Ten years ago, when I started with the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE), my vision was to teach bicycle education in schools countywide. I never thought I’d be able to do it. I didn’t think I could get support from the community. I’m grateful to Audacious for giving me the opportunity to realize my dream.
At SBBIKE, we know how to teach bicycling. We know that changing the habits of this generation of kids (who don’t know how to ride) means offering bicycle education from second through sixth grade at least. We know that, if we help kids discover the independence of bicycling, we’ll change the culture of the community. It’s a long-term challenge, because parents think biking is dangerous. Riding to school has declined since the ’70s.
During his brief time with Bici SB, Ted Hamilton enjoyed being a part of team effecting change. And he has advice for the next program manager. He'll be missed. SBBIKE wishes him luck!
Your time is now!
With your help we are realizing our vision through Advocacy, Education, and Engaging residents throughout Santa Barbara County. SBBIKE staff and volunteers educated and engaged through face to face support 9,275 aspiring bicyclists this year. Meanwhile our years of strong advocacy have yielded $85 million in bikeway projects currently underway! With future state funding recently saved, and ambitious bike plans rolling out, now is the pivotal time to grow cycling!