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Summer 2018 • Volume 28 / No. 1

SANTA BARBARA BICYCLE COALITION

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Cycling on Solar


Our Vision

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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

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

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.

Christine Bourgeois, Education Director edu@sbbike.org

Letter from the Editor

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Rafaell Rozendo, Shop Supervisor shop@bicicentro.org

an you imagine a place where you could hop

Myrna Muñoz, Outreach Coordinator myrna@sbbike.org

on your bike and grab an ice cream, take in

some music, or visit a friend and never encounter

Ken Dahmen, Santa Maria Program Manager ken@sbbike.org

intimidating traffic spots that make you wonder if

And so could her 11-year-old granddaughter? How about protected lanes connecting neighborhoods to beaches and parks so families could choose to bike together, their decision unclouded by safety

Photo Paul Wellman

the freedom, joy, and health benefits of the ride are worth it? And so could your 62-year-old neighbor?

STAFF Ed France, Executive Director ed@sbbike.org

concerns? And lanes connecting those same neighborhoods to schools? How about this—cities where longtime bicycle commuters once relegated to roads made for cars only are no longer invisible but, rather, an obvious, equally valued part of our multimodal transportation system? Can you imagine a county where every kid learns to bicycle safely in school?

Diana La Riva, Volunteer Coordinator diana@sbbike.org

GOVT. LIAISONS & ADVISORS Matt Dobberteen, Advisor County of Santa Barbara matt@cosbpw.net Kent Epperson, Advisor Traffic Solutions kepperson@sbcag.org Teresa Lopes, Advisor City of Goleta tlopes@cityofGoleta.org

Where organizations collaborate to ensure the kids who don’t have bikes at home can access one? How about a county dappled with DIY shops and community cycling hubs, so volunteers and community can learn together and refurbish bikes for those kids and fix their own rides? Centers where anyone and everyone can come for affordable recycled parts and bikes, to commune, and to ride together socially? Then, can you conceive of investing in those visions and having your investment grow more than 200 times what you put in? SBBIKE has harnessed the power of the sun. That’s right. Bici and SBBIKE’s HQ are solar powered. And that’s amazing. (How that came to be is a great story about collaboration to achieve goals with far-reaching effects.) I believe SBBIKE’s true genius is in harnessing the power of people who are so clearly able to imagine that they simply go about bringing their visions to life. Thank you to the many whose power of imagination and action are spreading like rays across Santa Barbara County. Yours truly,

Holly Starley

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ART DIRECTOR Cynthia Stahl, info@cynstahl.com

MANAGING EDITOR Holly Starley, editor@sbbike.org

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

CONTRIBUTE Your time: www.sbbike.org/volunteer Financially: www.sbbike.org/donate


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Cycling Shines in Goleta “A Re m a r ka b le Projec t ”

“ My k i d s a re ve r y a c t i ve . W h e n I

a s s i s t a nt co o rd i n ato r N a n c y

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Ecke r t , “ I t d o e s n’ t h ave to b e

b y AN D I E B R I D GES

re a d y to fo cu s a n d le a r n .”

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S ch o o l g r a nt , t h e p at h r u n s a l o n g H o l l i s te r Ave f ro m P a cif i c O a k s

Carlie (5), Hudson (6), and Paul (6) on the new Ellwood path. ANDIE BRIDGES

o p e n i n g , t h e Co a l it i o n

P e te r s i sn’ t n e w to b i c ycl e

fo r S u s t a i n a b le

m a s te r p l a n n i n g . H i s n a m e

Tr a n s p o r t at i o n (COA S T )

w a s o n t h e cove r of t h e 2 01 3

t a u g ht a s e r i e s of

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cl a s s e s at t h e s ch o o l .

h a d a se at at t h e t a b l e fo r

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e ve r y cl a s s o n w a l k i n g

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to u s e t h e p at h a n d h ow to

five ye a r s . Thi s y ea r, th e f a m i ly

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as neighbors walk and

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g et to s ch o o l i n a h e a lt hy, a c t i ve

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n a r row s s e ve r a l y a rd s b e fo re

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H u r ley k i d s , a n d h u n d re d s of

re m ov i n g u t i l it y p o le s f ro m t h e

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t h e s p e e d l i m it l owe re d a l o n g

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t h e 1-m i le ro u te .

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W h i le t h e re a re o p p o r t u n it i e s

fe lt l i ke t h e o n l y s a fe o pt i o n .

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p ro g re s s i s n ot a b le . S ay s COA S T

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to El lwo o d S ch o o l .

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p ro j e c t i s a b s o lu te l y re m a r k a b l e .”

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M a s te r P l a n ( B PM P), a b o ut a d oze n s t a ke h o l d e r s we re a ro u n d t h e t a b le . O n e w a s o n t h e p h o n e , a f a m i l i a r vo i ce; it w a s K T U+A’s J o h n H o l l ow ay, w h o s p e a r h e a d e d t h e H u nt i n g to n B e a ch p l a n . G o let a co u l d n’ t d o a ny b et te r. I ’ve s i n ce cove re d e ve r y p a g e i n t h e p l a n . M a ny of my f i r s t re m a r k s we re a l o n g t h e l i n e s of, “ Wow! We n e ve r h a d a s e c t i o n l i ke t h i s i n my p l a n! ” Tu r n to a l m o s t a ny p a g e —t a ke t h e O l d Tow n g o a l s: || M a ke O l d Tow n s afe r fo r a l l t r ave l m o d e s || R e d u ce cu t-t h ro u g h t r a f f i c t h ro u g h O l d Tow n || P rov i d e s afe a n d co nve n i e nt m u lt i-m o d a l co n n e c t i o n s to re s i d e nt s , e m p l oye e s , a n d v i s ito r s || I m p rove t h e q u a l it y of l i fe


b e ac on s at t wo p e d estr i a n c rossin gs. Park in g wasn’t we ll m an age d , so ve hi cl es s at all d ay lon g, b loc k in g w hat c ou ld ot h e rwise b e an 8-mi l e c on t igu ou s b ike rou te. A ll t h is is fin ally sta r ti ng to c h an ge . T h e Hollist e r Co mpl ete st re e t s p roc e ss, fu n ded by a fe d e ral T I GER gran t due to sign ific an t n e e d , h as i ni ti ated a rob u st p u b lic st akeho l der Master Planning in the City of Goleta looks forward to connections across the city.

by m a k i n g H o l l i s te r Ave n u e a n a p p e a l i n g p l a ce to w a l k , c ycl e , d r i ve , s h o p, a n d d i n e . N ot j u s t b u l l et p o i nt s , b u t s p e cif i c s w it h d et a i l s . B e s i d e s t h e p l a n d et a i l s , it ’s t h e p ro ce s s t h at p u t s t h i s d o cu m e nt i nto t h e “ b e s t p l a n I ’ve eve r s e e n” c ate g o r y. S e n i o r P ro j e c t M a n a g e r J a m e s W i n s l ow

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an d in p u t p roc e ss t o fi nd viab le solu t ion s t o p otenti a l l y ove rc om e t h e logjam. T h e t h re e sc e n ario s p re se n t e d for ou r c ommuni ty t o e valu at e all p rop ose bi ke lan e s. Two ac h ie ve t hi s a nd ot h e r gain s (p ark in g, si dew a l ks , st re e t t re e s) t h rou gh ro a d di ets,

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are viab le wit h ou t signi fi ca nt

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f ro m a l l t h e s t a ke h o l d e r s ove r

aw ay c yc l i s t s t r y i n g to t a ke th e

t h e co u r s e of s eve r a l m e et i n g s

c ro s s tow n ro u te , it s t r a f f i c s a fet y

to a s s u re t h i s w i l l b e a p l a n

re c o rd i s d i s m a l—24 2 c r a s h e s;

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t h e co m m u n it y.

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f ro m 20 03 to 2014 . I t also h as

an d fin ally m ake safety a nd

s co p e a n d s c a l e , it w i l l t a ke

n a rro w, su b st an d ard sid e walks,

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ye a r s a n d co s t m i l l i o n s t h e cit y

la c ks t re e s, an d is ge n e rally

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i n q u a l i f y i n g fo r P u b l i c Wo r k s

fo r re s i d e n t s

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s o o n b e co m p l ete . Fro m h e re ,

c u s t o me rs.

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p u n ch e s a b ove it s we i g ht .

of G o let a

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a d vo c ate s t a l k a b o u t le g a c y ;

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it ’s t h e g a rd e n yo u p l a nt b u t

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n e ve r h a r ve s t . T h i s p l a n w i l l b e

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i m p ro v e me n t s

co m m u n it y fo r g e n e r at i o n s

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to co m e .

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An aerial view of the area included in the Hollister Complete Streets project. To see the three proposed concept alternatives, visit cityofgoleta.org and check out the Hollister Complete Streets section of the road improvements projects. CITY OF GOLETA

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Cycling Rays Spread

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we h ave b e e n a d vo c at i n g fo r ove r

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t h e l a s t f i ve to te n ye a r s . Yo u r d o l l a r

of b i ke s;

fo r a d vo c a c y h a s ret u r n e d 20 0 -fo l d

SB’s first buffered bike lane on Cota St.

p s ych o l o

i n s t r u c to

i n i n f r a s t r u c t u re .”

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ref u r b i s h

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The route of the pending Class 1 Las Positas route.

b i kew ay a n d s i d e w a l k at t h e Ev a n s Ave . u n d e r p a s s . || T h e n e x t ro u n d of g r a nt w r it i n g w i l l t a rg et t h e ro u n d a b o u t at O l i ve M i l l a n d Co a s t V i l l a g e R d s . a n d a p l a n

p ro j e c t s . A 1-m i le p rote c te d l a n e o n Cot a h a s a l re a d y co m e to f r u it i o n .
 || S o lv a n g Cit y Co u n ci l vote d u n a n i m o u s l y to s t u d y

to d e a l w it h t h e t r a f f i c- co n s t r i c t i n g

a g a p i n S a nt a Yn e z Va l le y ’s C l a s s 1 b i ke p at h , “ t h e

U n i o n P a ci f i c r a i l ro a d b r i d g e at

S u n ny F i e l d s-S p u r.”

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|| T h e S a nt a Yn e z B i ke M a s te r P l a n ( B M P) i s u n d e r w ay. || S a nt a M a r i a i s s e e k i n g f u n d s fo r t h e S M Le ve e Tr a i l . || A 1-m i le S afe Ro u te s to S ch o o l p at h i n G o let a

a d j a ce nt n e i g h b o r h o o d s , El i n g s

h a s co n n e c te d n e a r by n e i g h b o r h o o d s to Elwo o d

P a r k , A r royo B u r ro B e a ch Co u nt y

Ele m e nt a r y S ch o o l , a n d m o re co n n e c t i o n s a re

P a r k , a n d t h e D o u g l a s P re s e r ve .

co m i n g t h a n k s to G o let a’s B PM P (s e e 4/5).

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|| Two f le et s of b i c ycle s h ave a h o m e at Lo m p o c’s L a H o n d a S T E A M A c a d e my a n d L a C a ñ a d a Ele m e nt a r y S ch o o l (f u n d i n g f ro m A u d a ci o u s Fo u n d at i o n). P E te a ch e r s t r a i n e d w it h a ccre d ite d LCI s .

a ke f r i e n d s , a n d vo l u nte e r h a s f l o u r i s h e d

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co m p l i s h m e nt s i n it s f i r s t ye a r.

we re s t i l l le a r n i n g . Fo u r t h t h ro u g h s i x t h g r a d e r s le a r n e d n ew s k i l l s

n d a n d t h i rd g r a d e r s (s p e ci a l-n e e d s to o) at S a nt a M a r i a’s L i b e r t y Ele m e nt a r y

e a r n e d b i c ycl i n g at s ch o o l . A t r a i le r f u l l co o rd i n ato r Fe l i ci a n o A g u i l a r (s ch o o l

o g i s t a n d LCI ); e i g ht te a ch e r s; a n d t wo

o r s , J ef f a n d D ave , ro cke d S B B I K E’s fo u r-

ot p ro g r a m .

nt s g r a d u ate d f ro m L i b e r t y ’s Pe d a l Powe r g u i l a r a n d Ra ch e l R e n ko s k i). A l l re ce i ve d

h e d b i ke s f ro m B i ci Ce nt ro S M .

many, from a Lompoc student who enjoyed a fourrogram at school.

o n t h e l a rg e r b i ke s . || 4 0 Lo m p o c s t u d e nt s w it h o u t a b i ke at h o m e le a r n e d to r i d e s a fe l y, w rote a n e s s ay, a n d re ce i ve d a re f u r b i s h e d b i ke f ro m S B B I K E . || T h e M e s a’s M o n ro e Ele m e nt a r y S ch o o l h o s te d it s f i r s t Fa m i l y B i ke N i g ht / B i ci Fa m i l i a (s u p p o r te d by P r i n ci p a l B r i a n N a u g hto n , t h e P TA , a n d p a re nt s). || 3 8 A d a m s Ele m e nt a r y t h i rd g r a d e r s w it h o u t b i ke s at h o m e re ce i ve d re f u r b i s h e d b i ke s . Ch e ck o u t t h e co m i n g to g et h e r fo r t h i s g i ve aw ay i n P a u l M i h a le c’s v i d e o (yo u tu . b e/h b hv S si J g j 0 ). || 3 0 C a r p i nte r i a k i d s f ro m f a m i l i e s af fe c te d by t h e T h o m a s F i re / d e b r i s f l ow re ce i ve d re f u r b i s h e d b i ke s f ro m B i ci Ce nt ro a n d n e w h e l m et s f ro m Cot t a g e H o s p it a l t h ro u g h a p a r t n e r s h i p w it h C a r p i nte r i a Ch i l d re n’s P ro j e c t .

Graduates of the first Pedal Power at Liberty Elementary School received new wheels thanks to Bici Santa Maria. CHRISTINE BOURGEOIS

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Trails, Independence, Accessibility! T hree Women Honored b y A N D I E B R I D GES

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Nancy Eckert, Lauren Jacobson, and Lynneal Williams are the the recipients of the 2018 Velo Wings Award, given to “extraordinary women giving flight to cycling programs in Santa Barbara.” DANIEL GIRARD

re q u i re d to ke e p o u r l o c a l t r a i l s o p e r at i o n a l fo r a l l u s e r s . “ I t ’s h u n d re d s of h o u r s s w i n g i n g

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i m p o r t a nt to m a ke b i k i n g a cce s s i b l e to

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a s m a ny p e o p le a s we c a n .”

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“5 Billion Years of Reliable Service”

SBBIKE Goes Solar

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sun. Who has harnessed t h at re l i a b i l it y to p owe r it s h e a d q u a r te r s? S B B I K E . Going solar has long b e e n a g o a l of S B B I K E /B i ci Ce nt ro. “O u r h e a d q u a r te r s i s a n e co l o g i c a l co m m u n it y ce nte r t h at h o s t s t h o u s a n d s of v i s ito r s e a ch ye a r,” s ay s E xe cut i ve D i re c to r Ed Fr a n ce . “ W it h s o l a r, we n ot o n l y re c ycl e b i ke s a n d p a r t s , b ut we d o it i n a m o re s u s t a i n a b l e w ay.” W it h t h e m ove i nto t h e H a ley St . b u i l d i n g , t h e p i e ce s

The 25 panels atop SBBIKE’s roof provide for 100 percent of the headquarter’s power needs, thanks to a partnership between SBBIKE and Good Energy Solar, Asteri Solar, and the CEC. PAUL MIHALEC

s t a r te d f a l l i n g i n p l a ce . T h e l o n g , f l at ro of w a s i d e a l . W h e n t h e ro of i n g w a s re d o n e l a s t ye a r, t i m i n g w a s p e r fe c t . T h e b o a rd w a s re a d y a n d h a d t h e s u p p o r t of t h e Co m m u n it y Env i ro n m e nt a l Co u n ci l (CEC). O n e ch a l le n g e —f u n d i n g . St i l l , t h e co a l it i o n m ove d fo r w a rd . A f te r a l l , S B B I K E’s e x te n d e d f a m i l y h a s a h i s to r y of f i n d i n g a w ay w h e n t h e re ’s a w i l l . T h e o r g a n iz at i o n g ot a n u m b e r of q u ote s . T h e n c a m e t h e of fe r t h at , a s Fr a n ce p u t s it , “ w a s h a rd to b e at .” T h e q u ote , f ro m G o o d En e rg y S o l a r, i n co r p o r ate d p ro b o n o l a b o r. CEO A a ro n L u cket t b e l i e ve d i n S B B I K E’s m i s s i o n . T h at d i d n’ t s o l ve t h e f i n a n ce i s s u e , t h o u g h . “ Fo r m o nt h s we h a d t h i s g re at q u ote f ro m a h i g h l y m ot i v ate d i n s t a l le r fo r s o m et h i n g we ve r y m u ch w a nte d to d o, b u t we s i m p l y l a cke d

“We are going to help Bici Centro go solar and mitigate their electrical expenses by pointing these panels at the sun and harvesting five billion years of reliable service from the almighty star that keeps us all warm.” —Good Energy Solar CEO Aaron Luckett to videographer Paul Mihalec

f u n d i n g ,” s ay s Fr a n ce . Ente r M at t R i l ey a n d A s te r i S o l a r, a n ot h e r re n e w a b le e n e rg y b u s i n e s s h a p py to g et b e h i n d S B B I K E’s m i s s i o n . A s te r i m a d e a p h i l a nt h ro p i c i nve s t m e nt i n t h e fo r m of a f i ve -ye a r co nt r a c t at t h e e n d of w h i ch , S B B I K E w i l l h ave t h e o p p o r t u n it y to ow n it s ow n p owe r. W h at ’s m o re , S B B I K E i s n ow i n a p o s it i o n to b e CEC ’s “g u i n e a p i g”—p e r h a p s t h e f i r s t i n a s e r i e s of n o n p rof it s w h o ow n b u i l d i n g s to b e co m e p owe re d by s o l a r fo l l ow i n g t h e s a m e s t r u c t u re . T h e 2 5 p a n e l s ato p t h e ro of p rov i d e 10 0 p e rce nt of

Ch e ck o ut “ S o l ar Inst all at ion” at yo ut ub e .com/wat ch? v =iSm 0T8w fbIc

t h e b u i l d i n g’s p owe r, fo r b ot h t h e B i ci s i d e a n d n e i g h b o r, Lo aTre e . T h e n et-ze ro s y s te m , s ay s Fr a n ce , i s a w ay fo r S B B I K E to “ l i ve o u r fo u n d at i o n a l p r i n ci p le s .” www.SBBIKE.org

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f u r t h e r. J o i n S B B I K E’s M o nt h l y R i d e s . M e et at Cit y H a l l o n t h i rd Tu e s d ay s at 5:3 0 p m . Rides will last about an hour and u s u a l l y fe at u re a s o ci a l d e s t i n at i o n , s u ch a s a b rewe r y o r cof fe e s h o p . O f te n , t h e y ’ l l i n clu d e a s h o r t e d u c at i o n s p ot . A r i d e o n t h e M e s a i s p r i m e fo r t i p s o n s h i f t i n g g e a r s; a r i d e to C a r p m ay i nvo lve t u te l a g e o n p l a n n i n g a ro ute . S p e ci a l e ve nt s r i d e s a re s o m et i m e s h e l d o n we e ke n d s . Ch e ck t h e S B B I K E c a le n d a r at sb b i ke .o r g fo r t h e d e et s o n t h e n e x t M o nt h l y R i d e .

Happy Anniversary,

Bici Santa Maria! In its first year, Bici Centro Santa Maria has fast become a community hub. Can’t wait to see what next year brings. DANIEL GIRARD

Ch eck o u t S BBIK E ’s Yo u t ub e ch a n n e l! y o u t u b e . c o m /c/S a n t a B a r b a r a Bi c y cl eCo a l i t i o n

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p i l ot p ro g r a m i s h e l p i n g p e o p le g et to wo r k s a n s c a r s . A mt r a k ’s n ew e a r l y-m o r n i n g we e kd ay r u n m a d e t h at e a s i e r.

To h e l p, Tr a f f i c S o lu t i o n s ( T S) (S B C AG ) p rov i d e d co m m u te r s 10 f re e -r i d e p a s s e s a n d a s ke d t h e m to t a ke a s u r ve y : Wo u l d t h e y b e i nte re s te d i n a fo l d i n g b i c ycle —f l at , l i g ht we i g ht , a n d e a s y to s to re —to co m p l ete t h e i r co m m u te? ( T h e t r a i n h o l d s o n l y s eve n b i ke s .) S u r vey s ay s: Ye s! Ente r “e a r n a fo l d e d b i ke ,” r a n by S B B I K E a n d f u n d e d by T S . W it h 20 8 i nte re s te d , S B B I K E’s My r n a M u ñ oz h a d a ch a l le n g e . S h e le a r n e d t h e f re q u e n c y a n d ch a l le n g e s of e a ch wo u l d-b e r i d e r ’s co m m ute f ro m t r a i n to wo r k . T S p rov i d e d f re e s h u t t le s t h ro u g h M T D. B ut fo r s o m e (s ay, U C S B e m p l oye e s) d ro p - of f

SBBIKE’s crew checks out the folded bikes commuters are earning by getting to work by train and bike. MYRNA MUÑOZ

p l a ce s o r t i m e s we re l i m it i n g . M u ñ oz a n a l y ze d , i m p le m e nte d e m p l oye r-s p e ci f i c s o lu t i o n s (s ay, a fe w b i ke s p rov i d e d to U C S B), a n d n a r rowe d t h e l i s t . A f te r t h re e ro u n d s of g i ve aw ay s , j u s t a fe w re q u e s t s re m a i n . T h e p ro g r a m aw a it s a p p rov a l fo r a fo u r t h . To e a r n t h e b i ke s ($ 45 0), co m m ute r s p a i d $ 5 0 a n d p ro m i s e d to co m m u te by t r a i n at le a s t 4 0 t i m e s ove r t h e n e x t s i x m o nt h s . M u ñ oz a n d cre w t a u g ht re ci p i e nt s h ow to u s e t h e b i ke s a n d p rov i d e d h e l m et s w h e n n e e d e d . P l u s , t h e y ’re av a i l a b le fo r s u p p o r t . 10

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M u ñ oz i s t h r i l le d w it h t h e re s p o n s e . “ I h e a r f ro m s o m a ny p e o p le w h o l ove t h e b i c ycle ,” s h e s ay s . “A n d t h ey a p p re ci ate b e i n g h e a rd .” U p n e x t? I m p rov i n g t h e b i ke r a ck s at t h e t r a i n s t at i o n s . To h e l p ke e p t h i s p ro g r a m g o i n g , e m a i l my r n a @ sb b i ke .o r g.


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fo r d e m e nt i a ye a r s l ate r, a s t u d y co n d u c te d i n Swe d e n s h ow s . Swe d i s h wo m e n a g e d 3 8 to 6 0 u n d e r we nt a c ycl i n g te s t t h at m e a s u re d m a x i m a l e xe r t i o n c a p a cit y. T h ey we re t h e n fo l l owe d fo r a n ave r a g e of 2 9 ye a r s , d u r i n g w h i ch 2 3 p e rce nt we re d i a g n o s e d w it h d e m e nt i a (at a m e a n a g e of 8 0) u s i n g o b j e c t i ve a s s e s s m e nt s .

T hos e wit h highe st f it ne s s levels h ad an 88 p e r ce nt lowe r r isk for de me nt ia and we re ab out 11 ye ar s olde r whe n t hey develop e d de me nt ia F it n e s s l eve l at m i d l i fe w a s l i n ke d to

SBBIKE’s Christine Bourgeois at the annual Women’s Ride that leads up to the Velo Wings Award ceremony. DANIEL GIRARD

h a d a n 8 8 p e rce nt l owe r r i s k fo r d e m e nt i a a n d we re a b o u t 1 1 ye a r s o l d e r w h e n t h e y d eve l o p e d d e m e nt i a , re l at i ve to m e d i u m-f it n e s s wo m e n . T h e re s e a rch e r s w r ite , “ I m p rove d c a rd i ov a s cu l a r

d e m e nt i a l ate r i n l i fe , w it h g re ate r f it n e s s s h ow n

f it n e s s i n m i d l ife m i g ht b e a m o d if i a b le f a c to r to

to l owe r r i s k . T h o s e w it h h i g h e s t f it n e s s le ve l s

d e l ay o r p re ve nt d e m e nt i a .”

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