Ed France, Executive Director, League Cycling Instructor (LCI #1931)
Ed loves bicycling, engaging with people, and living in the wondrous place that is Santa Barbara. He thanks his lucky stars that he is fortunate to serve in a vocation that brings these all together. As a member of the community for more than 10 years, Ed has previously worked for the City of Santa Barbara as the Recycling Coordinator and briefly as an administrative assistant to the Sustainable Santa Barbara program. He was also extremely fortunate to meet a band of creative social entrepreneurs who put in the energy and talent to start up Bici Centro community Bike Repair Shop and Education Center. In his free time Ed goes on out of the way routes on his bike commute, mountain bikes, and splashes around doing ocean sports. Ed has previously been both an advisor and then board member of the Coalition as well as a volunteer and part-time staff for Bici Centro. He is serving his second 4 year term as Transportation and Circulation Committee of the City of SB, and is an Advisor to the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST). If you would like to find a time to go on a ride and talk bike stuff, don't hesitate to call or email him. (805) 203-6940 or Ed@sbbike.org
Christine Bourgeois, Education Director, League Cycling Instructor (LCI #2255)
Christine Bourgeois was born and raised in France. She started using a bicycle for everyday transportation more than 20 years ago when she moved to Washington DC. With a degree in education and a MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Christine taught all levels of French at Santa Margarita High School, CA. In 2000, she relocated to Santa Barbara with her husband Dave and they both became avid cyclists and world travelers. Today, Christine is a certified League Cycling instructor who likes to work with youth and she is the education director for the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition. For the last 6 years, she has been leading the development and implementation of a county wide education campaign to promote safe bicycling for transportation and recreation. She has been expanding successful after-school youth Earn-A-Bike programs (Pedal Power) and offering bilingual adult bike clinics for workplaces. In 2016, she spearheaded the idea of offering bike education during Physical Education in elementary schools in Santa Barbara County. With several fleets of bikes and the help of a dedicated team of LCIs, PE teachers are being trained and many young kids are learning to ride safely while having a lot of fun. Interested in offering a bike program at your school, organization or business? Give her a call or send her mail, (805) 699-6301 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynneal Williams, Shop Leader (LCI #4314)
Lynneal loves frame packs and unique bells. She moved to Santa Barbara 2 ½ years ago with only a bike and some clothes. She had heard about Bici Centro because her younger sister attended Westmont and learned to repair her own bike during her college years. Lynneal and her sister, Elyse, started volunteering when Bici moved from its old location to its current location on Haley.Together they painted the stations! Lynneal continued to volunteer at Bici and eventually took the Learn Your Bike Series. She quit her job at a local bakery and got a job at REI where she also learned bike mechanics. Lynneal discovered her passion of bike mechanics and teaching people in the community about their bikes. Now Lynneal is a shift leader at the shop and an LCI. She enjoys teaching middle school kids the rules of road, pairing up volunteers with things they love doing, and seeing SB Bike stickers on refurbished bikes around town.
Eve Sanford, Advocacy Associate (LCI #4937)
Eve Sanford is interested in bicycling as a means to making cities happier, healthier and more enjoyable places to live. She has worked both in city government and with advocacy efforts to help plan and build better bikeways. She enjoys riding her bike, running, kayaking and most things outdoors in sunny Santa Barbara. Eve has a degree in Urban and Regional Planning and interests in cartography, graphic design, and travel decision making. Want to talk about making your neighborhood more bikable? Email here at email@example.com
Rafaell Rozendo, Shop Supervisor (LCI#5129)
Rafaell is a Santa Barbara native whose passion for bikes is matched only by his commitment to fixing them. A long-time user of Bici Centro, he now works at the shop, teaching and learning as much as he can. When he's not in the shop, he can be found exploring the trails surrounding Santa Barbara, plotting his next camping trip, playing music with friends, and dreaming of the day when everyone has free and easy access to safe public transportation. He looks forward to seeing you in the shop! He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sergio Garcia, Shop Leader (LCI#5125)
Sergio grew up in Santa Barbara, and has been working on bikes with Bici Centro for the last 4 years. He was president of the SBici club at Santa Barbara High School and attended the Youth Bike Summit in New York City in 2013. Catch him at Bici Centro, or at the shop on the City College campus.
Kenneth Dahmen, Santa Maria Program Manager (LCI#5128)
Ken has been involved in the bicycling community of Santa Maria for seven years, and commuting by bike for a decade. He has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the Univeristy of Northridge. He believes bicycling can reduce the amount of stress people deal with on an everyday basis whether it's financial, physical, or mental. He wants to spread the benefits of cycling to anyone and everyone he can. He is honored to be a part of the SBBIKE team and see the future of cycling expand in Santa Maria. He can be reached at email@example.com.
David Hodges, SBBIKE Board President (LCI #4317)
I rediscovered the joy of biking as a commuter to and from Santa Barbara High where I was assistant principal. Now retired, I’m honored be a volunteer with Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition’s incredible team, and rising momentum, as we work to make biking SB safe, standard, and sustainable. I love the sense of inclusion, welcome, and energy at Bici. To quote Ed France, I want to help grow Bici “as a community center that’s comfortable and accessible for everyone—just like we want our back paths to be”. A bike friendly Santa Barbara improves health, social bonds, business, and safety for the whole community. We can be that city.
Courtney Dietz, SBBIKE Board Vice President
As someone that loves to be active and thrives on being outside, bicycling as transportation has always been an easy choice for Courtney in Santa Barbara. Courtney originally came to the Santa Barbara area for UCSB’s Bren School where she received her master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management. After some time spent traveling and living on the East coast, she ended up back in Santa Barbara where she worked for the non-profit Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST) as a project manager and eventually as Executive Director. As an independent contractor, Courtney helped with the update to Santa Barbara County’s Bicycle Master Plan before transitioning full time to her own business focusing on community outreach and freelance writing.
From bicycle model to event organizer, Courtney helped with Cycle MAYnia’s kick-off event the Velo Vogue Bicycle Fashion Show for four years. She joined the Bicycle Coalition Board in 2011 and has been thrilled to work with such a dedicated, passionate and fun team of people. Helping foster a community of bicycle riders that are having fun and riding safely is an effort that Courtney finds inspiring.
Diana O'Connell, SBBIKE Treasurer (LCI#4732)
Diana is a Santa Barbara native and a UCSB graduate. After spending several years of her life living in other places she was able to move back in 2012 to make Santa Barbara her home. While living in Austin, Texas, Diana was introduced to mountain biking by a women led group, and quickly came to realize how much the knowledge they shared and community they had built contributed to the overall enjoyment, safety, confidence level and sense of accomplishment she felt while on the trails. After very similar experiences being introduced to road riding and triathlons, she became a passionate participant in and advocate for programs and groups that provide people with access to that same sense of freedom, independence, accomplishment and community. Drawing on her experience providing analysis, strategic planning and financial leadership in both large corporations and non-profit organizations Diana feels very fortunate to be in a position to assist SBBIKE in its continued growth as it expands its programming and presence throughout Santa Barbara County. Diana has been an SBBIKE Finance Committee member since 2016, and became a Board member in 2017.
Dave Campbell felt welcome the first day he walked into Bici Centro, and from then on, it has been one of his favorite places to be. For him, the shop has been a great place to learn, meet new people and share ideas. He's taken a couple spills over the years, and since rediscovering the joys of riding, he is committed to participating in the local bike movement and making SB a safer place to ride. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Recreation from San Diego State University, and has been practicing in Santa Barbara ever since.
John Hygelund is most comfortable around bikes - lots of bikes. In high school, John wrenched at the local bike shop until he got a taste of road racing. He spent the next four years racing road bicycles professionally in the US and Europe before finishing his engineering degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Since then he has been building the world’s first global robotic telescope for Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT) in Goleta. Along the way he help initiate LCOGT’s bike friendly programs and a win in CycleMaynia’s employer challenge. He also founded the popular monthly community ride, Bike Moves, where he first met and then proposed to his now wife. He has served as a board member on the Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers and has been an active board member of SBBIKE since 2010. John can be found on Obern trail commuting to work, mountain biking on the front country trails, or whooping it up with new friends at Bike Moves
Ellen’s parents immigrated from Europe to Queens, New York where she grew up; they lived in Cairo, Egypt from 1978-80 due to her father’s work. She graduated from the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University in 1990. After moving across the country with husband Lars and the first of their three daughters, Ellen worked on commercial revitalization of Old Town Pasadena at Dahl-Insua Architects until 1994. While living in Berkeley, she worked at ELS Architects on Cragmont School and large-scale commercial projects in Florida and Oregon for the Rouse Corporation.
Ellen has been a licensed architect since 1995 and is an active member of state and local AIA (American Institute of Architects). After moving with the family to Santa Barbara in 1999, she worked on custom residential projects with Bob Easton Architects. She co-founded an architecture partnership in 2002 and then re-established the firm as Bildsten Architecture and Planning, which continues to thrive next door to Bici Centro.
An avid bicyclist since being a kid in NYC who needed to get places and burn off lots of energy, she currently keeps a bike at her architecture studio for meetings and errands around town. Advocacy-wise, she has been a vocal proponent of housing for our workforce in Santa Barbara and envisions our beautiful, inclusive community with walking and biking as viable means of transportation.
I rode a bike as a paperboy for the Boston Globe. Today I ride for fun. And for exercise. Touring is my favorite bicycle pastime; I've done many no-car vacations. A recent resident of Santa Barbara I'm turning my pastime into a lifestyle – I walk and ride my bike everywhere I go. I worked on the Newport Beach Bicycle Master Plan, so I have some experience at drawing attention to safe biking. In 2014 I was President of the California Electric Bicycle Association which gave me exposure to lawmaking at the State Capital. I moved to Portland where I feel like I gained an advanced degree in bicycle advocacy. I'm dedicating my experience and my retirement years to better biking in Santa Barbara.
Biking has been a passion of mine for many years. I started out riding a road bike in high school and fell in love with mountain biking soon after I moved to Durango for college. I didn't own a car in so I used my bike to get around town. I can't remember when I didn't have a bike in my life. Or two, or three! I vividly remember my first bike for Christmas in 1977 (a blue Schwinn!) - THAT was an epic present. I moved to Santa Barbara in 1999 to become the Assistant Manager of the Associated Students Bike Shop at UCSB. I was there for several years and became involved with the bicycle community there, primarily mountain biker advocacy and trail maintenance. After leaving the AS bike shop in 2003, I started my own business. I am an antique dealer, estate seller, and art broker. Throughout my time in Santa Barbara, I've remained involved in cycling and bicycle advocacy. I joined the Bicycle Coalition Board to help make Santa Barbara a better and safer place for cyclists of all types and to get more people feeling safe using bikes in our city.