SBBIKE’s “Cycling to the Movies” was a two-part program for high school teens: a bicycle workshop for safety and mechanics, and then a bike field trip via bicycle to the movies! We went to the 32nd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, to see the acclaimed social justice documentary I Am Not Your Negro.
As a ‘Bike Boom’ sweeps through the California Coast these last few years, a major challenge has come up. Many new bicyclists and would-be cyclists lack the ‘street skills’ to safely and effectively ride with traffic. Heading against traffic, riding on the sidewalks, and unpredictable behavior at intersections not only frustrate motorists, but also often counter-intuitively put the cyclist right into harm’s way. Cyclists share the same rules and responsibilities as motorists, but traveling at different speeds than cars, and often being less visible on the road requires know-how and strong bike handling skills.