Ed France departs

It’s the end of an era – our Executive Director is leaving for a new role here in Santa Barbara.

Please join the SBBIKE board, our staff & volunteers, and the bicycling community at-large in offering a hearty farewell and congratulations to Ed France.

A profound Legacy

During Ed’s tenure, SBBIKE and its programs have grown substantially; his strong leadership and passion for biking have benefited our community immensely. We look forward to leveraging his legacy, to move the organization to new milestones and expanded scope.

These are big shoes to fill and as we begin recruiting for Ed's successor we ask for your patience during this transition.

While this is a big change, our commitment remains the same. Our future mandates we find cleaner, sustainable transportation alternatives and many think the bicycle, in one form or another, will be how we sustain our environment and assure our own good health. We're busy fine-tuning our Strategic Plan to meet these ends.

Let's party!

Join us in celebrating Ed and sending him forth with our deepest appreciation and best wishes. A party is planned to celebrate Ed as well as our volunteers. RSVP here.

Thank you Ed France, for everything you have contributed to Santa Barbara.

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FIVE MINUTE SURVEY, CHANCE TO WIN A NEW BIKE

Great prizes? Rating your city? Giving your opinion? All reasons to take the PlacesForBikes (PFB) City Rating survey, yes. But the benefits to our entire county when enough people-that means you, please-take the 5-minute survey are numerous and significant, says Dr. Daniel Fishbein of Dr. Dan's Health Corner (QR page 11) fame.

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Bike to the Sideways Fest

Thinking of a weekend getaway?

Pinot Noir and biking go together well in the Santa Ynez Valley. Take in a movie, too?

Make it a wine, movie, and bike celebration getaway, October 18-20th at the Sideways Fest hosted by Sta Rita Hills.

If you're going, bring the bikes – ride the Sideways bike route along Santa Rosa Road. Find more details at cycleCalCoast.

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Bicycling into a Climate Resilient Future

This general climate strike movement is an assertion by youth that those of us in the working world, the private sector, public sector, government and academia, are simply not making the change that is necessary to slow the acceleration of the greenhouse effect and climate change.

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Ride the Goleta North Loop

Prefer riding off-road?

Try this route to Goleta's Winchester Canyon – you'll enjoy the peaceful off-road trails that take you there; this is a great route for those who want to avoid riding with cars.

From Downtown Santa Barbara it's a comfortable 30-mile round trip. Locals will begin at Goleta Beach Park where there's plenty of parking most mornings. Either way you get here, head to the Maria Ygnacio Trail, a great north-south trail that takes you under Hollister Ave and the 101 Fwy to the North Goleta Route which travels through quiet neighborhoods on your way to Lake Los Carneros and beyond.


Off-road trail at UCSB

Check out the route description, download the map and cue sheet at cycleCalCoast, then get going.

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Giving Back with a Bike Cage

Service to the larger community is an aspect of the community bike shop model Bici Santa Maria exemplifies.

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Bici/SBBIKE Unites Riders in Oregon

Two of the many great aspects of Bici and the community bike shop model is the capacity to bring people together and to inspire undertakings perhaps not otherwise imagined.

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Windmill Century Returns


It's a week away – register today!

The Windmill Century is back and better than ever. Join your friends at Pioneer Park on Saturday July 27th for a great all-day event.

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Family-friendly Routes


It's summertime and the the days are long – it's the perfect time for a bike ride with the whole family.

Our sister site, cycleCalCoast, has published two new routes worth your consideration:


Both are family-friendly and fun.

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Man on Bicycle Killed in Vehicle Collision with SUV

BICYCLIST KILLED IN VEHICLE COLLISION ON MODOC

   
courtesy CHP

A bicyclist was struck by a vehicle and killed on Modoc Road early Friday morning.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) reports that at approximately 12:39 a.m., a collision between a 2003 Ford Explorer and bicyclist took place near Modoc Road and Encore Drive. Life saving measures were attempted but the bicyclist, a 54-year-old Santa Barbara male who's name has not yet been released, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The initial investigation by CHP reveals that 48-year-old Monique Martinez of Santa Barbara was driving the Ford Explorer west on Modoc Road and did not see the bicyclist who was traveling in the same direction outside of the bicycle lane. The bicyclist, who was not wearing a helmet or lighting devices, was ejected from the bicycle when struck by the vehicle. 

Martinez, who was driving with three passengers, was evaluated by CHP at the scene and was found not to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is currently unknown if the bicyclist was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Modoc Road was closed for several hours while CHP processed the scene. All roadways are currently open.

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