCIs and welcomes to SB County’s LCI ranks McKinley Elementary PE teacher Christy Lozano; SBBIKE volunteer coordinator Diana La Riva; Lompoc firefighter Ian Sadecki; and Bici Centro Santa Maria volunteers Angela Ojeda, Robert Hatch, and Jeff Spalinger. Sound like a fleet you want to join? Contact Bourgeois at or

(Santa Maria) || Liberty Elementary School (Santa Maria) || Stay tuned for more schools to join this ever-growing list.

805-699-6301 to learn more.


Keeping up with the North County Surge by Joey Juhasz-Lukomski, SBBIKE Operations Manager


n April, SBBIKE opened a Bici Centro in Santa Maria. The understanding was

that I would visit Ken Dahmen, our bornand-bred North County ambassador and shop manager, every couple weeks. I’d call regularly, we planned, and be ready

Bici Santa Maria hosts 20 to 25 volunteers each Thursday. JOEY JUHASZ-LUKOMSKI

to support Ken if a slow start left him crestfallen—all dressed up and nowhere to go. “Things will pick up, Ken,” I

three months; I almost felt bad getting a quote

would assure him. “Be patient.”

for this piece.

It’s been three months, and I’ve been keeping up with Ken in an

Partnering with other nonprofits and getting

Sun, KEYT, KCOY, the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record have all put

locally made bike racks (using old frames

out at least one piece about the shop up there, interviewing Ken and getting his

sourced from the shop) placed at the partners’

take on bike culture in the North County. He’s become a local celebrity, and I’m

locations to encourage more ridership. He’s

not calling Ken to boost his spirit, but to make sure he’s remembering to take

just had a request from the Natural History

a breath every once in a while. He’s been busy hustling all around Santa Maria,

Museum for one. You can also find him at

Lompoc, and Guadalupe doing outreach, meeting community members, and

the Santa Maria Farmers Market every Friday,

running the shop three days a week.

tuning bikes and talking up our work in the

According to Ken, “The shop sees 8 to 12 users on Saturday and Sundays for open shop, with twice that just visiting to shop around, and regularly hosts

North County. From the sound of it, Santa Maria has

20 to 25 volunteers on Thursdays.” He’s had bicycle donations come in from

been waiting for something like this to

the Santa Maria Dump, Lompoc PD, and Santa Maria Parks and Rec. It’s hard

open, the presses seemingly as primed as

to imagine how he found time to be interviewed half a dozen times in the last

the community.

Since opening in April, the Bici Santa Maria shop has been booming, with 8 to 12 and double the visitors every weekend. JOEY JUHASZ-LUKOMSKI


What else is keeping Ken (very) busy?

unexpected but frequent way—reading about him in the news. The Santa Maria

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The author, SBBIKE Operations Manager Joey JuhaszLukomski, and Bici Santa Maria Shop Manager Ken Dahmen. OBADIAH WHEELER

Bici’s Proof is in the Pudding…and Volunteer Dinners B ici Centro in SB is the busiest it’s ever been, so much so

we thought we’d tell you about it.

The easiest way to see how much Bici has grown is to look at the numbers: Year to Date, shop users have put in 3280 hours of stand time, and the shop has sold 948 bikes back into the community. The sales are up, but the workload has grown exponentially, too. The customers, donations, and volunteers just keep coming in. “The level of business has been more consistent,” says Sergio Garcia, now in his third summer working at Bici. “It’s just busy Tuesday through Saturday now. There used to be chill days... you could count on Friday being

The Tuesday eve volunteer meal is one of many ways Bici Centro appreciates its host of volunteers. JOEY JUHASZ-LUKOMSKI

mellow, but not anymore. The shop is poppin’.” Commensurate with this boom has been a dramatic and consistent uptick in volunteer participation at Bici Centro, especially on volunteer Tuesdays. Naturally, this kind of relief helps shop staff come to grips with the endless stream of donated bikes. But this growth is not purely fortuitous. “We work hard to make volunteering a really positive experience,” says Rafaell Rozendo, shop manager. “Whether it’s spending time teaching mechanical skills, cooking our weekly community meal, or even just getting to know them better, everything we do is motivated by appreciation of volunteers.” Shop staff is headed to Bike!Bike! in August, and this year’s delegation will include a volunteer. This will be the first time the shop has sent a volunteer to the international conference for DIY bike kitchens, in Winnipeg, Ontario. SBBIKE was also able to offer three full scholarships to volunteers for the Learn Your Bike class starting in September.

Martes Voluntario

Volunteer Day ¡Ayudenos con nuestras bicis!

Help us fix bikes!

Bici has added staff to cope with the enormous growth. The two newest team members are Alex Pena and Matt Ridge. The shop still hasn’t hit the busiest time of the year— September, when school starts—and it’ll be all hands on deck. If you haven’t already, consider coming down on a volunteer Tuesday and helping out. There’s no such thing as too many volunteers, after all.

Volunteer with Bici


Join Volunteer Tuesdays! Every Tuesday from 12 to 7 pm at Bici Centro (434 Olive Street). Community meal is usually around 3 pm.



Give Back and Ride


t’s that time of year again—time to ride through Santa Barbara’s scenic hills and valleys, knowing your ride gives

back to the community; time to challenge yourself; time to cycle with friends. The eighth annual SB100 is set for October 21, 2017. SB100 is a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported event. That means your ride funds local organizations—Cottage Children’s Medical Center, Emory Foundation, SBBIKE, Andrew Popp Memorial Scholarship Program, and the Riviera Youth Bike Club. With four courses, the SB100 has a challenge for cyclists of all levels. The 100-mile course offers 9,000 feet of climbing, including the 7-mile time trial up Gibraltar (the Gibraltar Challenge). The 100-kilometer offers the same challenge without the high country climbs. Then there’s the 100k + Gibraltar, for those 100k’ers who don’t want to miss

Scenic routes are one of the many perks of the SB100, a ride that gives back to local nonprofits. JEFFCLARKPHOTOS

the Gibraltar Challenge. And the 34-mile course is great for novices. Sign up and learn more now at

Diary of an SB100 First Timer by Holly Starley Mountain Drive, take 1 – Much heaving and some stopping. “Yessss! No!!” witnessed by a rider shooting past when a tease of downhill is followed by an immediate right back uphill. Upon completion, elation. “I’m the queen of the world!” Two days later – That was only half the ride. What have I gotten myself into? Mountain Drive, take 2 – Shorter stops, crisp morning air, amazing views. Here’s that spot that smells like wild fennel. Legs pumping. Time clipped. Mountain Drive, take 3 – “I don’t wanna” (my

handshake. I revel in the privilege of seeing these roads in this way. I shift

inner child). Even along the top, my legs refuse to

to take advantage of the terrain. Best. Time. Yet.

pump. While I appreciate the views and the birds flitting as if to welcome me, this time isn’t easier. What if it gets harder? Two days later – My legs feel strong. I am a warrior.


Pre-SB100 eve. At Bici Centro, I chat with T and Joe as i lube my chain, adjust the brakes. Nerves. Excitement. SB100! – We shoot from the starting line. I breathe in the wetness and the ocean and glimpse the bright colors of fellow riders through the fog. I soar down Foothill after the climb. Views are delightful beyond words. “You got

Final Mountain Drive pre-SB100 – Secret

this,” I chant on the final hill. “Yes you do!” says a fellow rider as he passes.

weapon—steely gaze on climbs. My nod to riders

Back at the beach, I bask in camaraderie and sense of accomplishment and

going the opposite direction feels like a secret

plate full of paella.

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Ever-Expanding Bike Parking by Diana La Riva, SBBIKE Volunteer Coordinator


ooking for a safe place to park your bike? We can help! Bike valet has been an essential feature at the Earth Day Festival for

the past decade and the Santa Barbara Bowl since 2012. These two locations have become models in the community, showing Santa Barbara how extra bicycle parking can greatly benefit local events and venues, as well as our environment. As a result, there have been more requests for bike valet this year than ever before. So far in 2017, many new and existing events have utilized bike parking at

Bike parking at The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation (aka the MOXI) is just one of many new venues where SBBIKE helps people smoothly ride to local events. DIANA LA RIVA

UCSB, SBCC, Girsh Park, and The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation (aka the MOXI). We are excited to be working with the very popular Afterparty at MOXI, the quarterly adults-only evenings, each with a different theme and unique interactive demos. Bike valet is an attractive way to arrive and get front row, protected parking right on State Street. As with most bike valet events that require volunteers, SBBIKE members can sign up to park bikes and get a pass to the party.

Whether as a guest or a volunteer, ride to an upcoming event and park with us: • 8/25 SB Bowl-Young the Giant • 8/26 Bike-In Movie @ Draughtsmen Aleworks • 8/30 SB Bowl-Khalid • 9/10 Fermentation Festival • 9/16 Celebrate the Bluffs! @ Carpinteria • 9/16-17 Goleta Lemon Festival

Bike Valet is a staple at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Concertgoers can attend without traffic hustlers, and SBBIKE volunteers can park bikes and see part of the show. PAUL WELLMAN

For bike parking options at your next event, contact Diana La Riva at


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Quick Release Summer 2017  

Check out the latest from SBBIKE- and ride the wave of the next surge in cycling!

Quick Release Summer 2017  

Check out the latest from SBBIKE- and ride the wave of the next surge in cycling!