SB County Resolves to go Bike Friendly

Margaret Mead was right. 25 years ago, bicycling didn't have a lot of traction in our county. Great infrastructure and cycling gains in the 60's and 70's had hit a standstill. Meeting in a conference room in the County Administration building pictured here, a group of thoughtful, dedicated individuals set out to promote the idea of bicycling for transportation and recreation, and bring in new federal dollars to help make that happen.

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Watch a Video of SBBIKE Advocates Speaking to the County Board of Supervisors

Over the year the torch has been passed to multiple cohorts of bicycle advocates, and slow but steady progress of gaining new infrastructure and growing bicycling rates has been the consistent thread through the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition's membership and champions. Our progress has picked up, and so has our profile. This week, in the same building this group started in 25 years ago, the County board of supervisors adopted a honorary resolution declaring ourselves a bicycle friendly county. Introduced by Supervisors Hartman and Williams, It celebrated our scenic mountain, valley, and ocean bicycle rides as well as the health and environmental benefits of cycling. Importantly, the economic value of bicycle tourism to our region was called out as the Cycle California Coast helps to improve our marketing, wayfinding and infrastructure for cycling. 

The resolution was received by SBBIKE Policy and Planning coordinator Eve Sanford and Santa Ynez Valley Spoke leader Michael Hecker. Appreciating the County Public Works staff and elected leadership for their work, Sanford and Hecker both made clear the next steps that we must work to achieve. Three essential county projects are the Santa Maria Levee trail, the Santa Ynez River Trail, and the extension of the Obern Trail at Modoc. We've come a long way but we have further still to go. And sure enough, as Margaret Mead the anthropologist famously said, "Never doubt the ability of a small, dedicated group to change the world, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. 
But don't just take my word for it. Watch Eve Sanford and Michael Hecker strongly represent SBBIKE's 1,400 members with this video here.
Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition
Phone: 805.845.8955
Mail: PO Box 92047, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
Location: 506 E. Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103