SBBIKE Mural Ride Amplifies Community Voices

Do you love bicycles, history and art?  Well the Santa Barbara Mural Bike Ride (mural ride) combined all that in one great community event hosted by SBBIKE.

As the newest  team member and a proud Santa Barbareño, I organized and lead the first ever mural ride. On Saturday October 29, 2016, over 120 people attended the family friendly bike ride, traveling to six unique mural locations in downtown Santa Barbara learning about the history and meaning behind the murals by the artists who created them and community leaders who grew up with them too.

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$15.5 million in CA ATP earmarked for 4 SB County Bike/ped Projects

Santa Barbara scored big with the last round of ATP Grant funding, with money for construction of key bikeways in the city as well as projects for Buellton and Carpinteria areas.

 

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4 Easy Ways to make Goleta Better for Bicycling

Goleta is an awesome place to ride a bike and the City is working to make it even better with it’s first-ever Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan! At SBBIKE, We’re excited to see Goleta planning for better bikeways and better pedestrian spaces. We’ve put together our Goleta Bicycle Priorities List, with input from our staff, time spent bicycling in Goleta and some of the feedback we’ve heard from SBBIKE members in Goleta!

You can provide feedback on making Goleta better for bicycling by dropping by a Goleta Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Outreach Event (GBPMPOE for short) on November 9th. Two events will be taking place - One will be an open house at U.C.S.B. from 12-1. The other will be an evening BPMP event from 5:30 - 7:30 at the Goleta Valley Community Center. You can also take an online survey for the city by clicking here.

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A protected bikeway on Rosemead Blvd in Temple City, CA

1. Protected Bicycle Lanes! 

We want to see where the city can improve on existing (or new) bike lanes by adding a physical barrier. This type of treatment is great on streets with higher speed limits or especially wide lanes. Protected bike lanes are gaining popularity throughout the state and it’s time we bring some here! A pre-cursor to a physical buffer can be painting a small buffer between the bike lane and the car lane, like the County did on Hollister Avenue.

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A tight and dangerous squeeze for someone to bike through

2. Fill the Hollister Bike Lane Gap! 

Hollister Avenue is an 8 mile major route for bicycling that connects people to major job centers, businesses and popular residents. It’s critical that we improve this major East-West route to be a safe and gap-free bikeway. Recently, the County installed awesome buffered bike lanes on their portion of Hollister. However, in the old town portion of Hollister between Fairview and the Goleta Valley Community Center there is still a gap where bicycle lanes are missing and sharrows are placed in the door zone where bicyclists are not safe riding. While our region is making progress on this important route but there’s more to be done for Hollister to reach it’s full potential as a safe and encouraging bikeway.

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A bicyclist navigates traffic near the Fairview Highway 101 interchange
Improve Highway 101 crossings for bicycles and pedestrians!

To get anywhere is Goleta, it’s almost certain that you will need to cross Highway 101 interchange. We must make sure that these difficult crossings (of which there are a limited amount) are friendly for people bicycling and walking. This means continuous and wide sidewalks for pedestrians. This also means continuous and sufficiently wide bicycle lanes that are buffered or protected when placed near faster moving cars. Using treatments such as green paint and designing sensitive turning movements where bicycle lanes near freeway turning lanes and ramps is crucial.

Ensuring that drivers and bicyclists proceed cautiously and are alert near highway entrances is important. Specific overpasses that need immediate attention to bicycling improvements include the Fairview overpass, Storke and a  future bicycle and pedestrian bridge connection at Pacific Oaks or Entrance Rd. in Elwood.

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 4. San Jose Creek Bicycle Path 

San Jose Creek Bicycle Path- Once built, the San Jose Creek Bicycle Path will be a game changer for bicycling in Goleta, providing a continuous off-street bike path along San Jose Creek connecting riders from Goleta Beach north all the way to Foothill. By providing a much-needed North-South bikeway, this project will connect neighborhoods to popular parks, businesses and restaurants across the city.

What would you add to this list? 

Your chance to envision a better biking future for Goleta is just around the corner. Come to the Goleta Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Outreach on Wednesday, November 9th for your chance to shape the future of biking in Goleta. To recap, two events will be taking place that day, an open house at U.C.S.B. from 12-1 and an evening event from 6 - 7:30 at the Goleta Valley Community Center. Find out more and r.s.v.p. for the U.C.S.B. daytime event here or the Goleta Evening event here.

Happy Bicycling!

 

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Help Us Light Up the Night!

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Sergio Jiminéz y la Vida en Dos Ruedas

Uno puede recorrer la vida de Sergio Jiménez a través de sus bicicletas, o de las partes de sus bicicletas. Con ellas, a manera de rompecabezas, él construye un camino que es sólo de él, pero que sin saberlo, es a la vez el de todos. 

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Statement on the Tragic Deaths of Two Santa Barbara Cyclists Last Week

Separate collisions in the Cities of Goleta and Santa Maria have taken the lives of two people biking in Santa Barbara County last week. The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition expresses our deep condolences to the family members of Roman Paredes and Frank Barrios. Roman Paredes was struck by a pickup truck while traveling by bicycle along Calle Real in Goleta, and Frank Barrios was struck while biking on Broadway Street in Santa Maria.

In the collision that killed Roman Paredes, the driver admits to being distracted while driving and looking away from the road, which caused his truck to drift into the bicycle lane. Calle Real has a painted bicycle lane and is a popular bicycling route within the City of Goleta. At 88 years old, Roman Paredes was still an active user of Goleta's streets, and several community members recall seeing him regularly traveling on Calle Real on his three-wheeled tricycle. The family of Roman Paredes is raising funds for funeral expenses on gofundme. Frank Barrios, 57, was taken to the hospital by first responders, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The cause of the collision remains under investigation.

Our streets must be safe for people of all ages, especially for seniors who benefit from healthy and active methods of transportation, including bicycling and walking. It is not acceptable that two members of our community die while biking in our region in one week. These tragedies demonstrate to our elected leaders and agencies that we must make a serious effort to prevent injuries and deaths on our roads. Locally, both Santa Barbara and Goleta City Councils are considering launching Vision Zero Programs in the next month that would reduce fatalities and injuries on our streets through specific, well-researched steps. This would include engineering safer streets, expanding safety education and better traffic enforcement. In light of these recent tragedies, policies and actions to make our streets safer are more needed than ever.

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Co-Founder of Bici Centro to Receive State Award

Join the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) in honoring one of our own. On October 5, from 6–9 p.m. at Bici Centro, 434 Olive Street, youth and cycling advocate Eddie Gonzalez of Casa de la Raza will receive CalBike’s 2016 Bicycle Dreamer Award. Dinner and drinks will be provided by CalBike, which will take donations to support its work of improving cycling for communities across the state. Click here to find out more about the event and RSVP.

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SBBIKE Partner in Launching Cycle California Coast

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After two years of development SBBIKE is proud to be a part of launching a powerful new biycle tourism initiative: Cycle California Coast. Together with the over 60 stakeholders from agencies throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, On Friday, September 9,  Cycle California Coast (CCC) is  officially announce the launch of the website cyclecalcoast.com, social media challenges, and a coordinated effort to improve both wayfinding and infrastructure for cyclists on key routes through the two counties. 

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Connecting Santa Barbara's Neighborhoods

Some of the Exciting Projects in the 2016 BMP Update

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Bike Master Plan Adopted!

Ride the Plan with us August 12!

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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