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Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition
updated: Oct 12, 2013, 10:00 AM
The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition is a countywide advocacy
and resource organization that promotes bicycling for safe transportation and recreation. SBBIKE's
mission is to make cycling possible for everyone in Santa Barbara County. We achieve that goal through
advocacy, education and by offering resources for cyclists.
Founded in 1991, the Coalition has an extensive history of engagement with bicycle related policy
making in the County. The organization has hosted national conferences (e.g. Pro Bike/Pro Walk 98'),
and numerous workshops from experts in the field. We have published over 245 printed and mailed
monthly newsletters, and grown our historical average of 200 members to our current total of 425.
SBBIKE has had a role in developing over a hundred miles of County wide bike lanes such as: Jameson
Road connecting Montecito to downtown, on Upper State Street, Mission & 101, 101 south of Rincon.
The Coalition had a seat in the development of the City of Santa Barbara's Circulation Element, a pre-
cursor to the national contemporary 'Complete Streets' movement, initiated south coast bicyclist counts,
and developed both youth and adult bicycle education programming.
SBBIKE's education programs focus on both youth and adult education. Adults can learn to ride
confidently at Street Skills classes or how to fix their bike by completing the six-week Learn Your Bike
program. Young teens are enrolled in Pedal Power
and summer camp programs. Pedal Power is a six-week after-school program run at local junior high
schools. The program teaches basic wrenching skills so that kids can learn to take care of simple
maintenance tasks like putting air in tires, fixing flats, or adjusting the brakes on their bikes. These are
basic skills that build self-reliance and offer both manual and intellectual challenges. They also learn to
ride safely on urban streets. On group rides they learn the rules of the road, the importance of wearing
helmets and the street skills needed to be safe confident cyclists. Teens that don't have a bike can earn
a bike by completing the Pedal Power classes!
As a result of the 2010 merger with Bici Centro - a community run DIY bike repair and education
center- the Coalition has radically grown our hands on community outreach programs for cyclists. Bici
Centro provides the tools, work stands and experienced volunteer mechanics to help cyclists fix their
bikes themselves. Volunteers at Bici Centro also refurbish donated bicycles for resale to lower income
cyclists who need a bike to get to work, school or for errands.
SBBIKE serves Santa Barbara's diverse cycling community. Over 475 individuals have taken part in one of
our class series, 3,100 unique individuals have used our Bici Centro Shop, and over 7,500 people have
parked bikes with us at our various Bicycle Valet events. In 2012, over 190 individuals participated in
our newest remote program, Tailer Mobile (Mobile Bike Shop) with our Spanish Language Outreach
Committee that brings a bike shop on wheels to area neighborhoods. SBBIKE is also running a bike
shop, SBici, on the campus of the Santa Barbara High School.
SBBIKE is volunteer powered. Over 200 individuals in the past four years have helped run Bici Centro,
teach classes, park bikes at local events or staff our Board and Committees. If you cycle, SBBIKE is for
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