Ellwood Students Get Safer Route to School

New bike and pedestrian path allows children an active commute.

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Safe Route to Adams

What's the best way to ride to Adams Elementary School?

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Cota and Rancheria Bike Lanes Are Here!

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Thank you Santa Barbara for Cota + Rancheria Bike Lanes

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Sunnyfields Spur in Solvang

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Solvang Moves Forward to Study Needed Bike Path Connection

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SBBIKE's End of Year Appeal

You + SBBIKE = A win for families and our community!

Should kids be able to safely bike to school?

Absolutely! At SBBIKE we think that all Santa Barbara County kids and families should have safe and accessible routes to school.

Thanks to your support of SBBIKE, Santa Barbara County is experiencing a bicycling renaissance in K-12 schools – we need your help to keep these riders safe.

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Research Shows Benefits of Biking

You likely have a pretty good idea that biking is good for kids (and the adults they share the world with). But it may surprise you to learn just how good it is and in how many ways—mentally, emotionally, physical, socially, and academically. It may also surprise you to learn who typically rides in the US (and who doesn't)—what groups we need to focus on to close those gaps and ensure all who want to can safely access the many benefits of cycling. During summer 2017, German researcher Katja Siepmann interned with Audacious Foundation, SBBIKE and COAST's partner in bringing cycling education to schools across Santa Barbara County. Her well-referenced research into the benefits of bicycling is here:

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Goleta Bike + Pedestrian Plan rolls along

What is the Goleta Bicycle + Pedestrian Master Plan?

The Goleta Bicycle + Pedestrian Master Plan is a project to plan a road system where kids, adults, and seniors can ride bikes safely and happily all over Goleta. By getting involved, community members are working to make that dream a reality. Essentially, the goal is to make sure people can comfortably bike to the places they want to go. 

Where is the plan now?

The city just released the first draft which includes a planned bike network where future on-street bike lanes, protected bike lanes, bike boulevards, and off-street bike paths (like the Obern Trail) will be built. Juicy stuff!

Because this is a draft, SBBIKE volunteers (and you!) are reviewing what’s being proposed to ensure that it will support everyone from 8 to 80 years old. We’re really excited about the proposed future bike path on the Fairview Bridge and the inclusion of protected bike lanes (on-street bike lanes that use posts to physically separate bicyclists from cars). We’re still discussing how to make every freeway crossing safer (like Storke + Patterson) and what needs to happen first.

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Click here to see the draft in high resolution and here for a list of projects where you can leave comments or read more.

How can I get involved?

1.     Are you interested in getting together with other SBBIKE members to discuss and work to make the strongest bike plan possible? Email eve@sbbike.org 

2.     Next up, there will be a workshop in early January 2018. You can help just by attending and telling the city what you think. 

3.     Engage your neighbors + friends to go the workshop together!

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What else is in the works to make biking in Goleta better? 

Goleta is currently working on a few exciting projects including building the Elwood Bike Path from Pacific Oaks to Canon Green (it’s near completion!). They’re also working on the Hollister Complete Streets Project which aims to make Hollister Avenue better for people on foot, on bike and in cars. Last but not least, we’ve heard that the city is working on key details to get the San Jose Creek Bike Path and a bike path across Hollister in the near future. Lastly, there are awesome community bike rides being led out of Bicycle Bob's. We're fans of the shops Just for Women rides but you can also head over to their site to check out the full list! In addition, we encourage you to check out Echelon Cycling and the Goleta Valley Cycling Club for more awesome happenings.  

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Portions of Obern Trail closed for repaving this November

This map outlines low-stress neighborhood streets that are adjacent to the Obern. Please note that it's likely that the closure will switch between different sides of Puente Drive during November. 

Bike commuters to U.C.S.B. and bicycling enthusiasts everywhere may have noticed signs on the Obern alerting the public that portions of the Obern Trail will be closed beginning November 4th until December 2nd. SBBIKE is working on getting the full scoop (specific dates and the limits of the closure) and will update this article once we have those details so you can plan accordingly. 

The closure dates are a month long because this isn't a typical repave, the path will be entirely constructed to address serious root damage that has occurred. It does appear that the path may be open on some days during that period. We know this is an important route for many people and thank everyone for their patience while the County of Santa Barbara undertakes this big project. We appreciate all of our readers who are biking to work and doing something that is great for the environment, your health, and our community at large! Bear with us and before you know it, we'll have a fresh new bike path to ride. 

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New Signal In Busy Bike Intersection

Pardall Road in Isla Vista is one of the busiest bicycling routes in Santa Barbara County, with an estimated 15,000 riders a day.  There is so much bike traffic that it sometimes it      became nearly impossible to safely cross .
Santa Barbara County, UCSB Associated Students BIKES committee and CHP recently gathered to inaugurate traffic signals on Pardall to manage the flow and help keep everybody safe. Everyone who stopped at the new red light was served cookies. SBBIKE thanks all involved. Let's hope this stoplight is a new beginning.
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Light up the Night in November

It's the time of year again when the sun sets earlier each day. Soon we'll also be turning the clocks back an hour - meaning more and more workers in Santa Barbara will be commuting home in the dark. Some cyclists aren't prepared, and SBBIKE is there every year to distribute free lights so folks can get home safer. Sign up to volunteer at one of the locations today! We need folks to help wave signs and flag down cyclists, distribute lights, and give our survey. See below for locations and dates.

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Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition
P.O. Box 92047, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
506 E. Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
805.845.8955